Saskatoon RC Diocese

Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements, Nov. 27, 2016, First Sunday of Advent

Download this week's Bulletin:
The following is a text version of this week's announcements.

We pray as a diocesan family for all those involved in Restorative Ministry in our diocese, especially those sharing God’s mercy in our prisons.

1.         Help us begin a new Church Year resolving to share our bounty with those in our midst who live with less.      We pray to the Lord.

2.         For the success of Farmland Legacies in its efforts to provide healthy protein to Saskatchewan Food Banks.    We pray to the Lord.

NOTICE: A planned FacetoFace youth retreat in Humboldt, SK on Dec. 3 has been CANCELLED.

* St. Mary’s Parish Annual Pre-Christmas Tea & Bake Sale – Saturday, Dec. 3 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at  Ave. O & 20th St., Saskatoon. Admission - $3.00.

Former National Chief of Assembly of First Nations, Mr. Phil Fontaine, speaks in Saskatoon Nov. 30 - The Chair in Indigenous Spirituality and Reconciliation at St. Thomas More College presents Phil Fontaine speaking on "The Meaning of Reconciliation" 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Fr. O'Donnel Auditorium at ST. Thomas More College, on the University of Saskcatchewan Campus, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon. A reception will follow. Mr Fontaine served for an unprecedented three terms as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He is a Member of the Order of Manitoba and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Equitas Human Rights Education Award, the Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of Ottawa, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and most recently was appointed to the Order of Canada. Mr. Fontaine also holds 16 Honorary Doctorates from Canada and the United States.


* SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW HYMNAL - The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) upon the recommendation of the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments (ECLS) has approved the publication of a new Hymnal to replace Catholic Book of Worship III published in 1994. A National Hymnal Committee has been appointed to work on the content and structure of the new Hymnal. New hymn compositions and acclamations are being sought. All music being considered for the Hymnal must meet the criteria established by the Bishops of Canada with the assistance of the National Council for Liturgical Music (NCLM) which can be found online at:  Submissions should preferably be made by e-mail in PDF Format to nlo [at]   If that is not possible, they may be mailed to: National Liturgy Office Attention: Hymnal Submission, 2500 Don Reid Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H 2J2. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2017.


* 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, Dec. 1 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, Dec. 14 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

* ROME AND/OR HOLY LAND - Departing Saskatoon Easter Week April 19 or 23 and returning May 9, 2017 – Ministry to Tourism has a few seats still available for a superb small group experience. Please contact Fr. Ralph Kleiter before he closes registrations. Contact him at 306-244-3747; Kleiter [at] ;


* 59th Annual Knights of Columbus Carol Festival – 2016 – “Journey to Bethlehem” – Monday, December 5th and Tuesday, December 6th – TCU Place 7:00 p.m. – Rush Seating Only. “The Local Group” will prelude from 6:30 – 6:50 p.m. Tickets available at participating schools and at TCU Place . Adults $12.00/Children 5-14 years $3.0 /Under 5 years Free.


* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - St. Patrick parish' Atrium is hosting an open house at 6 pm and blessing at 6:30pm on Monday, November 28 at St. Patrick, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon. You are invited to come visit the Atrium, learn more about the works the children explore each week and ask all your questions! This great opportunity is followed by a candlelit Mass at 7 pm and blessing of Christmas lights in the church, followed by hot chocolate. Looking forward to seeing you there!


* Fruitcakes and Religious Christmas Cards - Campaign Life Coalition is selling: 2.5 pound fruitcake – $21 (Made by Pastry World in Yorkton); Religious Christmas cards – $8 for a package of 10 cards or 3 packages for $20. Please contact Celine at 306-477-2082


* Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee    Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Dr., 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 Christ.


