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DIOCESAN WEEKLY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS, FEBRUARY 24, 2019, SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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* Diocesan Prayer Intention We pray as a diocesan family that all government leaders will work to protect the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

 

Earthcare Connections prayer intentions –Feb. 24, 2019, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

  1. May we discern the leading of the Lord as we take positive steps toward health for Creation. We pray to the Lord.
  2. God spoke to the disciples from a cloud; may we hear God speaking to us from the clouds in our lives. We pray to the Lord.

 

New Announcements:

* 24 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration at Queen’s House will be held from 12 noon Monday, Feb. 25 to 12 noon Tuesday, Feb. 26. Come and spend an hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. For information, please contact Sally at (306) 373-2621.

 

* Join the Call for Conscience! Concerned citizens are asking the Saskatchewan legislature to create and support a bill to protect the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who cannot participate in euthanasia/assisted suicide in good conscience.  To learn more, please visit the website www.CanadiansforConscience.ca/saskatchewan  where you can join the “Call for Conscience” by writing to our Health Ministers and leaders online, asking them to support the push for legislative protection There will be a letter-signing opportunity Feb. 23-24 in many parishes across our diocese (with prepared letters provided), coordinated by the Knights of Columbus, with support from the CWL. 

Prayers for the “Call to Conscience”:

  1. That all government leaders will protect the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death...
  2. That legislation will be passed that will protect Saskatchewan doctors, nurses, pharmacists, health professionals and facilities from being forced to participate in euthanasia by way of referral or other means... 
  3. That vulnerable people - the aged, people with mental health difficulties, young people, the disabled and people affected by dementia will have the loving care and support to choose life rather than choosing death...

 

* PPK - Priest Prophet King - Catholic Men’s Group meets Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK. starting at 7 p.m. with Eucharistic Adoration and Confession, followed by a talk starting at 8 p.m., food and drink available. Guest speakers Fr. Colin Roy and Fr. Daniel Yasinski, Co-Directors of Vocations in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, will address the topic “I will give you shepherds,” praying for and fostering vocations to the priesthood in our families. Find more information about PPK online: www.priestprophetking.org  

 

* Hospice at Glengarda - A Close to Home campaign is underway to raise funds to build Saskatoon’s first residential hospice at the former Ursuline Glengarda residence on Hilliard Street in Saskatoon. The building will be expanded, renovated and furnished as a 15-bed Hospice to provide comfort, peace and tranquility in an environment that is as close to home as possible.

Other priorities for the Close to Home campaign include:

  • Establishing Holistic Care Endowments to provide bereavement care, spiritual care and healing arts therapy to patients and families facing end-of-life, both in the Hospice at Glengarda and in the community;
  • Establishing an Education Fund to enrich the skills of professional end-of-life caregivers and community members in Saskatoon;
  • Undertaking needed renovations to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.

For latest updates, more information and/or to donate, please go to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation campaign website: www.CloseToHome.fund  or e-mail: info@sphfoundation.ca  or call (306) 655-5821.

 

* De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity free public lecture will be held 7:30 p.m. March 14 at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, featuring guest speaker Rev. Gordon T. Smith, President of Ambrose University in Calgary. The De Margerie Series will also include a workshop to be held 9 a.m. March 15 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre resource library, 2nd floor, Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Contact the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism for information: (306) 653-1633.

 

* The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women, focused on prayer and action for peace and justice. Generally held on the first Friday of March, the World Day of Prayer involves Christians from over 170 countries coming together in spirit, uniting on a common day to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children. The movement has been active for nearly 100 years. Each year, a different country writes the service materials. This year, the writing country is Slovenia: "Come - Everything is Ready". Resources and more information available at: https://wicc.org/world-day-of-prayer/   .Local services for the World Day of Prayer are held in various Christian churches. World Day of Prayer Services on Friday, March 1 in Saskatoon include:

  • 3 p.m. - Queen of Peace Chapel, Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon; refreshments, fellowship and video to follow
  • 2 p.m. - All Saints Church, 1801 Lorne Avenue, Saskatoon; coffee to follow in the church hall.

