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Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together


Foundations, "Exploring Our Faith Together" is a faith enrichment program for adults offered in the fall and spring of each liturgical year.

Supported by gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, the diocesan Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program offers sessions to parishes and groups on a range of topics related to Evangelization, Church Teachings, Reconciliaton, Faith and Scripture, Marriage and Family, or Prayer and Spirituality.

Find a list of topics and speakers at 

Parishes choose topics from this prepared list, with sessions ranging from 1 to 5 evenings. Sessions are publicized in diocesan publications, and are also posted on the diocesan website. Resource people for parish retreats are also available upon request.

Contact: Andrea Alas at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, second floor, Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Phone: (306) 242-1500 or direct line: (306) 659-5831 or toll free: 1-877-661-5005, Extension 831; or E-mail Andrea at aalas [at]


PAST sessions (Spring 2018)

Pre-registration is always appreciated. Follow the link and choose the event you wish to attend in order to register online: There is an opportunity to make a free-will offering at the door of every session (recommended donation is $5). Upcoming sessions:

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Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together 2018 Lenten Series

"Preparing the way for Holy Week" - A Lenten Series featuring Scriptural Reflection, Prayer, and Meditation led by Gisele Bauche will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on three Tuesdays: Feb 27, March 6, and March 13 in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering each evening. Pre-registration is appreciated; register online at:

Christianity and Islam

Foundations Series: "Christianity and Islam" will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, Thursday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at St. Michael’s Parish, 18 - 33rd St. East, Saskatoon. Why should Christians care about Muslims and Muslims care about Christians? Dr. Michael Pomedli, adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan will discuss similarities and differences to work toward greater understanding, respect, and harmonious co-existence. We will look at the life of Mohammad, as well as similarities, differences, and interdependences of Christianity and Islam. We will also look at the six main principles of Shariah law. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering each evening. Pre-registration is appreciated; register online at:

 Pope Francis said what?

Foundations Session: "Pope Francis said what?" will be offered Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Outlook, SK. – lunch will be served at 12 p.m. and the session will begin at 1 p.m. Join us as Sr. Teresita Kambeitz dives into Pope Francis’ letter “The Joy of the Gospel” speaks to us about his challenge to Catholics to become a church “bruised and dirty” from being out on the streets. Really? What is he telling us? Free will offering. Pre-registration is appreciated; register online at:

Marriage and Scripture

Foundations Session: "Marriage and Scripture" will be offered 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Christ the King Parish, Foam Lake, SK. Join us as speaker Blake Sittler leads a journey through scripture and how it can be applied to us in marriage and family life. Free will offering. Pre-registration is appreciated; register online at:

How to keep our kids Catholic

Foundations Session: "How to keep our kids Catholic" will be offered 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2018 at St. Theresa Parish, Rosetown, SK. with speaker Hudson Byblow. In an era where there is an invisible cliff where our young people depart from the faith, we should be asking "Why?" This talk aims to address that, using practical examples paired with experience of seeing what has worked in other jurisdictions around North America. Free will offering. Pre-registration is appreciated; register online at:



Decision Making in Health Care - Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon, is a single two-hour session, beginning at 7 p.m., with facilitator Mary Deutscher, bioethicist for St. Paul's Hospital and the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan, examining how we make decisions, paying particular attention to decisions made in a healthcare setting. As an example, we will explore the Catholic Church's teachings on feeding tubes and how these teachings can help us if we are faced with a seemingly impossible choice. Register by contacting Charlene or Kelly at (306) 374-1425.


Saints - Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at St. Augustine Parish, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon, a single two-hour session, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with facilitator Myron Rogal, coordinator of the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace. Do we tend to see the saints as idols or friends? This session explores the friendship that Catholics have with the Saints in every season of life. Participants will be left with a challenge of responding to the summons of sainthood as a calling to open ourselves to the love of Christ. Register by contacting Brigid Fuller at (306) 373-3453 or staug.parishld [at]


Step by Step, O Holiness - Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at St. Augustine Parish, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon, a single two-hour session, beggining at 7 p.m., with facilitator Colm Leyne, coordinator of the diocesan Youth Ministry office. What do the Pope, U2, New Kids on the Block, the catechism, desire, and our hearts have in common? All ages welcome to come find out! Register by contacting Brigid Fuller at (306) 373-3453 or staug.parishld [at]


Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned - Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at St. Augustine Parish, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon, a single two-hour session beginning at 7 p.m., with facilitator Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, director of the Master of Religious Education degree program. Do adults celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation (go to confession) in the same way they learned as children? This session offers an option to the "list" method and presents a style more suited to adult moral development. Register by contacting Brigid Fuller at (306) 373-3453 or staug.parishld [at]

Lenten Series 2017

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Past sessions:

