Announcements for Sunday, June 23, 2024

Diocesan Bulletin 2-sided summary PDF

* Diocesan Prayer intention – We pray for all students and graduates as the school year draws to a close. Heavenly Father, bless and inspire the faith journey of each young person, and help us all to accompany and mentor the children and youth in our community as they grow in faith and discipleship.


EARTHCARE Connections (Prayer intentions from Farmland Legacies)

  1. Help our country to recognize the disharmony of promoting the economy without protecting the environment. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Help the efforts of Farmland Legacies to provide protein for the poor among us. We pray to the Lord.


NOTE:  The regular weekly mail out of Announcements and the Diocesan Bulletin PDF will take a break in July and most of August. After next week’s edition (for Sunday, June 30) there will be only one edition at the end of July (for Sunday, July 28), before the regular schedule resumes in September. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact diocesan communications coordinator Kip Yaworski: or (306) 659-5844.


New Announcements:


* Take action:  Contact your Member of Parliament to express support for Bill S-210, which seeks to protect children from access to explicit online material. According to the Parliament of Canada website,, the purpose of Bill S-210 is, “to protect public health and public safety and, in particular, to:

  • protect the mental health of young persons by restricting their access to sexually explicit material;
  • protect Canadians — in particular, young persons and women — from the harmful effects of the exposure of young persons to sexually explicit material, including demeaning material and material depicting sexual violence; and
  • deter organizations that make sexually explicit material available on the Internet for commercial purposes from allowing young persons to access that material.”

Find contact information for MPs at:

In a letter to Members of Parliament about Bill S-210, Archbishop Leo of Toronto said: “We look to a future imbued with a robust moral fabric which allows for individuals, families and communities to thrive, to grow and to lead lives of fulfillment and where our children are kept safe from such addictive and nocent influences.” –—bill-s-210—june-2024.pdf



The fourth annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday, July 28, 2024. “Do not cast me off in my old age” (Ps 71: 9) is this year’s theme. The Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has prepared materials for reflection and celebration, with Pope Francis’ message and other materials available on the Dicastery’s website at:


* Catholic Women’s League National Convention – August 10 to 14, 2024:

Members of the CWL from Saskatoon and Prince Albert will host the National CWL convention Aug. 10-14 in Saskatoon. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to join their sisters from across the league in celebration. There will be faith, fulfillment, and most of all friendship. For more information or to see the full agenda with all of the events and guest speakers, visit

How can you participate?

  1. Register to attend! The registration deadline is July 12. Registration is done through the National office, either online or by mailing in a registration form and cheque. You can find this information at the convention website:
  2. Volunteer! A convention of this size takes a lot of volunteers to run. There are many jobs that need to be filled such as hospitality and sales tables (to name a few). You can volunteer for one shift, or several, during the day or evenings, whatever fits your schedule. If you are interested in volunteering or just learning more about the different roles that need to be filled, contact Melanie at or (306) 220‑9520.
  3. Not able to attend the convention but still interested in helping? Convention organizers are holding a work bee at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at St. Patrick Parish Hall, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon. Volunteers will be assembling registration bags, making some decorations, and undertaking several other activities to get ready for the convention. No need to register to help, just show up and bring a friend. All supplies are provided, but please bring your own lunch if you plan to stay for the day.


* Save the Date! Save Some Stuff! St. Mary’s Garage Sale will be held Friday Aug. 16 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 17 (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at St. Mary Parish Hall, Avenue O South and 20th Street West in Saskatoon.  Donations of clean, small, saleable household items (no clothes or footwear) in good condition are welcome. From Aug. 6 to Aug. 14, you can drop off donated items at the north parish hall door from 10 a.m. to noon, or call (306) 244-2983 between Aug. 6 and Aug. 14 (during parish office hours) to arrange for pick-up.


* “Build a Culture of Life” – Save the Date for the 22nd annual pilgrimage to the Millennium Pro-Life Cross 10.8 km northeast of Aberdeen on Highway 41, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. A living rosary is celebrated, along with other prayers. Keynote speaker is Most Rev. Bishop Michael Smolinski, CsSR, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. Fellowship and food to follow. Bring your own rosary and lawn chair or umbrella. More information, including any changes because of inclement weather can be found at: or the Millennium Pro-Life Cross page on Facebook. (Sponsored by the Millennium Cross Foundation, in partnership with the Knights of Columbus and the Eparchy of Saskatoon).


