Diocesan Bulletin Announcements – April 14, 2019, Palm / Passion Sunday

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* Diocesan Prayer Intention We pray as a diocesan family for all preparing to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at Easter.

Earthcare Connections prayer intentions– April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday

  1. Though we fail at times to persevere in the self-giving ways exemplified by Jesus, help us to embrace the responsibility of the ongoing conversion of all of life. We pray to the Lord.
  2. May we be good shepherds of our environment, restoring health to what has been damaged by greed, ignorance or desperation.We pray to the Lord.

New Announcements

* Catholic Saskatoon News –As part of a recent re-design of the diocesan website, a news portal has been launched at: https://news.rcdos.ca. You are also invited to follow the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/saskatoonrcdiocese and/or on Twitter at @saskatooncath or Pinterest: www.pinterest.ca/rcatholic. Questions? Please contact Communications Coordinator Kiply Lukan Yaworski at (306) 659-5844 or kyaworski@rcdos.ca or see the new and improved diocesan website at https://rcdos.ca

* Dying Healed Program – Learn more about end-of-life issues, the power of human presence and the meaning of human suffering at this powerful workshop to be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 529 Pangman Street, Outlook, SK. Cost is $15 (workbook included) and lunch and refreshments will be provided (free will offering for lunch). To register, contact: Jacqueline Saretsky: 306-292-5531 or email: jsaretsky@rcdos.ca For more information: https://lifecollective.io/mtfl/events

* An annual Holocaust Memorial, Yom Hashoah Service, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the Sanctuary, Jewish Community Centre of Congregation Agudas Israel, 715 McKinnon Ave. Saskatoon. Keyonte speaker is Max Eisen, who was born in 1929 in Moldava, Slovakia to an Orthodox Jewish family, who were forcibly removed from their home in the spring of 1944 and loaded into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz-Birkenau. During the 2019 Holocaust Memorial Service,  Bishop Mark Hagemoen will light a candle, and Archbishp Donald Bolen will be presented with the Miklos Kanitz Holocaust and Human Rights Education Award. All are welcome to attend this Memorial.

* CWL celebration– All members of the Catholic Women’s League are invited to Our Lady of Good Counsel / Our Lady of Grace Saskatoon region Mass at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 at St. John Bosco Parish, 1202 Avenue O South, Saskatoon, followed by a potluck and entertainment. Please come and enjoy the fellowship of other CWL members.

* The Chrism Mass touches the sacramental and worship life of every church in the diocese. Because of this, every parish is invited and encouraged to be present and join in this most holy celebration. At this gathering, the priests of the diocese will renew their commitment to priestly ministry. The Oil of the Sick (OS), Oil of the Catechumens (OC), and Sacred Chrism (SC) will be blessed by Bishop Mark Hagemoen. The oils blessed and received at the Chrism Mass by parish representatives will then be taken to their respective parishes for use in sacraments throughout the next year. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm, Monday, April 15at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.  An invitation is extended to all in the diocese to come and join with Bishop Hagemoen in this celebration of unity. More information about the Chrism Mass:

  • Oil of Catechumens (OC): This oil, sometimes referred to as Oil of Salvation, is used to anoint the catechumens (infants and unbaptized converts to the Church) in preparation for their initiation into the Church. The prayer accompanying this anointing expresses the desire that Christ strengthen the person being anointed. This oil is also used in celebration of the baptism of children. It is a sign of belonging: marking us as members of the Body of Christ.
  • Oil of the Sick (OS):  this oil used in the Anointing of the Sick. The prayer accompanying this anointing is: “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” This oil is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity. The celebrating of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual moment that makes visible and present to the sick and the whole community who we are as Church: a community of healing and support.
  • Sacred Chrism: a sweet-smelling perfume or balsam is added to this oil. It is used at the celebration of baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and bishops, and for the dedication of churches and altars. It is also used in the blessing of bells and sacred vessels. Anointing with this oil implies abundance of grace and dedicated service to God. The word Christ means “anointed one.” So being anointed with oil is a sign of the special and strengthening presence of Christ, the Anointed One.
  • Renewal of Priestly Commitment: Priests from across our diocese will also renew their priestly commitment at the Chrism Mass. Together we celebrate the memory of the First Eucharist at which our Lord Jesus Christ shared with his apostles, and with us, his call to priestly service in his Church. Our priests are asked to renew their dedication to Christ as priests of God’s new covenant. 

