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Bishop Hagemoen announces the normative age of confirmation will be Grade 6, beginning in 2021

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen has written a letter to the faithful announcing a change of the normative age for Confirmation to Grade 6 (age 11) in our diocese, beginning in 2021.

The present practice in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is to celebrate confirmation immediately before First Holy Communion at a combined celebration in Grade 2 (age 7).

Read the bishop’s letter of July 8, 2020 at: Age of Confirmation Announcement

 

“I hope that this shift will not only present new and ongoing opportunities for effective faith formation of youth and their families in preparing for all of the Sacraments but may also be the opportunity to foster new initiatives and creativity regarding ongoing faith-formation and youth activities for the young people and their families of the parishes of our diocese.” – Bishop Mark Hagemooen

Faith leaders’ consultation on re-opening places of worship

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Media Release from Faith Leaders of Saskatchewan – May 29, 2020

Soon after the release of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, faith leaders from across Saskatchewan gathered online to discuss the re-opening of places of worship. We drafted a letter asking the Saskatchewan government to work together with faith communities to develop responsible guidelines bringing places of worship within the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. The full text of our letter sent on Thursday, May 14, 2020, accompanies this media release, along with a list of the participating faith leaders.

The government has responded to our request with the designation of two members of the COVID-19 Response Team to liaise with faith leaders. We are extremely thankful for the professionalism and commitment of these public servants. A robust and fruitful dialogue has produced guidelines that have been submitted for approval of the relevant health authorities. We confidently expect their imminent release.

It must be remembered that the guidelines represent the minimum precautions that each faith community is expected to take. No community should resume public worship until they are ready. We have been assured that the provisions included in Phase 3 of the Re-Open plan will be adjusted as further experience commends. Guidelines addressing other aspects of worship and community life within our faith communities will be added in the coming weeks.

Click here for full text of Saskatchewan faith leaders’ May 14, 2020 letter to Premier Scott Moe

Catholic Saskatoon News article

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Members of the faith leaders’ working group (representing a group of 28 leaders) are:

  • Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina
  • Rev. Amanda Currie, Synod of Saskatchewan, Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • Rev. Tricia Gerhard, Chair, Living Skies Regional Council Executive, United Church of Canada
  • Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan
  • Rev. Paul Israelson, District Superintendent, Saskatchewan District, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
  • Rabbi Jeremy Parnes, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Regina
  • Imam Ilyas Sidyot, Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
  •  Rev. Dr. Bernie Van De Walle, District Superintendent, Canadian Midwest District of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church

“Heart of Jesus” RESOURCES page

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for special moments of prayer and fasting every Friday in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Below are resources, including posters, postcards, web banners, etc.

News article – Catholic Saskatoon News

“Heart of Jesus” – resource materials

Below are a number of resources shared by the Diocese of Calgary and adapted for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — thank you to our sister diocese!

Parishes and individuals are invited to express their gratitude to those enduring sacrifices to help others during the COVID-19 emergency, as well as to join in prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in particular on Fridays in the Easter season and beyond, leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 19:

Posters:

Prayer:

Postcards:

Headers / Banners:

Logos:

Other postcards:

“Heart of Jesus” prayer response to coronavirus pandemic: every Friday

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for parishes and the faithful of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to a special day of prayer and fasting every Friday in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Letter to the faithful from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: Click to download PDF

In addition to prayers for healing and an end to the pandemic, a focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will also involve expressing thanksgiving to all those who are demonstrating the loving heart of Jesus in their service, compassion, diligence and sacrifice during the crisis, said Bishop Mark Hagemoen during a live-streamed celebration of Sunday Eucharist April 26.

Thank You For Having the Heart of Jesus” is the theme of the initiative, which includes the use of materials generously shared by the Diocese of Calgary, which recently launched their campaign under the leadership of Bishop William McGrattan.

Find the “Heart of Jesus” resources below or at: Resources Page.

 

Consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church

Bishop Mark Hagemoen also joined with other bishops across Canada and the United States in consecrating their dioceses — and both countries —  to “Mary, the Mother of the Church,” seeking her protection during the coronavirus crisis on May 1. Read more at Catholic Saskatoon News (LINK).

