Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Bulletin PDF

Diocesan Prayer Intention:  Lord God, bless all farmers, ranchers and gardeners, give them good weather for the harvest and keep them safe from harm.

Earthcare Prayer Intentions: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

  1. May our actions and attitudes toward others and the earth reflect God’s mercy and forgiveness. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Keep us from passing negative judgments on those whose beliefs and values differ from our own. We pray to the Lord.

Note:   Announcements marked with an asterisk* are included in the Diocesan Bulletin 2-page PDF.

New Announcements

* The Conquest Catholic Youth Ministry program is for boys in Grade 3-12. Conquest’s goals are for boys to grow in knowledge of their Catholic faith, in friendship with Christ, and in making a difference and positive impact on their families, friends and in the world around them. Conquest meets Fridays from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Georges Vanier School, Wilson Crescent, Saskatoon, beginning Sept. 20. Registration is required. Please contact Andrew Novecosky at 306-241-0214 or Daryl Possberg at dpossberg77@gmail.com for more information.


That Man Is You (TMIY) – The TMIY program tackles real issues facing real men. It looks at the leadership role that has been entrusted to men and addresses the temptations and struggles men face in a culture that attacks authentic manhood. The program helps formulate a plan that allows men to overcome these obstacles. The program is hosted Tuesdays at 6 a.m. at the Fr. Paul Donlevy Hall at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. We gather at 6:00 a.m. for a light continental breakfast of fruit, muffins, and coffee, and fellowship. There’s a presentation at 6:30 a.m. that combines the best scientific research with the teachings of the Church and wisdom of the saints. It’s followed at 7:00 a.m. with breakout groups that provide the opportunity to discuss what’s been presented and the event concludes at 7:15 a.m. For more information please email tmiy@saintannes.ca.


Marriage Preparation: Announcing a new seven-week marriage preparation course called Christ in the Middle, unique to St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019. With special guests and working with Better Together Marriage Preparation course by Dynamic Catholic, we promise this program will help lay a firm foundation for your marriage. There is a suggested fee of $150 but financial assistance is available upon request. To enrol, please contact Angela at 306-652-0033


* St. Michael’s Parish, 18 – 33rd St. East, Saskatoon is hosting a Polka Mass to celebrate the Feast of St. Michael at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, followed by a pancake breakfast (cost is by donation). Everyone is welcome.


* URGENT!  Retrouvaille helps hurting marriages!  When couples experience difficulties in their marriage, they often feel alone; like there is no one who can help them.  Retrouvaille cares about your marriage.  Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce.  For confidential information about or to register for the weekend in Saskatoon on Oct. 18-20th, 2019, call Ben & Joanne at (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille@sasktel.net


* Prison Ministry is Seeking Donations of Rosaries – The diocesan office of Restorative Ministry is seeking metal rosaries as part of ministry to men at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre (no pink rosaries, or plastic rosaries, please.) Please drop off donated rosaries at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon Monday to Friday, 8:30 to noon, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or contact Dianne Anderson at (306) 659-5845.


Sts -Martyrs-Canadiens Parish is hosting its annual Turkey Supper on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 in its wheelchair-accessible parish hall located at 1007 Windsor St. There will be two sittings:  4:15 pm and 6:15 pm.  For tickets, call Muriel at 280-4219 or 665-9103. Reserve early as tickets are limited. An adult ticket is $17.00 and a child’s ticket (6 – 12 years) is $7.00. By donation for children under 6. Come enjoy turkey, potatoes, salads, veggies, pies and more!


* Theology on Tap: For young adults 19 to 35 years. Mark your calendars, we will have our first Theology On tap of the year on Wednesday, Sept. 25! It will be from 7-9 p.m. at Louis’ lower level on Campus. Ryan LeBlanc, Teacher Chaplain for the Saskatoon Catholic schools and one of three men preparing for ordination to the permanent diaconate in Saskatoon will be speaking to the theme: “The Return of the First Order: Deacons in the Diocese.” Join usfor the presentation and discussionAll are welcome! Come along and bring a friend! For more info, call Michael in Campus Ministry at St. Thomas More College (306) 966-8931, or email mmaclean@stmcollege.ca


Violin and Piano Sonatas by Fauré and Prokofiev will be played by Martha Kashap and Renée de Moissac on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Ave. O South, Saskatoon. Suggested donation; $20 adults, $10 students.


