Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, June 6, 2021 – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ)

Diocesan Bulletin 2-sided PDF

Diocesan Prayer Intention – Reprinted from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools – A Prayer for Healing and Reconciliation: (Used with Permission: www.gscs.ca)

After news of the remains of 215 children being discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, we join in prayer as a community of faith.

Creator God of love and justice, comforter of those who mourn, we turn to you acknowledging the actions of our Church and our nation. We have asked forgiveness and committed to work for healing and reconciliation. But we are painfully aware that for some, that change came too late.

We offer you our sorrow for the wrongs committed against the people of this land, our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.

We offer you our contrition for what was allowed to happen, and for what will never be.

We offer you our repentance for the injustices borne of arrogance and the harm done through indifference.

We pray for comfort for the families and communities whose children, siblings, family, and friends were taken from home but did not return.

We pray for consolation of hearts wounded through separation and trauma.

We pray for healing of bodies, minds, and spirits wounded through abuse and oppression.

We ask for clear eyes, that we may face the story of our nation and our Church with honesty.

We ask for open hearts, that we may hear the stories of Indigenous Peoples with humility.

We ask for courage, that we may once again ask our brothers and sisters for forgiveness.

We declare our desire to be a people who pursue peace.

We declare our resolve to be a people who remember.

We declare our commitment to be a people of truth and reconciliation.

Holy One, Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, of story and of song, of heartbeat and of tears of bodies, souls, voices and all relations: you are the God of all truth and the way of all reconciliation.

Come upon us, O Divine Healer, and open our eyes to the injustices brought against the Indigenous peoples of this land, their languages and cultures. May you be known for healing and wholeness, rather than being blamed for abuses that were brought about by human weakness and hostility. Make us people of integrity and bearers of hope, that we may commit to restoring relationships and to journeying together, as Non-Indigenous and Indigenous brothers and sisters, to a place of peace in you, where every tear will be wiped away, and every sorrow turned to joy. Give us one heart and one mind to walk together in the love and strength of your Spirit, in truth, reconciliation, and peace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our brother, our Lord, and our hope.


St. Paul, pray for us.


* Shortened version/excerpts as reprinted in the Diocesan Bulletin PDF.:

Creator God of love and justice, comforter of those who mourn, we turn to you acknowledging the actions of our Church and our Nation. We have asked forgiveness and committed to work for healing and reconciliation. But we are painfully aware that for some, that change came too late….. Come upon us, O Divine Healer, and open our eyes to the injustices brought against the Indigenous peoples of this land, their languages and cultures. May you be known for healing and wholeness, rather than being blamed for abuses that were brought about by human weakness and hostility. Make us people of integrity and bearers of hope, that we may commit to restoring relationships and to journeying together, as Non-Indigenous and Indigenous brothers and sisters, to a place of peace in you, where every tear will be wiped away, and every sorrow turned to joy. Give us one heart and one mind to walk together in the love and strength of your Spirit, in truth, reconciliation, and peace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our brother, our Lord, and our hope.

(Excerpts from a prayer from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools – find the complete prayer at https://www.gscs.ca/News/Pages/AnnouncementsDisp.aspx?FilterField1=ID&FilterValue1=164 )


Earthcare Connections Prayer Intentions from Farmland Legacies – for Corpus Christi – Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

  1. May we care for the earth which provides everyone with food.We pray to the Lord.
  2. Help us remember that most of what we eat has given its life for our nourishment. We pray to the Lord


New 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.


 * The wait is almost over! After a period of consultation and discernment, we are about to announce a shift in how our diocese approaches Youth and Young Adult Ministry. We are counting down to the launch of a video, a web page and more information about our new model of ministry: coming to you at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 8 athttps://rcdos.ca/youth/ . Stay tuned!


* 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


* A Dying Healed online workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021. This online workshop will provide comprehensive education on palliative care/end of life issues and preliminary training for those wishing to provide compassionate and supportive care to those in need, particularly at end of life. To register please contact Deborah Larmour at: uwitness2family@skeparchy.org or call/text 1-306-222-1475. As this is a virtual presentation, participants will need to register with e-mail and be able to use an online platform with minimal support. This program is a joint project and sponsored jointly by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon (Bishop’s Annual Appeal) and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon (Annual Eparchial Appeal).


* 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 DepotWith 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.


Previous Announcements


* 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 35Theology 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.