Previous Announcements:


* Prairie pilgrimage season continues in July and August. Find info about upcoming Saskatchewan pilgrimages on the diocesan website at:

* Reward Pilgrimage – Sunday, July 14

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Children’s activities
  • 2:00 p.m. – Adoration and Confession
  • 3:30 p.m. – Rosary
  • 4:00 p.m. – Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen
  • 5:00 p.m. – Dinner (free-will offering)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Casual soccer game

Note: Mass will also be celebrated at the Holy Rosary Shrine site at 7:30 p.m. on several Saturdays over the summer: June 29, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Sept. 7.

Holy Rosary Shrine and Church is located 3 km south of the hamlet of Reward, SK.


* Mount Carmel Pilgrimage – Sunday, July 21

  • 9:45 a.m. – “An Hour with Mary” – Marian hymns, Rosary, Sacrament of Reconciliation);
  • 10:45 a.m. – “An Hour with God’s family” – Celebration of Sunday Eucharist with Bishop Mark Hagemoen presiding, blessing of the fields, blessing of the sick
  • 12:00 noon – “An Hour with Our Diocesan Family” – lunch (concession available) and quiet time with the Blessed Sacrament
  • 1:30 p.m. – An Hour with the Lord” – Stations of the Cross (in groups), Blessing with the Blessed Sacrament

The Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is located about 5.2 km north of Carmel, SK (west of Humboldt).


* Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent – July 15-16 and Aug. 15

Monday, July 15:

  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Workshop on how to pray the Rosary in Cree
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 v – Holy Hour-Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of Mercy, and prayer
  • 4:30 p.m.– Speaker – Bishop Stephen Hero, Diocese of Prince Albert
  • 5:30 p.m.– Supper
  • 7:00 p.m. – Examination of Conscience followed by confession until 8:00 p.m.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Marian Time of Prayer – Scriptural Rosary, music
  • 8:30 p.m. – Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Stephen Hero
  • 9:45 p.m. – Torchlight procession to the Log Church for Adoration until 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Mass in Cree with Fr. Susai Jesu O.M.I. at the Imihew Aski-Prayer Meadow at the old Pieta site
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  – Mass in French with Bishop Emeritus Thévenot M.Afr.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Mass with Bishop Stephen Hero
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. — Speaker – Bishop Stephen Hero, Diocese of Prince Albert
  • 2:30 p.m.  Anointing of the Sick at the Grotto
  • 3:30 p.m. – Way of the Cross at the Grotto

Aug. 15  – Feast of the Assumption

  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Examination of conscience and confessions at the Grotto
  • 7:00 p.m. – Exposition of Blessed Sacrament and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the Grotto
  • 7:30 p.m. – Marian devotion at the Grotto
  • 8:00 p.m. – Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Stephen Hero, Priests, and Deacons
  • 9:15 p.m. – Torchlight procession to the Arch for the blessing then to the Log Church for Adoration until 11:00 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent is located 12 km directly east of Duck Lake on grid road; or take the road from the statue landmark on Highway 11. Find more details at: or


* Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage (to the Rama Pilgrimage) – Aug. 11-14

The 5th annual Saint Philomena Walking Pilgrimage is a supported walk; rest stops and meals are provided and a trailer carries camping supplies between nightly stops. Pilgrims are invited to join in all of the walk, a few steps, or anything in between. The pilgrimage starts at St Mary Parish in Yorkton and ends at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at Rama on Aug. 14 for the Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Version Mary. For more information  visit the website at, or telephone Dave or Bev at (306) 728-5525 or e-mail: Registration deadline: Aug. 4.


* Rama Pilgrimage Aug. 14-15:

Monday, Aug. 14 – Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

  • 3:00 p.m. – Chaplet of Divine Mercy – Grotto
  • 3:15 p.m. – Stations of the Cross
  • 4:30 p.m. – Supper (book ticket 306-593-6120)
  • 6:00 p.m. – Hymns of Praise to Mary
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Confessions
  • 8:00 p.m. – Celebration of Holy Eucharist (Living Rosary, candlelight procession, exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Adoration)

Tuesday, Aug. 15 – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 8:30 a.m. – Morning Devotional Prayers in Polish (Church)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Mass in Polish (Church)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite
  • 11:00 a.m. – Final Mass (Anointing of the sick and aged, blessing for plenary indulgence, blessing of religious articles
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch after final Mass, book ticket at 306-593-6120

The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at Rama is located at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 104 – 1st St N, Rama, SK (east of Wadena on Highway 5.) See: for more information.


