Saskatoon RC Diocese

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We pray in gratitude as a diocesan family for all those in Consecrated Life - may these religious sisters, brothers and priests experience joy in following Christ, witnessing to the gospel and serving the poor with zeal.

*Helping La Loche Families and Community

Our prayers are with the families in the community of La Loche after the recent shooting at the community school. As a diocese, we would like to reach out to support the people of La Loche. Donations can be made through your parish and the funds will be sent to Archbishop Murray Chatlain who will distribute them through the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. There are also various other initiatives in our parish and communities that are raising funds for the needs in the community of La Loche. If you have any questions, please contact the financial office at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 306-242-1500.


Priest, Prophet, King - PPK Catholic Men's Night February 16th, 7pm at Holy Family Cathedral. The topic is the magnanimous man (of St. Thomas Aquinas).  Come for

adoration, reconciliation, food/drink, a talk, and fellowship.  Visit  for details.


* Mercy is the theme of three reflective and prayerful sessions in Lent, to be held 2 p.m. Sunday afternoons at the Cathedral of the Holy Family with Bishop Donald Bolen Feb. 21, Bishop Gerry Wiesner Feb. 28, and Leah Perrault March 6. All are welcome; there is no need to pre-register for this diocesan Lenten series, presented by Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together.


* There will be a book study of “The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen led by Sr. Peter Mary during Lent. The study will take place in the gathering space at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral every Monday beginning February 15 at 7:00 pm during Lent. Having a copy of this book is encouraged: it can be purchased online or ordered through Universal Church Supplies, 437-2nd Ave N., Saskatoon, 306-384-1924.  Everyone is welcome.


* FOUNDATIONS: Exploring Our Faith Together Columbian Manor (2940 Louise St., Saskatoon) on Monday, Feb. 8, at 2:00 pm - Take Time to Forgive will be presented by Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, osu. The process of forgiveness can teach us much about ourselves, our relationships and God.  We will consider the stages of forgiveness, the lessons at each stage and various styles of forgiveness. Pre-register by calling Sophie at: (306) 373-8160, Extension 0; Cost: $5.


* Bob Ogle: The People's Priest and Politician

St. Thomas More College will host a panel discussion exploring the legacy of Father Bob Ogle on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 pm in the STM cafeteria, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon. Bill Blaikie, Lorne Calvert, Dennis Gruending, and Caitlin Ward will speak to Fr. Ogle’s legacy as priest, environmental activist, and Member of Parliament. A reception will follow.


* Pure Witness Youth Retreat  - It's not too late to register for the Pure Witness Youth Retreat at the parish in Vonda on Saturday, Feb. 6 beginning at 9 a.m. (registration), with retreat from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. All youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to take part in this fun-filled day of music, drama, talks, and more. Cost is $20/youth which includes snacks and lunch. To register call Deanna Florizone at (306) 258-2054 or e-mail: brianflorizone [at]   


“Documenting the Prairie Churches of Eastern Rite: Where are We Now and What is Next” is a university-community exchange to be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 in Room 1001, St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive in Saskatoon. Come and participate in the dialogue about the state and fate of rural prairie churches of the Eastern Rite. Meet a team from the University of Alberta presenting their research findings. Presented by the STM Department of Religion and Culture, the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada and Musée Ukrainian Museum, the event includes a round table discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. A reception will follow at 6 p.m., but an RSVP is required for the reception: call (306) 966-6456 or email nfriesen [at]


* Employment Opportunity:  Clinical Care Coordinator is required at St. Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Cres., Saskatoon, a permanent part-time position to start as soon as possible. St. Angela Merici Residence provides care for Ursuline Sisters who are elderly or infirm, recovery for those who need convalescing, and a centre of welcome for guests. Hours would be 24 hours/week, but there may be opportunity to increase hours at a future time. The shift would be days, however some flexibility would be required as there may be occasions outside of regular hours. The salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Current registration in good standing with SRNA is required. Please reply in confidence to Ms. Theresa Winterhalt, Administrator: St. Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent Saskatoon, S7K 7J1 with your resume by February 15, 2016. We thank all who apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For more details about this position see:


* Faith in Action at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools: Did You Know? Over 2,000 GSCS students participate in programs working with/serving seniors. For more information about Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, see the website at:


* Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy this year:

Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life.”- Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus.


