Announcements for Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Diocesan Prayer Intention: Creator God, as we mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, lead us in the ways of healing, justice and reconciliation, and renew understanding and relationship among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
EARTHCARE Connections (Prayer intentions from Farmland Legacies for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time):
- May we support those organizations that provide fresh and nutritious food to the clients of food banks and relief shelters. We pray to the Lord.
- May our monetary donations and contributions to church and society be matched by our actions to care for the Earth which sustains us. We pray to the Lord.
* A Walk for Reconciliation will be held in Humboldt on Saturday, Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Participants are invited to meet at the Humboldt Civic Park Gazebo at 9:45 a.m. for the walk from Civic Park to Westminster Church Hall in Humboldt.
* Rock Your Roots: Walk for Reconciliation will be held on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Saturday, Sept. 30. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast hosted by CUMFI outside their office at 315 Ave M South, Saskatoon. The walk begins at 10 a.m. from that location, proceeding down 20th Street W to Victoria Park (Reconciliation Circle at the foot of the “Where Our Paths Cross” installation). When the procession arrives, there will be a short program followed by games in the park. The event will end at 12 p.m. Stay tuned for more updates at http://www.beaconnectr.com/events
* Women’s Discernment Nights will resume on the first Thursday of each month, held at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Saskatoon. The first gathering will be on Thursday, Oct 5. The Women’s Discernment Nights are open to young women who are seeking the Lord’s direction in their life and are wanting to journey with other women in seeking God’s will for their life today. The gatherings are facilitated by Sr. Malou Tibayan (Verbum Dei Missionary) email@example.com and Sr. April Mireau (Sister of the Presentation of Mary.)
* A Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee, will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 at St. Mary Parish, 211 Ave. O South, Saskatoon. The rhythm of the Contemplative Mass is a gentle, steady flow, marked by 20 minutes of silence after communion. It is designated to allow space for reflection and recognition of the intimate presence of Christ who comes to us through scripture and the Eucharist. Silence in this form of worship can feel uncomfortable or awkward, especially when experienced for the first time. We encourage you to relax and rest in the abiding presence of God.
* St. Thomas More College Peace Studies Lecture – The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire will be presenting this year’s Peace Studies lecture “Peace, Faith, and Humanity in Times of Crisis” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at St. Joseph High School Theatre, 115 Nelson Road, Saskatoon as an in-person only event. The lecture is sponsored by the Irene and Doug Schmeiser Centre for Faith, Reason, Peace, and Justice at St. Thomas More College. To register for this year’s Peace Studies lecture, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/peace-faith-and-humanity-in-times-of-crisis-tickets-707838432807?aff=oddtdtcreator If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Speaker: Hon. Roméo Dallaire is founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace, and Security, the global partnership with the mission to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in violence. A celebrated advocate for human rights, especially regarding child soldiers, veterans, and the prevention of mass atrocities, General Dallaire is also a respected government and UN advisor and former Canadian Senator. General Dallaire was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide. General Dallaire provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days; yet, permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces. General Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian and Tunisian soldiers and military observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill their ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces. His courage and leadership during this mission earned him the Meritorious Service Cross, the United States Legion of Merit, the Aegis Award on Genocide Prevention, and the affection and admiration of people around the globe. His defiant dedication to humanity during that mission has been well-documented in films and books, including his own award-winning account: “Shake Hands with the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.”
* Volunteers – St. Angela Merici Residence in the Lawson Heights neighbourhood, Saskatoon, is seeking volunteers to assist with Sunday Mass. We are in need of an organist and sacristans, in particular. Please contact Judy at (306) 986-5993.
* “Fix the Kitchen” fund-raising dinner – The camp kitchen at Blackstrap Youth Camp is in need of upgrades. Help the Prairie Knights and the Knights of Columbus raise the funds necessary for repair! A fund-raising dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at St. Patrick Parish Hall, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon. Doors open at 5 p.m., with happy hour and cash bar, followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m., including a live dessert auction and a silent auction featuring Christmas gift ideas. Entertainment will be by Ovide Pilon from the band England. Tickets are $40 each, or table of eight for $300; contact Garry Maier at (306) 221-5893 or e-mail email@example.com
Fall Harvest Dance – St. Philippe Neri Parish in Vonda presents a Fall Harvest Fund-raiser Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Ukrainian Church Hall in Vonda, a fun night out that includes midnight lunch, a cash bar, a 50/50, a silent auction, and a chance to showcase our dancing skills. Tickets are $30; e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information, call or text Jon Courchene at (306) 381-7789.