Other pilgrimages in the Archdiocese of Regina:


Other pilgrimages in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon:


* Permanent Diaconate – All are invited to join Bishop Mark Hagemoen as he ordains Nicholas Blom to the Sacred Order of Deacons at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. The permanent diaconate is open to married men over 35 years of age, and single men over 25 years of age. Permanent deacons ordained in other dioceses have been serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon for a number of years, but a permanent deacon program has now been introduced in the diocese as well.


* A reminder to those interested in excellent Catholic resources for your parish, school or home: the Monsignor Michael J. Koch Resource Library is still operating at the Catholic Center, located on the second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family , 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, and will be available during summertime as well. Please call the Catholic Centre at (306) 242-1500 to check if the library is open before coming down to visit the collection of books, DVDs and/or audio resources. A form is available for self-checkout, and you are responsible for returning items in a reasonable time. (The end of the school and ministry year is also a good time to check your bookshelf or video stack for any diocesan Resource Library items to be returned to be made available to others.) A list of all resources available at the library can be found through a link at the very bottom of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon website home page, or go to:


* Are you called to serve as a Catholic school board trustee? Civic elections, including elections for school board trustees, will be held this fall. Catholic school board trustees serve an important role to help maintain the uniqueness of Catholic education and keep Christ as the heart and soul of each of our school communities. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has a 10-member board consisting of seven at-large trustees representing Saskatoon, one representing rural areas around Saskatoon, one representing Humboldt, and one representing Biggar. Nominations will open Sept. 23, 2024. For more information see:


* The diocesan Sts. Benedict and Scholastica Formation Program is now accepting applications for both men and women candidates for the year 2024-25. This program aims to form young adult Catholics in pursuing holiness while living in the world. It includes academic formation, such as that provided through St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan, in conjunction with spiritual, human, and pastoral formation provided through community living, prayer, training, and discernment in a house of formation located near the University of Saskatchewan campus. This program may be a period of vocation preparation for priesthood, religious life, or any form of lay vocation and ministry. Please check the diocesan website for further details: For more information, please contact Fr. Daniel Yasinski at or Sr. Malou Tibayan at Application deadline is July 26.


An African-Canadian Catholic community monthly Mass is held on the first Sunday of each month at St. Michael Parish, 18-33rd St. E. Saskatoon, with the next celebrations at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30 2024 (Mass is celebrated in English, featuring liturgical music in many African languages and with traditional drums).


* Save the Date: An event will be held 5:30 p.m. on the Feast of St. Monica, Tuesday, Aug. 27 to pray for those who have left the faith. It will include dinner, speakers, and prayer, held at Saint Anne Parish, Saskatoon. Watch for registration details early in August.


* Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries of Saskatchewan will host a weekend retreat in Saskatoon Oct. 4-6, 2024. Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. A weekend retreat offers a supportive, confidential and non judgemental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. For more information or to register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email

Longer version:

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries of SK – Retreat for those struggling with the emotional and/or spiritual pain of abortion will be held from 5 p.m. Oct. 4 until 4 p.m. Oct. 6, 2024. Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries of SK weekend retreats offer an opportunity for healing to women and men who have struggled with the emotional and/or spiritual pain of abortion. Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, written by Teresa Burke, PhD, focuses on God’s love and forgiveness in a non-judgemental environment. Spiritual exercises focus on God’s forgiveness, compassion and mercy which help participants work through repressed grief and anger. There are certified counsellors and a priest involved in every retreat. The retreat is a chance to escape from the daily pressures of work and family, to focus on a painful time in life, and to begin healing through a supportive process. Many preconceived fears of condemnation are transformed into blessings, many memories of abandonment, pain and confusion are replaced by peace and reconciliation. The retreat is open and welcomes all individuals seeking healing. For more information or to register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email