 

Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians Prayer Evening will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. In every age, Christians have suffered for their faith, from the Roman Coliseum to the recent beheadings perpetrated by ISIS. Brave men and women, embracing the cross of Jesus, have gone to their death rather than deny their faith. Today, the witness of martyrs continues in an especially intense way in the Middle East, where priests are murdered for offering Mass and families are driven from their homes for displaying a cross. Featuring the newly commissioned icon of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, we will gather as a church community to render spiritual aid to those who suffer for their faith. Please join the Knights and families in this special evening of prayer.

 

Employment Opportunity - Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (Martensville) in the Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a part-time (10 hours per week) Pastoral Associate to assist the Pastor and Parish Leadership Team in the carrying out of pastoral duties for a maternity/parental leave. Please note that this is a term position.

The Pastoral Associate reporting to the Pastor will be responsible to:

  • Oversee sacramental preparation for parents of students in Grade 2
  • Provide school and classroom ministry with the Pastor monthly
  • Provide support to parish ministry teams
  • Engage the parish Youth Council and parish in evangelistic efforts

Qualified applicants will:

  • Be a confirmed practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • Possess a combination of relevant education and experience (employed or volunteer)

Compensation includes: Monthly salary in accordance with the Pastoral Grid of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. For more information: Please contact Patrick Clarke at 306-659-5835 or pclarke@rcdos.ca for a detailed job description. To apply and application deadline: Submit a cover letter, pastoral reference and resume to Patrick Clarke (Human Resources Manager) at pclarke@rcdos.ca  by: midnight, Thursday 7 March 2019. Position start date: Monday 1 April 2019

 

The Parish of St. Patrick in the Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a half-time (20 hours per week) Administrative Support Staff Member to assist the Pastor and Parish Staff in the carrying out of administrative duties. The Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper, reporting to the Pastor will be responsible to:

  • Provide administrative support to the parish staff
  • Oversee parish digital and web communications
  • Oversee hall rentals

Qualified applicants will possess:

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

Compensation includes:

  • Monthly salary in accordance with the Admin 1 Grid of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
  • Extended 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 pclarke@rcdos.ca  for a detailed job description. To apply and application deadline: Submit a cover letter and resume to Patrick Clarke (Human Resources Manager) at pclarke@rcdos.ca  by: midnight, Thursday 7 March 2019. Position start date: Monday 1 April 2019.

 

Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre 2nd Annual Curling Funspiel, March 16, 2019: Please plan to join us from noon to 8:00 p.m., four end games, two-game guarantee. All types of teams are welcome. Cost: $160/team, $300/2 teams, meal is included.  Supper only ticket: $25/adult, $13/child. All events take place at the CN Curling Club, 1602 Chappell Drive, Saskatoon.  Board games and silent dessert auction will be available. To register or for more information, email: spoc@sasktel.net

 

* Coffee Talk Series hosted by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism  will be held 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Nutana Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth Street East, Saskatoon, with Sandra Beardsall discussing her book "Daring to Share: Multi Denominational Congregations in the United States and Canada." Sandra Beardsall is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a professor of Church History and Ecumenics at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. Her teaching, research and writing brings together historical, pastoral and ecumenical concerns in the service of congregational ministry in prairie and western contexts and in the continuing search for Christian unity. She is also a member of the Anglican/United Church of Canada national dialogue group. For more information about the Coffee Talk Series contact (306) 653-1633 or programs@pcecumenism.ca

 

 (Please note revised Early Bird Deadline of March 15)

* The Western Canadian Catholic Stewardship Conference will be hosted in Saskatoon June 6-8, 2019 - 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 is “Go Make A Difference!” 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: https://wccsc.ca  

Speakers will include:

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 Thursday, June 6 with a pre-conference day devoted to Annual Appeals as well as a track exclusively designed for ordained Clergy. The Cathedral of the Holy Family at 123 Nelson Road will host the opening Mass as well as a “Saskatchewan tasting” reception, before the conference moves to the Sheraton Cavalier in downtown Saskatoon. Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 will include inspiring talks from a growing list of dynamic speakers covering all facets of stewardship from fund development to communications to every-day stewardship as a way of life. To Register, visit the conference website at https://wccsc.ca/  —an Early Bird discount is open until March 15, 2019.  More information: (306) 659-5849.

