National Week of Life and Family

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The Office of Family and Life of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCCB) has prepared a range of resources for the National Week of Life and Family, May 7-14.

The theme is Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (John 13:34). This week emphasizes the joy and beauty of family and life by highlighting various lived experiences of those in our local communities.

“Let us spend NFLW 2023 (7-14 May 2023) united in prayer, reflection, and action, demonstrating our active support for family and life. Indeed, families are ‘guardians of life’ when we love one another within our families and in wider society when we show kindness toward and care for the vulnerable and marginalized.” – CCCB news release

Find information and resources on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops website: LINK  – including a message from CCCB president Bishop Raymond Poisson: English / French

Prayers and activities for families and parishes:

Pro-life events in Saskatchewan:

  • Saskatchewan March for Life 2023 will be held Thursday, May 11 in Regina. March for Life schedule: Rosary and Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral, 3125-13th  Avenue, Regina at 12:30 p.m. May 11; March for Life starting 2:00 p.m. May 11 at Holy Rosary Cathedral with a short program at the Legislature followed by silent witness along Albert Street. See:
  • The annual Mother’s Day Walk for Life will be held in Saskatoon from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14 in Saskatoon. along College Drive, between Hospital Drive and Wiggins Avenue. Life-affirming signs are provided and it is a family friendly event. Show your support for life and plan to attend.

National Family and Life Week Prayers of the Faithful:

  • For those preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, that the tenderness and guiding light of Christ may bring an abundance of grace and peace in this meaningful life decision and commitment, we pray to the Lord.
  • For those living out their marriage covenant, that the Holy Spirit will enflame joy and perseverance in their hearts as a reminder of Christ’s living presence dwelling among them, we pray to the Lord.
  • For families caring for loved ones through illness, loneliness, and old age, that the gift of life be cherished and that the endless care and compassion of Christ be embraced, we pray to the Lord.
  • For mothers and families who mourn the loss of little ones, that as they journey through immense grief, the consoling arms of Christ will embrace them with support, healing, and kindness, we pray to the Lord.
  • For persons with disabilities, that the goodness and grace of Jesus bring renewed ways of belonging to a loving community and flourishing of each person’s unique gifts and talents, we pray to the Lord.
  • For those living with mental health challenges, including mental illnesses, that the Spirit of the loving Jesus accompany them through the valleys and peaks of life and may His still small voice of calm continually resound in their hearts so they know that they are loved and never alone, we pray to the Lord.

Bishop provides clergy, religious and vocation updates

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen announced further pastoral appointments and clergy, religious and vocation updates Oct. 28, 2021.

“I again thank all clergy and religious of the diocese for their ministry and ask you to continue to join in prayer for all clergy awaiting arrival, for those in transition, and for those discerning vocations to the priesthood or religious life,” Bishop Hagemoen said in his announcement to the diocese.

The Oct. 28 updates follows a number of earlier announcements for this ministry year.


Fr. Roman Wroclawski, S.Chr.

Fr. Roman Wroclawski, S.Chr., is appointed pastor at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Saskatoon.

Fr. Wroclawski is a priest of the Society of Christ, ordained in Poznañ, Poland, and served parishes in France for over 15 years. Fr. Wroclawski began his appointment Sept. 28, 2021.


Deacon Dan Lamoureaux

Deacon Dan Lamoureaux will serve in diaconal ministry with St. James Parish, Wilkie. 

Deacon Lamoureaux currently serves for the Diocese of Prince Albert at St. Germaine Parish, Red Pheasant First Nations; St. Thomas, Sweetgrass First Nations; St. Bernadette, Mosquito First Nations; and Anele Parish, Poundmaker First Nations.


Anthony Hoang

Anthony Hoang from Holy Spirit Parish, Saskatoon, is in his first year of formation in the Culture Works program, St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario.

Huy Le

Huy Le from St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Saskatoon, is in his first year of formation with the Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program, the new vocations program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Jerome Montpetit

Jerome Montpetit from St. Bruno Parish, Bruno, is in his first year of formation with the Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program, the new vocations program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Van Tam (Luke) Tran

Van Tam (Luke) Tran, has returned to Christ the King Seminary in Mission, British Columbia, for his third year of theology.

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster from St. Joseph Parish, Saskatoon, is in his first year of formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta.


Sr. Claudia Vázquez Díaz

Sr. Claudia Vázquez Díaz, of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, arrived in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2021, and is serving in ministry as an Apostolate Leader for the Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program and other ministry services for the diocese.]


