Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, June 13 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Bulletin 2-sided PDF summary

* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray as a diocesan family for the safety of farmers, gardeners, and all who work to provide food for others.  (Farmland Legacies / Earthcare Connections prayer for 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Earthcare Connections – Prayer Intentions from Farmland Legacies 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  1. As we raise food crops to sustain our bodies, may the wonders of the earth nourish our spirits. We pray to the Lord.
  2. For the safety of farmers, gardeners, and all who work to provide food for others. We pray to the Lord.

 

New Announcements

 

* A new model of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon was announced June 8, featuring a renewed focus on discipleship and accompaniment. The launch included the introduction of “Project Timothy” a leadership development program led by diocesan Evangelization and Mission Leader John Hickey and Sr. Marta Piano of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. The two leaders will recruit, mentor and accompany young adults who have a desire to share their faith and reach out to other youth and young adults. Two other priorities for diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry have also been established: providing support and training for youth ministry in parishes across the diocese, and offering diocesan events “as a place of encounter” for youth and young adults. View the launch video, read the bishop’s letter, and learn more online at: https://rcdos.ca/youth

 

Development and Peace/ Caritas Canada Saskatchewan-Keewatin-LePas Regional Assembly will be held virtually between 9 a.m. and noon (SK time) on Saturday, June 26, with a keynote address by Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina. Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcu2qpjsiEtNK7Gm6-iVbpw2BXUuJ6dw5

 

* Saskatoon Refugee Coalition (SRC) is planning activities for World Refugee Day 2021. Events include:

  • Silent Vigil – Friday, June 18 at 12:00 p.m. – We will be honoring and remembering the over 80 million displaced people in the world with a silent vigil at noon at various locations in the city. We ask everyone to follow public health guidelines and bring their own posters/placards in support of refugees. We ask everyone to meet at Civic Square, and people will then have the option to join a group to disperse to River Landing or Peace Tower. Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1586003261597590/?ref=newsfeed
  • Zoom Webinar – Sunday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – We will be hosting an online zoom event to learn about the refugee situation in Myanmar and Ethiopia. We will have a speaker from the Karen and Eritrean community here in Saskatoon. Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/388569569149330/?ref=newsfeed. Join the Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86413483877. – Meeting ID: 864 1348 3877.

Follow SRC on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/SaskatoonRefugeeCoalition

 

NOTE: the Saskatchewan government and provincial health authority are permitting overnight/ summer camps to open as of June 20, 2021:

 

 

* Blackstrap Youth Camp (BYC) has offered overnight summer camps to youth aged 8-14 years for almost 50 years. Rooted in Catholic values, BYC provides campers the opportunity to begin or deepen their relationship with God while participating in traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, group games, campfires and more. Week 1: July 4-July 9 / Week 2: July 11-July 16 / Week 3: July 18-July 23 / Week 4: July 25-July 30. Head to the website for more information on camp and to register for the summer: www.blackstrapyouthcamp.org or for more information call (306) 934-1838 or e-mail campblackstrap@gmail.com

* Ignite SK 2021 – IGNITE SK 2021FacetoFace Ministries is excited to announce that IGNITE SK 2021 will be happening August 1-6th at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK. With the re-opening phases of the province, over overnight camps are allowed and we are excited to be in person this year! Ignite is a week-long Catholic summer camp for teens (going into grade 9 through graduating grade 12) who desire to grow in holiness! This jam-packed week is filled with excellent talks, amazing people, epic large group activities, daily Mass, Adoration, praise and worship, and much more! Youth will grow in their relationship with God and be empowered to go forward while striving to be a modern-day saint and a light to the world!  Register today at www.f2f.ca/ignite

 

* Ignite JuniorFacetoFace Ministries is thrilled to announce the launch of IGNITE JUNIOR, a 3-day day camp for youth in grade 6-8 to be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family July 12-14th. Ignite Junior is an opportunity for youth to grow in their faith in a fun and practical way. They will be emerged in the sacraments, listen to engaging speakers, participate in awesome games all while building authentic friendships.  Register today at www.f2f.ca/ignite

