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Covenant of Care – Safeguarding and Healing from Abuse UPDATES

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VIDEO UPDATE Covenant of Care: Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis:

“The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to providing safe and respectful church communities and to protecting people from abuse and harm that results from abuse.” – Brenda FitzGerald, Chair, Diocesan Committee for the Covenant of Care and Serious Misconduct Protocol.

Transcript – Brenda FitzGerald: CLICK for PDF

 

VIDEO UPDATE from Bishop Mark Hagemoen:

“We need to listen to and support victims and survivors. This is the perspective from which all our efforts begin.” Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Transcript of Update from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: CLICK for PDF

Other Updates:

Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen about an episode of The Fifth Estate that aired on Nov. 17, 2019: UPDATE re: Covenant of Care and CBC program

Nov. 8, 2019 survey response from the Diocese of Saskatoon to The Fifth Estate television program about historical review of cases, and publication of names of persons who are “credibly accused” of sexual abuse: Diocesan RESPONSE

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has also posted an update on how the bishops are implementing guidelines on protecting minors from sexual abuse. The statement also addresses the question of publishing names of persons who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse, but not criminally charged and/or convicted: PDF of the CCCB Statement

PDF – Protecting Minors From Sexual Abuse – CCCB National Guidelines

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is committed to providing safe and respectful church communities and creating healthy ministerial relationships, and to protecting people from abuse and the harm that results.

Training sessions

Training sessions related to diocesan Covenant of Care and safeguarding policies, abuse prevention and response were held at two locations: Tuesday, Nov. 26 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt and Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon.

Clergy, parish staff, Catholic Pastoral Centre staff, Parish Coordinators of Care, and volunteers working with children, youth or vulnerable adults were invited to attend one of the workshops, either in person, or via webinar conferencing. Other volunteers were also welcome to attend. There was no cost. The workshops were conducted by Theresa Campbell, Director of Operations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre and Lorie Harrison, Registered Professional Counsellor at Legacy Ridge – Trauma Recovery & Resource Centre.

 

“Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom Today” – Pastoral Plan launched for diocese

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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 Today” 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

 

Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s Blog – Spring and Summer 2019

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Visit to Yellowknife in June 2019 for a

Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council gathering

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon

In early June 2019 I joined the members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Councilin Yellowknife for our annual meeting.

The Council was established in 1998 by the Catholic Bishops of Canada. It encourages Aboriginal leadership in Catholic Christian communities, supports healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and advises the Canadian Bishops on a variety of indigenous issues.

Flying into Yellowknife – still ice on Great Slave Lake on June 13!

 

This distinctive Cross sits above the “Trapper’s Lake Retreat Center” of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. The center was the site for our meetings.

 

Chief Ernest Betsina welcomed and greeted the members of the Council to Chief Drygeese territory of the Yellowknife Dene Nation.

 

View from “Trapper’s Lake Retreat Center”: the reteat house of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, located 10 kilometers outside Yellowknife, NWT.

 

Members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council are:

  • Fibbie Tatti, Yellowknife and Dettah, NWT (co-chair);
  • Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Diocese of Saskatoon (co-chair);
  • William Angalik, Arviat, Nunavut;
  • Bishop Jean-Pierre Blais, Diocese of Baie-Comeau, Quebec;
  • Bishop Marcel Damphousse, Diocese of Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario;
  • Gary Gagnon, Edmonton, Alberta;
  • Archbishop Peter Hundt, Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland;
  • Deacon Rennie Nahanee, Vancouver, BC;
  • Melanie O’Neil, Toronto, Ontario;
  • Paul Soucie, Ottawa, Ontario;
  • Dennis Whitford, Grand Prairie, Alberta.

Members of the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council in session.  

 

Staff from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops also attend the meeting: Kyle Ferguson and Tracy Blain.

 

Council members prepare to celebrate Holy Eucharist at St Kateri Tekawitha Church in Dettah, about 40 minutes from Yellowknife.

 

Deacon Rennie Nahanee of Squamish First Nation near Vancouver, BC., proclaims the Word of God.

Committee members had the opportunity to participate in “Aboriginal Days” celebrations, which began with Sunday Eucharist and a community meal at the Yellowknife River traditional site.

 

Pausing for a photo after Mass at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, in Dettah – about 40 minutes from Yellowknife on Great Slave Lake.

 

Several of the bishops were available for Confessions before Mass.

 

This year’s Aboriginal Days was dedicated to the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Children, and its “Calls to Action” that were features of its concluding report.

 

Drummers from the Dettah community with Chief Edward Sangrese.

 

 


Members of the Dene community proclaimed the Word of God.  Bishop Marcelle Damphousse looks on as Cecilia Rabesca proclaims the 2nd Reading.

 

William Angalik is the first Inuit representative on the Council. He lives in Arviat, Nunavut.

 

The bishop celebrants are joined by Jim Lynn of Dettah. Jim works for the Diocese of Mackenzie – Fort Smith in its Chancery Office and Archives.

