Diocesan E-Bulletin for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – The Resurrection of Our Lord
* Diocesan Prayer Intention – May this Easter season be a time of hope and renewal. We pray that our Lord will bring healing to a terrible pandemic that afflicts the world. We pray for the healing of all who are sick – especially the elderly and infirm. We also pray for God’s protection for all peoples that we rely on that are on the front lines of response – especially health care workers and other service providers. May we also recommit to walking always with the Lord. (From Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s 2020 Easter Message)
Earthcare Connections Intentions – April 12, Easter Sunday
- As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection to new life, may we also cherish the new life that nature provides. We pray to the Lord.
- In early Spring, we rejoice to see signs of renewal in nature; may we keep our earth healthy so we and generations to come may also see this.We pray to the Lord.
* Easter Blessings from Bishop Mark Hagemoen and the Diocese of Saskatoon! An Easter video message from the bishop will be posted on the diocesan website as of 6:00 p.m. April 11, 2020. Find the link on the home page at: https://rcdos.ca You can also find Bishop Hagemoen’s Easter letter to the faithful at: LINK
* Live-streaming of Mass and other video and audio resources: As restrictions on public celebration of Mass continue as part of the battle to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, online live-streaming of videos of Mass will continue. Find posts online at saskatoonmass.com and on the diocesan website rcdos.ca .
In addition to online videos on websites, Facebook, and YouTube, Mass on Television is available on some cable / satellite plans. A schedule for Canadian TV broadcast of Mass is found at https://DailyTVmass.com – including on Salt+Light and on Vision TV. The EWTN American Catholic channel also broadcasts daily Mass; see: 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 of Liguori
* Divine Mercy Sunday: “Jesus I Trust in You” – Divine Mercy will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020, with Fr. Stefano Penna presiding. Watch this celebration live-streamed on the Internet, or view the videotaped archive of the Divine Mercy event at a later time. Pray along live at 3:00 p.m., and/or find the video file archived at: saskatoonmass.com on April 19. The Divine Mercy devotion is centred on the mercy of God and trust in Jesus Christ. It grew out of the revelations and writings of a Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). Divine Mercy Sunday was established in 2000 by Saint Pope John Paul II to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The devotion includes the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer. See: www.thedivinemercy.org for more information about the devotion, the prayers and the Divine Mercy image.
* Support your Parish through online Sunday Offering: Since offering envelopes are not possible at this time of no public celebrations of Mass, we ask you to support your parish community through online giving. The Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation has set up a webpage at dscf.ca/parish-offertory that allows you to direct your donation to any parish in the diocese as a one-time or recurring monthly gift. Thank you for remembering the needs of your parish at this challenging time of the COVID-19 crisis.
* Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy: During the COVID-19 crisis, patients can still receive pastoral visits from designated denominational chaplains under some circumstances. To request a visit for yourself or a loved one at Saskatoon hospitals, contact Jackie Saretsky at 306-292-5531 or Fr. Rhéal Bussière at 306-371-7125. Hospital chaplaincy is supported by your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Easter Triduum: 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 the Holy Week and Easter Triduum celebrations by a number of priests in the diocese of Saskatoon will be posted at saskatoonmass.com and on the diocesan website rcdos.ca.
Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s Triduum celebrations to be live-streamed online include:
Holy Thursday April 9
– Liturgy of the Hours with homily for the Clergy at 10 a.m. live-streamed from Holy Family Cathedral
– Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m. live-streamed from Holy Family Cathedral
Good Friday, April 10
– Service of the Passion of Our Lord at 3 p.m. live-streamed from Holy Family Cathedral
– Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Good Fridaylive-streamed from Holy Family Cathedral
Holy Saturday, April 11 – Easter Vigil Mass at 9 p.m. Holy Saturday live-streamed from Holy Family Cathedral
Easter Sunday, April 12 – Mass at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday live-streamed from St. Paul Co-Cathedral
* UNITING TOGETHER IN PRAYER:
1 Million Hours is a Face-to-Face Ministries initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe in the power of prayer. Our goal is to get as many people as possible unitedly praying for the world and collectively reach 1 Million Hours of prayer. If you have already taken time to pray for the world, you can head over to 1millionhours.ca and submit your time spent in prayer! (For updates, follow @1millionhours on Facebook).