 

 

* Inspire Our Nation ecumenical summer events will be held ONLINE this summer:

  • Inspire Girl Camp (July 15-19) is an online event designed to help girls develop their confidence to stand secure in their identity and propel them to live lives of influence for Jesus. Each camper will be mentored by young women, receive anti-trafficking prevention training, learn about nutrition, receive gift assessments, and develop self- confidence through fine arts and physical activity.
  • Career Incubator Camp (August 12-15) is an online event for boys and girls to ignite their creative God-given potential by helping them develop marketable skills for the future. Every camper will be mentored by industry professionals, receive life-planning tips, gifts assessments, servant leadership training, resumé development, entrepreneurship tips, and financial training.

For more details, to watch the promo video, and to register: InspireOurNation.com or contact Curtis Wagner with questions: curtis@inspireournation.com

Inspire Our Nation facilitates mentorship programs, curriculum development, camps and online events across Canada. The non-profit organization was started in 2018 by Saskatoon teacher, Kaitlyn Cey, along with a group of passionate, like-minded community leaders who shared the same desire – to see Canadian youth empowered by Jesus to live purposeful lives and reach their full potential.

 

Grace at the End of Life EWTN (Catholic television network) presents a five-part new miniseries called “Whole Person Care, Living and Dying in the State of Grace” which will air from June 14-18 at 3:30 p.m. CT/SK time (5:30 p.m. ET) as well as replaying at 12:30 a.m. CT/SK time (2:30 a.m. ET). Guests will explore the theological and spiritual concepts of whole person care that uphold the dignity and sanctity of human life. Rev Fr. Scott Borgman, Deacon Harold-Burke Sivers, Patty Mouton (from the Alzheimer’s Association of America) are among those featured in the series. The daily topics will  be: June 14 “Care for the whole person”; June 15 “Understanding palliative care”; June 16 “Praying for a happy death”; June 17 “Whole person care and the works of mercy”; June 18 “Care, prepare and connect.” It will be broadcast live online and for free at www.ewtn.com/tv/watch-live. It can also be viewed through the free EWTN app on Apple or Android devices. [For those with cable, carriers of the EWTN channel in Saskatchewan are Sasktel (Ch 281), Shaw BlueCurve TV (Ch 573), Shaw Direct (Ch 285), Rogers (Ch 239)., and Rogers Ignite TV (Ch 223).]

Previous Announcements

* Discovery announced by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation  – With the recent discovery of the unmarked graves of children on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, our country has again been painfully reminded and made more aware of all that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission revealed about the sufferings and horrors of residential schools. In an effort to express sorrow, repentance and solidarity at this difficult time, Bishop Mark Hagemoen has written letters to the faithful. Find the Bishop’s updated letter on the website at: rcdos.cahttps://rcdos.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MHagemoen-to-Sask-Diocese-re-215-graves-Kamloops-Res-Schl-Jun2-2021.pdf Please join in prayer and in a renewed commitment to reconciliation and to implementing the TRC Calls to Action.

 

 

* Synod on the Amazon: One Year Later The third and final presentation will be held online via Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Tuesday, June 15 , including a virtual presentation by Cardinal Michael Czerny. Other panel participants are Heather Peters, Randy Klassen, Deacon Rennie Nahanee, and Sr. Damien Marie Savino FSN. These speakers will invite us to consider relationships in North America, understandings of science, creation and church, the theory and practice of local action, and the implications and challenges for all of this work. Fee is $20 per participant or no charge for students and unwaged. To register, go to bit.ly/AmazonSynod2021 or Queen’s House website: http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=4399For more information, contact Myron Rogal at mrogal@rcdos.ca

 

A Bible Study for Young People 15-25 years will be offered 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, led by Fr. Andre Lalach, who will reflect on “Revelation 4 – Vision of the Heavenly Liturgy.” The gathering will be held at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, 120-105th Street West, Saskatoon, with online participation also available. Registration is required by contacting Viktoriia Marko at uwitness2youth@gmail.com. Current COVID-19 protocols will be followed.