* Tenebrae:  Office of Shadows.  Please join us for a Tenebrae service, on Good Friday evening, April 19, at 8:00 p.m. as St. Augustine Parish, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon.  The Office of Tenebrae (meaning ‘darkness’ or ‘shadow’) is a Holy Week devotion dating back to the seventh century A.D. Every word of the Tenebrae is from the scriptures. Following the opening prayer, the service is divided into three nocturne or parts. Each nocturne includes three Psalms, the Lord’s Prayer, and three Sacred Scripture Readings. For more information, please call St. Augustine parish office, 306-373-3543.  Pleas note there is incense used at this service.

* A Tenebrae service will also be celebrated 7:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 19 at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr., Saskatoon.

* The Divine Office of the Tenebrae will be celebrated at 8:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 19 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Vanscoy, SK. This is an Evening of Sung Prayer led by “Ecumenia” (the Ecumenical Choir of Saskatoon) with choral works by Sebastian De Vivanco, Tomas Luis De Victoria, Aristotle Esguerra, Giovanni Palestrina and sung Psalms, Canticles, and Lessons. All are welcome to attend this prayerful service. 

* 24 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration will be held from 12 noon Monday, April 22 to 12 noon Tuesday, April 23, at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Come and spend an hour in prayer with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! For information, please contact Sally at (306) 373-2621.

POLKA MASS – Lake Manitou Pastoral Region (St Ann’s, Watrous; St Pius X, Imperial; St Patrick’s, Young) is hosting a Polka Mass on Sunday, May 5 at 11:00 am at St Ann’s Parish in Watrous.  Brunch will follow for a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children.  All welcome!

* “COME TO ME ALL” is a unique event to be held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, presented by the Social and Justice Committee of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George responsible for the Cooperation with Ukraine and youth from Ukraine in support of the Church in the city of Sambir, Ukraine. Enjoy A Fashion Show, a short video explaining the need, a presentation of the Ukrainian parish community “God’s Puzzles” of those with special needs; a skit performed by youth from Ukraine; as well as tea, coffee, cakes and handmade souvenirs for purchase. “Come to me all” will be held in the church auditorium of St. George’s Cathedral, 210 Ave M South, Saskatoon. Admission is by donation. Please RSVP to Viktoriia Marko at vitamarko77@gmail.com  or call 306-914-0355 before Monday, April 29. See the promo video on the Eparchial website www.skeparchy.org

* The 2019 NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT will include two locations in our diocese! Join thousands of Catholics from across North America at this premier conference on the New Evangelization on May 4, 2019. The event will be held in Ottawa and webcast to host sites across Canada and the US – including two locations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon and St. Mary’s Parish in Macklin. The Summit features world-class Catholic speakers such as Michael Dopp, Fr. James Mallon, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, Michelle Moran, and others, all bringing a message about how ordinary Catholics can become missionary disciples. This is a FREE event, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at each location. Register online today at https://www.newevangelization.ca or for more information contact Marilyn Jackson at (306) 659-5836. Join those who have been inspired and equipped to share Jesus Christ with others!

* Self Care for the Caregiver – Jeanne Beaudoin, a social worker from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, will be at Holy Spirit parish Wednesday, April 24, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall. She will address stresses of caregiving and how to deal with them, and discuss some of the resources at our disposal. If you are a caregiver in any capacity, you will find this presentation valuable. All interested guests are welcome! Contact Charlene or Kelly, Ministry of Care, at (306) 374-1425 for more information.

Refugee Sponsorship Project  – Help bring Tete Francis and her children to Saskatoon! A “Dinner for Tete” will be held Wednesday, May 1in the Cathedral of the Holy Family parish hall, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., buffet supper at 6:15 p.m. Tickets: adult $25; children 6-16 years $15; under 5 years free; with tickets available at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon during office hours, or e-mail holyfamilyrefugeecommittee@gmail.com

* Pure Witness YEP:presents “Love Take Me Over” — the last YEP of the year for Grades 7 & up, to be held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 12th St. East and Wiggins Ave., Saskatoon. What does it look like to live in God’s love — to live like we are loved and to let God’s love move through us? Explore the theme during a day of games, skits, talks, Mass, confession, praise & worship, food and fellowship!. Cost: $30 for YEP and formal dinner, followed by a Family Dance at 7:30 p.m. Info: (306) 717-7868 or see https://purewitness.com