Kaitlyn Deck, Queenship of Mary Community

Sr. Kaitlyn Deck from St. Peter Parish, Unity, is in her third year of formation – “Apostolic Novitiate” – with the Queenship of Mary Community in Ottawa, Ontario.


Sr. Micheline Thibeault, Queenship of Mary Community

Sr. Micheline Thibeault from St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon, is in her second year of formation – “Canonical Noviciate” – with the Queenship of Mary Community, Ottawa, Ontario.


George Leberio, Companions of the Cross

George Leberio from St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon, is in his second year of applicancy at Assumption Farm in Combermere, Ontario, with the Companions of the Cross.


Brother Raphael (Gregory Parsons), Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

Br. Raphael (Gregory Parsons) from St. Mary Parish, Wadena, made temporary vows in February 2021 and continues in formation with the Carmelite Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel at Cody, Wyoming, USA.

Br. Andrew Wing, Legionaries of Christ

Br. Andrew Wing LC from St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon, is in his second year of formation with the Legionaries of Christ, on internship in Calgary, Alberta.


Fr. Colin Roy

Fr. Colin Roy, pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Humboldt, St. Scholastica Parish, Burr, and Holy Trinity Parish, Pilger,  has been appointed the Dean for the Humboldt Deanery and will serve for the remainder of the current term.


Fr. Richard Philipski, SChr

Fr. Richard Philiposki, S.Chr. has returned to the United States under the direction of his provincial superior after serving as pastor for Our Lady of Czestohowa parish this past year.



National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Diocese of Saskatoon joins country in preparing to mark first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on “Orange Shirt Day” Sept 30, 2021

“Let’s walk and talk.”

The Diocesan Council for Truth and Reconciliation (DCTR) is encouraging parishes and individuals to take time to reflect together on the hurt and damage of the residential school system and Canada’s colonial history, as Canada marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept. 30.

The new federal holiday builds upon “Orange Shirt Day,” which has been marked on Sept. 30 in recent years, as a way to honour those who attended residential schools and to raise awareness about what was suffered and lost. Wearing orange was prompted by the experience of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who as a six-year-old arriving at residential school in 1973 had her beloved orange shirt immediately taken away. “On Sept. 30, orange is worn to show that no child should have their culture and faith stripped from them,” summarizes Myron Rogal, coordinator of Justice and Peace in the diocese of Saskatoon and a member of the DCTR.

“Let’s walk and talk”

With that history in mind, the DCTR is suggesting to parishes and individuals that people find a partner or friend and go for a walk on that day, taking some time to reflect on three questions:

  • Were you ever rejected when going to school and how did that change you?
  • In what ways have you seen Indigenous people rejected in your life?
  • The next time you are tempted to judge instead of listening, what action will you take?

The DCTR’s mandate in the diocese of Saskatoon is  “to provide a forum for listening and sharing, through stories and prayer” and “to raise awareness throughout the diocese about injustice issues, and barriers to reconciliation, and to discern a way to walk together on a path of understanding, education and action, fostering relationships in the light of the Gospel.”

Established in 2012 as a result of a promise made by the Catholic diocese at the national Truth and Reconciliation event held in Saskatoon, the DCTR is a “sharing and consultative circle” of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people providing guidance to the bishop and the diocese.

Myron Rogal and Carol Zubiak take time to walk together and talk about truth and reconciliation. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)


Resources and How to Get Involved: LINK

Message from the bishop:

In a Sept. 10 message, Bishop Mark Hagemoen encourages the diocese to prepare to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept. 30, and to pray for residential school survivors and their communities. “I encourage all of our parishes and Catholic communities in our diocese to observe this day with prayer and solemnity.”

Bishop Hagemoen adds: “I again pledge that I and our diocese will continue to walk a path of reconciliation and healing. The Gospel inspires us to walk in love and friendship as sisters and brothers of our One Creator, in His Son, Jesus Christ our common Saviour and Redeemer. I again ask us all to renew our ongoing commitment to building relationships of honour and respect, and to continue to take concrete steps on this journey of healing that must involve all of us. “

The bishop will celebrate Mass at 9 a.m. on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon, with the Mass also live-streamed at

Following Mass, priests from across the diocese will gather for a “Day of Recollection” with presentations by Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI.

“I hope that other parishes will plan to celebrate Mass or other form of devotion or prayer service for the intention of this day,” says Hagemoen in his message to the diocese.

