Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, Jan. 30 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Bulletin 2-sided summary PDF


Diocesan Prayer IntentionJan. 30, 2022 –Day of Prayer for Reverence for Life – We pray as a diocesan family for greater respect for human life. May the Holy Spirit open every heart to the value and beauty of all human life, and help us to free society from abortion and euthanasia.


Prayer for Reverence for Life

Almighty God, giver of all that is good, we thank you for the precious gift of human life:

For life in the womb, coming from your creative power,

For the life of children, making us glad with their freshness and promise,

For the life of young people, hoping for a better world,

For the life of people who are disabled, teaching us that every life has value,

For the life of the elderly, witnessing to the ageless values of patience and wisdom.

Like Blessed Mary, may we always say “yes” to Your gift. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect and cherish it from conception to its natural end.

And bring us at last, O Father, to the fullness of eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN


Prière pour la révérence pour la vie

Dieu Tout-Puissant, donateur de tout ce qui est bon, nous te remercions pour le don précieux de la vie humaine:

Pour la vie dans le sein maternel, provenant de ton pouvoir créatif,

Pour la vie des enfants, nous rendant heureux de leur fraîcheur et de leur promesse,

Pour la vie des jeunes, espérant pour un monde formidable,

Pour la vie des personnes qui sont handicapées, nous apprenant que toute vie a de la valeur,

Pour la vie des personnes âgées, témoignant des valeurs intemporelles de patience et de sagesse.

Comme la bienheureuse Marie, puissions-nous toujours dire “oui” à Ton don. Aide-nous à réaliser le caractère sacré de la vie humaine, à la respecter et à la chérir de la conception à sa fin naturelle.

Et amène-nous enfin, ô Père, à la plénitude de la vie éternelle en Jésus-Christ notre Seigneur. AMEN


Earthcare Connections (Prayer intentions from Farmland Legacies)

  1. Help us to hear and respond to the challenging words of today’s prophets. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Grant to local, municipal, provincial and federal leaders the courage and insight to make the changes needed to protect our environment. We pray to the Lord.

New Announcements

* Sask K of C Vocations Endowment Support – The Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus, request your financial support for seminarians in Saskatchewan. There are currently 13 seminarians from the Roman Catholic dioceses and Ukrainian Catholic eparchy in Saskatchewan preparing to become future leaders within the Church. The Sask K of C Vocation Endowment was established to help defray the annual cost of over $30,000  per Seminarian. A fund-raising campaign will take place in parishes throughout the province during the first two weeks of February. Please view the website at https://saskkofc.foundation/product/sask-k-of-c-vocations-endowment/ for further info on how to make a contribution online or via mail to Box 61, Moose Jaw, SK. S6H 4N7. Thank you from our bishops, dioceses, Knights of Columbus and Catholic faithful for generous support of the education and development of seminarians through your prayers and financial assistance.

Free webinar from Catholic Conscience: “God’s Revelation through Nature: Scientific and Theological Perspectives” will be held online at 10 a.m.. Saturday, Feb. 5, with Rev. Dr. Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and the Vatican Observatory. How do scientists understand theology and theologians understand science? What does nature teach us about God. Join in a wide-ranging exploration about discovering the divine Word in God’s creation. RSVP for the Zoom link: www.GodAndNature.eventbrite.ca


* Employment Opportunity – Trinity Manor at Westerra, Regina, SK has an opening for a Permanent Part-time Spiritual Life Director/Coordinator. Trinity Manor is Regina’s newest active living retirement community, offering a safe, comfortable home and a sense of community. Trinity Manor is owned and operated by the Catholic health organization Emmanuel Care (http://emmanuelhealth.ca/). The Spiritual Life Coordinator is responsible for working alongside the management team of Trinity Manor at Westerra in Regina to plan and facilitate regular liturgical and para-liturgical services as required, to schedule a program of ‘spiritual life development’ for residents on an individual or group basis, to provide spiritual care to people of all faiths. The Spiritual Life Coordinator works in collaboration with the priest chaplain and supports other community clergy, lay visitors and volunteers. For more information, see the JOB POSTING (PDF)Deadline to apply is Feb. 11. E-mail cover letter and resume to Executive Director Ms. P. Engel at p.engel@trinitymanor.ca