* Queen’s House 17th Annual Bike-A-Thon will be held Sunday, Sept. 22 – Please consider supporting Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal through this fund-raising event. The schedule begins at 9:30 a.m. with the assembly of participants, with a 10 a.m. departure, followed by a 12:30 p.m. celebration and lunch. Join Fr. Paul Fachet, OMI, and other Oblates for stories about their mission. For brochure, registration information, pledge sheets and information about donating, visit the Queen’s House website http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=7454  or call 306-242-1916.


* Religion and the 2019 General Election – A Multifaith Dialogue at STM– With the Canadian federal election campaign underway, St. Thomas More College is hosting a multifaith discussion on the role that religion plays in politics. The discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 will be moderated by Dr. David McGrane from the St. Thomas More College Political Studies Department. The speakers will include Sandra Beardsall (Christian), Tajinder Grewal (Sikh), and Amara Zuhaib (Muslim). Each speaker will be asked to elaborate on how their religious tradition sees the connections between faith and political activity. The event will be in STM 140, St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, University of Saskatchewan campus, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome!


* The Saskatoon Regional CWL Quilters will resume their quilting days on Sept. 16 from 9 am to 3 pm. at Holy Spirit parish.  Everyone is welcome – bring your lunch and any sewing supplies you may like to use. The quilts produced by this group are given to the CWL Clothing Depot as well as to various charities throughout the city. Future 2019 dates for quilting are: Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 28, Nov. 4, 18 and December 2. Please note:  the CWL Quilters rely heavily on donations of fabric from generous supporters to help them to make these quilts. To date, the group has made over 250 quilts. If you are cleaning closets or downsizing, please keep our group in mind. For further information call: Margaret Schwab (306) 374- 4214


TeamRCIA Catechist School Nov. 22-23 in Calgary – The Western Conference for the Catechumenate (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, Alberta present TeamRCIA Catechist School at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish, 5340 4 St SW, Calgary, AB. Participants will discover:

  • The number one goal of every RCIA catechist
  • The six principles that shape the entire faith journey
  • How to make sure the inquirers are committed to learning
  • The power of good storytelling to communicate word and dogma
  • Effective adult learning models that work
  • How to navigate the three levels of catechesis we encounter in any RCIA group
  • The four areas of faith formation every RCIA process must cover

The TeamRCIA Catechist School has been designed by and will be led by two international experts in catechumenate ministry: Mary Birmingham and Nick Wagner. They each have over two decades of experience training RCIA team members. The full registration fee is $180 CAD. The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Friday, and lunch on Saturday (does not include the cost of lodging). Learn more and/or register online at https://teamrcia.com/institutes/catechist-school/teamrcia-catechist-school-wcc-diocese-of-calgary/


* Compassionate Healers Mass – The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) invites you to the Compassionate Healers Mass at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22 at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church 1202-11th Street East, Saskatoon, with presider Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR.  The 13th annual Mass is offered for the intentions of:

  • Medical Personnel
  • Health Care Workers
  • Parish Nurses
  • Men and Women Religious in Health Care Ministry
  • Ministry of Care Volunteers in Parishes and Health Care Facilities

For more information, please contact the CHAS office, 306-955-CHAS (2427) or email blake@chassk.ca


Holy Yoga Classes: Holy Yoga is a Christ-centred experiential time of worship using minds, bodies, and spirits to relax and de-stress, offering an opportunity for participants to authentically connect to God through His word, worship and wellness. Classes will be held Tuesdays from Sept. 24-Nov. 26; and Thursdays from Sept. 26 – Nov. 28, with all sessions at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon. For more info or to registration please e-mail:  holyyogadiane@gmail.com or call 306-370-6682