Writing to Heal  – Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, held at J.S. Wood Library in Saskatoon; cost: $50. This is a safe, supportive opportunity to engage in gentle journal exercises designed to help in healing. Those who have experienced trauma or difficult times can experience healing through the process of writing. Using a gentle approach in a safe environment, participants can explore how writing can help improve personal health and wellness and bring freedom from the pain of the past. Please bring a journal or notebook to write in, a writing utensil, and lunch (or you will also have the opportunity to leave for a lunch break). Register at www.eventbrite.ca  (search “writing to heal”). Facilitator Kristine Scarrow is currently the writer-in-residence at St. Paul’s Hospital as part of the Healing Arts program.

Previous Announcements

* Solving The Brain Puzzle – A Complete Layperson’s Guide to Achieving Brain Health, a lecture by Dr. Bill Code, M.D. will be held Friday, April 26, at 7:00 pm. In the Bishop Mahoney Hall, St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E., Saskatoon. Refreshments served. Free-will offering. Everyone welcome! Question and answer session to follow talk. Volunteers are needed, please call Maylane at 306-262-5728.

* Divine Mercy Sunday – “Jesus I Trust in You!”– Join Bishop Mark Hagemoen for a Divine Mercy Sunday celebration 3 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. (Please note that this is not a Mass.) The Divine Mercy devotion is centred on the mercy of God and our trust in Jesus Christ. It is a devotion that grew out of the revelations and writings of a Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). Divine Mercy Sunday was established in 2000 by Saint Pope John Paul II to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The devotion includes a Divine Mercy prayer chaplet and reflections on the Divine Mercy image of Jesus given to Saint Faustina (“Jesus, I Trust in You”). There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering at the celebration April 28. Refreshments will follow the celebration. Everyone is welcome!

* Join Us!!! The Sixth Annual St. Alphonse Knights Of Columbus Super Supper Fundraiser, will be held Saturday, April 27 at St. Alphonse Catholic Church in Viscount, SK. Bar open at 5 p.m.; supper at 6:00 p.m. (Prime Rib! Mediterranean Chicken! Baked Potato Bar, and more!) There will also be a Silent Auction, Wine Pull, and 50/50 Draw. Tickets are $35 and are available from Viscount Stop and Shop or from any St. Alphonse Knights of Columbus member.  Proceeds support St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp and Other Charities.

Pabasa ng Pasyon–  Reading of the Passion of Christ: The St. Lorenzo Council of the Knights of Columbus, Couples for Christ, Sto, Nino Group, and the Filipino Community of Saskatoon present the Reading of the Passion of Christ – Pabasa ng Pasyon overnight April 18-19 at St. Patrick Parish (basement hall), 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon, SK. The reading begins at 6:00 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019, and continues until 9:00 a.m. Good Friday, April 19. Pabása ng Pasyón (Tagalog for “reading of the Passion”), or “Pabása” is a Catholic devotion in the Philippines, popular during Holy Week. It features the uninterrupted chanting of the Pasyón – an early 16th-century epic poem narrating the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For details on volunteering and/or the schedule please contact: Helen Florida (CFC) at (306) 371-8541, the Sto. Nino Group, or the Knights of Columbus St. Lorenzo Council (Filipino council)

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with S+L TV – Free Preview!  Salt + Light TV will be available on a free preview from participating cable and satellite providers across Canada from April 14 – May 12, 2019. Join Salt + Light TV starting Palm Sunday for live Papal events and a line-up of Catholic programming to grow in the knowledge of our faith and Catholic tradition in its many expressions. Be sure to check out the new documentary, The Francis Impact, premiering May 5, 2019, 6 p.m. CST on Salt + Light. Check your local provider (Bell, Shaw, Rogers, etc.) or visit  www.saltandlighttv.org/subscribe for more details about the free preview. Salt + Light shares the joys and hopes of the Gospel through television, radio, print, and online media. For more information about this Canadian Catholic media network, see the website: https://saltandlighttv.org

* URGENT!  Retrouvaille helps hurting marriages!  When couples experience difficulties in their marriage, they often feel alone; like there is no one who can help them.  Retrouvaille cares about your marriage. Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce. For confidential information about or to register for the weekend in Saskatoon on May 3-5, 2019,call Ben & Joanne at (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille@sasktel.net

Daily Mass Times in Saskatoon:Looking for more spiritual nourishment? Daily Mass is available on a regular schedule at some parishes in our diocese, including these parishes in the city of Saskatoon:

  • Monday to Saturday at 12:15 p.m. at St. Paul Co-Cathedral;
  • Monday to Saturday at 9:00 a.m. as well as at 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Parish;
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:15 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Holy Family;
  • Tuesday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. at both Holy Spirit and St. Philip Neri parishes;
  • Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Parish;
  • Tuesday to Thursday at 7 p.m. as well as at 7 p.m. on the First Friday of the month at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish,.