 

* Culture of Encounter – Viewing of the documentary film Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies: a story of hope, understanding, and friendship. This film tells the story of a group of Mennonite and Lutheran settlers north of Saskatoon living on land that was opened to settlement, in spite of it having been allocated as a reserve for the Young Chippewayan Band. Learn how these three groups came together to overcome injustice and, to grow in understanding. The Reserve 107 film showing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Holy Spirit Parish Hall, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. Myron Rogal of the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace will introduce the film and facilitate a short discussion. To register, please contact Sharon at sharon@holyspiritsaskatoon.ca or (306) 374-1425.

 

Pure Witness Dessert and Theatre Fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 24 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Come and learn more about Pure Witness Ministries and support the building of future leaders of the New Evangelization. Enjoy delicious desserts, watch some live theatre and learn more about the work of Pure Witness missionaries. Cocktails 5:30 p.m. (cash bar)., Program 6:00 p.m. Tickets are free, but must be reserved before March 18 (adults only.) Register online at https://purewitness.com/fundraiser/ or call/text Laura at (306) 717-7868. Youth volunteers are needed, and all donations are welcome, including donations of items for silent auction or a dessert.

 

Created for Greatness - The Annual Teen Aid Fundraiser Banquet will be held Sunday March 24 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Anne's Parish Hall 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, dinner is free; Live and Silent Auctions. Register online by searching (Google)   "Created for Greatness Eventbrite” to register and print your free dinner tickets. For more information contact: Mary Riendeau at rmr@sasktel.net

 

Easter Tea & Bake Sale will be held Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Church Auditorium, 1202 - 11th Street East, Saskatoon. Easter Breads, Baked Goods, Butter Lambs, Perogies, Cabbage Rolls, Beet Relish, Pysanky. Admission:  Adults $3.00        Children (6-12) $2; Preschool: free; sponsored by Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada.

 

Queen’s House of Retreats – 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. • Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist@queenshouse.org • Website:  www.queenshouse.org 

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!
  • WOMEN in MINISTRY LUNCHEONS: Monthly
  • K of C BROTHERS KEEPER BREAKFAST: 2nd Tuesday/month -7 a.m.:
  • TAIZE PRAYER: Second Wednesday of each month
  • PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Call reception to arrange a suitable time.

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 bookings@queenshouse.org or by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist@queenshouse.org for details.

 

Spiritual Direction: For more information or to begin your journey: Contact Sr. Adeline at Queen’s House (306) 242-1916 or any affiliated spiritual director.

 

* Discovering Our Relationship With The Living Earth with Sr. Judy Schachtel SMS will be held Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon. Cost: $10/session or $30/series. For more information and registration, contact: (306) 242-1916 or e-mail: receptionist@queenshouse.org

 

Exploring our Mystical Roots with Fr. Kevin McGee will be held Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon. Cost: $50 (includes lunch) or $40 (bring your own lunch.) To register please contact: (306) 242-1916 or e-mail: receptionist@queenshouse.org

 

Living Lent: Four Bishops Reflect on the Invitations of this Holy Season: Local Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican bishops will be featured in a two-part series presented at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Bishop Bryan Bayda CSsR of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, and Bishop Sid Haugen of the Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada will speak at the first session 9:30 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, March 23. Speakers at the second session 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 13 are Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, and Bishop Christopher Harper of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon. For more information or to register, contact Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916 or e-mail: receptionist@queenshouse.org

(Cost: $30/workshop, $40/workshop plus lunch.)

 

Care of the Spirit for the Spirit who Cares: Soul Care for Helping Professionals with Karen Scott Barss RPN, MA will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday April 6, at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W, Saskatoon. Cost: $55 (includes lunch) or $45 (bring your own lunch). To register please contact: (306) 242-1916 or receptionist@queenshouse.org

 

Faith Stages on the Spiritual Journey with Sr. Teresita Kambeitz OSU will be held April 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W, Saskatoon. Cost: $50 (lunch included) or $40 (bring your own lunch.) To register please contact: (306) 242-1916 or e-mail: receptionist@queenshouse.org

 

Queen’s House is currently seeking an individual interested in the position of an Events and Engagement Coordinator. This position is intended to assist Queen’s House with fundraising planning, event organization, community development and all related activities, campaigns and initiatives. Please refer to the website, www.queenshouse.org for complete details.

