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Diocesan Weeekly Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, May 22, 2016 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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Diocesan Weeekly Bulletin Announcements for Sunday, May 22, 2016 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Diocesan Prayer Intention for Prayers of the Faithful: We pray as a diocesan family for farmers and gardeners. May they be kept safe in their ministry to the earth, and rejoice in the bountiful gifts of creation.  We pray to the Lord.

Prayers from Earthcare Connections:

  1. Enable us, in the Spirit of Wisdom, to see all of creation as a community called to live in love. We pray to the Lord.
  2.  Help us to co-operate with nature which God has created, and not try to dominate it.     We pray to the Lord.

* Treaty Plaque at Holy Family Cathedral in Saskatoon - Join Bishop Donald Bolen, parishioners, and First Nations representatives in a joyful celebration to place a Treaty Plaque at our diocesan cathedral at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory. Everyone is welcome!

* Sanctum Survivor 36-hour homeless challenge: Bishop Don Bolen is one of 10 participants who will attempt to survive on the streets for 36 hours in June as a way to raise awareness and funds for Sanctum, an HIV transitional care home and hospice located at the refurbished Grey Nuns convent at 134 Avenue 0 South, Saskatoon. Proceeds will also go to Sanctum 1.5 -- a planned HIV pre-natal care home to support high-risk, HIV-positive pregnant women. For info on Sanctum Survivor, including tickets for a wind-up formal reception/gala June 18 see: www.sanctumcaregroup.com or call (306) 244-1200.

* Kids Care Parish Garage Sale to Help Malawi - A huge parish garage sale will be held Saturday, June 4 at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, with proceeds going to St. Anne’s sister parish in Africa, through the registered local charity Hope for Malawi. The St. Anne’s garage sale is organized “by kids, for kids,” as an initiative of children in the parish, led by a nine-year-old volunteer. Donations of toys, books, children’s clothing, household items, etc. are being accepted each day from May 30-June 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the church. For large items, email Sandy [at] cjamesrun.com  to discuss. A barbecue and face painting will be part of the June 4 event. Find more information on the parish website at: http://saintannes.ca 

* You are invited to attend the Saskatoon Lay Formation Missioning Celebration, Diocesan and Aboriginal Catholic Streams.  This event will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Sunday, June 5th, at 2:30 p.m. reception to follow.

* Orientation Workshop - The Diocese of Saskatoon will be hosting an Orientation Workshop on Welcoming Newly Arrived Priests to our Parishes on Saturday, May 28. The workshop will run from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Family. The day will consist of presentations on various aspects of welcoming an international priest, along with time for discussion, questions and planning. This workshop will be valuable for those who are expecting a newly arrived priest in their parish as well as anyone else interested in learning more about this topic. Lunch will be provided. To register or for more information, please contact Dawn Kellington at orientation [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com or 306-659-5858. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 24.

* Getting married before November 2016?  Last chance to participate in a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend marriage retreat.  This diocesan approved marriage preparation course has a few spots open in our June 3 - 5, 2016 weekend near Wolseley, SK.  For more information or to register go to www.ceewest.com and click on "Regina" or call Ann and Jeff Denton at (306)-586-0934.   

Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 3 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 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. Relax and rest in the abiding presence of Christ.

* "Global Beats" Multicultural Music Festival will be held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Cosmopolitan Seniors Centre, 614-11th Street East, Saskatoon, organized by the Saskatoon Open Door Society. Artists/bands from many different countries will perform in this event, with ethnic food and a cash bar available. For more information see Saskatoon Open Door Society on Faceboook or call (306) 653-4464.

* Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage and Tour, Star of the New Evangelization, with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, February 2-11, 2017.  For information and registration, please call Marlene, 306-262-1647 or see the poster on the eparchy website: http://www.skeparchy.org/  Please call early, space is limited.

