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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements - Dec. 2, 2018, First Sunday of Advent

* Diocesan Prayer Intention – We pray as a diocesan family for all participants and leaders of the Lay Formation program. May Emmanuel – “God with us” – bless their time of prayer, learning and community.


New Announcements:


* There are a number of opportunities for Reconciliation Services with Confession at parishes in the city of Saskatoon during the season of Advent. Reconciliation services include:

  • Thomas More College Chapel - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon.
  • Philip Neri Parish - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at 1902 Munroe Avenue at Taylor St. E., Saskatoon.
  • Peter the Apostle/ St. Michael parishes - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, combined celebration at St. Michael, #18-33rd Street East, Saskatoon.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, - 7:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at 1235-12th St East
  • Holy Spirit Parish - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon.
  • Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens paroisse (in French) -7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1007 Windsor Street, Saskatoon.
  • Augustine Parish - 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish - 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at St. Mary, 211- Ave O and 20th St. W, Saskatoon.

Extra confession opportunities in Advent in city of Saskatoon:

  • Sunday, Dec. 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier, 222 Willow St.
  • Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 535-8th St. E.
  • Saturdays, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, as well as Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in conjunction with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road.
  • 19, Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East.
  • Every Saturday in Advent from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Avenue.


* Advent Reconciliation Services outside the city of Saskatoon include:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Martensville, SK - Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at 300 - 8th Ave. South, Martensville, SK
  • St. Mary’s, Macklin, SK - Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at 4805 Express Avenue, Macklin, SK
  • Sacred Heart, Denzil, SK - Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Denzil, SK
  • St. Gabriel, Biggar, SK - Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at 109-7th Street West, Biggar, SK
  • St. Aloysius, Allan SK - Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at 416-2nd Avenue, Allan, SK
  • St. Mary, Colonsay, SK - Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at Oronsay Street, Colonsay, SK
  • St. Alphonse Church, Viscount, SK - Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at 103 Elgin Street, Viscount, SK
  •  7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Christ the King parish, 238 Cameron St., Foam Lake, SK .
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at St. Mary parish, Wynyard, SK
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Wishart, SK.


Running to meet Christ: An Advent Mission with Fr. Stefano Penna

The parish of St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral invites you to join in the three-day Advent Retreat to be delivered by our new Rector, Fr. Penna.  Back in our diocese after two decades of academic and formation work in Connecticut and Edmonton – Fr. Stefano will lead three reflections inspired by the Collect prayer of the First Sunday of Advent, “Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ…”. “Forgiven & Healed of Paralysis”, “Eyes Blessed - Desire Fulfilled”, and “Our Lady of Guadalupe sets the Pace and Path”. To fit into busy lives these talks will be repeated twice a day, on Monday, Dec. 10, Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 (after 12:10 Mass, bring a bag lunch!) and 7:00 (with Benediction). 


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For more information, please contact Delores McLean at tel. 306 374-1425 - Fax 306 374-3190 or   


* Candle Light Service of Remembrance: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Knox United Church, 838 Spadina Cres. East.  Christmas is usually a joyous time full of precious memories.  To those who have lost a loved one, this holiday season may bring many difficult challenges along with feelings of despair and loneliness. You, your family and friends are invited to join us for this community event at no charge. Those in attendance will be given the opportunity to light a ‘Memorial Candle’ in memory of loved ones. Sponsored by the Edwards Family Saskatoon Funeral Home, Westwood Funeral Chapel, Prairie View Chapel and Crematorium. For more information, please phone 306-244-5577


* Martha and Mary monthly retreat mornings for women are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon, including Saturday, Dec.  8. Coffee starts at 9:30 a.m.; and the retreat runs until 11:30 a.m., with confession and noon-hour Mass following for those who are able to stay. This month, Fr. Bruce McAllister will continue developing a faith theme with meditations on the role of prayer in our faith. All women are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Donna at (306) 341-9444.


* St. Philip Neri parish (1902 Munroe Avenue) invites everyone to a Christmas Pageant on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 beginning at 7 pm. which will be performed by the "Golden Jewels". This performance includes music, narration, and actors depicting the birth of Christ. There is no admission charge. As this is happening on the eve of the feast of St. Nicholas, there may be a surprise appearance. Contact person is Shirley Hyshka, (306) 343 0325.


* Our Lady of Lourdes Advent Parish Mission Waiting in Hope will be held December 10, 11, 12, 2018 with Fr. Ben St. Croix, Mother Mary Bernadette, Sr. Nicole Mireau

On Dec. 8 & 9: Fr. Ben St. Croix will preach at weekend Masses and from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9: A Meeting with Sr. Nicole Mireau will be held for youth (all are welcome).