More information:

 

Recent announcements regarding provincial COVID-19 guidelines

In his message to the faithful, Bishop Hagemoen also addressed the most recent announcement from the Premier of Saskatchewan regrading a gradual lessening of restrictions in our province. “While nothing explicitly has been announced regarding religious organizations and gatherings, I will be meeting with the Liturgy Commission next week to explore how we can as a diocese apply the criteria that we have to date to our liturgical and sacramental practices in the diocese, and a proposed timeline to implement changes. I hope to report back about this in the near future,” he said.

Find other updates, directives and resources in response to the COVID-19 crisisLINK to UPDATES

The bishop thanked the faithful for honoring the directives in place since March 17, 2020 which suspended public celebration of Masses and affected other liturgical and sacramental celebrations. “These circumstances have been difficult for us all. However, they have been a very important response to the COVID 19 pandemic, with the aim of caring especially for our elders, the sick, and those who might be otherwise susceptible to the life-threatening virus.”

 

“Heart of Jesus” – resource materials

Below are a number of resources shared by the Diocese of Calgary and adapted for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — thank you to our sister diocese!

Parishes and individuals are invited to express their gratitude to those enduring sacrifices to help others during the COVID-19 emergency, as well as to join in prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in particular on Fridays in the Easter season and beyond, leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 19:

Posters:

Prayer:

Postcards:

Headers / Banners:

Logos:

Other postcards:

COVID-19 Updates

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(Updated May 27, 2021)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with public health orders put in place to protect the community, especially the lives of the most vulnerable. 

Check with your local parish for registration or other requirements –  Click here for PARISH LIST

A general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.

A number of parishes are live-streaming Mass, with links published at saskatoonmass.com

NE– May 27, 2021 – Click here for the latest update of directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 – Beginning Sunday, May 30, 2021, maximum capacity of a place of worship will be increased to 30% of seating capacity, with a maximum of 150 people in the entire facility.  All other directives remain the same.

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Vaccine:

Vatican statement on the morality of vaccines: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

 

May 25, 2020 message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen:

A general dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect.

A number of parishes are live-streaming Mass, with links published at saskatoonmass.com

Earlier directives and statements:

April 14, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 – PDF / Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen Re: COVID-19 restrictions – PDF

March 23, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19

March 11, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives for celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

March 5, 2021 – (RCDS) Liturgical Commission – Correspondence – Holy Week 2021 / Bishop’s Letter

Feb. 25, 2021 – Compiled and updated directives for celebration of sacraments from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Dec. 22, 2020: Compiled and updated directives for Sacraments during COVID-19 – Dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays or on Holy Days of Obligation continues

Dec. 22, 2020:   Click here for Dec. 22 update of Directives from Bishop Hagemoen  regarding celebration of Sacraments during COVID-19 (numbers reduced)

Dec. 15, 2020: UPDATE (rescinding Dec. 10 directive regarding attendance in a second part of church building:  Bishop Mark Hagemoen LETTER – click here / UPDATED Directives click here

Nov. 26 2020 Update (regarding reduced numbers): Bishop Mark Hagemoen Nov. 26, 2020 LETTER – click here 

Nov. 18, 2020 – Update (regarding masks):  The Government of Saskatchewan has mandated the use of masks in all public places in Saskatchewan effective Thursday, November 19, 2020.  We have been informed that updates with respect to guidelines for places of worship will be forthcoming.  We will advise of any further changes to the directives at that time.  At this time, the directives from the Diocese of Saskatoon of November 6, 2020, remain, with the exception of the mask requirement which is now mandated for all parishes. The latest news release from the Government of Saskatchewan can be found HERE.” – Office of the Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

  • Masks be worn in all indoor public places has been extended to all communities in Saskatchewan
  • It is important to note that masks are recommended for outdoor areas (sidewalks and parking lots) as well if two-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained or is unpredictable.
  • Wearing a mask in public can be considered an additional line of defence, but does not replace the need for other public health measures that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (distancing, hand hygiene, stay home when sick, cough or sneeze into your elbow).
  • Masks must be worn by music leaders (singers, choirs, soloists, etc…)
  • Participants in religious services must wear their masks throughout the service even when seated.