 

* Wanted: Temporary Part-Time Financial Administrator – St. Paul Co-Cathedral is looking for someone to cover an 18-month maternity leave for this Financial Administrator position. Needed is someone with knowledge of finance and bookkeeping, who pays strong attention to detail, can manage payable and receivables, and has some general knowledge of processing payroll. This position will also require filling-in for parish secretary duties as needed and will be a minimum of 20 hours/week with flexible hours. Please send resume to St. Paul Co-Cathedral Parish, 720 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon, S7K 3H2 or e-mail: parish@stpaulcocathedral.ca Deadline for applications is June 15, 2021

 

* Bill C-302, the Stopping Internet Sexual Exploitation (SISE) Act would require those making or distributing pornographic material for a commercial purpose to verify the age and consent of each person depicted. It also would prevent the distribution of pornographic material when consent has been withdrawn. Those who fail to verify age and consent face escalating penalties or jail time mirroring those in the mandatory child pornography reporting laws. Please consider contacting your Member of Parliament to encourage them to support this Bill.

 

 

Using money as a Catholic Matthew 6:24 famously reads, “You cannot serve God and wealth.” Yet as a Catholic living 2021, there’s no avoiding money and its powerful role in our lives and the society we participate in every day. How we use money lovingly, effectively, and with Catholic social teaching in mind is crucial to how we serve God and neighbour in this life. How do we as Christian disciples use our money in Christian ways? How do we steward the money of others, in our professional workplaces or our community projects? And how can we resist a money-centric culture that often reduces our human dignity to consumption and production, while also recognizing money’s role in pursuing the common good? Join Catholic Conscience on Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m. SK time (7:00 pm EDT) for a Catholic Civics Workshop with two Catholic experts who will help us answer these critical questions: Michael Ryall, Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, and Paul Perrone, a Chartered Financial Analyst and experienced investment industry professional. Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/using-money-like-a-catholic-a-catholic-civics-workshop-tickets-157074093843

 

CWL Clothing Depot – With more and more businesses reopening, there have been requests for the CWL Clothing Depot (located at 619 20th St West, Saskatoon) to increase the number of days open for shopping. To meet this demand, more volunteers are needed. Current volunteers:  If you feel comfortable returning to the depot, please call Bea at 306-242-5042 and you will be warmly welcomed. New volunteers: There are several opportunities waiting for you at the Clothing Depot. Join the volunteer team and be rewarded ten-fold. Bea will warmly welcome you to the team. Call: 306-242-5042.

 

Vaccination ethics – In an “Ethics Rounds” session May 19, 2021, St. Paul’s Hospital Ethicist Dr. Mary Heilman guided participants through the following learning objectives related to vaccination:

  1. To understand the Catholic Principle of Cooperation;
  2. To apply the Principle of Cooperation to the question of whether or not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine;
  3. To discuss how people of good will can arrive at different conclusions about vaccine use.

The full video of Dr. Heilman’s presentation can be found on the St. Paul’s Hospital website at: www.stpaulshospital.org/news/may-2021-vaccination-cooperation

 

Theology on Tap: For young adults 19 to 35 Theology on Tap is now on-line! The latest session is live onhttps://www.facebook.com/saskatoonTonT and can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/EUEGPHdxnmM. In this interview, we hear about the lively community of the Sisters of Mission Service, and the vocation story of Sr. Judy Schachtel, SMS.  Sr. Judy shares her journey and her thoughts on Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis’ encyclical on care of creation. All are welcome! Theology on Tap can be found on FB and on YouTube on the STM Campus Ministry channel.

