June 21, 2020 – Diocesan Bulletin Announcements for 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Bulletin PDF

* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We give thanks as a diocesan family for the gift of our Treaty relationships as we mark National Indigenous Peoples Day. Creator God, we ask you to guide us to deeper peace, justice, and solidarity, as we walk together as your children.

Earthcare Connections Intentions – June 21, 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

  1. May Christ’s promise to be with us to the end of time inspire us to do all we can to care for the Earth.We pray to the Lord.
  2. For our leaders, both civic and religious; may they respond with wisdom and action to the COVID-19 situation. We pray to the Lord.


New Announcements:


* A Summer Retreat with Fr. Ron Rolheiser OMI in July on Zoom

You are warmly welcome to join people from around the world as we enjoy Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s summer retreat – this year being offered on Zoom by Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre in Saskatoon. For complete information including the retreat schedule please visit this webpage: http://www.queenshouse.org/?page_id=7913  There are two options for you to consider:

  1. Option One: Monday evening only, July 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Topic: Faith, Doubt and Darkness: Understanding the Dynamics of Belief and Doubt Beyond the Fervor of Youth$25. To register on-line go to https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=101:2:24493461031851::::PROGRAM_ID:7784 To register by phone call 306-242-1916
  2. Option Two: The complete retreat – Monday evening, July 6, 7:00 p.m. – Thursday July 9, 11:30 a.m. – Topic for Tuesday-Thursday: Naming the Present Moment of our Faith: Searching for Nurturing Metaphors in a Time of Receding Transcendence$100 per screen – any additional participants are invited to give a donation to Queen’s House. To register for the full retreat go to https://qh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=101:2:24493461031851::::PROGRAM_ID:7782

To offer a donation for more than one participant go to https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E340905QE&id=2  To register or donate by phone call 306-242-1916

Are you new to Zoom? Contact Sarah Donnelly, Program Director, and she will assist you in using this platform: 306-242-1916 extension: 226. Zoom can be used with a computer with a camera and microphone, tablet or phone.


* Knights of Columbus’ Blackstrap Youth Camp T-Shirt Fundraiser – Blackstrap Youth Camp has officially launched their very first T-Shirt fundraiser for the 2020 summer! This a unique opportunity to pick up some BYC camp apparel while supporting the summer camp. Camp apparel can be purchased at blackstrapyouthcamp.myeshop.ca. Deadline to purchase through the fundraiser is July 17, 2020. All orders will be processed online and mailed directly to your door. Head to the website and help support your favourite summer camp and grab some sweet camp apparel too!


* The weekly Diocesan Bulletin announcements will be taking a summer break 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 https://news.rcdos.ca   


Previous Announcements:


* There is still time to donate to the Priests’ Pension & Retirement Fund.   Our retired priests have given their lives in service to us – the people of our diocese.  They have faithfully led our parish communities, preaching God’s word and celebrating the sacraments.  If you haven’t already, please consider a gift to the Priests’ Pension & Retirement Fund to the extent that you are able.  Please know that our retired priests and the Catholic Foundation will be extremely grateful for gifts of any amount.  Donations can be made online at https://dscf.ca/priest-pension-fund/ or by cheque to Priests’ Pension & Retirement Fund, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon SK, S7S 1H1.  Thank you for your consideration of a gift to this important fund.


* CWL CLOTHING DEPOT – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CWL Clothing Depot remains temporarily closed for shopping, drop off and Thursday pickups. We appreciate your support and will resume our services when it is safe to reopen.


* 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.


* Grow Hope Saskatchewan 2020!  “Building a bigger table….”  Become a Virtual Farmer with Grow Hope Saskatchewan by sponsoring acreage to help feed hungry people around the world. This year, when you sponsor an acre before June 30, 2020, Grow Hope Saskatchewan will send you a packet of flax seed (courtesy of SaskFlax) to grow from home. To learn more and to donate visit Grow Hope on Facebook at GrowHopeSK/ or visit the fresh new website at www.growhopesk.ca . You can also send a cheque to the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation. Marking it “Attention: Grow Hope 2020” and mailing to the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1. For more information contact Myron at mrogal@rcdos.ca . Find out more and meet this year’s farmers, including Michelle and Brian Hergott of Bruno, SK at: www.growhopesk.ca

How it works: Generous farmers in Saskatchewan have donated land and agreed to grow a crop for Grow Hope Saskatchewan. It costs $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 (CFGB). The proceeds from the sale of the crop can be as much as $500 per acre. The government of Canada matches funds up to 4:1, creating a total contribution of up to $762,500 on 305 acres. That’s $2,500 per acre! In other words, a donation of $300 can grow in value up to $500, and then be matched up to $2,500 per acre. That’s like spinning straw into gold to create a world without hunger and full of hope! During the growing season, sponsors will receive field updates along with resources to help you learn more about farming and hunger in the developing world.


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 Saskatoon – Public 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 https://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 https://saskatoonmass.com

“Each one of us is called to be faithful and caring members of the Body of Christ as we expand activities in our parishes.” – Bishop Hagemoen

Watch for further updates at https://rcdos.ca/covid-19-updates  and in news items posted at Catholic Saskatoon News online at  https://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: https://saskatoonmass.com and on the diocesan website https://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 https://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


Help Feed the Hungry: St Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Ave., Saskatoon, has a drop-off for foods and other items for the Friendship Inn and the Food Bank. The outside church door is open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 4pm. There is a table inside for all donations. Thank you for your generosity.


* St Angela Merici Residence is seeking a compassionate and experienced caregiver for casual day and evening shifts.  A successful candidate would have the Personal Support Worker’s certificate, First-Aid/CPR and clear Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check as well as a heart for serving seniors with dignity and patience, along with excellent communication skills. Please send resume to Shannon at stangmerici@sasktel.net


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.


* School registration for 2020-21 school year – Greater 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


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


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


* Friday prayer to the Sacred Heart / Heart of Jesus campaign – During the COVID-19 epidemic, Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for Fridays to be a day of prayer and fasting in our diocese. The initiative includes a prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a “Heart of Jesus” campaign for all who are providing care and services during the pandemic. See: https://rcdos.ca/heart-of-jesus


* 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 https://1millionhours.ca and submit your time spent in prayer! (For updates, follow @1millionhours on Facebook).


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 on the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation website (www.dscf.ca). Reasons why giving us updated information is essential are:

  1. 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 https://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.


* Public gatherings are restricted, but our parishes and our Catholic Church go on! Prayer and outreach continue, though modified by the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, without Sunday collections, many of our parishes are struggling to meet expenses — please consider electronic giving at this difficult time! For more information call Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 or cgilje@dscf.ca or give online at: https://dscf.ca/parish-offertory


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.


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 https://friendshipinn.ca for more information about how to donate online.


* 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.


NOTE: 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, mjackson@rcdos.ca (306) 659-5836.)


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.