Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Dec. 15, 2019 – Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Diocesan Bulletin PDF

* Diocesan Prayer Intention:   Heavenly Father we pray as a diocesan family for all those who are experiencing grief, loss, sadness, illness and struggles during this holiday season. Help us all to feel the healing presence of Jesus in times of difficulty.

Earthcare Connections Intentions (Dec. 15, 2019, Third Sunday of Advent)

  1. May Farmland Legacies’ efforts to provide for food banks and soup kitchens be blessed. We pray to the Lord.
  2. As we walk gently on earth, may we share peace with everyone we meet. We pray to the Lord.

Announcements marked with an asterisk* are included in the Diocesan Bulletin PDF

New Announcements


* Church organ – St. Peter Parish, Muenster is looking for a church organ that is in very good shape with quality sound. Please contact: Fr. Paul Paproski, OSB at (306) 682-1787 or e-mail: paulpaproski@hotmail.com


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.

(This is a scam happening across North America. Read more at: https://news.rcdos.ca/2019/08/07/phishy-scam-targeting-catholics-across-canada/ )


* Nine Lessons & Carols for the City of Saskatoon will be hosted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 by St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon (306-242-5146). Donations will be received for Str8 Up, which works to help young people escape from gangs and avoid gangs. This beautiful Nine Lessons & Carols service features nine civic leaders, along with guest musicians and choirs. “Come prepare your heart for Christmas.”


* OFFICE HELP NEEDEDSt. Michael & St. Peter the Apostle Parishes in Saskatoon are seeking part time office administration help with office duties for eight hours/week, (may not include July to mid-August). The main focus is preparing the weekly bulletin and general office duties. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is preferred (especially Publisher). Please email your resumé to St. Peter the Apostle Parish at: st.pta@sasktel.net by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Salarywill be according to the diocesan guidelines.


* “The Fool and the Restoration of Christian Culture” – Rebuilding Catholic Culture’s 5th Annual Dessert Night and Talk will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Saskatoon. Jonathan Pageau, world-renowned icon carver and cultural commentator will speak, followed by our famous cheesecake and brownie bar. Free event (free will donations accepted). Space is limited, so please RSVP by contacting Celene Sidloski at (306) 715-1541 or csidloski@stmcollege.ca .


Introducing Farmland Legacies’ 2019 Christmas Gift Catalogue – Farmland Legacies is a Saskatchewan-based charity that works to build a food system which meets the needs of farmers, of the land, and of the hungry in our communities. One way in whichFarmland Legacies does this is by raising grass-fed beef on its farm near Wynyard for use by food banks and soup kitchens in the province. As a charitable organization, Farmland Legacies relies on donations to cover the cost of raising, processing and delivering the meat to food banks and soup kitchens. Through its 2019 Christmas Gift Catalogue, Farmland Legacies invites you to be a part of this mission! To participate, please go to: https://mailchi.mp/d40cd10ddc3a/fllgiftcatalogue and choose a gift from the catalogue, and follow the steps in the online form. You will have the option to receive an e-card specifying the gift you donated that you can give to a friend or family member for Christmas. Or if you would prefer, you can email Matthew Dipple, Community Outreach Manager with your gift choice at  mdipple@farmlandlegacies.org  Please consider joining Farmland Legacies in providing food for the hungry as a part of your gift-giving this Christmas.

Previous Announcements 

 * Prison ministry request: monetary donations are requested for purchase of small, identical gifts for some 475 men, as a way to share Christmas joy, and let them know they are not forgotten by God or the community. If you are able to help, please drop off or send donations to the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd Floor, Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, S7S 1H1, “Attention: Dianne” (please make out cheques to “Restorative Ministry”), or call Dianne Anderson at (306) 659-5845. Note: The Catholic Centre is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.).

* Library closed – The Msgr. Michael J. Koch Resource Library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre will be closed for the month of December. Returns can be made at the Catholic Pastoral Centre reception desk, 2nd floor, Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. There is also a book return on the first floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, at the bottom of the stairs, available whenever the cathedral is open.

* Croatian Mass will be held at St. Philip Neri Church (corner of Taylor St. & Munroe Ave) on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm. There will be confessions before Mass. Father Domin Vladic, from Calgary will be the celebrant. There will be lunch and fellowship after mass. Please stay and visit. For more information please contact Lydia Simicic at 306-242-9214. Dec.15.2019 after 4:00 pm 306-229-7007.


