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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements, Sept. 9, 2018 - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Prayer Intention

We pray as a diocesan family for all those seeking to deepen their faith, especially participants in the Lay Formation program, who began another year of learning, spiritual growth and Christian community this weekend.


Earthcare Connections prayer intentions – Sept 9 – 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

  1. Prevent us from getting stuck on the surface of life, becoming self-conscious, forgetful and hard-hearted. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Slow us down from our rushing activity so we may recognize your presence within and around us. We pray to the Lord.

Letter from the Bishop -  Bishop Mark Hagemoen has written a letter to the faithful about recent revelations in the USA about sexual abuse by clergy and how this was handled by church leaders. The letter is available on the website at: or contact the Catholic Pastoral Centre at (306) 242-1500.

To speak to someone about a concern related to sexual abuse, misconduct, or the Covenant of Care in our diocese, please contact Blake Sittler, Diocesan Coordinator of Care, at (306) 659-5834 or toll free at 1-877-661-5005  Ext. *834 or Father Kevin McGee, Vicar General, at (306) 659-5833.

* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Saskatoon is seeking a full-time (20 hours) Pastoral Associate. The Pastoral Associate will report to the Parish Life Director and will minister in collaboration with parish staff and volunteers to the needs of adults, youth, children, students and families in the Parish. Due to the nature of the job, the successful candidate will be a confirmed practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church, have a clean criminal record, and have a good appreciation for the First Nations and Métis culture. The successful applicant will be able to articulate clearly the compatibility of traditional teachings with the Catholic faith and be able to demonstrate how it is possible to walk with a foot in both traditions. For a detailed position overview and/or to apply (cover letter and resume) contact Debbie Ladoux, Parish Life Director at or (306) 653-4945. Find more information at . The deadline for applications is midnight Monday, October 1, 2018.


Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad): Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Call to Holiness: Join us on Tuesday, September 18th, for a discussion of how Gaudate et Exsultate speaks to everyday political and social problems. Featuring Bishop Mark Hagemoen (Roman Catholic Bishop of Saskatoon), Dr. David McGrane (STM Department of Political Studies), Dr. Gertrude Rompré (Director of Mission and Ministry, STM), and, Dr. Cynthia Wallace (STM Department of English). Meet at 7:30 p.m. in Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium at St. Thomas More College (1437 College Drive). All are welcome and a reception will follow. For more information, call 306-966-8929 or email


* 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 info contact Shawna Sparrow at


St. Joseph’s Parish, Saskatoon, will be hosting a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 17th at the Parish Hall (1006 Broadway Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All crafters are welcome. Please contact Joan Squires at  or call 306-260-3188 to book a table ($40.00 per table).


* The New Evangelization Summit 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 sessions are now available on audio and video to borrow from the Office of Evangelization & Catechesis. For a complete list of speakers, please call Marilyn (306) 659-5836 or


L’Arche Saskatoon is part of an international network of communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together in a spirit of mutuality and celebration. Are you interested in using your gifts to support the vision and mission of L’Arche at the local level?  We are currently seeking candidates willing to serve on our board of directors. For more information please contact Rob Beitel at (306) 221-1640 or


Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish is hosting its annual Turkey Supper on Sunday Sept. 30, 2018 in its wheelchair-accessible parish hall located at 1007 Windsor St. There will be two sittings:  4:15 pm and 6:15 pm.  For tickets, call Muriel at 665-9103 or 280-4219. Reserve early as tickets are limited. An adult ticket is $17.00 and a child’s ticket (6 – 12 years) is $7.00. By donation for children under 6. Come enjoy turkey, potatoes, salads, veggies, pies and more!


