Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, Sept. 19, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Bulletin two-sided summary PDF

Prayer Intentions

* Diocesan Prayer Intention – Creator God, we pray for our country during this time of discernment and choice of leaders. May the Holy Spirit inspire and guide Canadians in electing those who will provide leadership with the good of all in mind, including the unborn, the elderly, the young, the vulnerable and those in our society who are too-often forgotten. We ask God’s blessing upon all those standing for office and all those exercising their solemn duty to vote. We pray that ultimately in all things we act in love, truth and charity, striving for justice, unity and peace. Amen

Earthcare Connections (prayer intentions from Farmland Legacies) – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  1. May our concern for creation extend beyond our nation to the whole world.   We pray to the Lord.
  2. May we live wisely, so we will be good ancestors for generations to come.    We pray to the Lord.

New Announcements

* National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Let’s walk and talk –  Sept. 30  marks the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This new federal statutory holiday builds on the legacy of Orange Shirt Day. In 1973, six-year-old Phyllis Webstad arrived at a residential school wearing her very best outfit, which was immediately taken from her. On Sept. 30, orange is worn to show that no child should have their culture and faith stripped from them. On Sept. 30,,the Diocesan Council of Truth and Reconciliation invites you in your parish or place of work to find a partner, go for a walk, and discuss these suggested questions for about 15 minutes:

  1. Were you ever rejected when going to school and how did that change you?
  2. In what ways have you seen Indigenous people rejected in your life?
  3. The next time you are tempted to judge instead of listening, what action will you take?

 

* National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:  Bishop Mark Hagemoen will celebrate a special Mass for the intentions of this day at 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. All are welcome to attend this Mass on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Message from Bishop Hagemoen: PDF

 

Night of prayer and learning in service of Truth and Reconciliation – Saint Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon has invited an Elder and a Residential School Survivor to share their stories. All are welcome to this event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

 

Knights of Columbus: San Lorenzo Ruiz Feast Day Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 222 Willow Street (corner of Melrose Avenue and Hilliard Street), Saskatoon.

 

Lay Formation Alumni Fall Gathering – The annual Lay Formation Alumni Fall Gathering 2021 will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon with a Zoom option. Special guest speakers are Archbishop Donald Bolen and Lay Formation Alumnus Deb Rolfes. Watch for more details! Follow the Lay Formation Alumni Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LayFormationAlumni

 

* Life Chain 2021 – Campaign Life Saskatchewan is organizing a Life Chain witness event from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the corner of 22nd Street and Idylwyld Drive in Saskatoon. Signs are provided. Come to stand in prayerful solidarity with all human life from conception to natural death. For more info contact: campaignlifesk@gmail.com.

 “40 Hours for Life” in Saskatoon will run from Wednesday, Sept. 22, concluding on 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 campaignlifesk@gmail.com

 

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. (To assist with planning, an announcement will be made in January 2023, about whether this will be online or in person.) 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 complete the application process is Nov. 20; apply online at:  www.cwlfcanada.ca/participate

 

* Are Your Affairs in Order Seminar is for all interested in information on Wills and Executors, Health Care Directives, Power of Attorney, Catholic Funeral Planning, and Leaving a Legacy. This seminar will help you prepare your papers and legal documents, make decisions, and guide you in organizing your affairs. Upcoming seminars:

  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, 21 – St. Mary Parish, Wynyard: 306-554-2446
  • 2 p.m. Tuesday, 28 – St. Mary Parish, Macklin: 306-753-2063
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, 6 – St. Joseph Parish, Kindersley: 306-463-2306

There is no cost to attend this event. However, registration is required with each parish, as seating is limited to 40 people per session. Please call your parish to register.

Who should attend: 18 years and older

Presenter: Jocelyne Hamoline, Stewardship and Gift Development Officer from the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation.

Attendance is free. Optional purchases will be available:

  • Planning Guide available at the presentation ($10 – cash or cheque)
  • Health Care Directive ($5 – cash or cheque)

For more information about these seminars, call Jocelyne Hamoline at 306-659-5849 or email jhamoline@dscf.ca

Getting your affairs in order is a true gift to your family. By organizing your estate and final wishes, you can offer family and friends peace of mind, avoid unnecessary stress, and provide them with a more comfortable place to understand and carry out your wishes.