Anglophone Safeguarding Conference at the Irish Pontifical Institute, Vatican, July 1-5, 2019

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Diocese of Saskatoon

Bishop Robert Bourgoin (Diocese of Hearst-Mosonee) and I represented the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops at this year’s conference in Rome, which aims to develop awareness and best practices for Catholic dioceses and organizations regarding ‘safeguaurding’ in relation to all ministries and activities run by Catholic organizations.

The aim of the conference is to improve all protocols in ensure the safety of young people of vulnerable adults, and to also facilitate dialogues amoungst dioceses and Bishops assemblies in anglophone dioceses about developing safegaudring ‘best practices.’

Some of the insights and learnings included the following:

  • Safeguarding of Children is becoming an increasingly complex and urgent issue, especially due to the expansion of technology;
  • Awareness of the need of initial and ongoing formation for clergy and religion on the topic of safeguarding. Formation and education is an ongoing feature in our education support, and will address the following themes
  1. Developing best practices re: safeguarding;
  2. Contextual challenges: living in a culture where abuse of women, children, and vulnerable adults continues to expand;
  3. Developing expertise regarding: a) dealing with the trauma of victims; and b) responding appropriately to those who are guilty of abuse.
  • The challenge of implementing and overseeing consistent ‘best practices’ amoung various diocesan and religious entities;
  • Being ‘victim-focussed’ when complainants come forward;
  • Review of “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” by Pope Francis.

 

Gathering for the celebration of Eucharist during the Conference at the chapel of the Irish Pontifical Institute.

 

Rock Your Roots: National Indigenous Day Walk for Reconciliation June 21, 2019

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Diocese of Saskatoon

On Friday, June 21, organizations from across Saskatoon joined in the annual “Rock Your Roots” walk in support of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. The event was very well attended. Thousands of people walked through downtown Saskatoon.

The atmosphere was festive, while respectful. I was very pleased to see so many of our Catholic schools well represented. Many church groups were also present.

Stopping for a picture at the gathering with Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark.

Celebrating Confirmation and First Eucharist across our diocese

June saw the conclusion of the celebrations of the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

These celebrations are truly an occasion of important celebration with the faith communities and parishes of our diocese. The celebrations are also great opportunities for me in my role as bishop to share dreams and hopes for our diocese, as well as communicate to our young people how God calls them – and how our bishop and diocese needs them – to discover and share their God-given charisms and gifts in service of the life and mission of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebration at St. Patrick Parish in Saskatoon.

Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebrated at St. Mary Paish in Wynyard.         

Other photos from Confirmation/ First Eucharist celebrations in the diocese: Photo Gallery

Visit to the Parish Communities of the Wadena Deanery

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon

From July 8 to 14, 2019, I visited the parishes of the Deanery of Wadena. The deanery is located in the eastern-most area of the diocese, and has been a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon for just over 20 years.

The first visit was to St. Theresa’s, Lintlaw. The community gathered from early evening Mass. A cemetery blessing followed.

Fr. Emmanuel Banahene at St. Theresa, Lintlaw, SK

 

St. Theresa Parish, Lintlaw, July 7.

 

Blessing the graves at St. Theresa cemetery, Lintlaw, SK.

Fr. Emmanuel Bahanene introduces the evening townhall meeting at St Joseph’s Parish in Kelvington:

Town Hall Meeting with the Bishop at St. Joseph Parish, Kelvington on July 9, 2019.

On Wednesday morning July 10, St. Mary’s Parish in Wadena gathered to celebrate morning Mass, followed by Eucharistic adoration – a regular event for the parish.

The community of Our Lady of Poland Parish in Fosston is very proud of their church. Following a visit to the Church and cemetary blessing, a community meeting was held at a local community hall.

Pastoral visit to Fosston, SK.

 

Community members gather for a picture at the blessing of graves held at the Fossten cemetery.

 

Blessing the graves at Fosston, SK.

 

Community of St. George Parish in Naicam gathered with their pastor Fr. Charles Nweze for a luncheon and meeting following the celebration of Mass.

 

Fr. Charles Nweze at St. Felix Catholic Church, Archerwill, SK

 

Visit to St. Felix, Archerwill in the Wadena deanery.

The Rex Mundi Camp was another stop during this visit. The outdoor recreation facility and ‘camp’ is located north of Nobleville, and just within the Prince Albert diocese. It now operates as a rental facility for various church and community organizations who can offer their own family and youth programs.

 

Fr. Charles Nweze and Fr. Travis Myrheim of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert at the Christ the King / Rex Mundi Youth Camp chapel at Marean Lake, SK.

Fr. Travis Myrheim of Prince Albert diocese serves on the Rex Mundi board, and assists with some of the programs. 

A small chapel-church is a feature of Rex-Mundi, as well as an outdoor shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

St. Lawrence Parish in Nobleville:

There was a gathering of the community at St. Lawrence, Nobleville for evening Eucharist, followed by the blessing of the cemetery and a luscious pot-luck dinner. Many summer vacationers from areas cottages in the ‘lake country’ gather at the church for the celebration.

Parishioners at St. Lawrence, Nobleville, SK, prepared for the potluck dinner.

The blessing celebration at the adjacent cemetery followed the Mass. The evening was a blustery on this part of wild prairie. The weather and setting certainly gives a sense of the grandeur and immensity of God’s creation on the prairie.