Rachel's Vineyard Ministry of SK 2018 Fall Retreat - Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Our next retreat in Saskatchewan will be held on Oct 19-21, 2018. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email:


* Priest/Religious Vocation Discernment Night will be held on Thursday Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK. This evening will feature presentations to men and women respectively on the topics “Why the ministerial priesthood matters” and “Why religious/consecrated life matters”.  The speakers for the evening are Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Sr. Lucie Hamel, and Sr. Cindy Lewans.  There will also be an opportunity for small group discussion and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  For more information please contact Fr. Colin Roy at or (306) 256-3218, or Fr. Daniel Yasinski at  1(306)834-2269.


* DYING HEALED Workshop coming to St. Peter’s Parish ~ Unity on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This course explores human dignity, coping with suffering, the power of presence, and end of life issues. Discover ways to show compassion and love, especially to someone suffering with a terminal illness or coping with a physical or mental health condition. Learn more about end of life issues, the power of human presence and the meaning of human suffering. Sign up for LifeCanada’s – The Dying Healed program today and join many others across Canada to support those who are vulnerable or socially isolated. The simple act of attending to people in your community or at home who might be lonely, sick, or suffering can bring spiritual healing and restore their sense of dignity. Each Participant will receive a workbook.

The workshop will be held in St. Peter’s Church Hall, 5th Ave. West, Unity, Saskatchewan. COST: $15 (Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Free Will offering for lunch & coffee breaks). TO REGISTER: Contact Yvonne Wiesner 306 228 7435;  OR

Terri at the Parish Office 306 228 2341(Tuesdays to Fridays 9:00am to 2:00pm);     DEADLINE TO REGISTER: September 20, 2018


* The Saskatoon Regional Quilters will be meeting at Holy Spirit Church in Saskatoon on Sept.17, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All those interested in quilting, ironing, sorting fabric or just coming to see what goes on are very welcome to attend. All quilts made go to charities within our city.  If you are staying all day, please bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea supplied. Come for the day or come for an hour. Bring your own sewing supplies, fabric and batting supplied. We look forward to seeing you.  Future quilting dates: October 1, 15, 29 and November 12 and 26. No quilting in December. For more information call: Margaret Schwab (306) 374- 4214.


St. Thomas More College Chapel Sunday Mass times of 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. resume as of Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Catholic college on the University of Saskatchewan campus, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon.


Catholic Health Association Convention - The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) invites you to their 75th Annual Convention on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, 2018 at Saskatoon Inn. This year’s theme is Following True North: Navigating Change as Faith-filled Caregivers. For more information regarding the conference or to register, contact the CHAS office at 306-955-CHAS (2427), email:, or visit Early bird conference rate ends Sept. 30


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 participating in a project to record men reading bedtime stories they have written to send to their children. The office is 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 note larger sizes – 10-12 are especially needed.

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.


“We are Family - Where Faith Meets Life” is a conference for all who accompany families as catechists teachers, clergy, mentors and community Nov. 16-18 in Kamloops, BC, organized by the Western Conference of Catholic Religious Educators. Internationally-known speakers John Roberto and Leif Kehrwald will be featured. For more information or to register go to or contact  or (204) 594-0273. Education of Laity funding may be available from the diocese: find information online at  or call Blake Sittler at (306) 659-5834.


* Marriage Encounter Weekend sponsored by the OSG (Open to Spirit to God) Prayer Group scheduled on Sept. 14, 15 and 16, 2018 at St. Mary’s Church, Avenue O South and 20th Street West, Saskatoon (note new location!). For more information, please call Edward & Maricel Praxedes - 306-371-2154 or 306-371-7892; or Jose and Doris Santiago - 306-639-1971.