 

* Baptists and Catholics Together? Webinar, Sept. 22 will be held at 11am Saskatchewan (1pm ET). Register for this free event at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__V8WGBYQT5-c1gCC6M8Zlg

Within the whole church, Baptists and Catholics might seem to be ecclesiological and liturgical polar opposites. The two traditions are arguably more dissimilar from one another than each is from almost any other Christian tradition. Yet, as veteran Baptist ecumenist Steven Harmon demonstrates in his forthcoming book Baptists, Catholics, and the Whole Church: Partners in the Pilgrimage to Unity, they share much in common that can enable them to travel together as fellow pilgrims on the journey toward a more visibly united church. Join Steven and leading Catholic ecumenist Paul Murray as they discuss Catholic-Baptist relations and how the Baptist-Catholic encounter can benefit the whole Christian community.

  • Steven Harmon is the author of books on ecumenism and Baptist studies that include Towards Baptist Catholicity (2006), Ecumenism Means You, Too (2010), and Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future(2016). He is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship-affiliated ordained Baptist minister, past President of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and Co-Secretary of the Baptist-Catholic International Dialogue Joint Commission—Phase III.
  • Paul Murray is Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean and Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University. In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI nominated him to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC). He was a member of the drafting team for ARCIC III’s 2017 Agreed Statement, “Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, and Universal”, and he now continues to serve as a consultant to the Commission.

 

* Religions and the Pandemic: Sobering or Hopeful? Virtual Luther Lecture Sept. 27, 2021 at 7 p.m. with Dr. Azza Karam, secretary general of Religions for Peace, which works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. For info and/or to register, visit www.luthercollege.edu/luther-lecture   If you have any questions, please contact Justine Esplen at justine.esplen@uregina.ca

The Luther Lecture was established by Luther College at the University of Regina in 1977 with the purpose of making a distinctive and stimulating contribution to the life of the University and the general community. Annually, a distinguished scholar or leader of note is invited to give a public talk on matters of spiritual and social importance. The 2021 Luther Lecture is presented by Luther College with financial assistance from the James Kurtz Memorial Trust Fund, and our sponsors Faith Life Financial and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

 

* Adult Faith – Transform Conference Oct. 22 and 23 at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Transformis a two-day event (Friday evening, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23 during the day) hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon designed to inspire people to share their faith empowered by the Holy Spirit and take the mission back to their parish. Cost $20. Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/212385977393268 or contact diocesan Evangelization and Mission Leaderr John Hickey at jhickey@rcdos.ca or (306) 659-5847 more information or see the website at: https://rcdos.ca/transform-2021/    Speakers at the Transform Conference:

  • Eric Chow currently serves as the Director for Proclaim and Associate Director for Ministries and Outreach at the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Eric finds life in roles of leadership, strategy, and mentorship. He loves working through others, seeing them succeed, and mentoring/coaching people in their gifts and talents.
  • Eric Myatt is the Canadian regional Coordinator at Divine Renovation. He served with Catholic Christian Outreach for nearly 15 years, focusing on bringing university students into a relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. Eric has led worship for almost 20 years, and currently serves in the music ministry at his own parish, Saint Benedict in Halifax.

 

* Adult Faith – Awaken: “School of the Word” series – A School of the Word with the Verbum Dei Sisters will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays in October, held either via Zoom or in person at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Cost: $40’ Register at: https://form.jotform.com/212366023749052  This is a School of Prayer Formation for all who wish to learn how to pray with the Word of God in a meditative-contemplative way. The four-part series Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 includes one-hour of formation/instruction on the four basic steps of praying based on Sacred Scripture (adapted Lectio Divina), followed by personal time with guided mediation and/or contemplation of a specific Scripture passage and small group sharing. Please bring your own Bible and a prayer journal / notebook!

 

Adult Faith – Awaken: A four-part Ministry Series will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7 (in-person only) at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, open to all! This series features leaders of diocesan ministries presenting on issues and priorities facing our faith communities. Come and grow in awareness and understanding, and be inspired! Cost: $40 for the four-part series. Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/212385789393269    Sessions and speakers include:

  • Nov 16: You Got Booked! with Dianne Anderson, coordinator of Restorative (prison) Ministry – You Got Bookedis a tool to teach about the criminal justice system and how it impacts people in different ways. Participants travel around a live-sized game board trying to build resources and avoid prison. The goal is to inform and to provide ideas and tools to advocate for change.

 

  • 23: Evangelization and the Mission of the Church with John Hickey from the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis – Evangelization has always been at the centre of the mission of the Church, but how are we as Catholics called to partake in this mission? Discover how we can approach relationships in order to share our faith with others in a way that is relevant. Learn how to witness to your faith in a way that reaches people “where they are at” in order to encounter Jesus and become missionary disciples.

