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Diocesan Bulletin announcements - August 2018 summer edition

 Diocesan Bulletin announcements - Summer 2018 edition - Aug. 12, 2018

Diocesan Prayer Intention for Sunday, Aug. 12

We pray as a diocesan family that persecuted Christians throughout the world may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church. We pray to the Lord. 

Earthcare Connections – Aug. 12

  1. Walk with us that we may act with justice, tender love, and humility. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Open our minds to see clearly, to voice truth gently, to transform suffering wisely, to share resources generously. We pray to the Lord.


The Diocesan Bulletin takes a break over the summer months please note that diocesan bulletin announcements will return on a weekly basis in September. For posting events on the diocesan web calendar, or for more information please contact Kiply Yaworski in the communications office at (306) 659-5944.


* An Evening of Prayer and Reflection in the Spirit Of the Marian Movement of Priests

When: Thursday, September 27th, 2018, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral

720 Spadina Cr. East, Saskatoon, SK

Guided by: Fr. Laurent Larroque, General Director of the MMP world-wide

Contact: Edna Evans (306) 382-1680./


* Teen-Aid Employment Opportunity- Teen-Aid Saskatoon is seeking a chastity educator for the 2018-2019 school year, to make chastity presentations to Grades 6-12 students in approximately 45 Saskatoon-area schools. For more information contact Shawna Sparrow at


* Youth “Anchor” Program: Gr. 10-12 - Pure Witness Ministries “Anchor” program is an intentional discipleship program for Grades 10-12.  Come together weekly this fall with other Catholic youth seeking to grow more in their faith!  Be formed as leaders in the Church through faith formation, outreach, and community. Growth in personal relationship with God and others, and outreach skills such as drama, music, speaking, and leading small groups. Leaders at the Pure Witness Family Camp 2019.  Girls’/Guys’ nights, fun activities, and more!  Limited spots available.  Registration and more info: or for information call (306) 717-7868. Deadline to register is Sept.10.


* Young Adult “Reach” Program: 18-25 Year Olds Pure Witness Ministries “Reach” program is an intentional discipleship program for young adults, ages 18-25.  Come together weekly this fall with other Catholic young adults seeking to grow more in their faith and who are eager to be a missionary and reach out to those in their own city and community! Be formed as leaders in the Church through faith formation, outreach, and community. Growth in personal relationship with God and others, and outreach skills. Registration and more info: for information call (306) 717-7868. Deadline to register is Sept. 10.


St. Francis Xavier Parish has 3 TOA SL150 speakers in good condition, with mounting brackets, available for purchase at $50 each. Please contact Judy Gatin at 306-653-5126 or


* The 7th Annual Pure Witness Garage Sale Fundraiser will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes parish on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, August 23-25.  We are looking for donations of all kind: Household items, toys, sports equipment, furniture, books, clothes, collectibles, anything that you've been wanting to get rid of, we are happy to receive!  All proceeds from the Garage Sale go towards the mission of Pure Witness Ministries. There is a STORAGE BIN available in the back at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on 12th St. and Wiggins.  There will be a combination lock on it, so please contact Laura for the code: Email or Text or call (306) 717-7868.


* Diocesan CWL executive meeting will be heldMonday, Sept. 10, 2018at St Patrick’s Parish, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon SK., beginning with Mass at 9:30 a.m. followed by our meeting. Lunch is a free will offering. All are welcome. All Council Presidents or their designate and Core Executive Members are members of the executive. We encourage all councils to be represented and bring as many of your members who are able to attend. We would love to see as many members as possible in attendance.Your Diocesan executive needs your input. Any inquiries?Call Ingrid Eggerman, Saskatoon Diocesan President at 306-287-3780 or email


* Creating Connections: Celebrating Religious Diversity in the Arts(September 27-28, 2018) is the first event in the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s fall schedule.

We kick off the event at the Remai Modern on Thursday, Sept. 27 with “An Evening with Yann Martel”.

Friday, September 28 we will spend the day at Queen’s House learning from our plenary speakers, local artist, Kevin Peeace and Dr. Justin Jaron Lewis of Winnipeg.

Kevin is a member of the Yellowquill and Peter Chapman First Nations.  He has used his talent and education not only to create his beautiful, colourful works but also to work collaboratively within the school system.

 Dr. Lewis is a spiritual Jewish storyteller (Maggid) and will share some traditional tales with us.  His interests are varied, ranging from 16th century Yiddish texts to modern Judaism.

There will be shorter sessions throughout the day providing a wide variety of learning opportunities.