* Help to feed the hungry – Saskatoon Friendship Inn has been forced to change its regular operations in order to meet the requirements restricting public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Friendship Inn’s free meal service has shifted to take-away only, but it is still open for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. More than ever, our neighbours in need are relying on the Friendship Inn for food, while the Inn strives to keep all guests, staff and the community safe. Financial support is needed: right now, the Friendship Inn needs cash donations to be as efficient and possible, while limiting contact through drop offs, etc. Cash donations are needed to purchase bulk and wholesale food resources. Please see friendshipinn.ca for more information about how to donate online.
* Online faith resources: In addition to live-streaming of Mass and other devotions by parishes in our diocese posted at saskatoonmass.com, there are a number of other online faith resources available during these times of physical distancing and isolation measures. These include:
* “Formed” – A Catholic online video channel – Complimentary access to “Formed” is available for the next 40-days, accessible by individuals within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon that do not currently have a “Formed” subscription through their home parish. Go to: https://formed.org/signup and enter the words “Faith At Home Saskatoon” to create an account and begin to watch videos related to faith formation and prayer.
* Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has also shared its link to the Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ religious education program. The Student Home portal grants at-home access to videos, stories, interactive activities, and songs – all grounded in the celebration of our Catholic faith, aligned with the Church’s liturgical year. Log in online at: www.pearsoncanada.ca/growinginfaith/student-home The username is: GIFGIC_student99 and the password is: Student99
* Reflections on the Sunday Readings – The diocese of Saskatoon has posted reflections on the Sunday readings for family sharing and discussion, available at: rcdos.ca/sunday-readings
* St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK online faith resources include:
- “Lord’s Day Celebration” — mealtime prayers which include a reflection on the Sunday Gospel — the booklet can be downloaded and printed on the website (which includes a video intro) at: BLOG
- Gospel Reflection by Nick Pierlot: Reflection
- TheAngelus as a family meal prayer: https://www.sttherese.ca/blog/item/393-the-angelus
* Did you know our diocese offers an online Saskatoon Catholic News page? Check out news articles, reflections and updates at news.rcdos.ca
Development and Peace Share Lent Collection –During these uncertain times of the COVID-19 crisis, Development and Peace has cancelled or postponed all of its in-person meetings and events across Canada. In an effort to provide Canadians with a way to continue to support Share Lent, a “virtual collection” will be held this year, with more information and links found online at www.devp.org. Lent is a vital time of year for Development and Peace / Caritas Canada, and so we invite you to participate in the virtual Share Lent campaign and act in solidarity with Development and Peace / Caritas Canada partners in the Global South and with the most vulnerable populations who will be all the more affected by this pandemic. This Lent give from the heart. Donate to Development and Peace today by making a DIRECTdonation:
1) Online: devp.org/give
2) By phone: 1-888-664-3387
3) By mail: 1425 Rene-Levesque Blvd W, 3rd floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 1T7
Thank you for your generosity.
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.
CWL Social Justice Award – The Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada has established a Social Justice Award. The award is intended to enable young women to engage in social justice work. Young women between the ages of 18-35 years will be eligible to receive up to one thousand dollars in one year upon application and decision of the committee. The award is open to young women between the ages of 18 and 35 years with a demonstrated involvement in social justice activities. The award may be given to one candidate or divided among qualified applicants to finance participation in a reputable social justice activity, either at home or abroad. Application deadline is April 30. For more information contact Mary Nordick at (306) 374-5612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
As part of the provincial response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many events are being CANCELLED in our parishes and communities – including:
Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal has CANCELLED events until further notice, and will close as of Friday, March 20. For more information watch the website: www.queenshouse.org
The 2020 New Evangelization Summit (NES) to be held Saturday, April 25 at the Cathedral of Holy Family in Saskatoon and at St. Mary Parish in Macklin has been CANCELLED.
Steak and Trivia Fundraiser for Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre Saturday, March 28 is CANCELLED / postponed to a later date. A message from the Pregnancy Options Centre, which is suspending all gatherings and classes: “We can still offer diapers and necessary items by arranging for clients to drop by and pick things up or by bringing supplies to them. However, our diaper stock of sizes 1 and over is very low. We would gladly receive the diapers from you at the door. Thank you for all your prayers and for your generosity, especially those who contribute regularly, we rely on your faithfulness.” For information call: 306-665-7550
Marriage Preparation Courses in the diocese are CANCELLED. – Engaged couples should speak to pastors regarding individual marriage preparation counselling. (Pastors seeking resources or more information are invited to contact Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, email@example.com (306) 659-5836.)