* Advent Penitential Services and Christmas Mass Times:  Find information about various parish Christmas Mass times on the diocesan website: https://rcdos.ca/Christmas

During the Advent season many parishes will gather together to hold Penitential Celebrations, to facilitate and encourage celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession). A number of these opportunities are listed on the diocesan website (link on the home page) at ADVENT PENITENTIAL SCHEDULE

Parishes located in the City of Saskatoon (listed by date):

  • 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Holy Spirit, 114 Kingsmere Place
  • 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Our Lady of Lourdes, 1235-12th St. (Additional confession times: 30 minutes before every Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes)
  • 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at St. Michael, #13-33rd Street East (Additional confession times: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturdays at St. Peter the Apostle, 1121 Northumberland Avenue)
  • 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at St. Philip Neri, 1902 Munroe Avenue South
  • 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road (Additional confession times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays of Advent 11:30 am – Noon)
  • 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at St. Anne, 217 Lenore Drive (Additional confession times: every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
  • 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at St. Joseph, 535 – 8th Street East (Additional confession times: half hour before Mass)

Parishes located outside the City of Saskatoon (listed alphabetically, by community):

  • COLONSAY, SK – St. Mary, Colonsay at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20
  • FOAM LAKE, SK – Christ the King, Foam Lake – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16
  • KERROBERT, SK – Our Lady of Assumption, Kerrobert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18
  • MACKLIN, SK – St. Mary, Macklin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 (note corrected date!)
  • MAJOR, SK – Immaculate Conception, Major at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19
  • VANSCOY, SK – St. Francis Xavier, Vanscoy – Confession in Advent available before Mass Dec. 22.
  • WISHART, SK – Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20
  • WYNYARD, SK – St. Mary, Wynyard – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17


Gregorian Chant Mass and First Friday Devotion – Reverence, silence, and beauty. This special Mass, Friday, Jan. 3at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon, will be accompanied by Sacred Music (Chant and Polyphony). Confessions and Chanted Evening prayer are at 6:30 p.m., Mass is 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., followed by social time, followed by chanted Night Prayer at 9:00 p.m. Booklets will be provided for the Mass and also for Night Prayer. For more info, please contact: Hudson or Mike at info@gregorianchantmass.com.


Covenant of Care – Video updates from diocesan leaders about the work being done in our diocese to safeguard minors and vulnerable persons, and to respond to sexual abuse allegations were recently posted on our diocesan website, along with PDF transcripts of statements from:

1) Brenda Fitzgerald, Chair of the Diocesan Committee on Covenant of Care and Serious Misconduct Protocols;

2) Theresa Campbell, Diocesan Coordinator of Care;

3) Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

Find all three videos posted at: https://rcdos.ca/video-updates/

Note: A news item about diocesan updates related to the Covenant of Care safeguarding policies and misconduct protocols can also be found online at Catholic Saskatoon News: ARTICLE


* Simbang Gabi – Pre-Christmas Novena – Mass with potluck will be celebrated by the Filipino Catholic Community of Saskatoon at a different Saskatoon parish on nine evenings from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23. There is a pot-luck meal after every Mass, please bring something to share. Everyone is welcome! The 2019 Simbang Gabi novena schedule:

  • 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at Holy Spirit, 114 Kingsmere Place
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 at St. Francis Xavier, 222 Willow Street
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at St. Philip Neri, 1902 Munroe Avenue
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at St. Anne, 217 Lenore Drive
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at St. Mary, 211 Avenue O South
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at St. Patrick, 3339 Centennial Crescent
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at St. Peter the Apostle, 1121 Northumberland Ave.
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 at Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road


* Mark Your Calendars: Serena Saskatchewan, a natural family planning service, invites you to an annual gala fundraiser (Mexican theme) at EEBurritos in Saskatoon on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Guest Speaker: Fr. Geoffrey Young. For more info, email sask@serena.ca


* A Marriage Preparation Course will be offered at St. Philip Neri parish, Saskatoon on March 21 – 22, 2020.  Register by contacting Shirley, pastoral associate, (306) 343-0325 before March 12.


* Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Martensville, SK.  Marriage Preparation will be held Friday, March 20, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday March 21, 2020 from 9 am – 4 pm; $125/couple. To register please email ihmp@rcdos.ca


My Soul Still Dances: Living with Parkinson’s is a book that chronicles Sister Adelaide Fortowsky’s journey from the time of her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, until her death in July 2016 at the age of 86. This Ursuline Sister of Prelate drew on her decades of teaching, clowning, worship and life experiences to bolster her hopeful perspective on living with this debilitating illness. It was Sister Adelaide’s faith in God that kept her living with vitality through the most difficult times, focusing on service to others with her “little acts of magic” to bring joy to those around her in the midst of coping with her own deteriorating health. The book consists of excerpts from Sr. Adelaide’s “Parkinson’s Story” diary entries, produced with assistance from her long time friend, Sister Rosetta Reiniger, OSU. Sister Magdalene Stengler, OSU, also assisted with the production of the book. My Soul Still  Dances can be purchased for $19.95 by contacting Sister Rosetta Reiniger, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7J1 or rosetta@sasktel.net or (306) 361-8034.

L’Arche Saskatoon is on a mission to help people grow – which means we have to grow too!  Right now, we’re turning people away from our L’Arche Workshop because our van is full – we have no empty seats. We need an additional van to transform the way we serve our community; our goal is to have this additional vehicle on the road by January 2020. L’Arche Saskatoon is fundraising to purchase a second van so that they can provide more opportunities and activities for people living with disabilities. The L’Arche workshop provides meaningful daytime opportunities and activities for people living with disabilities. Please visit www.careavancampaign.org for more information.

Winter Camp 2020 will be offered during February break Feb. 17 to 22 at St. Michael’s at Madge Lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park for children and youth ages 9 years to 15 years. Tobogganing, downhill skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Skating, Snow Shoeing and Ice fishing all in one week! Cost: $250. Come experience God’s love at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Camp as we blaze through cross-country trails, explore Duck Mountain and have many winter adventures. Registration is now open! Please go to http://www.stmichaelscamp.com/camps/register to print the form and email it to: register@stmichaelscamp.com or mail the completed form to: St. Michael’s Camp, Box 128, Kamsack, SK, S0A 1S0. Counsellors Wanted for Winter Camp 2020 – St. Michael’s At Madge Lake, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, SK (camp involves children/ youth ages 9 to 15 years from Feb. 17-22.) If you are looking for an opportunity where you will give a lot and get even more in return, then serving as a counsellor at St. Michael’s Winter Camp is a place for you. For more information and to apply online, please go to www.stmichaelscamp.com .


* The Archangels and Healing: An Advent Mission with Fr. Stefano Penna will be held Dec. 16-18. The parish of St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral invites you to join in the three-day Advent Mission to be preached by Rector, Fr. Penna. The archangels are a central part of God’s plan of Salvation – why is it that we so quickly rush by these powerful and loving Saints? Turning to the three great archangels – Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael – on subsequent nights, Fr. Penna will reflect on how each is a messenger of the Healing Salvation of Jesus Christ. To fit into busy lives these talks will be repeated twice a day: 1:30 (after 12:10 Mass, bring a bag lunch!) and 7:00 (with Benediction).  On Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., we will celebrate a Healing Mass with the Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available during the retreat times as well.


* Catholic Deaf Community Mass in ASL (sign language) is offered every Sunday of the year, at 10:00 a.m., as well as at seasonal liturgies, at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, corner of 22nd St. and Spadina Ave. in Saskatoon.  For more information please contact Roberto Godoybaca at rgodoy@gscs.ca.


Medjugorje Prayer Group runs every second Thursday of the month, at 7:00 pm at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, beginning at 6:30 pm.


* From Mourning to Dawn, the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers begins the winter 2020 session on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Facilitators, who have themselves also experienced the death of a marriage partner, engage with participants on an 8-week journey of transformation and healing, offering support and encouragement for bereaved spouses. This program is open to participants who have been widows/widowers between 2 months and 2 years. Sessions are held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning the week of Jan. 7 and ending Feb. 25, 2020 held each Tuesday, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost of this program is $35. To register or for more information, please contact Dianna Knaus, 306-382-0535 or email: dknaus@sasktel.net


Learn and Pray the Divine Office: Every Saturday there will be an opportunity to learn the Divine Office beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, followed by actually praying Divine Office Morning Prayer (with Gregorian Chant) at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome; booklets will be provided. Arrive at side door facing 22nd Street. For more info, contact Hudson at 306-220-7236.