For more information email: programs@pcecumenism.caor call 306-653-1633


* Serena Run for the Family -Bring the whole family to Serena Saskatchewan’s seventh annual Run for the Family on Saturday, Sept. 15 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Meewasin Park North in Saskatoon. Choose from 1-km, 3-km, or 5-km (run, walk, strollers welcome). Pledges can be collected in support of SERENA; prizes awarded (20% of collection). Register by Aug. 25 for early bird rates; family rate available. To register, visit (races – province SK –search by date or name) or for more information contact Serena Saskatchewan at 306-934-8223.


Curling Fun- Attention: More curlers needed for fun and fellowship on every Wednesday evening at 8:45 pm. The Saskatoon Church Curling Leaguewould like to invite anyone who is interested to come and curl with us every week from October – March at the Granite Curling Club. You can join us as a team or as an individual and we will find a team for you. All skill levels are welcome. Please call Glade Penner at 306-955-1009 or email him at for more information.


* Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Saskatoon is seeking food donations for their emergency pantry, to help needy families.  Hunger does not take the summer off! Without your generous donations, the pantry service cannot continue, and may have to close for the summer. The need is becoming greater, and the food on hand is very limited. Thank you for stepping up and helping those in great need! Donations can be dropped off at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s office at 426 Avenue J, Saskatoon — please call first to ensure someone is there (306) 653-4945.


* From Mourning to Dawn,the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowersbegins a new session on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Mourning to Dawn facilitators (who have themselves 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. This program is open to participants who have been widows/widowers between 2 months and 2 years. Sessions are held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road) on eight consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 11, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The cost is $35. For more information or to register, please contact Dianna Knaus at  (306) 382-0535.


* Become a farmer for a day, as well as meet and have your picture taken with an Olympian!  Cindy Klassen, six-time medalist will be present at a Grow Hope field day on Saturday, Aug. 25. The day will begin at noon with a free hot lunch in the park adjacent to the Rosthern Food Bank. Learning stations will include a tour of Saskatchewan’s 7thlargest food bank, photo opportunities with Cindy Klassen and a field visit where you can see acres grown to alleviate world hunger.For more information for this no-cost, all-ages event contact Myron Rogal at 659-5841. or go to


* St. LaurentPilgrimage for the Feast of Assumption Aug. 15, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, at St. Laurent, SK. 12 km directly east of Duck Lake on grid road; or take the road from the statue landmark on Highway 11. Pilgrimage schedule:

Wednesday - August 15  - Feast of Assumption

6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Priests available for confessions

3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Adoration (grotto)          

6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Marian prayer / Rosary  (grotto)

6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Talk by Fr. Mark Blom OMI

7:30 p.m. - Mass and candlelight procession

Saturday - September 8 – Birthday of Blessed Virgin Mary

4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Priests available for confessions

6 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Exposition / Divine Mercy Chaplet/ Presentation of Roses

6:15 - 7  p.m. -Talk by Fr. Milan Sojonas

7 p.m. - Mass, closing procession.

Throughout the summer:At the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine site at St. Laurent, SK, Eucharist is celebrated at 4 p.m. every Sunday in the summer, from July 8 to Sept. 2.


* Vigil of the Assumption at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Anthony Church, Rama, Sk.- One-day bus pilgrimage from Saskatoon to celebrate the Vigil of the Assumption at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Anthony Church, Rama, Sk. is being offered on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Bus pick up will be at 12 noon at St Patrick Church, 3339 Centennial Crescent, Saskatoon, and at 12:30 p.m. at Market Mall, Saskatoon; bus arrives in Rama at 4:15 p.m., supper is held in hall at 5 p.m. ($13, prebook by Aug. 1 or bring your own food); hymns of praise to Mary at 6 p.m. (Yorkton Filipino Choir); confessions from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Mass celebrated at 8 p.m., followed by Living Rosary, candlelight procession, Veneration of First Class Relic of Saint John Paul II; board bus to Saskatoon at 10 p.m., arriving back approximately 1:30 a.m. Tickets for bus: $25; priests are free. Call Terry at 306-382-6772 or email to book your seat.


* Rama Pilgrimageto Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Rama, SK, will be held August 14-15. The schedule includes:

Tuesday, August 14

5:00 p.m. - Supper (tickets: 306-593-6120)

6:00 p.m.- Hymns of praise to Mary

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. - Priests available for confessions

8:00 p.m. - Mass / followed by rosary/candlelight procession / Eucharistic adoration until midnight

Wednesday - August 15 – Feast of the Assumption of Mary

8:30 a.m. - Morning devotional, prayer in Polish     

9:00 a.m.  - Polish Mass        

10:00 a.m. - Divine Liturgy in Ukrainian

11:00 a.m. - Stations of the Cross/  Anointing of Sick

12:15 p.m. – Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon presiding.

