Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, May 24, 2020 – Ascension of Our Lord

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* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray as a diocesan family for all those waiting to be initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist  – may the Spirit of Truth continue to help them to grow in faith and loving service.

Earthcare Connections Intentions – May 24, Ascension of the Lord

  1. May our love for God find expression in our love and care for the environment.
  2. May we do our utmost to heal the earth and minimize the impact of climate change
  3. For a just, healthful and secure food system stemming from deep reverence for all creation.


New Announcements:

* COVID-19 update in the Diocese of SaskatoonPublic celebration of Mass, as well as other gatherings and sacraments will gradually resume in the Roman Catholic of Saskatoon, according to a message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen released May 15. Find the bishop’s letter posted at https://rcdos.ca/covid-19-updates

Numbers attending Mass or other celebrations will be subject to all provincial health directives, including strict restrictions on numbers attending and requirements for physical distancing. The availability of Mass and the process may vary from parish-to-parish depending on local situations. Please visit individual parish websites or call local parish offices for more information about times, restrictions and process for attending public celebrations during this interim period.

Please note the following points from Bishop Hagemoen’s message:

– 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.

At first parishioners may not be able to attend Mass on a regular basis. Because of this, live-streaming of Mass will continue for those not yet able to attend at their parish. Find live-streamed celebrations posted at saskatoonmass.com

“Each one of us is called to be faithful and caring members of the Body of Christ as we expand activities in our parishes.” – Bishop Hagemoen

Watch for further updates at https://rcdos.ca and in news items posted at Catholic Saskatoon News online at  https://news.rcdios.ca


RUN FOR THE FAMILY – Sept. 12, 2020 –  Mark your calendars for Serena Saskatchewan’s Run for the Family on Saturday, Sept. 12, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Meewasin Park North in Saskatoon. Choose from 1-km, 3-km, or 5-km events (run, walk, strollers welcome). Prizes will be given to the first several families who register. We are looking for race day volunteers and donations (items to place in the participants’ goodie bags, door prizes, and post race snacks). Register for the events online – www.events.runningroom.com/site/17097/ or for more information e-mail sask@serena.ca  For more information about Serena Saskatchewan and Natural Family Planning see: saskserena.ca 

Previous Announcements:

* Help Feed the Hungry: St Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Ave., Saskatoon, has a drop-off for foods and other items for the Friendship Inn and the Food Bank. The outside church door is open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 4pm. There is a table inside for all donations. Thank you for your generosity.


* Priests’ Pension and Retirement FundOur retired priests have given their lives to us, the people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. They have faithfully led their parish communities, preaching God’s word and celebrating the sacraments. We are blessed to have these dedicated and holy priests among us, and the blessings continue to this day. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our senior priests may be among the most vulnerable of all. We ask that you consider a gift to the Priests’ Pension and Retirement Fund to support our retired priests. Make your gift online at dscf.ca/priest-pension-fund/  or download a printable form and send with your credit card or direct debit gift to: Priests’ Pension and Retirement Fund, Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, 123 Nelson Road , Saskatoon SK S7S 1H1. Gifts of cheques may also be sent to the address above.  Thank you for your support of our retired priests!


* Catholic Education Week 2020 May 17-24, 2020 – Catholic school divisions within the province of Saskatchewan are celebrating Catholic Education Week like never before. The remote learning environment we are living in during Covid-19 times was filled with this year’s theme, Igniting Hope, during the week of May 17-24. A World Catholic Education Day liturgy with Archbishop Bolen can be viewed on the website of Resurrection Parish in Regina: https://livestream.com/accounts/17094656 Let us continue the rich tradition of joining with our neighbours and friends across the province to celebrate Catholic Education in Saskatchewan.


