Diocesan Announcements for Sunday, March 29, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

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* Diocesan Prayer Intention

We pray as a diocesan family for all those suffering from coronavirus around the globe, and for the health care workers and caregivers working to relieve suffering and bring healing.

Earthcare Connections Intentions – Mar. 29— Fifth Sunday of Lent

  1. May God heal the blindness that prevents us from recognizing the negative impact that is happening to our earth’s environment. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Help us to understand that people often live in poverty poor not through their own fault but because of unfair economic and social practices. We pray to the Lord.


New Announcements

* Spiritual communion when you cannot attend celebration of the Eucharist:  As part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), public celebration of Mass is suspended in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon – and in Catholic dioceses across the county. Although the Catholic faithful have a dispensation from the duty to attend Sunday Eucharist until further notice, it is still possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion to unite oneself in prayer to Jesus Christ. An example of such a prayer is:

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. Since I can not now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You were already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. Amen.”

* SaskatoonMass.com – A central website has been established for those who wish to access live-streaming of Masses and other online resources created by priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon: https://saskatoonmass.com Several Masses are streamed and archived there daily, including one live-streamed at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning with Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrating Eucharist at the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family.

* Mass on TelevisionDepending on particular cable and satellite plans:

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


* Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy: During the COVID-19 crisis, patients can still receive pastoral visits from designated denominational chaplains under some circumstances. To request a visit for yourself or a loved one at Saskatoon hospitals, contact Jackie Saretsky at 306-292-5531 or Fr. Rhéal Bussière at 306-371-7125. Hospital chaplaincy is supported by your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.


* Development and Peace Share Lent Collection – an update – During these uncertain times of the COVID-19 crisis, Development and Peace has cancelled or postponed all of its in-person meetings and events across Canada. In an effort to provide Canadians with a way to continue to support Share Lent, a “virtual collection” will be held this year, with more information and links found online at www.devp.org. Lent is a vital time of year for Development and Peace / Caritas Canada, and so we invite you to participate in the virtual Share Lent campaign and act in solidarity with Development and Peace / Caritas Canada partners in the Global South and with the most vulnerable populations who will be all the more affected by this pandemic. This Lent, give from the heart. Donate to Development and Peace today by making a DIRECTdonation:

  1. Online: devp.org/give
  2. By phone:   1-888-664-3387
  3. By mail: 1425 Rene-Levesque Blvd W, 3rd floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 1T7

Thank you for your generosity.


Share Lent – A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

– Prayer by Pope Francis, from the encyclical, Laudato Si’


Previous Announcements:

* Easter outreach at the prison – The diocesan Restorative Ministry Office is again seeking  monetary donations in order to purchase chocolate bunnies for those in prison, as part of Easter outreach at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre. Please help coordinator Dianne Anderson and her team of volunteers reach out to the men, letting them know they are not forgotten at this most holy season marking the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Monetary donations can be mailed to Restorative Ministry, Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK. S7S 1H1. Online donations can be made at: https://dscf.ca/designated-ministry-supportyou can direct your donation to Prison ministry – Easter or to whatever ministry you choose. (Please note: Donations of money rather than chocolate ensures that identical treats can be purchased for all). Thank you for helping to spread our Easter joy!


* Did you know our diocese offers an online Saskatoon Catholic News page? Check out news articles, reflections and updates at https://news.rcdos.ca


* CWL Social Justice Award – The Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada has established a Social Justice Award.  The award is intended to enable young women to engage in social justice work.  Young women between the ages of 18-35 years will be eligible to receive up to one thousand dollars in one year upon application and decision of the committee. The award is open to young women between the ages of 18 and 35 years with a demonstrated involvement in social justice activities. The award may be given to one candidate or divided among qualified applicants to finance participation in a reputable social justice activity, either at home or abroad. Application deadline is April 30. For more information contact Mary Nordick at (306) 374-5612 or email m.nordick@sasktel.net