 

* Sts. Benedict and Scholastica Formation more than a university discernment program! In partnership with St. Thomas More College, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has launched a new program that combines academic and spiritual formation. The Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program has been established for candidates who have decided to pursue an academic and vocational pathway that seeks ordained ministry, religious life, or professional lay ecclesial ministry. Candidates will live in community and study while discerning their life’s vocation, obtaining both a degree and spiritual formation. The formation program will include daily prayer, Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, apostolic work, faith sharing groups, spiritual direction, missionary discipleship, community life, and Christian holiness. The deadline to apply for the fall is July 2, 2021. Contact Sr. Malou Tibayan at the Catholic Pastoral Centre:  mtibayan@rcdos.ca or learn more at: https://rcdos.ca/sts-benedict-and-scholastica

 

Grow Hope Saskatchewan 2021 growing season begins! You can participate in helping to feed hungry people around the globe through Grow Hope Saskatchewan. Generous farmers in Saskatchewan have donated land and agreed to grow a crop for Grow Hope Saskatchewan. It costs about $300 per acre to provide seed, fertilizer, fuel and other inputs. You are invited to sponsor a partial acre, full acre or multiple acres to help cover these costs. After harvest, the farmers will sell the crop and donate the proceeds to Canadian Foodgrains Bank to feed hungry people around the world. The federal government matches the donation times four to increase the impact of your participation. Sponsor this year’s crop online at: https://www.growhopesk.ca/donate

 

WANTED: Roommates and FamiliesChristian Horizons is a non-profit, faith-based charitable organization that serves persons with exceptional needs. Christian Horizons is currently seeking individuals and/or families to participate in a Host Family Program as Host Families, Respite Providers (three weeks a year) and Home Sharers. The Host Family Program’s goal is to create belonging by integrating the lives of an individual who experiences a disability (Home Sharer) and a person or family who has a place for them in their home and heart (Host Family). Respite, administrative, and financial support is provided by the Host Family team.  For more information on how this unique program works, visit:       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Uo8cIiIXQ or contact: hostfamilysask@christian-horizons.org or call 306-945-2070 ext. 228.

 

Summer Plans – It’s that time of year again when we are dreaming and planning for the summer months. It could be a “stay-cation,” a day at a lake, going to a cabin or a favourite fishing spot.

Our summertime focus should aim to enjoy God’s creation in ways that are not possible during the darker and cold winter months. As we make plans to head out, we double-check that our monthly bills will be paid. Wait, what about our parishes? While you are away, the financial needs of our parishes do not go away. Your gifts make parish life truly vibrant and help fulfill the mission of loving God and neighbour. “How can I help?” you ask. Pre-Authorized Giving or Online Giving ensures that your parish has a stable financial base to do its ministry work. For pre-authorized giving, contact your parish for the necessary form and banking information. You can also make monthly recurring gifts through the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation Parish Offertory program at https://dscf.ca/parish-offertory/.

 

Annual Report – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon Annual Report for the fiscal and ministry year 2019-2020 is now available on the diocesan website, and can be viewed at https://rcdos.ca/annual-report-2019-2020/  The report includes a message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen, reports on ministries, updates and financial summaries.

 

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 e-mail addresses typically look like they could be real (using names, titles, etc.). These messages may ask if you are busy, ask for a favour, and/or then directly ask for iTunes gift cards or funds. Do NOT send gift cards, money, or cash transfers if requested to do so over e-mail or via text message. If you receive messages asking for help like this from our bishops or priests 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.

 

Pastoral Counselling – Focus: Marital Conflict / Separation and DivorceSometimes you simply need a safe place to talk. Olive Branch Ministry provides a listening ear, non-judgmental feedback, and an openness to talk about your relationship with God. Fees: Free consultation; $50/ session (no one will be turned away for financial reasons). Contact Madeline Oliver at (306) 361-9318 or e-mail pmolivebranch@gmail.com. Visit www.olivebranchministry.ca for more information.

