Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Oct. 6, 2019 – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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* Diocesan Prayer Intention:   During this National Catholic Health Care Week, we pray for all those working and ministering in hospitals and long-term care homes: may they strive to live out the compassion of Christ with all they meet.

Earthcare Prayer Intentions: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

  1. May the vision of healthy earth, air and water continue to inspire us to attain that reality. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Help us hold to wise teachings on environmental ethics. We pray to the Lord.

(Announcements marked with an asterisk* appear in the Diocesan Bulletin Oct 6 – may be edited for space.)

New Announcements:

* Our Faith in Action, Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2019- Next weekend is pledge weekend for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Please bring the personalized pledge form you received with your Bishop’s Appeal package to Mass with you as we join our gifts to God’s many blessings in our diocese. Find more information about the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, including information about the needs and about the difference that your gift makes, as well as this year’s video, Our Faith in Action, at https://dscf.ca/bishops-annual-appeal or contact Cathy Gilje of Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation: cgilje@rcdos.ca  or (306) 659-5851. Prayer of the Faithful (choose one or more):

  • For our participation in the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to deepen our faith and strengthen our diocesan family, we pray to the Lord…
  • That we may see the work of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal is an opportunity to extend our love and service beyond the boundaries of our parish and local community, we pray to the Lord….
  • That we will see the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal as an opportunity to join with our brothers and sisters across our diocese and in our parish to serve one another as Christian stewards, we pray to the Lord…


* Voting as a Catholic – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon:  To hear more about the issues facing us in the 2019 Federal Election, please join Bishop Mark Hagemoen for a viewing and discussion of a “Federal Election Debate from a Catholic Perspective” (held Oct. 3 in the Archdiocese of Toronto), followed by a discussion with a group of local responders. Find more election resources on our website: https://rcdos.ca/ELECTION


* October is Missionary Month – “Go! Make disciples of all nations.” (Mt 28:19) – These words—the imperative mission of Christ — call each baptized Catholic to action. The Church has a lasting mission in this world, a mission that is ever more apparent, and the need for it is ever more urgent. In fact, mission isn’t something the Church does. It is what the Church is! This year, World Mission Sunday will be marked on Sunday, Oct. 20. This will include a worldwide collection for the missionary Church that offers emergency aid when disaster strikes, cares for refugees in war-torn countries, provides rural health clinics and transportation for priests, catechists, religious and lay pastoral workers. The World Mission Sunday collection for Pontifical Mission Societies offers financial support for the daily needs of all missionaries. Please pray for the missions and be generous on World Mission Sunday! Find more information at https://www.missionsocieties.ca


Pastoral Plan – The theme of the new diocesan Pastoral Plan announced by Bishop Mark Hagemoen is “Proclaiming Christ and God’s Kingdom Today.” The first of the Plan’s six goals is “Draw People Into a Deepening Intimacy with the Lord.” (Find out more at: https://rcdos.ca/missionandgoals) How exactly do we do that? Find some ideas and inspiration at this upcoming diocesan event:

* “WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?” – Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 for a powerful evening about Proclaiming Christ and God’s Kingdom Today! All are welcome to this diocesan event, featuring a presentation by Pete Burak of Renewal Ministries at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Be inspired to draw people into a deepening intimacy with the Lord!  The evening begins with a short dramatic presentation of “The Woman at The Well” from the Gospel of John, followed by insights and inspiration from speaker Pete Burak, the director of “i.d.9:16” – the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries (https://www.id916.com ). He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. He is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics, and is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp. Pete and his wife Cait have four children.  For more information about “Who Do You Say I Am?”, please contact Marilyn Jackson at the Catholic Pastoral Centre: mjackson@rcdos.ca or 306-659-5836. (Free-will offering taken to help offset costs of the event). Invite a friend!


* Celebrating 100 Years – St. Mary Parish, Avenue O and 20th Street, Saskatoon, will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m., with a reception to follow. Limited number of tickets are $25 at the parish office call (306) 244-2983.


