Saskatoon RC Diocese

DIOCESAN WEEKLY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS, MARCH 12, SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT

We pray as a diocesan family for governments, legislators and community leaders: for keen insight, clear judgment and concern for the common good, so that we may see the coming of God’s peace and justice among all nations.

1.         Enable us to be aware of God’s presence in the wonders of nature. We pray to the Lord.

 

2.         Teach us that every small effort we make to protect the environment can have a far-reaching effect. We pray to the Lord.

* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd OPEN HOUSE - Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a scripture and liturgy-based program for children ages 3-6. You are invited to an open house, where you will learn about a formation opportunity for adults interested in supporting the spiritual development of 3-6 year old children: Thursday, March 16, 4 – 5 pm (snacks included) St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street (doors on Melrose Ave.), Saskatoon, SK. For more information, please visit www.cgsac.ca or contact Rachele Ng at rng [at] gscs.ca or Cynthia Foster lc.foster [at] sasktel.net or call (306) 955-4854. 

 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: You are invited to come and visit one of the three atriums in our diocese, and learn more about this wonderful program offered to children ages 3-6 years (atriums are located at St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Saskatoon and at St. Philippe de Neri, Vonda). Training for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be held May 23-28 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street (at Melrose Avenue) in Saskatoon. For more information please contact Cynthia Foster at (306) 955-4854. 

 

* Helpers Needed!

Do you have a heart for hospitality, a love of food preparation, and a talent for organizing social events? Please consider sharing your gifts with the diocese. Volunteers are needed to organize and provide hospitality at special events such as the Chrism Mass reception, at ordinations, and other special diocesan gatherings. Join our team to reach out to others and meet new friends. If you would like to join us in this ministry of hospitality, contact: Rita Taylor at: (306) 659-5831 or e-mail: logistics [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com

 

* Film Screening of "The Euthanasia Deception" will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Ave., Saskatoon, with discussion to follow. Free admission. This video explores how the euthanasia experiment has gone wrong in Belgium and how legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide affects vulnerable people. For more information contact the Parish Nurse office at 306-343-0325.

 

* Earth Hour Vigil: Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. - Join in ecumenical prayer for the healing of all creation at Grosvenor Park United Church, 14th St. and Cumberland Ave., Saskatoon. Earth Hour is a grassroots movement that began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 to create greater awareness regarding energy consumption by encouraging communities to turn off non-essential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 pm. To find out more about Earth Hour visit http://www.earthhour.org/ All are welcome. Please arrive at 8pm, service begins at 8:15, lights will be turned off from 8:30-9:30 pm. Coffee and conversation following the service. Please bring a reusable cup for coffee. This vigil is co-sponsored by Grosvenor Park United Church and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. For more information contact Rev. Nobuko Iwai at 306-374-7766 or Nick Jesson at 306-659-5814 or jesson [at] ecumenism.net. This is a project of the Roman Catholic-United Church Dialogue in Canada.

 

* Saskatchewan Pro-Life Convention:  Living the Gospel of Life, April 28-29, Moose Jaw, SK.  Guest speakers: Dr. Brett Salkeld, Carla Carlson, Mike Schouten, Jonathon Van Maren and Denae Pellerin. The Banquet will be held on Friday, April 28th at the Church of Our Lady Community Centre, the Convention will take place at the Vanier Collegiate on Saturday, April 29. For more information or to register online, go to www.moosejawrighttolife.ca or call: (306) 694-4111. Childcare provided: e-mail Jean at jland3 [at] sasktel.net

 

* Development & Peace 50th anniversary celebrations:  On April 29, a 5:00 pm Mass of Thanksgiving and 6:30 pm banquet and program will be held at St. Mary Parish, 211 Avenue 0 South, Saskatoon to celebrate this region’s Development & Peace’s jubilee year.  Banquet tickets are $25 and must be paid in advance. To purchase tickets please email Justine at dpsaskatchewan [at] devp.org  or call the regional office at 306.937.7675.

 

EASTER TEA & BAKE SALE - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Auditorium, 1202 - 11th Street East, with Easter breads, perogies, cabbage rolls, beet relish, variety of baking, raffles, and decorated Easter Eggs (pysanky).  Adult: $3, children ages six to 12: $2, and children under six get in free. Sponsored by Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada.

