As Earth Day is celebrated this Wednesday, April 22, we pray as a diocesan family that we may always recognize the Lord's presence in all the food and drink that earth provides. We pray to the Lord…
A Trinity of Sound - Celebrating the music and traditions of the Chaldean, Ukrainian and Latin churches - 2 p.m., Sunday, May 3 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon
A choir from each of three rites of the Catholic Church will perform at this afternoon of music and culture. Everyone is invited to stay for refreshments after the performance. Food from Iraq, Ukraine and Italy will be served after the concert. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering. For information contact Sharon: (306) 659-5831 or e-mail: foundations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
* The New Evangelization SUMMIT - Inspiring Catholics: Inspire, form, connect at the New Evangelization Summit April 24-25, 2015. Join over 4,000 Catholics across Canada and the USA as they partake in a conference on the New Evangelization. The conference will feature eight world-class Catholic speakers on the New Evangelization – Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dr. Ralph Martin, Patrick Coffin, JoEllen Gregus, Ken Yasinski, Fr. James Mallon and Michael Dopp. This event has been designed to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize.
Register now at www.newevangelization.ca (PLEASE NOTE corrected web address!)
Location of the Webcast Conference: St. Anne's Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon
Times: Friday, April 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $50 dollars, includes lunch
Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation - June 23-26, 2015
Held at Queen’s House of Retreats, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon
This accredited three-year program is dedicated to forming Christians in the theology, history and practice of ecumenism. This program is for all those who wish to increase their knowledge of the ecumenical movement for greater participation.
It will be offered each year in Saskatoon during the final week of June. Students who complete all three years will receive a certificate in Ecumenical Studies and Formation from St. Andrew’s College and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (PCE).
Registration fee: $350. For more information and the program’s registration form see the PCE website: www.pcecumenism.ca or call (306) 653-1633.
NOTE: Bursaries are available to those in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon undertaking ministry training, programs and courses such as the Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation. The Education of Laity Fund application form is available online at: http://www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/education-laity-fund or call Blake Sittler at (306) 659-5834.
* Saskatchewan March for Life will be held Thursday, May 7 in Regina, with the theme “Parental Consent will Save Babies.” Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Christ the King, 3239 Garnett Street, Regina, followed by 12:30 pm welcome and opening remarks; 1:30 p.m. greetings and messages at the Legislature; with the 2:30 p.m. March for Life walk from the Legislature grounds to Victoria Avenue, followed by silent witness on Albert Street. Find more info: www.saskprolife.com
St Mary’s Catholic Women’s League in Lanigan celebrates its 50th anniversary this year! The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 24 starting at 4 p.m. with Mass, followed by supper and entertainment. All present and former St. Mary’s CWL members are invited to attend. Please confirm attendance by May 1 to Laura Novecosky: lauralibrary [at] hotmail.com or to St. Mary’s Parish office in Lanigan at (306) 365-2999 or e-mail: st.marys [at] sasktel.net
* Touch of Ukraine Supper and Silent Auction in support of Station 20 West:
Please join us to celebrate and support Station 20 West at a fundraiser event on Saturday, May 2, at Bethlehem High School, 110 Bowlt Crescent. Great food by Touch of Ukraine Restaurant. Tickets: $25 for adults & $15 for children, available at McNally Robinson Bookstore or from Donna, phone (306) 343-9378 or donna [at] station20west.org Doors open at 5:00pm; supper at 6:00pm. Entertainment and silent auction. For more information: www.station20west.org
Faith-based community experience for 19-35 year old single Catholic women. If you are looking for “affordable rent” and more…. Discernment House may be the place for you. The Sisters of the Presentation offer you a home away from home. As you work or study, this program offers you the opportunity to live a community experience and to grow in your personal faith through prayer, reflection, spiritual direction and service. Located at 851 University Drive, Saskatoon, Sask., a 15-minute walk from University of Saskatchewan, close to downtown. Taking registrations for September 2015. For more information contact : Sr. Lucie 306-244-0726 Email: sk.dhouse [at] gmail.com Website: www.presentationofmary.ca
* A Teen Aid Saskatoon Fundraising Supper and Silent Auction will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at Smiley's, 702 Circle Drive, East, Saskatoon. Entertainment will feature 11-year-old violinist Ava Leschyshyn. For tickets ($30 each) call Mary Riendeau (306) 373-3645.