The community gathered at Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley, where following Mass we had a wonderful pot-luck lunch. Following the lunch, we travelled to the Rose Valley parish cemetery for a blessing service.

Parishioners at Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley.

Parishioners of Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley join in prayers at the cemetery.

Following the lunch, we travelled to the Rose Valley parish cemetery for a blessing service.

Foam Lake, Wynyard, Wishart parishes:

Community at Christ the King Parish in Foam Lake gathers following morning Mass July 13.

Following the Mass we travelled to Sheho, where we visited the former site of the Church, and celebrated a cemetery blessing. A parish luncheon and meeting followed back in Foam Lake.

Prayers at Sacred Heart cemetery at Sheho, SK.

A cemetary blessing was also held at the Foam Lake cemetery with Pastor, Fr. Augustine Osei-Bonsu, Pastor of: St. Mary’s, Wynard; Christ the King, Foam Lake; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart.

A Town Hall Meeting with representatives of the three parishes was held at St. Mary’s Parish in Wynyard after an evening celebration of the Eucharist.

Parishioners from St. Mary, Wynyard, Christ the King, Foam Lake and Immaculate Heart of Mary, WIshart , at celebration of the Eucharist July 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Wynyard.

 

Parishioners from Foam Lake, Wishart and Wynyard participated in the Town Hall Meeting with the Bishop July 12 at St. Mary, Wynyard, SK.

The deanery visit concluded with the celebration of evening Mass with a pot-luck dinner and community meeting at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Wishart.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Wishart, SK.

 

The parish features an outdoor Stations of the Cross. This station is the “Death of Jesus on the Cross.”

 

Preceding Mass in Wishart was a blessing of the cemetery several kilometers outside of Wishart.

 

Gravesite of Fr. Richard Kunka, who served the parish in the late 1960’s, and who died in 1972.

 

 

Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrated Eucharist with Fr. Augustine Osei-Bonsu and parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Wishart, SK.

Summer Spiritual Pilgrimages in the Diocese of Saskatoon

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Diocese of Saskatoon

Spiritual pilgrimages are a great feature in the summer season in the Diocese of Saskatoon. They occur across the diocese and province as soon as schools close. They are opportunities for spiritual devotion and community celebration. They are also occasions when people from across different areas of the province and beyond can celebrate their common fellowship in our One Lord, and gain inspiration from the legacy of faith of persons who have gone before us, who have contributed through their lives of faith, service, and devotion – evident also in the presence of the various churches and pilgrimage sites.

The 87th Annual Pilgrimage to Reward, SK, featured a group of pilgrims who walked from Unity to Reward (above) the day before the Pilgrimage celebration.

The trip was roughly 34 kilometers, and featured times of prayer and petition, and remembering in solidarity those faithful from the area who have gone before us in faith, prayer, and life – as the faith was lived in this western area of the area known at St. Joseph’s Colony and the Saskatoon diocese.

The walking pilgrims departed from St. Peter’s Parish in Unity at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 6 – the day before the Sunday gathering at Reward. The walk was about 8 hours in all.

Fr. Greg Roth behind the wheel of his Charger, providing support to the walking pilgrims.

Fr. Greg Roth led the pilgrims in his Charger through the country roads leading to the Reward church site. Fr. Greg would drive ahead every 2 kilometers for the entire 34 kilometer trip, to make sure traffic was aware of the walk, and to address any needs of the pilgrims along the way. Fr. Greg also walked several kilometres himself – changing places with Matthew Witzany behind the wheel.

A model of Holy Rosary Church was on display this year at the Reward shrine site. The replica was built by Roy Kappel. Originally on display at the heritage museum in Lloydminster, the model has now been donated back to the Holy Rosary pilgrimage site. Completing the detailed model involved about 1,500 hours of work.

Celebration of Sunday Eucharist July 7, 2019 at the Holy Rosary Shrine at Reward.

Blessing of the graves at the cemetery of Holy Rosary Church at Reward, after the pilgrimage Mass.

The annual pilgrimage at the Mount Carmel shrine, west of Humboldt, was held two weeks later, on July 21.

Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB, and several Benedictines from St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster were on hand for the celebration. Music ministry was provided from a choir from St. Scholastica Parish in Burr, SK.

Proclamation of the Word at Mount Carmel Mass July 21, 2019. 

Carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession to the top of the hill at Mount Carmel Shrine for the blessing of the fields.

Clergy “Sports Days” held at St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus of Saskatchewan

The annual “Clergy Sports Days” were again held at St. Peter’s Benedictine Abbey on July 15 and 16, 2019. There was a good turnout of clergy from the dioceses of Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert.

The clergy played a surprisingly intense and competitive series of sports, including soccer, volleyball, and basketball. The previous evening featured ping-pong and board games. The bishops tried to quell the competitiveness – but, alas – this effort was in vain.

Annual celebration at St. Ann Seniors Home

I again had the privilege of celebrating with the residents and community of St. Ann Seniors Home in Saskatoon on the Feast of St. Joachim and St. Ann – July 26, 2019.

