Diocesan Bulletin Announcements – Update Aug. 3, 2022

Diocesan Bulletin PDF - MONTH of AUGUST 2022

Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray as a diocesan family for the work of all farmers and gardeners. Creator God, keep them safe and grant a bountiful harvest and a just return. Bless as well the work of Friendship Inn, local Food Banks, Farmland Legacies, Grow Hope, Development and Peace, and all those striving to feed the hungry in our local communities and around the world.

Earthcare Connections (Prayer intentions from Farmland Legacies)

  1. For all of us as we are all called to be good stewards of the earth and sharers with others of its treasures. We pray to the Lord.
  2. May those with access to land and food share with people who lack those basic resources. We pray to the Lord.


Summer Choir Camp – Attention all children who love to sing or “think” they might love to sing! Children from across the diocese aged 7 to 12 years are welcome to attend CHOIR CAMP Aug. 17- Aug. 20 at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E., Saskatoon. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m and includes singing, games, prayer, and a snack. On the last day, the children will lead the music for 12:10 p.m. Mass, Saturday, Aug. 20. Camp directors are Katrina MacKinnon, the incoming director of the St. Paul’s Children’s Choir, and Michael Raney, choirmaster of St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral. They are excited to work with the children on developing their singing voices and learning some sacred music. For more information and registration contact Katrina MacKinnon at katrina.a.mackinnon@gmail.com.


Donations of new children’s pajamas, children’s story books and back packs – As part of a project to help fathers in prison improve parenting skills and stay connected to their families, the Office of Restorative Ministry in the diocese of Saskatoon is participating in a project to record men reading bedtime stories to send to their children. The diocesan office is seeking donations of short children’s story books and new pajamas sizes 4 to 12, to accompany the recorded bedtime stories, as well as small child backpacks to carry everything for delivery to the children.  (*Please note larger sizes of pyjamas – 10-12 are especially needed.) Monetary donations to purchase the supplies for the project are also welcome. Please drop off any donations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, during regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon / 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (closed over noon hour), or contact Dianne Anderson (306) 659-5845 for more information.


 Catholic Saskatoon News – Our diocese has an online news portal featuring local, national and international Catholic news. Go to “Catholic Saskatoon News” at https://news.rcdos.ca to check out the latest coverage, or to sign up to receive headline updates via e-mail. The diocese also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/saskatoonrcdiocese and can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SaskatoonCath


The St. Mary Parish Community Garage Sale will be held Aug. 19-20 at St. Mary Parish Hall, located on the corner of 20th Street West and Avenue O South, Saskatoon. The parish is seeking donations of clean saleable household items, such as books, toys, collectibles, kitchen wares, small electrical appliances, camping gear, garden tools, etc. Donated items may be dropped off at the parish hall beginning in August – call the parish office for more information or to inquire about pick-up: (306) 244-2983. All are invited to attend the sale at the parish hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 to find bargains (includes a lunchtime barbecue).


From Mourning to Dawn is a diocesan grief support program for widows and widowers. “From Mourning to Dawn” is an eight-week journey of transformation and healing, offering support and encouragement for bereaved spouses, led by those who have also experienced this loss. It is open to participants who have been widows/ widowers from between two months to two years.  From Mourning to Dawn will be offered in the diocese from Sept. 13 to Nov. 1, 2022, held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, located at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. (The time of the sessions is to be announced.) Cost: $35. To register or for more information, please contact Dianna Knaus at dknaus@sasktel.net or (306) 382-0535.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: St. Therese Institute of Faith and Learning at Bruno, SK is  seeking an Executive Director. Could it be you? Do you have business experience? Does the Catholic faith excite you? Does the thought of being a leader in a growing Catholic apostolate energize you? Do you dream of developing a good organization into a great one? Does the tranquility of working in a small town put a smile on your face? Then maybe your next mission is with us! Visit www.St-T.ca/Jobs or call 306-369-2555, or email employment@sttherese.ca for more information.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a Director of Administration and Finance to work as a full- time member of the leadership team reporting directly to the bishop, overseeing financial services, human resources, communications, safeguarding, information technology, building and maintenance, and migration services. For more info, e-mail: vtowriss@rcdos.ca, or phone: (306) 370-9429. See rcdos.ca/employment for the full job description.


