Lord God, we pray that Christianity and Islam will take humble and persevering steps toward reconciliation according to your divine wisdom and purpose. We pray to the Lord…
1. Like the blind man in today’s gospel, let us respond positively to what we know to be true. We pray to the Lord.
2. As the daylight begins to lengthen, help in our efforts to renew the damage done to creation. We pray to the Lord.
*Catholic Christian Outreach will host the annual Founders' Dinner fundraiser at St Anne's Parish Hall on Sunday, April 2. Guest speaker is Angele Regnier. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6pm. For more information contact George at 1-306-537-2483 or www.cco.ca/saskatoongala to register by Tuesday, March 28.
The Global Gathering Place in Saskatoon is holding a steak night fundraiser Saturday, April 22. This is a come and go event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a short presentation around 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. Contact Hailey at (306) 665-0268.
* 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 please call Rosalie at (306) 694-0010. Find more information at: www.moosejawrighttolife.ca Childcare is available.
* Support for Persecuted Christians: the 4th Annual Fundraiser for Persecuted Christians has been RE-SCHEDULED! This event to raise funds and awareness will now be held Sunday, April 30 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. Early bird Tickets - Before April 13, Tickets are $25, after April 13, Tickets are $30. A table of eight is $175. To purchase tickets, please contact Myron at (306) 659-5841 or e-mail justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com or contact Nadeem at (306) 717-7725 or e-mail savepeace3 [at] gmail.com
* Theology on Tap! For young adults 19 to 35, will be held 7-9 p.m. on Monday, March 27 at Louis’ on Campus, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. We are welcoming guest speaker Dr. Terry Downey, President of St. Thomas More College and Political Scientist. He will share his recent experience in Washington, DC at the “Exploring Diversity as an Expression of God’s Grandeur” conference, and speak about the current political climate in the United States today. How do our Christian values fit in? Join the discussion! Sponsored by STM Campus Ministry and the youth ministry offices of the diocese and the eparchy of Saskatoon.
Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, featuring “A Message of Hope” from guest speaker Jason Caldwell, and musical guests Brad Johner and the Johner Boys. Tickets: $40 each. Tables of eight are available. Find more information at http://www.saskatoonprayerbreakfast.ca or call (306) 370-9870.
* A Croatian Mass will be held 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at St. Philip Neri Parish, corner of Taylor St. & Munroe Ave., Saskatoon. There will be confessions before Mass. Father Domin Vladic from Calgary will be the celebrant. There will be drinks, munchies and fellowship after Mass. For more information contact Lydia Simicic at (306) 242-9214
Confession, Adoration, Stations of the Cross at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, Saskatoon - All are welcome to come and avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday April 7, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., 720 Spadina Cres, East, Saskatoon S7K 3H2. Jesus will also be exposed in the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration during that time. We will conclude our day with praying the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions please contact St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral Parish Office at 306-652-0033.
* Contact officials about Good Friday and Easter openings - Recently the provincial government decided to allow liquor stores to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Please consider writing a letter to express your concern about this. You may use either email or “snail mail.” Send your letter to Barry Lacey (President of SLGA) and Greg Mildenberger (Vice-president of SLGA). Send a copy to the Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Minister Responsible for SLGA). Here are the addresses:
- Barry Lacey, President, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. 2500 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X2; blacey [at] slga.gov.sk.ca
- Greg Mildenberger, Vice-president, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority. 2500 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 3X2; Gmildenberger [at] slga.gov.sk.ca
- Hon. Jeremy Harrison, Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Room 346, Legislative Building, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina, SK S4S 0B3; jharrisonmla [at] sasktel.net
* Theology of the Body Conference: April 30 to May 4 – Join St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK for a Theology of the Body conference led by internationally renowned speaker and author Christopher West. This unique approach to John Paul II’s teaching includes reflections on St. Thérèse of Lisieux that Christopher West only teaches at St. Therese Institute! Early bird rate is $445 – visit www.St-T.ca/TOB or call (306) 369-2555 for more details.