NOTE: Mass times can be subject to change because of funerals, school Masses, special events, etc., so please double check by contacting the local parish. Mass time listings for parishes across the diocese can also be found on the website at:  https://rcdos.ca/parishes


Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre Spring Fling Lottery 2019 – Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre invites you to participate in our annual Spring Fling Lottery! The more you play, the more chances to win! A winner is drawn each day in May!

  • Monday-Friday: $150 daily;
  • Saturday-Sunday: $225 each day;
  • Special Mother’s Day draw: $1,000.

Enhance your chances to win by purchasing a 50/50 ticket with your daily draw ticket! Call 306-242-1916, email: receptionist@queenshouse.org or go to: http://www.queenshouse.org/

Share the Good News! is a newsletter from the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation. Highlights of the latest February/March 2019 edition include: news about programs supported through the Karwacki Fund for pursuing excellence in Catholic education, in partnership with matching grants from GSCS Foundation. Also: find information about upcoming fundraising events, the “Swing Into Spring” Fashion Show and Dinner and the “Share the Spirit” Golf Classic. Find the newsletter online at: http://foundation.gscs.sk.ca

Annual Diocesan CWL Convention– This year the Annual Convention of the Saskatoon Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women’s League will be held in Watson on Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Information, agenda and registration forms have been sent to all CWL councils. Check with your council for information and to register, or for more information, contact Ingrid Eggerman: ingrideggerman@gmail.com

* Bruno Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 19: St. Therese Institute will be leading a walking Stations of the Cross around the perimeter of Bruno, praying for the community of Bruno and its intentions. All are welcome to join us beginning 10:00 a.m. at the front gate of St. Therese. The walk is expected to take 1.5 to 2 hours — please join us for some or all of the time.

* Follow the Cross through the streets of Saskatoon– Once again on Good Friday, the annual outdoor Way of the Cross will be held in Saskatoon, with reflections at 14 stations by various groups in the community. Join fellow Christians in following the cross, giving witness, praying, singing and reflecting on Christ’s passion and death in light of suffering in our world today. The outdoor prayer walk takes about 1.5 hours, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 19 at the Courthouse across from the Vimy Memorial on Spadina Crescent, and concluding at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E., with a soup lunch. Everyone is welcome!

* Volunteers are needed to help with the 2019 Outdoor Way of the Cross –If you are interested in helping with this Good Friday event in Saskatoon, please contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841.

Saskatchewan March for Life will be held Thursday, May 9 in Regina, beginning at 10 a.m. with Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral, followed by a dedication the unborn, and registration. Prayers and a rally will be held at Holy Rosary Cathedral Hall at 12:30 p.m., followed by a march from the cathedral to the legislature (about 2 km — anyone with difficulty walking will have a ride). The program at the legislature begins at 2 p.m., with Silent Witness on Albert Street in Regina from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please contact (306) 352-3480 for more information. (Bring your own chairs to the legislature.)

Youth will travel to national March for Life – The Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association (SPLA) Youth Group will be attending the National March for Life in Ottawa from May 7 to 11, 2019. The youth trip includes: participating in the National March for Life along with approximately 20,000 Canadians; candlelight vigil; Masses and worship services; tour of Parliament Hill, meetings with pro-life MPs, meeting and greeting national pro-life activists, a youth conference, banquet and touring Ottawa. If you know of an interested youth or wish to sponsor a youth to attend please contact the contact the SPLA office at (306) 352-3480.