Flooding in India - Fr. Binu Rathappillil V.C., pastor at Macklin, Denzil and Dodsland has shared news of the disaster in his home state of Kerala, India, with flooding, rain and landsides leading to the death of hundreds and displacing thousands, as well as wiping out villages, roads and dams. Please pray for those suffering from the devastating flooding in Kerala, India, for those who have been killed or injured, for those who have lost their homes, and for all those struggling to respond to this disaster. Development and Peace- Caritas Canada is extending a helping hand to those affected by devastating floods in Kerala, India, with online donations accepted at:  In response to this emergency, CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) is also working through local churches to alleviate the suffering of families, supplying basic needs such as food, drinking water, clothing and medicines. See:


Prayer for marriages - A “Home Builders” Prayer Meeting to pray for marriages in our own circles, our churches, our city, and our country will be held 6:30-8:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Kennedy’s Parable, 810 Circle Drive, Saskatoon. The plan is to meet the second Sunday of every month for this prayer meeting.


Previous Announcements


* Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle -. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will be held at 3 pm. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. An Evening of Prayer and Reflection in the Spirit of the Marian Movement of Priests will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, guided by: Fr. Laurent Larroque, General Director of the MMP world-wide. For more information contact: Edna Evans (306) 382-1680.


* Queen’s House 16th Annual Bike-a-thon, Sunday, September 16th, 2018. 

Please consider joining us for this event or by sponsoring our most famous Queen’s House rider for this helpful and important fund raiser.  You can participate in this by adopting Fr. Paul Fachet as your designated rider.  Simply call us to register your pledge and if required, print a pledge form found on the Queen’s House website at  for more information.  Please plan to drop the forms and donation by on or before the day of the bike-a-thon. We will complete the receipting and thank you letters on your behalf.

Please call us if you require additional information or can help us with this important friend and fund raising activity.  On behalf of our entire Queen’s House Crew, we look forward to your participation and support. Thank you and God Bless. We can be reached by phone at 306-242-1916 or by email at


* St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral is looking to employ a responsible person to provide part-time housekeeping duties in the Rectory. This work will entail weekly cleaning of the kitchen and of the suites of the priest-residents and attending to some laundry and ironing.  This position is for two days per week (16 hours).  Resumes can be dropped off at the parish office (Tuesday – Friday) or email to


The Knights of Columbus 5th Annual Celebrity Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, in support of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year’s special guests include broadcaster Jeff Rogstad, retired CFL star Henry Burris, and CFL commissioner Randy Ambrose. Tickets are $150 each, with tables of eight available. This 5th Annual Celebrity Dinner Event presented by Les and Irene Dubé is again hosted by the Knights of Columbus of Saskatchewan. Over 400 guests including invited guests, celebrities and supporters, will begin the evening with a reception bar, silent auction, and then be invited to a delicious buffet dinner. After dinner the guests will be treated with on stage entertainment, celebrity speakers, Master of Ceremonies and a live auction. Previous auction items have included a weekend loan of a Lincoln Car, Wayne Gretzky signed jersey, West Jet travel vouchers and yard care equipment. For more information and tickets, please see


* Stress in Your Marriage?  Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness.  Others experience conflict in their relationship.  Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.  Retrouvaille can help. For confidential information about or to register for the Oct. 12-14, 2018 weekend in Saskatoon, call Ben & Joanne at (306) 652-7155 or email:  


* The Season of CreationA program entitled the Season of Creation is being inaugurated as an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. The Season of Creation will be celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and the leaders of various churches have encouraged the faithful to participate. The season begins on Sept. 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. Sept. 1 was proclaimed as World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox Church in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian churches in 2001, and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015. The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon is inviting all to celebrate Akathist prayers in Praise and Care for God’s Creation 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Steve Patola Park, 1235 20th Street West, Saskatoon, as representatives of several faith communities pray for creation. After the prayer service we will meet for coffee right next to the park at St. George’s Senior Citizens Club. An introduction to faith communities and dialogue will follow. For more information please contact Lesya Sabada - or call the Eparchy at (306) 653-0138.