 

Priest Prophet King (PPK) men’s group will meet 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon – open to all men. This monthly PPK evening includes adoration, reconciliation, a presentation on confession by Fr. Greg Smith-Windsor, discussion, fellowship, food and drink. Cost is free (drinks extra). For more information see: www.priestprophetking.org

 

The Program for Ecumenical Studies and Formation will take place, June 20-23, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Saskatoon, with visiting scholars, Natasha Klukach and Father Tom Ryan. For more information, visit the website at www.pcecumenism.ca or call 306-653-1633 or e-mail:  programs [at] pcecumenism.ca

 

SHARE LENT 2017 – Development and Peace seeks donations from Canadians across the country during the annual Share Lent campaign. Awareness-raising activities and campaign materials show donors the real impact of their donations on the people and their communities in the Global South. For instance, in 2004, a tsunami hit the coastlines around the Indian Ocean, resulting in 300,000 victims. In collaboration with its partners, Development and Peace provided emergency relief, completed the construction of 3,500 permanent homes and related infrastructure, and helped establish 26 community organizations. To find out more, watch for materials in your local parish, or visit the Development and Peace - Caritas Canada website at: www.devp.org

 

* Employment Opportunity: Cook/Baker Wanted at St. Thomas More College (STM)

St. Thomas More College (STM), the Catholic College federated with the University of Saskatchewan is seeking an experienced Cook/Baker for Choices, our highly acclaimed cafeteria and catering service located on campus.  We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package to full-time employees. Those interested in working in a fast-paced, faith based university environment that serves excellent “from scratch food” should bring their resumés (plus the names of three references) to Choices at STM, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, Sk S7N0W6 as soon as possible.  Executive Chef Andreas Gewers (agewers [at] stmcollege.ca ) will review resumés as they are received and will accept them until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website at stmcollege.ca.  St. Thomas More College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to Employment Equity. Members of Designated Groups (women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications.

 

* Permanent Full-time Confidential Administrative Assistant - St. Thomas More College, the Catholic liberal arts college federated with the University of Saskatchewan, is seeking a professional Permanent Full-time Confidential Administrative Assistant to provide executive level administrative and clerical support. Reporting to the College Secretary and Executive Assistant to the President, the Administrative Assistant works independently with a high functioning leadership team in a fast-paced environment. Participating in the manage­ment of highly confidential information, the successful applicant will record governance meeting minutes, prepare correspondence and reports and; gather and distribute meeting and briefing materials. If you have excellent analytical and organizational skills and are a problem solver who takes initiative, this position may be the career opportunity you are seeking. Qualifications: Relevant post-secondary certificate or diploma in office ad­ministration or equivalent from a recognized college or technical school is required plus 5 years of relevant experience. University education would be an asset. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits commensurate with education, training and experience. For more information on this position, please visit the St. Thomas More College website at stmcollege.ca Apply by emailing a résumé complete with cover letter and three references to: hr-201701 [at] stmcollege.ca  Application review will commence on March 20, 2017. Applicant consideration will continue until a suitable candidate has been appointed. While we appreciate all interest in the position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.St. Thomas More College is an equal opportunity employer, committed to Em­ployment Equity. Members of Designated Groups (women, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications.

Queen’s House of Retreats – Upcoming events at Queen’s House - 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. •  Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist [at] 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 time – all are welcome!
  • JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: First Wednesday of the month, April 5, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch
  • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY –Second Tuesday/month, March 14 - 8 p.m.
  • * Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 7 a.m. March 14.
  • WOMEN in MINISTRY LUNCHEONS: One Friday a month 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm April 7
  • PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime
  • QUIET DAY OF PRAYER –2nd Wednesday/month;  $25 (lunch) 9:30- 3:30 pm April 12

 

EXPLORING THE SOUL ENERGIES of the ENNEAGRAM CENTRES: with Rick McCorrister: Saturday, March 25: Thinking Centre (5, 6, 7: Head)  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday, April 29: Feeling Centre (2, 3, 4: Heart)  9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: $95 per session or $260 for all 3 sessions. Includes lunch.

Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

 

TENSION & TRAUMA RELEASE EXERCISES – TRE:  with Marie Graw & Jackie Maloney Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Cost is $125. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916

 

SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT: Be Still and Know:  with Bishop Gerry Wiesner & Dianne Mantyka, from Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 pm until Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00 pm. Cost:  Live-in only: $345. (includes facilitation, meals, accommodation, spiritual direction). Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

 

* QUEEN’S HOUSE LENTEN SERIES: 6 consecutive Saturday mornings through Lent, March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, April 8 from 9 a.m. to Noon (Lunch is a $12 optional extra.) Program cost is $20. Held Saturdays from 9:00 am – until Noon / Program cost is $20 / (Lunch is a $12 optional extra.)