Yoga for Refugees will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon to raise funds for the Holy Family Refugee Sponsorship Program. There will be Gentle All levels Yoga, refreshments and prizes. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., class starts at 10:00 a.m.  Charitable tax receipts for all donations. To register or for more information, please e-mail: holyyogadiane@gmail.comor call Diane Waldbillig at 306-370-6682


Previous Announcements 


* Volunteers are needed to assist with Catholic ministry at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre – Volunteers with a heart for those struggling in difficult circumstances are needed to provide Catholic Liturgy of the Word worship services on Saturday afternoons at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre chapel. Leaders, readers, musicians, and/or support persons are needed to help provide this important time of prayer and spiritual nourishment for men in prison. Volunteers are provided with orientation and support by the diocesan Office of Restorative Ministry, coordinated by Dianne Anderson. To apply as a volunteer for this or for other ministry being offered in the prison, please contact Dianne at danderson@rcdos.caor (306) 659-5845. “I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matt 25:37)


The Kairos Blanket Exercise is a unique, participatory process that assists in building a better understanding and awareness of our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. The Blanket Exercise Team from Our Lady of Guadalupe First Nations and Métis Parish is available to present this powerful and healing exercise to parishes, groups and organizations. For more information or to arrange for the Exercise to come to your parish or organization, please contact:  Ivan & Kathy Hitchings (306) 329-4484 or email: hitchings.ink@sasktel.net


D & P Fall Campaign Workshops – All are welcome to an afternoon with Development and Peace to learn about and roll out the 2019 Fall Campaign on the effects of commercial activities in the Amazon Rainforest on Indigenous Peoples and on the global ecosystem. The Fall Campaign is a response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’, (Care of Our Common Home), and the 2019 Synod of Bishops (on the Amazon).Facilitator will be Priva Hang’andu, Regional Development and Peace/Caritas Canada animator. The workshop will be in two locations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon:

  • SASKATOON– 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, SK. To RSVP or for more information contact Betty at bejandy@shaw.caor Joanne at stecklerjoanne15@gmail.comor call 1-888-234-8533.
  • BRUNO– 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at St. Bruno Parish, 700 Kirby St., Bruno, SK. To RSVP or for more information contact Victor and Lucille at gran@hotmail.comor Priva at phangandu@devp.orgor call 1-888-234-8533.


* Corn Roast – Columbus Bosco Homes, a society for children and youth, is holding an annual “Corn Roast Fundraiser” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Farm School, including a silent auction, a live auction and a 50-50 Draw. “Keep our programs alive and growing!”  Tickets are $20 each. Contact Lorne Keller at 306-227-7576.


* Challenge Catholic Girls Youth Program – Saskatoon Challenge is a Catholic Youth Ministry program for girls in Grades 3-12 to grow in knowledge of their Catholic faith, friendship with Christ, and make a difference and positive impact on their families, friends and in the world around them. Girls meet Friday nights at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 12th Street and Wiggins Avenue, Saskatoon. from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and at other scheduled times for mission and outreach. Online registration is preferred and can be accessed at: https://rcdos.ca/challenge  There will also be an in-person registration night available on Sept. 20 at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Deadline to register is Sept. 20. Space is limited.For more information, contact Erin Hickey at skchallengegirls@gmail.com  or (306) 716-2062.


* Lay Formation Alumni Fall Gathering with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI– All are welcome to attend this Fall Gathering from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, as Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, explores the evolution of faith formation for Catholic adults in a presentation entitled “Theological Formation – the Task, the Tension, the Hope.” The annual Fall Gathering is sponsored by the Lay Formation Alumni each fall, and is open to everyone. Registration: Cost is $40 before Oct. 7, or $50 after Oct. 7 (includes lunch). Register online at https://rcdos.ca/fallgathering2019  For more information call Blair at 306-260-4009. (Pre-registration is required)

About Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI:  Fr. Ron Rolheiser is a Catholic priest and theologian born and raised in Saskatchewan, who was a long-time popular presenter for the Lay Formation Program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — a program that this year has been re-named the Adult Faith Enrichment Program.