* Information for Migrant Workers will be presented at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Station 20 West, 1120-20th Street West, Saskatoon, providing Temporary Foreign Workers and migrant workers with information and resources about their rights. For more information about this information session organized by Migrante Canada and Kairos, contact: migrantecanada [at] gmail.com or call 1-888-366-0194. The Canadian Council for Refugees will also present a skill-sharing and strategy session for migrant workers and advocates for migrant worker rights 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, also held at Station 20 West. For more information on this Meeting on Migrant Worker Issues see: ccrweb.ca/en/meeting-migrant-worker-issues or contact marisa [at] ccrweb.ca at (514) 277-7223, Ext. 5.

* Saskatoon Town Hall Meeting On Climate Change - You are invited to come out to give guidance in forming Canada's Carbon Emissions/Climate Change Policy.  The federal government is asking all citizens to attend Town Hall meetings to express ideas, concerns, priorities – even doubts and feedback – as we create our Canadian policy.  There will be different stakeholders present: business representatives, politicians, faith groups, and members of the wider community. Everyone is welcome. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25; WHERE: St. George Senior Citizen Club Hall, 1235-20th Street West, Saskatoon. Information: Sylvia Obrigewitsch, NDS, at clean.sjbo [at] sasktel.net 

* Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation asks:  Do You Have An E-Mail Address? Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si' calls us to care for creation, human ecology, and natural ecology. How can we be a part of caring for our common home? One small way is to help the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation to reduce the use of paper and the cost of printing and mailing. By providing us with your email address we can email your annual tax receipt; send you thank you messages for your generosity; and share key messages from Bishop Don Bolen. If you are interested, please e-mail your name and address to hzimmer [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca (please note corrected e-mail address!) or call 306-659-5850

St. Paul’s Hospital Gift Shop Is Looking for Volunteers - Would you or someone you know like to give back to your community through volunteer service?  Volunteering at St. Paul’s Hospital Gift Shop provides an opportunity to work with other volunteers, interact with Hospital staff, patients and families, develop new skills, attend recognition events and make new friends. Proceeds from the Gift Shop support patient care items, staff professional development and other services at St. Paul's Hospital. Previous retail experience is an asset, however training is provided to anyone with a positive attitude who is willing to learn and has the desire to support our patients and staff. If you would like to volunteer your services at St. Paul’s Hospital, please contact Kathi Lewis, Volunteer Workforce at (306) 655 5823 or visit www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/your_health/ps_volunteer_services.htm 

Columbus Bosco Homes - Thank you to all the parishioners who participated in the Annual Joe Kammermayer Commemorative Dinner.  Attendance and donations to this event proved very successful. Together we are helping children and families step into the future. The Annual General Meeting for Columbus Bosco Homes will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at Bishop Murray High School, 615 Wiggins Avenue South, Saskatoon. All interested parishioners 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.

Yard Sale in support of World Youth Day pilgrims will be held 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1202-11th Street East, Saskatoon. There is a wide assortment of donated goods for sale, including electronics, children’s toys, household items, etc. All money raised goes to support World Youth Day pilgrims of 2016. Contact Sofia Larmour at sofialarmour [at] gmail.com or (306) 361-4469 for information.

Invitation to the Women of the Diocese: Come and ponder Christ’s love in this Year of Mercy. Different diocesan priests will offer meditations on designated Saturdays once a month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon (use the 5th Avenue entrance.). Free will offering. Fr. Denis Phaneuf is the guest speaker on Saturday, June 4; Coffee: 9:30 am; First meditation: 9:45 a.m.; Second Meditation: 10:30 a.m. Reconciliation will be available prior to the 12:10 p.m. Mass. Call Donna at (306) 341-9444 for more information.

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Queen’s House of Retreats 

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 - 7pm
  • HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!
  • JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: Fr. Paul Fachet, OMI, $25 includes lunch, on first Wednesday/month, June 1.
  • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY – 2nd Tuesday/month 8 p.m., June 14
  • DAY AWAY with Gisele Bauche, Sept. 14.
  • 24 HOURS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday/month, 12:00 noon to Tuesday, 12:00 noon; May 23/24.
  • PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BROTHERS KEEPERS BREAKFAST: Second Tuesday of each month, with the next gathering from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. June 14, followed by breakfast and fellowship. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.

