Lord God, we pray as a diocesan family for all Christians around the world who are persecuted for their belief in Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit strengthen Christ’s followers as they witness to the gospel with their very lives. Help each of us to work for justice and freedom for all those facing persecution and violence.
1. Help us to treat water with respect, so as to receive life-giving water from Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
2. Help us never to judge any person or situation to be beyond redemption. We pray to the Lord.
* Are you struggling to find your position on Doctor Assisted Death? You are not alone. Come to St. John Bosco, Sunday April 2nd at the 10:00 am Mass to hear Fr. Mark Miller share his insights into “What is a Good Death Today? Technology and Ethics”. Fr. Mark will speak during mass and continue immediately following. Fr. Mark Miller has a PHD in medical ethics and has addressed this topic many times. Hospitality will be provided by the Health Council. All are welcome to attend.
* Leader Little Flower Parish Cluster has 50 old blue Glory & Praise song books to be sold or donated. If any Parish needs them, we would gladly give them up. Please contact Jane Dietrich,
littleflowerparish [at] sasktel.net
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. presents Swing into Spring Fashion Show & Dinner, May 4, 2017. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Hall B, Prairieland Park. Tickets are $70 per person. For tickets or more information, please contact by phone 306-659-7003 or email catholicshcoolsfoundation [at] gscs.sk.ca
“A Time for Africa 2018” Ministry to Tourism shines a spotlight on Mother Nature and her bounty. Start to learn about this vast continent Jan. 7, 2018 by land, air or sea with wildlife Safaris to view the “Big 5”. Significant discounts of US $600.00 per person for bookings by March 31. 2017. Space very limited. Contact Fr. Ralph Kleiter 306-244-3747; email: Kleiter [at] shaw.ca www.pilgrimjourneys.ca
Contemplative Mass will be led by Fr. Kevin McGee Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Drive, 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.
* Official Notification of the Annual General Meeting of the Millennium Pro-Life Cross Foundation to be held Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at Ss. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish (on the corner of 10th Street East and Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon), after the 11 am Divine Liturgy (starting at Approximately 12:45 pm) in the church auditorium. The Millennium Pro-Life Cross Foundation is open to all Catholic men and women over the legal age of 18 years old who subscribe to pro-life/pro-family values as per our form of signed declaration and in compliance of our new revised Bylaws. You are encouraged to participate, attend and become active with our new Foundation. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated.
* Saskatoon Diocesan Catholic Women's League Annual Convention will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at St. Ann's Parish/Watrous Civic Centre in Watrous. Registration deadline is April 10th. Please contact Sarah Hedlin at (306) 946-2243 or lshedlin [at] yourlink.ca to register. We hope to see you there!
* Prayers for Peace and Unity will be held Tuesday, March 21 at Civic Square in front of Saskatoon City Hall, gathering at 6:15 p.m., with a program at 6:30 p.m. This is a gathering of people from all faiths for a prayer of peace held on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Organized by Interfaith Connections Saskatoon, a member of The Canadian Interfaith Conversation. For more information contact Morgan Edwards, (306) 244-5577. Planning committee members include: Rev. Colin Clay, Darren Dahl, Morgan Edwards, Noman Hassan, Nasrullah Khan, D'Arcy Mann, Alisha Pomazon, Mumtaz Naseeb, Chris Sicotte, Imam Ilyas Sidyot.
* Employment Opportunity:
Saint Anne’s Parish in Saskatoon is hiring:
• Full time Coordinator of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation
• Full time Caretaker
• Part time Coordinator of Sunday Experience and Volunteers
For more information or to apply visit www.saintannes.ca or contact the parish office at 306-931-4700.
* 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 24th, continuing Saturday, March 25th, starting at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 and will include a workbook, lunch, supper and social. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, March 19th. 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.
* Lenten Penitential Services are held in many parishes during Lent.
Upcoming 7 p.m. penitential services in Saskatoon, with confessions, include:
- March 21 at St. Anne, 217 Lenore Drive;
- March 28 at St. Philip Neri, 1902 Munroe Ave.;
- March 31 at Our Lady of Lourdes, 1235-12th St. E;
- April 4 at Holy Spirit, 114 Kingsmere Place;
- April 5 at St. Augustine, 602 Boychuk Drive;
- April 5 at St. Peter the Apostle, 1121 Northumberland Drive;
- April 6 at Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens (Francophone Catholic parish), 1007 Windsor St.
Penitential services scheduled at parishes outside the city include:
- 7 p.m. April 6 at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Martensville;
- 7 p.m. April 4 at St. Mary’s in Richmound and April 5 at St. Michael’s in Burstall; and
- 7 p.m. March 28 in Wishart, March 29 in Foam Lake, and March 30 in Wynyard.
Confessions are also available before or after the parish mission March 21 at Little Flower Parish in Leader (the March 21 mission runs 7:30 to 9 p.m.).
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate OMI Lacombe invitation: Come and Celebrate Our Oblate Family, The Past...The Present... The Future. "What we cease to celebrate, we cease to cherish." For the past 200 years throughout the world, for the past 175 years in Canada, for the past 75 years in Saskatchewan/Western Canada, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have celebrated and cherished the friendships and relationships of many people. All are invited to an Oblate family celebration Sunday, June 18, beginning at 2 p.m. at Queen's House of Retreats, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon (bring your own lawn chairs), with Eucharist celebrated at 4 p.m., followed by supper. Cost: by donation. RSVP prior to June 1, 2017: All SDC members and visiting Oblates please register with Gaetane at slcsec [at] sasktel.net or (306) 653-6454; all others (friends and family) please register with Pauline at bookings [at] queenshouse.org or (306) 242-1925.
*Thinking about Separation or Divorce? Is your marriage or that of a relative or friend heading for divorce? Do you know how to save that marriage? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) is designed to help troubled marriages regain their health and re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. For confidential information about or to register for the April 28-30, 2017 weekend in Saskatoon, call Joanne or Ben at (306) 652-7155 or email retrouvaille [at] sasktel.net
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, April 12 - 8 p.m.
- Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 7 a.m. April 12.
- 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.
* QUEEN’S HOUSE LENTEN SERIES: 6 consecutive Saturday mornings through Lent, March 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 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,
EASTER COMMUNITY WEEKEND: Family-oriented celebration of the Triduum (children welcome) will be held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, from Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm to Sunday, April 16 at 1:00 pm (live-in or commute). Cost: Minimum donation of $150 and active involvement. Registration: Taylor Ritz at taylorsk8 [at] hotmail.com
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:
• 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
* 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
* 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.
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.
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.
* PPK Catholic Men's Night Wednesday March 22nd at 7pm. The topic is "Confession" with speaker Father Greg Smith-Windsor. Come for adoration, reconciliation, food/drink, a talk, and fellowship. Visit priestprophetking.org for details.
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. 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.
* 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 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
* 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.
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.
“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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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