Sisters Margaret Beaudette and Dianne Naud – Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada (below) – attended the Mass. Both have worked in the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, NWT, for decades, providing education, counselling, and ministerial support in several parish communities. They visited Saskatoon during the time of the St. Ann celebration.

Mass and Luncheon Celebration at Columbian Manor

Another of our Catholic senior housing facilities – Columbian Manor – was the site for a gathering and celebration this summer. The residents of Columbian Manor includes several priests and religious. The Manor has plans to expand. On Aug. 5, residents and community supporters came together for a mid-summer celebration of the Eucharist, and a community event.

Monsignor Stan Urbanoski and Monsignor Ray Senger concelebrated at the Mass, along with Fr. Michel Bedard. Mass was followed by a lunch-time banquet. There was a large turn-out at the annual event.

Blackstrap Youth Camp – operated by the Knights of Columbus

On July 25, 2019, I again had the opportunity to celebrate the Mass for the leaders and campers at Blackstrap Youth Camp, run by the Knights of Columbus at Blackstrap Lake, south of Saskatoon.

The Camp Coordinator, Julien Dale, led a capable team of councillors and youth leaders. Julien started his first year as a teacher with Saskatoon Catholic Schools this September.

Several campers enjoy their ‘gourmet camp meals’ at Blackstrap. Meals feature a competition for who goes first – a very spirited and fierce competition!

Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church 100th Anniversary Celebration on August 11, 2019

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church (north of Prud’homme) was constructed in 1918-1919. Many former residents gathered for a centennial celebration at the church in August.

There was a very large turn-out and a festive mood as many recalled their days celebrating at the church. The views are stunning – as one looks south from the entrance of the Church one can see rolling prairie farm landscapes. The power and the blessing of the land is evident, and certainly contributed to the faith and spirit of the pioneers of the church community.

It was a pleasure to have Monsignor Stanley Urbanoski and Fr. Denis Phaneuf join regional pastor Fr. Colin Roy to concelebrate at the Sunday Eucharistic liturgy.

 

Community members gathered for celebration of the Eucharist at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. The interior of the Church is in very good shape, and features most of the original liturgical elements.

Following the Mass, a procession to the cemetery adjacent to the followed, which featured blessing of the grave sites.

Bishop Bryan Bayda’s father, Joseph Michael Bayda, joined the celebration.

The cake was so large, we couldn’t finish it!

Dedication of Statue of St. Mother Theresa on the Feast Day of St. Mary Parish, Macklin

The Nativity of Mary – the Mother of Jesus  – September 8, 2019

The weekend of Sept. 7-8, 2019 was a time of special celebration for the parishes that make up the north-west region of the diocese.

For St. Mary Parish in Macklin, the feast-day of the parish was also the occasion to celebrate a significant ‘pro-life’ saint of the Church – St. Mother Teresa. The community is demonstratively pro-life!

The Mass and dedication of the statue was on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Health Care facility. The statue is located on the grounds where many religious sisters prayed the ‘Stations of the Cross’ as they lived and worked at St. Joseph’s facility. In attendance was Jean Morrison – President and Executive Director of Emmanuel Care.

Statue of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta holding a small child.

 

Fr. Binu Rathappillil, VC, addresses the congregation at the beginning of the Sunday Eucharistic celebration and dedication/ blessing of the statue of St. Mother Teresa.

The homily at the event celebrated St. Mother Teresa as an example of the power of one holy person’s “YES” to giving themselves to Christ and caring for the beloved little ones – especially those on the peripheries. It was also the occasion to invite the community to get ready to receive the upcoming “Diocesan Pastoral Plan” soon to be promulgated in the diocese.

Local musicians led the celebration of the Mass for the parish feast day.

Blessing of the statue at the beginning of the Eucharistic liturgy.

Applicants to the Permanent Diaconate Program

Paul Wheeler, Nicholas Blom, Ryan LeBlanc and their wives, Ely, Maureen, and  Monique gathered for an informal dinner at my residence on Sept. 5, 2019.

Receiving New Clergy in our Diocese to Serve our Parish Communities

The Diocese of Saskatoon continues to be blessed by the clergy who come to serve our diocese. This summer several priests arrived from Ghana, Nigeria, and India to serve our parish communities.

A New Clergy Formation program was recently held for newly-arrived priests in the diocese of Saskatoon (left to right): Fr. Prosper Abotsi (Associate Pastor for Humboldt cluster); Fr. Santhosh Thekkekulam, VC, (Pastor for Wilkie cluster); Fr Jerome Ogunleye (pastor for Wadena cluster); Fr. Francis Appiah-Kubi (pastor for Fox Valley cluster); Bishop Mark Hagemoen; Fr. John Abban-Bonsu (Associate Pastor, Holy Spirit, Saskatoon); Fr. Habila Musa (Pastor for Rosetown cluster); Fr. Paul Oshin (Associate Pastor, St. Paul, Saskatoon); and Fr Clement Arthur (Pastor, St. Michael and St Peter the Apostle, Saskatoon). – Photo by Kiply Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News.

