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* Diocesan Prayer Intention – (adapted from Earthcare Connections, below)

As we celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, we pray as a diocesan family in gratitude to God for all the blessings of creation: clean air, clean water, and fruitful earth – and that we may always share the fruits of field and garden with those who have less.


Earthcare Connections prayer intentions – Oct. 7 – 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

  1. Help us remember that the Creator’s life-giving breath invites us to live in harmony with the earth and all its created beings. We pray to the Lord.
  2. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us be grateful for all the blessings of creation: clean air, clean water, fruitful earth, and may we share the fruits of our fields and gardens with those who have less. We pray to the Lord.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Our Faith in Action!

Next weekend is pledge weekend for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Please bring the personalized pledge form you received with your Bishop’s Appeal package to Mass with you as we join our gifts to God’s many blessings in our diocese.


*   Ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal are putting Our Faith in Action across the diocese. Supported by your gifts to the BAA, Evangelization and Catechesis provides support for the sacramental preparation programs and RCIA programs that are held in parishes. Since 1984, the education and formation of our diocesan priests has been paid for through gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Hundreds have gone through the Lay Formation Program, which now also includes an Aboriginal Catholic stream. Spiritual care for patients at RUH and City Hospitals are undertaken by the diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy Office, supported by the BAA. Youth Ministry offerings such as the Search retreat are inspiring and nurturing the faith of young people.  For more information about these and other ministries supported by your gift, visit the Catholic Foundation website at or contact Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851. Every donation, no matter what the size, is important, as we join together in faith to reach out in love and build up the church.


* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered at St. Patrick's parish, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon - there are limited openings still available! If you have a child between ages 3-6 and would love them to engage with Scripture and Liturgy in a hands-on way at their level, this program is for you! Sessions start the week of Oct. 10 (Monday or Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m., or Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.) You can find the registration form and more details online at or you can email Jane Korvemaker:


* Theology on Tap is back for young adults 19 to 35!  Mark your calendars, we will have our first session of the year Monday, Oct. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at Louis’ on Campus. Our theme: “Three Mennonites and a Catholic go into a Dialogue about Peace.” Our guest speakers are Cynthia Wallace, Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Stephanie Siemens, and Chris Hrynkow. Come along and bring a friend!  Questions? Call Michael in Campus Ministry at St. Thomas More College (306) 966-9731, or e-mail


* Poverty Awareness Week Oct 14-20 features a number of events in Saskatoon, including:

Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition and Passion for Action Against Hunger will hold a monthly meeting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 10 at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre, 202 Avenue C South, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome for snacks and discussion. More info:  

  • A Forum on Rental Concerns will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the YWCA, 510-25 St. E. Everyone is welcome. Snacks available. More info:
  • World Food Day is marked on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Find more information at: Chew on This: volunteers will hand out snacks during noon hour Tuesday, Oct. 16 in downtown Saskatoon, joining groups across the country in drawing attention to poverty and food insecurity in Canada. More info:  or e-mail:   
  • Poverty Awareness Worship Service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Lutheran Campus Centre, 114 Seminary Crescent, Saskatoon. For more information email
  • October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty; see:
  • Collective Kitchen Cooking Experience will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at CHEP Good Food Inc, Station 20 West, Saskatoon. Space is limited. For more information contact Janet Phillips, Collective Kitchen Coordinator:  or (306) 655-4575, Extension 223.


St. Michael's Church is hosting their Fall Supper at St. Michael's School gym (22 - 33rd St. East) on October 21 with two sittings: 4:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Adults: $20, children (6-12 yrs.): $8, preschoolers: free. Call 306-242-5150 for tickets: leave a message (which sitting, how many tickets, name, and phone number).


* Tracking Religious Trends in Canada: A Conversation with Angus Reid will be held Thursday, October 18, at 4 p.m. in the Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium, St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, as part of the Leslie and Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies Lecture Series. Guest Speaker is Angus Reid. Reception to follow.


* Do you experience stress in your marriage?

Retrouvaille ( is a lighthouse for marriages on stormy seas.  If you and your spouse are struggling in your marriage, even if you are separated, know that there is hope.  If you are interested in learning more about Retrouvaille please see a brochure at the back of your church. For confidential information about or to register for the Oct.12-14, 2018 Retrouvaille weekend in Saskatoon, call Ben & Joanne at (306) 652-7155 or email;    


30th Annual Michael Keenan Lecture will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium, St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon. Guest lecturer is Fr. James L. Heft, President of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC; title is: The Open Circle: Catholic Universities Building Bridges. Reception to follow.