 

Previous Announcements

* 2018 Charitable Giving Tax Receipts from the Catholic Foundation

We have developed a new way of receipting that we hope will be more efficient and better for donors.  Instead of issuing separate receipts for each fund or collection to which you have made a gift (e.g. BAA, Priests’ Pension, Restorative Ministry, etc.), we will now be sending one receipt for your entire giving amount.  Along with the receipt will be a report outlining the gift breakdown.  So now two pages replace possibly three or more.  This will also save postage and envelopes as receipts for some of the smaller or less frequent collections were previously mailed to parishioners.  Foundation receipts will be enclosed with parish offertory receipts from your parish. Please contact Cathy Gilje at cgilje@dscf.ca or 306-659-5851 if you have questions. Thank you for the many ways you support the Diocese of Saskatoon!

 

* Retrouvaille helps hurting marriages! When couples experience difficulties in their marriage, they often feel alone; like there is no one who can help them. Retrouvaille cares about your marriage. Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce. For confidential information about or to register for the May 3-5, 2019 weekend in Saskatoon, call (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille@sasktel.net

 

* Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee, will be held 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at St. Augustine Church 602 Boychuk Dr. Saskatoon. 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.

 

St. Joseph High School presents the musical Les Miserables. Performances run Wednesday March 13th to Sunday March 17th. There are 4 evening performances on March 13, 14, 15, and 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. There are also 2 matinee performances on Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17 beginning at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be ordered by emailing stjoseph@gscs.ca  or calling 306-659-7675. Tickets can also be purchased at the school, over lunch time, beginning on Monday February 25. People who have purchased tickets by email or phone are asked to pick up their tickets 30 minutes prior to the scheduled showtime. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for high school and elementary students, as well as seniors. Tickets are free for children under 5 years.

 

“Into the Breach” - Men's Spiritual Enrichment Conference will be held the evening of Friday, March 29, and all day Saturday, March 30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd., Saskatoon, hosted by the Knights of Columbus Denis Mahoney Council 8215. Speakers include Ken Yasinski and Brett Powell, as well as Bishop Bryan Bayda of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon and Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.  Registration for the weekend is $50. To register, e-mail bookings@queenshouse.org  or phone (306) 242-1925 or talk to a local K of C Member.

SPEAKERS:

Brett Powell is an engaging and powerful speaker who has served in various settings within the Church. As an executive with Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) Director of a Archdiocesan Development Office and currently, as the Archbishop’s Delegate of Development and Ministries for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Brett has been with Andrea for over 30 years and they have eight kids. He is the creator of the popular blog Leadership Where it Matters Moston www.brettpowell.org

Ken Yasinski has been speaking full-time within the Catholic Church for the last 19 years. Ken is founder of Face to Face Ministries where he served as its Executive Director for 14 years. Now, as President of Catholic Speaker Productions, he focuses his time on speaking across North America, leading parish missions and equipping Church leaders in the New Evangelization. Ken lives in Saskatoon with his wife Janelle and their 5 young children. Visit his website: www.catholicspeaker.com

 

* Movie screening and discussion - The diocesan Office of Justice and Peace is sponsoring a movie screening and discussion 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at St Philippe Néri Parish in Vonda, SK. (content suitable for ages 14 years and up.)

 ABOUT THE FILM:  "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae" is a beautifully-made documentary that examines the parallel developments of the Pill and modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) by telling the little-known story of the founding doctors, respectively, Dr. Gregory Pincus and Drs. John and Evelyn Billings. The centerpiece of the film is the dramatic life story of Alana Newman, a talented recording artist. Born through donor conception (via an anonymous sperm donor), Alana's youth is filled with natural curiosity about her biological father. As she gets older, however, this curiosity develops into a sense of abandonment and self-doubt. Still, a spark of that curiosity inspires her on to an arduous search for truth, beauty, and goodness—and her father. Eventually, Alana discovers the treasures of Theology of the Body, Humanae Vitae, and all the riches of the Catholic Church, and comes to realize that she, in fact, may never have been fatherless. "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae" has been endorsed by The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

Following the film there will be a panel discussion, with local people speaking to their experience of NFP.