* Our Lady’s Night – prayer, adoration and socializing for women 19 years and older will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 114 Kingsmere Place Saskatoon. Our Lady’s Night came about through a calling to pray together as women and connect with other women from all walks of life. This group is open to all women ages 19 years & older & we ask that you invite your female friends to join us for this wonderful evening.  Facebook Group: “Our Lady’s Night YXE”


* 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 retreat in Saskatchewan will be held on Oct 18-20, 2019. To register, or for confidential information, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email: r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net


* Sunday, Oct. 6 marks the beginning of the first ever National Catholic Health Care Week, celebrating the 124 health and human service facilities that exist across Canada.  Held Oct. 6 to 12, this is a week to thank the over 88,000 staff who every year care for over 5 million of our family and friends in hospitals and long-term care homes. In Saskatchewan, there are some 20 Catholic hospitals, health care facilities and long-term care homes. These are places where the healing ministry of Christ continues every hour of every day. May God continue to bless and guide this healing ministry! Several resources about the importance and impact of Catholic Health Care, including a video, are available on the “Awaken” page on the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) website at http://www.chac.ca/awaken/index_e.php

(During Masses and other events during the week, parishes are invited to highlight Catholic health care’s continued and impactful demonstration of the healing ministry of Christ.)


* One of the ways we express our gratitude to God for His abundant blessings is to be good stewards of the assets we have accumulated in our lifetime.  As stewards, not owners, we are called to share them with our family of faith. On Wednesday, Oct.16, 2019, at 2:30 pm St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt is sponsoring a special “Are Your Affairs in Order” seminar in the parish meeting room. This event will offer a deeper understanding of the importance of having a Will and what other pieces of our personal, spiritual and financial lives that need to be considered. The presenter is Jocelyne Hamoline from the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation.  A “Catholic Planning Guide to My Estate” package will be available for $5.00 (cash or checque). Please join us!  Seating is limited to 50. Register by calling St. Augustine at (306) 682-2106 by Friday, Oct. 11.


Previous Announcements


* Christmas Hampers: For many years those less fortunate in the core neighbourhoods of Saskatoon have received a food hamper (290 in 2018!) through the St. Mary Parish Christmas Hamper program. The ability of St. Mary Parish, Saskatoon to provide the necessary financial means for the program is being challenged. St. Mary Parish is appealing to all the faithful of the diocese to participate in the 2019 Christmas Hamper program by making a financial donation before Oct. 14, to: St. Mary Parish, 211 Avenue O South, Saskatoon, SK, S7M 2R6 – please mark the envelope “2019 Christmas Hampers.” All donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. Thank you for helping us continue to bring “Christ to the poor” this Christmas.


* Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle – All are invited to a Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer at 3 pm. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more information, contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


* Campaign Life Saskatchewan Pro-Life Event: Join the annual Life Chain witness from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at the corner of 22nd Street and Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon. Signs are provided. Please plan to attend to prayerfully witness for the pre-born child. For more information contact Louis (306) 249-2764 or e-mail campaignlifesk@gmail.com


* Campaign Life Saskatchewan Pro-Life 40 Hours For Life Campaign continues until Nov.1, 2019 on the street in front of Saskatoon City Hospital. This witness for the pre-born child is along Queen Street and the campaign is held during the week, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 noon.  Signs are provided. If you can commit to an hour or more during this campaign, contact campaignlifesk@gmail.com  or call (306) 249-2764.


* Retrouvaille: Retrouvaille (www.helpourmarriage.com) is a lighthouse for marriages on stormy seas. If you and your spouse are struggling in your marriage, even if you are separated, know that there is hope. If you are interested in learning more about Retrouvaille or registering for the next Saskatchewan weekend being held Oct. 18-20, 2019, contact: retrouvaille@sasktel.net or call (306) 652-7155.