Fall Supper in Martensville – Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish will hold its Fall Supper on Sunday, Oct. 22, with two sittings – 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – held at the parish, 300-8th Avenue south, Martensville, SK. Only 220 tickets sold per seating; advance tickets only: adults 18+ $20; youth 6-17 $10; children 5 and under free with a family pack rate available. Tickets will be sold before and after Mass on Saturdays and Sundays or call/text Elaine at (306) 382-7347 or e-mail email@example.com for tickets.
* Embracing the Calls to Action – CHAS session open to public: In honor of its 80th Convention, the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) extends an invitation to attend a TRC evening with Chief Wilton Littlechild and Fr. Ken Thorson OMI, moderated by Sandi Harper. To accommodate as wide an audience as possible, this presentation will be held at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Ave S., Saskatoon from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Pre-registration is not required. A suggested donation of $10 would be welcome. This event is part of CHAS’ annual convention taking place from Oct. 26 – 27, 2023, with other events held at Queen’s House. For more information about the presenters or the convention go to: queenshouse.org or https://chassk.ca/
Art Drop link – this is a silent action to raise money for BAA. This is also a great tool to use to raise money for your parish (we will talk more about this with the stewardship team). https://dscf.ca/shop/
* “Tourtières” sale – “Tourtières” (traditional meat pies) are again available from Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens parish in Saskatoon. Tourtières are $20 each. Please e-mail Muriel to reserve your order: firstname.lastname@example.org – the deadline for ordering pies is Oct. 31.
* Treaty Learning Journey Series – The Truth and Reconciliation committee of St. Philip Neri Parish in Saskatoon is organizing host for a series of four Treaty Learning Journey workshops led by a team from the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. This is an ecumenical initiative open to people from faith communities across Saskatoon. Sessions will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturdays, Oct.. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 at Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon.
These four acclaimed workshops walk us from Before Treaty, to what happened At Treaty, After Treaty, and Today. Past participants report experiencing a “fundamental rewiring and understanding of the relationship between First Nations people and the British and Canadian governments”, and that any notions of “shame or blame” are soon overtaken by a deeper sense of hope and a resolve to help build a better future for all the people of this land. All are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. Pre-registration is not required. Participating faith groups, including the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, are helping to underwrite the cost, but for participants who can afford it, a freewill offering of $10 per session will be gratefully received.
Learn more about the Treaty Learning Journey Series online at http://www.otc.ca/blog/blog_details/otcs_treaty_learning_journey.html. Questions may be sent to: email@example.com
* Catholic Scholars Conference – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Catholic Realism in a Postmodern World” will be held Oct. 20-21 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon. The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Canada invites you to this conference, which aims to explore the manifold ways in which Catholicism provides a counter to postmodern error and contains within itself an approach to realism that can help mediate even its own internal struggles. The conference kicks off on Friday evening Oct. 20 at 6:30 pm with a wine and cheese and a keynote address by Fr. Stefano Penna (free will offering—RVSP required) and continues at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 with talks from the disciplines of theology, philosophy, education, and literature. The full-day Saturday event requires pre-registration and includes breakfast, lunch, 4 paper sessions, mass (all at St. Paul’s), and a closing banquet (at Our Lady of Good Success Hall). To reserve a ticket contact Celene Sidloski at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (306) 715-1541. Conference rates: Friday evening keynote with wine and cheese: free will offering; Saturday conference rate (includes breakfast and lunch): regular: $50, student: $20; clergy: free; all-in Saturday rate (includes breakfast, lunch, and evening banquet): regular: $60, student: $30. Visit the website for more details https://www.catholicscholarscanada.com
Attention Travellers: Fr. Ralph Kleiter of Ministry to Tourism invites travellers to be Church in the modern world, enriched in body, mind and spirit, to bring joy to all. Choose the Pilgrim Journey(s) which works for you:
- Collette’s Costa Rica- A World of Nature – Dec 2-13, 2023
- Christmastime at Sea– C. Serenity Miami round trip Dec 23-Jan 5, 2024
- Caribbean Winter Escape– C. Serenity Miami round trip Jan 5-18, 2024
- Collette’s Egypt/Jordan, “Moses to Promised Land” Oct 13-27, 2024
- Istanbul-Athens, Around ancient seas, Oct 30-Nov 11, 2024
- “Focus on Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Galilee” Oceania’s new Vista Cruise selections already limited or sold out: wait list available
For more information, contact Fr. Ralph Kleiter Ministry to Tourism www.pilgrimjourneys.ca e-mail: email@example.com phone: 1-306-262-4120. Cruise booking info: Anni at Direct Travel e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Toll free: 1-866-810-9991; Ext: 8152.
* Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Mass and Candle Lit Procession Saturday, Oct. 7 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon – Beginning with Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, followed by a Candle-Lit Procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and concluding with fellowship in the basement. Hosted by St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral Santo Nino Prayer Group and the Filipino Catholic community. Come for all or part of this joyous prayer to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary!
* Life Chain will be held in Saskatoon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the corner of Idylwyld and 22nd Street. Please plan to attend and show your support for life from conception to its natural end. Signs will be provided. For more information, e-mail email@example.com
* 40 Hours for Life in Saskatoon begins Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a prayer vigil held on the corner of 4th Avenue and Queen Street from 9 a..m to 12 noon Monday to Friday, until Friday. Oct. 27. Signs will be provided. If you can volunteer for any of the one-hour time slots during this time frame, or if you want more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Earthquake in Morocco – Development and Peace – Caritas Canada (DPCC) is collecting funds to support rescue and relief efforts in Morocco, after the country was hit by its most powerful earthquake in a century. DPCC is in contact with organizations in the region, including Caritas Morocco. The wider Caritas Internationalis network, too, is mobilizing to help as necessary. Please give generously. Thank you for your solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Morocco. Donate online at: https://devp.org/en/give-now-2/ or call toll-free: 1-888-234-8533 or mail labelled donation to: 555 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 8th Floor, Montreal, Quebec, H2Z 1B1.
“Create Hope: Stand for the Land” workshops from Development and Peace- Caritas Canada: This fall, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada continues the “Create Hope: Stand for the Land campaign.” Meet communities in northern Honduras who have been struggling to preserve their land and water since an iron ore mine opened in Carlos Escaleras National Park, and poisoned the rivers on which people depend for their livelihoods. “We live every day with the fear of being killed or having one of our children taken away,” says Juana Zúniga, a member of the Committee for the Defence of Common and Public Goods of Tocoa, Colón
- ONLINE – To learn more, join an online workshop 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, on Zoom. To register, copy and paste: https://bit.ly/onlineworkshop2023 (case sensitive) into your browser, or for more information, contact: Michael LeBlanc at (306) 205-2334 or email@example.com or visit the website at: https://devp.org/en/campaign/stand-for-the-land/.
- IN-PERSON – To learn more, join an in-person workshop 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Oct. 21, held at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Pl, Saskatoon, SK (to be followed by the Development and Peace diocesan AGM during lunch.). For more info, contact: Michael LeBlanc (306-205-2334 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit https://devp.org/en/campaign/stand-for-the-land/.
* Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry Healing Retreat Oct. 13-15 – Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing while accompanied by a team who also have experienced this life changing weekend. The next retreat in Saskatchewan will be held Oct. 13-15 , 2023 in a location near Saskatoon (privacy of location respected). To register or speak to someone confidentially, please contact Elaine at (306) 480-8911 or email: email@example.com
The CWL Clothing Depot continues 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. There is a need for ongoing donations of gently-used clothing and small household goods and appliances. At this time of year, with colder weather approaching, the CWL Clothing Depot is especially asking for donations of winter wear: parkas, jackets, boots, sweaters, as well as comforters and blankets. Please drop items off at the back door of the CWL Clothing Depot, 619 20th Street West, Saskatoon between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
A Eucharistic Healing Mass will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Relics of St. Padre Pio and St. Faustina Kowalska will be present on the altar. Presiding priest is Fr. Vicente A. Robles, Founder of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy Philippines, Diocese of Malolos, Philippines.
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* Centring Prayer – Saint Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, will host Centring Prayer every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.
* Church of the New Evangelization – The diocesan Adult Faith Awaken program presents a four-part, in-person series on “The Church of the New Evangelization” 7-9 pm, WEDNESDAYS, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, and Nov. 22 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Explore the Second Vatican Council as an introduction to unpacking four of the documents focusing on evangelization, written by Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis:
- Oct. 25: An Overview of the Second Vatican Council with Sister Mirasol Abala
- Nov. 1: Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization in the Modern World) with Marilyn Jackson
- Nov. 8: Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope) with Bishop Mark Hagemoen
- Nov. 15: Christefideles Laici (The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful) with Sr. Malou Tibayan
- Nov. 22: Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) with Father David Tumback
Cost: $40 per person / includes all five sessions.
Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/231798289556274
* Fall Congress 2023 – Equipping the Church to support mental health and well-being is the theme of a one-day diocesan Fall Congress to be held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Keynote speaker for “The Lord Heals the Broken-Hearted and Saves the Crushed in Spirit” (Psalm 34:18) is Bryana Russell of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. This event is open to clergy, staff, lay leadership, and the general public. Cost is $25 (includes lunch). Registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 17. Register at: https://form.jotform.com/231977301558260
* AWAKEN ADULT FAITH WEBINAR – Join this Revive Parishes course from the Augustine Institute, which each week features a video and small group discussion (a Study Guide will be mailed when you register). The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church with Bishop Cozzens will be offered online 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24. Grow in your faith and deepen your understanding of how to share the gift of the Eucharist with others. Cost: $20/person for all 4 sessions. REGISTRATION: https://form.jotform.com/231799057343262
Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) 80th Convention will be held from Thursday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 27. Holistic Care: Healing Through Stories, Spirit, and Song is the theme for this convention held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St., Saskatoon. Sessions include “Near Death Experiences” and “Broken and Beautiful: Accompaniment, the Power of Story and Compassionate Presence” with Rev. David Maginley; “Embracing the Calls to Action” with former TRC Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild and Fr. Ken Thorson, OMI (this session is also open to the public, held 7 p.m. to 9 pm. Thursday, Oct. 26 at St. Philip Neri Parish, Saskatoon); “Caring for Communities: Understanding the Impact of Catholic Health in Canada,” with John Ruetz of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada; and “Mental Health Ministry,” with Dr. Anne Vargaz-Leveriza and. Maricela Campa of the diocese of Phoenix; as well as breakout sessions by Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky, Fr. Kevin McGee, and Katelyn Roberts/ Dr. Morris Markentin. See https://chassk.ca/ for details, schedule and registration.
Saskatoon Church Curling League will be held 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays at Sutherland Curling Club, 141 Jessop Avenue Saskatoon, starting Sept. 27 through to March 2024. This is a non-competitive, friendly, social, open league that includes various skill levels and ages (beginners and in- experienced curlers are welcome!). Join as an individual and we will find you a spot on a team or join as a partial or complete team; the choice is yours. Any combination of team formats are welcome…men, women, mixed. Register online: https://sutherland.curling.io/en/events/15262-saskatoon-church-curling-league-8-45-p-m-2023-2024 or for more information call, text or message David and Rhonda Kitsch at 306 230-9771; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle includes adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers. The next Cenacle will then be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 at St. Michael Catholic Church, #18-33rd Street East, Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, Saskatoon. For more information about the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle events, please contact Edna at (306) 382-1680.
Saskatoon Filipino Catholic Community gathers monthly to celebrate Mass at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E., at 5 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. with the next celebration at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 15. Everyone is welcome
UCWLC Scholarships – The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada offers two scholarships – the Vera Buczynsky Scholarship and the Mary Dyma scholarship – to post-secondary students enrolled in Ukrainian Language Studies and in Religious Studies. Criteria and application information is available online at: https://www.ucwlc.ca/scholarship-info-registration/ The deadline for applications is Oct. 1, 2023.
* African-Canadian Catholic Community monthly Mass is held at St. Michael Parish, 18-33rd St. E. Saskatoon, with the next celebrations at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1 (Mass is in English, featuring liturgical music in many African languages with traditional drums).
Grief to Grace – Through a retreat program facilitated by mental health professionals and centered on Jesus Christ, Grief to Grace helps those who have endured neglect, physical, emotional, sexual, and/or spiritual abuse in their family of origin, their community, from spouses/partners, and/or coworkers or supervisors, find healing and journey to wholeness. The next retreat in Canada is Oct. 24 – 28, 2023 in Kelowna. For more info please email email@example.com or make a confidential call to (250) 808-6403. http://grief-to-grace-lsi.squarespace.com/ (There will be a Canadian website going live soon).
Palliative Care Resource – The Catholic Bishops of Canada have created a workshop called “Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care.” This four-module workshop seeks to empower and educate parishioners and address questions about palliative care, dying, death, suffering and bereavement. Each module includes Catholic moral and pastoral theology and medical expertise through video presentations. The goal is to for this workshop to be presented in every parish community across Canada! Contact our diocesan Coordinator of Hospital Chaplaincy Jacqueline Saretsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 659-5839.