Springtime of the Faith Series: Each Spring in Bruno, SK, (50 minutes east of Saskatoon) St. Therese Institute offers a series of week-long courses on various topics (for example, Theology of Evangelization, Ignatian Discernment, etc.). These courses are available for anyone who is seeking deeper faith formation, a place of peace and holiness to encounter God, or to be equipped to for the New Evangelization. Cost per week is $395 - visit www.St-T.ca/SOTF for details about this year’s program, or call (306) 369-2555 for more details.
The Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is seeking a mature, confident person to fill a summer student position from mid May to the end of August. The 30-hour-per-week position consists of answering phones, greeting clients and visitors, working with clients, maintaining Facebook posts and assisting with fundraising. The candidate must have been a full time student this year and registered for full time classes in a post-secondary institution in the fall. Please contact Cathy LaFleche at the centre; (306) 665-7550 or through email cathy.spoc [at] sasktel.net for further information and to schedule an interview.
* The Chrism Mass - a diocesan celebration - will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, in Saskatoon. The Chrism Mass touches the sacramental and worship life of every church in the diocese. Because of this, every parish is invited and encouraged to be present and join in this sacred celebration at the beginning of Holy Week. All are welcome to attend! During the annual Chrism Mass, priests from throughout the diocese will renew their commitment to priestly ministry. The Oil of the Sick (OS), Oil of the Catechumens (OC), and Sacred Chrism (SC) will be blessed. The oils received at the Chrism Mass by parish representatives will then be taken to their respective parishes. The oils blessed at this diocesan celebration are:
- Oil of Catechumens (OC): This oil, sometimes referred to as Oil of Salvation, is used to anoint the catechumens (infants and unbaptized converts to the Church) in preparation for their initiation into the Church. The prayer accompanying this anointing expresses the desire that Christ strengthen the person being anointed. This oil is also used in celebration of the baptism of children. It is a sign of belonging: marking us as members of the Body of Christ.
- Oil of the Sick (OS): this oil used in the Anointing of the Sick. The prayer accompanying this anointing is: “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” This oil is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity. The celebrating of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual moment that makes visible and present to the sick and the whole community who we are as Church: a community of healing and support.
- Sacred Chrism: to this oil is added a sweet smelling perfume or balsam. It is used at the celebration of baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and bishops, and for the dedication of churches and altars. It is also used in the blessing of bells and sacred vessels. Anointing with this oil implies abundance of grace and dedicated service to God. The word Christ means “anointed one.” So being anointed with oil is a sign of the special and strengthening presence of Christ, the Anointed One.
* Saskatoon Marriage Network presents “A Weekend of Impact” April 27-29 at Circle Drive Alliance, 3035 Preston Ave, Saskatoon, featuring Dave and Donalyn Currie of Doing Family Right Ministries. This event includes:
• Minister’s Luncheon/Workshop Thursday, April 27 for pastors/ ministry leaders: lunch followed by workshop on issues and challenges related to pornography.
• Marriage 2.0 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28 for couples married 20-plus years, or those over age 45 in a second marriage ($99/couple before April 7).
• i-Parent from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28 on the topics of leaving a spiritual impact on your kids and raising confident children ($10/person).
• Marriage Fusion 2:1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, a powerful marriage-building experience for all married couples, with a special focus on those married less than 20 years ($99 per couple before April 7).
Register online at: www.SaskatoonMarriageNetwork.ca or call (306) 373-5445 for more information. The Saskatoon Marriage Network includes Circle Drive Alliance, Emmanuel Baptist, Forest Grove Community Church, Massey Place Community Church, the Roman
* Diocesan Choir - All are welcome to join our diocesan choir which provides music ministry to ordinations, Chrism Mass, and other diocesan events. Rehearsals are held the day of the event prior to the mass. Individuals with experience in singing parts are especially needed at this time. Through your musical talent, you can contribute to our diocese and experience beautiful liturgy. Chrism Mass is Monday April 10. Please contact cberesh [at] yourlink.ca or call (306) 934-1570 for information.
