Diocesan Bulletin – Summer edition for August 2020

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* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray for all the faithful in our diocese, that we all will remain steadfast in our commitment to pray and to worship Our Lord. Holy Spirit: please inspire in all of the baptized a renewed commitment to grow closer to Jesus Christ and to proclaim the Gospel.

Earthcare Connections Intentions – August 9, 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

  1. God speaks to us through nature. May we attend to God’s voice in all aspects of nature. We pray to the Lord.
  2. For all who suffer from natural disasters and illness. We pray to the Lord.

New Announcements:

The weekly Diocesan Bulletin announcements are taking a summer break, with only occasional updates in July and August. Please watch for new editions of the Diocesan Bulletin in the fall. In the meantime, please follow the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon on Facebook and/or Twitter. You are also invited to visit Catholic Saskatoon News, our online diocesan news page at news.rcdos.ca   


* Thank you for supporting your parish during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency! Online Parish Offertory is still available at dscf.ca/parish-offertory/  for those who have not yet returned to Mass, but wish to continue to support their parish. You may also support any diocesan ministry that speaks to your heart at dscf.ca/designated-ministry-support/ .  Blessings and many thanks for your gifts!


* Saskatoon CWL Clothing Depot, 619 20th Street W. Saskatoon, Sask. UPDATE! Summer 2020: The CWL Clothing Depot will now be open to receive donations of good used clothing and household items on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.  Please bring your donations to the back door of the Clothing Depot, which is located at 619-20th Street, Saskatoon. At this time there will not be weekly collections done throughout the city by the Clothing Depot driver– we need you to bring your donations to us. Thank you. Please watch for further information as we work towards opening the CWL Clothing Depot in a safe and timely manner. Thank you for your patience and your on-going support of the Clothing Depot.


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



* Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education is a continuing education program for Catholic Indigenous and non-Indigenous clergy and lay ministers, led by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors, modelling respectful and reconciling relationships. The program is jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St. Thomas More College and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.

The Indigenous Ministry Education courses reflect the following:

  • An overview of the features of Indigenous peoples in western Canada, with specific reference to the Saskatchewan context.
  • An overview of the history and features of contact and relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples with specific reference to the Roman Catholic Church experience.
  • Creation of a dialogue between Indigenous and Christian world views.
  • Insight into the history that has shaped the complex nature of the relationships in the present day.
  • Provide mutual sharing and hope for a respectful and harmonious future as children of God, who together seek beauty and good of all.

Why take the program?

  • To participate in a concerted effort to answer the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call 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.

Who should take this program?

Clergy / Lay ecclesial ministers / Catechists / Catholic school teachers / Youth / Family ministry leaders

Schedule and Registration:

  • Course 1 – Sept. 22 to Nov. 20, 2020 – nine weeks / 18 hours – one meeting a week is held on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Course 2 – Jan. 11 to March 12, 2021
  • Course 3 – March 29 to May 28, 2021
  • Course 4 – Sept. 20 to Nov. 19, 2021

COST: $200 per course. To register or for further information, please contact programs@rcdos.ca

or telephone 306-659-5831, or visit rcdos.ca/indigenous-ministry-education


* Job opportunity: Saint Anne Parish (Saskatoon) in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a part-time Communications and Office Coordinator (21 hours per week). This person will coordinate parish communications through website, bulletin, social media etc., and fulfill office coordinator duties such as recording keeping, answering phones and emails, and meeting visitors. Application deadline is Aug. 21, with flexible start dates for late September. For more information, visit saintannes.ca/careers/


* Employment Opportunity:  St. Thomas More College Administrative Assistant in the Office of the President (FT permanent) – St. Thomas More College, the Catholic liberal arts college federated with the University of Saskatchewan, is seeking a professional Permanent Full-time Confidential Administrative Assistant to provide executive level administrative and clerical support. Qualifications: Relevant post-secondary certificate or diploma in office administration or equivalent from a recognized college or technical school is required plus 5 years of relevant experience. University education would be an asset. St. Thomas More College offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits commensurate with education, training and experience. For more information on this position, please visit the St. Thomas More College website at www.stmcollege.ca Apply by emailing a résumé complete with cover letter and three references to: cyuzwa@stmcollege.ca. Application review will commence on August 4, 2020. Applicant consideration will continue until a suitable candidate has been appointed.  [St. Thomas More College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to Employment Equity. Members of Designated Groups (women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications.]


Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal

* A Sacred Journey – The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life: Ignatian 19th Annotation -A unique spiritual journey offered online via Zoom video on Sunday evenings, from September 2020 to May 2021 with Dianne Mantyka and additional spiritual directors. Application deadline: Monday August 31. NOTE: This program qualifies as a pre-requisite for the Queen’s House Spiritual Direction Formation Program. A Sacred Journey is a transformative retreat experience within daily life that will inform and guide you in the midst of current realities – concerning God’s design, God’s unconditional love, and your own life story connecting with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This journey will help you grow in discernment and intimacy with God in everyday life:

  • Deepen your prayer life and your relationship with God.
  • Grow in contemplative prayer and encounter God through scripture.
  • Become acquainted with Jesus and follow in Christ’s way.