Diocesan Series Autumn 2016

Christian Study of Islam: An Introduction

Christian Study of Islam: An Introduction - This Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together series was held over five evenings, featuring a number of speakers, including a guided visit to a mosque Nov. 8 (located at 222 Copland Crescent, Saskatoon) and a panel discussion Nov. 15 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon (find more details of the schedule below). This was a pioneer course in our region of western Canada, organized by Sr. Phyllis Kapuscinski, NDS; Fr. Colin Clay (Anglican); and Fr. Bernard de Margerie (Roman Catholic). Muslim presenters also participated, including Sheikh Imam Ilyas Sidyot, whose website is at:


Reading list:

Power Point from Dr. Anderson (Oct. 25 session)

Handout from Dr. Roland E. Miller (Nov. 3 session):

Notes of public lecture Nov. 3 "Relationship of the Qur'an and the Bible" by Dr. Roland E. Miller:

News article about Dr. Roland Miller presentation:

News article about Oct. 18 introductory session:

News article about final presentation in series, including panelists Nov. 15, 2016:

News article about guided visit to Mosque Nov. 8, 2016:

The schedule for the series, which ended Nov. 15:

  • Oct. 18, 2016 - Introduction of the course as an undertaking of Christian faith and hope seeking understanding presented by Fr. Bernard de Margerie 7 p.m. Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.This course is about Christian believers studying out of the depth of their own Christian tradition how to genuinely understand and relate to Islam. 
  • Oct. 25, 2016 - Introduction to the Qur'an with Imam Ilyas Sidyot, 7 p.m. Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Also included a brief history of Christian-Muslim engagement over the centuries, with Dr. Brenda Anderson. 
  • Nov. 3, 2016 -  The relationship of the Bible and Qur'an -- including the Qur'anic understanding of Jesus - an enlarged, public lecture with Dr. Roland E. Miller and responder Imam Ilyas Sidyot, 7 pm. at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.
  • Nov. 8, 2016 - A guided visit to Saskatoon Islamic Association Mosque, 222 Copland Crescent, Saskatoon, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
  • Nov. 15, 2016 - "Called to prayer?" by Fr. Bernard de Margerie, and a panel discussion on "Where do we go from here?" were presented 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.

"I cannot help thinking that it is urgent, especially today, when Christians and Muslims have entered into a new phase of history, to recognize and develop the spiritual bonds that unite them." (Saint John Paul II, Ankara, Nov. 29, 1979)



Past sessions:

Lenten Series 2015: The Name of God is Mercy

Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to help the world re-awaken to the unending, eternal, amazing mercy of our God. In spring 2015, the year of mercy was explored in a reflective, prayerful Lenten journey, featuring insights from Bishop Donald Bolen Feb. 21, Bishop Emeritus Gerald Wiesner, OMI, Feb. 28 and author/theologian Leah Perrault March 6 -- the three sessions were held at 2 p.m. Sundays at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.

SCHEDULE for "The Name of God is Mercy" Lenten Series included: 

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"Mercy At The Heart of Things" - Bishop Don Bolen - 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Bishop Don explored how mercy is at the very foundation of who God is, how God's mercy is revealed at the depths of human experience, and how it is revealed in a definiative and redeeming way in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Bishop Don also spoke on some of the ways that Pope Francis' ministry and teaching have drawn renewed attention to the mercy of God. 

"Blessed Are They Who Show Mercy" - Bishop Gerry Wiesner, OMI - 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

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The celebration of the Year of Mercy has been an opportunity to reflect more deeply on God's mercy, to see how we benefit from and receive that mercy in our lives, and to remind us to show that mercy to our sisters and brothers in our daily lives. Pope Francis reminds us that we are steeped in mercy so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the good news: the tenderness and mercy of God. God speaks as the God of Mercy. Jesus is the face of the Father's mercy. This is made manifest in his personal relationships, the signs he worked, the parables he told, his direct. teaching. Jesus gave the directive "Be merciful, just as your Fatheer is merciful" (Luke 6:36). How does this unfold in our lives?

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"Fostering a Spirituality of Mercy" - Leah Perrault - 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016         

If the world needs the Father's mercy, then our call is to embody it. The spiritual and corporal acts of mercy have long been given as a guide, yet feeding the hungry, burying the dead, sharing our knowledge and bearing wrongs patiently are overwhelming undertakings that often elude us. This session offered an opportunity in Lent to spend some time with mercy in your own experience, and spot the little ways for injecting mercy that can change your heart and overflow into the lives of others.