Conclusion:

 

The spring and summer season was a time of experiencing an abundance of God’s blessings and the experience of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a striving and faithful People of God. ministry and blessing.

The Diocese of Saskatoon continues to reveal so many ways in which love and dedication to Christ and the Church is evident in the many activities and devotions of dedicated and zealous people.

I look forward to the upcoming Fall season as we introduce our Diocesan Pastoral Plan, and propose to our parish communities pastoral goals to help our communities and diocese continue to engage in the life, mission, and ministry of Jesus Christ.            

                                                                        In Christ,

+Mark Hagemoen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Mark Hagemoen Blog – Summer 2019 Trip to the West Coast

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog, News

Trip to Garibaldi Highlands and Black Tusk with graduates from St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission Apostolic Year

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon

Six graduates from St. Therese, Brunojoined myself and several others from the Archdiocese of Vancouveron a spectacular one-day 27-kilometre hike through Garibaldi Park and Black Tusk mountain this summer. The area is utterly spectacular and beautiful. It is also a great introduction to prairie people of the mountainous playground of British Columbia and specifically, the southwest coast mountains.

The six graduates from St. Therese were: Rheal Chartier (St. Boniface Archdiocese, Manitoba); Veronica and Dominique Skuban (St. Paul Diocese, Alberta); Alison Fox (Calgary Diocese, Alberta); Kaitlyn Deck (Saskatoon Diocese, Saskatchewan); Peter Van Leeuwen (Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia). Joining us were: Douglas Pham and his fiancé, Julia Rumpel and Beverly Ng of Vancouver; Josh Dupuis (just moved from Saskatoon to Vancouver); and Rev. Gary Franken of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

The area features vast and majestic topography of meadow highlands, as well as spectacular ridges and peaks – many which fall off into seemingly empty abysses.

Josh Dupuis, Fr. Gary Franken, Rheal Chartier, Alison Fox, and +Mark Hagemoen on ascent toward Black Tusk Peak, in the distance.

Peter Van Leeuwen, Rheal Chartier, and Fr. Gary Franken take a needed break in the scree as they ascend the ridge.

Rheal Chartier is thinking: “Gee, there’s nothing this high in Manitoba! What am I doing up here?!!

A quick selfie looking backwards on the ridge approaching the Black Tusk.

The views get increasingly spectacular of the glacial meadows and highlands around Garibaldi Lake as we ascend the ridge.

Peter Van Leauwan carefully watches his next step!! Black Tusk Peak, in the distance.

The group celebrates at the top of the Tusk!

Working our way back down the chimneys.

Josh Dupuis, Fr. Gary Franken, Peter Van Leeuwen, and myself climbing up and down the final ‘chimney accesses’ up the cinder cone of Black Tusk.

The Tusk is both alluring and daunting as its viewed against the sky.

Getting ready to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the upper meadows following the descent.

A truly epic day with a great group!

Visit to Our Lady Queen of Peace Dominican Monastery in Upper Squamish Valley

The following day we had the opportunity to visit the Dominican religious community of cloister religions women at Our Lady Queen of Peace. The community was formerly established at their home in Upper Squamish Valley in August 2012, having arrived 12 years earlier and working to establish their new community in the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 1999.

The current Dominican community of religious women at Our Lady Queen of Peace.

The spectacular view of the Tantalus Range from the Chapel at the Monastery.

For further information about the community, please visit: www.dominicannunsbc.ca

Other hiking in the area during the trip to the West Coast

It was great to continue to experience other wilderness hiking during the visit to the West Coast. All of these places I have spent much time at during my previous years living in the region, both during my youth and my 23 years as a priest in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

View of the Howe Sound Crest Ridge as viewed looking east from Gambier Island.

Gambier Lake, Gambier Island

Views approaching Brunswick Mountain, Cypress Provincial Park overlooking Howe Sound.

The approach and climb,  and the views from Brunswick Mountain are spectacular. Amazing to still see snow on the back slopes in late August – indicating that the west coast had a more moderate summer than previous years.

The meadow slopes in the upper ridge between Brunswick and Harvey Mountains.

Peaks to the south include Mount Harveyand The Lions– the most famous mountains viewed from Vancouver overlooking the North Shore Mountains.

View towards Mount Harvey – the next destination to the south of Brunswick Mountain.

View from Mount Harvey to The Lions.

Looking up from the base of Mount Harvey at the end of the hike.

Eagle Ridgeover Buntzen and Coquitlam Lakes.

Another opportunity to enjoy a great – although hot – day with my nephew, Matthew Hagemoen. Here we have just had a feed of mountain blueberries. They are quite abundant this time of year.

Views from Mount Beautifullooking along Eagle Ridge.

View from “The Pulpit” overlooking Coquitlam Lake.

View up Swan Falls Creekalong the trail descending the ridge.

Dinner with my father, Eric Hagemoenat his cabin at Shuswap Lake.

Rainbow over the Shuswap– a great sign during a wonderful respite.

 

 

 

I have been very blessed to have this time in the mountains in the south-west region of British Columbia, my home for many years. I return refreshed and renewed to the Diocese of Saskatoon, ready to receive further the blessings of the great Prairies and its peoples!