Mission: Monday, Dec. 10, Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday Dec. 12, the Mission will run from 7 - 9:00 p.m.: Welcome - Praise Songs  -  Talk  -  Adoration  - Social.

Daily Mass: Monday & Tuesday, at 8:30 A.M.

Wednesday, Closing Mass at 8:00 P.M.

This Mission is for all ages, children, youth, and adults alike.  Please invite friends & Pray for Mission to be our true preparation for Christmas celebration.


Polka Mass at St. Michael’s Church (18 – 33rd St. East, Saskatoon) will be held at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16: The Old Tyme Rhythm Makers will lead us with singing the parts of the Mass to old time polka music. Refreshments will follow the Mass. Everyone is invited to attend.


A Croatian Mass will be celebrated at St. Philip Neri Parish, (corner of Taylor St. and Munroe Ave in Saskatoon) on Sunday Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Confessions before mass. Father Domin Vladic from Calgary will be a celebrant. There will be lunch and fellowship after mass.

For more information please contact Lydia Simicic at 306-242-9214 (Sunday after 3:00 pm 306-229-7007)


A great Christmas Gift: Christ the King Youth Camp and Vacation Bible School – theme:  Who am I? A second annual week of camp will be offered to children and youth at Marean Lake this summer, July 7 – 11, 2019.  Located in North East Saskatchewan near Greenwater Provincial Park, this beautiful lake is a secluded paradise nestled on God's shores with all the amenities to make your child's camp experience truly memorable. Gift your children/grandchildren a week at the lake at incredible prices. VBS - Monday-Thursday mornings 9:00-noon /YOUTH - Sunday 4:00 p.m. to Thursday 2:00 p.m. (youth beds are limited so please don’t procrastinate). For more information see:  or call Jacqualine at (306 )322-2291/ text (306) 322-7694.


Dying Healed Workshop will be held on January 19, 2019. 9:00-3:30 pm at St. Philip Neri Church, 1902 Munroe Ave, Saskatoon, Sk. Cost is $15 includes a workbook. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, (free will offering for lunch and refreshments). The Dying Healed Workshops  provide  comprehensive  education  on  palliative  care/end  of  life  issues  and  preliminary  training  for  palliative  and  hospice  care  volunteers.  Suitable  for  those  wishing  to  provide  compassion  and  support  to  those  in  need,  particularly  at end  of  life. Registration required.  Contact:  Ethna Martin at 306 343-0325. Email

Registration deadline January 11, 2019.



Do you have a disabled child or caring for a disabled adult?  There are resources available through Saskatchewan Inclusion (previously named Saskatchewan Association for Community Living).  The online book: “Road Map to the Future” is a financial planning guide for families of people with disabilities.  Topics such as Creating a Vision, Preparing the Financial Future, Wills, Trusts, Registered Disability Savings Plan, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and more are discussed.

Publications and resources are available at



* PPK Catholic Men's Night Wednesday Dec 5 at The Cathedral of the Holy Family.  Father Stefano Penna will be presenting “If it is just a hell with it!” Adoration and Confession at 7:30pm in the Church. Talk at 8:15pm in the hall. Cost: Free (donations welcome, drinks extra).  See for details.


* Come listen to Megan McKenna speak on “Building bridges across the divides in families, of old hurts and broken relationships.” on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish. Meet and greet to follow. Donations accepted for St. Philip Neri Parish Nursing Ministry. Author and speaker Megan McKenna works with Indigenous groups, in base Christian communities and with justice and peace groups, as well as with parishes, dioceses, and religious communities.


* Employment opportunity – Educational Assistants Required - Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) is seeking qualified casual educational assistants. Candidates should have completed at least some post-secondary and have some work experience supporting students with intensive needs in a K-12 education setting. Please complete an on-line application at For more information, contact GSCS at (306) 659-7042 or by email: Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools…putting faith in education.


* Development and Peace is seeking a permanent full-time (35 hours/week) Animator at the Public Engagement Department; Location: Regina, Saskatchewan; Starting date: As soon as possible. Find the posting at:  Those interested are requested to send a letter of application and a CV by 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018 to


Columbus Bosco Homes invites you to mark your calendar for their 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 11, 2019 at the annual Joe Kammermayer Memorial Fundraising Dinner to be held at Holy Family Co-Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road in Saskatoon. Watch for more information in the New Year.