 

Stay in touch with diocesan news, information and prayer online: Check out our diocesan website at https://rcdos.ca , the Catholic Saskatoon News site at https://news.rcdos.ca  and live-stream of Mass and other resources at https://saskatoonmass.com or find us on social media:

 

Senior’s Independent Living Apartments at St. Ann’s Place and St. Ann’s Residence: Join the vibrant community of seniors living at St. Ann’s Residence in their own one-bedroom apartments equipped with temperature control, air-conditioning, fridge, stove, and lots of storage, or experience the enriched living apartments at St. Ann’s Place, where you’ll get to enjoy a daily nutritious supper and organized social activities. St. Ann’s also offers integrated chapel for worship and prayer and includes amenities such as free laundry facilities, centrally located lounges on each floor, and outdoor courtyard and patio areas. For more information: 306-374-8900 or visit the St. Ann’s website www.stannsvillage.ca, to complete a tenancy application.

 

St. Angela Merici Residence at 125 Cree Crescent in Saskatoon offers a personal care home to both men and women, providing care according to its mission: “Inspired by the healing ministry of Jesus and the innovative spirit of St. Angela Merici and the Ursuline Sisters, we are committed to offering compassionate and holistic care, always open to new opportunities to serve.” Find more information on the website: https://stangmerici.weebly.com or call (306) 242-5566.

 

* De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity “Now It Springs Forth: Do You Not Perceive It? Looking for ecumenical movement with fresh eyes.” The 2021 de Margerie lecture, presented virtually this year, features guest speaker Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman speaking on “Decolonizing Ecumenism.” The lecture will be presented online from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, co-hosted by St. Thomas More College (Les & Irene Dubé Chair in Catholic Studies), St. Andrew’s College, and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Dr. Sharman will offer examples that seem to be leading to new life and impetus for a renewed ecumenical movement – an “ecumenical spring” – particularly in the Canadian context.

The link to register for the free event is  https://bit.ly/2Qj4K8h

More information can be found at https://stu.usask.ca/standrews/students/rejunevation.php

The De Margerie lecture / series is named in honour of Fr. Bernard de Margerie, who helped to establish the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon.

Guest speaker: Born and raised in Edmonton, the Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman is the Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada. His primary work and ministry today is coordinating the Anglican Church of Canada’s ecumenical partnerships with various churches at the national level, including bilateral dialogues and commissions with the Evangelical Lutheran, Mennonite, United, and Roman Catholic traditions, as well as working closely with the twenty-six Christian denominations which are members of the multilateral coalition known as the Canadian Council of Churches.

 

Interested in learning more about Catholic traditions? St. Thomas More College’s new Certificate in Catholic Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Catholicism – from its origins to a community of 1.4 billion people today. Course offerings engage Catholicism’s history, art, thought, literature, teachings, and role in society. This STM program is open to both community members and current USask students. Those over 65 can take the certificate tuition-free. Full-time and part-time spots are now available for September. For more information contact Christopher Hrynkow at chrynkow@stmcollege.ca

 

TRIUMPH: FREEDOM THROUGH HEALING July 30 – August 7, 2021 at Queen’s House in Saskatoon Inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux, Triumph is a facilitated, nine-day, live-in program offering the invitation to encounter God on a life changing journey of inner healing and transformation. Daily program includes: Mass, Reconciliation, Rosary, Adoration, facilitated teachings, spiritual direction, and time for sharing. Cost is $1,595 which includes program registration, meals, facility, single occupancy bedroom, all retreat materials, and resources. For information or to register call Jerry Kristian at 306-221-3092, or email  bookings@queenshouse.org or visit the website at https://www.triumphretreat.com

 

CWL Social Justice Award – The 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

 