Fr. Ron is a speaker, workshop leader, columnist, and writer on contemporary spirituality. He entered the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his First Vows in September 1966, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. During and after his own studies, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB. He has served the religious community of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as Provincial Superior of St. Mary’s Province (Canada), as Regional Councillor for Canada, serving on the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in Rome, for six years. In August 2005, Fr. Ron became the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.


Applications for the 2020-21 Catholic Women’s Leadership Program are now being accepted!– Application Forms are now available for the 2020-21 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The Certificate program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) runs from May 2020 to June 2021, with both face-to-face and online courses as part of the program. For more information visit www.cwlfcanada.ca  The application deadline is mid-November.  All Catholic women of any age are invited to apply. Thanks to donations and subsidies, the course is reasonably priced for participants!

A recent graduate said: “This has been a truly enlightening journey for me. Through the modeling and guidance of wonderful instructors, I have learned to become so much more aware of my spirituality and how it helps to enhance and transform my leadership as a Catholic and as a woman, in all interactions be it work related or personal.” PDF of the Application Form

Rosary on the Steps – Everyone is welcome to join us to pray the Rosary on the Steps every Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres. E., Saskatoon continuing until Sept. 26.  Let’s fill the steps!  Join us to pray for priests/vocations, peace in the world, and our own personal intentions.  In case of inclement weather, we will move to the welcome area of the church.

* Season of Creation: Bishop Bryan Bayda and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon extend an invitation to all to join in the celebration of the Akathist Prayers in Praise and Care for God’s Creation at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2019 at Steve Patola Park, 1235 20th Street West in Saskatoon. Following the prayer service, there will be a panel discussion in the hall (followed by coffee and fellowship) in the hall right next to the park, at St. George’s Senior Citizen’s Club. Panel speakers will include:

  • Bishop Mark Hagemoen from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon,
  • Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, representing the Ukrainian Catholic Byzantine Rite Church,
  • Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky from Congregation Agudas Israel,
  • Sandra Harper from the Indigenous community,
  • Karen Fraser Gitlitz from the Unitarian Church, and
  • Various youth.

Panelists will speak on the theme of “Healing Mother Earth, Reconciling with Each Other.” Displays and booths in the hall will facilitate education and stimulate informal dialogue from 6:00 p.m. through to the end of the evening’s activities. For more information please contact Lesya Sabada –  l.sabada@usask.ca Basic information about the Season of Creation can be found at https://seasonofcreation.org/


First Friday Devotions: On the first Friday of each month – including Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, the following events will be held at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres. E., Saskatoon:

  • First Friday Gregorian Chant Evening Prayer – 6:30 p.m.
  • First Friday Gregorian Chant Mass – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • First Friday Gregorian Chant Night Prayer – 9:00 p.m.


Saskatoon Community Foundation is calling for grant applications for the Verna and Lionel McGillivray Fund for Children in Saskatchewan. The fund was established with a bequest to the Saskatoon Community Foundation, when Verna died shortly after her husband Lionel. This generous Saskatoon couple had several goals for their donation including benefiting “disadvantaged children within the province of Saskatchewan” and “Christmas cheer for needy families.” According to the McGillivrays’ wishes, funds are presently available for projects that bring “Christmas Cheer” to needy families. This year, approximately $12,000 in total is available for allocation for projects throughout Saskatchewan. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2019.  For more info, contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager at (306) 665-1767 or don.ewles@saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca


New this Fall on Salt + Light TV! Canada’s Catholic television network invites you to watch these featured series and other new and returning programs this Fall:

  • New documentary style program Beholdwill feature Catholic stories of beauty, truth and goodness on a variety of intriguing topics.
  • Featuring different dioceses across Canada, This Place: Real People. Real Faith, is a new upbeat, fresh and joy-filled TV series about Catholics who share us the faith of their local community.
  • Live event coverage, Masses and devotions, as well as programs and documentaries that focus on spreading the joy of the Gospel message and the light of Christ to the world.