Christmas Novena - The Filipino Catholic Community invites all to participate in “Simbang Gabi” – here is the Novena Mass Schedule leading up to Christmas. Please note that there is a pot luck after every Mass:

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s, 211 Avenue O South, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Holy Spirit, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at St. Paul’s, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at St. Augustine, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 at St. Anne’s, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 at St. Peter the Apostle, 1121 Northumberland Ave., Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 at St. Philip Neri, 1902 Munroe Avenue South, Saskatoon
  • 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 at St. Patrick, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon



* HOLY SPIRIT PARISH MISSION - Living the Catholic Life:  FULLNESS OF PURPOSE December 12-14, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Holy Spirit Church, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. Could there be more to our faith experience than what we have come to know? Dynamic speaker and author Ken Yasinski will be leading a 3-day parish mission designed to help answer life’s most meaningful questions - 1) Why have I been created? 2) Where is Joy found? 3) Does my Catholic faith matter? This mission is Catholicism in everyday simple language that will make relevant the timeless truths of our faith. Come be inspired to live your full potential in life. All are welcome. All are welcome. Want a free introductory talk by Ken Yasinski? Text the word FREETALK to 1 855- 969-5300


* Warm coats needed - Winter is on its way, and once again the diocesan Restorative Ministry office is seeking men’s winter coats (especially large, extra large and up), as part of outreach to men at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre who are released back into the community during the winter months. Please drop off donations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon (open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or contact Dianne at (306) 659-5845.)


Queen’s House of Retreats – Upcoming events

* Queen’s House - 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK.  Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist [at] • Website:

Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:       

  • CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings - 7pm
  • HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!
  • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2nd Tuesday/month - 8 p.m. Dec. 14
  • * DAY AWAY – Gisele Bauche - 2nd Wednesday each month, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - $25 includes lunch Dec. 15
  • * 24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday/month, from 12:00 noon to Tuesday 12:00 noon.
  • * Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month 7 a.m. Dec. 14
  • WOMEN in MINISTRY LUNCHEONS: 1 Friday a month from 12 to1:30 pm – Dec. 2
  • * JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: 1st Wed. of month, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch – Dec. 7


Lay Formation Presents: A GOSPEL SERIES: Great topics!  Great presenters!  All are welcome! From 8:30 am until 3:00 pm (lunch included) Saturday, Dec. 3. Please join us!

 Gospel of John with Gisele Bauche; $40 (includes lunch).


SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAYS: as part of Spiritual Direction Formation
Times:  Saturdays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Cost: $40 per session includes registration, refreshments and lunch.. • SPIRITUALITY & PSYCHOLOGY in SEXUALITY & INTIMACY: with Bill Nelson Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am until 4:00 p.m.  


* SACRED SCRIPTURES of GOD'S PEOPLE: with Pastor Vern Ratzlaff. When: Sunday Nov. 27 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Cost:   $10 / session or $40 for the series; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


* AN ADVENT RETREAT – Waiting in Joyful Hope: with Sarah Donnelly When: Saturday, December 3 from 9:30 – 2:30 pm. Cost:   $55 - includes lunch


Queen’s House is located at 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK.  Phone: 306-242-1916                         • E-mail: receptionist [at] • Website:



Many healthcare professionals see euthanasia and assisted suicide as an affront to their calling. They are facing difficult decisions ahead as they struggle to stay engaged in the public healthcare system. Let us encourage them to draw on Christ and their faith community as they bravely continue to care for the sick and dying, and let us remind them to care for themselves as well. 

Find more resources about the issue of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia on the diocesan website at:



* PPK Catholic Men's Night - Friday Dec 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. The topic is the Masculine Genius. Come for adoration, reconciliation, food/drink, a talk, and fellowship. Visit for details.


* Finding Our Way – A Ladies’ Advent Retreat: Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Parish (1121 Northumberland Ave.) Presenter is Christy Dupuis who has a passion for sharing the Gospel in a relevant and dynamic way. Cost is $20/person (includes lunch). To register (deadline November 30) call June at 306-382-1309 or Pat at 306-382-1307.