The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are listed on the Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon:

Corporal Works of Mercy: • feed the hungry • give drink to the thirsty • clothe the naked • shelter the homeless • comfort the sick • visit the imprisoned • bury the dead.

Spiritual Works of Mercy: • mentor the seeker • teach the beginner • share the faith • protect the vulnerable • forgive willingly • love unconditionally • pray for the living and the dead.

For more information about this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, visit the website  or the diocesan website


* Year of Consecrated Life - This year’s World Day for Consecrated Life Feb. 2 marks the conclusion of the Year of reflection and thanksgiving for the gift of Consecrated Life, declared by Pope Francis to “wake up the world!” The purpose of the World Day is “to help the entire Church to esteem ever more greatly the witness of those persons who have chosen to follow Christ by means of the practice of the evangelical counsels” of chastity, poverty and obedience as well as to provide an occasion “for consecrated persons to renew their commitment and rekindle the fervor which inspires their offering of themselves to the Lord.” - Pope John Paul II. For more information visit:    




*Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle - A Holy Hour consists of adoration, rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at St. Michael Parish #18-33rd St. E., and also at 3 pm. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more information contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


The Diocesan Annual Report from this year’s Annual General Meeting for the diocese of Saskatoon is available online at: or contact the communications office at (306) 659-5844 for a printed copy.


Video available:  A video of the Dec. 14 presentation by Bishop Don Bolen and Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky on “Hymns of Leonard Cohen” can be viewed on the “Saskatoon Diocese” YouTube channel, online at:

or you can borrow the DVD from the diocesan Resource Library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor, Holy Family Cathedral in Saskatoon.


Friends of L’Arche Gathering –  will be held 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. February 17 at Grace Westminster United Church, 505-10th St. East, one block west of Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon. If you are able to bring a salad or dessert to share, that would be helpful.  We ask for a $5 donation to cover costs (students free).


 Michael Higgins lecture, March 10, at STM, “Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen: the great friendship” - On Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 pm, STM will be hosting a lecture by Michael Higgins on Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen at St. Thomas More College on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon. “The friendship of Jean Vanier and Henri Nouwen is one of the key spiritual friendships of the last century.  The philosopher and the psychologist had much in common; they shared a ministry of tenderness with the disabled; they advocated relentlessly for the curative and transformative power of genuine community; they stood for the perduring witness of Christian Humanism.  We will explore this friendship—both fecund and fraught—and discover in it an enlightening path to holiness.”  


L’Arche Prayer Night will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 pm at Christopher House, 503 Christopher Lane, Saskatoon. We usually have tea and cookies afterwards, and everyone is welcome! 


Samaritan Place is looking for a pianist for our weekly sing-along group on Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:30 pm. For further information, contact Tammy Reihl, Life Enhancement Director, Samaritan Place, 375 Cornish Road, Saskatoon, SK  S7T 0P3, (306) 986-1462.


*Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 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 Christ.


* “Charitable Giving:  A Strategy to fulfill God’s call to respond joyfully to his grace!” will be presented by Deacon James Whittaker at 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. In today’s society we see a lot of living for today, some planning for tomorrow, but not necessarily understanding how this plays into our faith lives. Deacon James Whittaker has worked in the financial services industry over the past 16 years and is considered one of Canada’s leading insurance specialist.  Deacon James will talk to us about charitable giving, how it fits into our faith lives and can benefit our family, community, and church.  Jim was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1992 and is currently serving in the Diocese of Hamilton Ontario.  Register by calling Jocelyne Hamoline at 306-659-5849 or e-mail Jocelyne at: jhamoline [at]


* St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission’s 8th Annual Lenten Conference presents Scott Powell Feb. 12-14 with a message of Discipleship and Mercy at St. Therese, Bruno, SK. Scott Powell is a brilliant theologian and dynamic teacher based in Boulder, Colorado. Cost: $195 for the full conference (early-bird ends Jan 31), or $140 for commuter rate. (Bruno is 50 minutes east of Saskatoon) For more information please contact St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK. at (306) 369-2555.