“I encourage our parishes, deaneries, and other Catholic communities to be creative about other ways to honour this day, either through education and/or service opportunities, or by joining with other larger civil ceremonies being planned by the City of Saskatoon and various townships, and with the Saskatoon Tribal Council.”

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action: LINK

Other initiatives:

The Saskatoon Tribal Council has organized a concert to coincide with the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Sasktel Centre, in honour of residential school survivors. The Every Child Matters Community Concert will include musical performances by Gord Bamford, Charlie Major and George Canyon as well as speakers, fiddle music and drum groups. Tickets are $35:

Resources from the SK Chamber of Commerce: LINK

Meanwhile, fund-raising efforts continue for the Catholic TRC Healing Response, launched earlier this summer by the five Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan in support of residential school survivors and their communities. Online giving can be directed to individual diocese or eparchy efforts at: raised will go to support residential school survivors and their communities, in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and in consultation with Indigenous leaders, elders and groups.


O God, Creator and Father of all, with humility we your children acknowledge the relationship of all living things. For this we thank You, we praise You and we worship You.

We call on you, Great Mystery, the Word made Flesh – our Teacher, Prophet and Brother – to open our hearts to all our brothers and sisters, and with them to grow in the wisdom, honesty, courage and respectfulness shown in the Sacred Teachings.

Give us the vision and honesty to recognize that the we are all brothers and sisters of one human family, created and sustained by the One Creator.

As we deal with many challenges, may we never give way to fear and anger, which can be the source of division and threat amongst peoples.

We look to how God always gives to us a remedy for sins of prejudice and intolerance.

We see in God the Creator of all things, One who always provides and is generous – even given the abuses we have heaped on one another and on the earth.

We see in the Son, Jesus Christ – the innocent Victim who pours His life blood out from the Cross for all peoples.

We see how the Holy Spirit is God’s gift, alive in our world today – inspiring vision and hope that we can have the same mind and heart of God!

O Creator, show us the way to healing, forgiveness and reconciliation, and a renewed fellowship. +Amen

COVID-19 Vaccine information

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Vatican statement on the morality of vaccines: Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Nov. 2, 2021 – Update – Re: Ongoing Concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and government mandates – Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Oct, 8, 2021 – “Vaccine Exemption” – Letter from Bishop Mark Hagemoen


Morality of vaccines – Vatican statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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The question of the use of vaccines, in general, is often at the center of controversy in the forum of public opinion. In recent months, this Congregation has received several requests for guidance regarding the use of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, which, in the course of research and production, employed cell lines drawn from tissue obtained from two abortions that occurred in the last century. At the same time, diverse and sometimes conflicting pronouncements in the mass media by bishops, Catholic associations, and experts have raised questions about the morality of the use of these vaccines.

There is already an important pronouncement of the Pontifical Academy for Life on this issue, entitled “Moral reflections on vaccines prepared from cells derived from aborted human fetuses” (5 June 2005). Further, this Congregation expressed itself on the matter with the Instruction Dignitas Personae (September 8, 2008, cf. nn. 34 and 35). In 2017, the Pontifical Academy for Life returned to the topic with a Note. These documents already offer some general directive criteria.

Since the first vaccines against Covid-19 are already available for distribution and administration in various countries, this Congregation desires to offer some indications for clarification of this matter. We do not intend to judge the safety and efficacy of these vaccines, although ethically relevant and necessary, as this evaluation is the responsibility of biomedical researchers and drug agencies. Here, our objective is only to consider the moral aspects of the use of the vaccines against Covid-19 that have been developed from cell lines derived from tissues obtained from two fetuses that were not spontaneously aborted.

1. As the Instruction Dignitas Personae states, in cases where cells from aborted fetuses are employed to create cell lines for use in scientific research, “there exist differing degrees of responsibility”[1] of cooperation in evil. For example,“in organizations where cell lines of illicit origin are being utilized, the responsibility of those who make the decision to use them is not the same as that of those who have no voice in such a decision”.[2]

2. In this sense, when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available (e.g. in countries where vaccines without ethical problems are not made available to physicians and patients, or where their distribution is more difficult due to special storage and transport conditions, or when various types of vaccines are distributed in the same country but health authorities do not allow citizens to choose the vaccine with which to be inoculated) it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.

