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Catholic Education – Message from the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan

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A message from the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan for Catholic Education Week: Download the PDF.

Catholic Schools throughout Saskatchewan will celebrate Catholic Education Week and the significant contribution of Catholic Education in our province during Catholic Education Week May 9-16.

The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is “Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope/L’éducation catholique: Cultiver l’espérance”.

This is a special week in our schools as we celebrate the joy and hope of Catholic Education.

There are five sub-themes, one for each day of Catholic Education Week, aimed at helping staff and students to reflect more fully on what Nurturing Hope means to them. The five sub-themes are:

  • Day 1: Preparing the Earth /  Préparer la terre
  • Day 2: Sowing Seeds of Gratitude /  Semer la gratitude
  • Day 3: Cultivating Relationships /  Cultiver nos relations
  • Day 4: Harvesting New Fruit /  Récolter de nouveaux fruits
  • Day 5: Marvelling in Wonder /  S’émerveiller

Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities such as prayer celebrations and service activities.

On Ascension Thursday, May 13, 2021, which is World Catholic Education Day, a live-stream liturgy with Bishop Mark Hagemoen will begin at 10:00 a.m. for all the faithful of Saskatchewan posted at https://saskatoonmass.com and on the diocesan YouTube channel: LINK

 

Year of St. Joseph

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During this year of St. Joseph, declared by Pope Francis to mark the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, Bishop Mark Hagemoen has re-consecrated the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to St. Joseph during a special Mass Tuesday, Feb. 2 on the Feast of the Presentation / World Day of Consecrated Life.

Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: Consecration to St. Joseph

CCCB Page of Resources: LINK – Prayers, devotions, video reflections, catechetical resources for children and youth, Church documents, etc.

Statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, Saskatoon.

In a letter to the faithful on the Memorial of St. André Bessette (who had a great devotion to St. Joseph), Bishop Mark Hagemoen  said: “Our diocese will join with other dioceses across Canada and in the church throughout the world to re-consecrate the Diocese of Saskatoon to St. Joseph.”

The video of the celebration can be found on the YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/saskatoondiocese (also posted below)

Prayer resources prepared by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission – PDF

 

 

 

 

CCCB Prayer Card (Click here for PDF)

 

Mass Feb. 2, 2021: Re-consecraton of diocese to St. Joseph:

Vespers and Mass on the Solemnity of St. Joseph March 19, 2021:

 

 

Christmas in a time of COVID-19 – video conversations with Bishop Mark Hagemoen

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen has been speaking to various groups and individuals about the challenges and blessings we are facing this year during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop in conversation with Catholic youth

Videographer and host Jerome Montpetit of CatChat Ministries presents a videotaped Zoom conversation with Bishop Mark Hagemoen and four Catholic high school students from Saskatoon reflecting on the experience of COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on life, especially during this Christmas season.

Diocesan leaders

Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon speaks about this unusual year with Elder Dianne Anderson of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, coordinator of prison ministry in the diocese; Donna Rogal, who works in the Marriage Tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Saskatoon; Garth McCutcheon, chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Christ the King Parish in Foam Lake; and retired diocesan priest Fr. Ken Beck of Saskatoon.

Ways in which restrictions are affecting individuals, communities, the elderly, families, the bereaved, prisoners, and ministries in our diocese are explored in this hope-filled conversation.

NET Team – Keewatin-Le Pas

In a recent Zoom conversation, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Advent of four NET Ministries (www.netcanada.ca) missionaries presently serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, in Northern Saskatchewan/Northern Manitoba.

The NET team members speaking with Bishop Mark are: Maria Altamirano of Vancouver; Matthew Bentler of Saskatoon; Jacob Brown of Halifax, and Fernanda Cano of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The team talks about how the pandemic has affected them personally, as well as how the restrictions on gathering have impacted their ministry this year, and what challenges and blessings they are experiencing in this Advent season.

 

 

Advent and Christmas in a time of COVID-19: a conversation between Bishop Hagemoen and members of the NET team serving in Keewatin-Le Pas

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In a recent Zoom conversation, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Advent of four NET Ministries (www.netcanada.ca) missionaries presently serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, in Northern Saskatchewan/Northern Manitoba.

The NET team members speaking with Bishop Mark are: Maria Altamirano of Vancouver; Matthew Bentler of Saskatoon; Jacob Brown of Halifax, and Fernanda Cano of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The team talks about how the pandemic has affected them personally, as well as how the restrictions on gathering have impacted their ministry this year, and what challenges and blessings they are experiencing in this Advent season.

 

Conversations about “Fratelli Tutti” on fraternity and human friendship – video panel led by Bishop Hagemoen

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has launched a video series to assist in reflection about Pope Francis’ latest papal encyclical Fratelli Tutti on human fraternity and social friendship.

The second in this video series features a panel discussion led by Bishop Mark Hagemoen, in conversation with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools teacher Celine Cyrenne, Sr. Marta Piano of the Verbum Dei missionary society, and Fr. Stefano Penna, rector of St. Paul Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon.

Find more information and resources about Fratelli Tutti on the diocesan website at: rcdos.ca/fratelli-tutti

Complete letter: FRATELLI TUTTI – The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship

Conversations about “Fratelli Tutti” – A better kind of politics

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has launched a video series to assist in reflection about Pope Francis’ latest papal encyclical Fratelli Tutti on human fraternity and social friendship.

The first in this video series is a timely conversation about Chapter 5 of Fratelli Tutti “A better kind of politics,” which calls for a social and political order based on “social charity” and “political love.”

In conversation are: Myron Rogal, coordinator of Justice and Peace for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon; Dr. Brett Salkeld, Theologian for the Archdiocese of Regina; Matthew Marquardt, President and Founder of Catholic Conscience; and Brendan Steven, Executive Director of Catholic Conscience.

