Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Feb. 28, 2021 – Second Sunday in Lent

Diocesan Bulletin 2-page summary PDF

* Diocesan Prayer IntentionWe pray as a diocesan family for those around the world being persecuted for their faith — we ask you to protect them Lord, and help us find ways to assist them.

 

Earthcare Connections IntentionsFebruary 28, Second Sunday of Lent

  1. God’s covenant includes all creation; may our actions and attitudes toward creation be life-giving.We pray to the Lord.
  2. May our awareness of God’s presence in all creatures lead us to be respectful towardrather than inconsiderate of all creation.  We pray to the Lord.

 New Announcements

Announcements marked with an asterisk* are included in the Diocesan Bulletin two-page summary PDF

* Lenten Retreat “Come back to me” will be presented in a number of parishes by the Sisters of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, who recently arrived in our diocese. Please contact individual parishes for information about registration. The schedule includes retreats at the following parishes:

  • St. Paul Co-Cathedral: Saturday, Feb. 27 from 1:15pm to 4:00pm. (306-652-0033)
  • St. Philip Neri, Saskatoon: Monday, March 1, 2021 from 9:00am to 12:00 pm (306-343-0325);
  • St. Augustine, Saskatoon: Thursday, March 11 from 9.30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with adoration. (306-373-3453);
  • St. Augustine, Saskatoon: Friday, March 12 from 9.30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with adoration (306-373-3453);
  • Cathedral Holy Family, Saskatoon: Saturday, March 13 from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (306-659-5800).
  • St. Mary Parish, Saskatoon:  Saturday, March 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. after morning Mass (306-244-2983)

 

* 2021 LENTEN MISSION ONLINE: St. Augustine Parish, Humboldt, SK presents an online Lenten Mission March 1, 2, 3, 2021 – Live is a journey. What do YOU seek? Schedule of events on nightly Zoom meetings 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening: March 1 – Mass; Video presentation, followed by discussion in Zoom “break-out rooms” (simply click the link on your screen) / March 2 – Video presentation, followed by discussion in Zoom “break-out rooms” (simply click the link on your screen) / March 3 – Adoration with music, healing Rosary and Scripture readings online. (In-person confessions will be held in the church between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 3, with sign-up required.) Pre-registration is required by calling the Parish Office at (306) 682-2106 or e-mail apunk@rcdos.ca – Space is limited, so register early.

 

* Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle all are invited to this Cenacle Holy Hour, which consists of adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4. at St. Michael Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, March 10 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

 

* CWL Social Justice AwardThe Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada has established a Social Justice Award for young women between the ages of 18-35 years. The $1,000 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 June 15, 2021. Contact Mary Nordick at (306) 374-5612 or email m.nordick@sasktel.net

 

* “Defending the Faith”The San Lorenzo Ruiz Council of the Knights of Columbus in Saskatoon presents a continuing lecture series “Defending the Faith” with both in-person attendance (in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions) and online Zoom participation. Registration is required for all events in the series. Phone 306-717-8239 or e-mail emmanuel.capulong23@gmail.com

  • Defending the Faith through the Armour of Christ” will be presented by Fr. Gerard Cooper at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 222 Willow Street, Saskatoon, in-person as well as via Zoom.
  • Vivat Jesus, Faith and Action” will be presented by Fr. David Tumback at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 6 at St. Patrick Church, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon in-person as well as via Zoom.

 

* Expanding euthanasia in Canada – Please contact your political representatives to oppose Bill C-7: The federal government recently introduced Bill C-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), designed to loosen rules and expand eligibility for medically-provided euthanasia / assisted suicide. The Senate has now proposed amendments that would expand access to medically-provided death even more than the original Bill proposed. The most concerning amendments are:

  1. Allowing people to write advance directives that require euthanasia to be administered if they are sick or disabled and lose the ability to make their own medical decisions.
  2. Removing the restriction on euthanasia for people whose primary diagnosis is mental illness (to come into effect 18 months after Bill C-7 is passed).

Please take time to again contact your elected MP and other government leades to express your opposition to the Senate’s amendments and to Bill C-7 expanding eligibility for medically-provided euthanasia/ assisted suicide.