                                                            In Christ,      

+Mark HagemoenBishop Mark Hagemoen Blog – Summer 2019 Trip to the West Coast

Bishop Hagemoen visits parishes in Wadena deanery

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently completed a pastoral visit to the 13 parishes of the Wadena deanery.

Eucharistic celebrations, cemetery blessings, and town hall meetings were on the agenda as Bishop Hagemoen travelled throughout the Wadena deanery July 9-13, visiting all 13 parishes in the easternmost region of the diocese, with a number of other stops, such as a visit to a youth camp in the area.

Bishop Hagemoen made a similar pastoral visit in the fall of 2018 to the parishes of the Humboldt Deanery.

 

Pastoral visit highlights: NEWS SITE

 

 

Parishes in the Wadena deanery

WADENA parish cluster (Pastor: Fr. Emmanuel Banahene)

St. Mary Catholic Church in Wadena, SK

ST. FRONT parish cluster (Pastor: Fr. Charles Nweze)

St. Front Catholic Church at St. Front, SK

WYNYARD parish cluster (Pastor: Fr. Augustine Osei-Bonsu)

St. Mary Catholic Church at Wynyard, SK

Schedule for the Bishop’s Pastoral Visit July 9-13

Tuesday July 9

  • 4:00 pm Mass at St. Theresa, Lintlaw, followed by cemetery visit
  • 7:00 pm Town Hall meeting at St. Joseph, Kelvington

Wednesday July 10

  • 9:00 am Mass and Adoration at St. Mary, Wadena
  • 3:00 pm Visit with parishioners at St. Athanasius, Perigord, followed by visit to Our Lady Queen of Poland, Fosston, and cemetery visit
  • 6:00 pm Visit with parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Poland, Fosston

Thursday July 11

  • 10:00 am Meeting with Fr. Charles
  • 10:30 am Mass at St. George, Naicam
  • 11:30 am Lunch and Town Hall meeting at St. George, Naicam, followed by cemetery visit
  • 3:00 pm Visit to St. Felix, Archerwill, followed by cemetery visit
  • 4:30 pm Visit to Rex Mundi Camp / Christ the King Youth Camp
  • 6:00 pm Mass at St. Lawrence, Nobleville, followed by supper

Friday July 12

  • 9:00 am Visit to St. Front cemetery
  • 10:30 am Mass at Christ the King, Rose Valley, followed by lunch and Town Hall meeting at Rose Valley
  • 2:30 pm Visit to Rose Valley cemetery
  • 4:30 pm Dinner in Wynyard
  • 6:00 pm Mass at St. Mary, Wynyard
  • 7:00 pm Town Hall meeting for parishes at Wynyard, Wishart and Foam Lake, held at St. Mary Church, Wynyard

Saturday July 13

  • 9:00 am Mass at Christ the King, Foam Lake
  • 10:00 am Visit to Foam Lake cemetery
  • 11:30 am Visit to Seho cemetery
  • 1:00 pm Lunch in Foam Lake
  • 3:00 pm Visit to Wynyard cemetery
  • 4:15 pm Visit to Wishart cemetery
  • 5:00 pm Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart
  • 6:15 pm Potluck supper at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church / Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at Foam Lake, Sk

St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Perigord, SK

St, Felix Catholic Church at Archerwill, SK

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at Wishart, SK

St. Joseph Catholic Church at Kelvington, SK

St. George Catholic Church at Naicam, SK

St. Theresa Catholic Church at Lintlaw, SK

St. Mary Catholic Church at Fosston, SK

St. Lawrence Catholic Church at Nobleville, SK

Christ the King Catholic Church at Rose Valley, SK

Easter Message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

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Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Greetings Clergy, Religious, and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Saskatoon:

I wish you all a blessed Holy Week and Easter Season! We enter into a profoundly meaningful time in the life of our faith, as we recall our Lord Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem in which He personally meets the tragedy and seeming finality of the human propensity towards ‘fatal attractions.’  The Saviour’s response is one of complete self-giving and the literal outpouring of His life. Indeed, the greatest love the world has ever known is that which we witness on that terrible day we know as ‘Good Friday.’

Then, Easter Sunday comes! Jesus, after having faced the totality of human death …rises! Indeed, Our Lord has confronted and taken on absolutely anything that can come between us and the saving love of God, the Creator of the world who did not will that death be the final experience for humanity. As Our Lord states, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Let us recall with devotion and gratitude the journey that Jesus takes from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. May His journey inspire and embolden us regarding what is possible in terms of healing and new hope. Our world faces many challenges. We too face obstacles that at times seem insurmountable. Through all of this, Jesus continues to lovingly and faithfully look at us, saying “…for God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

As Pope Francis recently stated, “Christians cannot fight the devil by becoming ‘superstars.’” The Lord responds to the evil one by holding fast to His own way, the way of humility and trust in God’s unrelenting faithfulness to us. May this Easter season be a time of hope and renewal for us all. Not because we are heroic with our goals and affirmations, but because we recommit to walking always with the Lord. He has risen from the dead, and has shown us the way from enslavement to freedom; from destructive anger or despair to healing; from death to life.