 

  • 30: Palliative Care & End-of-Life Issues  with Jacqueline Saretsky, coordinator of  Hospital Chaplaincy – This session offers information and education around end-of-life issues and caring for others during these difficult times. The goal of this session is to raise awareness about what some experience at the end-of-life and how the power of human presence can make a difference.

 

  • 7: Kairos Blanket Exercise with Myron Rogal, coordinator of Justice and Peace – The Kairos Blanket Exercise was developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators. It is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada.

 

REVISED DATES for Grief Ministry program – From Mourning to Dawn is the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers. Program facilitators (who have also experienced the death of a marriage partner) engage with participants on an eight-week journey of transformation and healing, offering support and encouragement for bereaved spouses. Open to participants who have been widows/widowers between two months and two years, the fall session will be held weekly on Thursdays, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Thursday, Oct. 14 and ending Dec. 2, at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, on the second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon (please note revised time/date). Cost is $35. To register or for more information, contact Dianna Knaus at dknaus@sasktel.net or (306) 382-0535.

 

L’Arche Saskatoon is looking for caring and capable individuals to fill several positions: Homes Coordinator, Day Program Assistant, Respite Assistant (casual), and Administrative Assistant. Contact Wyndham Thiessen, Community Leader, at office@larchesaskatoon.org to apply (send resume), or to receive more information. L’Arche is an international network of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities work and share life together. For more info about L’Arche Saskatoon, go to: https://www.larchesaskatoon.org.

 

Death and Grief in Today’s World webinar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 is hosted by Prairie Hospice and the Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association, with guest speaker Andrea Warnick, RN, MA, exploring “how we are managing and what we can do.” Find more information and online registration for this free Zoom event at: https://www.prairiehospice.org

 

A Priest Discernment Night will be held Thursday, Oct. 21 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 dyasinski@rcdos.ca (306) 834-2269; or Fr. Colin Roy at croy@rcdos.ca (306) 256-3218.) A Priest Discernment Night will also be held Thursday, Nov. 25.

Previous Announcements

* CWL Clothing Depot requests donations, including winter clothingChanges are happening in our weather, bringing new colors and a chill in the air. The CWL Clothing Depot in Saskatoon is in urgent need of winter clothing –  all items are needed, but we are in particular need of warm winter wear for men. Drop off your donations Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 619-20th Street West (ring the bell at the back door.) Volunteers are still needed at the CWL Clothing Depot. Call Bea for more information: (306) 242-5042.

Electrified garage parking is available at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. Please contact Ray at (306) 652-0033 for more information.

 

Adult Faith: Proclaim – Awaken – Encounter – A new model of adult faith formation has been launched in the diocese of Saskatoon, with three elements:

Proclaim (helping parishes and individuals evangelize);

Awaken (consisting of three 4-session modules: a “School of the Word” prayer formation series to be presented by the Verbum Dei Sisters 7-9 p.m. on the four Tuesdays in October on Zoom or in-person; a Ministry Series running four Tuesdays from Nov. 16 to Dec. 7, in-person only; and a module on Catholic Liturgical and Sacramental Life presented by Fr. Geoffrey Young on four Tuesday evenings from Jan. 11 to Feb. 1 on Zoom or in-person)

Encounter (large group events, including a Transform Conference to inspire and equip missionary disciples Oct. 22-23 at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon; a diocesan-wide Lenten Retreat March 20, 2022; and a “Flourish” dessert and speaker evening April 28.

See: rcdos.ca/adult-faith  for more information about the Proclaim – Awaken – Encounter initiatives.

 

 

* A Dying Healed Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct 2 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon (Bishop Klein room). This workshop will provide comprehensive education on palliative care/end of life issues and preliminary training for palliative and hospice care volunteers. Also suitable for those wishing to provide compassion and support to those in need, particularly at end of life. The Dying Healed workshop covers important issues about human suffering, human dignity, and the power of human presence as well as other end-of-life issues. Also, important pastoral and practical behaviours of what to say, how to listen, and how to be with people who suffer illness, disability and loneliness. Registration required. Contact: Jacqueline Saretsky jsaretsky@rcdos.ca or call 306-659-5839. Registered participants will receive a workbook; Cost $15. (Lunch will be provided.)