Hope not Fear: Building Peace in a Fractured World will be presented by Hon. Douglas Roche, OC, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon.  Douglas Roche is an author of 22 books, parliamentarian and diplomat. He was a special advisor on disarmament for the Holy See and received two special citations from Pope John Paul II. He received the Peace Award of the Canadian Islamic Congress, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In spite of the daunting obstacles to peace, Roche brings a message of hope. Questions with discussion are encouraged. Please register online at  or call Walter Klaassen at (306) 975-0062. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering.


Schools Win Twice is a fund-raising raffle for local Catholic schools that was started in 1995.  Since then nearly $2.9 million has been raised and has helped support the mission of the Catholic school division and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. Each year 55% of ticket sales are returned to the school to fund initiatives that support the mission of Catholic education. The remaining funds are distributed through a grant application process based on school enrolment, to be used in partnership with the school community for faith development initiatives. Examples of projects supported in the past commonly include such things as funding a school-wide retreat for students or religious art projects. The schools really do ‘win twice’! Prizes include vacations, bikes, electronic devices and gift cards.  Tickets are $2 each and the draw date is Nov. 15. Purchase your ‘Schools Win Twice’ tickets at a Catholic School near you! Visit our  for more details about projects and to see what is happening at the Foundation and in our Catholic schools.


Catholic Youth Conference with Adult Track – FacetoFace United Conference will be held Nov. 17-18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Come experience the joy and peace of Jesus Christ with 370+ other Catholics as together we spend time laughing, growing, and praying. Inviting all youth grades 9-12 and adults who hunger for more out of their faith. More information and online registration see:  – the early bird fee before Oct. 24 is $55 each.


Previous Announcements


* Coffee Talk Series - The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism presents a series of talks, beginning with “How to love your neighbour’s church as your own” presented by Jakob Palm, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. The series will continue in the new year with Sandra Beardsall speaking Feb. 28, 2019 and Brenda Nightingale May 25. For more information call (306) 653-1633 or email


* Women’s Diocesan Mini Retreat mornings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon, beginning Saturday, Oct. 13.Coffee starts at 9:15 a.m.; and the retreat runs from 9:45 11:30 a.m., with confession and noon-hour Mass following. All women are welcome to attend. Info: Donna at (306) 341-9444.


* Commission Faith Study - Do want to be a part of the mission of the Church? Do you desire to lead others to Jesus? Experience a boost to your faith and your discipleship by participating in the Commission Faith Study, presented by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) to be held 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, beginning Oct. 9, and running until Dec. 4. Created by the University evangelization movement CCO, this Faith Study at the cathedral is open to people of all ages! To register, e-mail  or call (306) 280-1221.


* Canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero - The Hispanic Catholic Community of Saskatoon will hold a celebration 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 20th Street West and Avenue O South, Saskatoon to mark the canonization of St. Oscar Romero that day in Rome. Everyone is welcome to celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a social gathering. Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador was martyred on March 24, 1980, gunned down as he was celebrating Mass.


* October is the month of the Rosary, Sunday, Oct. 7 – join brothers and sisters in Canada, the United States, and countries across the globe as we come together to pray the rosary in unison, for a return to God in our country, in our church and in our families. At Holy Spirit parish, Saskatoon, Adoration begins after noon mass, with Rosary at 2 p.m., and Benediction at 4:45 p.m.  Visit or for more information. 

This Thanksgiving weekend, bring your family for the rosary and stay awhile if you can.