St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission, Bruno, Commissioning Of The Class Of 2019(May 17-18): Commissioning is a blessing of the students by our Bishop, as a sacred gesture of their having completed the nine-month Faith Formation Program of St. Therese Institute’s School of Faith and Mission and their being “sent out” to carry the Gospel into the marketplace of their lives. Following the blessing, students are presented with a Diploma of Catholic Studies for the Lay Apostolate. RSVP / tickets by Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m., either online at: www.St-T.ca/rsvp2019  or e-mail: rsvp@StTherese.ca  or call (306) 369-2555


  • Friday, May 17:7:30 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration with Praise and Worship at St. Bruno Parish, followed by Dessert Social at the dining room, St. Therese Institute (Dessert by donation).
  • Saturday, May 18:2:00 p.m. Commissioning Mass at St. Bruno Parish, celebrant: Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen; 5:00pm banquet and program at the Bruno Community Hall, advance tickets only ($30 / $10 ages 5-10) followed by a family dance with live music by The Trudel Family at the St. Therese Institute, Gymnasium (Dance admission by donation)


Employment Opportunity
* Saint Anne’s Catholic Church,
217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoonis hiring for two positions: a full time Coordinator of Youth Ministry and a part time (15 hours/week) Coordinator of Volunteers and Sunday Experience. Application deadline for both positions is April 15, with flexible start dates for late May. For more information and to apply, please visit www.saintannes.ca/careers

* The 2019 Bishop’s Dinner will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon on Friday, May 10, featuring fine dining provided by Chef Layne from Prairie Meats, dancing to the sounds of No Hurry, and inspiring words from Bishop Mark Hagemoen. Cocktails (cash bar) at 5:45pm, dinner at 6:45pm. Tickets are now available, $135.00 person, at www.dscf.caor contact Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 or cgilje@dscf.ca  for more information. Proceeds go to ministry priorities in the diocese of Saskatoon.

* Hospice at Glengarda – Help to support and to strengthen palliative and end-of-life care in our community, and to build Saskatoon’s first residential hospice, the Hospice at Glengarda. St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation has now launched the Close to Home campaign. Find out more about how your donation will support those at the end-of-life with much needed and expanded services: go to www.CloseToHome.fund or call (306) 655-5821 for more information on how to help.

St. Angela Merici Residence: Looking for a quiet community with daily Mass and good food?  Are you looking todownsize? St Angela Merici Residence in Saskatoon is the place for you. Call Shannon 306-242-5566 ext. 5 to book a tour.  Assisted Living suites available immediately.

Prince Albert Diocesan Family Conference – The Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert is holding a Diocesan Family Conference April 26-29,which is open to all – grandparents, parents, individuals, youth, children. The theme of the conference is “The Family: Hope for the Church and for the World.” The conference will feature inspiring speakers, as well as activities for youth and children presented by FacetoFace Ministries and Cat.Chat for Kids. Schedule:

  • 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 26: registration, supper and a cultural night at St. Mary High School, 380-14th St. W., Prince Albert.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27: talks, prayers, activities, meals, etc. held at Plaza 88, 888 Central Ave., Prince Albert.
  • 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Sunday, April 28: talks, Mass, meals, etc. at St. Mary’s High School, Prince Albert.

Cost: Individual registration fees for the conference and meals are: $20 for Friday only, $70 for Saturday only, and $40 for Sunday only, or $120 each for the entire three-day conference. Family registration fees for the conference and meals for parents and children are: $50 for Friday only, $100 for Saturday only, and $70 for Sunday only, or $210 per family for the entire three-day conference. Registration forms are available online by following the link at www.bmjsajonas.com/diocesan-family-conference-april-20  or call 1-306-763-5677 for more information. Billeting is available; e-mail Paul Joy at pmkjoy@sasktel.net.  Childcare is also available during the conference; e-mail Jean Oleksuik at j.d.oleksuik@sasktel.net

* Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry of SK 2018 Spring Retreat  – 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. Our next retreat in Saskatchewan will be held on April 26-28, 2019. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911or email: r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net

Save the date! The Ursuline Sisters are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their foundation at Prelate, SK.A celebration of thanksgiving will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Schedule: 12:45 p.m. historical presentation; 1 p.m. Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen, followed by a reception and program. Rejoice!  One hundred years of blessings!