ICONOGRAPHY RETREAT: with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche; Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, 2016. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.

TRANSITIONS: Transformation through Grief and Loss: with Sarah Donnelly 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16 to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 19.  Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; call Sarah to register: 306-717-3707. Cost: $390 – live in. Includes program, bedroom and meals. 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAYS: as part of Spiritual Direction Formation; Times:  Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916. Cost: $40 per session, includes registration, refreshment and lunch. Upcoming dates:

  • May 28 - Eco Spirituality and the Cosmos – Sr. Maureen Wild, SC
  • June 18 - Monastic Way: Benedictine Spirituality for Today – Sr. Mary Coswin OSB
  • July 9 - Biblical Spirituality: Spirituality of the Psalms – Bishop G. Wiesner & G. Bauche

SACRED IN THE CITY - with Margaret Silf 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Commuter: $65; Commuter-plus: $85; Live-in: $135. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.

THE OTHER SIDE OF CHAOS – Breaking through when life is breaking down - with Margaret Silf from 7 p.m. Friday, July 1 until Sunday, July 3 after lunch. Commuter: $130; Commuter-plus: $165; Live-in: $275. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.

SUMMER STILLNESS with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, beginning 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 11 with supper until Thursday, July 14 after lunch. Cost: Commuter: $200; Commuter-plus: $260; Live-in: $400. Includes Monday Evening Presentation, July 11: “Moral Loneliness the Congenital Ache of a Soulmate” (available as a session on its own with supper $30, or presentation only $15). Tuesday-Thursday theme: “Celebrating the Year of Mercy – From Paranoia to Metanoia."

“The triumph Freedom Through Healing” program, facilitated by Jerry and Donna Kristian, will be held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon from 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 29 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016. To register or for more information call Queen’s House (306) 242-1916 or visit the website at: http://www.triumphretreat.com . This is a nine-day Christ-centered journey of inner healing and discovery fueled by the transforming power of God's merciful love, rooted in Scripture, tradition and prayer; anchored by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux, equipping and empowering people with the tools needed to make noticeable and lasting changes in their lives – a path to true freedom through healing in Christ.

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* Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy this year:    “From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends.”  - Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, #25) For more information about the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, visit the website www.im.va  or the diocesan website  www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/yearofmercy 

* Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Think About It: No human being dies in a social vacuum. Consider how other people will be impacted by assisted suicide and euthanasia. What about the impact on the person who is responsible for ending someone’s life?  (To express concerns about the legislation, please visit: www.canadiansforconscience.ca  or for more info call Myron Rogal in the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace at (306) 659-5841.)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK:

Notice of public meetings for new Catholic schools in Saskatoon. Learn more about the Catholic school being built in Saskatoon, ask questions and provide feedback – for the school being built in Stonebridge: the meeting will be held Tues. May 24, 7 pm, at Pope John Paul II School library, 3035 Arlington Ave. Attendees will:

  • See detailed school designs.
  • Meet the new school’s principal.
  • Ask questions about the design, future programming or future consultations.
  • Learn how you can be involved as a parent volunteer.

For more information, please contact: Derrick Kunz, Communications Consultant, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, Phone: 306-659-7077, e-mail: dekunz [at] gscs.sk.ca  

Response to the Wildfire in Fort McMurray – Please continue to pray for the people of Fort McMurray, and for all those in security, firefighting and public service who are responding to the wildfires and providing assistance to some 70,000 who have been evacuated. The government of Canada will match personal donations to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray disaster relief. Donations may also be made to the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Paul. Bishop Paul Terrio confirms that one-half of any contributions to the diocese will be to assist the Catholic parishes and parishioners of Fort McMurray, while the other half will be forwarded to the Fort McMurray Ministerial Association for ecumenical assistance to those who have lost homes and jobs. Cheques to Diocèse de St-Paul / Diocese of St. Paul can be dropped into your parish collection or mailed directly to Financial Officer, Diocese of St. Paul, 4410 - 51st Avenue, St. Paul, AB, T0A 3A2