Food Pantry Appeal – The emergency food pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Saskatoon is getting very low on food. The parish team reports being forced to turn people away because the pantry has run out of food, with donations decreasing at exactly the same time as demand for food hampers is increasing. The parish is appealing for food and/or monetary donations to help them continue this essential service to some of our diocese’s most vulnerable families. Our Lady of Guadalupe pantry is seeking donations of a range of food staples, including powdered milk, peanut butter (small sizes), coffee, tea, canned beans, canned meat and fish, canned soups, pasta sauce, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, and ramen noodles (nothing out of date, please). Non-perishable food items are also welcome. Monetary donations permit the parish to purchase exactly what is needed. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish office is located at 426 Avenue J South, Saskatoon, or phone (306) 653-4945 for more information.


Spring Cleaning? Remember the CWL Clothing Depot. – With donations and support from the community, the non-profit CWL Clothing Depot to offer an important ministry and service to those in our community who face disadvantages. Those who stand in need include refugees, immigrants, and many, many local residents. Donations of gently-used clothing, toys, towels, bedding, or small household goods can be dropped off at the back door of the CWL Clothing Depot, 619 20th Street West in Saskatoon between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Thank you for helping the Catholic Women’s League provide this much-needed outreach!


* Development and Peace GROW HOPE Saskatchewan Campaign – Generous farmers in Saskatchewan have again agreed to grow and donate land to grow a crop for Grow Hope Saskatchewan. Donors are invited to sponsor the growth of a crop with a donation to help cover the costs of farming. It costs up to $350 per acre to provide seed, fertilizer, fuel and other things needed to grow a crop. After harvest, farmers sell the crop and donate the proceeds to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The proceeds from the sale of the crop can be as much as $600 per acre or more. Crop proceeds used to provide emergency food assistance for people living through a crisis may also be matched 4 to 1 through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s partnership with Global Affairs Canada. Cheques can be made out to Development and Peace – please indicate Grow Hope Sask. More details at


* UCWLC National Scholarships 2024 – The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada offers two scholarships. The Vera Buczynsky Ukrainian Language Studies Scholarship for $1,000 is offered to a person who is a member of a Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada who is enrolled in Ukrainian Language Studies at the post-secondary level. The Mary Dyma Religious Studies Scholarship for $1,000 is offered to a lay woman who is a member of a Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada who is enrolled in Religious Studies at the graduate level. Deadline to apply for these scholarships is Oct. 1. Criteria and applications for both scholarships are available online at and can be submitted electronically to the Vera Buczynsky Ukrainian Language Studies Scholarship Committee OR Mary Dyma Religious Studies Scholarship Committee at


The Spirituality of Childhood – Level 1 formation in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be offered July 2-7, 2024 at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina. This intensive, hands-on week of training is for leaders to facilitate the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the youngest children, ages 3-6 years. It engages hand, head, and heart, immersing the adult in scripture, liturgy, theology, and prayer so as to support the needs and spiritual growth of the young child. Contact: Farrah Semegen at or (306) 551-4194 for more information, or register at


Donations are requested for prison ministry’s Storytime Program for Dads – The diocesan Office of Restorative Ministry is seeking donations of new children’s pyjamas sizes newborn to size 8, and/or gently-used children’s books and small backpacks, as well as crayons and colouring books, as part of a project to help fathers in prison improve parenting skills and stay connected to their families. Men approved for the program are video-taped reading bedtime stories, and the videos are sent to their children with the donated gifts of pyjamas/book in a back pack. Monetary donations for project supplies are also welcome. All donations can be dropped off or sent “Attention Dianne” to the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor, Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, S7S 1H1 (hours are: 9 am to noon, 1 p.m. to 4:30 pm weekdays). Please make cheques out to “DSCF -Restorative Ministry”). Monetary donations can also be made online at (please select “Restorative Ministry Fund (Prison)” in the drop-down box.) Donations of sturdy rosaries (metal chains) are also requested for prison ministry: please drop-off / send to the Catholic Pastoral Centre or call Restorative Ministry at (306) 659-5845. (Prison Ministry is supported by gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)