With Saskatchewan in the midst of a campaign for an Oct. 26 provincial election as well as for Nov. 9 civic/ municipal elections, the discussion is particularly timely.

Complete letter: FRATELLI TUTTI – The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship

Congress Days: Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom

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Oct. 22: Registration is now CLOSED for Congress Days 2020

For more information contact Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, mjackson@rcdos.ca 306-659-5836.

Congress Days: Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom will be live-streamed over two days

Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24

Each day will be different!  

All are invited to attend this diocesan event – Pastors, Parish Administration, Parish Ministry, and Parishioners!

Keynote speaker is André Regnier, Co-Founder of Catholic Christian Outreach.

Register at:  https://form.jotform.com/202685582133254

André Regnier, Co-Founder of CCO

For more information please contact:  Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road/Treaty 6, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1; Office: (306) 659-5836, Cell: (306) 361-6483, Email: mjackson@rcdos.ca

Poster PDF – Click here

Schedule / Speakers – Click here for PDF

Register here for Congress Days

 

Video invitation from Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon:

 

Novena to the Holy Spirit for Congress Days:

We are praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Congress Days in our diocese Oct. 23-24 — please pray along with us!
 

(Day 8 – Wednesday, Oct. 21)

O Holy Spirit, Divine Consoler!

I adore you as my True God.

I bless You by uniting myself to the praises

You receive from the angel and saints.

I offer You my whole heart,

and I render You heartfelt thanks

for all the benefits You have bestowed

and do unceasingly bestow upon the world.

You are the author of all supernatural gifts

and You did enrich with immense favors the soul

of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God,

I beseech you to visit me by Your grace and Your love, and grant me the favor I so earnestly seek in this novena:

We pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all those involved in the diocesan Congress Days to be held online Oct. 22 and 23, 2020.

O Holy Spirit, life and light of the Church, give us thoughts higher than our own thoughts, and prayers better than our own prayers, and powers beyond our own powers, that we may love and live, imitating Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Come to us, Holy Spirit, come with the Father. and the Son and grant me the favor I so earnestly request in this novena… if it be in accordance with Your Holy Will.

Dwell within our souls and quickly make our hearts Your own. Quench in us the fires of hate and strife, the wasting fever of the heart. Guard our feeble life from perils and impart Your peace to our souls. Let voice and mind and heart and strength confess and glorify Your name and let the fire of charity burn bright and help to inflame other hearts.

Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love.

 

Bishop Hagemoen announces the normative age of confirmation will be Grade 6, beginning in 2021

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen has written a letter to the faithful announcing a change of the normative age for Confirmation to Grade 6 (age 11) in our diocese, beginning in 2021.

The present practice in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is to celebrate confirmation immediately before First Holy Communion at a combined celebration in Grade 2 (age 7).

Read the bishop’s letter of July 8, 2020 at: Age of Confirmation Announcement

 

“I hope that this shift will not only present new and ongoing opportunities for effective faith formation of youth and their families in preparing for all of the Sacraments but may also be the opportunity to foster new initiatives and creativity regarding ongoing faith-formation and youth activities for the young people and their families of the parishes of our diocese.” – Bishop Mark Hagemooen

“Heart of Jesus” prayer response to coronavirus pandemic: every Friday

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for parishes and the faithful of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to a special day of prayer and fasting every Friday in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Letter to the faithful from Bishop Mark Hagemoen: Click to download PDF

In addition to prayers for healing and an end to the pandemic, a focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus will also involve expressing thanksgiving to all those who are demonstrating the loving heart of Jesus in their service, compassion, diligence and sacrifice during the crisis, said Bishop Mark Hagemoen during a live-streamed celebration of Sunday Eucharist April 26.

Thank You For Having the Heart of Jesus” is the theme of the initiative, which includes the use of materials generously shared by the Diocese of Calgary, which recently launched their campaign under the leadership of Bishop William McGrattan.

Find the “Heart of Jesus” resources below or at: Resources Page.

 

Consecration to Mary, Mother of the Church

Bishop Mark Hagemoen also joined with other bishops across Canada and the United States in consecrating their dioceses — and both countries —  to “Mary, the Mother of the Church,” seeking her protection during the coronavirus crisis on May 1. Read more at Catholic Saskatoon News (LINK).

More information:

 

Recent announcements regarding provincial COVID-19 guidelines

In his message to the faithful, Bishop Hagemoen also addressed the most recent announcement from the Premier of Saskatchewan regrading a gradual lessening of restrictions in our province. “While nothing explicitly has been announced regarding religious organizations and gatherings, I will be meeting with the Liturgy Commission next week to explore how we can as a diocese apply the criteria that we have to date to our liturgical and sacramental practices in the diocese, and a proposed timeline to implement changes. I hope to report back about this in the near future,” he said.

Find other updates, directives and resources in response to the COVID-19 crisisLINK to UPDATES

The bishop thanked the faithful for honoring the directives in place since March 17, 2020 which suspended public celebration of Masses and affected other liturgical and sacramental celebrations. “These circumstances have been difficult for us all. However, they have been a very important response to the COVID 19 pandemic, with the aim of caring especially for our elders, the sick, and those who might be otherwise susceptible to the life-threatening virus.”

 

“Heart of Jesus” – resource materials

Below are a number of resources shared by the Diocese of Calgary and adapted for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon — thank you to our sister diocese!

Parishes and individuals are invited to express their gratitude to those enduring sacrifices to help others during the COVID-19 emergency, as well as to join in prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in particular on Fridays in the Easter season and beyond, leading up to the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday, June 19:

Posters:

Prayer:

Postcards:

Headers / Banners:

Logos:

Other postcards:

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