Kindergarten Registration for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is now open. Catholic faith-based education helps children grow spiritually at school while they grow physically, intellectually and emotionally. Virtually meet your teacher and see your school at www.gscs.ca. You can also learn more about our language options (French immersion, Ukrainian bilingual, Cree bilingual, Michif) and our fine arts school. Children must be five years old on or before January 31, 2022, to start school in September 2021 (five years old on or before December 31, 2021 for the communities of Martensville, Warman, Biggar and Humboldt). To find a Catholic school near you and learn more, visit www.gscs.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 is on Oct 22-24, 2021. To register, contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email: r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net

 

Conscience Rights – Bill C-268 Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act is a private members bill introduced by MP Kelly Block to amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence to intimidate a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other health care professional for the purpose of compelling them to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medically-assisted suicide / euthanasia. It also makes it an offence to dismiss from employment or to refuse to employ a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, pharmacist or other health care professional for the reason only that they refuse to take part, directly or indirectly, in the provision of medically-assisted suicide / euthanasia. Get involved by encouraging your MP to vote for Bill C-268 and encourage a “free vote” so MPs can freely choose how they will vote. Find contact information at: https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en

 

Bill C-6: Conversion Therapy Ban – “Fix the Definition”In the federal bill introduced to amend the Criminal Code and ban the practice, “conversion therapy” is defined 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, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says: “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.” An online “Fix the Definition” petition(https://fixthedefinition.ca) is asking government to BOTH ban “coercive, degrading practices that are designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity” and at the same time ENSURE that no laws discriminate against Canadians by limiting what services they can receive based on their sexual orientation or gender identity; that the law allows parents to speak with their own children about sexuality and gender, and set family rules about sex and relationships; that the law allows free and open conversations about sexuality and sexual behaviour; and that the law not criminalize professional and religious counseling voluntarily requested and consented to by LGBTQ2 Canadians.

 

Bill C-7 Has Been Approved – Bill C-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), loosening rules and expanding eligibility for medically-provided euthanasia / assisted suicide was approved in the House of Commons March 11, 2021, with the Senate agreeing to the revised bill on March 17, 2021. The new legislation expands access to medically-provided euthanasia and assisted suicide, removing the requirement that a person’s death must be “reasonably foreseeable,” and opening access to those with mental illness. Government has committed to a two-year period of review. Please continue to pray and to advocate for the most vulnerable in our society, and continue to contact elected representatives with your concerns.

 

Bill C-15. Express your support towards the United Nations Declaration of The Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the possibility of its implementation into Canadian Law.  The inclusion of UNDRIP into Canadian Law is a mechanism that could be used to lift further the dignity of the human person. To find out more on how you can continue to walk with Indigenous people, you can reference the CCCB Executive Committee Statement on the Implementation of UNDRIP in Canadian Legislation at:

www.cccb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/UNDRIP-DNUDPA-26-April-2021-EN.pdf.

Visit: https://www.faithinthedeclaration.ca/take-action-1 to view template letters.

A contact list of Canadian Senators can be found at: sencanada.ca/en/contact-information/

If you have questions, please contact Myron Rogal, Office for Justice and Peace, at mrogal@rcdos.ca or (306) 659-5841.

 

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, June 14. Registration deadline is noon June 14; register at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or leave a message at (306) 242-1916.

 

Knights of Columbus Brothers’ Keepers Breakfasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month (Tuesday, July 13). In this time of restrictions regarding personal gatherings and meals served, please contact Brendan for additional details: 306-242-1916 (Extension 225).

 

* Synod for the Amazon: New Paths for the Church in Latin America and Canada – an online webinar on Zoom from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. In this third of a three-presentation series reviewing the Synod on the Amazon, the panel includes Heather Peters, Randy Klassen, Deacon Rennie Nahanee, Sr. Damien Marie Savino FSN and Cardinal Michael Czerny (virtual presentation). These speakers will invite us to consider relationships in North America, understandings of science, creation and church, the theory and practice of local action, and the implications and challenges. Free admission to students and those unwaged. Registration deadline: June 14. Register at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or (306) 242-1916.