* “The Church and Indigenous Peoples” – Jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College, and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, the online Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education program (IPL) is led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships. Course 4: “Introduction to Reconciliation: The Church and Indigenous Peoples” will be held Sept. 26 to Nov. 21 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoons. Registration is now open; cost: $200 per course (some funding assistance available through the Education of Laity Fund – applications for assistance must be received four weeks prior to the start of the program). No pre-requisite necessary to take Course 4. (those completing all four courses will earn a ministry certificate.) Find a new video and registration for Course 4 at: https://rcdos.ca/indigenous-ministry-education
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 to pray for him during a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration, and to make sacrifices to help her priest-son give himself to God more perfectly as shepherd of his flock. 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 information at https://rcdos.ca/smop or contact Jacqueline Saretsky for more information by e-mailing her at smop@rcdos or calling (306) 659-5839.
Are you being called to ANOTHER WAY of living Consecrated Life? Members of Secular Institutes can be found in a classroom, a care home, a marketplace or tilling a field. Consecrated seculars live ordinary lives, but their hearts belong first to the Lord who calls them to a total commitment, and who sustains them in their daily lives where they bring their love of the Lord to the world. For more info contact Marian Grady, Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, Regina, at email@example.com or Bernice Daratha, Company of St. Ursula, Saskatoon, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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: https://www.ucc.sk.ca/
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: https://cnewa.org/campaigns/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;
Centering Prayer – All are welcome to gather in-person at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, or virtually on Zoom on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This drop-in gathering includes a 20-minute time of prayer, as well as additional insights regarding contemplation and centering prayer from the great teachers. Register online at https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/ or call (306) 242-1916 Ext. 222 for further information. There is no fee to attend. Donations to support the ministry of Queen’s House can be made at: https://www.queenshouse.org/donate-today/
What Matters Most: Living Peacefully, Dying Peacefully is a retreat at Queen’s House in Saskatoon that will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 with facilitators Diane Waldbillig and Elaine Zakreski. World events, life changes and challenges have cracked us open, shedding light on our lives: who we are, what is most important, what we value, what we need, what we believe. How can we live life to the full in chaos? How can we not only survive, but thrive? How can we be a light in this dark tunnel; to be peace to others? How can we go from fear to courage, from uncertainty to hope, from loss to abundance, from unrest to ultimate peace? How can we illuminate the path to death and bring healing of spirit and peace to our inevitable transition to the next life? This “day away” will include spiritual talks, mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer, along with gentle restorative yoga. No previous experience necessary; optional poses for chair or mat will be available, or we can choose to simply sit and breathe the breath of life on our shared spiritual journey. Registration deadline: Sept. 28. Register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:2:::::P0_EMBED,PROGRAM_ID:0,12594 or call (306) 242-1916.
Who am I? A Retreat to Discover Who You Are and How to Life in Alignment with Your Authentic Self will be held at Queen’s House in Saskatoon 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, with facilitator Lynn Gow offering a time to stop, reflect and look inside yourself with a new lens. In a time of significant change, knowing ourselves and our core values helps to focus us on where we need to spend our energy to become the people we were created to be. ‘Who Am I?’ will provide a framework to use in your journey of self-discovery and give tools to help grow in awareness and understanding of the path that’s right for you. Includes a combination of presentation, reflection, sharing and discussion. You will receive a workbook with copies of the materials. There will be space and time provided for individual and group sharing as well as personal reflection. Experience curiosity about yourself, who you are, and what you are meant to be doing. Registration deadline: Oct. 4. Call (306) 242-1916 or register at: https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:2:::::P0_EMBED,PROGRAM_ID:0,12810
Knights of Columbus Brothers’ Keepers Breakfasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, with the next gathering from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. Please contact Brendan Bitz for additional details and to register your attendance: (306) 242-1916, Extension 225.
Awakening to Nature: An Introductory Art Workshop Painting with Pastels will be held at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 with Facilitator: Judy Kasdorf. No drawing or painting experience is needed. It will be a relaxing time to explore your creativity as we paint crocuses, a wonderful symbol of renewal and hope. Register online at: https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:2:::::P0_EMBED,PROGRAM_ID:0,12845 or call (306) 242-1916.
Transitions: Your Journey of Transformation Through Grief and Loss is a retreat offered at Queen’s House in Saskatoon from 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 with facilitator Sarah Donnelly, welcoming those who have experienced a wide range of losses including the death or anticipated death of spouse, partner, child, family member or loved one; the loss of good health in themselves or someone they love; and the ending or deep wounding of a marriage, significant relationship, or friendship. Cost: $525, includes program, bedroom, and all meals. Maximum of nine participants. Register by calling Sarah at (306) 717-3707 by Oct. 10.
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 email@example.com or visit https://www.queenshouse.org/spiritual-direction/ to see a list of affiliated spiritual directors. In-person and online meetings are available.