Note:  As of Nov. 13 an exemption from wearing a mask has been issued for “Clergy members or religious leaders who are leading a service or ceremony while speaking from a podium, lectern, platform, stage, desk or other standing or seating area dedicated to speaking.” Physical distancing and other restrictions remain in effect.”

Oct. 2, 2020 – Updated Directives for Resumption of Sacraments in COVID-19 – Letter

Sept. 16, 2020Updated Directives for Resumption of Sacraments in COVID-19 – Letter

June 11, 2020 – Updated directives on Phase 3 of resuming public celebrations (Reception of Holy Communion) – Letter

May 29, 2020 – Update on Phase 3 of resuming public celebrations as COVID-19 restrictions are eased – Letter

May 15, 2020 – Letter to the Faithful about what to expect when public celebration of Mass begins to be phased-in (LINK to PDF)

May 29, 2020 – Government of Saskatchewan releases guidelines for re-opening places of worship

May 29, 2020 – Media release from Saskatchewan faith leaders on consultation to re-open places of worship

May 15, 2020 – Liturgy Committee guidelines to accompany the phased-in resumption of public celebration of Sacraments in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Heart of JesusBishop Mark calls for fasting and prayer on Fridaysrcdos.ca/Heart-of-Jesus

April 24, 2020 – Update from Bishop Mark Hagemoen and launch of prayer initiative in response to COVID pandemic (Click here for PDF)

“Please join with me in prayer for a rapid end to the COVID-19 virus. May God grant healing to those who are ill, and eternal rest to those who have died. May the Lord’s blessing come upon our medical professionals and civic authorities, who continue to strive with enormous effort and expertise to keep all of us safe.” – Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Other resources and information:

CCCB National Liturgy Office – Copyright information on streaming and video-recording liturgical celebrations

Links to a variety of faith resources

Infographic from Archdiocese of Toronto

CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – EN   /  CCCB statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 – FR

Letter to faith leaders from Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada – April 3, 2020

Faith resources in a time of COVID-19 restrictions

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Conversations about life and faith in a time of pandemic: Link to video conversations led by Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Bishop Mark Hagemoen calls for prayer and fasting on Fridays to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, praying for an end to COVID-19 pandemic: LINK to Heart of Jesus prayer resources

COVID-19 Updates in the Diocese of Saskatoon – LINK

Local Masses Live-Streamed  – saskatoonmass.com

A central website has been established for those who wish to access live-streaming of Masses and other online resources created by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon: saskatoonmass.com

Several Masses are streamed and archived there daily, including live-stream broadcast at 9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings with Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrating Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Saskatoon except on Easter Sunday, when Mass will be livestreamed at 10 a.m.  from St. Paul Co-Cathedral. The live-stream Mass can also be viewed on the diocesan website home page rcdos.ca

Mass on TelevisionDepending on particular cable and satellite plans:

Scheduling information about the broadcast of Mass in Canada can be found at DailyTVmass.com, (including on the Salt+Light Catholic Network at saltandlighttv.org/mass/ and Vision TV at www.visiontv.ca/shows/daily-mass/. )The “Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN” American Catholic channel  www.ewtn.com also broadcasts daily Mass.

Regarding watching Catholic Mass on television, as opposed to watching livestream on the Internet, here – with thanks – is a message from a parishioner who researched this for an elderly parent: “For those residents who are still most comfortable with the TV as their main ‘appliance’ for receiving information and entertainment from their suites as opposed to using computers, smart phones, IPads or tablets, your TV service providers have some alternatives that may help during Easter and during COVID-19 in the future.  – SaskTel Max offers: Eternal Word TV Network. This is a Catholic faith-based channel that can be purchased as an individual channel add-on;…. SaskTel had the channel activated within about 20 minutes of my call with them; see: www.ewtn.com or Call 1-800-SASKTEL(1-800-727-5835). – Access Communications offers: Eternal Word TV Network Call: (1-866-363-2225). – Shaw Communications (Shaw Direct satellite has this too?) offers: ‘Salt and Light Television’ a quality Catholic faith-based channel that is sold as a stand-alone channel or as part of a channel package; see: www.saltandlighttv.org / Call 1-888-472-2222. – Bell TV Satellite offers: Salt and Light Television, Call 1-866-310-2355. Note- the TV service providers also have a variety of interdenominational Christian channels — such as Vision TV (which broadcasts daily Catholic Mass) among their channel and/or packages, so when a resident or their support person calls the TV service provider they just need to ask the Telephone agent what’s available for Catholic or other faith-based programming.”