Thank you for your support of our retired priests – On April 18, the 2021 Priests’ Pension and Retirement Fund collection was launched across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Exceeding even our greatest hopes, the 2021 Priests’ Pension and Retirement Fund collection has been more successful than ever before. In the span of one month, over $217,000 has been collected to care for our priests in retirement. And the gifts are still coming in.  We at the Catholic Foundation thank the parishioners of the Diocese of Saskatoon  for your overwhelming generosity. May God bless you abundantly. Thank you so much for caring for our clergy. Watch a thank you video or learn more at https://dscf.ca/priest-pension-fund/ 

“The witness of love towards our retired Priests through your generosity to the Priests’ Pension and Retirement Fund is heartwarming. We are grateful for your outpouring of appreciation towards our priests in recognition of their years of service.”

* 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


* Saskatoon Alliance for Life AGM meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10 in St Joseph Parish Hall (at 8thStreet and Broadway Avenue) in Saskatoon, followed by a regular meeting. COVID rules will be implemented, so please confirm if you plan to attend: call Carole Tokaruk at 306-242-0057 to register.


Blumenfeld pilgrimage cancelledDue to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, organizers of the annual pilgrimage to Sts. Peter and Paul Church and Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine at Blumenfeld, SK, have announced the cancellation of the 2021 Blumenfeld pilgrimage traditionally held in June. There is still hope that the site will be open for summer tours.


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


* Profession of Perpetual Vows by Sr. April Mireau of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary will be live-streamed from Prince Albert, SK, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 12. A Mass of Thanksgiving the next day will also be live-streamed from the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Both celebrations will be livestreamed at www.presentationofmary.ca


* “Consecration to a Life of Virginity” liturgy will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, for Crystal Hampson, a single lay woman who will be consecrated to Jesus Christ while “living in the world.” Bishop Mark Hagemoen will preside at this special celebration, which will be live-streamed from the Cathedral of the Holy Family and posted online at https://saskatoonmass.com and on the diocesan YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/user/saskatoondiocese


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/.


* Marian Movement of Priests Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, June 9 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon.) For more information, please contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


* FacetoFace Ministries is hiring! Do you love the Lord and want others to do the same? Do you want to join a vibrant staff and be part an incredible ministry? Is your gift in communications and/or coordinating volunteers? If so, we encourage you to apply for a half time position with FacetoFace Ministries as the Director of Communications and Volunteer Coordinator. To see the complete job description and apply by the June 10 deadline, go tohttps://f2f.ca/employment/


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.


* Transforming the Troubling Legacy of Terra Nullius: Catholic Settler Responsibility and Indigenous Eco-activism – On Wednesday, June 9 from Noon to 1:30 pm CST, in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement Canada, St. Thomas More College’s Centre for Faith, Reason, Peace, and Justice will host a free, public online event. This event will consist of a moderated discussion amongst four special panelists:

  • Elder Maria Campbell
  • Deacon Rennie Nahanee
  • Archbishop Don Bolen
  • Erica Violet Lee

The panelists will reflect upon the event’s themes from their own perspectives. After their brief opening comments, the focus will be on a moderated dialogue amongst the panelists. Questions and comments are invited in advance to chrynkow@stmcollege.ca  or live during the event in the chat function.

Questions will be curated and presented to the panelists.

To register please visit Transforming the Troubling Legacy of Terra Nullius: Catholic Settler Responsibility and Indigenous Ecoactivism – STM store (stmcollege.ca)



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 SaskatoonInspired 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:


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 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 7. Registration deadline is noon June 7; 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, June 8). In this time of restrictions regarding personal gatherings and meals served, please contact Brendan for additional details: 306-242-1916 (Extension 225).


* Hit the Reset Button: Learning To See “Rest for Our Souls” In Everyday Life – a retreat on Zoom, grounded in Psalm 23 will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12 with Ana Gheyssen. During this day we will pause to contemplate three images captured in Psalm 23: green pastures beside still waters, a table set before me, and my cup overflows. In these images we will find a way to be grounded, a way to be supported, and a way to be grateful. Using insights from neuroscience and spirituality, you will be guided in creating a personalized practice for your soul to find rest. Instead of seeking an escape from the stresses of the world, learn to find this rest while staying present to your beautiful, chaotic, messy and blessed life. Register at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1  or (306) 242-1916. Deadline: June 10.


* 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.




COVID-19 in the Diocese of SaskatoonDuring 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.”