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“Who Do You Say I Am?” – Join us Nov. 7 for a powerful evening about Proclaiming Christ and God’s Kingdom Today!

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All are welcome 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 for this presentation by Pete Burak of Renewal Ministries, presented at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Be inspired to draw people into a deepening intimacy with the Lord!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Director of Ministry Services at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Marilyn Jackson, at or (306) 659-5836.

The evening begins with a short  and inspiring dramatic presentation of The Woman at The Well, followed by insights and inspiration from Pete Burak.

Pete Burak is the director of i.d.9:16, the young adult outreach of Renewal Ministries. He is a 2010 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and has a Master’s Degree in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. Pete is a frequent speaker on discipleship, evangelization, and young adult topics. He is the co-director of Pine Hills Boys Camp and the co-founder of the Millennial Church Conference. Pete and his wife Cait have four children.


“Theological Formation – the Task, the Tension, the Hope” with Fr. Ron Rolheiser on Oct. 12

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All are welcome to attend this Fall Gathering from 9 am to 4 pm Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, as Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, explores the evolution of faith formation for Catholic adults.

The Annual Fall Gathering is sponsored by the Lay Formation Alumni each fall, and is open to all.


Cost is $40 before Oct. 7, or $50 after Oct. 7 (includes lunch). Register online (below). For more information call Blair at 306-260-4009. (Pre-registration is required in order to plan for lunch.)


Forty years ago, many lay people began to study theology beyond the basic catechesis of their youth. Initially there was a lot of enthusiasm among laity and clergy alike, and a wonderful blossoming took place. Thousands of lay women and men became theologically and pastorally literate in a deeper way and began to do ministry within their parishes and dioceses. This is still happening, but in a situation where the task has changed, and new tensions have arisen. Yet the hope remains the same. This day will be a look at what the theological formation of laity involves today in terms of tasks, tension and hope.


Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, is a Catholic priest and theologian, born and raised in Saskatchewan, who was a long-time popular presenter for the Lay Formation Program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — a program that this year has been re-named the Adult Faith Enrichment Program.

Fr. Rolheiser is a speaker, workshop leader, columnist, and writer on contemporary spirituality. He was born in Macklin, SK in 1947, one of the older children in a large family. Following his school years, he entered the noviciate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and professed his First Vows in September 1966, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1972. During and after his own studies, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB.

He has served the religious community of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as Provincial Superior of St. Mary’s Province (Canada), as Regional Councilor for Canada, serving on the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in Rome, for six years. In August 2005, Fr. Ron became the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

Prairie pilgrimages continue: Rama Aug. 14-15, St. Laurent Aug. 15

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From June to September, pilgrimages are held at beloved Catholic sites across the Prairies. Communities and visitors gather together to worship, sing, pray, and socialize during these events.

Rama Pilgrimage August 14-15

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Anthony Church, Rama, SK

Rama Pilgrimage – The 78th annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St. Anthony Church, Rama, SK will be held Aug. 14 and 15, 2019. Events begin Wednesday, Aug. 14 on the Vigil of Mary’s Assumption with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the Grotto at 2:45 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 3:15 p.m. Supper will be available at 4:30 p.m. for $13 each, but must be booked before Aug. 2 by calling (306) 593-6120.  At 6 p.m Aug. 14 Hymns of Praise to Mary will be presented, with confessions from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and Celebration of the Eucharist at 8:00 p.m. with Archbishop Donald Bolen. There will also be living rosary, candlelight procession and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Rama pilgrimage continues on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Thursday, Aug. 15, with 8:30 a.m. morning devotional prayers to Mary in Polish, 9:00 a.m. Mass in Polish, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite, and then at 11:45 a.m. final Mass with celebrant Archbishop Donald Bolen, with anointing of the sick and aged, blessing of religious articles, etc. For more information see:

NOTE: A bus from Saskatoon and Humboldt to the Rama Pilgrimage will be available on Wednesday, Aug. 14, leaving St. Patrick Church, 3339 Centennial Crescent, Saskatoon at 10:00 a.m., with a second pickup at Market Mall, Saskatoon, and a stop in Humboldt to pick up additional passengers. Cost is $25 each (cash only). Contact Mila Bernacles at (306) 664-3695 if you wish to book a seat on the 56-passenger bus. (Remember to pack a lunch. If you wish to book a $13 chicken supper at the pilgrimage, call Mary at (306) 593-6120 before Aug. 2, 2019.)