May the Easter season be a time of healing and renewal for us all.

Sincerely in Christ,

+ Bishop Mark Hagemoen

PDF of Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s letter to the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful, Easter 2019: Message

Pope Francis issues Apostolic Exhortation “Christ is Alive” as a follow-up to Synod on Youth

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Christus vivit (“Christ is Alive”) is a new document that Pope Francis addresses to young people and the entire People of God.

 

The document is the fruit of the Extraordinary Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment held in Rome in October 2018. As Pope Francis writes:

“With great affection, I address this Apostolic Exhortation to all Christian young people.It is meant to remind you of certain convictions born of our faith, and at the same time to encourage you to grow in holiness and in commitment to your personal vocation. But since it is also part of a synodal process, I am also addressing this message to the entire People of God, pastors and faithful alike, since all of us are challenged and urged to reflect both on the young and for the young. Consequently, I will speak to young people directly in some places, while in others I will propose some more general considerations for the Church’s discernment.”

Bishop Mark Hagemoen Blog – February 2019

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Visit to Black Lake First Nation, SK with FacetoFace Ministries

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon

At the invitation of Archbishop Murray Chatlain of Keewatin-Le Pas, several young adults led by FacetoFace Ministries travelled to Black Lake, SK in the Athabasca region of northern Saskatchewan, from February 16 to 22, 2019. The purpose of the trip was to learn about the Dene community, and to assist the local parish in helping prepare several candidates for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. (The candidates were not able to participate in the summer celebration of Confirmation earlier in the summer at the Pine Channel Spiritual Pilgrimage.)

Chief Coreen Sayazie and Father Cornelius Ngurukwem, SMMM, graciously received us to the parish and the Black Lake community.

 

The FacetoFace E3 Ministry Team: Matthias Steiner; Paul Bentler; Fr. Cornelius Ngurukwem (pastor of Athabasca region); Jon Courchene; Bishop Mark Hagemoen; Daniel Pashula; Jerome Montpetit; Matthew Witzaney; Benjamin Gerwing.

Jon Courchene led the Face-to-Face Ministry team (below, left), with the capable assistance of Daniel Pashula (below, right):


The week began with getting involved in the communities activities. As it was the spring break and the Winter Carnival, school was closed, and thus the young people of the community played various sports in the school gym. Men of the community also provided for the group an opportunity to enjoy “ice-fishing” on Black Lake, and experience the ‘chill’ of high speed ski-doo travel.

A competitive evening game of volleyball.

 

 

Jerome Montpetit (top, left), Paul Bentler (top, right), and Benjamin Gerwing (bottom, centre) get dressed for the ski-doo and ice fishing excursion on Black Lake.

 

Bishop Mark poses for a pic before the ice-fishing expedition: Matthias Steiner (far right) came from Fraser Lake, BC to join the trip to Black Lake.

 

 

Preparing a “dinner fish fry” with the catch following the day on the lake.

The moon sets during the morning dawn!

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The team enjoys breakfast with Fr. Cornelius.

Jerome Montpetit enjoys an unorthodox breakfast of oatmeal with mustard!

Celebration of BAPTISMS

Unexpectedly, there was a request to celebrate several Baptisms. Along with the Pastor, Fr. Cornelius, these were celebrated on Tuesday evening, February 19. The candidates included several new-borns and children. Confirmation celebrations continued into the early summer. One of the families came in from nearby Fond-du-Lac, about two hours away by winter road.

The homily before the celebration of the Baptisms at Our Lady of the Cape Church, Black Lake.

Celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the families during the Baptism ceremony.

Families gather for a group picture following the celebration of the baptisms.


Celebration of RECONCILIATION & CONFIRMATION

Daniel Pashula seems to have the greatest difficulty with this“Oreo Cookie” ice-breaker activity with the youth (above). Paul Bentler is quite capable at the game – not surprising given his cookie consumption during the week!

The team provides testimonial, skits, and other presentations to prepare the candidates for the Sacrament of Reconciliation before their Confirmation celebration.

Four young people were confirmed the evening of Wednesday February 20:  Gracie, Tenea, Branthany, Jayvian.

Opening Ceremonies, Black Lake Winter Carnival 2019

Following the Confirmation ceremony, the Black Lake Winter Carnival opening ceremonies were held at the band hall. The carnival is held annually during the school winter break, and features programs for both children and adults. It is an opportunity during the harsh and long winter season for the communities in the area to gather for games, cultural festivities, indoor and outdoor activities, and other community events.

 

Bishop Mark is greeted by a group of Dene men from Black Lake, Fond du Lac, and Stony Rapids – all communities in the Athabasca region.

 

Chief Coreen Sayazie gives a welcome and opening address to the community to the Winter Carnival opening ceremonies.

The opening ceremonies includes elders and representatives from the band leadership in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Young people from the community perform in a display of talented and energetic jigging, accompanied by the local band.

 

Daniel Pashula takes in the carnival festivities (left). Matthias Steiner is remarkably wide-eyed during the opening ceremonies  (right).

  

Matthew Witzaney shows his jigging ability (left), while Benjamin Gerwing (right) shows his stuff during the ‘orange dance’.