Swing into Spring – Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. presents Swing into Spring fashion show and Dinner, Thursday, May 16, Prairieland Park, Hall A, Saskatoon. Tickets, are $75.00 and are available at the Foundation Office, 420-22nd St. East, phone 306-659-7003, or email: catholicschoolsfoundation@gscs.ca

 St. Therese Springtime of the Faith Intensive Course Series– Five-day intensive courses at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission, Bruno, SK will again be held this spring on topics such as Theology of the Body, Ignatian Discernment, Evangelization, Ecumenism, Apologetics, Catechetics, Liturgy and Sacraments, etc. Become a student for a week – or two, or six! The series is offered as a public component of the St. Therese nine-month faith formation program. Schedule:

  • April 22-26– Theology of the Body
  • April 28-May 3– Ecumenical Apologetics
  • April 28-May 3– TeenSTAR Sexuality Teaching certification course
  • May 5-10– Heralds of the New Evangelization 1: Joy of the Gospel
  • May 5-10– Heralds of the New Evangelization 2: Becoming a Prophetic Voice

More information/ registration: https://www.sttherese.ca/programs-events/springtime-of-the-faith  Or for information call: (306) 369-2555.

CWL Award for Young Women to Pursue Social Justice Work – Applications are being invited for The Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada’s Social Justice Award, which was inaugurated in 2007. 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 $1,000 in one year to pursue social justice work, with the award given upon application and decision of the committee. Applicants are invited to provide information about involvement In social justice programs (references help), most recent academic standing, recommendation of a pastor or campus minister or equivalent with regard to the activity being applied for, and a description of the social justice to be undertaken (dates, place, purpose, involvement, cost). For more info and/or an application form, please contact Mary Nordick at (306) 374-5612 (H) or email m.nordick@sasktel.net.  Deadline to apply: April 30, 2019

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 dropped into parish collections labelled “Easter prison ministry” or dropped off/ mailed to Restorative Ministry, Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK. S7S 1H1. (Donations ofmoney rather than chocolate ensures that identical treats can be purchased for all). Thank you for helping to spread our Easter joy!

Donations of new children’s pajamas, children’s story books and back packs – As part of a project to help fathers in prison improve parenting skills and stay connected to their families, the Office of Restorative Ministry in the diocese of Saskatoon is participating in a project to record men reading bedtime stories to send to their children. The diocesan office is seeking donations of children’s short story books and new pajamas sizes 4 to 12, to accompany the recorded bedtime stories, as well as small backpacks to carry everything for delivery to the children.  (*Please note larger sizes of pyjamas – 10-12 are especially needed.) Please drop off any donations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, during regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or contact Dianne Anderson (306) 659-5845 for more information.

* Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE)is an intensive marriage preparation weekend, away from the distractions of everyday life, in which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship, share in community and be open to God’s plan. Topics covered during the weekend include; self-awareness, values and ideals, community, sexuality, communication, decision making, Natural Family Planning, vocations, sacraments, prayer and unity. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions between themselves, dealing with all aspects of married life. In the diocese of Saskatoon, Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, SK with the next session held April 26 to 28, including accommodation and meals. Find more information or register online at www.ceewest.comor contact Elizabeth and Deryk Meszaros at deryk200@hotmail.com

Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy: Spiritual Care is still available at all of our hospitals in the city, thanks to support from generous donors. Regardless of whether your stay is long or short, planned or an emergency, please request spiritual care when in hospital in Saskatoon:

  • For patients at Saskatoon City or Royal University Hospitals, please contact Jackie Saretsky at the Catholic Pastoral Centre by phone at (306) 659-5839 or (306) 292-5531 or by e-mail: jsaretsky@rcdos.com(The diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy Office is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)
  • For patients at St. Paul’s Hospital, please ask at the nursing desk, or phone (306) 655-5000 and ask to connect to Spiritual Care.



601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9 Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist@queenshouse.org• Website:  www.queenshouse.org  On-going programs include:

  • Centring Prayer:Monday evenings – 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons – call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons:Monthly
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2ndTuesday/month -7 a.m.; May 14
  • TaizéPrayer:Second Wednesday of each month; May 15
  • 24 Hours Eucharistic Adoration –4thMonday & Tuesday/month: May 27, 28
  • Personal Days of Private Prayer and Rest:Call reception to arrange a suitable time.

Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet? Consider Queen’s House! To inquire about booking space at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, contact: Bookings Coordinator: 306-242-1925/ email bookings@queenshouse.org Receptionist:306-242-1916/ email receptionist@queenshouse.org

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 or email: spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org or visit the Queen’s House website www.queenshouse.orgto see a list of our affiliated spiritual directors. 

* Seven-Day Silent Guided RetreatMay 10 to May 16 with Dianne Mantyka and Bishop Gerry Wiesner OMI will be held from Friday May 10, at 6:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday May 16 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $995 live-in, program, spiritual direction sessions.  Register: (306) 242-1916.