Are Your Affairs in Order? During January 2019, there are four opportunities to attend an “Are Your Affairs in Order” presentation by Jocelyne Hamoline of the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation at Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Choose from one of the following dates/times:

  • 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
  • 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
  • 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
  • 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31

Registration is free with seating limited to 50. Pre-register by calling Jocelyne Hamoline at 306-659-5849, email or register online at A “Catholic Planning Guide to My Estate” package and the “Faith-Based Advanced Health Care Directive (CHAS)” will be available at the presentations for $5 (cash or cheque).


Previous Announcements


* Holy Cross High School Presents …A Christmas Carol

Holy Cross High School is pleased to present Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol.  On Christmas Eve, three spirits visit miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and compel him to face his miserable existence, his wasted youth, and current cruelties. Scrooge is forced to confront his bitterness and selfishness, and must decide what his future will hold: death or redemption. December 6th, 7th, and 8th, at 7:00 P.M.  Tickets $8. Contact (306) 659-8222 for more information.


Christmas Concert will be held at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Muenster at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, featuring the parish choir, guest artists Katie Nichol and Shandar Gray. Silver collection.


* Marysburg Christmas Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Assumption of Our Lady Church, Marysburg, SK, followed by supper at 5 p,m. Tickets are available by calling John (306) 682-3543 or Rita (306) 682-3615.


* Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee Friday, December 7th at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Dr. The rhythm of the Contemplative Mass is a gentle, steady flow, marked by 20 minutes of silence after Communion. It is designated to allow space for reflection and recognition of the intimate presence of Christ who comes to us through scripture and the Eucharist. Silence within this form of worship can feel uncomfortable or awkward, especially when experienced for the first time. We encourage you to relax and rest in the abiding presence of God.


Simbang Gabi 2018 - Christmas Novena Masses - The Filipino Catholic Community invites all to participate in “Simbang Gabi.” Please note that there is a pot luck after every Mass. Everyone is welcome. Let us share our love and blessings! The Novena schedule is:

  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at St. Mary Parish, 211 Avenue O South, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 1121 Northumberland Ave., Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Ave. S. (at Taylor St.), Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 20 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street (corner of Hilliard Street and Melrose Avenue), Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Ave (at Attridge Drive & Forestry Farm Park Drive), Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 at St. Patrick Parish, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon


* Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle - all are invited to this Cenacle Holy Hour, which consists of adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at St. Michael's Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


* Job Opportunity – St. Paul’s Hospital, an Emmanuel Health facility in Saskatoon, is looking to hire a full-time Manager of Spiritual Care. Desired Start date is Dec. 10. Posting and application online at The role of the Manager of Spiritual Care is accountable to the Director of Mission at St. Paul's Hospital for ensuring that the Spiritual Care department offers spiritual care as a constituent element of the holistic care provided at St. Paul's Hospital. The context is one of respect for the multicultural and multi-faith dimensions of the community at large. The Manager provides support, supervision and encouragement to the Spiritual Care Practitioners serving at St. Paul's Hospital. The manager is also actively involved in providing for the spiritual needs of clients, families and staff within St. Paul's Hospital. The position is responsible for coordinating the provision of community religious and/or spiritual resources responding to the expressed preferences of clients and their families.


Apply or direct inquiries to: of the Diocese of Saskatoon website:


* Western Religions in Society and Culture

Online course offering through St. Thomas More College – register through PAWS or call 306 966-8900 for more information - RLST 112.3 — Dr. Lesya Sabada

In order to have a rounded education, one must have an awareness of world religions. To learn about world religions is to increase one's cultural literacy - the objective that lies at the heart of this course. The religious traditions examined in this course, indigenous faiths, the Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are foundational aspects of cultures around the globe.  Religion plays a crucial role in shaping, transforming, and transmitting cultures. Interacting with other cultural aspects – politics, economics, aesthetics - religions is a potent force in culture, in ways both constructive and destructive. Knowing about them is crucial for negotiating our complex world.


* 61st Annual Knights of Columbus Carol Festival – 2018 – “Sing to the Newborn King!” – Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4 – TCU Place 7:00 pm – Rush Seating Only. “Alexa Saleski & Katelyn Sirman” will prelude from 6:30-6:50 pm. Tickets available at participating schools and at TCU Place. Adults $12.00 / Children 5-14 years $3.00 / Under 5 years Free


Are you a professional advisor who would like to work more closely with the Catholic Church and other local charitable organizations in the area of Planned Giving?  The Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) has teamed up with Knowledge Bureau to offer a Master Financial Advisor (MFA) -Philanthropy program.  This program is for lawyers, accountants, insurance professionals, estate planners and financial advisors looking for specialized professional credentials through investment courses focusing on strategic philanthropy to develop plans with individuals and families interested in contributing to the charitable sector.  For more information, please contact Jocelyne Hamoline from the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation at  or call 306-659-5849.  You can also make inquiries directly to Knowledge Bureau or CAGP. 