Walking pilgrimage to Rama: There will be a walking pilgrimage from Yorkton to Rama, SK from August 11-14, with participants camping along the way. When the pilgrims arrive at Rama they will stay overnight in order to attend the Rama Pilgrimage on August 14 and 15. For details regarding itinerary, costs, registration, see: or call (306) 527-2738 for more information.

St. Laurent Pilgrimage Aug. 15 / Sept. 8

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Laurent, SK (north east of Duck Lake: take the road from the statue landmark on Highway 11).

NOTE: Throughout the summer from July 7 to Sept. 1, weekday Mass will be celebrated at the historic shrine at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Mass at 4 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine – the Grotto at the site at St. Laurent, SK.

Feast of the Assumption
Thursday, August 15 
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration (grotto)
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 pm – Guest speaker (Fr. Stefano Penna)
6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Marian prayer / Rosary  (grotto)
6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Priests available for confession
7:30 p.m. – Mass and candlelight procession
Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, September 8
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Marian prayer / rosary
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Priests available for confessions
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Mass and candlelight presentation
8:30 p.m. – Birthday cake and coffee
(Please bring a long stemmed rose to present to Mary before Mass – roses can also be purchased on site)

For information, see: Shrine website or phone Blessed Sacrament Parish in Duck Lake, SK at (306) 467-2003.

Pro-Life Millennium Cross Pilgrimage August 25

19th Annual Pilgrimage to the Pro-Life Millennium Cross will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2019, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Keynote speaker is Cathy LaFleche, Executive Director, Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre. The pilgrimage includes praying of the Rosary, pro-life displays, and a hot dog concession (by donation). Bring your rosary and lawn chairs. The 100-foot Pro-Life Millennium Cross is located 10 km northeast of Aberdeen, SK on Highway 41. For more information see





Other pilgrimages in Archdiocese of Regina

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Other pilgrimages in the Eparchy of Saskatoon

CLICK HERE for information on pilgrimages in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy





Stewardship Conference in Saskatoon – June 6-8

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Everyone is welcome to attend this inspiring and informative conference to be held in Saskatoon June 6-8, sponsored by the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

The theme of the 8th Bi-Annual Western Canadian Catholic Stewardship Conference (WCCSC)  is “Go Make A Difference!”

Speakers include:

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto

Emilie Callan, of Salt+Light Catholic Media Foundation – one of the Canadian delegates to the recent Synod on Youth held at the Vatican

Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon

Tracy Earl Welliver, Catholic author, speaker, consultant, and Gallup-certified Strengths coach with over 25 years experience in parish ministry –

The WCCSC is an opportunity for representatives of each diocese and parish community from across the country to come together to share and be inspired to embrace and lead stewardship within the life of our Canadian Catholic Church.

Dioceses and parishes across Canada are encouraged to send clergy, development, communication and stewardship personnel, diocesan and parish administration and pastoral staff and lay leaders to the June 2019 Conference in Saskatoon.

There will be something of interest for everyone. This will be a conference to connect pastors, lay leaders and diocesan and parish staff.

Find out more at:

The goal: to help participants encounter Jesus Christ and inspire them to carry on his mission of making disciples. This is a weekend of encounter and transformation for all members of the church: Bishops and Pastors, PLD’s, parish leadership and laity.

The schedule: The Conference kicks off June 6 with a pre-conference day devoted to Annual Appeals as well as a track exclusively designed for Clergy.  The Cathedral of the Holy Family at 123 Nelson Road (corner of Attridge Drive and Forestry Farm Park Drive) will host the opening Mass as well as a “Saskatchewan tasting” reception and Cathedral tours before the conference moves to the Sheraton Cavalier in downtown Saskatoon. Friday and Saturday will include inspiring talks from a growing list of dynamic speakers covering all facets of Stewardship from fund development to communications to the every-day stewardship that should be our very way of life.

To Register, visit the conference website at and get in on an Early Bird discount which is open until March 1st, 2019.

Registration, Hotel and General Conference Information and Inquiries: please e-mail: or call (306) 659-5849.