New hymnal underway - The work on a new national hymnal for the English sector of the Canadian Catholic Church has started. The Hymnal Committee is inviting all those who wish to have their music considered for the hymnal, and/or who are using music that has not yet been approved, to send it to the National Liturgy Office of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops via e-mail to: nlo [at] cccb.ca 

* Retrouvaille helps hurting marriages!  When couples experience difficulties in their marriage, they often feel alone; like there is no one who can help them.  Retrouvaille cares about your marriage.  Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce.  For confidential information about or to register for the September 16-18, 2016 weekend in Saskatoon, call (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille [at] sasktel.net 

* Notice of Revision - Ministry to Tourism has announced a change in its October-November 2016 travel programs to Spain & Portugal. The exclusive small party arrangement of quality time, Nov 8-12 at Santiago de Compostela & Fatima continues during the Holy Year of Mercy. However, before or afterwards several new land options from C$1,949.00 and a Douro River cruise are offered but now with very limited availability. Contact: Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to Tourism call 306-244-3747 or e-mail  kleiter [at] shaw.ca or see www.pilgrimjourneys.ca

Friends and Fashion Evening in support of Malawi projects - St. Anne's Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon invites you to a "Friends and Fashion Evening" Friday, June 3rd from 7 to 10 pm. This lady's evening will have you sharing wine, dessert and shopping set to the music of a live band - Standard Trio.  Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased individually or by table. Shopping will be by donation.  Please feel free to invite friends and family to share in what is sure to be a great evening of food, shopping and entertainment. For tickets: please contact the parish office at (306) 931-4700 or email: Cristin at cristin.sawchuk [at] gmail.com  or Cori at kolbeckcori [at] gmail.com Proceeds will be used for projects in Sacred Heart Parish in Malawi, Africa.

Blackstrap Catholic Youth Camp is held throughout the summer in week-long sessions for youth from ages 8 to 13 years, giving youth the opportunity to experience God through nature and fellowship with other young people. Summer 2016 sessions run July 3-8; July 10-15; July 17-22, July 24-29, and July 31-Aug. 5, with indoor and outdoor activities, including canoeing, swimming, hiking and tenting. The camp is sponsored by the Saskatoon Knights of Columbus. For more information see the website at http://blackstrapyouthcamp.org  or call (306) 492-4813.

Saint John Bosco Wilderness Camp – at Zeden Lake located in the Narrow Hills Provincial Park. What are your summer plans? Looking for an exciting new adventure? St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp is a summer camp for youth ages 8 – 17 held in northern Saskatchewan. Youth and teens enjoy activities such as canoeing, swimming, archery, wide-games, hiking, orienteering, Nature-lore, and Liturgy. Campers have the opportunity to experience wilderness travel and camping making lifelong friends and developing a new appreciation for God and nature. For more information and/or to download registration form, visit our website at: www.johnboscocamp.   or call us at 1-844-752-6726..

* Bishop's Cup -- Youth of the diocese will join seminarians, priests and Bishop Don Bolen in basketball action 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 6 at Holy Cross High School, 2115 McEown Avenue, Saskatoon (at Taylor Street East). Youth ages 12 and up are invited to play rounds of basketball with the clergy before a final “all star” match (between selected youth representatives and the bishop's team) for the coveted Bishop’s Cup. Families and members of the public are welcome to come and watch all the action – a free pizza dinner is included. RSVP online at: http://goo.gl/forms/KOig1Tsw0D or for more info, contact Colm Leyne at the Vocation/Youth Office at the Catholic Pastoral Centre: youthmin [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com

 

Volunteer with MICAH - Micah is a hands-on restorative justice organization that works with faith communities to bring hope, healing and accountability to people in the justice system.  We are currently welcoming interest from volunteers who would like to work with our Forward Step program. This is a leadership opportunity that would fit well with people who have experience in the area of social work, education, addictions or group facilitation. Forward Step meetings take place at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 11 a.m. The process utilizes a sharing circle and is growing toward a greater degree of sensitivity to Aboriginal people. Text or call Peter Oliver at 306-260-6213, if you are interested in this program.  

