Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, Oct. 24 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Suggested prayer intentions:
* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray as a diocesan family for all those who support the 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal by sharing their time, talent and treasure, as they hear the call to follow Jesus and bring hope to the world. (BAA prayer for this week)
Earthcare Connections (Prayer intentions from Farmland Legacies) – Oct. 24: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time:
- While we thank God for the harvest, let us also consider how our food choices have an impact on Creation.We pray to the Lord….
- In the aftermath of this year’s drought, may food producers be given great wisdom & courage in difficult choices for next growing season. We pray to the Lord….
* Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle includes adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at St. Michael Catholic Church, #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. Wednesday, Nov. 10 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more information about the Cenacle events, please contact Edna at (306) 382-1680.
* Adult faith “Awaken: Ministry Series” – Join in this four-part series exploring different ministry themes with staff from the Catholic Pastoral Centre, to be informed, challenged and inspired! Offered in-person, the “Awaken: Ministry Series” will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Cost for the series is $40. Find more information and a link to online registration at: https://rcdos.ca/awaken-ministry-series/
Themes for the four “Awaken: Ministry Series” sessions are:
- Nov 16 – “You Got Booked!” – Insights into the criminal justice system (Prison Ministry) – Nov. 16 with Dianne Anderson.
- Nov. 23 – “Evangelization and the Mission of the Church” – How to witness to your faith (Evangelization and Catechesis) with John Hickey.
- Nov. 30 – “Palliative Care and End of Life Issues” – Providing outreach and support to those who are sick or dying (Hospital Chaplaincy) with Jacqueline Saretsky.
- Dec. 7 – “Kairos Blanket Exercise” – History and relationship of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples (Justice and Peace) with Myron Rogal and the Kairos Blanket Exercise team.
* Diocesan Fall Congress Series: “Be the Light – Continuing the Journey to a Deeper Intimacy with Christ” – The Fall Congress continues in our diocese for clergy, staff, volunteers and all those who wish to serve in their parish; see: https://rcdos.ca/fall-congress-series/. Held in-person at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road in Saskatoon, upcoming sessions in the Fall Congress Series are:
- Palliative Care and Moral Distress 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26: Gain a deeper understanding of palliative care and learn more about the moral distress caused by medically-assisted suicide / euthanasia. Cost: $20 (includes lunch). Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/212385747793267 or call (306) 659-5836 for more information. Speakers: Dr. Francis Maza, DMin, MTS, Executive Lead for Mission, Ethics and Spirituality, Emmanuel Care / Dr. Andrea Johnson, MD, CCFP (PC), Palliative Care Physician, Saskatchewan Health Authority / Anna Maria Buhr, MSW, social worker, Palliative Care Unit, St. Paul’s Hospital / Ana Gheyssen, psychotherapist and spiritual care provider, Hospice at Glengarda.
- Marriage Preparation Training for Parishes 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20: An opportunity to come and see what marriage preparation in the diocese of Saskatoon is all about, including an introduction to the diocese’s new marriage preparation curriculum. Cost: $25 (includes lunch). Please register online at: https://form.jotform.com/212386230473250 or call (306) 659-5836 for more information.
* Donations requested for CWL Clothing Depot’s annual Christmas Sale: Needed items include toys, socks, underwear, gloves and mittens, toques, sheets, towels, jewelry, health and beauty items, household items and individually wrapped candy. Donations help those who are struggling to make ends meet, giving them a joyous opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Parents can choose toys and gifts at an affordable price while enjoying the freedom and dignity of making their own purchases; while children with only a few coins can buy a gift for their loved ones. The sale runs from Nov. 12 until Dec. 23, with donations needed and welcomed immediately! Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Friday at 629 20th Street West, Saskatoon (rear entrance of Friendship Inn). Please ring the back doorbell when delivering items. Volunteers are also always welcome at the CWL Clothing Depot. Call Bea for more information: (306) 242-5042.