Our diocesan Pastoral Plan – Bishop Mark Hagemoen has announced a new Pastoral Plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, developed by the Diocesan Pastoral Council, with representation from across our diocese. Find more details at: https://rcdos.ca/missionandgoals

OUR MISSION: TO PROCLAIM CHRIST AND GOD’S KINGDOM – “Have the same mind and heart as Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5)


  1. I) Draw People into a Deepening Intimacy with the Lord! – (Supporting a deepening friendship and intimacy with Jesus Christ)
  2. II) Make Every Sunday Matter – (Sunday celebrations)

III) “Embrace Your Priesthood” – (Discerning God’s call to each person to share in the mission and life of the Lord)

  1. IV) Build and Support Family and Community – (Strengthening and supporting families and marriages, vocations support)
  2. V) Promote the Healing Journey in the Lord – (Healing, growth, serving, ongoing conversion)
  3. VI) Move from Maintenance to Mission – (Helping parishes proclaim Christ in everything)


UNITED Conference Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 – Presented by FacetoFace Ministries, United Conference is a youth conference with an adult track that is designed to help people be united, supported, and challenged in their faith. Come be empowered to become a modern-day saint! It is an incredible weekend with sessions featuring praise and worship and keynote talks, plenty of time to connect with others, Reconciliation, Adoration, and much more. UNITED will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Cost: Early Bird rate is $55 before Oct 24; regular price is $70 after Oct 24. Group Rates are available for 10-plus people. Register at: https://f2f.ca/united/ or contact Jon Courchene, Executive Director of FacetoFace Ministries at (306) 381-7789.


Immaculate Heart Of Mary Parish, Martensville Fall Supper, will be held Sunday, Oct. 27 – There will be two sittings: 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Tickets: $40 per family (2 adults plus children living in the home – All ages MUST have a ticket); $15 for a single ticket. More information and tickets are available by calling Elaine at 306-382-7347 or Tammy at 306-290-5940.


* Dying Healed Workshop in Fox Valley

  • Where: Fox Valley Community Hall, 40 Railway Ave. Fox Valley, SK
  • When: Sunday Oct. 20, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15 (workbook will be provided). Free will offering for supper and refreshments.
  • Contact: Kendra Volk (306) 666-2017; email: avolk@sasktel.net

The Dying Healed program covers important issues about human suffering, human dignity and the power of human presence. As well as learning about other end-of-life issues, participants will learn important pastoral and practical practices of what to say, how to listen, and how to be with people who suffer illness, disability and loneliness.


Help for the Bahamas – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada (CCODP) is accepting donations to assist the people of the Bahamas after the extensive damage by Hurricane Dorian, followed two weeks later by Tropical Storm Humberto. Dioceses/eparchies and parishes, as well as individuals, are welcome to forward donations through CCODP which in turn will convey these to other Caritas organizations working in the Bahamas. These donations should be earmarked “Bahamas”. To find more information see: https://www.devp.org/en


* Priest Discernment Night – will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1235 12th Street East in Saskatoon. The speakers for the evening are Fr. Colin Roy and Fr. Daniel Yasinski.  The evening will begin with Mass, followed by a talk, small group discussion, and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. For more information please contact Fr. Daniel Yasinski at dyasinski@rcdos.ca or 1(306) 834-2269; or Fr. Colin Roy at croy@rcdos.ca  or 1(306) 256-3218.


* AWAKE: Our journey of faith always begins with questions. What do Catholics really believe? How do we understand…

 What is grace?

 What exactly is purgatory?

 What about church authority and what is the infallibility of the pope?

 How do I live my sexuality as a Catholic?

 How can I live my faith in my marriage? Is divorce allowed in the Catholic Church?

 Where does Mary and the saints come into our faith life?

 Catholic Practices– what are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? Who is the Body of Christ? Can I figure out Catholic doctrine?

Join us for five Mondays for an in-depth discussion on the topics listed – and more – and we’d love to hear your questions during these sessions. This program will be facilitated and taught by Arch McKay who also presents the Holy Spirit Parish RCIA program. The meetings foster reflection, prayer, and honest sharing in a setting of hospitality and acceptance. The process is simple and inviting. The group will meet Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25 — all beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. Please register by calling or emailing Sharon at (306) 374-1425 or sharon@holyspiritsaskatoon.ca


* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has open registrations at St. Patrick parish! If you’re looking for a great Montessori faith education for your young child (between the ages of 3-6 years), please download the registration form at: https://saskcgs.carrd.co/#stpatrick  We look forward to a year of growing close to Jesus through Scripture and Liturgy!