Subscribe to Salt + Light TVfrom cable and satellite carriers throughout Canada. Check your local provider or visit www.saltandlighttv.org/subscribefor more details.  Become a subscriber today!


Youth Ministers Needed – The parishes of St.Philippe de Neri (Vonda), Sts. Donatien & Rogatien (Prud’homme, SK) and St.Denis (St.Denis, SK) also known as the Trinity are in need of at least two youth ministers for our youth groups – STEPS (Grades 6-8) and Skywalkers (Grades 9 and up). Youth group meets once a month from September to June. For more information, contact Louise Bussiere: 306-258-4638 or Deanna Florizone: 306-258-2054.


Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – Mass and procession will be held Saturday, Oct. 5at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E, Saskatoon, beginning with a Eucharistic celebration at 5:00 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession (starting from 5th Avenue to 24 Street and ending on Spadina Crescent), and fellowship afterward in the co-cathedral basement hall. October is the month of the Holy Rosary – pray for world peace, pray the rosary!


* LAUNCH – Basic Missionary Training:

Launch is a journey developed by Catholic Christian Outreach to gain attitudes, skills and knowledge over 7 weeks, that will help launch or sharpen our evangelization efforts. This training is open to everyone!

When:Monday evenings beginning Sept. 23and ending Nov. 18 (No sessions on Thanksgiving or Remembrance Day)

Where:Catholic Pastoral Centre, Library, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon

Who: All the baptized, called to share their faith with others

Cost: $20

Register: Call Marilyn Jackson at 306-659-5836 or email mjackson@rcdos.ca

Deadline:  Registration deadline is Sept. 16.

FOCUS of Launch:

  • The Church’s teaching about our calling and identity as Catholic disciples of Christ
  • The art of Intentional Accompaniment
  • How to use the Ultimate Relationship (a tool for sharing Jesus) to proclaim the Gospel
  • Learning to write and use our own story as an evangelization tool
  • Learning to identify thresholds
  • Creating a culture of sharing faith


  • Launch provides very practical evangelization tools and a safe environment in which to practice newly acquired skills.
  • Launch includes an ongoing follow-up plan, encouraging the larger group to form smaller core mission communities who will meet regularly to pray and support each other.
  • Launch will be presented by CCO Parish Missionary, Christy Dupuis.

About Christy Dupuis:While attending university, Christy Dupuis had a powerful encounter with Jesus and fell in love with her Catholic faith. After completing a B.A. in English, she went on to serve as a lay missionary with Catholic Christian Outreach. While serving as a missionary, Christy began speaking at conferences and retreats and leading workshops on a variety of topics. Her passion for evangelization and communicating the Gospel continues to drive her service to the Church. Christy is married to Daniel and is the mother of four young children who challenge and inspire her. Believing that the parish is instrumental in evangelization efforts, Christy serves as a member of the pastoral team at her local parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Martensville, SK, where she co-labours with her pastor and others to form disciples and provide opportunities for all to encounter Jesus. Christy has also rejoined CCO to serve, once again, as a lay missionary: this time, as a Parish Missionary and consultant, helping to equip and train leaders to be evangelists in their parish communities.


* Attention Women and Mothers of All Ages! TIME OUT FOR MOMS will be running new sessions beginning Wednesday Sept. 25. Are you looking for a group where you can find Catholic fellowship and meet other women? Mom, do you want a break from the kids every week where you can sit, visit, eat breakfast, and grow in your faith? Time Out For Moms meets Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Rd., Saskatoon. All women are invited to attend. To register visit https://rcdos.ca/time-out-for-moms. If you have questions or want more information please contactTOFMSaskatoonSK@gmail.comor find the group on Facebook:www.facebook.com/groups/TimeOutForMomsSaskatoon

Time Out For Moms is also looking forvolunteer caregiversto watch the children while the moms meet. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Cristina Kirkham at (306) 380-8671.