Explore the great waterways of Europe by joining Holy Family pilgrims on a stunning 14-day river cruise pilgrimage. Countries visited will be Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Holland all aboard the elegant Leuftner Cruises river ships of Innsbruck, Austria. We are delighted to let you know that additional spaces and berths have been opened up for this tour. Lower, middle and upper cabins are available as well as suite cabins. Join Fr. David as we explore cities such as Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Wurzburg, Koblenz, Cologne and Amsterdam to name a few. Package rates include round trip airfare as well as ALL meals (with the exception of one lunch). Costs are: Lower outside Cabin $7,159 (per person based on double occupancy); Middle outside Cabin $7,684 (pp); Upper outside Cabin $8,089 (pp); Suite Cabin $9,714 (pp). This incredible tour will depart Saskatoon on October 12, 2016 returning on October 27. Don't miss this great travel opportunity. Brochures are available at the Holy Family Parish Office front desk. Bookings can be made through D & D Travel at 306-955-1414.


Mark Your Calendar for Congress Day 2 – This diocesan day with Bishop Donald Bolen and ministry leaders is open to all those interested. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, and will also be live-streamed to St. Joseph Parish in Kindersley and St. Augustine Parish in Humboldt.


Deadline for matching donations for Syrian emergency assistance extended to Feb. 29: The federal government's period for matching donations toward Syrian emergency assistance for has been extended until February 29, 2016 (from the original Dec. 31, 2015 deadline). Last September, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) endorsed a joint fundraising campaign aimed at involving all the Church in Canada in order to assist Syrian refugees seeking shelter and protection in the Middle East and parts of Europe. The joint campaign involves the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Canada, and CNEWA Canada. Thank you for generously assisting those in need during this Year of Mercy.


In October, Catholic and Evangelical leaders in Canada issued a Joint Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. This declaration was offered to Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faith leaders across Canada for their endorsement. It has since been opened to endorsement by people across Canada. You are invited to add your signature to this declaration today.

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* Chastity Project - One More Soul presents guest speaker Jason Evert 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early Bird Rates: Family: $45, Adult: $15, Student $10. After February 19th: Family: $50, Adult: $20, Student: $15.  For more information call 1-866-966-7685 or register online at   


* Ministry of Care Blessing to mark the World Day of the Sick 2016

All unpaid health care providers and employed personnel who work in health care including: medical and specializations, spiritual care, volunteers, parish nurses, men and women religious in health care ministry, ministry of care volunteers in parishes and health care facilities, family caregivers, medical and health care students, administration support and coordination personnel, therapists, pharmacists, facilities management, maintenance, housekeeping, dietary, are most welcome to come forward to receive a prayer of blessing during all regular Sunday mass celebrations on Saturday, Feb. 6th / Sunday, Feb. 7th honouring World Day of the Sick. This blessing is offered for the benefit of highlighting the health care community – paid and non-paid. Bound by common beliefs, we share in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout the diocese.

The message for the 2016 World Day of the Sick from Pope Francis can be found online:


* “Recovering from our addiction to stuff” will be presented 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at St. Martin’s United Church, 2617 Clarence Ave, Saskatoon, sponsored by Churches for Environmental Action (CEA). Stuff clutters our common home, where does it come from?  Where does it go? Event includes the videoThe Story of Stuff; how to live “a low-stuff diet” in our homes and churches; and a recycling display from the city of Saskatoon. Please join us for this informative presentation!


* Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is seeking volunteers - a 7-week training session has been scheduled to prepare volunteers for this ministry: beginning Feb. 3, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and continuing Wednesday, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, and March 2,9,16, 23. Our purpose: We are committed to providing generous support, education and acceptance to women and their families who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy -- striving to meet their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. Do you have four hours a week to commit to volunteering for one year? Volunteers at the Centre are an integral part of this ministry. Our client base continues to grow, and we are now open late one evening -- please consider joining our team. Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is located at #23, 1006-8th Street East in Saskatoon. Please call Tracy at (306) 665-7550 to register for training or if you have any questions.


*QUEEN’S HOUSE PROGRAMMING INFORMATION:   601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9. Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist [at] • Website:   Ongoing programs include:

•          CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings - 7pm

•          HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!

•          Book of Exodus: Fr Paul Fachet- $15, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.–Feb. 3, March 2

 •         TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2nd Tuesday/month - 8 pm –

•          DAY AWAY – Gisele Bauche - 2nd Wednesday each month - $25 includes lunch –Feb. 10, Mar. 9

•          24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday/month, 12:00 noon – Tuesday 12:00 noon

•          PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime


ICON WORKSHOP SERIES: with Anna Mycyk & Gisele Bauche / Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 pm. Begins January 27 through March 16. Cost is $15 / session.


* SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT: with Dianne Mantyka and Bishop Gerry Wiesner OMI

Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 31 after lunch / Live-in only $345


* KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BROTHERS KEEPER BREAKFAST: Second Tuesday of each month. Next gathering is February 9 from 7 am till 8 am followed by breakfast and fellowship.


* EXPLORING ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY: with Sr. Judy Schachtel SMS / Tuesday evenings (February 2, 9, 16, 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm $10 / session or $30 for the series.


SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAYS: as part of the Spiritual Direction Formation Program. Saturday, February 13 – Prayer and Discernment – Bishop Gerry Wiesner OMI. $40 registration, presentation & lunch.


* LOVE LANGUAGES: with Sarah Donnelly / Saturday, February 13 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.

$35 includes registration, refreshments & lunch.


TRANSITIONS:  Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss with Sarah Donnelly. Date/Time: Begins Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 pm to Sunday, February 21 after lunch. Cost:          $390 as live-in


RE-SETTING RETIREMENT: with Dr. Del Haug / Thursday evenings beginning February 11, 18, 25 and March 3. Based on the book Younger Next Year by Crowley & Lodge. Cost:  $10/session or $30 for the series.


K of C Council #7497 - Mardi Gras Fundraiser Dinner & Dance for FacetoFace Ministries

Party with purpose Saturday February 6, 2016 at Champetre County - Howling Coyote Saloon near St. Denis (east of Saskatoon on Highway #5). Prime Rib Dinner and Dance with Live Band: Barrel and Crate. Tickets are $50/person ($30 tax receipt issued for each ticket purchased). Purchase tickets online at  or call Dan Brule at the FacetoFace Ministry office (306) 371-2275.


* The Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, SK is seeking an outgoing and engaging part-time Administrative Assistant to become part of our parish ministry team (24 hours per week). The Administrative Assistant will manage the front office reception area, receive parishioners/visitors on behalf of the Cathedral, enter data and assist parish staff in the carrying out of administrative duties. Applicants who possess a secretarial/business college certificate/diploma are encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is an asset. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper Salary Grid of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. For a complete position overview and/or to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Patrick Clarke, Cathedral Administrator at pat [at] by midnight, Monday, Feb.1, 2016. Please note that all applicants are required to complete an application form in addition to submitting a cover letter and resume. Position overview and application forms will be emailed to applicants upon request. The position start date is March 1st, 2016.


* What can Catholic Learn from Evangelicals? is a public lecture with Dr. Robert Stackpole, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 812 Preston Ave., Saskatoon. This lecture is presented by the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue of Saskatoon, and complements the earlier April 2015 lecture "What can Evangelicals Learn from Catholics?" For further information, contact Nick Jesson (306) 659-5814 or jesson [at] or Pastor Harry Strauss (306) 933-2266 or harry [at]


Opening Our Hearts – Responding to the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls – “History” 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Wildwood Mennonite Church, 1502 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon; “Making a Plan” 7 p.m. March 2, at Wildwood Mennonite Church. Attendance is by donation; coffee will be provided; everyone is welcome.