St. Martin de Porres Parish in Regina is seeking both a Pastoral Assistant (part time), and a Sacrament Coordinator (casual position, when required throughout year) who are practicing Catholics, familiar with sacraments and liturgy. Both are directly responsible to the pastor, and both positions involve collaboration with the pastor, parish team and parish groups. The Pastoral Assistant will undertake religious faith formation of the parish family, and where appropriate, the St. Matthew School community. The Sacrament Coordinator will undertake religious sacramental preparation of parishioners. Full job descriptions can be found at www.stmartindeporresregina.com   Preference will be given to those with a background in religious studies or lay ministries. Please send resumés to stmartinpersonelcommittee@gmail.com , or mail to St. Martin de Porres 4720 Castle Rd, Regina SK, S4S 4X1 (Attention: Lynda and Lisa.) The closing date for application submissions is Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.)


Request for Fundraising Proposal: The Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan (Grande Prairie, AB) is requesting proposals for developing a fundraising campaign to ultimately provide stable, sustainable levels of charitable giving that will fully fund annual operation requirements. The Archdiocese is seeking the services of an experienced and knowledgeable fundraising consultant to plan, implement and manage a fundraising campaign that will ultimately provide the Archdiocese with $1 million in annual charitable donations from its parishioners. The project will be awarded to the consultant who has a personal and well-developed understanding of the Christian faith and the Catholic Church, experience in fundraising campaigns that reflect Christian values, and is flexible with regards to hours of work and travel. Find more details at https://rcdos.ca/employment Proposals should be submitted by email to exec.agm@live.ca   in PDF or Word format (maximum of 10 pages in 12-point font). Please use “Fundraising Consultant” in the subject line. For more information contact the Archdiocese of Ground-McLennan (780) 532-9766.


Are you interested to join a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land? – There is a pilgrimage going to the Holy Land from Jan. 7- 20, 2020. It is organized by Fr. Millan Sajonas, SSL, and “Biyaheng Kapamilya sa Holy Land”. The theme is “A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: This is Holy Ground.” For further details, visit the webpage:  www.kapamilyaholyland.com or see: https://www.bmjsajonas.com/upcoming-activities  or contact Fr. Millan at 306-763-5677 or e-mail:bmjs1981@gmail.com


La P’tite Pasto (Little Hearts Play Group) is a French parent-child program for children ages 6 and under and their families. Through games, songs, art and crafts, little ones discover the beauty of family, nature, friendship, and are gently introduced to the loving presence of God and to Christian values, all in a spirit of fun and in a language adapted to their age. Children must be accompanied by a French speaking adult.  Starting October 12, 2019, come meet us at Sts. Martyr-Canadiens Church from 2 – 3:45 pm on the second Saturday of each month. To register call Diane Murza at 306-664-4779 or Marie-Jeanne Will at 306-290-9990. For more info, go to www.littleheartsplaygroup.com .


CELEBRITY DINNER –  The Knights of Columbus will host the 6th annual Celebrity Dinner Event Nov. 2, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family on Nelson Rd. This year’s event will again be presented by Les & Irene Dube’.  The foundation has asked the Knights to fund a Comfort Care Room where families with gravely ill children can have privacy to meet with doctors, care providers and call in spiritual care of their choice. There will be live entertainment by Kids of Note and St. Joseph High School Choir. Following a tasty buffet dinner there will be time to participate in a wine pull, a 50/50, a raffle for a $3,000 travel voucher and a prize boards with themed prizes.   Our guest speaker will be Todd Burpo speaking on the experiences of his son Colten, the book and the movie with the message “Heaven is for Real”.  For more info on the event or Todd Burpo, please see: https://knightsofcolumbus8215.com Tickets are $150 with a tax receipt available for a portion of the ticket.  To purchase please contact Garry Maier @ 306-221-5893 or 306-374 5006.