Employment Opportunities:

St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan is seeking a permanent Part-time Development Assistant (60 percent time). The person in this position is responsible for providing quality administrative support for development and alumni relations activities. Having graduated from a business College or other post-secondary institution with three (3) years’ experience, the successful candidate will be a problem solver, well-organized, detail-oriented and skilled in event planning, data base management, MS office applications, minute-taking and relationship building. Visit our website at  for more information. We offer a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with education, training and experience. Interested applicants can email a resume and the names of three work references to Karen Massett, Director of Development at   


* St. Martin de Porres Parish in REGINA is seeking a part-time Pastoral Assistant who is a practicing Catholic familiar with sacraments and liturgy. The successful candidate will be directly responsible to the Pastor for the religious faith formation of the parish family and where appropriate, the St. Matthew School community in Regina. The position involves collaboration with the Pastor, Pastoral Team and parish groups. A full job description can be found on St. Martin’s website: Preference will be given to those with a background in religious studies or lay ministries. Send resume to , or mail it to St. Martin de Porres 4720 Castle Rd, Regina SK, S4S 4X1. Attention: Lynda and Lisa. The closing date for application submissions is Friday, October 12, 2018. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


* Pornography: Harm, Healing and Hope - Pornography in its present form is one of the most harmful, addictive and widespread challenges in our society.  Pornography: Harm, Healing and Hope is an event intended for men and women over the age of 14 that will take place from 7-9:00 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the Fr. Paul Donlevy Hall at St. Anne’s Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. The evening will offer education, testimonies and tools for hope. For more information contact Myron Rogal at the Catholic Pastoral Centre:  or (306) 659-5841.


* The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) invites you to its Diamond Jubilee / 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. Keynote Speakers: Sr. Nuala Kenny, Dr. Tracy Trothen, and Gregg Brown. For more information regarding the conference or to register, contact the CHAS office at 306-955-CHAS (2427), email:  or visit


* Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy: Spiritual Care is still available at all of our hospitals in the city, thanks to support from generous donors. Regardless of whether your stay is long or short, planned or an emergency, please request spiritual care when in hospital in Saskatoon:

     For patients at Saskatoon City or Royal University Hospitals, please contact Jackie Saretsky at the Catholic Pastoral Centre by phone at (306) 659-5839 or (306) 292-5531 or by e-mail: (The diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy Office is funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)

     For patients at St. Paul’s Hospital, please ask at the nursing desk, or phone (306) 655-5000 and ask to connect to Spiritual Care.


Ministry to Tourism: A few spaces are available until Oct. 29 on a first-come, first-serve basis for the Once-in-a-Decade Oberammergau Passion Play tour June 1-13, 2020. There are also post-Oberammergau options including Spotlight on London & Area June 13-19, 2020; Cruise into the Midnight Sun June 19-July 3, 2020. For more information contact Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to Tourism: or (306) 244-3747.


The St. Aloysius Allan Fall Supper will be held at the Allan Communiplex in Allan, SK. on Sunday Oct 14 from 4 -6 pm with a food auction and raffle and prize draws to follow. Adults $14; Ages 6-14 $5; Under 6 free. Check us out on Facebook:


* 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


La P’tite Pasto (Little Hearts Play Group) is a French parent-child program for children ages 6 and under and their families. Through games, songs, art and crafts, little ones discover the beauty of family, nature, friendship, and are gently introduced to the loving presence of God and to Christian values, all in a spirit of fun and in a language adapted to their age. Children must be accompanied by a French speaking adult. The program will run from 2 pm to 3:45 pm on the second Saturday of each month, starting October 13, 2018 until June 8, 2019. La P’tite Pasto is located at Sts. Martyr-Canadiens Church, 1007 Windsor St, Saskatoon. The registration fee is $20 for families with    1 or 2 children and $30 for families with 3 or more children. To register call Diane Murza at 306-664-4779 or Marie-Jeanne Will at 306-290-9990. For more information, go to


* Lay Formation Alumni Fall Gathering will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, with special guest speaker Bishop Mark Hagemoen. Cost $42. Register by Oct. 22 online at or by mail (include name, current address and payment) to Gloria Pryma, 213-3104 Louise Place, Saskatoon, SK S7J 5J8 (Make cheques payable to Cathedral of the Holy Family – Lay Formation Alumni).


* 40 Hours for Life campaign will again take place outside City Hospital in Saskatoon. The campaign will run from Wednesday, September 26 until Friday, November 2, Monday to Fridays each week.  There are one-hour time slots, 9 am to 10 am, 10 am to 11 am and 11 am to 12 noon.  We are looking for individuals/groups to commit to any amount of time in one/more of the three time slots.  Signs are provided.  This will ensure we have a core group for each day/time slot to stand up to witness for the preborn child.  If you can help out please contact Louis 306-249-2764 or email


* 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


* 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:


* 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.


* 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


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.


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    


* 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 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


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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