 

Fall Congress Series: “Be the Light – Continuing the Journey to a Deeper Intimacy with Christ” – For clergy, staff, volunteers and all who wish to serve in their parish. Find details and registration online at: https://rcdos.ca/fall-congress-series/

  • Palliative Care and Moral Distress – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26: Gain a deeper understanding of palliative care and the moral distress caused by medically-assisted suicide / euthanasia. Cost: $20 (includes lunch). Register online at https://form.jotform.com/212385747793267
  • 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. Participants will be introduced to the diocese’s new marriage preparation curriculum. Cost: $25 (includes lunch). Register online at: https://form.jotform.com/212386230473250

All sessions will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. For more information, see https://rcdos.ca/fall-congress-series/ or contact Marilyn Jackson at (306) 659-5836 or e-mail programs@rcdos.ca

 

* “Reconciliation: The Church and Indigenous Peoples” is the next session of the diocesan Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education Program. It will be offered online via Zoom from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 21 until Nov. 16, 2021.

Register for Course 4 at https://rcdos.ca/indigenous-ministry-education or for more info contact: programs@rcdos.ca.

Planned presenters include Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Maria Lucas, Mary Ann Morrison, Gordon Martell and others.

No pre-requisite is required: you can take Course 4 even if you did not take either of the previous courses; however, those who complete all 4 courses will earn a ministry certificate.

COST: $200. per course. (Course is 18 hours including out-of-class time commitment to additional reading and course work.)

Jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College, and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, the Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education program is led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships.

Reasons to take this program include:

  • To participate in a concerted effort to answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
  • To learn about the history of the interaction between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples including the impact of Roman Catholic missionaries on Indigenous communities.
  • To discuss areas of culture convergence/divergence.
  • To further Catholic social and moral teachings.
  • To support the building of right relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Catholics in Western Canada.

Read some of the reflections by participants in previous courses of this diocesan program: https://rcdos.ca/ipl-participant-reflections/

 

 

Knights of Columbus – San Lorenzo Ruiz Feast Day Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 222 Willow Street (corner of Melrose Avenue and Hilliard Street), Saskatoon.

 

* Federal Election Sept. 20, 2021 –Catholic Conscience is again compiling a range of resources related to the upcoming federal election. The organization’s Catholic Action initiative includes information on how and where to vote, what ID you need, reminders to vote in the advance polls and how to register for a mail-in ballot in case you can’t vote in person. Resources also include party platform comparisons in light of Catholic Social Teaching, and points for Catholic voters to ponder and prepare to cast a vote in the Sept. 20 election. See the Catholic Conscience website at: https://catholicconscience.org/canada/ or visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CatholicConscience.org).

Federal Election Rosary Novena: The national organization Catholic Conscience has launched a rosary novena for the people of Canada happening during the federal election campaign (running from Aug. 25 to Sept. 20, 2021)  to pray for Canadian voters and entrust them to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Find more information about the Catholic Conscience prayer event at: http://www.novenaforcanadians.eventbrite.ca/

* Catholic Virtual All-Parties Forum for the 2021 Federal ElectionAs the Sept. 20 federal election day approaches, Catholic Conscience is sharing a virtual video forum featuring Catholic representatives from the country’s major parties offering perspectives on issues facing the nation through the lens of gospel values and Catholic social teaching. Participants are Filomena Tassi, a Liberal candidate from Ontario; Garnett Genuis, a Conservative candidate from Alberta, and Norm Di Pasquale, an NDP candidate from Ontario. Find the full Forum on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/VH_1KdrV-xI or check out the Catholic Conscience website for election resources: https://catholicconscience.org or follow the organization on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CatholicConscience.org, 

 

Breathe – Catholic Marriage Conference 2021

* Breathe – Recharge and Refresh Your Marriage: A Catholic Marriage Conference will be held Sept. 24-25 in Saskatoon, hosted by Cat.Chat and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. This is an opportunity to invest in your relationship by stepping away from the busyness of life in order to recharge, refresh and journey deeper into the sacrament of marriage. Conference – $299 per couple (Registration ends Sept. 20, or when the conference is sold out.) Hotel accommodations booked separately. Schedule: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. / Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Speakers include:  Gerald & Denise Montpetit, John & Tracy Connelly, Ken & Janelle Yasinski and Bishop Mark Hagemoen. Find info and registration at: www.catholicmarriageandfamily.com.