* CWL Clothing Depot at 619-20th St. West, Saskatoon is seeking donations of new items for its annual Christmas sale. For example: toys, socks, underwear, gloves, toques, sheets, comforters, towels, jewelry, health and beauty products, or individually wrapped candy. Thank you for your generosity. Your donations help those who are struggling to make ends meet in our city, giving them a joyous chance to shop for Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Parents can choose a toy at an affordable price, enjoying the freedom and dignity of making their own purchase, while children with only a few coins can buy a gift for mom or dad. The sale runs until Dec. 23.

Items can be dropped off at the Clothing Depot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, or you may arrange for a pickup by calling (306) 242-5042. Other donations: The non-profit CWL Clothing Depot also accepts used clothing and household gifts for their store located on the lower level of Saskatoon Friendship Inn.

Volunteers are also needed – you don’t have to be a CWL member! To inquire about volunteering: (306) 242-5042.


* Movie about Medjugore - There will be a private screening of Apparition Hill – “a film about life and what comes after” – at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Cineplex Odeon Centre, 3510-8th Street, Saskatoon; rating is PG. The doors open at 9 a.m., and the movie will be shown at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $14 must be purchased by calling Angie Hammerlindl at (306) 374-9230 (not available at the box office.) Synopsis of the film: Seven strangers journey to Medjugorje, a village in Bosnia Herzegovina, to investigate reports of miracles and supernatural phenomena. Join two atheists, one believer, a mother struggling with cancer, a man diagnosed with ALS, an addict and a woman questioning her faith as they search for answers to life's big questions on Apparition Hill. (Proceeds from the sale of tickets will provide financial assistance to someone who would not otherwise be able to afford a pilgrimage to Medjugorje; to be determined by a draw.)


* Development and Peace – Building on the Fall Action Campaign Thrust 7 pm Tuesday, Nov. 29, Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon: Come and learn how farmers have nurtured the planet’s diversity for 10,000 years.  Learn also about the significant ways we have been destroying plan diversity in the past 100 years.  USC Canada’s important work supports small-scale farmers who enhance biodiversity and seed security in many countries.  Guest speaker:  Karen Farmer, USC Canada board member and founder of the Saskatoon See Library.


* Development and Peace - Sign the Development and Peace Action Card and ask the Prime Minister and the Canadian government to take into account the vital role of family farmers in feeding and cooling the planet. The card calls for the government to develop agricultural and environmental policies that recognize the essential role of small family farming in the struggle against climate change and hunger; to support access to land for small family farmers, agro-ecology, and the development of local farmers’ markets; and to include the voices of small family farmers, through the movements that represent them, in all consultations and decisions that affect them. Let us support an agricultural model that enables these stewards of the earth to live in dignity and feed their communities. Watch for the card in your parish or see the website at:


Mark your calendar for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017:

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In Saskatoon, the week will be observed Sunday, Jan. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 29. The theme is Reconciliation. The Love of Christ compels us (2 Corinthians 5:14-20). Resources are available at
  • De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity. The 2017 speaker is Dr. Dirk G. Lange, addressing the themeReformation Today: From Conflict to Communion, Together in Hope. The lecture will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at St Thomas More College, Saskatoon. There will also be workshops on Friday and Saturday morning, with Dr. Lange preaching at the Week of Prayer service on Sunday, Jan 29.


* You are invited to a free Come and Go Nativity Display Open House at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1405-31st St. W., (1 block East of Ave. P) in Saskatoon on December 3, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get into the season by coming out to view dozens of nativity scenes, hear Christmas music and eat some goodies. There will be cookie decorating for the youth and young at heart. Everyone is welcome.

