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Community Services

Catholic Family Services

200 - 506 - 25th St. E., Saskatoon, SK  S7K 4A7
P: 244-7773 F: 244-8537 E: staff [at] cfsaskatoon.sk.ca

Counselling Services

Catholic Family Services (CFS) provides counselling to support and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Saskatoon and area.

Individual counselling for those experiencing stress in any area of life?help in defining problems, looking at alternatives and making decisions.

Couples counselling enables couples to look at their relationship in order to increase awareness and make appropriate decisions.

Family counselling improves communication and enables families to deal with a variety of problems, including parenting issues.

These services can be accessed either by referral or at an individual's request.  Contact the office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.  Fees are based on individual ability to pay.

Family Life Enrichment

Catholic Family Services programs are designed to offer practical support and encouragement for the all-important family unit.  From parenting classes and marriage enrichment programs to children's groups, CFS programs provide a wealth of valuable information.  Catholic Family Services can also develop programs to meet the specific needs of community groups.  Please contact Catholic Family Services for more information on the types of programs available as well as their costs.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage preparation programs in the diocese are the responsibility of Catholic Family Services.  The diocese requires that couples planning to marry begin to plan early by contacting their parish priest and registering for a marriage preparation course.  There are four types of marriage preparation programs which vary both in terms of duration and cost:

 The Marriage Preparation Experience is parish based.  For more information contact the parish priest.  Cost:  $35 - $40.

Marriage Preparation Workshops are held three times a year and are directly sponsored by Catholic Family Services.  Cost:  $200/couple.

Prepare

Prepare is a pre-marital service in which the engaged couple work individually with a trained counsellor.

Teen Parent Program/Child Care Centre

The Teen Parent Program is a program developed for the support of young parents.  A variety of activities are used to build and reinforce effective parenting and life management skills.  Recently a child care centre has been designed to meet the special needs of both the teen parents and their children.  Providing quality daycare helps make it possible for the teen parents to continue their education and to learn effective parenting techniques.  The Centre is located and affiliated with the Bishop Murray Tutorial Program.  If you are interested in this program or require more information please call Catholic Family Services at 244-7773.

Issues of Family Violence

"Family violence includes not only physical abuse but also psychological, emotional and sexual acts of violence within both traditional and non-traditional families.  A pastoral agent's primary concern must be for the safety of the victim(s).  No matter what the type of abuse, the cycle of violence requires active intervention before it can be broken."  (Taken from Roberta Morris, Ending Violence in Families:  a training program for pastoral care workers, National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, 1988.)  For information and support, contact Catholic Family Services or the Family Support Centre.

Knights of Columbus (Saskatchewan)

Saskatchewan State Council - 214 Avenue M South, Saskatoon, SK S7M 2K4 Phone 306.665.7858 Fax: 306.665.1245. Email: kofc.saskstate [at] sasktel.net Website: www.kofcsask.com

Love and Truth

Contact: Robert and Janice Martin, 446 Anglin Court, Saskatoon, SK S7J 5G1  249-4327 or 374-8491

Love and Truth is an association of Catholic couples and families who have responded to the call of Pope John Paul II to faithfully transmit the teaching of the Church that the love of God is the source and foundation of family life.  Love and Truth provides a series of weekend retreats that deal with the sacramental basis of marriage, communication between husband and wife, prayer and the raising of children.

Pro-Life & Alliance for Life Saskatoon, Inc.

Contacts: Nicole Pyle, St. Joseph’s Rectory, 535 – 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7H 0P9 Ph: 683-0829, or Hugh Brennan, Ph: 975-0551

(If no one is available, please leave a message.) The office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alliance for Life Saskatoon is a local pro-life educational resource centre, focusing on abortion and euthanasia.  We provide videos, books, pamphlets and other resources free of charge to anyone in the community wishing to educate themselves or others on these issues.

Campaign Life Coalition Saskatchewan, Inc.