Series includes:

     March 11:  Journeying Through Lent With Dementia: Rev. Marilyn Fowlie-Neufeld

     March 18:  Lent – A Very Human Journey: Rev. Deborah Walker

      March 25: Journey to Jerusalem: Rev. Gyllian Davies

     April 1:       On Being Agents of Hope: Fr. Mike Dechant OMI

Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916,

 

 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAYS: as part of Spiritual Direction Formation are Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916. Upcoming sessions include:

     • IGNATIAN SPIRITUALTY with Linda Labelle, Saturday, March 18. Cost: $40 includes lunch.

     • ECUMENISM: Opening Spiritual Doors with Archbishop Donald Bolen, Saturday, April 8. Cost: $40 includes lunch.

     • FIRST NATIONS SPIRITUALITY with Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie and Harry Lafond, Saturday, May 13. Cost: $40 includes lunch.

     • SOCIAL JUSTICE and SPIRITUALITY with Bob McKeon, Saturday, June 17. Cost $40 includes lunch.

 

Announcements Continuing from Last Week

 

* Renew your Lenten experience with Bishop Gerald Wiesner, presented by the diocesan Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program. Date: Wednesday, March 15; Time: 7-9 pm Location: Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon Cost: Free! Donations are appreciated.  Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary. Contact Rita Taylor: logistics [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com  Ph: 306-659-5831

 

* LENT TALKS - Inspiration for the Journey - 'What are you giving up for Lent?' is a common question this time of year in church circles, when many Christians mark the 40 day season leading up to Easter with some form of fasting. Lent is also a good time to add something to your spiritual journey. Christ Church Anglican and St Mary's and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic parishes in Saskatoon are calling Christians from around the city together at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings during Lent for LENT TALKS, held at Christ Church Anglican, 515-28th Street West, Saskatoon. Each presenter will offer a brief introduction to a personal favourite Lenten resource. Come for punchy, powerful talks, worship music and fellowship.  Speakers will include Father Graham Hill (Roman Catholic, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Saskatoon); Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers (Anglican, All Saints, Watrous); Rev Deb Walker (Mayfair United Church, Saskatoon); Pastor Jakob Palm (Holy Covenant Evangelical Orthodox Church, Saskatoon), and Rev Bill Blackmon (Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers' Fellowship). A freewill offering will be gratefully received to help cover expenses. For more information, call Christ Church (306) 242-0165. SCHEDULE for LENT TALKS:

•      March 14 -- Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers on Pope Francis' The Joy of the Gospel

•      March 21 -- Rev Deb Walker, freshly back from walking the Camino, shares on a resource TBA

•      March 28 -- Pastor Jakob Palm, more info TBA

•      April 4 -- Rev Bill Blackmon, more info TBA

 

Give it up for the Earth! – Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has launched a faith-in-action Lenten campaign to increase climate justice in Canada. The campaign is centred on a pledge to individual climate action, and a call for more far-reaching national climate policy. Goals are to raise awareness about climate change, and collect signatures as a demonstration of support for increased federal government action. Find more information online at www.cpj.ca/for-the-earth or contact the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace at (306) 659-5841.

 

* ST. MARY’S PARISH MISSION March 25-29 will begin with Megan McKenna, a storytelling theologian, preaching at all of the weekend Masses – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25 and 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday, March 26 – at St. Mary’s Parish, Avenue 0 South and 20th Street West, Saskatoon. Then, on Monday March 27 through to March 29, Megan will speak from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm on the following topics: The Woman at the Well, The Man Born Blind, and The Raising of Lazarus as levels of faith and practice in the Community of Beloved Disciples (John’s Church).  Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

 

* 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima - In honour of the 100th Anniversary of the first apparition Our Lady of Fatima on May 13 1917 to three small shepherd children; Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta in a little cova in Portugal, our diocese will be celebrating with a number of events. Plans include a night of prayer and candlelight procession with Rosary on May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Cathedral. On May 13, 2017 at 2 p.m., St. Mary's Parish in Saskatoon (20th Street West and Avenue 0 South) will celebrate with a Mass followed by an outdoor procession and gathering in the church hall. Watch for more information to follow regarding events to be held prior to these May celebrations. We are looking for any volunteers, cultural groups, schools and participation from ALL SASKATOON DIOCESE PARISHES for this wonderful celebration. Please email Jennifer Nunes at nunesjennifer [at] hotmail.com or call 306-202-9469 for further information or to participate/volunteer. “Our Lady of Fatima - Pray for Us!”

 

The Annual General Meeting for Columbus Bosco Homes will be held March 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Murray School cafeteria (Wiggins Avenue and 12th Street East in Saskatoon). All those interested are welcome to attend. For further information call Ernest Boyko at (306)260-6273 or Chris Sarich at (306) 221-4686 or (306) 343-5640.