James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family: The James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family provides grants to registered charities with initiatives and programs intended to strengthen and support the family in rural and urban communities within the geographic area of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Like the popular Bishop for which it is named, the Mahoney Institute reaches beyond the Catholic community and operates on a non-denominational basis. Deadline for applications: May 15, 2015. Apply online: Saskatoon Community Foundation, for more information: www.SaskatoonCommunityFoundation.ca , 306-665-1766.
THANK GOD FOR MARRIAGE, Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m., St. Anne Parish’s Fr. Donlevy Hall, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. A special evening for married couples of all ages and those engaged to be married (not suitable for children or infants). Enjoy a romantic evening of entertainment, dessert and wine. An inspiring theatre piece of love, marriage and God’s good grace. Fast-paced, funny, with beautiful music. Tickets: $40/couple available from the parish office (306) 931-4700 or after Mass.
MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE July 12 to 23, 2015 For more information, prices and bookings please call Maria at (403) 724-6084. Space is limited – Call today!
* BLUMENFELD - 100th anniversary of Historic Church celebrated as part of Blumenfeld Pilgrimage
A milestone anniversary will be marked at this year's Blumenfeld Pilgrimage June 28, 2015: the 100th anniversary of Sts. Peter and Paul Church which stands on the pilgrimage site southeast of Leader, SK.
The itinerary for the June 28 pilgrimage is:
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - registration and children's activities, with lunch for sale
• 1 p.m. - Blessing of the Cemetery and the outdoor Stations of the Cross
• 2 p.m. - Sacrament of Reconciliation
• 2:30 p.m. - Parade of Banners / Shrine History
• 3 p.m. - Rosary with flower girls and boys, ages 3-9 (please bring baskets)
• 3:30 p.m. Mass with presider and homilist Bishop Donald Bolen
• 5:00 - Meal (Please Pre- Register for the evening meal: $20 per adult, $10 per child, 7-12 years, free entry for children 6 and under: register by contacting Kendra Volk, Box 206 Fox Valley, SK. S0N 0V0, avolk [at] sasktel.net - please make cheques payable to Blumenfeld and District Heritiage Site. Registration deadline for the meal is May 15, 2015.) A hardcover history book is also for sale at $25 (order at the time of registering). The hardcover book, DVDs and CDs will be for sale at the Centennial celebration. Donations for the upkeep of the pilgrimage site are also much appreciated.
Directions to the pilgrimage site: - Travel south of Leader on #21 for 16 km, then east for 6.4 km OR Travel north 10 km on #21 from Liebenthal, then east for 6.4 km. Watch for Blumenfeld Church signs.
Find more information on the website at: www.blumenfeldheritage.jigsy.com
* Children’s Story Time: This week’s guest story teller will be Eileen Mackenzie. Please join us at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 23 in the Msgr. Michael J. Koch Library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.
Volunteers needed - The Msgr. Michael J. Koch Library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Saskatoon is seeking volunteers to help in the library. Flexible hours and a great learning experience! Contact Mariel at (306) 659-5853 or e-mail: library [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
* Year of Consecrated Life –—
“Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.”— Thomas Merton
Find testimonies and vocation stories about Consecrated Life on the website: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/year-consecrated-life
* STEWARDSHIP CORNER: The Third Sunday of Easter
The disciples came to know Jesus in the breaking of the bread. When we share what we have with those who are in need, we, too, will discover Jesus in our midst. Jesus, the Author of Life, gives us all we have in order to be a blessing to others.
To find out more about stewardship, contact Jocelyne Hamoline, Personal Giving Coordinator, Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, e-mail: jhamoline [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca or phone: (306) 659-5849 or see: www.dscatholicfoundation.ca/parish-stewardship-resources
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK:
Christ-centred Trinity Yoga – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Join us Monday evenings at 7:15 – 8:15 pm at St. Anne’s Parish in Saskatoon for our Spring Session of Trinity Yoga classes. Spring is a time for transformation and renewal, our Christ-centered practice allows us time and space to grow Body, Mind and Spirit. Classes begin again April 13 – May 25 (No class May 18), for more information contact Shirley Berthelet (306) 978-7242 or Shirley [at] centerforlivingwell.org Classes are also held Tuesdays at St. Philip Neri and Wednesdays at Cornerstone Church.
* Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
WCC 2015 - Rites of the RCIA Presented by Team RCIA June 5-6, 2015 in Saskatoon
The Western Conference of the Catechumenate presents “Rites of the RCIA,” June 5-6 at Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon. Speakers are Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal of Team RCIA. To mark the 25th anniversary of the WCC, the 2015 conference is being offered at a special rate of $99. Join us in celebrating 25 years of forming the RCIA ministry in Western Canada!
Learn more about:
• How to prepare the assembly for full, conscious, and active participation in the rites
• How to apply the 12 liturgical principles and the four elements every liturgy requires
• How to catechize directly from the rites
• When to adapt the rites and when to follow the book
Schedule: • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 5 (includes a wine and cheese social) • 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 (includes a business meeting over lunch)
Register online at: http://western-catechumenate.blogspot.ca or contact Michelle at (306) 358-2057 or cic.michelle [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
NEW HALL FOR RENT – Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish, situated at 1007 Windsor Street, in North Park in Saskatoon, has a NEW HALL to rent for various occasions: conferences, meetings, weddings, parties, etc., big or small. The hall is fully furnished with banquet chairs and round tables. CAPACITY: 260. For more information or for rental, please contact Muriel at: 306-665-1829 or at smc [at] sasktel.net
* "Seeking light: Collaboration and Searching of Three Artists" is an art exhibit being held at Queen's House May 9-10 featuring the work of siblings Gisele, Dean and Brian Bauche. There will be a Coffee House from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 9 (with an artist talk at 8 p.m.) and a Mother's Day Tea 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May. 10. Queen's House is located at 601 Taylor Street West in Saskatoon.
* 50th Anniversary of Priesthood celebration for Monsignor Raymond Senger will be held June 8, 2015 at Tramping Lake, Sask., beginning at 4 pm with Mass at St. Michael’s Parish, followed by supper at the Tramping Lake Community Hall. Supper tickets are $15 each. For tickets contact Chris at (306) 755-2174 or Diane (306) 834- 5142. Deadline for tickets is June 1.
* 50th Anniversary of Priesthood celebration for Monsignor Raymond Senger will be held June 6 in Saskatoon at Holy Family Cathedral, beginning with Mass at 11 a.m. with Bishop Don Bolen. There will be a tea at Holy Family Cathedral from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 6, everyone welcome. Tickets for a 5 p.m. banquet at the cathedral are $25 for adults; call Erla at (306) 931-7328 or (306) 281-9757.
* Music ministry opportunity: Samaritan Place, a long term care facility in Stonebridge, is looking for an organist/keyboard player for Mass on Friday mornings at 11 am. Help contribute to our vision of creating a home where “all who enter can experience harmony in relationships and joys in everyday life!” Music is such a gift, and one that brings joy to our residents and community. Please contact Amy at abunce [at] samaritanplace.ca for more information.
* Rory Allen-Tribute to the King, on Saturday, May 2/15 Pub Night, Auction/Silent Auction at Fox Valley Community Hall. Tickets are $35.00. Please call Candice 306 666 4449 or Mary Ellen 306 666 4610. This event is hosted by St. Mary's Parish-Fox Valley.
All monies raised will go to the St. Mary's Parish Sidewalk Fund.
* What Can Evangelicals Learn From Catholics? – The Saskatoon Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue presents a public lecture with Dr. Gordon T. Smith, President of Ambrose University, Calgary, speaking at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. For further information, contact Pastor Harry Strauss, (306) 933-2266 or harry [at] forestgrovecc.com or Nicholas Jesson, (306) 659-5814 or jesson [at] ecumenism.net Gordon Smith is a well-known Evangelical theologian and spiritual director. At Ambrose University he is Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology. In addition to his academic work, he has an active speaking ministry, and has written several books on aspects of Christian Life and discipleship. Everyone is welcome to this public presentation!
Blackstrap Youth Camp invites youth ages 8 - 13 years to a rocking summer experience. The camp runs weekly from Sunday to Friday, July 5 - 10, Jul 12 - 17, July 19 - 24, July 26 - 31, and August 2 - 7. We have fun activities such as: canoeing, tenting, arts and crafts, praise and worship, swimming, camp out, variety night, mud pit and dance. Apply online: www.blackstrapyouthcamp.org or call us at 306-934-1838.