 

Marital Separation: Money and PropertyDifficult Conversations Made Better with Reliable Information. This program is offered in two formats: in-person gathering at Queen’s House on Thursday June 17, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. repeated on Zoom, Thursday June 24, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Presenter: Jae Morgans. This workshop will offer information and an opportunity for questions about common concerns that come up during a marital separation. Topics covered include: What’s important to me? Goal setting; Concerns about hidden money; Custody and money; and Financial recovery and conflict. Sponsored by Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry and Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre. Cost: $45/event. A minimum of 5 participants are needed to offer each workshop. Registration deadline June 15 and June 23. Register at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or (306) 242-1916.

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Psalm 51: The Psalm of Psalms is a workshop on Zoom with Lynn Mills  live from Dublin, Ireland 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon Thursday, June 24. If you have been wanting to experience taking a “deep dive” into a specific piece of scripture, this workshop is for you. The discovery of 2000-year-old scrolls in hidden caves in the desert of Palestine in 1947 is one of the most important archaeological finds of the last century. This lecture will give a brief introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls, their discovery and the community associated with them and then will take a close look at Psalm 51, identifying key elements and themes such as repentance, cleansing, and transformation before exploring how these themes are picked up and repeated in the texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Cost: $60. A minimum of 9 participants are needed to offer this retreat. Registration deadline June 22.  Register at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or (306) 242-1916.

 

2021 Bitter or Better? A Separation and Divorce Spark-shop – A workshop with Gloria Mitchell and Madeline Oliver, held in-person at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. After 14 months of pandemic: “Who among us isn’t wearing thin? It is easy to feel a sense of stagnation, of emptiness.  The constant ups and down make us feel like we are climbing a never-ending ladder.”  Dr. Andrew Chang. The word people are using to describe this experience is languishing. Languishing is not depression.  It is to be or live in a state of decreased vitality. A sense of ‘blah’ about future plans. This workshop will be of interest to: People who are experiencing the end of a significant love relationship; going through a separation or divorce or who have experienced the end of a common law relationship. This evening will help you to name your experience of the pandemic in a context of hope; give you the opportunity to hear how others are making sense of their experience; and shine a light on take-able steps that can help us move forward with confidence. Sponsored by Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry and Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre. $35/event. A minimum of 8 participants are needed to offer each workshop. Registration deadlineJune 28.   

 

Queen’s House Annual General Meeting – All are most welcome to join the staff and advisory board members at this year’s AGM on Zoom at 4 p.m. Tuesday June 8. No fee – donations gratefully received. Register at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or (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 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.

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COVID-19 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: https://rcdos.ca/parishes-mass-times-list/

 – Find livestream broadcast of Mass from a number of parishes in our diocese posted at https://saskatoonmass.com/

Find latest COVID-19 updates and liturgical directives at https://rcdos.ca/covid-19-updates

Catholic Saskatoon News is also posted at https://news.rcdos.ca

Make donations to any parish at https://dscf.ca/parish-offertory/

Attendance – Please visit individual parish websites or call local parish offices for more specific 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.

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

 

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.

 

Message from Statistics Canada about the Census: “You may have heard that the 2021 Census is underway. It has been a challenging year for all Canadians, and the census might seem like another thing on our to-do list. However, we would like to encourage you to complete your census, if you haven’t already done so. Census data helps governments at all levels plan for schools, transportation, community centres, and recreational activities. Data from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help to evaluate the impact of the pandemic and to better plan for the future. You can quickly and easily complete your census questionnaire at www.census.gc.causing the access code you received in the mail. If you need assistance, or would like to have a paper (or alternate format) questionnaire, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021. Thank you for doing your part to help plan for a better future for all Canadians.”

 

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