Find information for contacting MPs at: https://www.ourcommons.ca/en/contact-us or  search for MPs at: https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en/search

As well, the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Canada has provided an online link to easily contact elected representatives about Bill C-7: https://www.canadiansforconscience.ca

 

Catholic Conscience presents “Catholic Leaders Mission”Serving as an elected official is more than a job. In the vision of Catholic teaching, civic leadership is a vocation – a important one for nurturing the good of all. For Catholic leader, formation is critical. Any Catholic seeking election to any political office or considering a run for office in the next two years can apply to join. Over the course of a two-day virtual workshop, participants will learn from Catholic leaders across our community, and will receive spiritual and moral formation, explore methods of discernment, and receive practical skills needed in seeking and properly holding elected office. In the end, you’ll be equipped as a Catholic servant-leader for your constituents and fellow Canadians. Learn more on the Catholic Conscience website, including how to apply: https://catholicconscience.org/catholicleadersmission/

 

Lenten resources from EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) are found at: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/seasons-and-feast-days/lent-14353 which includes a look at the Church’s teaching about Lent, daily readings and reflections, special Lenten programming, popular devotions, video-on-demand, etc. There is also a link to obtain a free eBook with 2021 Lenten meditations.

 

* Arise Catholic women’s retreatRegistration has opened for this year’s online retreat to be held Saturday, May 1. See https://arisecatholicmovement.ca  for more information.

 

* Two videos about Blessed Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus (who was beatified by Pope Francis in October 2020) are now available at https://www.fathermcgivney.org . The two new historical and inspirational documentaries – “Blessed Michael McGivney” and “A Witness for the World: The Global Impact of Blessed Michael McGivney”  were produced by the world’s largest fraternal organization for Catholic men, a lay-led order founded by McGivney in 1882. The documentaries are part of a campaign to inspire members of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic audiences and the public-at -large to renew their drive for prayer, family life, charity and solidarity with the poor and suffering.

  • “Blessed Father Michael McGivney” (27:30 minutes) is a two-part documentary that focuses in its first 19 minutes on the life of Michael J. McGivney, from his childhood as the son of Irish immigrants to his untimely death at 38, as well as his short time in seminary at Saint-Hyacinthe, just a short drive east of Montreal. The remaining nine minutes showcases the heartwarming story of Michael McGivney Schachle, a child with Down syndrome who was healed in utero from a fatal disease through the intercession of his namesake. View online at:  https://www.fathermcgivney.org/en/media/blessed-mcgivney.html
  • “A Witness for the World: The Global Impact of Blessed Michael McGivney” (29:46 minutes), retraces the history of the Knights of Columbus and includes a contemporary view into the work of the order in countries like Ukraine, Mexico, Philippines, Poland and Canada, as well as interviews with Cardinal Gérald C. Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Arcie Lim, Vancouver-based board member for the Knights of Columbus and David Peters, Ontario State Deputy with Knights of Columbus. From aiding children in war-torn Ukraine to the homeless in Vancouver, the documentary explores Father McGivney’s all-encompassing vision for an empowered laity, spiritual brotherhood, the rejuvenation of parish life and the transformation of communities through mutual love and charity. View online at: https://www.fathermcgivney.org/en/media/witness-for-the-world-ca.html

The two documentaries are available on demand, at no charge, and have been subtitled into Spanish, Filipino, Korean and Polish. A French version will be launched later in March. The films are also available for purchase on DVD, especially as a resource for parish and school-based study programs. The documentaries are part of a global movement to actively pray for the priest’s sainthood.

 

Journey through Lent video series from the CCCB

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has introduced a new video series that offers reflections on Gospel readings for each Sunday in Lent. As Canadian Catholic faithful continue to experience the pandemic’s challenging realities, this series is meant to be a source of deep spiritual solace and insightful pastoral preparation for Easter. The CCCB offers several ways to follow the series:

Previous Announcements:

Catholic Saskatoon News – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has an online news page of articles, reflections and updates at https://news.rcdos.ca.