* Chalice invites you to share the blessings and joy of Christmas with children and families in the developing world. Our Christmas Gift Catalogue offers the opportunity to purchase a gift on behalf of a friend or loved-one. The items in the catalogue are carefully selected based on the needs of the families we serve around the world. Your friend or loved-one will receive a beautiful card stating what gift or gifts you purchased in their name. You will also receive an official tax receipt. Chalice is a Canadian Catholic child sponsorship organization. Thanks to the generous contributions of our supporters we create, support, and increase access to education, health, and family livelihood for nearly 50,000 children in 15 developing countries. For more information call 1-800-776-6855 or visit If an informational presentation on Chalice is desired, please contact Michelle Sieben at mgsieben22 [at]


CHEP Good Food Inc Christmas cards are now available - This year, CHEP is pleased to present its 19th Annual Christmas Card Collection featuring the unique artwork of Valerie Munch, Cecilia Jurgens, Arnold Isbister, Dot Almas, Hugo Alvarado and Cecilia Elizabeth, as well as two brand new choices from Patricia Katz and Kevin Quinlan. Money raised through CHEP’s Holiday cards fundraiser remains in our community to support valuable nutrition and gardening programs to improve Saskatoon children and families’ lives. Please check out the collection of 2016 Christmas cards online at  then complete our fillable order form, scan and email (or fax the form) to CHEP at: christmascards [at]   or (306) 668-4574.


* ONE VOICE FOR THE POOR-ANCOP Shelter and Child Sponsorship Program - Benefit Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at St. Patrick Parish Hall, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon, featuring CFC Music Ministry, Journey of Faith Choir, St. Nino Choir, St. Cecilia Choir, St. Andrew Kim Taegon Choir, and St. Patrick Filipino Choir. Tickets: $20 adult, $15 Senior, $10 7-14 years, Free for children 6 years and under. Inquiries: Jun and Helen Florida (306) 371-9597 or Arnel and Libay Mendoza (306) 260-5249.


Gospel Series - Are you searching for meaning? Hungry for scripture? Eager to learn? Curious about Lay Formation? Come and explore the Gospel of John on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with facilitator Gisele Bauche at Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West in Saskatoon. Cost is $40 for the day (includes lunch).

Register by calling  Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916. For more information contact Mona Goodman at (306) 659-5846 or email: layform [at]


* A Traditional German Advent Celebration will be held 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 in the hall of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon (use the hall entrance). The event will feature German Kuchen and Torten, coffee and tea, with entertainment by Michael Harris, Tenor Gregory Schulte, pianist Lissel-Pexa, Children's Quartet and Hansel and Gretel Preschool.


The Saskatoon Regional CWL quilters will meet again at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon to quilt for the Clothing Depot from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Please bring a bagged lunch and your sewing tools. Coffee provided. All ladies welcome. Come for the day or drop in for a few hours.  The schedule for this fall is: November 28. Also, the quilters are always in need of fabric, so if you are fall cleaning, please keep us in mind.  For further information, call Margaret (306) 374-4214.


Follow the diocese on Twitter @saskatooncath or like the diocese on Facebook at for news and information on people and events.



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


Restoration of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem - At the invitation of Bishop Abgar Hovakimian, Primate of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Diocese of Canada, and Metropolitan Sotirios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, CCCB President Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., has co-signed a joint statement on the recent agreement of the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church to start restoration work on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This is the first restoration work in over 200 years. The Edicule, an 1810 structure that encompasses the Tomb of Christ, has been damaged over the centuries by vast numbers of tourists and pilgrims visiting the site. Donations can be made to either the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, or the Armenian Diocese of Canada, for the jointly established "Holy Sepulchre Restoration Fund 2016". Contributions can be sent to:

1) The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J2. In addition, the Holy See uses part of the proceeds of the annual Good Friday Collection for the maintenance of the holy sites in the Holy Land.

2) The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada), at 86 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1C6.

3) The Armenian Diocese of Canada, at 615 Stuart Avenue, Outremont, Quebec H2V 3H2.

Further information can be found on the following links, including a virtual tour of the Holy Sepulchre:        





Diocese of Saskatoon In Video