Blackstrap Youth Camp is attempting to build a fund to allow underprivileged youth to be able to attend Camp. Tax-receipted donations can be made through our website, www.blackstrapyouthcamp.org or through our crowdfunding campaign at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/summer-camp-for-underprivileged-youth. Crowdfunding works only if you spread the word far and wide! Share to your Facebook, Twitter and email contacts. Thank you!
Churches for Environmental Action, is a committee committed to finding ways to awaken ecological consciousness in our congregations and mobilize the churches, presents an environmental awareness calendar. This calendar begins on the first day of spring and ends on earth day. The calendar can be used in parishes, schools, families or individual as a means to deepen our sense of awe for the gift of Creation and call to mind the ways in which we have taken this gift for granted. A copy of the calendar is available on the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/office-justice-and-peace-0 or contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841. PRAYER: Guide me, Creator God that I may cherish your beautiful Earth and all the life it sustains with the best of my energy, intelligence, imagination and love. Amen.
* The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Foundation Inc. presents Swing into Spring Fashion show and dinner, April 30, 2015 at Hall B, Prairieland Park. Tickets: 306-659-7003.
* "Mother and Child Love Them Both" is the theme of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association Provincial Convention to be held April 24 and 25 at St. Mary's Hall, 211-Avenue O South, Saskatoon. Dr. Deborah Zeni will present "A compassionate look at the effects of abortion" and "Complications and complexities"; while Shawna Sparrow will provide information on "Protecting your child in the digital age." Travon Clifton will share her story: "Conceived in rape - the exceptional life"; and Shancelle Hildebrandt will speak about adoption in "No greater love, no greater gift." For the full convention, including the banquet: $60 each, $100 per couple, or $25 for students. Children 6-12 years: $10, Children 5 and under no charge. Child care is provided. Complimentary registration for clergy. You can also purchase tickets for the banquet only ($25) or to attend the convention on Saturday only ($35).
For more information see: www.saskprolife.com/action/_spla_saskatoon_convention or phone (306) 373-3096.
QUEEN’S HOUSE PROGRAMMING INFORMATION: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9
Phone: 306-242-1916 Email: receptionist [at] queenshouse.org , Website: www.queenshouse.org
Ongoing programs include:
CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings - 7pm
HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm (call to confirm time – all are warmly welcome!)
JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE – Fr. Paul Fachet OMI – 1st Wednesday of each month – 10 a.m.. April 1, May 6.
TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2nd Tuesday/month - 8 pm May 12, June 9
DAY AWAY – $25 with lunch - 2nd Wednesday each month – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 8 and May 13.
24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday of the month – noon Monday to noon Tuesday
PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime
* WHAT IS TRUTH? THE PERENNIAL QUESTION – Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers – 3 Saturday mornings 9:30 — 1:30 pm; April 25, May 23 - Cost $35 with lunch (or $25 with bag lunch) per session. Pilate’s question to an accused Jesus echoes through the centuries. We will explore several layers of meaning contained in the perennial question, develop criteria for assessing the “truth” about truth, and maybe learn to appropriate for ourselves some of the ways Jesus embodied the truth.
WOMEN IN MINISTRY FRIDAY LUNCHEONS – Facilitators: Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers and Rev. Amanda Currie. One Friday of each month, 12 noon. Retreat April 27—29, May 9, June 12. Cost: Lunch $10. This invitation goes out to all women who are employed in professional ecclesial ministry; retired from an employed ministry position; and/or studying for professional ecclesial ministry. The main purpose for the lunches is to create an informal relational space where women working professionally in ministry (lay and ordained, pastoral work, congregational work, chaplaincy, retreat work) can connect across denominational lines and form networks of friendship and communication.
Iconography workshop - Facilitators Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 25 to May 29, at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal. Cost: live-in $540/Commute $450 (includes lunches). Includes materials, pigments, 23kt gold leaf on bole. Participants are responsible for supplying brushes, icon boards (available at Queen’s House). Participants do not need a background in art or in theology. Register before April 15, 2015, as enrolment is limited. An icon is like a window into eternity. This workshop will introduce participants to the ancient Christian tradition of icon writing. During this 5-day workshop, through prayer and contemplation, you will learn the technique of writing an icon. Using a gesso wood panel board, egg tempera, natural pigments and gilding with gold leaf, you will write your own icon. There will be daily prayer, demonstrations, theological reflections and group sharing. The prototype that will be written The Mother of God.