Sts. Benedict and Scholastica Formation Program is now accepting applications for both men and women candidates for the year 2022-2023. This program aims to form young adult Catholics in pursuing holiness while living in the world. It consists of academic formation (through Saint Thomas More College or other approved program), and spiritual, human, and pastoral formation, which is provided through community living, prayer, and training in our house of formation. This program may be a period of vocation preparation and discernment and preparation for priesthood, religious life, or any form of lay vocation and ministry. Please check the diocesan website for further details: rcdos.ca/sts-benedict-and-scholastica or for more information, contact Fr. Daniel Yasinski at dyasinski@rcdos.ca or Sr. Malou Tibayan at mtibayan@rcdos.ca

Rebuilding Catholic Culture Mini-Conference Sept. 2-3 will feature Fr. Gregory Hrynkiw speaking on “Pinocchio: A Theological Tale for Our Times” at Saint Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Working from the famous Pinocchio story by Carlo Collodi, he will give four talks about what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, and reflecting upon the spiritual, moral, and even political dangers of abandoning a Christian anthropology.  Reading this tale through a theological lens helps us in contemplating the deep problems of our current state and remind us of what it means to be free and fully human. The opening keynote will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, featuring a free dessert night (free will offering).  The full-day Saturday, Sept. 3 event requires pre-registration and features an opening Mass, three talks, lunch, and a question period/social.  Cost of the full-day event is $50/person, $80/couple, and $20/student.  To reserve a ticket contact Celene Sidloski at csidloski@stmcollege.ca or phone (306) 715-1541.


CWL Clothing Depot continues to depend on donations, including: cutlery, towels, blankets, pots and pans and small appliances in good working condition. Donations may be dropped off Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the alley entrance of the Clothing Depot, 619 20th St. W., Saskatoon.


Food Pantry Appeal — The emergency food pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is seeking donations of a range of food staples, including powdered milk, peanut butter (small sizes), coffee, tea, canned beans, canned meat and fish, canned soups, pasta sauce, pasta, rice, canned vegetables, and ramen noodles (nothing out of date, please). Monetary donations permit the parish to purchase exactly what is needed to respond to those coming to the door in need. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish office is located at 426 Ave. J S., Saskatoon, phone (306) 653-4945.

Indigenous Pastoral and Lay Leader Ministry Education is a continuing education program for Catholic Indigenous and non-Indigenous clergy and lay ministers, educators and parishioners, led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships, jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Participants completing all four courses will earn an Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Certificate. The program is offered online only from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (SK time) on Tuesday afternoons, with the first of four courses “Introduction to First Nation Studies” running from Sept. 20 to Nov. 15. The fee is $200 for each course. Register and/or find reflections from previous program participants at https://rcdos.ca/indigenous-ministry-education or for more info call (306) 659- 5831.


Catholic TRC Healing Response – Bishop Mark Hagemoen has announced a diocesan five-year goal of $1.25 million to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors and their communities. The diocesan commitment will be part of a national $30-million pledge announced by the Catholic bishops of Canada, following their apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this land. See: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/


E.D. Feehan Catholic High School refugee sponsorship UPDATE – Thankfully, the sponsorship of a family fleeing extremists is going ahead! The family of one of E.D. Feehan’s students will soon arrive in Canada. Staff and students at E.D. Feehan are now turning their attention to finding and furnishing a home.

  • The sponsorship committee is looking for a three-bedroom home with rent donated or subsidized for a maximum of 12 months, until the family is settled and can afford rent on their own. If you have any suggestions regarding accommodation, rental, etc., please contact Ryan LeBlanc at rleblanc@gscs.ca
  • The committee is also seeking donations of furniture and household items, with a “wish list” posted at: https://tinyurl.com/EDFrefugee (the list includes: a king-sized bed frame, a twin bunk mattress, sheet sets and comforters, bedside table, desk and chair, dining table and chairs, tea towels, dish cloths, hand towels, face cloths, laundry hamper, laundry baskets, television, DVD player, pots, pans, sewing machine, room fans, clothing items, etc.) If you are able to help by donating household items, please contact Jocelyn D’Eon at (306) 222-9422 or deon@sasktel.net
  • To donate funds toward the sponsorship of the family, please see the Go Fund Me page at: gofundme.com/f/refugeeYXE or direct your donation through the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon Office of Migration, Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, S7S 1H1. For more information about refugee sponsorship, please e-mail the diocesan Office of Migration: migration@rcdos.ca
  • A detailed video update about the E.D. Feehan sponsorship project from teacher-chaplain Ryan LeBlanc is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMuhE7VqmG4