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* Employment Opportunity: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is seeking a Human Resources Manager, a full-time permanent position.

Responsibilities

  • To manage Human Resource in the areas of employee relations, recruitment, retention, orientation, performance management, staff development
  • To facilitate conflict resolution consistent with the mission and vision of our Diocese. 
  • To ensure human resource practices are in keeping with government labour legislation.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management or equivalent
  • Five years experience in Human Resources, including experience working with the labour standards legislation.
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution and policy development.
  • Effective and pastoral interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.

Salary  - Based on education and experience and consistent with our salary grid.

Please send cover letter, resume and references (including one pastoral reference) in confidence to: Blake Sittler, Director of Pastoral Services, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK  S7S 1H1, (306) 659-5834 or e-mail: director [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com

Deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016.

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* See, Think, Wonder: What is important to youth about our Catholic school community?   Find out how gifted elementary students from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools answered this question. Their photos and written responses will be on exhibit at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, University of Saskatchewan. Dates: May 24 to 27, 2016; Gallery Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

* A Parish Nursing Information Forum will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 812 Preston Avenue, Saskatoon on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (registration begins at 6:30 p.m.).  This is an inter-church event and is open to anyone interested in exploring the role of the Church in health and healing.  A panel will discuss the role of the Parish Nurse in the life and mission of the congregation.  For more information or to register, contact Mona at 306 978 1951, Elaine at 306 652-4524, or E-mail:  p.nursing [at] sasktel.net 

The One Rock Festival of Faith Catholic Festival for youth and families, young adults and teachers will be held Aug. 12, 13, 14 at Highway 22, Redwood Meadows, near Calgary, AB. Includes catechesis sessions, sacraments, music, Eucharistic Adoration, camping and much more. In this Year of Mercy and World Youth Day, One Rock will share WYD's theme: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Matthew 5:7) Early bird price until May 29: $25 single or $60 family weekend passes. For tickets more information about One Rock contact 403-218-5548 or email info [at] onerock.ca 

Cana Continues! Consider enrolling in Family Camp this summer, Aug. 7-13, with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. Experience “families evangelizing families” in nature with the beautiful Eastern spirituality. Held at St. Michael’s Camp, Madge Lake, this family camp is based on the Madonna House Cana Colony. Optimize the experience of renewed unity within the family by getting unplugged, letting go of distractions and allowing God to respond. Registration begins in January 2016. Find details online at www.skeparchy.org/familyandlife/?page_id=1355  or for more info contact Deborah Larmour, Family and Life Office Director for the Eparchy of Saskatoon at (306)244-7719 or e-mail: ucfamilylifeoffice [at] sasktel.net 

* It's Time to Talk... Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide - 7:00 to 9:00 pm  Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Forest Grove Community Church, 502 Webster Street, Saskatoon. This session is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by, and for more info, contact the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan www.chassk.ca  (306) 655-5330. The Scriptures teach that life is a precious God-given gift. Our society's acceptance and potential normalizing of physician-assisted death and euthanasia are worthy of reflection. This presentation will explore the dangers these practices pose to all Canadians, providing participants with the necessary tools to engage in this discussion. Come deepen your understanding of the political situation in Canada, share your stories and questions, and learn more about how you can approach suffering with the compassion of Christ.  Presenter: Mary Deutscher, Ph.D (c) 

The responsibility to protect one another’s life - The teaching of the Catholic Church and the stance of the Catholic Bishops of Canada affirm the sacredness and dignity of human life. Suicide and euthanasia are contrary to the most profound natural inclination of each human being to live and preserve life. Furthermore, they contradict the fundamental responsibility that human beings have to protect one another and to enhance the quality of health and social care which every human life deserves, from conception to natural death. To learn more about physician-assisted suicide, visit http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4...

Safeguarding persons most at risk - Bill C-14 is now before the Parliament of Canada. No matter how it may be amended, it is an affront to human dignity, an erosion of human solidarity, and a danger to all vulnerable persons -- particularly the aged, disabled, infirm and sick who so often find themselves isolated and marginalized. Moreover, it is a violation of the sacrosanct duty of healthcare providers to heal, and the responsibility of legislators and citizens to assure and provide protection for all, especially those persons most at risk. For information to share with others about the negative impact of physician-assisted suicide, visit http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/4....