Contact: Denise Hounjet-Roth, Box 8262, Saskatoon, SK  S7K 6C5 Phone: 249-2764

Campaign Life is a political action pro-life organization working at all levels of government to secure full legal protection for all innocent human life, including the handicapped, the aged, and the unborn child.

Carlton Trail Pro-Life

Contact: Marage Knaus (President), Box 446, Lanigan, SK S0K 2M0 365-4700

Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association

Contact: Nicole Pyle Ph: 683-0829

The aim of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association is to promote respect for all human life from the moment of conception to natural death, through education and political lobbying.  Alliance for Life Saskatoon, Inc. and Saskatchewan Youth for Life are the local affiliates of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association.

Saskatoon Pro-Life, Inc.

Contact: Marcel D'Eon (President), 2517 York  Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK  S7J 1J6 343-9252.

Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre

The Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is committed to providing generous support, education and acceptance to women and their families who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy, by striving to meet their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Contact Marilyn Jackson at (306) 665-7550 or email: spoc [at] sasktel.net or visit the website at:  www.saskatoonpregnancy.com 

REAL Women of Canada

Contact: Cecilia Forsyth, Box 9725, Saskatoon, SK  S7K 7G5 253-4789  FAX 253-4365

REAL Women of Canada is a non-partisan, interdenominational organization of women who believe the social and economic problems of women should be resolved by taking into consideration the effects on family life and society as a whole.  REAL Women affirms the family as society's most important unit and supports legislation which upholds the Judeo-Christian values of marriage and family life.

Serena Living in Harmony with Your Fertility

Contact: Annette Bentler, c/o Box 7375 Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J3
Ph: 934-8223 or 1-800-667-1637 website: www.serena.ca

e-mail: sask [at] serena.ca

Serena provides accurate information and complete instruction in Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning. They Sympto-thermal test as taught by Serena is extremely effective as a method of pregnancy prevention, yet free of side-effects commonly associated with contraceptive methods. Fertility Awareness is equally effective when used by couples wishing to onceive or by those experiencing difficulty conceiving, as a means to pinpoint the optimal fertile time for conception.

For more information, contact the Serena office at 934-8223 or if out of the Saskatooon telephone area, phone 1-800-667-1637.

NFP Saskatchewan - Natural Family Planning

The Natural Family Planning Association (Saskatchewan) is an non-profit organization whose purpose is to teach the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning.

The Billings Ovulation Method was developed by Drs. John and Evelyn Billings, and is used by millions of women around the world. It is based on awareness of the woman`s natural signs of fertility and infertility, unmodified by any chemical, mechanical, or other artificial means.The Billings Ovulation Method has been validated by eminent international scientists and verified as extremely effective by the World Health Organization.

The Method takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile throughout their reproductive years.  When a woman learns the Billings Ovulation Method, she learns to recognize the fertile and infertile phases within her menstrual cycle.  This knowledge can be used to become pregnant, avoid pregnancy, and to safeguard reproductive health.Scientific studies indicate that with proper instruction and motivation, the Billings Ovulation Method in actual practice is 99.64% effective.

For more information contact: NFP Saskatchewan, Box 3807, Humboldt, SK. S0K 2A0, (306) 682-7771, nfpsask [at] sasktel.net or see: www.nfpsask.ca

Time Out for Moms - Catholic Enrichment for Women

Contact: Heather Hickey at (306) 373-5360 or registrar [at] tofmsask.com

An opportunity for women to meet on a weekly basis for growth in the faith and in family life.  Childcare provided.

Interchurch Families

Interchurch families is an international organization with its main objective to encourage couples whose marriages are mixed to worship together and respect each other's differences. An interchurch family:

  • joins in marriage two baptized Christians from different traditions
  • each spouse participates actively in his or her particular church and to various degress in one another's church
  • each spouse takes an active, conscientious role in the religious education of his or her children

For more information, contact Shirley and Bernie Karstad at 306-373-4946 or visit the international website at www.interchurchfamilies.org.

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