* That Man Is You (TMIY) – The TMIY program tackles real issues facing real men. It looks at the leadership role that has been entrusted to men and addresses the temptations and struggles men face in a culture that attacks authentic manhood. The program helps formulate a plan that allows men to overcome these obstacles. The program is hosted Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at Fr. Paul Donlevy Hall at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. We gather at 6:00 a.m. for a light continental breakfast of fruit, muffins, and coffee, and fellowship. There’s a presentation at 6:30 a.m. that combines the best scientific research with the teachings of the Church and wisdom of the saints. It’s followed at 7:00 a.m. with breakout groups that provide the opportunity to discuss what’s been presented and the event concludes at 7:15 a.m. For more information please email tmiy@saintannes.ca .


Marriage Preparation Course offered through Holy Spirit parish in Saskatoon: This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. The next course begins on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. It continues each Sunday at 2 p.m. until December 1, 2019 (skipping November 10 due to the long weekend). Please call Todd and Maureen Heroux (306) 491-7878 or e-mail mahero715@yahoo.com  for information and to register.


Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an intensive weekend of preparation, 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. A weekend stay is necessary to keep the atmosphere generated by the Encounter – away from the distractions of everyday lives. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World. In the diocese of Saskatoon, the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, SK. The next session at St. Peter’s Abbacy in Muenster, Saskatchewan will be OCTOBER 18-20, 2019.Cost is $480 for the weekend and this includes all meals and accommodations. Find more info or register online at www.ceewest.com  or contact Elizabeth and Deryk Meszaros at deryk200@hotmail.com .  NOTE: Weekend dates for 2020 are April 24-26, 2020 and October 23-25, 2020.


Marriage Preparation: Announcing a new seven-week marriage preparation course called Christ in the Middle, unique to St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, and 26. With special guests and working with Better Together Marriage Preparation course by Dynamic Catholic, we promise this program will help lay a firm foundation for your marriage. There is a suggested fee of $150 but financial assistance is available upon request. To enrol, please contact Angela at 306-652-0033.


TeamRCIA Catechist School Nov. 22-23 in Calgary – The Western Conference for the Catechumenate (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, Alberta present TeamRCIA Catechist School at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish, 5340 4 St SW, Calgary, AB. Participants will discover:

  • The number one goal of every RCIA catechist • The six principles that shape the entire faith journey • How to make sure the inquirers are committed to learning • The power of good storytelling to communicate word and dogma • Effective adult learning models that work • How to navigate the three levels of catechesis we encounter in any RCIA group • The four areas of faith formation every RCIA process must cover

The TeamRCIA Catechist School has been designed by and will be led by two international experts in catechumenate ministry: Mary Birmingham and Nick Wagner. They each have over two decades of experience training RCIA team members. The full registration fee is $180 CAD. The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday (does not include the cost of lodging). Learn more and/or register online at https://teamrcia.com/institutes/catechist-school/teamrcia-catechist-school-wcc-diocese-of-calgary/


Prison Ministry is Seeking Donations of Rosaries – The diocesan office of Restorative Ministry is seeking metal rosaries as part of ministry to men at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre (no pink rosaries, or plastic rosaries, please.) Please drop off donated rosaries at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon Monday to Friday, 8:30 to noon, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or contact Dianne Anderson at (306) 659-5845.


The Kairos Blanket Exercise is a unique, participatory process that assists in building a better understanding and awareness of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. The Blanket Exercise Team from Our Lady of Guadalupe First Nations and Métis Parish is available to present this powerful and healing exercise to parishes, groups and organizations. For more information or to arrange for the Exercise to come to your parish or organization, please contact:  Ivan & Kathy Hitchings (306) 329-4484 or email: hitchings.ink@sasktel.net


* D & P Fall Campaign Workshops – All are welcome to an afternoon with Development and Peace to learn about and roll out the 2019 Fall Campaign on the effects of commercial activities in the Amazon Rainforest on Indigenous Peoples and on the global ecosystem. The Fall Campaign is a response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’, (Care of Our Common Home), and the 2019 Synod of Bishops (on the Amazon). Facilitator will be Priva Hang’andu, Regional Development and Peace/Caritas Canada animator.