* The Catholic Women’s Clothing Depot at 619 20th St will be holding a Christmas Sale again this year.  Our sale begins Tuesday Nov. 12 through to Dec. 24. Along with your generous gently used clothing donations, we are requesting donations of new items such as toys, socks, underwear, sheets, towels, tea towels, blankets, comforters, jewellery, health and beauty products, and individually wrapped candy for our candy cups. Items can be dropped off at the CWL Clothing Depot between 9 and 3 Monday through Friday or you may arrange for Thursday pick up by calling 306-242- 5042. Thank you for your generosity and support throughout the year.


* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 course is coming to Saskatoon in January 2020. This provides training for adults in a great Montessori-based catechetical approach for very young children that deepens their love of Jesus and their experience of liturgy and scripture. This is a great training for interested parishioners, parents, family members, or anyone who works with children or youth, including teachers, youth ministers, sacramental preparation leaders and home schoolers. For more information about the Jan. 17-20 course, or to request the brochure, contact Linda Funk at lfunk@shaw.ca. Those who prefer online payment, do so through the CGSAC website at http://www.cgsac.ca/home.html. Childcare is available at an additional cost.


Mark your calendars for Dueling Pianos – Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation is hosting a Dueling Pianos Cabaret at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at the German Cultural Centre, 160 Cartwright Street E., Saskatoon. Guests will be treated to an all-request live show featuring the talented performers of the “World Famous Dueling Pianos.” From Frank Sinatra to AC/DC, Britney Spears to Adele, Elton John to Johnny Cash, they do it all! Come ready to request your favourite songs, to sing, dance, and laugh out loud. Tables of eight are available (assigned on first purchased basis. For tickets and details see: Eventbrite.ca (Charities and Causes). Tickets are $65 each ($40 charitable donation receipt) or table of eight for $500 ($300 Charitable Donation Receipt). The GSCS Foundation provides ongoing funding and support for initiatives leading to educational excellence, spiritual growth and enhanced learning opportunities for students and staff of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Purchase tickets: at www.eventbrite.ca


Samaritan Place care home in the Stoneridge neighbourhood of Saskatoon is in need of Spiritual Care support in the following ways:

  • Individuals to provide one-to-one visits;
  • Individuals who are skilled in assisting with Mass through music (piano keyboard and/or vocal leading);
  • An individual to lead weekly, Monday morning Rosary.

If you would have joy to participate in any of these ways, please call Sharon Koop, Spiritual Care & Mission Effectiveness Director, 306-986-1460 ext. 1410.


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.


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.


QUEEN’S HOUSE of RETREAT AND RENEWAL • 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. except holiday Mondays
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons – call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons: Monthly, Jan 10
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month -7 a.m. 14
  • Taizé Prayer: 7- 8 p.m. 2nd Wednesday/month – 8
  • 24 Hours Eucharistic Adoration – 4th Monday & Tuesday/month noon to noon, 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 the bookings coordinator at 306-242-1925 or e-mail: bookings@queenshouse.org or contact the receptionist at 306-242-1916 or e-mail receptionist@queenshouse.org


HEALING OUR LOSSES: Healing with Art – with Sr. Felicitas Drobig, OSU. Four Tuesday evenings, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $120 for all sessions. A minimum of 6 participants is required to offer this series – registration deadline: January 2. To register please contact Sr. Felicitas directly: fdosu@sasktel.net; 306-260-7311.


Spiritual Direction: If you are interested in having a mentor and companion to accompany you on your spiritual journey contact Sr. Adeline Behm at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal: 306-242-1916 or email: spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org  or visit the website www.queenshouse.org to see a list of our affiliated spiritual directors.


Exploring the Universal Christ,  An 8-Week Book Study in Regina and Saskatoon. If you are looking for a more inclusive and compassionate spirituality, you are invited to join a book study featuring Fr. Richard Rohr’s newest book, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. In Saskatoon the book study will be held: Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, beginning Jan. 16, ending March 5 at Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Facilitators: Scott Pittendrigh and Sarah Donnelly. Cost: $80, which includes the companion study guide. Come with your own copy of The Universal Christ and the ability to commit to at least 6 of the 8 sessions.  Registration deadline: January 9, 2020. Call 306-242-1916.


Iconography Series – Two eight-week classes with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche. Will be available either Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. from January – March 2020 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street East, Saskatoon. Cost is $230 for 8 classes plus $110-130 for the gesso wood panel board. To register call Gisele at 306-380-3577 or email: gbauche@sasktel.net