 

Act of Spiritual Communion to unite oneself in prayer to Jesus Christ when one is unable to receive the Eucharist sacramentally:

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

– St. Alphonsus of Liguori

Prière de communion spirituelle:

Mon Jesus, Je crois que tu es reellement present dans le Tres Saint Sacrement de l’autel. Je t’aime plus que toutet je te desire dans mon âme. Puisque je ne peux pas te recevoir Sacramentellement maintenant, viens au moins spirituellement dans mon cœur. Et comme tu es deja venu, je t’embrasse et je m’unis tout entier a toi. Ne permets pas que je sois jamais separe de Toi.

CCCB National Liturgy Office – Copyright information on streaming and video-recording liturgical celebrations

UNITING TOGETHER IN PRAYER:

Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for a special time of prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Fridays in the Easter season and beyond, praying for healing and protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic. More information and Resources, can be found at: rcdos.ca/heart-of-jesus

Justice and Peace Way of the Cross:  in lieu of the annual outdoor Way of the Cross held in downtown Saskatoon for many years, during the COVID-19 shutdown of 2020, a virtual version was created by various individuals and groups filming their individual reflections and prayers. Share in this virtual walk with Jesus Christ and the suffering of our world, organized by the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace:

NOTE: The list of lyrics and the Stations of the Cross (scriptural version introduced by Saint Pope John Paul II in 1991), along with a list of themes and presenters can be found at: LINK to 2020 Way of the Cross Lyrics-Station Info Sheet

1 Million Hours is a Face-to-Face Ministries initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe in the power of prayer. Our goal is to get as many people as possible unitedly praying for the world and collectively reach 1 Million Hours of prayer. If you have already taken time to pray for the world, you can head over to 1millionhours.ca and submit your time spent in prayer! (For updates, follow @1millionhours on Facebook).

Online faith resources:

In addition to live-streaming of Mass and other devotions by parishes in our diocese posted at saskatoonmass.com, there are a number of other online faith resources available during these times of physical distancing and isolation measures. These include:

Divine Renovation free resource for parishes: This free resource kit has insight on leading well, advice on what tools to use, and lots of practical examples from Catholic parishes innovating brilliantly around the world: Divine Renovation website.

 Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has also shared its link to the Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ religious education program. The Student Home portal grants at-home access to videos, stories, interactive activities, and songs – all grounded in the celebration of our Catholic faith, aligned with the Church’s liturgical year. Log in online at: www.pearsoncanada.ca  The username is: GIFGIC_student99 and the password is: Student99

 

Reflections on the Sunday Readings – The diocese of Saskatoon has posted reflections on the Sunday readings for family sharing and discussion, available at: Scripture Resources on the website

 

St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK online faith resources include:

  • “Lord’s Day Celebration” — mealtime prayers which include a reflection on the Sunday Gospel — the booklet can be downloaded and printed on the website (which includes a video intro) at: introduction page
  • Gospel Reflection by Nick Pierlot: Gospel reflection page
  • TheAngelus as a family meal prayer: the Angelus page

 

*Support your Parish through online Sunday Offering: Since offering envelopes are not possible at this time of no public celebrations of Mass, we ask you to support your parish community through online giving. The Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation has set up a webpage at dscf.ca/parish-offertory that allows you to direct your donation to any parish in the diocese as a one-time or recurring monthly gift. Thank you for remembering the needs of your parish at this challenging time of the COVID-19 crisis.