For more information about pilgrimages in Saskatchewan, see the diocesan website at: — click the photo link on the home page – or call the diocesan communications office at (306) 659-5844.


* Retrouvaille helps hurting marriages!When couples experience difficulties in their marriage, they often feel alone; like there is no one who can help them. The Retrouvaille team cares about your marriage. Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce. For confidential information about or to register for the Oct.12th-14th, 2018 weekend in Saskatoon, call (306) 652-7155 or email:


Announcements continuing from last week


* Donations of new children’s pajamas and children’s 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 recording men reading bedtime stories to send to their children. The office is also seeking donations of new pajamas sizes 4 to 12, to accompany the bedtime stories, as well as small child backpacks (perhaps featuring popular themes such as Dora, Disney, Star Wars, super heroes, etc.) to carry the story DVD recordings and new pajamas. Please drop off 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 and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or contact Dianne Anderson (306) 659-5845 for more information.


Diocesan Library Materials- The Resource Centre at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Saskatoon will close for the summer on July 1, 2018 and will reopen for public and parish use Sept. 3, 2018.


Queen’s House of Retreats601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. • Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email:• Website: 

Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:

  • Centering Prayer:Monday evenings 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2ndTuesday/month, 11, 7 a.m. $10.
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons:One Friday a month - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration: Fourth Monday of the month, from 12 noon, Monday to Tuesday, noon.

Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet? Consider Queen’s House! To inquire about booking Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, contact our Bookings Coordinator Pauline Henry directly at (306) 242-1925 or by email at bookings@queenshouse.orgor by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist@queenshouse.orgfor details.


* Queen's House SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FORMATION PROGRAM - ASpiritual Direction Formation Program will be offered from January 2019 through to July 2020 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. This ecumenical program invites spiritual transformation and personal growth while equipping participants to companion with others on their spiritual journey. Topics include prayer and discernment, contemplative prayer, faith stages, eco-spirituality, the mystics as guides, Biblical spirituality, the spirituality of the Psalms, art as spiritual expression, dreams, grief and loss, intimacy/sexuality, bio-spiritual focusing, 12-step spirituality, co-dependency, Ignatian spirituality, ecumenism, First Nations spirituality, and social justice, as well as a six-day silent Ignatian retreat practicum. Beginning with an extended weekend orientation retreat in January 2019, the live-in Spiritual Direction Formation Program runs from Friday evenings to Saturday evenings once a month, concluding in July 2020.  Pre-requisites include regularly seeing a spiritual director, taking the Introduction to the Enneagram program (offered at Queen’s House), and completion of an intensive spiritual retreat (such as the seven-day silent directed retreat beginning June 29 at Queen’s House, or a 19th Annotation or 30-day Ignatian Retreat, or other equivalent.) Co-Directors are Bishop Gerald Wiesner, Gisele Bauche and Dianne Mantyka. The deadline to apply for the program is Aug. 31, 2018.Cost is $5,800, which includes tuition, as well as room and board (there is a schedule for spreading payments over the duration of the program). For more information or to apply contact Dianne Mantyka at or (306) 514-2193.


AND SO WE WAIT: Our Spiritual Journey of Transformation:A Retreat for Women will be held from Friday, November 16 at 7 pm until Sunday, November 18 after lunch, facilitated by Sarah Donnelly and held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Cost is $180 and includes program, lunches and supper (enrichments available). Register by calling Queen's House (306) 242-1916 or email


CHAS Convention– Mark your calendars for Oct. 22-23, 2018, when the 75th Annual Convention of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) which will be held at Saskatoon Inn. For more informationregarding the conference or to register, contact the CHAS office at 306-955-CHAS (2427), or

The first CHAS keynote, Sr. Nuala Kenny, OC, MD, FRCP will help us to focus on Jesus as our “True North”. Sr. Nuala will reflect on the journey of change and the inevitable questions we all face regarding health, illness, suffering, and dying. Sr. Nuala will provide a spiritual and biblical reflection to this by linking Jesus’ own experience of suffering and death with real-life stories about patients. She will be followed by Dr. Tracy Trothen, who will share her expertise on Why Values Matter and How Do We Know What’s Right with a focus on moral distress. Dr. Trothen will lead us through an interactive exploration of values and explore the reality of moral distress, and what happens when we find our values compromised. Finally, we are privileged to have the opportunity to hear Gregg Brown, MSC, CTDP, who will lead us to his interactive, powerful, mission-focused session on Learning Resilence, Leading Change. Brown will provide his participants with a unique perspective in order to acquire the critical mindset and skills needed to deal with change in any environment. In addition to these three keynote speakers, inspirational speaker, Mark Dansereau will share his personal family story, the heartache of losing a child to cancer, and the strength to find continuing hope. Following his daughter’s death, Marc’s passion for promoting the value of hospice care grew.