* Elevate Conference for Youth Grades 6-8 – FacetoFace Ministries is hosting an Elevate Conference for grades 6-8 students, a day of faith and fun on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road (corner of Attridge Drive and Forestry Farm Park Drive). The schedule, COVID-19 protocols, registration, and more are found on the FacetoFace website: https://f2f.ca/elevate/


Gloves and Mittens Needed – The Salvation Army shelter in Saskatoon reports: “There has been an extremely high need, specifically for gloves, mitts and hand warmers so far this winter at our emergency shelter. Our supply is very low right now and we are reaching out to the community for support.” Donate items at 339- Avenue C South, Saskatoon or call 306-244-6280. (PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED PHONE NUMBER).


Marriage Preparation ProgramsFind information about parish marriage preparation programs in Saskatoon and an upcoming Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend in Muenster on  the diocesan website at https://rcdos.ca/marriage-preparation


Previous Announcements

* Day of Prayer for Life Jan. 30 – Bishop Mark Hagemoen has declared Sunday, Jan. 30 as a Day of Prayer for Reverence for Life in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, to reflect and pray about the protection of life at every age and stage. A message from the bishop for the Reverence for Life Day of Prayer can be found on the diocesan website at: LINK to PDF of Bishop’s message


* World Day of Consecrated Life – Feb. 2: Come celebrate and pray in solidarity with the consecrated women and men of the diocese 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon – join us in person or via livestream at https://saskatoonmass.com for testimonies, Mass and Eucharistic Adoration on this Feast of the Presentation of the Lord when our universal Church marks the World Day of Consecrated Life. Feel free to come for part or all of the evening of prayer and bring your baptismal candle or other candle to be blessed. Pope Saint John Paul II instituted this day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life in 1997. The Feast of the Presentation is also known as Candlemass Day; a day on which candles are traditionally blessed, symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ in our world.

Here is a video invitation from Sr. April Mireau, PM:

Join us in thanking God for the witness and service of consecrated men and women in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon!


* The Spiritual Motherhood of Priests is a new apostolate for any interested women in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. In 2007, the Congregation of the Clergy, with approval of Pope Benedict XVI, invited women to adopt priests as their “spiritual sons” and to pray for them constantly, particularly before the Blessed Sacrament. As part of the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests, women try to imitate our Blessed Mother Mary, the first Mother of Priests, in her humility and sacrifice. In a life-long commitment, every woman who joins the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests is given the name of one priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to adopt as her “spiritual son,” promising to anonymously pray daily for him, as well as to pray for him during a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration, and to make sacrifices to help her priest-son give himself to God more perfectly as shepherd of his flock. All women – single, married, widowed, consecrated religious – are welcome to discern this apostolate of prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification and support of our priests. Women interested in the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests (SMOP) apostolate in our diocese (https://rcdos.ca/smop) are invited to contact Jacqueline Saretsky for more information by e-mailing her at smop@rcdos or calling (306) 659-5839 (please leave a message).

Behind all priests there is a spiritual mother who asked God for their vocation. She bears them through spiritual suffering and nourishes them by offering to God all her daily sacrifices so that they become holy priests.”

 – Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctification of Priests and Spiritual Maternity


* French-language retreat offered at Star of the North Retreat Centre, Edmonton (online or in-person) in partnership with Conseil de l’Éducatif de la Foi catholique chez les Francophones de l’Alberta (CÉFFA): Le CÉFFA a le plaisir de vous inviter à participer à la retraite Cheminer avec l’Apôtre Philippe, animée par sœur Catherine Grasswill, Ursulines de Jésus – Vendredi 4 au Dimanche 6 Février 2022, pour un coût de 90$ en ligne et 250$ sur place. Inscrivez-vous en suivant ce lien: https://www.starofthenorth.ca/register/browse/programs-2/event/french-retreat-247/

L’apôtre Philippe n’est pas le plus connu des apôtres, mais l’auteur de l’Evangile selon Saint Jean nous fait découvrir cet homme appelé dès les débuts par Jésus. S’il est bien connu par sa curiosité lorsqu’il demande à Jésus: «Seigneur, montre-nous le Père»; il est aussi présent dans d’autres passages de cet Evangile. C’est en cheminant avec lui que nous pouvons aussi découvrir notre propre chemin de confiance à l’égard de Jésus. Connaissez-vous Sœur Catherine Grasswill?  Elle st entrée dans la congrégation des Ursulines de Jésus, après des études de droit et des années d’enseignement. Tout en étant missionnaire au Cameroun, puis dans l’équipe de l’Aumônerie Catholique de l’Université de Bordeaux elle a approfondi les Ecritures, dans leur historicité, leur herméneutique, (ce qu’elle continue à faire) et elle a partagé ses connaissances avec divers groupes aussi bien en paroisse, auprès des étudiants, qu’en émission radiophonique en commentant les Evangiles. Arrivée à Edmonton depuis quelques années, elle donne régulièrement des ateliers Bible à la paroisse St. Thomas Aquin et diverses retraites. Sr Catherine a la don de nous plonger dans les Écritures et de nous les rendre accessible tout en simplicité. Elle nous aide aussi à discerner comment la Parole de Dieu peut s’actualiser dans nos vies. Nous repartons toujours d’une retraite avec sr. Catherine en ayant redécouvert un évènement ou un personnage de l’évangile et comment cela fait du sens dans nos vies.

AWAKEN: Ministry Series

* Adult faith “Awaken: Ministry Series” – Join in this four-part series exploring different ministry themes with staff from the Catholic Pastoral Centre, to be informed, challenged and inspired! Offered in-person, the “Awaken: Ministry Series” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings March 1 to March 22 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Cost for the series is $40. Find more information and a link to registration for this in-person four-part event at: https://rcdos.ca/awaken-ministry-series/   Themes for the four “Awaken: Ministry Series” sessions are:

  • March 1 – “You Got Booked!” – Insights into the criminal justice system (Prison Ministry) with Dianne Anderson.
  • March 8 – “Evangelization and the Mission of the Church” – How to witness to your faith (Evangelization and Catechesis) with John Hickey.
  • March 15 – “Palliative Care and End of Life Issues” – Providing outreach and support to those who are sick or dying (Hospital Chaplaincy) with Jacqueline Saretsky.
  • March 22 – “Kairos Blanket Exercise” – History and relationship of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples (Justice and Peace) with Myron Rogal and the Kairos Blanket Exercise team.


ENCOUNTER: Lenten Retreat

* Adult faith “Encounter Lenten Retreat – You Are Loved” will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, led by the Verbum Dei Sisters of our diocese at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Cost is $20 (includes dinner). Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/220165606598259


* NET Canada is piloting a podcast about youth ministry, with the first episode “Why Youth Ministry?” posted at: https://youtu.be/t7I3YXj3cak — You are invited to listen in and/or consider subscribing to hear more about reaching out to youth in your life, parish, or school to share the love and joy of Jesus Christ and His Church. Learn more about NET (National Evangelization Team) on their website at: https://netcanada.ca


Musical instrument to give away: A free electric organ is available for pick-up in Young, SK. If interested, call Linda at  (306) 227-7538.