Subscribe online to Catholic Saskatoon News: Did you know our diocese offers an online news page? Check out news articles, reflections and updates at https://news.rcdos.ca


* St Angela Merici Residence is seeking a compassionate and experienced caregiver for casual day and evening shifts.  A successful candidate would have the Personal Support Worker’s certificate, First-Aid/CPR and clear Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check as well as a heart for serving seniors with dignity and patience.  Clearly spoken and written English is a must. Please send resume to Shannon at stangmerici@sasktel.net


* St Angela Merici Residence is accepting residents for personal care.  Women and men, individuals and couples are welcome.  Our Personal Care Home offers varying levels of support by caring and compassionate 24hr staff. The space is large, clean, quiet and filled with the Spirit.  Meals are made fresh in house.  Please call Shannon at 306-242-5566 ext. 5 for more information.


Seeking Unity: Basic Principles of Ecumenism – a web series with Nicholas Jesson, ecumenical officer for the Archdiocese of Regina – To register for upcoming sessions on Zoom, please email njesson@archregina.sk.ca. View past weekly Wednesday episodes on the archdiocesan YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/ArchdioceseRegina including, Episode 1: Pope Francis and Christian Unity / Episode 2: One Baptism / Episode 3: Basic Principles of Ecumenical Engagement.


* Growing God’s Kingdom in a Material World – Stewardship through New Eyes

“Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…” (Matt. 6:33) You are invited to register for a free series of ecumenical webinars on stewardship, Thursdays at 3pm (Saskatchewan time).

  • May 28 – “Growing the stewardship garden” with Fr. John Weckend
  • June 4 – “Relational giving” with Susan Graham Walker and others
  • June 11 – “Legacy giving” with Kurtis Krug, professional financial advisor

All are welcome for one or all webinars. Free of charge. Registration is required: https://bit.ly/3fwRjta

For further information, contact: Archdeacon Cheryl Toth at stewardship@sasktel.net

This series is organized in the spirit of the LAURC Covenant by the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle, the Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.


* School registration for 2020-21 school yearGreater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is accepting registrations for the 2020-21 school year. Faith and learning go hand-in-hand at our warm, welcoming schools. Whether you have a child going to school for the first time, or a student making the transition to high school, or you just want what Catholic education offers, you are welcome to contact your local Catholic school if you have questions (we are not able to welcome you into our schools to meet teachers at this time). Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs are available for children 3, 4 or 5 years old. For a list of schools and contact information, visit www.gscs.ca/schools


* Webinar series on Saskatchewan’s response to climate change: Caring Sustainably for Saskatchewan Collaboration presents “Response to Climate Change: Present Practices and Opportunities,” a webinar series at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays until June 16, 2020. The presentations will run from noon to 1:00 p.m., with additional time for questions until 1:30 p.m. The focus of this web series is on how to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Saskatchewan, in the Saskatoon area, and on farms. The series is free. The webinars will be in a Zoom meeting and also will be streamed live on Facebook.  Zoom participants must register in advance at: http://environmentalsociety.ca/events/2020-webinar-series/ For more information, visit the website of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society (environmentalsociety.ca) or contact the Saskatchewan Environmental Society by e-mail at info@environmentalsociety.ca or diocesan coordinator of Justice and Peace, Myron Rogal at mrogal@rcdos.ca


* Friday prayer to the Sacred Heart / Heart of Jesus campaign During the COVID-19 epidemic, Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for Fridays to be a day of prayer and fasting in our diocese. The initiative includes a prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a “Heart of Jesus” campaign of thanksgiving for all who are providing care and services during the pandemic. Find information and resources at: https://rcdos.ca/heart-of-jesus


History Book Submissions Requested by Rama Parish: St. Anthony’s Church in Rama, SK is preparing to celebrate the parish’s 100th Anniversary next year, on Saturday, July 3, 2021. A history book is in the making, and organizers are welcoming submissions of historic photos from former parishioners or family members who have moved away, or from those who have visited the church and its shrine. Please send copies of scanned photos to: St. Anthony’s Church, Box 1, Rama, SK   S0A 3H0 or send digital files by e-mail to maryjoe@sasktel.net. The deadline for submission of information is Aug. 31, 2020. Please be sure to include the date that photos were taken, as well as names or other details. Updated information will be available on website: http://stpatricksturgis.ca/rama.php   or www.ramashrine.ca