 

 

* TRANSITIONS SEPARATION AND DIVORCE MINISTRY – Have you gone through the shock, pain and suffering of separation or divorce? If you have experienced either of these we can help. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon offers relief and healing in this program, held once a week for 10 weeks, addressing topics like self-image/self-esteem, stress, loneliness, guilt/blame, letting go, forgiveness, how to have boundaries, and more. Many have been helped by this remarkable program which begins Wednesday, Sept. 29, held weekly from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Whether you have been divorced six months, many years or somewhere in between; remember you are not alone on your journey and healing is possible. Contact Sharon at 306-374-1425 or spowell@rcdos.ca for more information or to register.

 

* Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry of SK 2021 Retreat will be held Oct. 1-3 (please note new date) – 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 retreat in Saskatchewan will be held Oct 1-3, 2021. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email: r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net

 

Employment Opportunity – Part-Time Executive Director – Catholic Health Association of SaskatchewanThe Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) is a faith-based, not-for-profit association committed to providing leadership, education, and resources for all who serve in the healing ministry of Christ in health care, parishes, and communities. The Executive Director coordinates all CHAS activities consistent with the Association’s vision and mission and the Board of Directors’ policies; submits policy and program initiatives for Board approval; prepares the annual budget and oversees accounting procedures with assistance of bookkeeper and board treasurer; plans the Annual General Meeting and annual convention; serves as a resource for Catholic health facilities, plans seminars and workshops; travels as required. The successful applicant should have relevant post-secondary education and experience that demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • knowledge of, and commitment to, the teachings of the Catholic Church and Health Ethics Guide 2012
  • knowledge of Catholic health care ministry and its relationship to provincial health system
  • strong communicator including writing, interpersonal, advocacy, and public relations skills
  • some experience and training in administration and/or theology
  • understanding and sensitivity to the pastoral and theological aspects of health care ministry
  • working knowledge of financial administration
  • proficient in Microsoft Office and Publisher
  • ability to give educational presentations to large or small groups
  • ability to work with and support committees

Salary commensurate with experience and education. Salary and benefits package included.

Please e-mail cover letter and resume by October 4, 2021, to: ethnamartin54@gmail.com   Applicants will receive a confirmation of reception of application but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted a second time.  (Start date: Negotiable)

 

* Employment opportunities: https://rcdos.ca/our-diocese/employment/

The Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, SK is seeking an outgoing and engaging full-time Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Family Life to become part of the parish ministry team. The Coordinator of Youth Ministry will be responsible to provide ministry to the youth and families of a growing parish community and to six elementary schools and one high school. The successful applicant will plan, organize, and execute regular youth events for Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 in accordance with the parish vision. Applicants who have completed their WCACYM (Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers) Certificate in Youth Ministry or equivalent and/or have completed Lay Formation programs are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have 3-5 years of experience in youth ministry and be able to demonstrate a strong track record in planning, organizing, and executing well in youth ministry and youth events. Applicants must have their own means of transportation. Salary, benefits, and pension plan are in accordance with the Pastoral Salary Grid of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. For more information and a copy of the ministry position description, please contact Fr. Gerard Cooper at gcooper@rcdos.ca or 306-659-5809. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and a pastoral reference letter to Fr. Gerard Cooper, gcooper@rcdos.ca  by midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021.

 

Development Assistant – The Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation (https://dscf.ca ) is seeking a full-time Development Assistant.

     Position Summary: The Development Assistant, reporting to the Executive Director, plays an essential role by providing administrative and creative support to the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation and participating in all fundraising activities including data entry, database management, donor communications, direct mail appeals, special events, general clerical duties. Areas of responsibility include database management, communications and website management, event planning and execution, and volunteer management.

     Job Specifications:

  • Confirmed practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • Relevant post-secondary credential and/or combination of education and experience
  • 3 to 5 years’ administrative assistant experience
  • Ability to multi-task and exercise independent judgement while performing job duties with little supervision
  • Demonstrated ability in being discreet and maintaining donor confidentiality
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge preferred or demonstrated ability to learn new software
  • A high degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated experience in data entry and database management
  • Open and friendly disposition with a demonstrated ability to work well with others

     Apply by midnight, Sept. 20, 2021 to Executive Director Raissa Bugyi, Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1; Email: rbugyi@dscf.ca

 

Catholic TRC Healing Response – a financial appeal announced by Saskatchewan bishops: In a joint letter released July 3, the five Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan launched a new fund-raising appeal for residential school survivors, families and communities. “We have heard the strong request, from Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in various quarters, to initiate a new fundraising campaign to support survivors and engage more deeply in our own ongoing commitment and response to the Truth and Reconciliation process. Many members of our Catholic community have expressed their solidarity and support for the ongoing work of healing for survivors and their families…. as guided by Indigenous communities here in Saskatchewan.” Find more information about the Catholic TRC Healing Response, or make a donation online at: dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/