* For the Love of Creation’s Fall Symposium – Join this virtual gathering Saturday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. (Sask. time) to mark a key moment in Canada’s climate plan, and in global climate action as we engage with COP 26 (“Conference of the Parities” in November 2021). Hear collective theological reflections, learn about how advocacy goals have evolved, and engage with faith leaders, theologians, and climate organizers including: Sister Eva Solomon, CSJ; City Councillor Christine Boyle of Vancouver; Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat; Dr. David K. Goodin; Mueni Mutinda of Canadian Foodgrains Bank and more. Register for this online gathering at https://secure.kairoscanada.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=251
If you have any questions about this event, please e-mail email@example.com
* STM Keenan Lecture – Please save the date for the 32nd Annual Michael Keenan Memorial Lecture at St. Thomas More College on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Saskatchewan author and naturalist Trevor Herriot will be presenting on Hunger at the Banquet: A Faith and Justice Lens on Food, Land and Colonialism on the Prairie. Register for in-person and livestream options at https://bit.ly/Keenan2021STM.
Red Wednesday will be marked this year on Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 — is an event aimed at highlighting the persecution and injustice suffered by Christians, while promoting respect and tolerance between people of different religions. Currently, 327 million Christians live in a country where there is religious persecution. Another 178 million live in a country where there is discrimination. It makes 505 million Christians who are at risk. Although it is difficult to keep a precise count, it is estimated that 75 percent of religiously motivated violence around the globe is perpetrated against Christians. Please join in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world on Red Wednesday — other suggested actions on this day to show solidarity with persecuted Christians include wearing red, lighting up the exterior of churches and other buildings in red, holding prayer services or celebrating Mass, etc.
Information and resource lists about Red Wednesday / persecution of Christians around the world – from “Aid to the Church in Need”:
“Green Thomism” webinar – Catholic Conscience presents the next webinar in its Beauty of Creation series on Thursday, Nov. 18 (6 pm in SK / 7pm EST), co-sponsored by the Society of Catholic Scientists: Green Thomism featuring Professor Christopher Thompson. RSVP for your free ticket at www.greenthomism.eventbrite.ca. Professor Christopher Thompson, professor of moral theology at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, explores his idea of Green Thomism, which “seeks to integrate the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas with the questions of environmental stewardship, sustainability, and awareness… [and] interprets the signs of the times to indicate the need for a renewal of some of the most basic principles of Thomistic thought: the goodness of created things, the purposive structure of created being, the inescapable embodied character of human existence, the capacity of reason to discern an order of creation which is to be respected, the contemplative nature of human happiness… All of these claims are rooted in St. Thomas’ vision of creation, the human person, and God; each of them has the capacity to enliven the best of what is happening in the ever-growing movement of environmental concern.” Through the guidance and expertise of Professor Thompson, the webinar will also explore:
- Bringing our Church’s philosophical and theological tradition into environmental thinking;
- The critical role of contact with nature in our spiritual lives;
- Confidence in the natural world; and,
- Building a relationship with the natural world informed by the immense Creation wisdom of our Catholic faith, and how such a relationship differs from a technocratic or transhumanist vision.
Guests will leave with a deeper appreciation for the synthesis of the Catholic tradition and our living discipleship under Jesus Christ with this beautiful, wonderful created world God has gifted to us.
* Catholic men: Become a Knight – What do Vince Lombardi, Babe Ruth, and President John F. Kennedy all have in common? They were all men of faith. They all accomplished extraordinary achievements, but also gave of themselves in service to others. And they were all Knights of Columbus. For more than 130 years, Knights have been leaders in their communities. Rooted in faith and supported by a global fraternity of some two million brother Knights, you can be more and do more. Answer a higher call to become what God wants you to be! Meet other extraordinary Knights who are part of your local council. See what being a Knight can do for you. With no strings attached go to : www.kofc.org/joinus –until Dec. 31, 2021, membership is free if you use the code: MCGIVNEY2020 After a year, you can subscribe or simply unsubscribe. But because it has value not only to you but your family too, we think you will want more!