Have you moved lately? Changed your Marital Status? Changed your Name? Attending a new Parish? You can update your personal information on a secure and confidential area on the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation website (www.dscf.ca ).  Reasons why giving us updated information is essential are:

  1. For you to receive a Charitable Tax Receipt following a donation: According to Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), for a charity to send you a charitable tax receipt, the charity needs your first and last name plus your home mailing address. As an individual donor, the charity should use the individual’s home address, and when the donor is a business (e.g. a corporation), then the charity would use the business’ address. These are the addresses most likely on the file with CRA for the person or business.
  2. For the diocese and your parish to best support you, we can only do so with correct information about you and your family. We are here to serve.
  3. For us to address you correctly and respectfully, to show you our gratitude, and inform you of news and events in the diocese and parishes around the diocese.

Update your information online at https://dscf.ca/content/update-your-contact-info  or contact: Melissa Anaetoh, Development Assistant: (306) 659-5850, manaetoh@dscf.ca  Please note that all updated information is shared back with your parish. We do not sell your information or use any of your information outside of the confines of church ministry, programs, and church business for and in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and/or the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation.


St. Peter’s College Accelerated Scholarships – Grade 11 students in the Horizon School Division and Naicam high school are eligible to apply for an accelerated scholarship at St. Peter’s College in Muenster, SK, that will permit them to begin taking U of S classes at St. Peter’s College during their Grade 12 year, with the tuition covered by the scholarship. Each school that is awarded the scholarship chooses up to two candidates to receive 6 credit units of classes each at St. Peter’s College. Find more details at: https://stpeterscollege.ca or e-mail admissions@stpeters.sk.ca. Deadline to apply is June 1.


Diploma in Writing and New Media St. Peter’s College at Muenster, SK, will launch the Diploma in Writing and New Media in fall 2020. This brand-new two-year program teaches craft, critical thinking, research, collaboration, and self-assessment and ways to apply these skills in new media. Whether it involves writing fiction or graphic novels, podcasts or poetry, producing websites or YouTube, this innovative program will connect participants to a network of working writers. The diploma ends with real work experience at a business chosen specifically for each individual student. For more information go to stpeterscollege.ca. Spaces are limited.


Help to feed the hungry – Saskatoon Friendship Inn has been forced to change its regular operations in order to meet the requirements restricting public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Friendship Inn’s free meal service has shifted to take-away only, but it is still open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. More than ever, our neighbours in need are relying on the Friendship Inn for food, while the Inn strives to keep all guests, staff and the community safe. Financial support is needed: right now, the Friendship Inn needs cash donations to be as efficient and possible, while limiting contact through drop offs, etc. Cash donations are needed to purchase bulk and wholesale food resources. Please see https://friendshipinn.ca for more information about how to donate online.


* Public gatherings are restricted, but our parishes and our Catholic Church go on! Prayer and outreach continues, though modified by the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, without Sunday collections, many of our parishes are struggling to meet expenses — please consider electronic giving at this difficult time! For more information call Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 or cgilje@dscf.ca or give online at: https://dscf.ca/parish-offertory


* Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy: During the COVID-19 crisis, patients can still receive pastoral visits from designated denominational chaplains under some circumstances. To request a visit for yourself or a loved one at Saskatoon hospitals, contact Jackie Saretsky at 306-292-5531 or Fr. Rhéal Bussière at 306-371-7125. Hospital chaplaincy is supported by your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.