 

Discernment Mediation – Discernment Mediation assists couples who are experiencing a crisis in their marriage.  Mediation is not a form of counselling. A mediator is a neutral third party who can help you talk about the issues that are causing conflict in your marriage. We celebrate and value marriage, but Discernment Mediation is not focused on saving marriages. It is focused on helping you to talk and make decisions that lead to a healthy life. We acknowledge that a separation is sometimes a necessary step toward health. Contact Olive Branch: Marriage and Family Ministry, which is based at Queen’s House of Retreats, Saskatoon by calling Peter Oliver at 306-260-6213 or Madeline Oliver at 306-260-6213 or by e-mailing pmolivebranch@gmail.com Visit the website for more information: www.olivebranchministry.ca

 

* READING OUR WAY TO GOD: Catholic Conscience presents a webinar featuring Word on Fire’s Dr. Tod Worner at 6:30 pm CST Thursday, March 11. St. Jerome wrote, “When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.” Join Catholic Conscience on Thursday, March 11 (6:30 p.m. CST / 7:30 p.m. EST) for an interview with Dr. Tod Worner (Managing Editor of Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute) about the power of great literature for forming us into better Catholics, better servants of Christ—and more impactful Christian citizens. Whether you’re an avid reader or want to become one, you’ll leave our conversation feeling inspired to pursue reading as more than a hobby—you’ll learn how reading can be a prayer, and a method of spiritual formation. RSVP today for webinar login details! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/reading-our-way-to-god-a-webinar-featuring-word-on-fires-dr-tod-worner-tickets-140370593223?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch 

 

* “Esto Vir! Be a Man In The Image Of St. Joseph” – Into The Breach III men’s spiritual enrichment conference will be presented online this year, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 13, 2021 (hosted by the Knights of Columbus Denis Mahoney Council 8215, Saskatoon). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the conference has moved to a combination of pre-recorded and live-stream session for a morning of talks and question-and-answer sessions with this year’s speaker, Fr. Stefano Penna, Rector of St. Paul Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon. This year the conference will be presented free of charge to all attendees. Find more information and registration at https://www.rootedconference.ca

 

Theology on Tap has been running for over 15 years here in Saskatoon, serving students and young adults of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, and the Saskatoon Eparchy. It is the best in conversation on faith topics in a casual and comfortable setting…it’s now on-line, what could be more comfortable than your home? If you have any questions, or need more info, email Michael in Campus Ministry at St. Thomas More College at mmaclean@stmcollege.ca

 

Share Lent 2021 – Share Lent has been a tradition in Canadian parishes since 1968. It was established to embody the two pillars of social action—charity and justice— which Pope Benedict XVI described as “not only social, but also spiritual actions, accomplished in the light of the Holy Spirit.”. Each year across Canada, the campaign tells the stories of our brothers and sisters in the Global South: stories of incredible strength, resourcefulness and courage; stories of people working together to change the unjust social, economic and political situations that hinder their integral human development. Development and Peace and its partners can accompany and support them in their quest for justice because of your support for the Share Lent campaign. This year, the campaign theme is Share Love, Share Lent. It is inspired by the message of social fraternity conveyed by Pope Francis in his latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. The Share Lent collection is an opportunity to find inspiration from the parable of the Good Samaritan which is at the centre of this encyclical. Participating in Share Lent is a way of doing our part so, as the Holy Father hopes, that “every person lives with dignity and has sufficient opportunities for his or her integral development.” Please give generously: drop your donation in to your parish collection, or give online on Development and Peace’s website at https://www.devp.org/ or call 1-888-234-8533 to donate. Every gift makes a big difference in the world. Thank you for sharing love today.

 

* Share Lent – Development and Peace online events during Lent 2021: This year, the theme of the Share Lent program is Share Love, Share Lent. Around the world, D & P has four different areas of action: 1. Democracy and citizen participation; 2. Justice for women; 3. Peace and reconciliation; and 4. Ecological justice. As part of this year’s Share Lent campaign, webinars will be presented each week:

  • Third week of Lent: “Change structures and promote community development through partnership” at 6:00 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 2 – Join Emily Lukasik, animator for Central Ontario; Mary Durran, international programs officer; and Jose Mario Lopez, member of the territorial defense team of Development and Peace’s partner, Fundación Eric – Radio Progreso. Find out how this people-led partnership in Honduras is having a positive long-term impact on community development and advocacy in the country, which is one of the poorest and most dangerous for human rights defenders in Latin America. The one-hour webinar will be recorded. Sign up here http://bit.ly/3tDWSgl
  • Fourth week of Lent: National Thinkfast starting at 2:00 p.m. CST Thursday, March 11 – Each year, Catholic schools across the country participate in ThinkFAST a 25-hour fast that allows students to learn more about the Social Teaching of the Church and to raise funds for Development and Peace. This year, Development and Peace will be organizing a national virtual fundraising fast so that everyone of any age can participate! Development and Peace will be offering online activities during the 25-hour fast. See: https://www.devp.org/en/thinkfast

 

Dethroning Mammon – A Stewardship Book ONLINE Discussion for LentDethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace is a book by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in which he looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent, Dethroning Mammon discusses how our own attitudes and the pressures of society affect how we handle the power of money (Mammon). Reading and reflecting on the book will help us think more fully about the power of money in our lives and our world. Over six weeks we can grow as disciples and stewards through reading, conversing, and praying together.