This journey calls for a commitment to:

  • Daily prayer /journaling of 1 to 1.5 hours .
  • Group Spiritual Direction, sharing and input on Zoom.
  • Meet with a Spiritual Director biweekly.

Cost: $400,  plus the cost of 15 bi-weekly spiritual direction sessions (suggested fee $40-75/hr)

For more information contact Dianne Mantyka at dimantyka@sasktel.net or see the website: LINK


* Serena Saskatchewan is an organization that teaches the Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning (NFP). Serena Saskatchewan relies on generous volunteers and donors to keep this healthy, safe, effective, and affordable method of NFP available to couples.

  • Want to take a class to learn Serena?
  • Are you interested in teaching others NFP?
  • Do you have some time or talent to offer and have a desire to serve on the Board of Directors?
  • Want to help out with or attend oSerena’s next event?
  • Would you be willing to support Serena Saskatchewan financially with a donation?

Please contact us if you said yes to any of those questions! Email sask@serena.ca or call/text (306) 934-8223 for more information.


* Bible QuizzingYouth in grades 7-12 are invited to join a Catholic Bible Quizzing team in the fall. The team will be memorizing verses from the book of Matthew this coming year, and competing in ecumenical competitive Quizzing Meets organized by the Alliance Church. The program will run digitally or in person depending on the public health recommendation as the 2020-2021 year progresses. Any interested quizzers or parents can contact Leah Perrault by phone or text at (306) 291-3458 for more information.


Update your contact information with the Catholic Foundation –

Have you moved lately? Changed your Marital Status? Changed your Name? Attending a new Parish? You can update your personal information on a secure and confidential area of the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation website (dscf.ca).

There are a number of reasons to provide updated contact information:

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

Update your information online at dscf.ca/content/update-your-contact-info

or contact: Melissa Anaetoh, Development Assistant: (306) 659-5850, manaetoh@dscf.ca

Please note that all updated information is shared back with your parish.

We do not sell your information or use any of your information outside of the confines of church ministry, programs, and church business for and in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and/or the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation.


* Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle – All are invited to a Cenacle Holy Hour, which consists of adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, at 3 pm. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For info, call Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


Previous Announcements


* 8th Annual Serena Saskatchewan “Run for the Family” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 starting at 10 a.m. at Meewasin Park North in Saskatoon. Choose from 1-km, 3-km, or 5-km events (run, walk, and strollers welcome). Prizes will be given to the first few who register. Serena Saskatchewan is also looking for race day volunteers and donations (items to place in the participants’ goodie bags, door prizes, and post race snacks). Register for the events online – www.events.runningroom.com/site/17097/


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


St. Therese School of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK: “Education makes us raise questions, keeps us from being anaesthetists by banality, and impels us to pursue meaning in life. We need to reclaim our right not to be sidetracked by the many sirens that nowadays distract us from this pursuit” – Pope Francis, Christus Vivit 223. What are you looking for? Join St. Therese for a nine-month live-in faith formation program and pursue a deeper understanding in areas such as theology, philosophy, morality, sacred scripture, and more. www.sttherese.ca/ApplyToday .


* COVID-19 update in the Diocese of SaskatoonPublic celebration of Mass, as well as other gatherings and sacraments will gradually resume in the Roman Catholic of Saskatoon, according to a message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen released May 15. Find the bishop’s letter posted at rcdos.ca/covid-19-updates  Numbers attending Mass or other celebrations will be subject to all provincial health directives, including strict restrictions on numbers attending and requirements for physical distancing. The availability of Mass and the process may vary from parish-to-parish depending on local situations. Please visit individual parish websites or call local parish offices for more information about times, restrictions and process for attending public celebrations during this interim period. Please note the following points:

  • A general dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass will remain in effect.
  • Personal distancing must be consistently practiced.
  • Liturgical changes will be in place with respect to celebrating Mass and receiving Holy Communion.
  • There will still be a risk for anyone who attends a public Mass or enters a public space.

At first parishioners may not be able to attend Mass on a regular basis. Please note that live-streaming of Mass will continue. Find live-streamed celebrations by a number of priests in our diocese posted at saskatoonmass.com

Watch for further updates at rcdos.ca/covid-19-updates  and in news items posted at Catholic Saskatoon News online at  news.rcdos.ca


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

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


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


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

You can also find the diocese of Saskatoon on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saskatoonrcdiocese

or on Twitter: @saskatooncath.


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


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


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