 

 

The FacetoFace E3 Team for Black Lake were a real blessing. However, all team members said that they received far more than they gave from the generousity, hospitality, and kindness of the Dene community. It will be an experience that will provide much ‘food for thought and soul’ for a long time, including for the FacetoFace leadership and the Bishop of Saskatoon!

In Christ,       

+Mark Hagemoen

NEWS: Call for Conscience Protection

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Protecting conscience rights in Saskatchewan

An advocacy campaign is underway in our province, asking supporters to  call upon the provincial Minister of Health and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to provide robust conscience protection for healthcare professionals in Saskatchewan.

With the passing of euthanasia/assisted suicide legislation in Canada, provinces are now implementing local protocols. We are encouraging all those concerned about this issue to respectfully contact the Minister of Health and MLAs.

Parishes across the province will be offering opportunities to sign letters to provincial politicians on the Feb 23-24 weekend, or submit letters electronically, via https://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/saskatchewan

This protection is in place in every other country worldwide that allows euthanasia. 

View a video about the issue:

More information: Coalition for Conscience information sheet

Conscientious objection must be legally protected! Please contact your elected officials in Saskatchewan.

 

 

Day of Prayer for Reverence for Life – Message from the Bishop

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Text Box: Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon OFFICE OF THE BISHOP 123 Nelson Rd Phone: 306-242-1500 Saskatoon SK S7S 1H1 Fax: 306-244-6010 www.rcdos.ca Toll free: 877-661-5005

 

 

 

 

Dear Clergy, Religious, & Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Saskatoon:

Pro-Life Sunday will be celebrated in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon on Jan. 27, 2019, providing our faith communities with an opportunity for prayers, reflection and discussion about the value of every precious human life.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the removal of abortion from the Criminal Code and the 31stanniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Morgentaler case on Jan. 28, 1988, which removed all remaining restrictions on abortion in Canada. Sadly applauded by many in our society, these moments in our nation’s history hold within them the tragic reality of millions of lost lives.

Victims of abortion include the unborn children who are killed, but also the mothers, fathers and families left wounded after an abortion. The community is also weakened and damaged as the weakest and most vulnerable among us are not valued and protected.

Our faith has always consistently taught that human life is sacred. The value of a human life is not derived from its “usefulness” or any other subjective evaluation of “quality of life,” but is intrinsic to the human person: a sacred value, which has its origin in the Creator of all.

As Pope Francis said in his 2016 document The Joy of Love: “The gift of a new child, entrusted by the Lord to a father and a mother, begins with acceptance, continues with lifelong protection and has as its final goal the joy of eternal life. … So great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life, which is an end in itself and which can never be considered the ‘property’ of another human being. (Amoris Laetitia, 83).”

Admittedly, this is a challenging and sobering teaching when a mother and father are dealing with an unexpected or crisis pregnancy that brings with it daunting questions and uncertain pathways. However, not to face this reality dehumanizes our world.

Today, advances in science, genetics and embryology clearly show the distinct humanity of each unborn child, which comes into existence at conception. Each new, distinct human person shares the fundamental human right to life that we as Canadians celebrate and support on so many other fronts. Failing to recognize that right has left our country damaged – not only in the missing and lost lives of millions of unborn children, but is removing ‘the heart’ from our society. For instance, devaluing human life at any age or stage has inexorably led to the legalization and growing acceptance in our country of Medical Aid in Death: our lives seem to cease to have meaning and value as we face the fear of not being ‘useful’, or that we are a ‘problem’ to those on whom we rely for care. This loss of ‘heart’ is also the root cause of so many other evils in our midst: poverty, hunger, discrimination, injustice, racism, and violence.

Standing in stark contrast is the core of the Gospel, as Saint Pope John Paul II describes in his encyclical Gospel of Life: “It is the proclamation of a living God who is close to us, who calls us to profound communion with Himself and awakens in us the certain hope of eternal life. It is the affirmation of the inseparable connection between the person, his/her life and bodiliness. It is the presentation of human life as a life of relationship, a gift of God, the fruit and sign of His love. It is the proclamation that Jesus has a unique relationship with every person, which enables us to see in every human face the face of Christ. It is the call for a ‘sincere gift of self’ as the fullest way to realize our personal freedom” (Evangelium vitae, 81).

Holding firmly to the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I invite you to join me in prayer on Pro-Life Sunday on Jan. 27. And may our every action always lovingly affirm the deep and sacred value of every human person. Brothers and Sisters, we pray that as a nation we may re-discover our heart!

Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen

 

Prayer for Reverence for Life

Almighty God, giver of all that is good,
we thank you for the precious gift of human life:

For life in the womb, coming from your creative power,

For the life of children, making us glad with their freshness and promise,

For the life of young people, hoping for a better world,

For the life of people who are disabled, teaching us that every life has value,

For the life of the elderly, witnessing to the ageless values of patience and wisdom.

Like Blessed Mary, may we always say “yes” to Your gift.

Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect and cherish it from conception to its natural end.

And bring us at last, O Father, to the fullness of eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN

 

Rooted in Christ