* Attention Writers: The Catholic Writers Guild has opened registration for its annual Catholic Writers Conference Online. The must-attend online event for Catholic writers. The conference is scheduled for September 20-22 2019.  Cost $30 US for Guild members and $45 US for non-members. Registration is open at the Guild’s website: https://catholicwritersguild.org/cwco-member-registration or https://catholicwritersguild.org/cwco-non-member-registration


* “I had no idea human trafficking exists in Canada – Enough is Enough” – Nashi presents an Awareness -To-Action event 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 535 8th Street East (corner of Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon. Speakers include Bev Harvey, survivor of the residential school system, drug addition, sexual abuse and human trafficking, and Albert Brown, organizer of “John School” in Saskatoon, an educational program offered by the court as an alternative to criminal prosecution for men caught attempting to purchase sex services, that shows the realities of se work. Representatives of Nashi will also present information about the organization’s work in Canada and Ukraine, including showing the group’s latest documentary film “One Perogy at a Time: The Sequel.” Register by Sept. 20 by contacting 306-653-4646, e-mail info@nashi.ca  or for more information visit the website at www.nashi.ca. Cost (individual or organization) $40; Nashi members: $35; Students: $20 (includes lunch).


Western Conference for Liturgy, will be held October 25-27, 2019  at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Kelowna, BC.  The title of this year’s Liturgy Conference is: “When I in Awesome Wonder – Encountering Christ in Symbol, Ritual and Movement in Mass.” This conference will help participants to: Understand more fully the symbols used in our Liturgical celebrations, especially the             celebration of the Holy Eucharist; become knowledgeable of best practices when using technology and media at Mass; explore music from the forthcoming Music for Catholic Worship hymnal, which will soon be available for use across Canada. This year’s presenter is Christina Ronzio, Director of the National Liturgy Office (English Sector) and Secretary to the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Canadian Conference Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Please see: https://www.pgdiocese.bc.ca/western-liturgical-conf-oct-25-26-2019/   For more information, please call: Martha Primus, Executive Secretary, 250-964-4424 Ext 2202.


* “Learn Divine Office” – Saturdays 9 a.m. at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, beginning in September.  “From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the Divine Office. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.”  — Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.  – Every Saturday from September to June, there will be an opportunity to learn the Divine Office, offered at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres, Saskatoon, followed by actually praying Divine Office Morning Prayer (in Gregorian Chant) at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome, booklets will be provided. Please arrive at the side door facing 22nd Street. For more information, contact Hudson at 306-220-7236.


Job Opportunity: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria is seeking a full-time Senior Accountant with extensive accounting experience and a professional approach. Interested applicants are invited to submit a résumé and cover letter by Sept. 30, 2019. Contact: Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Attention: Leah MacKenzie, CFO,  4044 Nelthorpe Street, Victoria, BC, V8X 2A1; e-mail: jobs@rcdvictoria.orgor for more details visit the website: www.rcdvictoria.org/employment


* Humboldt Grief Program– St. Augustine Parish, Humboldt, Sask. will be running the DVD-based Grief Support Program “From Mourning to Dawn”forwidows and widowers,to be held on eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning Sept 18, and running to Nov 6, 2019. Sessions will be held in St. Augustine Church in Humboldt from 07:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. This program is open to participants who have been widowed from 3 months to 4 years. Facilitators, who have all experienced the death of a spouse, will engage with participants on this eight-week journey of transformation and healing. The cost is $25, which covers books participants receive. To register or for more information, contact Irene at 306-682-3383 or Dave at 306-682-5108.