3. The fundamental reason for considering the use of these vaccines morally licit is that the kind of cooperation in evil (passive material cooperation) in the procured abortion from which these cell lines originate is, on the part of those making use of the resulting vaccines, remote. The moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger, such as the otherwise uncontainable spread of a serious pathological agent[3]–in this case, the pandemic spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19. It must therefore be considered that, in such a case, all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive. It should be emphasized, however, that the morally licit use of these types of vaccines, in the particular conditions that make it so, does not in itself constitute a legitimation, even indirect, of the practice of abortion, and necessarily assumes the opposition to this practice by those who make use of these vaccines.

4. In fact, the licit use of such vaccines does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses.[4] Both pharmaceutical companies and governmental health agencies are therefore encouraged to produce, approve, distribute and offer ethically acceptable vaccines that do not create problems of conscience for either health care providers or the people to be vaccinated.

5. At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary. In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one’s own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good. In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed. Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent. In particular, they must avoid any risk to the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons, and who are the most vulnerable.

6. Finally, there is also a moral imperative for the pharmaceutical industry, governments and international organizations to ensure that vaccines, which are effective and safe from a medical point of view, as well as ethically acceptable, are also accessible to the poorest countries in a manner that is not costly for them. The lack of access to vaccines, otherwise, would become another sign of discrimination and injustice that condemns poor countries to continue living in health, economic and social poverty.[5]

The Sovereign Pontiff Francis, at the Audience granted to the undersigned Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on 17 December 2020, examined the present Note and ordered its publication.

Rome, from the Offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on 21 December 2020, Liturgical Memorial of Saint Peter Canisius.

Luis F. Card. Ladaria, S.I.

+ S.E. Mons. Giacomo Morandi
Titular Archbishop of Cerveteri

[1] Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction Dignitas Personae (8thDecember 2008), n. 35; AAS (100), 884.

[2] Ibid, 885.

[3] Cfr. Pontifical Academy for Life, “Moral reflections on vaccines prepared from cells derived from aborted human foetuses”, 5th June 2005.

[4] Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruct. Dignitas Personae, n. 35: “When the illicit action is endorsed by the laws which regulate healthcare and scientific research, it is necessary to distance oneself from the evil aspects of that system in order not to give the impression of a certain toleration or tacit acceptance of actions which are gravely unjust. Any appearance of acceptance would in fact contribute to the growing indifference to, if not the approval of, such actions in certain medical and political circles”.

[5] Cfr. Francis, Address to the members of the “Banco Farmaceutico” foundation, 19 September 2020.

Faith leaders’ consultation on re-opening places of worship

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Media Release from Faith Leaders of Saskatchewan – May 29, 2020

Soon after the release of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, faith leaders from across Saskatchewan gathered online to discuss the re-opening of places of worship. We drafted a letter asking the Saskatchewan government to work together with faith communities to develop responsible guidelines bringing places of worship within the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan. The full text of our letter sent on Thursday, May 14, 2020, accompanies this media release, along with a list of the participating faith leaders.

The government has responded to our request with the designation of two members of the COVID-19 Response Team to liaise with faith leaders. We are extremely thankful for the professionalism and commitment of these public servants. A robust and fruitful dialogue has produced guidelines that have been submitted for approval of the relevant health authorities. We confidently expect their imminent release.

It must be remembered that the guidelines represent the minimum precautions that each faith community is expected to take. No community should resume public worship until they are ready. We have been assured that the provisions included in Phase 3 of the Re-Open plan will be adjusted as further experience commends. Guidelines addressing other aspects of worship and community life within our faith communities will be added in the coming weeks.

Click here for full text of Saskatchewan faith leaders’ May 14, 2020 letter to Premier Scott Moe

Catholic Saskatoon News article

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Members of the faith leaders’ working group (representing a group of 28 leaders) are:

  • Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina
  • Rev. Amanda Currie, Synod of Saskatchewan, Presbyterian Church in Canada
  • Rev. Tricia Gerhard, Chair, Living Skies Regional Council Executive, United Church of Canada
  • Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins, Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan
  • Rev. Paul Israelson, District Superintendent, Saskatchewan District, Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
  • Rabbi Jeremy Parnes, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Regina
  • Imam Ilyas Sidyot, Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
  •  Rev. Dr. Bernie Van De Walle, District Superintendent, Canadian Midwest District of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church

“Heart of Jesus” RESOURCES page

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen is calling for special moments of prayer and fasting every Friday in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Below are resources, including posters, postcards, web banners, etc.

News article – Catholic Saskatoon News

“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:




Headers / Banners:


Other postcards:

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