What: A one-hour book discussion (one chapter a week) via Zoom

When: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. (March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23 and March 30)

Who: Led by Archdeacon Cheryl Toth (Stewardship Officer with the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle) and up to 12 participants

How: Register by emailing Cheryl at stewardship@sasktel.net

How do I get the book? E-versions of the book are available.

This study is open to people of all denominations and is offered in the spirit of LAURC, the covenant between the Lutheran (ELCIC), Anglican, Ukrainian and Roman Catholic churches in Saskatchewan.

 

* Threat to Individual Conscience and Moral Dissent by Bill C-6 –  Please contact your political representatives to oppose Bill C-6, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code, which would ban conversion therapy for minors in Canada.The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued a statement saying that if passed, this legislation could have serious repercussions for religious freedom and parental rights in Canada. Conversion therapy is defined in Bill C-6 as “a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person’s sexual orientation to heterosexual or gender identity to cisgender, or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour.” In a statement about Bill C-6 on Oct. 7, 2020, the CCCB states: “The Bill makes no provision for legitimate diversity concerning viewpoints on human sexuality arising from religious beliefs, from philosophical debate, or from scientific and medical study; nor does it make any provision for conscientious dissent related to such matters in forums of teaching or public presentations.” Contact your elected representatives to express your concerns about Bill C-6. Find more information on the diocesan website at: https://rcdos.ca/bill-c-6-conversion-therapy-ban/ Find information for contacting MPs at: https://www.ourcommons.ca/en/contact-us or https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en/search

 

 

* COVID On-line Vigil: You are invited to join in lighting a candle in the darkness through prayer at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2021 (the one-year mark of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic): Together in Remembrance, Together in Hope: A Virtual Vigil Marking One Year of COVID in Saskatchewan. Join the vigil by Zoom or livestreamed on YouTube: www.covidvigil.ca. You are not alone in your loss. You are not alone in your hope! This event is being organized by a community of people of diverse cultures, worldviews, spiritualities, beliefs and faiths in Saskatchewan. For more information, please e-mail Blake Sittler, Executive Director of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan: blake@chassk.ca

 

* Marriage Preparation – Information about upcoming courses can be found online at https://rcdos.ca/marriage-preparation

 

St. Paul Co-Cathedral 7-week Marriage Preparation course called “Christ in the Middle” is running Tuesday evenings, March 16 to May 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (with one week off for Easter.) Sessions are also offered via Zoom. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Pastoral Associate Angela Penna at 306-652-0033 or apenna@stpaulcocathedral.ca

 

Marriage Preparation is offered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Martensville. The next session will be held April 9-10, 2021. For more information please call Marilyn and Ken Jackson at (306) 249-3635 or contact the parish office at (306) 931-3111 or e-mail ihmp@rcdos.ca

 

 

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry 2021 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. The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in Saskatchewan will be held Oct 22-24, 2021. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email: r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net

 

Scam Alert – please be aware that 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.  Please DISREGARD all such messages! Do NOT reply or engage with the individuals sending these messages.  The email addresses typically look like they could real.  The message asks if you are busy, ask for a favour, or directly as 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.  If you are the victim of fraud, contact your local police or RCMP office.

 

COVID-19 update in the Diocese of Saskatoon

During this difficult time, your parish is here for you! – Check with your local parish to find out what the guidelines are for attending Mass and visiting the church in person. Find parish contact info at: https://rcdos.ca/parishes-mass-times-list/  Check with your parish to find out how you can stay connected to your community, receive the weekly bulletin and other parish news.

Please visit individual parish websites or call local parish offices for more information about times, restrictions and process for attending public celebrations while emergency health orders restricting gathering size are in place.  Please note the following points:

  • A general dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect.
  • Personal distancing must be consistently practiced.
  • Liturgical changes will be in place with respect to celebrating Mass and receiving Holy Communion.
  • There will still be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass or enters a public space.