* TRANSITIONS – for those who are divorced and/or separated – If you’ve been divorced or are separated and you are feeling disheartened and abandoned, know that you are not alone and there is help. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon offers a peer ministry program called Transitions twice a year, facilitated by those who have already experienced what you are going through and have found some healing. The sessions are held Wednesday evenings for 11 weeks at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, with the fall session starting on Wednesday, Sept. 18. For more information or to register, contact Sharon at (306) 374-1425 or by email: spowell@rcdos.ca


Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre 20th Anniversary Gala will be held Sept. 20 at TCU Place, Saskatoon. Join us as we celebrate the abundance of God over the past 20 years. For tickets, contact: (306) 665-7550 or e-mail: spoc@sasktel.net. Price is: FREE (by donation).


* Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel’s Vineyard offers healing and support for those dealing with post-abortion grief and trauma. The next weekend retreat in Saskatchewan will be held Oct. 18-20. For registration or confidential information contact Elaine at (306) 480-8911 or r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net


Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy: Spiritual Care is still available at all of our hospitals in the city, thanks to support from generous donors. Regardless of whether your stay is long or short, planned or an emergency, please request spiritual care when in hospital in Saskatoon:

  • For patients at Saskatoon City or Royal University Hospitals, please contact Jackie Saretsky at the Catholic Pastoral Centre by phone at (306) 659-5839 or (306) 292-5531 or by e-mail: jsaretsky@rcdos.com (The diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy Office is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)
  • For patients at St. Paul’s Hospital, please ask at the nursing desk, or phone (306) 655-5000 and ask to connect to Spiritual Care.


Hospice at Glengarda– A “Close to Home” campaign is underway to raise funds to build Saskatoon’s first residential hospice at the former Ursuline Glengarda residence on Hilliard Street in Saskatoon. The building will be expanded, renovated and furnished as a 15-bed “Hospice at Glengarda” to provide comfort, peace and tranquility in an environment that is as close to home as possible. Other priorities for the Close to Home campaign include:

  • Establishing Holistic Care Endowments to provide bereavement care, spiritual care and healing arts therapy to patients and families facing end-of-life, both in the Hospice at Glengarda and in the community;
  • Establishing an Education Fund to enrich the skills of professional end-of-life caregivers and community members in Saskatoon;
  • Undertaking needed renovations to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.

For latest updates, more information, ideas for how to help raise awareness and/or to donate, please go to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation campaign website: www.CloseToHome.fund   or e-mail: info@sphfoundation.ca   or call (306) 655-5821.


NEW NAME: Adult Faith Enrichment Program – Bishop Mark Hagemoen recently announced a name change for the Lay Formation program, founded in 1987 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The new name for this program of faith formation, learning, community and prayer is the Adult Faith Enrichment Program. Applications are still being acceptedfor the two-year program that runs one weekend a month from September to May at Queen’s House in Saskatoon. Catholics in a diocesan stream, an Indigenous stream and a Ukrainian Catholic eparchial stream spend time learning more about the Catholic faith, sharing their faith and life experiences, and deepening their prayer lives. It is a time of learning, a time for friendship, a time of discernment and a time of growing ever closer to Christ. For more information or to apply for September 2019, please contact the diocesan coordinators of the Adult Faith Enrichment Program: Jennifer and Blair Carruthers, phone: (306) 659-5846 or e-mail jcarruthers@rcdos.ca


Our Lady Of Guadalupe Pilgrimage & Tour to Mexico City – “TEPEYAC 2020, February 6 – 15, 2020 with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR. Journey with San Juan Diego to meet Our Lady on the Hill of Tepeyac! Meditate on the mystery of the miraculous tilma in the Basilica! Walk down to Bishop Zumarraga’s crypt! Be uplifted by thousands of people on a Sunday morning! Climb on ancient Sun and Moon Pyramids at Teotihuacan, and at the Great Pyramid of Cholula near Puebla.  Visit Fidelius Films Studio in Puebla – where the movie ‘Tepeyac’ is being produced. Experience enculturated evangelization! Come home understanding how powerful Our Lady’s appearance truly was – and is today! Double/Triple Occupancy – $3100/ person; Single Occupancy – $3400. Basic Price of Pilgrimage and Tour includes: Return airfare from Saskatoon to Mexico City, flight cancellation insurance, hotel, breakfasts and suppers served at the Hotel Villa Quijotes (near the Shrine), English-speaking local tour guide & van transportation. Registration: $100  (non-refundable deposit) to hold your spot; $1,500.00 ($1650 single) required by Sept. 16, 2019. Final payment of $1,500 ($1650 single) required by Nov. 15, 2019. For registration form/ further info, contact: Marlene at 306-262-1647 or marlene.bodnar@icloud.com