* Marriage Encounter Weekendsponsored by the OSG (Open to Spirit to God) Prayer Group scheduled on Sept. 14, 15 and 16, 2018at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon. For more information, please call Edward & Maricel Praxedes - 306-371-2154 or 306-371-7892; or Jose and Doris Santiago - 306-639-1971


Apply now to joinThe Justice and Outreach Year (J.O.Y.) of Formation program beginning September 2018. You are invited to broaden your understanding of social justice issues, engage in outreach and respond to the needs of our community in a way that respects the dignity of each person. As Pope Francis has said, it is our human responsibility to walk in solidarity with the poor. By exploring and practicing our Catholic Social Teaching you will be empowered to respond to that baptismal call. Contact Kate O’Gorman, J.O.Y. Program Coordinator at 306-659-5847 or Watch stories of J.O.Y. at


Gospa Toursin Saskatoon presents two beautiful pilgrimages this fall: "In the footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina," to Poland, Prague, Germany, Austria, and Budapest from Sept 26 to Oct 12, 2018 (17 days); and “In the Footsteps of Jesus,” to the Holy Land from Nov 19 to Dec 1, 2018 (13 days). Spiritual Director for both pilgrimages is Fr. Pius Schroh. Call Anne Marie at 306-384-0169 for more details.


My Soul Still Dances: Living with Parkinson'sis a book written by Sister Adelaide Fortowsky, OSU, with Sr. Rosetta Reiniger, OSU, chronicling Sister Adelaide's journey from the time of her diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, until her death in July 2016 at the age of 86. This Ursuline Sister of Prelate drew on her decades of teaching, clowning, worship and life experiences to bolster her hopeful perspective on living with this debilitating illness. It was Sister Adelaide's faith in God that kept her living with vitality through the most difficult times, focusing on service to others with her "little acts of magic" to bring joy to those around her in the midst of coping with her own deteriorating health. This book can be purchased for $19.95 (or $25.95 with shipping and handling) by contacting Sister Rosetta Reiniger, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7J1 or (306) 361-8034.


St. Ann’s Home Spirit of Renewal Campaign

Over 60 years ago Bishop Klein, along with lay leaders of the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and the Sisters of St. Elizabeth from Humboldt, formed a “circle of care” and promised the Saskatchewan community that quality, faith-based care would be available to them in their senior years. Their vision included:

  • providing quality housing and health care for our sick and elderly;
  • recognizing the spiritual and physical integrity and dignity of each person;
  • providing care in a compassionate and loving manner;
  • affirming the spiritual and corporeal needs of St. Ann’s residents, enabling them to live in dignity with the respect and companionship of their peers.

Included in the “circle of care” is St. Ann’s Home, which after 40 years is in great need of repair. In order to ensure greater safety, privacy and comfort for their residents, the rooms in the Home require new windows, flooring, accessible bathroom renovations, and ceiling lifts for all 80 rooms.

To find out moreabout the Spirit of Renewal Campaignand how to contribute, please contact:  Rae Sveinbjornson, Executive Director, at (306) 374-8900 ext. 223 or by e-mail at: rae.sveinbjornson@saskatoonhealthauthority.caor Peter Martens, Campaign Chair at (306) 229-5212 or by e-mail at:  or check out the website about the project at:

Psalm 71:9 - Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.”




Aug. 19, 2018 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Prayer Intention Aug. 19

We pray as a diocesan family for all couples celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage this year. May they grow in unity with each other and with Jesus Christ, and always provide an image of God’s love in our world. We pray to the Lord.

Earthcare Connections – Aug. 19

  1. Show us your ways: healing, consoling and welcoming others with mercy and compassion. We prayto the Lord.
  2. Empower us to create economic systems in harmony with and supportive of the living world. We pray to the Lord.


Aug. 26, 2018 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Prayer Intention Aug. 26

We pray as a diocesan family that Islam, Judaism and Christianity together would show the world an ever- more convincing witness as believers in the one and only God. We pray to the Lord.

Earthcare Connections – Aug. 26

  1. Balance our desires so that we become satisfied with what we have. We pray to the Lord.
  2. For support for Farmland Legacies, that the poor among us may have access to healthful protein. We pray to the Lord.


Sept. 2, 2018 – 22ndSunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Prayer Intention Sept. 2

We pray as a diocesan family for all those who educate our children, as they begin the annual return to classrooms, schools, campuses and catechism programs. May all who share knowledge with others follow Jesus the teacher in loving service, grounded in truth and love of God. We pray to the Lord.





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