If other parishes and groups are interested in hosting a similar evening to screen this film, please contact Justice and Peace Coordinator Myron Rogal at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 306-659-5841 or mrogal@rcdos.ca

 

* 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, Feb. 28 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, March 13 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

 

* Philosophy in the Community free lecture series - “Why Legal Aid Matters for Justice” will be presented by U of S College of Law Professor Sarah Buhler at 7 p.m. March 8 at The Refinery, located at Emmanuel Anglican Church, 609 Dufferin Avenue and 12th St. E., Saskatoon. Publicly-funded legal aid is vitally important in the context of a justice system that disproportionately impact members of marginalized communities. The talk will include some history and background about legal aid programs in Canada, and will show how legal aid can mitigate harm and promote justice for people who find themselves drawn into the system.

 

Saskatchewan K of C Vocations Endowment - Unanimously all Catholic Bishops in Saskatchewan have partnered with the Knights of Columbus to create the Sask Kof C Vocations Endowment. Proceeds from this endowment will be disbursed on an annual basis equally to each seminarian throughout all Saskatchewan Dioceses and Eparchy to help defray the $33,000.00 per year it costs to educate each Seminarian. See www.saskkofcfoundation.com  and be counted in for this worthwhile cause. The Bishops, Dioceses, Kof C and Catholic faithful thank you in advance for your generous support of the education and development of Seminarians through Prayer and financial assistance.

 

Journey through Lent with Art -Lent is a time to turn inward and examine our lives and our relationship with God. This five-week series offers the opportunity to do so through art in a safe and supportive environment. As an introspective tool, art opens a door between our inner and outer selves, offering insights that not otherwise be discovered. No artistic experience necessary. All materials supplied. Facilitator: Sr. Felicitas Drobig, osu. Thursdays 7 pm – 9 pm from March 14th – April 11th. Cost: $120. Pre-register at 306 260-7311 since space is limited.

 

* Healing Our Losses - Art allows us to go deeper than words and to get in touch with that is in our innermost being. Grief and loss bring with them overwhelming feelings which often cannot be expressed verbally. Art is a gently way to deal with these feelings and to start on the road to healing. Join us for a five-week journey to help heal loss and emotional pain. No artistic experience necessary. All materials supplied. Facilitator: Sr. Felicitas Drobig, osu. Held Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from March 2 to March 30. Cost: $120. Please preregister at (306) 260-7311 since space is limited.

 

* The Rite of Election will be celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent on 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, including celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome to join Bishop Mark Hagemoen as he welcomes and blesses catechumens – those who are not yet baptized and are preparing to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at Easter ¬ as part of journeying through RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). There will also be a blessing of candidates – those who are already baptized journeying to full membership in the Catholic Church. Lent is a season of purification and enlightenment for those preparing for baptism – a journey that the entire Church shares, as we prepare to renew our own baptismal promises at Easter. Everyone is welcome to attend this joyful diocesan celebration!

 

All parents and young adults are welcome to attend the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference, March 7-9, at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton.  Theme: Total Trust, Complete Surrender. Includes daily Mass, Adoration and Benediction.  Highlight: Home Schooling Information Social on Friday night.  Registration Info: www.wcchsc.net , or contact Veronica at 780-467-8410 or email wcchscreg@shaw.ca

 

Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon presents: “Being a good neighbour” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 1121 Northumberland Ave, Saskatoon (Church is connected to Bishop Klein Catholic School) Why was Christ so intentional on turning our focus towards our neighbor? Drawing on stories and humor, the global, inter-faith, ecumenical, and community dimensions of this relationship will be unpacked by speaker Myron Rogal, who coordinates the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering that evening.