* Theology on Tap: For young adults 19 to 35 – Theology on Tap is back, and on-line! The next session will premiere on Oct. 24, and is dedicated to Vocation and Creation. Tune in to hear about peace-building and the Season of Creation with Dr. Lesya Sabada. All are welcome! Theology on Tap is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonTonTand this session can be accessed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/N3TpwzVl3pk. Theology on Tap has been running for over 15 years in Saskatoon, serving students and young adults of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. It offers the best in conversation on faith topics in a casual and comfortable setting – now online! If you have any questions, or need more information, please e-mail Michael in Campus Ministry at St. Thomas More College: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Bishop’s Annual Appeal: God is Doing New Things! – Bishop Mark Hagemoen has invited each of us to participate in the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Please give online at dscf.ca/baa or submit a completed gift form to the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation using the postage paid envelope included with a personalized letter being sent to parishioners through the mail, There are several ways you can make your gift and participation count:
- Make a one-time gift
- Make a monthly recurring gift that is renewed year after year
- Pledge your gift and spread out payments over ten to twelve months
- Have your donation matched by your company with a Corporate Matching Gift
- Give a gift of publicly traded shares
- Consider making a Legacy Gift through your Estate
Every gift is appreciated, and every gift has value!
* Catholic TRC Healing Response – Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently provided an update about diocesan fund-raising efforts to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors and their communities. Funds raised will be part of a national $30-million fund-raising pledge announced Sept. 27, 2021 by the Catholic bishops of Canada,
following their apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this land. Find Bishop Hagemoen’s message, learn more, and/or make a gift at: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/
Challenge Girls and ConQuest Boys Clubs are starting up again in Saskatoon for Catholic girls and boys grades 3 and older. Online registration forms and more info can be found at https://rcdos.ca/challenge-girls-club/ and https://rcdos.ca/conquest-boys-club-saskatoon/. First meetings will occur on Friday, Oct. 29. For info about Challenge Girls Club or the registration process, contact Erin Hickey at email@example.com or (306) 716-2062. For info about ConQuest Boys Club, contact Daryl at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 290-6677.
* “40 Hours for Life” in Saskatoon will run until Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, featuring prayerful witness in front of Saskatoon City Hospital at the corner of Queen Street and 7th Avenue. The campaign will be conducted Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12 noon. Each day, there will be three one-hour shifts: 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 12 noon. If you can help be a witness for life during any of these time slots – one-time, daily, or weekly – please contact (306) 249-2764 or email email@example.com
Tourtières for Sale from Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish, 1007 Windsor Street, Saskatoon. Order a French-Canadian meat pie for a delicious treat on your Christmas table this year. Meat pies also make a great gift for friends, family and neighbors. Size: 9-inch, Cost: $17 per pie or 3 for $50. For more information or to place an order, please contact Muriel at 306-665-1829 (church office) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation presents the 2022 Leadership Program: This is an 11-month certificate program for Catholic women, with ongoing mentorship once the course work is completed. Throughout the program participants will be guided by professional facilitators from Saint Paul University, Ottawa. The program is specifically designed to integrate faith and life, personal and professional leadership development. Spirituality and a Catholic faith perspective are the foundation of all activities; prayer and reflective practice are core elements integrated throughout. At present the plan for 2022 includes an introductory get-to-know-you online module in April 2022; and a five-day intensive component in May /June 2022 (scheduled to be through ZOOM). All other modules are online and consist of videos, readings, personal reflections, and discussion forums. The final face-to-face residency component is scheduled for May/June 2023 in Ottawa. The program is open to all Canadian Catholic women, from all walks of life who have a genuine interest in making a difference in their communities and places of work. Deadline to apply is Nov. 20; apply online at: www.cwlfcanada.ca/participate
A Priest Discernment Night will be held Thursday, Nov. 25 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1235-12th Street E., Saskatoon, beginning with Mass at 6:15 p.m., followed by a talk and discussion at 7 p.m., as well as opportunities for confession and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. For information contact Fr. Daniel Yasinski at email@example.com (306) 834-2269; or Fr. Colin Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org (306) 256-3218.) A Priest Discernment Night will also be held Thursday, Nov. 25.