QUEEN’S HOUSE of RETREAT AND RENEWAL• 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9 • Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist@queenshouse.org• Website:  www.queenshouse.org

On-going programs include:

  • Centring Prayer: Monday evenings – 7 p.m. except holiday Mondays
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons – call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons: Monthly, October 4
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month -7 a.m.; 8
  • Taizé Prayer7- 8 p.m. October 9
  • 24 Hours Eucharistic Adoration – 4th Monday & Tuesday/month from noon to noon, 23-24
  • Personal Days of Private Prayer and Rest: Call reception to arrange a suitable time.


Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet? Consider Queen’s House! To inquire about booking space at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, contact the bookings coordinator at 306-242-1925 or e-mail: bookngs@queenshouse.orgor contact the receptionist at 306-242-1916 or e-mail receptionist@queenshouse.org


Spiritual Direction: If you are interested in having a mentor and companion to accompany you on your spiritual journey contact Sr. Adeline Behm at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal: 306-242-1916 or email: spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org  or visit the website www.queenshouse.org to see a list of our affiliated spiritual directors.


* Art as Spiritual Expression with Gisele Bauche. Saturday, Sept. 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $50 – includes lunch. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration. Held at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon.


Journaling and Writing as Spiritual Practice – A four-part series at Queen’s House in Saskatoon with Shelly Manley-Tannis on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, and repeated Wednesday mornings, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30. Cost: $120 / 4 sessions. A minimum of 10 participants is required to offer these programs – registration deadline is Oct. 1. Please bring your own journal – all other supplies are provided. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration.


ICONOGRAPHY SERIES – Two eight-week classes with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche will be available either Wednesday or Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. from  October – December 2019 and from January – March 2020 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street East, Saskatoon. Cost is $230 for 8 classes plus $110-130 for the gesso wood panel board. To register call Gisele at 306-380-3577 or email: gbauche@sasktel.net


To Love Your Neighbour’sChurch as Your Own – A 3-part series at Queen’s House in Saskatoon with Rev. Jakob Palm held on Wednesday evenings, October 16, 23, and 30, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. $50/series – fee includes a copy of the book To Love Your Neighbour’s Church As Your Own. Registration deadline: October 11. Call (306) 242-1916.


Transitions: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss – A 3.5-day retreat with Sarah Donnelly from Thursday Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday Oct. 20 at 1:00 p.m. held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost: $475: live-in only. Limited bursaries available. Participation is limited to nine people – register by calling Sarah Donnelly: 306-717-3707.


Listening to the Holy Unconscious Through Our Dreams with Dr. James Schmeiser will be held on Saturday Oct. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch. To register call 306-242-1916.


The Story of Ruth: 12 Moments in Every Woman’s Life,A Creative Study for Women with Gisele Bauche and Janice Cook will be held on six Monday evenings, Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $125 / 6 sessions. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration.


Triumph: Freedom through healing – A nine-day retreat from Friday Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. will be held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost: $1,395. For more information visit:www.triumphretreat.com


Psychology, spirituality, sexuality and intimacy is a one-day program with Rev. Dr. Wilburn Nelson to be held on Saturday Nov. 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $50 – includes lunch. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration


Silent Guided Retreat : “Come Away with Me”– A four-day retreat at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, with Dianne Mantyka will be held from Monday Nov. 25 at 4:00 p.m. to Thursday, Nov. 28 at 1:00 p.m. – a wonderful way to prepare for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Cost: $525 – live-in only – includes lodging, meals, spiritual direction and facilitation. Call (306) 242-1916 for information and registration.