 

A Parish Mission will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon from March 24 to 27: The theme will be: Receive, Give Thanks, Break And Share: The Eucharist Unfolding The Mercy Of God – led by the Redemptorist Mission Team of Fr. David Purcell, CSsR, Deacon Bob Williston and Joan Williston. On Sunday evening, March 24, the mission begins at 8:00 p.m., while on Monday, March 25, Tuesday, March 26, and Wednesday, March 27, the mission will run from 7-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

 

* Save the date! This year’s Bishop’s Dinner will be held in Saskatoon on Friday, May 10, featuring dining, dancing, and inspiring words from Bishop Mark Hagemoen. Watch for more details or contact Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 or cgilje@dscf.ca   

 

 

A Ladies’ Retreat sponsored by St. Augustine CWL in Humboldt will be held Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m., held at St. Augustine Parish, 809-10th Street, Humboldt, SK.  Presenters are Fr. Peter Olisa and Shawna Arnold. The day will also include viewing of the documentary film “Fatal Flaws.” Pre-register by calling Bev Yeager at (306) 682-5906 or Melanie Ramsay at (306) 682-4605. Registration fee: $5; Free-will offering for Lunch. Registration deadline is Feb. 27.

 

* From Mourning to Dawn, The diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers begins the spring 2019 session on Tuesday, March 26. Facilitators, who have themselves also experienced the death of a marriage partner, engage with participants on an 8-week journey of transformation and healing, offering support and encouragement for bereaved spouses. This program is open to participants who have been widows/widowers between 2 months and 2 years. Sessions are held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 26, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. To register or for more information, please contact Dianna Knaus, 306-382-0535 or email: dknaus@sasktel.net

 

Cathedral of the Holy Family Marriage Preparation will be held Friday, March 1 (evening), and Saturday, March 2, 2019 (all day), at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Contact David Polzen at dpolzen@holyfamilycathedral.ca  or 306-659-5805 for more information. 

 

Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an intensive marriage preparation weekend, away from the distractions of everyday life, in which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship, share in community and be open to God's plan. Topics covered during the weekend include; self-awareness, values and ideals, community, sexuality, communication, decision making, Natural Family Planning, vocations, sacraments, prayer and unity. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions between themselves, dealing with all aspects of married life. In the diocese of Saskatoon, Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK with the next session held April 26 to 28, including accommodation and meals. Find more information or register online at www.ceewest.com or contact Elizabeth and Deryk Meszaros at deryk200@hotmail.com

 

St. Philip Neri parish is hosting a Marriage Preparation course on Saturday March 9 and also Sunday, March 10, 2019 (Please note revised dates!). Pre-registration is required. Please contact Shirley at the parish, 306-343-0325 for more information.

 

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: jsaretsky@rcdos.com (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.

 

Donations of new children’s pajamas, children’s story books and back packs - As part of a project to help fathers in prison improve parenting skills and stay connected to their families, the Office of Restorative Ministry in the diocese of Saskatoon is participating in a project to record men reading bedtime stories to send to their children. The office is seeking donations of children’s short story books, new pajamas sizes 4 to 12, to accompany the recorded bedtime stories, as well as small child backpacks to carry everything for delivery to the children.  (*Please note larger sizes of pyjamas – 10-12 are especially needed.)  Please drop off any donations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, during regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or contact Dianne Anderson (306) 659-5845 for more information.

 

The following announcement requests come from groups beyond the diocese and our ministry partners. As always, the parish Pastor and Parish Life Director are invited to make all publication decisions regarding their particular parish community

 

The Saskatoon Council on Aging and Caregiver Information and Support Centre are very pleased to announce our annual Caregiver Forum, during Caregiver Week, to be held on Friday, March 22, 2019. This year’s forum theme is “Care for the Caregiver.”

Date:     Friday, March 22, 2019

Venue:  Circle Drive Alliance Church – 3035 Preston Ave. S.

Time:    10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cost:     $20 (includes lunch and snacks) must pay in advance.

  To register call 306-652-2255

OR

Date:   Monday, March 18, 2019

Venue:  Cliff Wright Library – 1635 McKercher Dr.

Time:    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost:      FREE to register call 306-652-2255

Cliff Wright Library presentation “Services for Caregivers”

Parkinson Canada presentation “Information for Caregivers”

To register, please contact the Saskatoon Council on Aging 306-652-2255.

 

Saskatoon Council on Aging presents: Cherry Bop Hop, Thursday, March 21 at the Western Development Museum.  Cocktails are at 5 p.m., program at 6 p.m., supper and dance to follow.  Tickets are $65 (includes meal) and are available at www.scoa.ca or call 306-652-2255.

 

 

 

 

 

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