Continuing multi-faith webinar series: Exploring our Sacred Texts: A conversation about stewarding our common life – All are invited to join this online series with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim panelists to discuss the scriptural sources for understanding generosity, hospitality, and compassion. Join this three-episode series at 3 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 21 (Generosity), Oct. 28 (Hospitality), and Nov. 4 (Compassion). In these days of increased social polarization and intolerance, where racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia appear to be increasing daily, dialogue between faith communities is an antidote to ignorance and hatred. Generosity, hospitality, and compassion are social virtues that can heal the wounds of our society. Register in advance for this series: https://bit.ly/3iwyPfm For further information, contact Archdeacon Cheryl Toth at email@example.com
- Rabbi Jeremy Parnes is the spiritual leader of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Regina. His long involvement in multi-faith and community organizations includes Regina Multi-faith Forum, Habitat for Humanity, numerous City of Regina committees on social housing and homelessness, and several inner-city boards, including Youth Connexions and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
- Rev. Amanda Currie has been minister of First Presbyterian Church in Regina since 2017. She previously ministered in Saskatoon for 14 years and has recently completed a two-year term as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She is vice president of the Canadian Council of Churches, where she has served on the Governing Board for the past 7 years. She has convened the Ecumenical & Interfaith Committee of the Presbyterian Church and is active in numerous national and local ecumenical and interfaith initiatives.
- Imam Dr. Mohamed Masloh is the leader of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan in Regina, an RCMP chaplain, and a teaching assistant at the University of Regina. He studied at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo and the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana, where he earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies.
This webinar is planned in the spirit of the LAURC Covenant by the Ecumenical Stewardship Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle, the Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.
Prison ministry has resumed at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre and volunteers are needed to assist with liturgies, prayer, leading the rosary and other Catholic outreach. (Please note that the Corrections department requires that everyone visiting the prison must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.) If the Holy Spirit is inspiring you to respond to the Gospel call to visit those who are in prison (Matthew 25:36), please contact diocesan coordinator of prison ministry Dianne Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 659-5845 for more information.
* Catholic men are invited to join the Knights of Columbus, with a free 12-month membership available for those who join online with the promo code “MCGIVNEY2020” at https://www.kofc.org/secure/en/join/join-the-knights.html Service and charity are at the heart of the Knights of Columbus. Founded to meet the needs of immigrants, refugees and families suffering from the death of a breadwinner, the Knights began as a small service organization and has grown into a worldwide financial and charitable organization. The Knights of Columbus is a “Catholic, Family, Fraternal Service Organization” that includes charitable service and financial aid to communities, parishes, families and members. Contact the Knights of Columbus council in your local parish for more information or see: https://kofcsask.com
* The Schools Win Twice Lottery is back this fall in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division and is bigger and better than ever. The lottery will now be online with 8 great prizes to be won, plus there is an added 50/50 lottery with a max payout of $250,000. Our local Catholic schools will “win twice” by receiving 50 per cent of the proceeds from their prize lottery ticket sales and by having the opportunity to apply for grants in support of their schools. Ticket sales begin Oct. 1, and the draws will be made Dec. 1. Please consider purchasing tickets and ask your family and friends as well. Local Catholic Schools and their students will directly benefit by your support and you could win big: https://schoolswintwice.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.
Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre – info for church bulletins
- Address: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9 • Phone: 306-242-1916
- E-mail: email@example.com • Website: www.queenshouse.org
Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre welcomes you! Queen’s House 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, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. For inquiries contact Sarah Donnelly, Programming Director: (306) 242-1916 (x 226).
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: https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or call (306) 242-1916.
Knights of Columbus Brothers’ Keepers Breakfasts are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., with the next breakfast Nov. 9, held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor. St. W, Saskatoon. Contact Brendan Bitz at Queen’s House for additional details: (306) 242-1916 (Extension 225).