Facing the threat of physician-assisted suicide - As our country faces the moral and social threat of physician-assisted suicide, you are invited to call upon federal, provincial and territorial legislators to defend and protect the lives of all, to renew efforts to guarantee accessible home care and palliative care, and to protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers and agencies refusing to be part of euthanasia and assisted suicide. To share your concerns with your legislators, visit http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/.

* Justice and Outreach Year of Formation – JOY – is a new hands-on diocesan program in servant leadership, centered on Catholic Social Teaching that will run once a month from September to June. No prior service-based experience is required. JOY is now taking registrations for September 2016. Watch a promo video and find other information about JOY online at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/joy  or call Kate O’Gorman at the Catholic Pastoral Centre: (306) 659-5847 or e-mail joy [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com 

There will once again be Summer Masses held at the Holy Rosary Shrine Church at Reward, Saskatchewan. Masses will be celebrated on the following dates:

  •  Saturday, May 14 - 7:30pm
  •  Saturday, June 11 - 7:30pm
  •  Saturday, June 25 - 7:30pm
  •  Sunday, July 10 (Annual Pilgrimage), please watch for a Schedule of Events at a later date. 
  •  Saturday, July 30 - 7:30pm
  •  Saturday, August 13 - 7:30pm
  •  Saturday, August 27 - 7:30pm
  •  Saturday, September 10 - 7:30pm

Please note that Saturday Evening Masses will not be celebrated at St. Peter’s Parish in Unity, SK. on those dates.

2016 Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation June 21-24 is presented by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, and held at Queen’s House, Saskatoon. Excellent for those who are: • serving in ecumenical ministries  • working in ecumenical situations •  interested in ecumenical theology • laity or clergy. Counts towards the Certificate in Ecumenical Studies from St. Andrew’s College and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Find more information online at http://pcecumenism.ca or call (306) 653-1633.  Note: Subsidies are available for Catholic participants: To apply, contact Nick Jesson at (306) 659-5814 or e-mail jesson [at] ecumenism.net 

The Western Conference of the Catechumenate – WCC 2016 “Making Disciples” presented by Team RCIA May 27-28 at the FCJ Centre in Calgary. Discover how the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a powerful conversion process that forms missionary disciples. Learn how to apply the core principles of RCIA across the entire parish to form more missionary disciples. Acquire skills to build an evangelizing parish. Learn how to recruit and build a thriving RCIA team that is focused on disciple formation. Conference: $150. Find more information online at: http://western-catechumenate.blogspot.ca 

Faith-based community experience for 19-35 year old single Catholic women. If you 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.  - 15 minute walk from University of Saskatchewan, close to downtown. Taking registrations for September  2016. For more information contact : Sr. Lucie/Sr Viviane 306-244-0726   Email:  sk.dhouse [at] gmail.com  Website:  www.presentationofmary.ca 

Opportunity for young women in Regina: The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary have a house on Pells Drive, a quick fifteen or twenty minute walk to the University of Regina.  We welcome young women who are looking for room and board.  Residents have enjoyed our meals, our company, our support and a place that responds to their need for quiet and study. For more information please contact: Sister Emma Rousseau, 5 Pells Drive, Regina, Sk. S4S 4S8; Phone: (306) 584-3652; E-mail: erousseau03 [at] gmail.com 

The following announcement requests come from groups outside of our Catholic ministry partners in the diocese. As always, the parish Pastor and Parish Life Director are invited to make all publication decisions regarding their particular parish community.

* Single Life WorkshopFor singles (18-70+) learning how to do relationships well, whether you are friends, dating or preparing for marriage. Providing you with a safe community to practice and learn how to live in relationship, May 26-29. More info about this ecumenical event can be found at: singlelifeworkshop.sask [at] gmail.com  or see Facebook “@ Single Life Workshop – Saskatoon”

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