  • BRUNO – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at St. Bruno Parish, 700 Kirby St., Bruno, SK. To RSVP or for more information contact Victor and Lucille at gran@hotmail.com or Priva at phangandu@devp.org or call 1-888-234-8533.


* Lay Formation Alumni Fall Gathering with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI – All are welcome to attend this Fall Gathering from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, as Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, explores the evolution of faith formation for Catholic adults in a presentation entitled “Theological Formation – the Task, the Tension, the Hope.” The annual Fall Gathering is sponsored by the Lay Formation Alumni each fall, and is open to everyone. Registration: Cost is $40 before Oct. 7, or $50 after Oct. 7 (includes lunch). Register online at https://rcdos.ca/fallgathering2019 For more information call Blair at 306-260-4009. (Pre-registration is required)

About Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI: Fr. Ron Rolheiser is a Catholic priest and theologian born and raised in Saskatchewan, who was a long-time popular presenter for the Lay Formation Program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — a program that this year has been re-named the Adult Faith Enrichment Program.

Fr. Ron is a speaker, workshop leader, columnist, and writer on contemporary spirituality. He entered the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his First Vows in September 1966, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. During and after his own studies, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB. He has served the religious community of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as Provincial Superior of St. Mary’s Province (Canada), as Regional Councillor for Canada, serving on the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in Rome, for six years. In August 2005, Fr. Ron became the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.


Applications for the 2020-21 Catholic Women’s Leadership Program are now being accepted! – Application Forms are now available for the 2020-21 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The Certificate program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) runs from May 2020 to June 2021, with both face-to-face and online courses as part of the program. For more information visit www.cwlfcanada.ca   The application deadline is mid-November.  All Catholic women of any age are invited to apply. Thanks to donations and subsidies, the course is reasonably priced for participants!

A recent graduate said: “This has been a truly enlightening journey for me. Through the modeling and guidance of wonderful instructors, I have learned to become so much more aware of my spirituality and how it helps to enhance and transform my leadership as a Catholic and as a woman, in all interactions be it work related or personal.”

PDF of the Application Form:



Saskatoon Community Foundation is calling for grant applications for the Verna and Lionel McGillivray Fund for Children in Saskatchewan. The fund was established with a bequest to the Saskatoon Community Foundation, when Verna died shortly after her husband Lionel. This generous Saskatoon couple had several goals for their donation including benefiting “disadvantaged children within the province of Saskatchewan” and “Christmas cheer for needy families.” According to the McGillivrays’ wishes, funds are presently available for projects that bring “Christmas Cheer” to needy families. This year, approximately $12,000 in total is available for allocation for projects throughout Saskatchewan. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2019.  For more info, contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager at (306) 665-1767 or don.ewles@saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca


Attention Women and Mothers of All Ages! TIME OUT FOR MOMS.  Are you looking for a group where you can find Catholic fellowship and meet other women? Mom, do you want a break from the kids every week where you can sit, visit, eat breakfast, and grow in your faith? Time Out For Moms meets Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Rd., Saskatoon. All women are invited to attend. To register visit https://rcdos.ca/time-out-for-moms. If you have questions or want more information please contactTOFMSaskatoonSK@gmail.com or find the group on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/TimeOutForMomsSaskatoon

Western Conference for Liturgy, will be held October 25-27, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Kelowna, BC.  The title of this year’s Liturgy Conference is: “When I in Awesome Wonder – Encountering Christ in Symbol, Ritual and Movement in Mass.” This conference will help participants to: Understand more fully the symbols used in our Liturgical celebrations, especially the             celebration of the Holy Eucharist; become knowledgeable of best practices when using technology and media at Mass; explore music from the forthcoming Music for Catholic Worship hymnal, which will soon be available for use across Canada. This year’s presenter is Christina Ronzio, Director of the National Liturgy Office (English Sector) and Secretary to the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Canadian Conference Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Please see: https://www.pgdiocese.bc.ca/western-liturgical-conf-oct-25-26-2019/   For more information, please call: Martha Primus, Executive Secretary, 250-964-4424 Ext 2202.