Book for sale – “Pilgrim Journeys” by Fr. Ralph Kleiter of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is a memoir about how the experience of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) energized and formed him as a priest and his time as director of “Ministry to Tourism” including serving as a spiritual leader on trips over five decades. The memoir includes some 120 colour photographs. Search for “Pilgrim Journeys Ralph Leo Kleiter” in your web browser to find copies for sale (hardcover, softcover or e-book) or contact the author at: (306) 262-4120 or kleiter@shaw.ca


* Rama Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St. Anthony Church, Rama, SK, will be held Aug. 14-15 to mark the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Find information at www.Ramashrine.ca

Sunday, August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 3:00 pm – Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • 3:15 pm – Stations of the Cross
  • 4:30 pm – Supper (book by Aug. 2 at 306-593-6120)
  • 6:00 pm – Marian hymns
  • 6:00 pm- 7:45 pm – Individual confessions
  • 8:00 pm – Mass with Archbishop Don Bolen

Monday, August 15 – Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • 8:30 am – Morning devotional prayers to Mary in Polish
  • 9:00 am – Mass in Polish
  • 10:00 am – Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite
  • 11:30 a.m. – Mass with anointing of the sick, Blessing for plenary indulgence


* St. Philomena Walking Pilgrimage 2022 –   The 4th annual St. Philomena Walking Pilgrimage is scheduled for Aug. 11 to Aug. 14, 2022. This is a supported walk; rest stops and meals are provided and a trailer carries camping supplies between nightly stops. Pilgrims are invited to join in all of the walk, a few steps, or anything in between. Registration deadline is Aug 4..The pilgrimage starts at St Mary Parish in Yorkton on Aug. 11, and it ends at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at Rama on Aug. 14. For more information and to see about changes for this year, visit the website at www.stphilomena.ca/, which includes a link to a video about the event (also on YouTube at https://youtu.be/gnzGV2zcN0A ) or telephone Dave or Bev at (306) 728-5525.


The Spiritual Motherhood of Priests is a new apostolate for any interested women in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. In 2007, the Congregation of the Clergy, with approval of Pope Benedict XVI, invited women to adopt priests as their “spiritual sons” and to pray for them constantly, particularly before the Blessed Sacrament. As part of the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests, women try to imitate our Blessed Mother Mary, the first Mother of Priests, in her humility and sacrifice. In a life-long commitment, every woman who joins the Spiritual Motherhood of Priests is given the name of one priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to adopt as her “spiritual son,” promising to anonymously pray daily for him, as well as to pray for him during a weekly hour of Eucharistic Adoration, and to make sacrifices to help her priest-son give himself to God more perfectly as shepherd of his flock. All women – single, married, widowed, consecrated religious – are welcome to discern this apostolate of prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification and support of our priests. Find out more at https://rcdos.ca/smop or contact Jacqueline Saretsky at smop@rcdos or calling (306) 659-5839.


Mark your calendar for CHAS Convention 2022 – The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan Convention will be held Thursday Oct. 27 to Friday Oct. 28, 2022 at Queen’s House of Retreats, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. The theme of this year’s convention is: Hospitality: The Link That Builds Community. For more information visit CHASSk.ca


Mark your calendars – Lay Formation Alumni Farewell Fall Gathering will be held Oct. 28 and 29, 2022 at Queen’s House, Saskatoon featuring special guest Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI. Starts Friday evening Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and continues all day Saturday, Oct. 29, including presentations, prayer, and a final AGM to dissolve the Lay Formation Alumni. Save the date.

Kindergarten Registration for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is now open with in-person open houses or information sessions. Hands-on learning will give your child the foundation they need to learn math concepts, build their language skills, develop a love of reading and writing, and grow in their love of God and neighbour. You can also learn more about our language options (French immersion, Ukrainian bilingual, Cree bilingual, Michif) and our fine arts school. Children must be five years old on or before Jan. 31, 2023, to start school in September 2022 (for Martensville, Warman, Biggar and Humboldt, five years old on or before Dec. 31, 2022). To learn more or to find a Catholic school near you, visit www.gscs.ca.


School reunion: Class of 1972 50th Reunion planning committee invites former students and staff of Miller Composite High School in Reginia to a reunion celebration to be held Sept. 2-4, 2022. If interested, email your contact information to:  miller1972alumni@gmail.com.