 

 

 

Safeguarding Action Plan announced

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As part of an ongoing commitment to safeguarding children, youth and the vulnerable in its churches, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has published a Safer Church, Stronger Communities safeguarding action plan featuring 20 commitments aimed at preventing and responding to abuse by clergy or others in the church. Copies of the plan will be distributed to parishes beginning at the Cathedral of the Holy Family March 14-15 and will be handed out in parish bulletins at other parishes across the diocese in the weeks ahead.

Download the Safer Churches, Stronger Communities safeguarding action plan: PDF

Reporting abuse: Contact information

The four-page Safer Churches, Stronger Communities action plan reflects the recent work of a diocesan Safeguarding Committee (consisting of eight lay Catholics and one diocesan priest), chaired by Brenda FitzGerald.

The Safeguarding Committee was established by Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen two years ago, to review and update the diocese’s long-standing policies related to safeguarding and abuse.

“We have all seen the news articles about cases and allegations from around the world about sexual abuse by clergy, past and present — with this report we wanted to explain how our own local Catholic community is responding to this important issue,” says Safeguarding Committee Chair Brenda FitzGerald. “The bottom line is that we are committed to do all we can to make our churches safe for all, and to heal the hurt caused by the crime of sexual abuse.”

She adds: ““Our diocesan Safeguarding Committee is made up of members of our church community from all walks of life. Each and every one of us are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable persons in our church environments, and to responding with compassion and sensitivity to anyone who comes forward with allegations of serious misconduct, including sexual abuse.”

In the new four-page action plan, as well as in video updates and elsewhere, Bishop Mark Hagemoen has invited anyone who has experienced abuse in the church to come forward, and has apologized for the hurt and trauma that survivors have experienced.

“The violation and victimization by any members of the church, and most specifically any of its clergy, of the young and vulnerable by leaders and pastors of the faithful whose priority is to embody by their lives the truth and way of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a tragedy,” says Hagemoen. “We must bring all of this to the light, and find our way forward finding the same mind, heart, and way as Christ Jesus.”

As part of its work, the diocesan Safeguarding Committee has reviewed and updated diocesan policies for ensuring safe church environments, focused on increasing awareness about the impact of sexual abuse on survivors, and clearly outlined steps for handling allegations of serious misconduct — including sexual abuse – by clergy or others working in the church.

Training and updates on the issue and on diocesan policies are being provided to leaders and parishioners across the diocese, and have included in-service sessions for clergy and parish leaders, video updates to the faithful about the policies by Bishop Hagemoen and Brenda FitzGerald, and training sessions open to all interested in November/December 2019. The 20-point safeguarding action plan  is the latest step in the diocesan effort to clearly inform the faithful and the community at large about  commitments to safeguarding children and vulnerable persons from abuse.

In addition, Bishop Hagemoen has recently launched an Historic Case Review Committee, chaired by Bob Loran, working independently of the bishop’s office. This committee will review historical cases involving the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by clergy in the dioceese, including those who have died, to determine whether such cases were handled appropriately. “I look forward to receiving the results of this new committee’s work, and to communicating their recommendations and our response in the near future,” said Hagemoen.

“It is my goal to hold the bar very high in assuring that all our churches are safe and respectful communities,” says the bishop. “We are taking this issue seriously.”

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Dying Healed – walking with those who are suffering

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The Dying Healed workshop teaches important issues about human suffering, human dignity and the power of human presence, as well as other end of life issues.

The purpose of the Dying Healed workshop is to give volunteers confidence that their presence at the bedside of a lonely or dying person is an invaluable service.

The workshop includes important pastoral and practical aspects of what to say, how to listen, and how to be with people who suffer illness, disability and loneliness.

It is intended to be a preparatory training for those who would like to spend time with people who are elderly, ill, disabled and dying; those people who are the most vulnerable to the negative influences to Canada’s euthanasia and assisted suicide law.

Those interested in hosting a Dying Healed workshop can contact Jacqueline Saretsky at (306) 292-5531 or Email jsaretsky@rcdos.ca for more information.