* An annual outdoor Way of the Cross will be held through the streets of downtown Saskatoon on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Way of the Cross is a community prayer walk which recalls the last hours of the Passion of Jesus. This event is ecumenical (many-denominations), scriptural, social-justice focused, and held outdoors. All ages, all are welcome. Gather in front of the Federal Court House on Spadina Crescent at 9:45 a.m. Good Friday, April 14 (south of the Delta Bessborough Hotel). Participants will then follow the cross as it is carried by representatives of different local groups to stations throughout the downtown area. Prayers connect suffering and injustice in our world with the stations of the scriptural way of the cross (introduced by Pope John Paul II in 1991). The walk takes approximately 1.5 hours, with a soup lunch to follow at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. For further information please call Myron Rogal at the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace at (306) 659-5841.
* 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, April 6 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, April 12 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres., Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.
* Development & Peace 50th anniversary celebrations: 5:00 pm Mass of Thanksgiving and 6:30 pm banquet and program will be held Saturday, April 29 at St. Mary Parish, 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. Tickets can also be purchased at Queen’s House of Retreats, 601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon. We hope that you will join us.
* Catholics and Evangelicals in Dialogue: A Small Group Opportunity - Pastor Harry Strauss, co-chair of the Saskatoon Catholic and Evangelical Dialogue, has written a small group resource specifically for dialogue. It is entitled Catholics and Evangelicals in Dialogue: A Small Group Discussion Guide. It is 7 sessions in length, addressing the topics of revelation, the church, salvation, baptism, communion, the communion of the saints, and missional engagement. It is designed for laypeople, shaped as a user-friendly resource. Anticipated outcomes include new friendships, shaped around spiritually engaging conversations, and most importantly, relational growth in Jesus Christ. The material has been field tested some, with good results. However, there is a desire for additional testing. If interested in being part of this effort, particularly in initiating and leading a small group, please contact Pastor H. Strauss at harry [at] forestgrovecc.com or call 306-280-7147.
Share Lent - During this year’s Share Lent campaign, you are invited to listen to the voices of women who are working to build the world of tomorrow, expressed in this year’s theme: “Women at the heart of change.” To find out more, watch for materials in your local parish, or visit the Development and Peace - Caritas Canada website at: www.devp.org Development and Peace has recently highlighted the crisis in South Sudan, where thousands are suffering due to civil war and famine: www.devp.org/en/emergencies/south-sudan The Diocese of Saskatoon, Canada, has a twinning relationship with the Diocese of Torit, South Sudan (for more information about twinning with South Sudan contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841 or e-mail justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com )
* Lenten penitential services and Easter weekend liturgy schedule for parishes in the city of Saskatoon and a number of rural parishes are posted on the Diocese of Saskatoon website at: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/en/lenten-penitential-and-easter-schedule-2017
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 11 - 8 p.m.
- Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 7 a.m. April 11.
- 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, 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, 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: 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.
AND SO WE WAIT … OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION: A Weekend Retreat for Women with Sarah Donnelly, from Friday, May 5 at 7:00 pm until Sunday, May 7 after lunch. Cost is $180. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.
ICONOGRAPHY RETREAT with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19. Cost: Commute: $525 (includes lunches). Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.
ABIDE IN ME: A Retreat for Clergy, Pastors and Ministry Leaders with Rev. Paul Matteson, Fr. Kevin McGee and Dianne Mantyka from Sunday, May 28 at 4:00 pm until Monday, May 29 at 4:00 pm. Cost: $150 (includes meals). 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
* 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 catholicschoolsfoundation [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.
* 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!
* Employment Opportunities:
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.
Lenten Penitential Services are held in many parishes during Lent.
Upcoming 7 p.m. penitential services in Saskatoon, with confessions, include:
- 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.
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 a couple 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
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.
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
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.
* 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.
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
* 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 28 -- Pastor Jakob Palm, more info TBA
• April 4 -- Rev Bill Blackmon, more info TBA
* ST. MARY’S PARISH MISSION March 25-29 with Megan McKenna, a storytelling theologian. From 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.
“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
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 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