Seeking ways to help those who are fleeing to Canada from war-torn Ukraine? The Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan was established in 1972 and is the provincial council of the national UCC. The UCC represents and serves nearly 150 cultural and other Ukrainians grassroots organizations throughout the province. UCC Saskatchewan has also been engaged with the settlement of Ukrainians and other newcomers for well over 15 years. UCC Saskatchewan currently has five staff members in both Regina and Saskatoon who are working to settle arriving displaced Ukrainians together with Saskatchewan’s many settlement agencies. To receive updates and/or find out about a range of ways to help, please visit the UCC website: https://www.ucc.sk.ca/

A Prayer for Ukraine:  God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children at risk and in fear that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus the Prince of Peace. Amen. (Prayer from Congregation Leadership Team of Notre Dame de Sion / Sisters of Our Lady of Sion)

Help for Ukraine – Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) – The Ukrainian bishops of Canada are working together with their churches to join CNEWA’s campaign to provide humanitarian relief in Ukraine: https://cnewa.org/campaigns/ukraine/


Scam Alert – 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.). 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 welcomes you!

Queen’s House programming combines in-person and online events using Zoom.

Address: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon; Phone: 306-242-1916;

E-mail: programming@queenshouse.org; Website: https://www.queenshouse.org/


Masks are encouraged for all our indoor common spaces. Physical distancing and hand sanitizing remain considerations. Monitor your personal health – if you feel ill, please stay home. We are encouraged that guests and visitors have completed COVID-19 vaccinations. All staff are fully COVID-19 vaccinated. We are a scent-free facility. Thank you for helping us to keep everyone as healthy as possible.


Centering Prayer – All are welcome to gather in-person at Queen’s House or virtually on Zoom on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Until Sept. 5 this gathering will consist of a 20-minute sit only. As of Monday Sept. 12, this group will resume meeting from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., enjoying a 20-minute sit, with additional insights regarding contemplation and centering prayer from the great teachers part of every evening, along with a time for small group sharing. Fee: $10/evening. Register online at https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/  to receive the Zoom invitation/let us know that you will be coming in person. For further information call (306) 242-1916, Extension 222.


* 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, with the next event held Tuesday, Aug. 9. Please contact Brendan Bitz for additional details and to register your attendance: (306) 242-1916, extension 225.


* Beautiful Writing: Calligraphy for Beginners will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. This short introduction to Calligraphy is for those of you who have always wanted to try calligraphy or are just curious about how it works. Fee: $60. Registration deadline: Aug. 24. Register online at https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/ or call (306) 242-1916.


Bereaved Caregivers: Living Through Loss is a support group held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Contact facilitator Brenda Gibbs at (306) 227-7323 for information and registration. 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. Group meets on six Wednesday afternoons, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 – Oct. 19; repeated Oct. 26 – Nov. 30. Fee: $150. Registration deadline: Sept. 12.


Soul Music: A Retreat of Music Making and Listening for Every Soul  will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, with facilitator Stephanie Tillman. The Soul Music retreat is an opportunity to be renewed by immersion in music making and listening. Part music appreciation, part meditation and part fun, we will sing and play our hearts out, participate in free and guided listening, learn how to use music as a spiritual practice to inspire body movement and prayer, and explore the role music has in our personal stories and how it continues to shape our identities. This retreat is open to all; experience with reading or making music of any kind is not required. Fee: $95 – includes lunch. Registration deadline: Sept. 13. Register online at https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/ or call (306) 242-1916.


Did Jesus Practice what He Preached? A Christ-centred Look at the Beatitudes will be held online via Zoom on three Wednesdays, October 5, 12 and 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., repeated 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with facilitator: Sr. Teresita Kambeitz OSU. In Matthew 5:1-10, Jesus presents lofty teachings on “detoxing the heart” (as described by Valerie Mason-John) and living freely from within as God’s Beloved.  Reflecting on some actions of Jesus, we will consider ways in which Jesus put the Beatitudes into practice, and discover opportunities to follow his example in our own lives. Fee: $90. Registration deadline: Oct. 3. Register online at https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/ or call (306) 242-1916.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: If you are interested in having a mentor and companion to accompany you on your spiritual journey contact Sr. Adeline Behm: 306-242-1916 x228 / email spiritualdirection@queenshouse.org or visit our website  https://www.queenshouse.org/spiritual-direction/ to see a list of our affiliated spiritual directors. In-person and online meetings are available.


CURRENT FUNDRAISERS: It’s Curtains for Queen’s House! (Please take this literally…not figuratively!) – It’s time to freshen up our bedrooms at Queen’s House with new curtains! You can help by donating toward the $100/room budget. Visit our donation page https://www.queenshouse.org/donate-today/ and select “Curtains” in the drop-down menu, or send us a cheque marked “Curtains” to Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon SK S7M 0C9.