 

COLUMBUS BOSCO HOMES invites you to our Annual Fundraiser  “The Joe Kammermayer Commemorative Dinner” on Thursday April 27 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family Parish Hall on 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon Sk. The dinner is a fundraiser in support the Farm School, the Substance Abuse Education Program and nine Family Support Centers. These programs provide essential support to “at risk” adolescents, pre-school children and families in our community. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:45 p.m. Entertainment is at 7:30. Tickets are $50  each. The Dessert auction will be the highlight of the evening. Tickets are available from: Chris Sarich  306-343-5640  or 306-221-4686;  Lorne Keller 306-374-6134 or 306-227-7576; or Ernest Boyko 306 260-6273. Thank you for helping keep our programs vibrant and growing.

 

Annual Outdoor Way of the Cross help needed! Current short-term volunteer opportunities are available to organize prior to, and assist on the day of. Organizational help requires a 3-hour commitment to reflect on scripture, find themes and select station leaders. The day of help is still needed for up to 4 hours to serve the simple solidarity meal. All training is provided the morning of Good Friday, April 14. If you are interested please contact Myron Rogal at justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com  306.659.5841.

 

* 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 can help. Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce. For confidential information about the April 28-30 weekend in Saskatoon, call (306) 652-7155 or e-mail: retrouvaille [at] sasktel.net

“Abide in Me” Retreat for Clergy, Pastors and Ministry Leaders – A 24-hour (4 p.m. to 4 p.m.) retreat for clergy, pastors and ministry leaders will be held May 28-29 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Retreat leaders are Paul Matheson, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Saskatoon; Fr. Kevin McGee, Diocesan Administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon; and Dianne Mantyka, a leader in the Spiritual Direction Formation Program in Saskatoon. Cost: $150 (includes three meals). Overnight accommodations can also be booked. To register, call (306) 242-1916 or e-mail receptionist [at] queenshouse.org 

 

Northern ministry notes - Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB, of St. Peter’s Abbey is serving in northern parishes at Southend and La Ronge, SK in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, as part of a commitment by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon to support ministry in the north. “I felt it was the action of God's Spirit that got me involved at this point in my life, that my 53 plus years of priesthood and some 60 years of monasticism were perhaps needed preparation for this endeavour,” Fr. Lawrence writes in a report about his northern experiences that is posted on the diocesan website at: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/news  Please keep Fr. Lawrence and the people he is serving in your prayers.

 

* Support for Persecuted Christians: the 4th Annual Fundraiser for Persecuted Christians will be held Sunday, March 19 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, featuring an East Indian buffet at 6 p.m., followed by a program and entertainment by guitarist Zeljko Bilandzic. All proceeds go to refugee sponsorship. Doors open at 5 p.m. with cocktails, entertainment, boutiques and children’s activities. Tickets are $30; table of eight is $175. For tickets contact Myron at (306) 659-5841 or justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com  or Nadeem at (306) 717-7725 or savepeace3 [at] gmail.com

 

* Oremus is a new monthly worship and community night for young adults (over 19) held on the fourth Friday of each month at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, in the Queen of Peace Chapel. The next Oremus will be held 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 24. This is a time to be still, pray and intercede for the needs of each other, our community and the world. Includes testimonies and some table sharing, followed by a social time of beer, wine, refreshments, cards, board games and conversation. Info: Colm Leyne at youthmin [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com  or (306) 659-5843. 

 

Easter at the Prison - The diocesan office of Restorative Ministry is seeking monetary donations to purchase chocolate Easter bunnies to distribute at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre as a way of sharing the love and joy of Christ’s Resurrection with the prisoners. Please drop your labelled donation into your parish collection or send to the attention of Dianne Anderson at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Once again this year Restorative Ministry will celebrate the Triduum liturgies at the prison.

 

* REVIVE Parish Mission will be held Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 300 - 8th Ave. North, Martensville, SK. This retreat is designed to help the whole family prepare their hearts to celebrate Easter. Andre and Angele Regnier, co-founders of Catholic Christian Outreach will facilitate this day of talks, prayer and music. If God loves us why doesn't it feel that way? The Regniers will share some of the reasons we may not be experiencing the fullness of God's love. A children's retreat for kindergarten (starting fall 2017) to Grade 6 will be held adjacent to the adult retreat and hosted by Pure Witness Ministries. Limited childcare spots are available at the church for 3 years and under. Cost is $20/ person, $5/ child, and $50/ family. Lunch included. To register email ihmp [at] sasktel.net or call (306) 931-3111.