Falling into Silence: Come for one or several days to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Queen’s House. This silent guided retreat will be facilitated by Ana Gheyssen, and spiritual directors will also be available to meet with you, available from 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, to Sunday Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Day rooms are also available, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Create your own individual retreat to best meet your needs. Registration deadline: Oct. 25. Call (306) 242-1916 (x 226) for further info.
Transitions: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss is an in-person retreat at Queen’s House with Sarah Donnelly, from 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Participants will have bedrooms with private bathrooms. The program welcomes those who have experienced a wide range of losses including the death or anticipated death of spouse, partner, child, family member or loved one; the loss of good health in themselves or someone they love; the loss of a job or under-employment; retirement from a much-loved career; and the ending or deep wounding of a marriage, significant relationship or friendship. Cost: $525 for the program, bedroom and all meals. Maximum of nine participants. Register by calling Sarah at (306) 717-3707 by Oct.18.
Who am I? Part 2: “Going Deeper – Living in Alignment with My True Self and Purpose” is a four-part Zoom series for women with Lynn Gow, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, Nov. 3, 10, 17 & 24, a follow-up to the “Who Am I?” introductory series. “Going Deeper” is an experiential virtual retreat providing participants with the opportunity to practice their inward journey of self-reflection in a supportive and encouraging environment with others who are on the same path. Using the concepts included in the “Person Framework” introduced in “Who Am I?”, participants will share where they are in their own journeys, along with their hopes and wishes for what may be coming next. The focus of this series will include: journeying together as part of a supportive group; personal reflection exercises; meditation practices to silence the mind, heal the heart, and connect with the spirit; sharing personal stories to honour the path that has led you here; visioning and setting intentions; learning from others’ insights as we journey together; developing curiosity about yourself, who you are and what you are meant to be doing. Cost: $100/4 sessions. A minimum of 9 participants is needed to offer this program. Registration deadline: Nov. 1; register online athttps://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or call (306) 242-1916.
Bereaved Caregivers: Living Through Loss is a support group held either in-person at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon or online via Zoom on six Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Nov. 3 to Dec. 8 with facilitator Brenda Gibbs. Caregivers have often experienced years of anticipatory grief caused by the cumulative losses that occurs when a family is expecting a death. Now the vigil is over, and the final grief can be intense. No one grieves the same and there is no single recipe or formula to grief work. All that is needed is a commitment to do the work and grow in your grief. With grief in your heart, you will never be the same again, yet there is hope in finding meaning and reinvesting in your future. Six Cost $150. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 7 participants are needed to offer this program. Registration deadline: Nov. 1; register online at https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or call (306) 242-1916.
* “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life” – Offered on Zoom, this is the first of a two-part series drawing from Joyce Rupp’s book Boundless Compassion, facilitated by Gisele Bauche held on four Thursday evenings, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Nov. 11 to Dec. 2.. This first four-week online series will invite you to grow in the kind of love that motivated Jesus to be a compassionate presence. Embodying compassion today, as Jesus did, compels us to be a ‘living Christ’ – to ease suffering, to welcome and aid those who are most vulnerable, and to work for justice in a global society. Topics include compassion as a way of life / compassion for self / compassion and suffering / compassion for creation. Cost $100. A minimum of 7 participants needed to run this course. Registration deadline: Nov. 10; register online athttps://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:1 or call (306) 242-1916
Women in Ministry luncheon gathering online via Zoom – This invitation goes out to all women, lay and ordained, who are employed in or retired from professional ministry (parish/ congregational, chaplaincy, diocesan, educational, retreat facilitation, spiritual direction), as well as women studying for professional ecclesial ministry. The main purpose for these lunches is to create an informal relational space where women working professionally in ministry can connect across denominational lines and form networks of friendship, communication and support. No fee – donations to Queen’s House welcome. The Zoom gathering will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Friday Nov. 5. Registration deadline: Nov. 4. For more information call Martha Fergusson, (306) 270-2378.
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 x228 or firstname.lastname@example.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.