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Aboriginal Ministry

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

Who Are We

A Roman Catholic faith community composed of Aboriginal, Metis and Non-Aboriginal people. Our desire is to allow the Aboriginal community of Saskatoon to experience the Catholic faith with an Aboriginal focus.

A pastoral team works with the community to discover its unique vision.

Our Vision

  • to build a strong faith community
  • to empower and equip Aboriginal people to become leaders in their families, communities and the Church
  • to be open to and to integrate the Native culture in our sessions and celebrations

What We Offer

  • Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist, integrating some aspects of the Native tradition: smudging with sweetgrass, praying in the four directions singing in Cree, presence of drummers and dancers on special occasions
  • Sunday Mass: 1:00 p.m. every Sunday at St Mary's Church (corner of Avenue O and 20th St West)

Sacramental Preparation:

  • RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) - for adults who wish to become full members of the Church (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation)
  • RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) - For older children who wish to become full members of the Church (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation)
  • Baptism sessions - for parents who wish to have small children baptized
  • First Communion
  • Confirmation
  • Marriage Preparation
  • 12-Step Pilgrimages
  • Parish Circle (Pastoral Council)
  • Prayer Evenings: Praise & Worship, Gospel Singing, Bible Sharing, Healing Circle
  • Rosary in the homes
  • Pilgrimages
  • Pastoral assistance for Funerals
  • Ministry of listening
  • Visiting shut-ins and people in hospital
  • Outreach - home visits with members of the community
  • Youth Activities
  • Cursillo - parishioners are encouraged to participate in this movement
  • Ultreyas - for those who have made a Cursillo
  • Various Adult Retreats / Spiritual Growth Days / Healing Circles / 12-Step Pilgrimage / Relationship Strengthening

How We Are Financed

We receive funding from various sources:

  • Bishop's Annual Appeal
  • Missions in Canada
  • Proceeds from Bingo Fund
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Donations from various organizations
  • Individual Donations
  • Sunday Collections

These funds allow us to:

  • pay the salaries of our pastoral team
  • rent St Mary's Church for Sunday Eucharist
  • provide preparation for the sacraments
  • visit the elders, shut-ins, the ill at hospital and at home
  • provide for various faith education programs for adults, youth and children

Contact:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
426 Avenue J South
Saskatoon, SK  S7M 2A6
Phone: (306) 653-4945
Fax: (306) 242-4984

Native Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world " hear me"  I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame. -- Prayer by Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief

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