 

CAA Pilgrimage with Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem to Fatima and Lourdes as well as Barcelona will be held from Oct. 15 to Oct. 24, 2017. Numbers are needed before April to book this trip! If you are interested, please call Fr. Iheanyi at 306-651-0609 or St. Peter the Apostle’s office at 306-382-5503.

 

* Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortion emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Our next retreat in Saskatchewan will be held on April 7-9, 2017. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or e-mail r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net

 

L’Arche Prayer Nights are held regularly. We usually have tea and cookies afterwards, and everyone is welcome!  Upcoming Prayer Nights will be held at 7 p.m. at Alma House (546 Christopher Lane, Saskatoon) at 7 p.m. on March 22, and 29.

 

35 YEARS AND COUNTING:  Dennis Mahoney Council 8215 of the Knights of Columbus based at the Cathedral of the Holy Family will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in October 2017.  We will be contacting all present and former council members, widows of members and chaplains to join us in an evening of celebration and fraternity.  Further information will be posted in Diocesan Bulletins, Church Bulletins, K. of C. publications and at our website www.knightsofcolumbus8215.com . Save the Date and join us in October.

 

* A WEEKEND OF IMPACT - The Saskatoon Marriage Network presents Dave and Donalyn Currie of “Doing Family Right” ministries – http://www.doingfamilyright.com. The Saskatoon Marriage Network “Weekend of Impact” events to be held April 27-29 at Circle Drive Alliance Church, 3035 Preston Ave, Saskatoon, include:

• Minister’s Luncheon/Workshop on Thursday, April 27 – for pastors and ministry leaders. The lunch will be followed by a workshop on the issues and challenges related to pornography.

• Marriage 2.0 for couples married 20-plus years, or over age 45 in a second marriage from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28 ($99/couple before April 7);

• i-Parent from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 ($10/person) on the topics of leaving a spiritual impact on your kids and raising confident kids;

• Marriage Fusion 2:1, a powerful marriage building experience, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 ($99 per couple before April 7) – an event for all married couples, with a special focus on those married less than 20 years.

For more information and to register see: www.SaskatoonMarriageNetwork.ca or call Circle Drive Alliance Church at (306) 373-5445.

 

* Christopher Leadership Course will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings from March 14 to May 16 at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre meeting room in Saskatoon. The CLC Level 1 course is a 10-week course in public speaking and leadership skills. Online registration: www.clcsaskatoon.com  or for more information see the Christopher Leadership Course Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Christopher+Leader  

 

* Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose:  Are you thriving or just surviving? Do you desire a clearer understanding of God’s plan for your life? “God has an incredible dream for you. He wants you to become the-best-version-of-yourself!”  Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose by internationally acclaimed speaker and author Matthew Kelly will be presented on DVD in a program held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon.  It will start 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, continuing Saturday, March 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 and will include a workbook, lunch, supper and social.  For more information or tickets contact Lise Durette at (306) 374-4334 or Wayne Koshman at (306) 381-3330. Tickets are also available at the Holy Family Cathedral parish office at (306) 659-5800.

 

* From Mourning to Dawn, the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers is hosting their spring session, beginning on March 28, 2017. Facilitators, who have experienced the loss of their 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) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The cost is $35.  For more information or to register, please contact Elan at 306-679-7717 or email at cic.elan [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com  

 

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Considering engagement or marriage? Check out Catholic Marriage Preparation options in our community, which are posted on the diocesan website at: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/marriage-and-family-life 

Upcoming opportunities include:

  • In the diocese of Saskatoon, Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more information or register online at www.ceewest.com or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. Weekend organizers are Lynn and Wanda Freistadt: (306) 373-8607. The next Engaged Encounter weekend at Muenster will be held April 21-23, 2017. An Engaged Encounter Weekend gives couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future lives together. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions about all aspects of married life.
  • Catholic Family Services in Saskatoon offers weekend workshops in marriage preparation designed to help couples learn to better communicate feelings and ideas on relationship issues. They are held at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon and run three times per year. Cost is $225/couple. Weekends run 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays/ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Upcoming CFS Marriage Preparation weekend: April 21-22, 2017. For more information or registration, contact Doreen Babin at Catholic Family Services at 244-7773 or staff [at] cfssaskatoon.sk.ca

 

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR A NEW BISHOP

 

Praise to you, Lord our God, our eternal shepherd and guide.

In your faithfulness, grant to the Diocese of Saskatoon

a shepherd whose watchful care and kindly zeal

will continue the good work of his predecessors.

In your love for us, give us a shepherd who will lead us

in being Christ’s heart of mercy,

voice of hope, and hands of justice.

May our new bishop fill our minds and hearts

with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments,

and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

 

 

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