* Biggar Museum and Gallery Call for Entries – “Co-creating with the Creator” – An exhibition of spirituality-inspired art works is planned for October 2020, at the Biggar Museum and Gallery, Biggar, SK. The aim of this exhibition is to help reinvigorate the collaboration between the creator God and the world of art that God inspires. Artists have long aspired to describe the indescribable; to understand the unknowable, and this exhibition offers the opportunity for the artist to investigate these thoughts. The exhibition will be held Oct. 1 to 31, 2020, and will include an opening on Friday, Oct. 2 and a panel discussion Saturday, Oct. 3. The exhibition space has both floor space, space for hanging works and wall space. Sales are possible but pieces can be reserved as ‘not for sale’ if the artist so wishes. (The Gallery charges 25 per cent of sales.) Send artwork proposals to Box 1056, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0, including a brief description of the work, digital images of the proposed work and of past work, and a short biography or resumé with the name of the artist, e-mail and phone contacts, and an exhibition history. Proposals of works in progress will be accepted, but finished work proposals preferred. Proposal deadline is Aug. 31, 2020. Choice of pieces for the exhibition will be made by the organizing committee and is limited by space restrictions. Delivery of works is at the artist’s expense and the organization is unable to offer exhibition fees.


Hospice at Glengarda – A “Close to Home” campaign is underway to raise funds to build Saskatoon’s first residential hospice at the former Ursuline Glengarda residence on Hilliard Street in Saskatoon. The building will be expanded, renovated and furnished as a 15-bed “Hospice at Glengarda” to provide comfort, peace and tranquility in an environment that is as close to home as possible.

Other priorities for the Close to Home campaign include:

  • Establishing Holistic Care Endowments to provide bereavement care, spiritual care and healing arts therapy to patients and families facing end-of-life, both in the Hospice at Glengarda and in the community;
  • Establishing an Education Fund to enrich the skills of professional end-of-life caregivers and community members in Saskatoon;
  • Undertaking needed renovations to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.

See: www.CloseToHome.fund   or e-mail: info@sphfoundation.ca   or call (306) 655-5821.


As part of the provincial response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many events are being CANCELLED in our parishes and communities – including:


The 2020 Saskatchewan Pro-Life Conference scheduled for April 3-4 in Martensville, SK, has been CANCELLED.


Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal has CANCELLED events until further notice, and will close as of Friday, March 20. For more information watch the website: www.queenshouse.org


* Lenten Penitential Services across the diocese of Saskatoon have been CANCELLED.  Check with your local parish for opportunities for individual confession, which is still possible if in line with health authority criteria –at other times during Lent.


* From Mourning to Dawn, diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers which was to begin March 31 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre has been CANCELLED. For  more information, please contact Dianna Knaus, 306-382-0535 or email: dknaus@sasktel.net


* The 2020 New Evangelization Summit (NES) to be held Saturday, April 25 at the Cathedral of Holy Family in Saskatoon and at St. Mary Parish in Macklin has been CANCELLED.


* Steak and Trivia Fundraiser for Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre Saturday, March 28 is CANCELLED / postponed to a later date. A message from the Pregnancy Options Centre, which is suspending all gatherings and classes: “We can still offer diapers and necessary items by arranging for clients to drop by and pick things up or by bringing supplies to them. However our diaper stock of sizes 1 and over is very low. We would gladly receive the diapers from you at the door. Thank you for all your prayers and for your generosity, especially those who contribute regularly, we rely on your faithfulness.”  For information call: 306-665-7550


* Bishop’s Dinner – Share in the Mission gala fund-raising dinner in support of the priorities of our new diocesan Pastoral Plan May 1 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon has been CANCELLED. Contact Cathy Gilje for more information: cgilje@dscf.ca


* Pentecost 2020: One in the Holy Spirit ecumenical celebration at Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon on Sunday, May 31 is CANCELLED. Organizers continue to meet to pray together and to reflect on when and how to do a future event.


* Marriage Preparation Courses in the diocese are CANCELLED. – Engaged couples should speak to pastors regarding individual marriage preparation counselling. (Pastors seeking resources or more information are invited to contact Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, mjackson@rcdos.ca (306) 659-5836.)


* SCAM ALERT – Please be aware that fraudulent messages continue to circulate via e-mail, as well as via text and messaging apps, allegedly coming from our priests, bishop, or others in the Catholic community, asking for money, gift cards, or other gifts. Please DISREGARD all such messages!


Do NOT reply or engage with the individuals sending these messages.  The email addresses typically look like they could be real. The message asks if you are busy, ask for a favour, or directly ask for iTunes gift cards or funds. 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, either contact their offices directly to check whether they are authentic, or just ignore the message. Do NOT reply to it.