And So We Wait: Our Spiritual Journey of Transformation May 24-26 – A Retreat for Women with Sarah Donnelly will be held from 7 p.m., Friday May 24 to 1 p.m. Sunday May 26 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $180 – retreat, two lunches Saturday supper included. Optional: contact Queen’s House to book a bedroom or additional meals. Register: (306) 242-1916.

Eco Spirituality and the Cosmos with Sr. Judy Schachtel SMS will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday May 25at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch; $40 – bring your own lunch. Register: (306) 242-1916.

Icon Writing Retreat with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche – 5 Days of Creativity and Prayer will be held May 27-31, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $585, includes lunches. Wood panel icon board is available at cost: $110-130. Register: (306) 242-1916.

Transitions: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss with Sarah Donnelly will be held from 7 p.m., Thursday June 13to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost:  $475 – live-in: program, bedroom and all meals. Register with Sarah Donnelly: 306-717-3707.

Guides for the Spiritual Journey with Lucie Leduc will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday June 15 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch; $40 – bring your own lunch. Register: (306) 242-1916.

Biblical Spirituality with Gisele Bauche and Bishop Gerry Wiesner OMI will be held 9 a.m. Sunday, June 16, at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch; $40 – bring your own lunch. Register: (306) 242-1916.

The Universal Christ: Another Name for Every Thingwith Fr. Richard Rohr OFM and Friends Webcast with facilitator Sarah Donnelly will be held 7 to 9 p.m.,Friday June 21 and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Saturday June 22at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $85 – includes lunch on Saturday. Register: (306) 242-1916.

A Summer Retreat with Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI – July 8-11 – This retreat will be held from 5:30 p.m., Monday, July 8 to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Register: (306) 242-1916.

Triumph: Freedom Through Healing retreat, facilitated by a team led by Jerry and Donna Kristian, will be held from 6 p.m. on July 26 to Aug. 3 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. This is a nine-day Christ-centered live-in journey of inner healing and discovery fueled by the transforming power of God’s merciful love, rooted in Scripture, tradition and prayer; anchored by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux. The retreat equips and empowers participants with the tools needed to make noticeable and lasting changes in their lives – a path to true freedom through healing in Christ. Cost is $1,395 which includes program, meals and bedroom. For more information about Triumph, including testimonials, please see the website: https://www.triumphretreat.com/upcoming-retreats  Register by calling Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916 or e-mail receptionist@queenshouse.org

Interested in a Pilgrim Journey to Lourdes & Paris? Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to Tourism says he receives regular requests for a Pilgrim Journey to one of the favorite Marian Shrines of the world at Lourdes, France. Because of this, he plans to add an extension prior to the program in place for Germany with the Oberammergau Passion Play, June 2-13, 2020. There are a few seats available and anyone interested in joining on May 25, 2020 will have an extraordinary experience in Lourdes , Paris and optional Environs (Chartes, Lisieux, Normandy Beaches etc.). If interested contact Fr. Kleiter immediately at 306-244-3747; Kleiter@shaw.ca; www.pilgrimjourneys.ca

Winter in 2020………the same as 2019? Choose a mid-winter break Feb 1-10, 2020 by joining Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to tourism, on an enriching way to discover CUBA aboard Oceania’s re-imagined Sirena (only 684 guests) experiencing two days in each of Cuba’s three main destinations. Fares from C$3,449.00. Contact Fr. Ralph while he is still holding space. 306 244 3747; Kleiter@shaw.ca;www.pilgrimjourneys.ca

* The James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family provides grants to registered charities with initiatives and programs intended to strengthen and support the family in rural and urban communities within the geographic area of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Like the popular Bishop for which it is named, the Mahoney Institute reaches beyond the Catholic community and operates on a non-denominational basis. All grant applications are reviewed for their impact on families. The institute’s decision-making volunteers recognize this sometimes means funding activities involving couples, parents, children or youth rather than the family as a whole. The Mahoney Institute does not fund infrastructure, such as playground equipment and building projects. Successful applicants will be required to submit a final report containing: a description of the grant’s impact; a budget showing how the money was spent; samples of the recognition provided for the Institute’s support; and any other relevant material. Deadline for applications: May 15, 2019 (5:00pm). APPLY ONLINE at: https://www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca/posts/fund/james-p-mahoney-institute-of-the-family/