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* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray as a diocesan family for all who are participating in programs supported by gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal this weekend -- including Lay Formation, a SEARCH youth retreat, Retrouvaille, and the JOY program.


Earthcare Connections prayer intentions – Oct. 14 – 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

  1. Prompt us to act for the common good in our thoughts and actions. We pray to the Lord.
  2. Aware of World Food Day on October 16, may we share our resources and strive for a sustainable food system for the global community. We pray to the Lord.

* Bishop’s Annual Appeal: Our Faith in Action!

Thank you to all who pledged their support to the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal this weekend. Your gift will help our diocese to meet many and varied needs, supporting Youth Ministry, Evangelization and Catechesis, Vocations, Education of Future Priests, Lay Formation, Aboriginal Parish Ministry, Justice and Peace, Marriage and Family Life, Ecumenism, Office of Migration, Restorative Ministry (prison outreach), Deaf Ministry and Communications. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to make your gift, you may do so at any time over the next few weeks by placing your pledge in the collection basket. Gifts can be made at any time over the next few weeks by placing your pledge in the collection basket, or donating online at  For more information 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. Thank you for putting your faith into action!


* The Queen’s House Annual Gala Dinner will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. This is a special time for Queen’s House as we are celebrating our 60th year of ministry, a wonderful and blessed occasion. The Gala schedule Nov. 21 is:

   5:30 pm        Cocktails, Appetizers & Silent Auction

   6:45 pm        Dinner and Program

   9:00 pm        Greystone Singers

Tickets are $125 per person (this includes a $75 charitable receipt and a raffle ticket).  Tables of 8 or 10 are available.  This year’s raffle prize is a commuter package for two people to attend our annual Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI retreat at Queen’s House next summer (July 15-18, 2019 - a value of $430). For tickets or to become a sponsor, please contact Queen’s House at 306-242-1916.  


* Retrouvaille is a lighthouse for marriages on stormy seas. A Retrouvaille weekend is currently being held in Saskatoon. Please take a moment to pray for these couples and all couples who are struggling in their marriages. For more information on Retrouvaille Saskatchewan, visit or for information about the next weekend in Saskatoon, call Ben & Joanne at (306) 652-7155 or email; 


* Triumph: Freedom Through Healing retreat program, facilitated by a team led by Jerry and Donna Kristian, will be held from Nov. 9 to 17 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. This is a nine-day Christ-centered live-in journey of inner healing and discovery fueled by the transforming power of God's merciful love, rooted in Scripture, tradition and prayer; anchored by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux. The retreat equips and empowers participants with the tools needed to make noticeable and lasting changes in their lives – a path to true freedom through healing in Christ. Cost is $1,395 which includes program, meals and accommodation. Register by calling Queen's House (306) 242-1916 or email  or find more information on the website at


Bruised & Wounded – A book by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Recognizing that there is still a stigma, in both the Christian and secular world, surrounding death by suicide, Fr. Rolheiser takes his spiritual understanding of the woundedness of those whose lives end in this pain, and “breathes out the compassion and peace of God”. Many, many people in the world have been touched by suicide. Fr. Rolheiser’s writings provide hope, consolation, and empathy to those left behind. This book gives us a new way of understanding death by suicide with chapters on

  • Removing the Taboo
  • Despair as Weakness rather than Sin
  • Reclaiming the Memory of our Loved One

This is a valuable resource for pastors, pastoral care ministers, parishes and individuals.   

If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please call JoAnne at (306) 222-2819, or e-mail


TOURTIÈRES FOR SALE!  Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish

Would you like to buy one tourtière or more for your festive season or as a gift for your family, friends and neighbours? Size:  9 inch pies    Price:  $15 each If you are interested, please contact Muriel at 306-665-1829 (Church), or on her cell at 306-280-4219; she can also be reached by e-mail at:  or  Please order quickly.  Thank you!


October - Celebrate World Mission Month with Propagation of the Faith

“Go! Make disciples of all nations,” (Mt.28:19). Each of us is called to follow Christ in our daily lives and witness the love of God to others, teaching them to “observe all that I have commanded you.” This is our mission – at home and to the ends of the earth. As the Church celebrates World Mission Month, please learn about the work of Society for the Propagation of the Faith (PROP). A Pontifical charity, PROP provides funding to help build up the Church in countries with extremely limited financial resources. Learn more and help our global mission by visiting   or calling 1-800-897-8865.


Catholic Missions in Canada - CMIC funds the work of missionaries as they proclaim the Word of God across our own nation, even in the most remote and in-need areas. CMIC is pledged to assist 25 Canada Mission dioceses in critical areas of mission ministry: support for missionaries, desperately-needed building repairs, First Nations ministry (often in hard-to-reach, isolated areas), and religious education for children and adults, as well as programs for lay leadership and seminarian education. Find more information about CMIC – and how to help – online at or call 1-866-937-2642.


St. Patrick Parish Fall Supper will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon.  Doors open at 4:30 pm, supper is at 5:00 pm.  ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY!  Adults: $15.00, Children (6 to 12): $5.00, Preschoolers are free but require a ticket.  To purchase tickets, phone 306-384-1100 or email:


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

  • 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, 1302 College Drive, Bishop Mark Hagemoen will be among those joining chaplaincy teams for this prayer service held on the university campus during Poverty Awareness Week in Saskatoon. For more information email (Please note corrected address for the Lutheran Campus Centre on the corner of Wiggins Avenue and College Drive.)
  • 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.


Are Your Affairs in Order? Jocelyne Hamoline from the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation will be giving a 2-hour talk on organizing your affairs 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt, SK.  This talk tackles topics such as preparing your Will and choosing the right Executor and Power of Attorney, completing your Health Care Directive, planning your funeral, and more, all with a Catholic perspective. The presentation is free. The “Catholic Planning Guide to my Estate” and “A Faith-Based Advance Health Care Directive” booklet from CHAS will be available for purchase at the cost of $5.00 each (cash or cheque only).  When: Thursday, October 25th at 2:30 -4:30 pm

Where: St. Augustine Parish, 809-10th Street, Humboldt, SK (306-682-2016)

Cost: Free. To register: Online at, email, or call 306-659-5849.


Catholic Youth Conference with Adult Track – The FacetoFace United Conference will be held Nov. 17 and 18 at Holy Family Cathedral, 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. Find more info at (The early bird fee before Oct. 24 is $55 each.)

Nov 17&18, 2018   /   Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon  /   Register online at


Kneelers needed - The Cathedral of the Holy Family, Saskatoon, is seeking two matching prie dieux (kneelers) for use at wedding liturgies.  Should you have two prie dieux (kneelers) you wish to pass on to a good home, please contact David Polzen at the Cathedral of the Holy Family: or 306-659-5805.


Donations of new children’s pajamas, children’s back packs and short bedtime stories - 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, some of which are their own creation or from donated books, 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.


Previous Announcements


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


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.


* 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.


* 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).


* 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.


* 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


* 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:


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.


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.


Employment Opportunity: 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   


* 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.


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.


* 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


* 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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