 

Our Pastoral Plan: “Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom”

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently launched a Pastoral Plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon focused on the mission of proclaiming Jesus Christ.

“Evangelization must permeate everything we do — everything we do proclaims Christ and God’s Kingdom,” said Bishop Hagemoen, announcing the promulgation and rolling out of the new Pastoral Plan at an annual Administration Day for the diocese.

The bishop challenged Pastors, Parish Life Directors, ministry leaders and parish representatives from across the diocese of Saskatoon to use the proposed three-year plan as a way to reflect upon strengths, gaps, and new directions.

The mission statement “Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom” is identified in the Pastoral Plan, along with six priorities — beginning first and foremost with: “Draw People into a Deepening Intimacy with the Lord.

“Whether it is a parish of five families, or 15,000, the task and the mission of Christ is fundamentally the same,” he said. “Ultimately, everything must involve  the call to evangelization.”

 

 

Greg Chatlain, Director of Education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, was one of the facilitators for the eight-month planning process undertaken by the Diocesan Pastoral Council (which includes representatives from parishes of all sizes from across the diocese, as well as pastors, religious, and other leaders). “What you are seeing today is the result of many hours of wrestling and discussion, and of challenging each other to come up with those things that we all need to work on together,” Chatlain said at the Administration Day launch.

Reason for developing a Pastoral Plan

Bishop Hagemoen described why the first task that he gave to the newly-formed Diocesan Pastoral Council was to discern the needs and challenges facing the Church, and to produce a Pastoral Plan for the diocese and its parishes.

“As I travelled the diocese I was hearing different expressions from the parishes that we have in the diocese of Saskatoon — dreams, hopes, concerns — as you can probably guess, some of the concerns especially in the rural area were around issues of viability,” explained the bishop. “At the same time, Saskatoon has had the highest growth rate of any city in Canada, which has an impact on our parishes and communities, so there is need for planning for growth.”

In both cases, one cannot just plan for improving viability or for growth, without a vision, goals and priorities, he said. “Especially in the Church, especially in ministry, if it doesn’t come from the mission of Christ and the Church, then all we would be doing is enlarging our maintenance.”

Bishop Hagemoen cited the insight he heard from a Parish Pastoral Council chair at a small rural parish: “Bishop Mark, we love our church, we put a lot of work into our church and we will continue to do that, but we are exceedingly concerned that we are putting 95 per cent of our effort into maintaining our building and very little into the mission,. We know that if we keep doing that, we won’t last, we will die… we want to, and we need to, engage in mission.”

The six priorities/ goals

Click on each goal for more detail

  1. Draw People into a Deepening Intimacy with the Lord!  –  Supporting a deepening friendship and intimacy with Jesus Christ
  2. Make Every Sunday Matter  – Focusing on our Sunday celebrations
  3. “Embrace Your Priesthood”  –  Discerning God’s call to each person to share in the mission and life of the Lord
  4. Build and Support Family and Community  – Strengthening and supporting families and marriages, vocations support
  5. Promote the Healing Journey in the Lord – Healing, growth, serving, ongoing conversion
  6. Move from Maintenance to Mission. – Helping parishes proclaim Christ in everything

 

“We are only beginning — the coming months will see the rolling out of this,” Bishop Hagemoen said of the Pastoral Plan. “This is not meant to be a quick fix or a quick experience, check off a couple of things — that is not what it is meant to be.”

He added that he takes his responsibility as bishop seriously, and that he sees the plan as a way to move forward and deepen engagement with the mission of proclaiming Christ and the Kingdom of God, “I am building on the faith life of a great diocese,” he said.

Next steps:

At the diocesan level, the Pastoral Plan will assist in moving forward in ministries and programs to assist parishes and provide resources. As next steps for parishes, the bishop proposed the following:

  • Personally and prayerfully review and consider the Pastoral Plan, the mission and goals
  • Review and discussion at parish level
  • Review by parish and finance councils; parish ministry people; general parishioners
  • Possible discussion at deanery level
  • Determine parish priorities/tasks given strengths and gaps
  • Seek supports and resources

Working poster outlining the Pastoral Plan’s mission and goals: PDF of poster

 

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