 

Please note that live-streaming of Mass will continue.  Find live-streaming of Mass and prayers at https://saskatoonmass.com

Act of Spiritual Communion: “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 cannot 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.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

 

 

QUEEN’S HOUSE RETREAT & RENEWAL Centre

PROGRAMMING INFORMATION FOR CHURCH BULLETINS

 

QUEEN’S HOUSE RETREAT AND RENEWAL CENTRE welcomes you! Our programming combines in-person and online events using Zoom. See the webpage for a list of all upcoming programs and to register: http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=4399

Nourish Your Mind and Nurture Your Spirit at Queen’s House! For inquiries / additional information contact Sarah Donnelly, Programming Director: 306-242-1916 x226.

 

Centring Prayer – All are welcome to gather in-person at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, or virtually on Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday evenings for centring prayer. Fr. Paul Fachet, OMI will provide leadership and guidance for these gatherings. Additional insights regarding contemplation and centring prayer from the great teachers will be part of every evening. No fee – donations to Queen’s House are welcome. Register online to receive the Zoom invitation or to let us know that you will be coming in person. This group does not meet on holiday Mondays.  The next gathering is Monday March 1. Registration deadline is noon March 1, 12 p.m. Please register online for this program at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or leave a message at (306) 242-1916.

 

Restart: Building Separation & Divorce Resilience with Madeline Oliver will be held Wednesday evenings, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as an online program using Zoom – come to one or several sessions. This offering uses a discussion format and draws on the tools in the book Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends. Themes that will be discussed include: denial, fear, adaptation, loneliness and friendship. Participants must contact Madeline to register – call or text (306) 361-9318 or email pmolivebranch@gmail.com. Cost: $20/session. Find more information at Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry: www.olivebranchministry.ca

 

Bereaved Caregivers: Living Through Loss with Brenda Gibbs will be held Wednesday afternoons offered as anonline support group using Zoom – come to one or several gatherings. Caregivers have often experienced years of anticipatory grief caused by the cumulative losses that occurs when a family is expecting a death. Now the vigil is over, and the final grief can be intense. No one grieves the same and there is no single recipe or formula to grief work. All that is needed is a commitment to do the work and grow in your grief. With grief in your heart, you will never be the same again; yet there is hope in finding meaning and reinvesting in your future. Call or text Brenda to register: (306) 227-73237323 or email livingandloss@gmail.com  Cost: $10/session.

 

Knights of Columbus Brothers’ Keepers Breakfasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7 a.m., with breakfast at 8 a.m.  with the next breakfast on Tuesday, March 9 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Please note that men of all denominations are welcome. Suggested donation of $10 / gathering. To check on availability of meals being served at this time of pandemic, call Brendan at (306) 242-1916, Extension 225.

 

Women In Ministry – This invitation goes out to all women, lay and ordained, who are employed in professional ministry (parish/congregational, chaplaincy, diocesan, educational, retreat facilitation, spiritual direction), those who are retired from an employed ministry position, and those studying for professional ecclesial ministry. The main purpose for these lunches is to create an informal relational space where women working professionally in ministry can connect across denominational lines and form networks of friendship, communication, and support.  No fee – donations to Queen’s House welcome. Zoom gathering on Friday March 5, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or leave a message at (306) 242-1916.

 

Foundations of Spiritual Companionship: An Introductory Training Program for Those Wanting to be a Compassionate Presence with Others – Zoom gathering online from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings March 4, 11, 28 and 25 presented by Julie Bergen, a CASC certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Supervisor-Educator with experience in the provision of spiritual care in acute care and long-term care settings. Currently, Julie facilitates the Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. This four-session program provides an opportunity to develop your skills in listening and spiritual companionship. Learn how to walk alongside others on their journey, supporting them through your listening presence. This inter-faith program is for those who wish to volunteer in the community, provide care within their faith-group, or further develop their supportive presence with those they encounter.  This interactive training will provide skills, discussion, and small-group interaction as we practice active listening, attend to feelings, and focus on providing a compassionate presence to others. Cost: $80/4 sessions. A minimum of 9 participants are needed to offer this program – registration deadline: March 1. Register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or at (306) 242-1916.