 

Catholic men are invited to join the Knights of Columbus, with a free 12-month membership available for those who join online 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: kofcsask.com

 

Grow Hope Saskatchewan 2021There is still time to 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. Find more information and/ or sponsor a portion of this year’s crop online at: https://www.growhopesk.ca/donate

 

Creation Care School offers a selection of online courses which explore integrated ecology developed by Pope Francis in the encyclical Laudato Si’ on Care of Creation. Two free courses:  “Laudato Si’ – a revolutionary encyclical” and “Greening Your Church (10 steps that will inspire your faith community towards sustainability” are less than an hour in duration. Other online courses – each costing $120 and completed at your own pace – are also available: “Discovering the Green Pages of the Bible” (12 hours); ‘Cultivating a Spirituality of Creation” (12 hours); and “Developing Creation Care Ministry” (8 hours). Find more information and online registration at: https://creationcare.teachable.com

 

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

 

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. Contact Madeline Oliver at (306) 361-9318; e-mail pmolivebranch@gmail.com; or see www.olivebranchministry.ca for more information.

 

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.

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage and Tour to Mexico with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR will be held Feb. 10-19, 2022. Reflect on Saint Juan Diego’s meeting with Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Hill of Tepeyac in Mexico, meditate on the mystery of the miraculous tilma in the basilica, and experience enculturated evangelization during this trip. Find more information on the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon website at www.skeparchy.org or contact Teresa Bodnar-Hiebert at all5hieberts@gmail.com.

(Land Package & Registration: Double/triple occupancy $2100/person / Single occupancy $2400. Land package includes hotel accommodation, breakfasts and dinners at the Hotel Villa Quijotes near the Shrine. Also includes English speaking tour guide with group van transportation.)

 

Youth ministry – The Pure Witness Anchor Program is an intentional discipleship program based in Saskatoon for Grades 8-12.  The goal is to provide a transformational year for youth by forming them as leaders in the Church through faith formation, outreach, and community. The program is held every other Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Saskatoon (Wiggins Avenue and 12th Street East), starting Sept. 28, 2021. Cost: $180 (Discount $150/per person for a family with more than one person joining). Registration and information: https://purewitness.com/anchor/

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

QUEEN’S HOUSE RETREAT & RENEWAL Centre

 

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: PROGRAM REGISTRATION PAGE

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: PROGRAM REGISTRATION PAGE 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. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor. St. W, Saskatoon. Contact Brendan for additional details: (306) 242-1916 (Extension 225).

 

Living Peacefully; Dying Peacefully – Presented by Diane Waldbillig and Elaine Zakreski, Holy Yoga from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 2 in-person at Queen’s House and on Zoom. How can we live life to the full in chaos? How can we not only survive but thrive? How can we go from fear to courage, from uncertainty to hope, from loss to abundance, from unrest to ultimate peace? How can we illuminate the path to death and bring healing of spirit and peace to our inevitable transition to the next life? In-person: $80; add $15 for lunch; $70 for zoom. Info and registration PROGRAM REGISTRATION PAGE  or call (306) 242-1916 (leave a message). Registration deadline: Sept. 30.

 

Who am I? Discovering Yourself is Life’s Greatest Adventure is a three-part Zoom series for women with Lynn Gow held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20, repeated 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16 & 23. ‘Who Am I?’ is a time to stop, reflect and look inside yourself with a new lens. In a time of significant change, knowing ourselves and our core values helps to focus us on where we need to spend our energy to become the people we were created to be. ‘Who Am I?’ will provide a framework to use in your journey of self-discovery and give you tools to help you grow in a deeper awareness and understanding of the path that’s right for you. Cost: $90/3 sessions. A minimum of 9 participants is needed to offer this program. Registration deadline: Oct. 4.  Information and registration PROGRAM REGISTRATION PAGE  or call (306) 242-1916 (leave a message).

 

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 (x226) for further information.

 

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.

 

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 see a list of our affiliated spiritual directors at http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=463. 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.

Announcements from OTHER community groups:

National Truth and Reconciliation Day concert – The Saskatoon Tribal Council is putting on a concert to coincide with the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in honour of residential school survivors. The Every Child Matters Community Concert will include musical performances by Gord Bamford, Charlie Major and George Canyon as well as speakers, fiddle music and drum groups. Tickets are $35 (not including processing fee); purchase at: sasktelcentre.com/events/ECM2021