Live-streaming of Mass and other video and audio resources: As restrictions on public celebration of Mass continue in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, online live-streaming of videos of Mass in our diocese will also continue. Bishop Mark Hagemoen will preside at celebration of the Eucharist from the Cathedral of the Holy Family at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings. Find this and other live-streaming of Mass and prayers at: https://saskatoonmass.com and on the diocesan website https://rcdos.ca. In addition to online streaming and videos of Mass on websites, Facebook, and YouTube, the celebration of Mass on television is available through some cable and/or satellite television plans. A schedule for Canadian TV broadcast of Mass  is found at https://DailyTVmass.com  including Salt + Light Catholic Channel and Vision TV. The EWTN American Catholic channel also broadcasts daily Mass. Find info at: www.ewtn.com

Act of Spiritual Communion: “My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You were already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.” – – St. Alphonsus Liguori


Online faith resources during a time of COVID-19: In addition to live-streaming of Mass and other devotions by parishes in our diocese posted at https://saskatoonmass.com, there are a number of other online faith resources available during these times of physical distancing and isolation measures. These include:

Reflections on the Sunday Readings – The diocese of Saskatoon has posted reflections on the Sunday readings for family sharing and discussion, available at: rcdos.ca/sunday-readings


Divine Renovation free resource for parishes offering insight on leading well, advice on what tools to use, and lots of practical examples from Catholic parishes innovating around the world; visit https://divinerenovation.org


“Formed” – A Catholic online video channel – Complimentary access to “Formed” is presently accessible by individuals within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon who do not currently have a “Formed” subscription through their home parish. Go to: https://formed.org/signup and enter the words “Faith At Home Saskatoon” to create an account and begin to watch videos related to faith formation and prayer.


Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has also shared its link to the Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ religious education program. The Student Home portal grants at-home access to videos, stories, interactive activities, and songs – all grounded in the celebration of our Catholic faith, aligned with the Church’s liturgical year. Log in online at: www.pearsoncanada.ca/growinginfaith/student-home  The username is: GIFGIC_student99 and the password is: Student99


St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK online faith resources include:


UNITING TOGETHER IN PRAYER:  1 Million Hours is a Face-to-Face Ministries initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe in the power of prayer. Our goal is to get as many people as possible unitedly praying for the world and collectively reach 1 Million Hours of prayer. If you have already taken time to pray for the world, you can head over to https://1millionhours.ca and submit your time spent in prayer! (For updates, follow @1millionhours on Facebook).


Biggar Museum and Gallery Call for Entries – “Co-creating with the Creator” – An exhibition of spirituality-inspired art works is planned for October 2020, at the Biggar Museum and Gallery, Biggar, SK. The aim of this exhibition is to help reinvigorate the collaboration between the creator God and the world of art that God inspires. Artists have long aspired to describe the indescribable; to understand the unknowable, and this exhibition offers the opportunity for the artist to investigate these thoughts. The exhibition will be held Oct. 1 to 31, 2020, and will include an opening on Friday, Oct. 2 and a panel discussion Saturday, Oct. 3. The exhibition space has both floor space, space for hanging works and wall space. Sales are possible, but pieces can be reserved as ‘not for sale’ if the artist so wishes. (The Gallery charges 25 per cent of sales.) Send artwork proposals to Box 1056, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0, including a brief description of the work, digital images of the proposed work and of past work, and a short biography or resumé with the name of the artist, e-mail and phone contacts, and an exhibition history. Proposals of works in progress will be accepted, but finished work proposals preferred. Proposal deadline is Aug. 31, 2020. Choice of pieces for the exhibition will be made by the organizing committee and is limited by space restrictions. Delivery of works is at the artist’s expense and the organization is unable to offer exhibition fees.


SCAM ALERT – Please be aware that fraudulent messages continue to circulate via e-mail, as well as via text and messaging apps, allegedly coming from our priests, bishop, or others in the Catholic community, asking for money, gift cards, or other gifts. Please DISREGARD all such messages! Do NOT reply or engage with the individuals sending these messages.  The email addresses typically look like they could be real. The message asks if you are busy, ask for a favour, or 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, either contact their offices directly to check whether they are authentic, or just ignore.


NOTE: Marriage Preparation Courses in the diocese are CANCELLED. – Engaged couples should speak to pastors regarding individual marriage preparation counselling. (Pastors seeking resources or more information are invited to contact Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, mjackson@rcdos.ca (306) 659-5836.)