Marriage Preparation ~ Christ in the Middle ~ will be held Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., March 1, 2022 to April 12, 2022 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres. E. Saskatoon. For more information and to register, contact Angela Penna at (306) 652-0033 or e-mail apenna@rcdos.ca


Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) – 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 away from the distractions of everyday lives is designed to assist the couple in deepening and enriching relationships with one another and with God. MUENSTER CEE DATES: In the diocese of Saskatoon, the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, SK, with the next session April 1-3, 2022. Cost is $480 for the weekend and this includes all meals and accommodations. The weekend will be run according to the COVID-19 guidelines set out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Find more information or register online at https://ceewest.com/  or contact Elizabeth and Deryk Meszaros at deryk200@hotmail.com.


Marriage Preparation at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Martensville will be held Feb. 11 and 12, 2022. Space is limited: please contact the parish office at (306) 931-3111 or e-mail ihmp@rcdos.ca.


Theology on Tap: For young adults 19 to 35 – Celebrate the New Year with Theology on Tap on-line. The latest session is now live, and is dedicated to “Priesthood and Religious life.” Tune in to hear the interview with Fr. Michael Smolinski, CSsR, and Fr. Andre Lalach. All are welcome. Theology on Tap is found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonTonT and this session is also on YouTube athttps://youtu.be/daPA5jWkPAk.


SYNOD For a Synodal Church

* SYNOD TRAINING – All those interested are invited to participate in an online training session for parish or group coordinators for the Synod For a Synodal Church in our diocese. Training is held online via Zoom from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with two remaining dates available: Thursday, Jan. 27, or Wednesday, Feb. 16. Register at: https://form.jotform.com/213476897740267  (A link to the Zoom session will be sent upon registration.) The “Synod on Synodality” is a two-year worldwide process of listening and dialogue, with a diocesan phase taking place between now and April 2022. Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to reflect on a process that is vital for its life and mission. By journeying together and reflecting together, the Church will learn more about how a synodal process can help us to live communion, to achieve participation, and to open ourselves to mission. Find more information at: https://rcdos.ca/synod


Hospital ChaplaincyCatholic Hospital Chaplaincy continues at Saskatoon City Hospital and Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. To arrange for pastoral visits at either of these two hospitals, please contact Jackie Saretsky at (306) 659-5839 or (306) 292-5531 or e-mail: jsaretsky@rcdos.ca. For spiritual care at St. Paul’s Hospital ask at the nursing desk, or call (306) 655-5000 and ask them to page Spiritual Care.


Knights of Columbus Virtual Pro-Life Fundraiser – The Saskatoon Knights of Columbus will be hosting a virtual Pro-Life fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb 26. Mark your calendars now to attend this event online. More details will follow in future bulletin announcements. For more information on the event or tickets call Louis Roth (306) 249-2764 or Murray Geenen (306) 244-6196.


E.D. Feehan Catholic High School raising funds to save refugee family – Staff and students at E.D. Feehan in Saskatoon are working to raise funds to sponsor a refugee family who are running for their lives after an extremist organization took power in their home country. The brother and sister-in-law of an E.D. Feehan student had their lives threatened, and have fled to a neighbouring country with their two young children, ages 7 and 5. Efforts are now underway to sponsor the family to come to Canada as refugees. Find more information on the Catholic Saskatoon News page: news.rcdos.ca or to donate to the E.D. Feehan effort go to the Go Fund Me page at: www.gofundme.com/f/refugeeYXE . For more information about refugee sponsorship, please e-mail the diocesan Office of Migration: migration@rcdos.ca


Virtual Bottle Drive for the Catholic TRC Healing Response – You can now support our diocese’s “Catholic TRC Healing Response’ fund for residential school survivors and their communities by using the “Drop and Donate” feature at Sarcan depots in Saskatoon. When bringing bottles to the Sarcan facility, use the phrase “TRC” to direct monies to the fund-raising project via the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation. Learn more about Sarcan’s Drop and Go program at https://www.sarcan.ca/pages/about_drop__go.html  and/or find more information about the Catholic TRC Healing Response (including a secure online donation form) at: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/


* Catholic TRC Healing Response Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently provided an update about diocesan fund-raising efforts to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors and their communities. Funds raised will be part of a national $30-million fund-raising pledge announced Sept. 27, 2021 by the Catholic bishops of Canada, following their apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this land. Find Bishop Hagemoen’s message, learn more, and/or make a gift at: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/


Scam Alert – 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 e-mail addresses typically look like they could be real (using names, titles, etc.). 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 or other leaders, either contact their offices directly to check whether the messages are authentic, or just ignore. If you are the victim of fraud, contact your local police or RCMP office.




Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre welcomes you!

Queen’s House programming combines in-person and online events using Zoom.  Address: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon; Phone: 306-242-1916;  E-mail: programming@queenshouse.org; Website: www.queenshouse.org/

NOTE: Queen’s House asks that all those participating in-person wear a mask and be fully vaccinated. Thank you for helping us to keep everyone as healthy as possible. Please note that many of Queen’s House programs are also offered on Zoom, welcoming as many participants as possible to upcoming retreats, workshops and gatherings.


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. Register: https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1   or call (306) 242-1916. No fee – donations to Queen’s House are welcome.


Women in Ministry An invitation 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 to attend a Zoom luncheon gathering from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. 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. Registration deadline: Feb. 3. Register online https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or call (306) 242-1916 or for more information call Martha Fergusson (306) 270-2378.


Because You Matter: A Celebration of Women’s Voices – Join women from many Christian traditions for a weekend ecumenical retreat from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, in-person at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; live-in or commute. Facilitators: Becky Thomas www.storysongproductions.ca   and Jodi Kozan www.jodikozan.com  For details visit https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/. Cost: $200. Registration deadline: Jan. 28. Register online https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or call (306) 242-1916.


Bereaved Caregivers: Living through Loss is a support group held at Queen’s House on six Wednesday afternoons, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Feb. 23 to March 30. Please contact Brenda Gibbs, facilitator, prior to registering at (306) 227-7323, or e-mail: livingandloss@gmail.com. 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. Cost $150. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 7 participants are needed to offer this program. Registration deadline: Feb. 21.


Knights of Columbus Brothers’ Keepers Breakfasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., with the next gathering Tuesday, Feb. 8, held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor. St. W, Saskatoon. Contact Brendan Bitz at Queen’s House for additional details: (306) 242-1916 (Extension 225).


Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life in Light of the Season of Lent is an online series offered on Zoom from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings, March 3, 10, 17 and 24, with Dianne Mantyka. This four-week series invites participants to grow in the kind of love that motivated Jesus to be a compassionate presence. Embodying compassion today, as Jesus did, compels us to be a ‘living Christ’ ­ to ease suffering, to welcome and aid those who are most vulnerable, and to work for justice in a global society. Topics include: Towards Living a Boundless Compassionate Life / Compassion and the Marginalized / The Compassion of Jesus / Becoming a Compassionate Presence. Cost: $100 for the series. Registration deadline: Feb. 28. Find more info and/or register online at https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/ or call Queen’s House and register over the phone: 306-242-1916, Extension 226 (please leave a message).


Transitions: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss is an in-person retreat to be held from 7:00 p.m. Thursday March 3 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, with Sarah Donnelly. Grounded in Christian Spirituality and Prayer, this. supportive program offers encouragement, hope, companionship and insights into the often confusing, painful and lonely experience of grieving, welcoming those who have experienced a wide range of losses, including the death or anticipated death of spouse, partner, child, family member or loved one; the loss of good health in themselves or someone they love; the loss of a job; and the ending or deep wounding of a marriage, significant relationship or friendship. Cost: $525 (live-in: program, bedroom and all meals ­ participants will have bedrooms with private bathrooms.). Registration deadline: Feb. 28. Call 306-717-3707 to register or for more information see: www.sarahdonnelly.ca/grief-support.html


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 spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org  or visit http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=463  to see a list of affiliated spiritual directors. In-person and online meetings are available.