Past sessions:

Diocesan Series 2015:

 Pope Francis' Vision on Care for our Common Home


Sr. Judy Schactel, SMS, and Dr. Chris Hrynkow explored Pope Francis' social encyclical, Laudato Si'

Pope Francis' efforts to foster social, cultural and religious sustainability were highlighted during this three-session series at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Monday, Sept. 28, and Monday, Oct. 5, 2015


Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 - 7 p.m. - Integral Ecology and Our Common Home

In Laudato Si' and through his other teachings and actions, Pope Francis has developed a view of the world that sees humans as existing in a series of intertwined relationship with self, neighbour, creation, and God. This session unpacked that view and explore some of its implications for the way people of faith think about life on this planet.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 - 7 p.m. - Contemporary Crises, Ecological Education, and Eco-Spirituality

Pope Francis argues that the human family now faces interrelated social, ecological, and cultural crises. This session looked at both Francis' description of these challenges and the pope's suggested cures in the areas of ecological education and eco-spirituality.

Monday, Oct. 3, 2015 - 7 p.m. - The Gospel of Creation and Green Action

Laudato Si' offers a green reading of the joy and hope of the gospel as one of its key foundations for social and ecological action to heal a planetary community in trouble. This session explored that foundation in conversation with a selection of the many practical recommendations for green living and political action that Francis presents in his first social encyclical.


Past sessions:

Lenten Series 2015: Prayerful Reflection

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The Light of Glory in Prairie Skies: Salvation History in the Stained Glass of Holy Family Cathedral

A prayerful, poetic and theological reflection on salvation history was presented in Lent 2015, with Bishop Donald Bolen and Agnes Pelletier.

2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Creation and Covenant: God’s glory fills the universe in the ongoing and ever-renewing act of creation. Likewise, God’s neverending love echoes through every generation, in the promise to be with us always. 

2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2015 – Annunciation and Incarnation: The eternal son of God shares our humanity, coming among us with Mary’s “Fiat.” The Archangel Gabriel’s invitation is also a call to let Christ be born in us, here and now, in this time and place – in sacrament, in word, and in one another.

2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Resurrection and Glory: Salvation comes through Jesus, continues through the work of the Holy Spirit within us, and will one day bring us to eternal life.

For more information contact Sharon Powell at the diocesan Office of Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together at (306) 659-5831 or foundations [at]


Past sessions:

Great Catholic Thinkers - 2014

This series was presented by the diocesan Foundations office on five Monday evenings in the fall of 2014 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.

  • Sept 29, 2014 - St. Thomas Aquinas - “Better to illuminate than to Shine: the life and thought of the Dumb Ox, Angelic Doctor and Common Teacher of the Catholic Faith - Thomas Aquinas” presented by Dr. Jordan Olver. 
  • Oct. 6, 2014 - St. Augustine - “A Restless Heart’s Contribution to Catholic Thought: An Evening on Augustine of Hippo” presented by Dr. Chris Hrynkow. 
  • Oct. 27, 2014 - Dorothy Day - “Don’t Call Me a Saint: An Evening Mapping the Contributions of Dorothy Day to Catholic Thought and Practice” presented by Dr. Chris Hrynkow. 
  • Nov. 17, 2014 - Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ - “The First Modern Theologian: Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ, Linking Ancient Theology and Philosophy with Modern Thought” presented by Bishop Gerald Wiesner. 
  • Nov. 24, 2014 - Hans Urs von Balthasar - “It’s True because it is Beautiful: The Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar” presented by Blake Sittler. 

"The Joy of the Gospel" by Pope Francis: An Introduction - 2014

This Foundations: Exploring Our Faith series in spring 2014 offered a clear overview of Pope Francis' latest letter to the faithful. Entitled The Joy of the Gospel, the letter lays out the Holy Father's vision for a renewed missionary spirit in the whole church: credible, strong and energized for a new evangelization in these times.
Presenters were: Father Bernard de Margerie and Sister Teresita Kambeitz
Location: St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, Bishop Mahoney Hall, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK
Session One - March 19, 2014  - The dynamite of encountering Jesus, the Risen Lord.
Session Two - March 26, 2014  - The lens through which we view our world, critically and appreciatively, as faithful disciples of the Risen Lord.
Session Three - April 2, 2014 - What we can learn from inclusion of the poor in society, and from social dialogue; how we can avoid spiritual power outages and direct our vitality toward life in abundance" (John 10:10.)


Past sessions:

2014 Lenten Prayer Retreat: Life is prayer

Led by Gisele Bauche on three Monday evenings in Lent 2014 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, this Lenten retreat invited us to “Come and Pray” with different forms of prayer: Meditation, Lectio Divina and Taize Prayer, centred on the scriptural readings from the Gospel of Saint John, heard the Sunday before:

The Woman at the Well - March 24, 2014

The Man Born Blind - March 31, 2014

The Raising of Lazarus - April 7, 2014


Past sessions:

The Spiritual Journey of Saint Paul and Our Journey -  

with Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, OSU

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The Spiritual Journey of Saint Paul and Our Journey

A ten part series to celebrate The Year of Saint Paul (brochure).

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