Knowledge Bureau:


* CWL Clothing Depot at 619-20th St. West, Saskatoon is seeking donations of new items for its annual Christmas sale. For example: toys, socks, underwear, gloves, toques, sheets, comforters, towels, jewelry, health and beauty products, or individually wrapped candy. Thank you for your generosity. Your donations help those who are struggling to make ends meet in our city, giving them a joyous chance to shop for Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Parents can choose a toy at an affordable price, enjoying the freedom and dignity of making their own purchase, while children with only a few coins can buy a gift for mom or dad. The sale runs Nov. 13th until Dec. 22nd.  Items can be dropped off at the Clothing Depot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, or you may arrange for a pickup by calling (306) 242-5042. Volunteers are also needed – you don’t have to be a CWL member! To inquire about volunteering: (306) 242-5042.


* CHRISTMAS MARKET AT ST. MARY’S: St. Mary's Parish is hosting Christmas Markets in our parish hall from 10:00am to 4:00pm on each of the following days: Sunday, Dec. 2; Saturday, Dec, 8; and Saturday, Dec. 15. These Christmas Markets are a fundraising effort for St. Mary’s parish and we appreciate the support of visitors and vendors alike. Admission is FREE. There will be door prizes, many different local business vendors, crafters, kid activities, entertainment, and special guests such as Santa and movie characters, food vendors, baking, raffles and more. Please note that vendors and entertainment vary for each market - and this is an event open for guests of all ages. There is still room for new vendors. To rent a table please email Jennifer Nunes at or call St. Mary's Parish office at (306) 244-2983 (discount offered to those who rent a table at more than one market)


* St. Francis Xavier Parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a half-time (20 hours per week) Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper to assist the Pastor and Parish Life Director in the carrying out of administrative duties.

The Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper, reporting to the Parish Life Director will be responsible to:

  • Provide bookkeeping services
  • Manage parish records
  • Provide administrative support to the Pastor and Parish Life Director
  • Manage the front office reception area

Qualified applicants will possess:

  • A good working knowledge of the Church
  • A secretarial/business college credential or equivalent
  • Work experience as an Administrative Assistant and/or Bookkeeper

Compensation includes:

  • Monthly salary in accordance with the Admin 1 & 2 Grids of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
  • Extended and health and dental benefits (after 3 months)
  • Defined contribution pension plan (after 3 months)

For more information:

Please contact Patrick Clarke at 306-659-5835 or for a detailed job description.

To apply and application deadline:

Submit a cover letter and resume to Patrick Clarke (Human Resources Manager)  by midnight, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

Position start date: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.


* Employment Opportunity - St Angela Merici Residence is seeking a reliable, competent caregiver for a casual evening/night position. The successful candidate will have strong spoken and written English, St John’s two-day Support Worker Course, a warm and compassionate heart.  Please send resume to


* St Angela Merici Residence - We are now accepting residents for assisted living as well as personal care. Women and men, individuals and couples are welcome. Please come to see our beautiful residence situated in Lawson Heights on Cree Crescent in Saskatoon. To book a tour please call Shannon at (306) 242-5566, ext. 5.


Have you moved lately? Changed your Marital Status? Changed your Name? Attending a new Parish? You can update your personal information on a secure and confidential area on the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation website ( ).  Reasons why giving us updated information is essential are:

  1. For you to receive a Charitable Tax Receipt following a donation: According to Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), for a charity to send you a charitable tax receipt the charity needs your first and last name plus your home mailing address. As an individual donor, the charity should use the individual’s home address, and when the donor is a business (e.g. a corporation), then the charity would use the business’ address. These are the addresses most likely on the file with CRA for the person or business.
  2. For the diocese and your parish to best support you, we can only do so with correct information about you and your family. We are here to serve.
  3. For us to address you correctly and respectfully, to show you our gratitude, and inform you of news and events in the diocese and parishes around the diocese.

Update your information online at or contact: Melissa Anaetoh, Development Assistant: (306) 659-5850,

Please note that all updated information is shared back with your parish.

We do not sell your information or use any of your information outside of the confines of church ministry, programs, and church business for and in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and/or the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation. 


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.


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.

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