St. Therese Institute in Bruno is Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16 School Year
Do you know a young adult (age 18-35) who would benefit from spending a year at St. Therese Institute learning about the Catholic faith, immersing themselves in a life of prayer and discipleship, and living in a vibrant Christian community? St. Therese Institute is a place for young adults who want to learn from St. Thérèse of Lisieux her secrets of sanctity so that they can bring Christ into their workplaces, schools, and homes as Missionary Disciples wherever they are. This is a one-year program, with an optional second year available, and has transfer credits to select Universities across Canada. More information at www.StTherese.ca
* Tickets are now available for the 9th Annual Bishop’s Dinner, which will be held on Friday, May 8 at TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon, beginning at 6:00 pm with a champagne reception. This year, proceeds of the Bishop’s Dinner will go toward Hospital Chaplaincy. Tickets are $150 this year, and can be purchased by contacting Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 or cgilje [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca A partial tax receipt will be issued. Join the Bishop for this enchanting evening of fine dining, music, dancing and fellowship.
Aid for Christians in Syria - The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is calling for aid for Syria’s Christians, who are victims of the violence and war raging in Syria, with thousands in peril, or forced to leave their homes. CNEWA’s core mission is to help the Christian community that is increasingly threatened by extremist groups that have taken advantage of the political instability to prey on the most vulnerable. The Melkite Church of Syria has confirmed that at least 450,000 Christians have left Syria over the past two years. Anyone wishing to support Assyrian Christians can make a donation to CNEWA Canada by mailing a cheque payable to “Emergency Syria” to CNEWA Canada, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K9, or by visiting www.cnewa.ca or calling toll free 1-866-322-4441. An official receipt for tax purposes will be issued for donations of $10 or more.
Assisted Suicide - Resources, information and postcards to print and send to federal government officials asking for action on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Assisted Suicide are posted on the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/office-justice-and-peace-0 or for more information, contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841.
Diocesan social media – Check out the diocese’s Pinterest page “saskatooncath RC Diocese of Saskatoon” – or follow us on Twitter: @saskatooncath
Looking for resources on how to prepare a child for the sacrament of reconciliation? Find some ideas online at: http://catholicmom.com/2015/01/19/5-ways-to-prepare-your-child-for-first-reconciliation/
Springtime of the Faith is a series of week-long conferences on a variety of subjects related to faith and mission at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK. Join the St. Therese students for one (or more) of these inspiring 5-6 day conferences. More information about all the conferences can be found online at: www.st-t.ca/SotF or call: 306-369-2555. Upcoming “Springtime of the Faith” Conferences include:
- Ignatian Discernment 1 -April 19-24
- To Know Christ Jesus: The Heart of Catechetics - April 19-24
- Ignatian Discernment 2 - April 26-May 1
- Holy Family: The Apostolate of the Christian Family - April 26-May 1
* • Into the Heart: Intro to the Theology of the Body with Christopher West - May 3-7
- Heralds of the New Evangelization - May 10-15
Register for two or more conferences and save 10 per cent (use code: 10-SOTF). Register at www.st-t.ca/SotF or call (306)369-2555.
* There will be a Saskatoon City Deanery meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, featuring two speakers: Fr. Gerard Cooper will speak on his role as the dean of Saskatoon City Deanery; and Blake Sittler, co-director of Pastoral Services, will speak on priorities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Catholic Engaged Encounter in Lumsden - Getting married? Want a weekend away to focus on your relationship? “A Wedding is a Day, a Marriage is a Lifetime.” Catholic Engaged Encounter uses a tried and true method of marriage preparation that has been successful for over 30 years and gained approval from the Vatican and hundreds of dioceses throughout the world. Regina CEE has openings in our upcoming weekends. Dates in Lumsden include: May 1-3, 2015; June 19-21, 2015; November 13-15, 2015. For more information please call Kim and Vance Weber at 306-698-2466, or go to www.ceewest.com
1. As we share meals with our loved ones, help us remember that all food is a gift of the earth. We pray to the Lord.
2. May our faith in the resurrection remove the doubts and fears of creating a sustainable world. We pray to the Lord.