 

* St. Paul: Irritant and Inspiration – A three-part series offered on Zoom with Sr. Teresita Kambeitz OSU will be held Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 10, March 17 and March 24. The sessions will be repeated Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. March 11, March 18, and March 25. Sr. Teresita Kambeitz will unravel some of Paul’s story by reflecting upon his struggles in growing as a disciple of the Risen Lord. Focus will be given to the role that his friends, especially women, played in Paul’s faith journey from strict Pharisee to global citizen. Prayerfully, as we ponder “the wisdom given him” (2Peter 3:15), we will make connections with our own pilgrim lives. Part 1: What really happened on the road to Damascus? Part 2: Paul and friendships with women. Part 3: Paul’s threefold legacy. Cost: $90/3 sessions. A minimum of 9 participants are needed to offer this program. Recordings of these sessions will be sent to all who register – registration deadline: March 8.

Register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or at (306) 242-1916.

 

A Theology and Spirituality of Sexuality: Understanding the Complex Fire Within is a Zoom event with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, to be held March 12-14. Sex is too often seen as setting itself against spirituality. Sex seems too earthy to be connected to spirit. Evidence suggests that more people struggle religiously with the issue of sexuality than with any area in their lives. What is sexuality? Why is it so powerful? Does it come from God or does it set us against God? This retreat will attempt to articulate a healthy anthropology, theology, and spirituality of sex. The online Zoom event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday March 12; from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday March 13; and from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday March 14. Cost: $100 per screen. A recording of this retreat will be available to anyone who cannot join live. Registration deadline: March 11. Register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or leave a message at (306) 242-1916.

 

A Lent-Holy Week Retreat: From Yesterday to Tomorrow in a Time of Pandemic with facilitators: Nancy Phillips and Julien Fradette will be offered on Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday March 27. This past year has required us to live differently. For some, the adjustment to this journey has been slight, for others monumental.  In whatever way we have experienced this time, we are all called to find new ways of living as we transition from yesterday to tomorrow. Using themes from the Paschal Mystery this retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect on the experience of yesterday’s losses and its accompanying process of grieving. These insights will allow us to open space within ourselves to live tomorrow with a new richness in our daily lives. Cost: $75. A minimum of nine participants are needed to offer this program – registration deadline: March 25. Register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or leave a message at (306) 242-1916.

 

Spiritual Direction: If you are interested in having a mentor and companion to accompany you on your spiritual journey contact Sr. Adeline Behm: (306) 242-1916, extension 228 or e-mail spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org  or visit the Queen’s House website  http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=463 to see a list of our affiliated spiritual directors. In-person and online meetings are available.

 

Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet? Consider Queen’s House! To inquire about booking space at Queen’s House, contact our Bookings Coordinator: (306) 242-1925 or e-mail bookings@queenshouse.org We are following all safety protocols as we re-open to the public.

 

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS – The following announcement requests come from groups beyond the diocese and our ministry partners. As always, the parish Pastor and Parish Life Director are invited to make all publication decisions regarding their particular parish community.

 

NEW – SASKATCHEWAN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIETY:

* Would you like your building to be more comfortable AND have lower utility bills? The Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Affinity Credit Union have joined forces to help non-profit organizations and small businesses learn how to operate their buildings more efficiently – Now on-line. Two, three-hour sessions. Choose the dates that work for you.

  • Lighting & Electrical Equipment, and Water: March 5 or March 26, 9 am – noon
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling: May 7 or May 28, 9 am – noon

Register: http://environmentalsociety.ca/programs/building-operator-training/  or http://bit.ly/SES-BOT

This webinar series is suitable to whoever operates a building for a non-profit organization – whether it is the Executive Director, or a facility operator. Learn how to efficiently operate lighting, electrical equipment, heating, ventilation and cooling, and reduce water use. Sponsored by Affinity Credit Union, attend this webinar series for only $40 per person or $20 if you or your organization are Affinity members. (Un-sponsored cost per person is $240. No discount for attending only one session.) Participants receive:

  • Six hours of training,
  • Copy of slides
  • A certificate of completion

Saskatchewan Environmental Society’s professional instructors will deliver the sessions using plain language, suitable for either technical or non-technical attendees:

  • Ted Cooke, P.Eng. HDA Engineering, is a mechanical engineer, and experienced HVAC design engineer (HVAC)
  • Angie Bugg, P.Eng. Saskatchewan Environmental Society, works with small businesses and non‐profit organizations to identify energy conservation upgrades in their facilities. (Lighting, Electrical, and Water)

For more information, contact:

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is a non-profit, registered charity whose mandate is to work towards a world in which all needs can be met in sustainable ways. Sustainability requires healthy ecosystems, healthy livelihoods and healthy human communities.

 

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