Marriage Preparation Course - St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon, is inviting those interested in participating in a marriage preparation course to register by contacting Shirley Hyshka (s.hyshka [at]  or 306 343 0325) at the parish. The first class begins on February 21, 2016 and the final class is on March 13, 2016.  This preparation course is designed for those who are engaged or planning to be married in 2016.


Marriage Preparation Course - Holy Family Cathedral Parish, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, will offer a weekend course March 4 & 5 – register by contacting Patrick Clarke at (306) 659-5805. Other marriage preparation opportunities can be found on the diocesan website at:



Marriage Preparation Course offered through Holy Spirit parish begins Feb. 7, 2016 continuing to March 13, 2016. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. Please call Arch McKay, (306) 373-0993, email: agmckay1 [at]   or the parish office, 374-1425 for information and to register.


* Serena Sask. “Birds and Bees” social will be held in Saskatoon February 6, 2016. Guest speaker and author of “Tough Crowd – My Adventures as a Chastity Educator”, Shawna Sparrow, will share when and how to approach the topic of sexuality with our children. Come out from 6:30-9:30pm for a catered banquet, wine, entertainment, door prizes, and great fellowship. For tickets ($25 each), email sask [at] or call/text 306-934-8223.


Moral Convictions information – Everyone has the right to live according to their moral convictions – including your doctor. The possible legalization of euthanasia puts doctors in a difficult position. Many cannot assist in a patient’s death because of their professional, moral or ethical commitments. There are plans in place that would make it impossible for these doctors to maintain their integrity on this and other issues. We want doctors to be able to serve their patients instead of being pushed out of the practice of medicine. But we need your help. Governments and medical associations will only agree if there is public support. Learn more and take action at  (Sponsored by Christian Medical and Dental Society, Canadian Physicians for Life, Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies) or for more info contact Myron Rogal, diocesan Office of Justice and Peace, 306-659-5841.


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 communities.


RESURRECTION: MUSIC FROM THE UKRAINIAN SACRED CHORAL TRADITION.  On Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm:  some of the best choral talent from across Canada and Ukraine will be featured in an extraordinary concert at Knox United Church in Saskatoon.   Approximately 55 singers from Canada and Ukraine are taking an impressive repertoire on tour across Western Canada this spring. This unique concert series will mark the CD release of a Resurrectional Divine Liturgy, composed by Fr. John Sembrat OSBM, recorded by the same ensemble last year. It is sacred music at its best. Tickets: $30, are available for online purchase at or by email: info [at]   or by phone: 1-780-906-1549.

For more information, including audio and video highlights, go to


"Going For Glory Women's Conference" will be presented Feb. 26-28 at Medicine Hat, Alberta by Global Prayer House Missions Base. Find more information and registration online at:  or e-mail: info [at]   Early Bird Registration is $65 until Feb. 1. Cost is $75 after that, or $89 at the door. Speakers include Antonio and Christelle Baldovinos who founded Global Prayer House Missions Base; Rob and Audrey Meisner, who have a national TV show called "My New Day," and Sarah Dow, a mom, teacher and speaker who is committed to training, equipping and imparting the truth of the Gospel.


Homeschooling or thinking about it?  Don’t miss the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference, “Mercy”.

Dates – March 10-12, 2016

Location – Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton

Guest Speakers – Dr. Ryan Topping & Archbishop Gerard Pettipas

To register contact Veronica at (780) 467-8410 or E-mail wcchscreg [at]

Or for more info visit

1. Help us to hear and respond to the challenging words of today’s prophets. We pray to the Lord.


2. Grant to local, municipal, provincial and federal leaders the courage and insight to make the changes needed to protect our environment. We pray to the Lord.