* TRANSITIONS is a diocesan program for those who are divorced and/or separated. If you have been divorced or are separated, and you are feeling disheartened and abandoned, know that you are not alone and there is help. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon offers a peer ministry program called Transitions twice a year, facilitated by those who have already experienced what you are experiencing and have found some healing. The sessions are held Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road. Fall sessions begin Monday, Sept. 10. For more information or to register, contact Sharon at (306) 374-1425 or email:


Apply now to join The 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 email: Watch stories of J.O.Y. at


St Angela Merici Residence is now accepting residents for assisted living. St. Angela includes beautiful surroundings and lovely people – a place to call home. Cost is only $3200/month – includes suite, meals and snacks, weekly laundering of linens and towels and basic cable. Please call Shannon for a tour (306) 242-5566 ext. 5.


* 2018 Compassionate Healers Mass - The 13th annual Compassionate Healers Mass is being held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street, Saskatoon (corner of Melrose Avenue and Hilliard Street). Refreshments to follow. Coming together as one community, a special invitation is extended to: Medical Personnel, Spiritual Care, Volunteers, Parish Nurses, Men and Women Religious in Health Care Ministry, Ministry of Care Volunteers in Parishes and Health Care Facilities and Family Caregivers, Medical & Healthcare Students. This mass invites all to be re-energized in our professional and personal dedication and our faith, bound by common beliefs; we share in the healing ministry of Jesus throughout the diocese.


* Pilgrimage to the Pro-Life Millennium Cross will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the site located 10 km northeast of Aberdeen, SK on Highway 41. Keynote speaker is Marie-Claire Bissonnette of Campaign Life Coalition. Pilgrimage includes a living rosary, pro-life displays, prayer. Free will offering for hot dogs and drinks. Bring your rosaries and your lawn chairs.  More information:


* From Mourning to Dawn, the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers begins 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.


Verna and Lionel McGillivray Fund for Children in Saskatchewan - The Saskatoon Community Foundation is calling for grant applications for the Verna and Lionel McGillivray Fund for Children in Saskatchewan. Funds are available to registered charities serving disadvantaged children aged 14 and under throughout the province. As well, according to the McGillivrays' wishes, some funds are available for projects that bring "Christmas Cheer" to needy families. This year, approximately $35,000 in total is available for allocation for projects throughout Saskatchewan. Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2018. Apply online at Contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager at (306) 665-1767 or   


* Diocesan CWL executive meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at 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


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


* 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 to run or walk 1-km, 3-km, or 5-km (strollers welcome). To register, visit (races – province SK –search by date or name) by Sept. 13, or for more information contact Serena Saskatchewan at 306-934-8223 or A family rate is available. There will be registration goodie bags, post-race treats, door prizes, and medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each event. Pledges can be collected in support of SERENA; prizes awarded (20% of collection). If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to Serena Saskatchewan. Serena is committed to: building healthy marriage relationships based on respect and trust, and supporting couples in seeking to delay or achieve pregnancy through the utilization of the Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning.


Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Saskatoon says a huge “Thank You!” to all those who have assisted with donations to the parish emergency pantry, to help needy families. Without your generous donations, the pantry service could not continue. Thank you for stepping up and helping those in great need! Donations of non-perishable food items 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.


Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an intensive weekend of preparation for those planning to be married, in which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship, share in community and be open to God's plan. Topics covered during the weekend include; self-awareness, values and ideals, community, sexuality, communication, decision making, Natural Family Planning, vocations, sacraments, prayer and unity. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions between themselves, dealing with all aspects of married life. A weekend stay builds the atmosphere generated by the Encounter - away from the distractions of everyday lives. In the diocese of Saskatoon, the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. The next Engaged Encounter session will be held October 19-21, 2018. Registration includes all meals and accommodations. Find more information or register online at or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. Weekend organizers are Lynn and Wanda Freistadt.


Queen’s House of Retreats – 601 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: 2nd Tuesday/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 or by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or for details.


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



My Soul Still Dances: Living with Parkinson's is 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 more about the Spirit of Renewal Campaign and how to contribute, please contact:  Rae Sveinbjornson, Executive Director, at (306) 374-8900 ext. 223 or by e-mail at: or 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.”

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