The Spiritual Motherhood of Priests is an apostolate for any interested women in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. In 2007, the Congregation of the Clergy, with approval of Pope Benedict XVI, invited women to adopt priests as their “spiritual sons” and to pray for them constantly, particularly before the Blessed Sacrament. As part of the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests, women try to imitate our Blessed Mother Mary, the first Mother of Priests, in her humility and sacrifice. In a life-long commitment, every woman who joins the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests is given the name of one priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to adopt as her “spiritual son,” promising to anonymously pray daily for him, as well as during a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration, and to make sacrifices to help her priest-son give himself to God. All women – single, married, widowed, consecrated religious – are welcome to discern this apostolate of prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification and support of our priests. Find more info at or contact Jacqueline Saretsky: smop@rcdos  or (306) 659-5839.


Company of St. Ursula – Lay women consecrated to Christ in service for the world: learn more at: For more information about this form of consecrated life, please contact Bernice Daratha at


Seeking ways to help those who are fleeing to Canada from war-torn Ukraine? The Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan was established in 1972 and is the provincial council of the national UCC. The UCC represents and serves nearly 150 cultural and other Ukrainians grassroots organizations throughout the province. UCC Saskatchewan has also been engaged with the settlement of Ukrainians and other newcomers for well over 15 years. To receive updates and/or find out about a range of ways to help, please visit the UCC website:

A Prayer for Ukraine:  God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children at risk and in fear that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus the Prince of Peace. Amen. (Prayer from Notre Dame de Sion / Sisters of Our Lady of Sion)

Help for Ukraine – Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) – The Ukrainian bishops of Canada are working together with their churches to join CNEWA’s campaign to provide humanitarian relief in Ukraine:


Scam Alert – Fraudulent messages continue to circulate via e-mail, as well as via text and message apps, allegedly coming from our priests, bishop, or others in the Catholic community, asking for money, gift cards, or other gifts. DISREGARD all such messages! Do NOT reply or engage with the individuals sending these messages. The e-mail addresses typically look like they could be real (using names, titles, etc.). Do NOT send gift cards, money, or cash transfers if requested to do so over e-mail or via text message. If you receive messages asking for help like this from our bishops or priests or other leaders, either contact their offices directly to check whether the messages are authentic, or just ignore. If you are the victim of fraud, contact your local police or RCMP office.


Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre welcomes you!

Queen’s House programming combines in-person and online events using Zoom.

Address: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon; Phone: (306) 242-1916;

E-mail:; Website:


* Summer Stillness Retreat with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, will be offered July 15 to 18 in-person at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon and on Zoom.

  • Public lecture 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 – “The Cross and the Rainbow: The Deep Secret Inside the Gospels and Inside of Life Itself.” Before Jesus, the biblical sign of God’s unshakeable fidelity was the rainbow. After Good Friday, the cross is now the sign of that fidelity. It is not so much that we misunderstand this mystery but rather that we do not probe deeply enough into its richness. What are the deep “secrets” and “truths” revealed in the passion and death of Jesus? How is the cross now the ultimate rainbow? A reflection on the paschal mystery.
  • Retreat Tuesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 18 – “Entering into the Cycle of Death – Resurrection – Grieving – Ascension – Pentecost – The Mystery of Transformation.” Jesus’ undergoing the Paschal Mystery is a paradigm for us to follow. How do new life and new spirit appear in our lives? How do we name our deaths, claim our births, grieve what’s lost, let our losses bless us, and then receive new spirit for our lives? How do we learn to live peacefully inside of our own skins? The paschal mystery is the secret. How do we undergo paschal transformation?

Register for the lecture only, or the full retreat. Find more details about options and registration at: or call (306) 242-1916.


* A Time for Gratitude – A community gathering and farewell to Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre is planned for Thursday, July 18, welcoming ALL friends of Queen’s House. Schedule:

  • 4:00 p.m. – Eucharist
  • 5:30 p.m. – Barbecue Supper
  • 7:00 p.m. – Gratitude and Farewell Ceremony
  • 8:00 p.m. – Reception

Find more details and registration (with or without supper; limited seating, registration required) on the website at: or call (306) 242-1916.


Spiritual direction: If you are interested in having a mentor and companion to accompany you on your spiritual journey contact Sr. Adeline Behm: (306) 242-1916 Extension 228 or e-mail  or visit