“Learn Divine Office” – Saturdays 9 a.m. at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, beginning in September. “From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the Divine Office. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.”  — Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.  – Every Saturday from September to June, there will be an opportunity to learn the Divine Office, offered at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres, Saskatoon, followed by actually praying Divine Office Morning Prayer (in Gregorian Chant) at 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome, booklets will be provided. Please arrive at the side door facing 22nd Street. For more information, contact Hudson at 306-220-7236.


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.

For latest updates, more information, ideas for how to help raise awareness and/or to donate, please go to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation campaign website: www.CloseToHome.fund   or e-mail: info@sphfoundation.ca   or call (306) 655-5821.


NEW NAME: Adult Faith Enrichment Program – Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently announced a name change for the Lay Formation program, founded in 1987 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The new name for this program of faith formation, learning, community and prayer is the Adult Faith Enrichment Program. Applications are still being accepted for the two-year program that runs one weekend a month from September to May at Queen’s House in Saskatoon. Catholics in a diocesan stream, an Indigenous stream and a Ukrainian Catholic eparchial stream spend time learning more about the Catholic faith, sharing their faith and life experiences, and deepening their prayer lives. It is a time of learning, a time for friendship, a time of discernment and a time of growing ever closer to Christ. For more information or to apply for September 2019, please contact the diocesan coordinators of the Adult Faith Enrichment Program: Jennifer and Blair Carruthers, phone: (306) 659-5846 or e-mail jcarruthers@rcdos.ca


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, 1
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month -7 a.m.; 8
  • Taizé Prayer: 7- 8 p.m. 9
  • 24 Hours Eucharistic Adoration – 4th Monday & Tuesday/month from noon to noon,
  • 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: bookngs@queenshouse.org or contact the receptionist at 306-242-1916 or e-mail receptionist@queenshouse.org


Incarnation, Spirituality, and Cultural Transformation with Simon Laser, PhD, will be held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon Friday November 29, 7-9 p.m. and Saturday November 30, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Cost: $95 – includes lunch. Registration deadline: November 25. Contact (306) 242-1916 for information or registration


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.


Journaling and Writing as Spiritual Practice – A four-part series at Queen’s House in Saskatoon with Shelly Manley-Tannis on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, and repeated Wednesday mornings, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Cost: $120 / 4 sessions. A minimum of 10 participants is required to offer these programs – registration deadline is Oct. 1. Please bring your own journal – all other supplies are provided. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration.


ICONOGRAPHY SERIESTwo eight-week classes with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche. Will be available either Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. from  October – December 2019 and 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


To Love Your Neighbour’s Church as Your Own – A 3-part series at Queen’s House in Saskatoon with Rev. Jakob Palm held on Wednesday evenings, October 16, 23, and 30, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. $50/series – fee includes a copy of the book To Love Your Neighbour’s Church As Your Own. Registration deadline: October 11. Call (306) 242-1916.


Transitions: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss – A 3.5-day retreat with Sarah Donnelly from Thursday Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday Oct. 20 at 1:00 p.m. held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost: $475: live-in only. Limited bursaries available. Participation is limited to nine people – register by calling Sarah Donnelly: 306-717-3707.


Listening to the Holy Unconscious Through Our Dreams with Dr. James Schmeiser will be held on Saturday Oct. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch. To register call 306-242-1916.


The Story of Ruth: 12 Moments in Every Woman’s Life, A Creative Study for Women with Gisele Bauche and Janice Cook will be held on six Monday evenings, Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $125 / 6 sessions. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration.


Triumph: Freedom through healing – A nine-day retreat from Friday Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. will be held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost: $1,395. For more information visit:www.triumphretreat.com


Psychology, spirituality, sexuality and intimacy is a one-day program with Rev. Dr. Wilburn Nelson to be held on Saturday Nov. 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration


Silent Guided Retreat : “Come Away with Me” – A four-day retreat at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, with Dianne Mantyka will be held from Monday Nov. 25 at 4:00 p.m. to Thursday, Nov. 28 at 1:00 p.m. – a wonderful way to prepare for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Cost: $525 – live-in only – includes lodging, meals, spiritual direction and facilitation. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration