Saskatoon RC Diocese

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We pray as a diocesan family for all catechists, parents, grandparents, teachers and mentors who walk in faith with children and youth, evangelizing, inspiring and forming them as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit inspire their witness and bless them in this important role.

1. May we use wisely the gifts of creation so that future generations may live healthy and fruitful lives.  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.


* Bishop’s Annual Appeal: This week marks the beginning of the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal in the parish. As you leave today, you will receive a letter from Bishop Bolen seeking your support.  Your support of this year’s appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational and pastoral ministries of the Diocese of Saskatoon are continued and carried forward. For more information about the Bishop’s Annual Appeal contact: 306-659-5851 or visit:

Prayers of the Faithful:

For eyes to see God’s generosity, to recognize our brothers and sisters in need and for hearts to show mercy to others through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, we pray to the Lord...


The Msgr. Michael Koch Resource Centre at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon) is open for another ministry year, offering books and audio-visual materials related to Catholic faith, spirituality, prayer, etc. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.) Patrons are asked to sign out any material on the self-checkout form located at the front of the library.(The Msgr. Michael Koch Resource Centre is supported by your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)


* Are you experiencing the pain of separation or divorce? You are not alone!   Many have found healing and hope in the ten years we have been offering this program.   A new 12-week session will begin September 20th. Although the first week is past we will take registrations until September 27th.  Contact Sharon at 306-659-5858 (please note new phone number) or by e-mail: foundations [at] by your gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)


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, Oct. 6 at St. Michael's Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


*A Children and Family Holy Hour of Adoration will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Cathedral of the Holy Family from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for children, families, and everyone to spiritually unite in prayer on the Feast of the Holy Rosary with other families around the world – a mission entrusted to them by St. John Paul II. All are welcome. Come gather in Adoration before the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through songs of praise and the Holy Rosary. To find out more about this international initiative, please visit


St. Michael’s Church Fall Supper is on Sunday, October 23 at St. Michael’s School (16 – 33rd St. E.) with two sittings: 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children between 6 and 12, and children 5 and under are free. For tickets call Cheryl at 306-933-4748 or Marg at 306-934-8992.


St. Aloysius Allan Fall Supper is on Sunday Oct 16 at the (wheelchair accessible) Allan and District Communiplex. Continuous seating is from 4 until 6pm, followed by a food auction and prize raffles.


THIRD ANNUAL KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS CELEBRITY DINNER - Entertainment and speakers, including Alvin Law, Richard Pound, and the father and son music group Ryan and Brian, will be featured at the Celebrity Dinner, held to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. This year's dinner will be held Friday, Oct. 28, doors open at 5 p.m., held at the cathedral, located at 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 per table. For more information, contact Garry: (306) 221-5893 or visit the WEBSITE –    


* Life Chain is an easy way to get involved in pro-life … Just show up for one hour, stand on the side walk with others who are not ashamed to be a public witness, and pray for an end to abortion and for those affected by it.  Signs provided. For more information please contact Celine 306-477-2082. 2016 Life Chain in Saskatoon: DATE: Sunday Oct 2, 2016, TIME: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, LOCATION: meet at the corner of Idylwyld Drive and 22nd Street.

Hope to see you there!  Invite a friend!!


Mark your calendars for October 20-21, 2016 for the 73rd CHAS Conference, held at the Heritage Inn in Moose Jaw. This year’s theme is ‘Hope Floats: Serving in Health Care as People of Faith.' Keynote speakers will be Dr. David Kuhl, PhD, Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie and Mark Pickup. Contact (306) 655-5330, [at] or visit  for more information.


* The 11th annual Compassionate Healers Mass is being held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow St., Saskatoon.  Refreshments to follow.  Coming together as one community this special invitation is extended to: Medical Personnel, Spiritual Care, Volunteers, Parish Nurses, Men and Women Religious in Health Care Ministry, Ministry of Care Volunteers in Parishes and Health Care Facilities and Family Caregivers, Medical & Healthcare Students. This mass invites all to be re-energized in our professional and personal dedication and in our faith. Bound by common beliefs, we share in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout the Diocese.


Reformation – 500th anniversary. Over the next year there will be a series of public events associated with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Oct. 31, 2017. Some of these are listed below. There will also be a 5-week Lenten study, and a public ecumenical service on Oct. 31, 2017.  Mark your calendars. For more information contact Nick Jesson (306-659-5814) or Rev Paul Sartison (306-653-2509).

  • 500 Years of Reformation, Anticipating 2017 - Together. The PCE Fall Conference, October 27-29, 2016 at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Plenary speakers are theologian Sr. Donna Geernaert and Rev. Dr. Kayko Driedger Hesslien, a Lutheran pastor and author of Dual Citizenship: Two Natures Christologies and the Jewish Jesus. For more details see the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism website at or call 306-653-1633.
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 22-29, 2017. Theme: "Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us (2 Cor. 5:14-20)". The resource materials draw n the theme of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, reflecting on the call to Christian reconciliation and unity. Resource materials are available at or
  • Dr Dirk Lange, "Reformation Today: From Conflict to Communion, Together in Hope", the 2017 De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity to be held Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. at St Thomas More College. Workshops on Friday and Saturday morning, preaching at Week of Prayer service, Sunday, Jan 29.


Evangelical-Catholic dialogue. In addition to the three evenings listed below, the Evangelical-Catholic dialogue will also be offering a seven-week Living Room Dialogue series starting in February 2017, and an ecumenical service after Easter. Contact Nick Jesson (306-659-5814) or Pastor Harry Strauss (306-933-2266).

  • "Prayer, Mary and the Saints", a public dialogue evening. Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Avenue (at Taylor St), Saskatoon. Speakers: Fr Matthew Ramsay and Pastor Harry Strauss.
  • "Salvation and the Church", a public dialogue evening. Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. at the Saskatoon Church of Christ, 134 Cardinal Crescent (off Airport Drive).
  • "Sacraments and Ordinances", a public dialogue evening. February. Location TBA.


* Farewell and 25th Anniversary of Priesthood Celebration for Bishop Don Bolen will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, with Mass at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, followed by a brief program, and a reception (cash bar). Oct. 12 will mark 25 years since Bishop Don’s ordination as a priest. A collection will be taken during the Mass for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish building fund (in lieu of gifts). Bishop Don will be installed as Archbishop of Regina on Oct. 14.


* Christian Study of Islam: An Introduction - A Foundations:Exploring Our Faith Together series to be held over five evenings, featuring a number of speakers, beginning 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 with an introduction by Fr. Bernard de Margerie at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road (at Attridge Drive and Forestry Farm Park Drive), Saskatoon. Sessions continue Tuesday Oct. 25, Thursday Nov. 3 (also at the Cathedral of the Holy Family) as well as Tuesday Nov. 8 (at a mosque) and Tuesday Nov. 15 (at the cathedral). This is a pioneer course in our region of western Canada, to be led by Sr. Phyllis Kapuscinski, NDS, Fr. Colin Clay (Anglican) and Fr. Bernard de Margerie (Roman Catholic). Muslim presenters will also participate. Pre-registration is recommended. Call (306) 659-5831 to register (please note new phone number).

The schedule is as follows:

  • # 1 - Oct. 18 - Introduction of the course as an undertaking of Christian faith and hope seeking understanding. This course is about Christian believers studying out of the depth of their own Christian tradition how to genuinely understand and relate to Islam. Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon.
  • #2 - Oct. 25 - Introduction to the Qur'an: allowing Islam and Muslims to declare and explain what their faith is and who they are. Also, a brief history of Christian-Muslim engagement over the centuries. Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon.
  • # 3 - Nov. 3 - An enlarged session, public lecture on the relationship of the Bible and Qur'an -- including the Qur'anic understanding of Jesus. Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon.
  • # 4 - Nov. 8 - at a local mosque
  • # 5 - Nov. 15 - Called to prayer - and a panel discussion on "Where do we go from here?"

A brief course description will be e-mailed to those who would like to receive it; contact Fr. Bernard de Margerie at (306) 651-7051 or e-mail jumeau [at]

"I cannot help thinking that it is urgent, especially today, when Christians and Muslims have entered into a new phase of history, to recognize and develop the spiritual bonds that unite them."(Saint John Paul II, Ankara, Nov. 29, 1979)

Fr. Bernard has created a recommended reading list for the Cathedral Series Course “The Christian Study of Islam”. If you wish to review the list, please e-mail Fr. Bernard at jumeau [at]  – or call (306) 651-7051.

(Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together is supported by gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.)


SPH Volunteers needed - St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation is seeking volunteers for the hospital Gift Shop who have some retail knowledge or interest, and wish to work in a fun, busy place while making a meaningful contribution to St. Paul’s Hospital: Monday through Friday for four-hour shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Paul’s Hospital is also seeking volunteers to serve as Office Resource Assistants: if you want exposure to a hospital setting and to utilize your organizational skills, but prefer to be behind the scenes, this role may be for you. Some of the duties involve assembling charts for nursing units, putting up posters, distributing publications for St. Paul's Hospital and Foundation, delivering well wishes, etc. There is a flexible daytime schedule.

CONTACT: If you would like to volunteer your services at St. Paul’s Hospital, contact the SPH Volunteer Workforce Office at (306) 655-5823 or visit the website at:


* HOLY YOGA: a unique Christ-Centered prayer form, helps us understand how we can use our minds, bodies and spirits to relax and become more receptive to God in our lives. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is sponsoring a Holy Yoga class through its Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program on Saturdays at 9:30 am at the Cathedral of Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. These all-levels classes are also on Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Contact: dianew [at] or 306-370-6682.


* Children’s Day Off School on Friday, October 7- You are invited to come for a simple lunch (hot dogs!) and a Samaritan Place parable treasure hunt on Oct. 7 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Samaritan Place is a long term care facility run by Emmanuel Care (Catholic Health). Our Mission is to further the healing and caring ministry of Jesus Christ by responding to needs of the spirit, mind, body and culture of those who enter our home. We would love for children/families to come and enter our home so that we can experience the mutual goodness of intergenerational relationships! Please RSVP by September 30th to let us know how many lunches to prepare. Any questions, please call or email Amy, the Director of Spiritual Care and Mission at (306) 986-1460 (x 1410) or email: abunce [at]


* Contemplative Mass will be led by Fr. Kevin McGee, Friday, Oct. 7 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.


* Outdoor Around the Block Rosary Procession will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Begins with anticipated mass Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral at 7 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession around the block at 8:15 p.m.. Candles will be provided. Fellowship at Bishop Mahoney Hall on the lower level will be held after the procession.  Organized by the Filipino Catholic community of Saskatoon. Volunteers are needed. Please email sto.nino [at]  or call Mila at (306) 664-3695.


* ATTENTION MOTHERS OF ALL AGES!!! Time Out for Moms will be running new sessions beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28. Looking for a mom's group where you can find Catholic fellowship and meet other moms? Want a break from the kids every week where you can sit, visit, eat breakfast, and grow in your faith? We meet Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 at Holy Family Cathedral (123 Nelson Rd), Saskatoon.

For questions or more information please contact: registrar [at] or visit the Facebook page at

We are also looking for volunteer caregivers to watch the children while the moms meet. If you are interested in this awesome volunteer opportunity you can contact the email above or call Andi Early at 306-373-3393.


Retrouvaille: Retrouvaille ( ) is a lighthouse for marriages on stormy seas.  If you and your spouse are struggling in your marriage, even if you are separated, know that there is hope.  If you are interested in learning more about Retrouvaille please see a brochure at the back of your church or would like to register for the next Saskatchewan weekend being held in Saskatoon in Winter 2017, please call (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille [at]


Collection for the Needs of the Church in Canada: this collection today in parishes across the country is an invitation to support the faith and evangelization mission of the Church! The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is mandated by the Holy See and the Bishops of Canada to assist dioceses/eparchies and their bishops in a number of areas of pastoral life: faith formation, doctrine, ecumenical dialogues, international relations, interreligious conversations, liturgy, relations with Indigenous Peoples, social justice, and building a culture of life and family. In his letter to the parishes for the annual collection, CCCB President Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, of Hamilton, expresses the recognition of all the bishops, a few weeks before the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy towards the parishes for their pastoral care to be close to the suffering and sick people. “We remember our compassionate Catholic response to the refugee crisis, as well as to the tragedy of the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Palliative care continues to be undeniably the only moral, effective and much needed alternative, the only truly compassionate choice for the terminally ill and the dying, now that our country has embarked upon this perilous road,” the CCCB President writes.


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Arise and Shine - Have you ever attended a conference in Saskatoon with over 1,000 Christian women who love Jesus and want to learn and grow in their faith? We invite you to come to this energetic Women’s Journey of Faith event. Our fall conference is being held the evening of Friday, Nov. 4 and all day Saturday Nov. 5 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The event features best-selling author and international speaker Gary Thomas and former model and actress Jennifer O’Neil. Gary Thomas will speak on how to see ourselves through our relationship with God rather than defining ourselves by our marital status or the state of our life. Jennifer O’Neil will share her testimony of a life that looked so good on the outside but hurt so badly on the inside and how it was restored by God’s unconditional love and grace. For more information, contact Nancy Smith at 373-4350, visit   or purchase your tickets through the TCU box office.


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 pm
  • * DAY AWAY – Gisele Bauche - 2nd Wednesday each month - $25 includes lunch
  • 24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday/month, from 12:00 noon to Tuesday 12:00 noon, Sept. 26-27.
  • * Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month 7 a.m.
  • WOMEN in MINISTRY LUNCHEONS: 1 Friday a month from 12 to1:30 pm – next is October 7
  • JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: 1st Wed. Fr Paul Fachet- $25 includes lunch - October 5


* Lay Formation Presents: A GOSPEL SERIES, held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.; $40 per session (lunch included).

   October 1 - Gospel of Matthew with Sr Audrey Gerwing, NDS                                        

   November 5- Gospel of Luke with Fr Paul Fachet OMI  

   December 3 - Gospel of John with Gisele Bauche


THE DIVINE DANCE: The Trinity & Your Transformation: With: Richard Rohr and William Paul Young (author of The Shack)  When: Thursday, Oct. 13 from 7-9 pm at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon and: Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7-9 pm at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 716 9 St, Humboldt, SK. Cost: $10 Please contact Queen’s House to register: 306-242-1916.


* OUR COMMON HOME – As long as the rivers flow:  When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Where:  Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road), Cost: $50 per person / Student Sponsorship is available! Contact Queen’s House to Register: 306-242-1916.


HOLY SCRIPTURE; HOLY LIVES: Bible Study for Busy People: with Gisele Bauche

Come for one, some or all sessions: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 10 a.m. to noon and repeated from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


AN INTRODUCTION to the ENNEAGRAM: with Sarah Donnelly and Sr. Marie Gorsalitz OSU; When: Saturday, November 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Cost:   $55 – includes lunch. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


Spiritual Direction - Have you considered inviting a spiritual director to journey with you as a trusted companion? The spiritual director is a dedicated traveller of the interior pathways and has the skills to accompany another person who is experiencing the joys and challenges of life. The director listens, encourages, supports and assists the seeker in paying attention to their life. Queen’s House has a number of trained spiritual directors who come from the ecumenical Christian community and offer a wide variety of interests and experience. To learn more about these spiritual directors please visit the website. If you are new to spiritual direction or have any questions please contact our coordinator, Sr. Adeline, 306-242-1916 x234. A suggested offering for spiritual direction is a sliding fee scale of $25 to $75 a session.  


Dreams: Listening to the Holy Unconscious with James Schmeiser.

Time: Saturday October 15, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $40 – includes lunch. This workshop will explore the healing gift of dreams in our spiritual journey. We will examine the significance of dreams and other forms of expression as we seek to understand and reflect on our dreams. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


Celebrating God’s Mercy with Bishop Gerry Wiesner, OMI. Time: Wednesdays, October 19, 26, November 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: Donation at the door. Pope Francis has blessed us with a Holy Year of Mercy. It is a time for us to become more personally and deeply steeped in God’s mercy, to see how we are so frequently touched with God’s mercy in our lives, and to reflect on our call to “be merciful as your Father is merciful.” Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


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.

  • ·       LISTENING to the HOLY UNCONSCIOUS through OUR DREAMS: with James Schmeiser Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
  • ·       SPIRITUAL EMERGENCIES: with Dr. Nancy Reeves Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
  • ·       SPIRITUALITY & PSYCHOLOGY in SEXUALITY & INTIMACY: with Bill Nelson Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

INNER PEACE in DIVINE LOVE: A Spiritual Retreat in Daily Life: with Dianne Mantyka, M.Div.
When: September 29 and October 6 & 16 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon. Cost:  $225 (limited enrollment – 8)


CONTEMPLATIVE and MYSTICAL PRAYERS:  with Linda Labelle When: Tuesdays – September, 27, October 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon. Cost:  $95 for all 6 sessions.


MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND: Growing Together in Reconciliation & Love - Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers, M.Div. Saturdays, November 5 and December 3 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm with lunch and Thursdays, October 6, October 20, November 24 from 7:00 to 9:15 pm. $285 (Space in limited and ideally participants can attend all sessions)


LIFE BEYOND SIXTY;  With Dr. Del Haug on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. - Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12 & 19 – Cost $10 per session. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


JOY THROUGH MOVEMENT – T’AI CHI CHIH: with Donna Aldous When: Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cost: Commuter is $100 / Live-in is $160 which adds Bed and Breakfast. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon.


ICON WORKSHOP SERIES:  with Anna Mycyk & Gisele Bauche; October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon. Cost:   $175 / 8 classes plus $110 to $125 for the gesso wood panel board.
Includes: materials, pigments, 23 kt gold leaf on bole. To register:  Contact Gisele at email: gbauche [at]

TRANSITIONS: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss: With:   Sarah Donnelly. (Call Sarah at 306-717-3707 for more information & to register) When: Thursday October 27 at 7:00 pm through Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm Cost: $390 (live in includes program, bedroom, meals). Held at Queen’s House.


CELEBRATING YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT: A Retreat for Artists: with Gisele Bauche When:  Saturday, October 29 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street Saskatoon. 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:


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

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy continues until the Feast of Christ the King in November. It is absolutely essential for the church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. Her language and gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to the Father” (Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 12)

Find resources at:   or at the Vatican website at


* Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Think:

Many doctors and other health professionals who want nothing to do with killing their patients may feel forced to leave the profession. Young adults considering a medical profession may choose another path if they are expected to become killers instead of healers.



* Volunteer opportunity with a difference!  If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity that will make a difference in someone’s life, then we would like to talk to you! Micah’s volunteers provide friendship to people in prison as well as those formerly incarcerated. To learn more please contact Dave at micahcoordinator [at] or 306-653-3099 and/or attend one of our volunteer information sessions: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 pm, or Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:00 pm Location: the Micah office (in the Kinsmen Activity Place), 226 Avenue V South, Saskatoon. (Note: The Micah Mission AGM will be held on Saturday, October 1 at 1 PM.  Location TBA.)


The St. Thomas More College Leslie and Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies 2016 -2017 Lecture Series includes:

  • 27th Annual Keenan Memorial Lecture 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, 2016 at STM College: “The Song of Death, The Lyrics of Euthanasia versus The Song of Life, The Lyrics of Love and Hope,” with Dr. Margaret Somerville speaking to the societal factors that led to changes in euthanasia legislation and the strategies used to implement it, in order to limit, as much as we can, the risks and harms it presents.


St. Peter the Apostle’s Fall Supper is on Sunday, Oct. 16 with two sittings: 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. The supper will be held in Bishop Klein School gym at 1121 Northumberland Ave. Saskatoon. Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for ages 6-12, and 5 and under are free. For tickets call Iris at 306-382-3019 or Florence (evenings) at 306-382-9063.


* Workshops for Development & Peace's Fall Campaign, "At the Heart of Action"  will be held in Humboldt and Saskatoon. These workshops will mark the beginning of the 50th Anniversary celebrating 50 Years of Solidarity. Everyone is welcome to participate and learn how to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Global South and with Creation.

  • Humboldt Workshop: September 25, 1:00 p.m. at St. Augustine Parish, 809-10th Street Humboldt, SK.
  • Saskatoon Workshop: September 27, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon, SK.


* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is seeking an outgoing and engaging part-time (15 hours per week) Administrative Assistant to become part of our parish ministry team, serving Indigenous, Métis, and non-Aboriginal parishioners in the heart of Saskatoon.  The Administrative Assistant will manage the front office reception area, receive parishioners/visitors on behalf of the parish, enter data and assist parish staff in the carrying out of administrative duties. While not a requirement, 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 & 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 Debbie Ledoux, Parish Life Director at dlguadalupeparish [at] by midnight, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. A position overview will be emailed to applicants upon request. The position start date is Oct. 4,



ATTENTION ALL Women of the Diocese: Thanks to the generosity of our priests the blessing of our half-day retreats will continue on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral. We continue to invite different priests to lead us. Coffee -9:30 am - First meditation: 9:45 –Second Meditation: 10:45 Reconciliation will be available prior to the 12:10 mass. Free will offering. See you and your friends October 8, November 12. Monsignor Ray Senger, and Fr. Greg Smith-Windsor, are two of the priests who will take us to Advent.

Use the 5th Avenue Entrance.  Call Donna at (306) 341-9444 if you have any questions.


* Prairie Prism 2016 – Come and be part of this multi-cultural event celebrating the diversity of our community, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 at Mount Royal Collegiate, 2220 Rushholme Rd, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome. For information contact the Prairie Prism coordinator at (306) 664-6478.


* 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:  September 26, October 17 and 31, November 14 and 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


* 40 Hours for Life in Saskatoon is a focused pro-life effort that consists of 40+ hours of prayer and peaceful vigil outside City Hospital (along Queen’s Street) in Saskatoon (one hour per day for 40 consecutive days; also, the possibility of joining in witnessing weekday mornings … for further information regarding morning witnessing, contact Bernadette Mysko at (306) 241-3008, or email:  bmysko [at] ). DATES: Wednesday, Sept 28 to Sunday, Nov 6, 2016; TIME: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm each day; LOCATION: in front of City Hospital along Queen Street. Everyone is invited to join in prayer to end abortion in our city and country. Please consider becoming a prayer volunteer by donating at least 1 hour of prayer during the 40 days.  Encourage another pro-lifer to join you! Do you belong to a study group, youth group, lay movement, or ministry?  Why not choose a particular day of the week when some of your group will come out to pray … i.e. "adopt a day"? Please let us know of your preference by e-mailing us at campaignlifesk [at]


*Sacred Reflections: An evening of prayer for all affected by cancer – patients, caregivers, survivors, friends and family – will be offered by Holy Spirit Parish and McClure United Church Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be Taizé prayer/song, scripture readings and reflections, prayer intentions and hospitality. For more information contact Kelly or Charlene at (306) 374-1425.


* Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The next retreat in Saskatchewan will be held on Oct. 14-16, 2016. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email r.vineyardsk [at]


* La Paroisse des Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens is hosting its annual Turkey Supper on Sunday, October 2, 2016 in its wheelchair-accessible parish hall located at 1007 Windsor St. in Saskatoon. There will be two sittings:  4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. For tickets, call Muriel at 665-9103 or 280-4219. Reserve early as tickets are limited. Adults: $15/Children 5-12 years: $5 /Children under 5: By donation.


* All are invited! -  A Foundations presentation entitled "Practicing Spirituality" presented by Leah Perrault will take place 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at St. Philip Neri parish.  If you sometimes wonder... what is spirituality or how does it relate to our faith in the church, this evening session would be ideal for you!  Pre-registration continues until September 26 by contacting Shirley at the parish. (306.343.0325). This is made possible by the Diocesan Foundations program.


Maranatha Yoga: Come explore the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of this prayer-centered yoga practice.  Leading us from the mind to the heart in the transforming spirit of compassion, Maranatha Yoga is a way praying with our entire being – body, mind and spirit.  It is a way of simplicity and stillness and can be practiced by anyone and everyone, wherever we are on life’s journey.  All ages, all body types, all abilities welcome!!

 Monday Evenings @ Queen’s House of Retreat, Sept. 12 – Dec. 5 (no class Oct. 10) 7:00 – 8:15pm

Wednesday Evenings @ Cornerstone Community Church Sept. 7 – Nov. 30 7:00-8:15pm

For more information contact Kate: 306-203-2938; Email: maranathayoga [at]


Fall Ecumenical Conference “500 Years of Reformation: Anticipating 2017 together” will be held Oct. 27-29 at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Schedule: Plenary speakers are theologian Sr. Donna Geernaert and Rev. Dr. Kayko Driedger Hesslien, a Lutheran pastor and author of Dual Citizenship: Two Natures Christologies and the Jewish Jesus. For more details see the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism website at   or call 306-653-1633.


* Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question, and is designed to create conversation. There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. Alpha Saskatoon invites you to sign up for the Alpha program at a local church this fall.

Contact Nick Jesson at the Catholic Centre in Saskatoon for more details; e-mail jesson [at] or phone 306-659-5814


* Lay Formation presents A Gospel Series at Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West in Saskatoon from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. continuing on Saturdays, Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Come as you are and experience the Gospels coming alive in these Lay Formation sessions that include a lecture, journaling and discussion. Bring your Bible. Cost is $40 for the day, with lunch included. Please register with Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916 at least a week before, or pre-pay for all four gospels for only $140. Upcoming sessions include the Gospel of Matthew with Sr. Audrey Gerwing, NDS, on Oct. 1; the Gospel of Luke with Fr. Paul Fachet, OMI, on Nov. 5; and the Gospel of John with Gisele Bauche on Dec. 3. For more information contact Mona Goodman at the Catholic Centre in Saskatoon: layform [at] or (306) 659-5846.


* Our Common Home: As Long as the Rivers Flow public symposium will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Using the central insights of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, this day-long symposium will begin to explore implications for such areas as Treaty Rights, the use of water and other natural resources in Saskatchewan, concerns regarding mining development, implementation of TRC recommendations, attitudes and decisions affecting refugees and other immigrants, and - above all - the interplay among these diverse areas, locally and beyond.  Keynote speakers include Bishop Donald Bolen, Lyndon Linklater of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, Bert Pitzel of the Archdiocese of Regina and Saskatchewan author Trevor Herriot. Cost $50/person. Register at receptionist [at] call Jim at (306) 220-1504 for more info, or visit  events calendar.


* Search Retreat for ages 15-18 will be held Oct. 21-23 in Saskatoon - Where will your Search lead you? Search for Christian maturity: come find out who you are and know you are not alone. This is a chance to grow in relationship with Christ and one another. Runs from 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Bishop Mahoney High School. Deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 3; cost is $35 (includes accommodation and all meals.). All participants must be pre-registered, with applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at


* The Lay Formation Alumni Association presents: ‘Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Lives’,  featuring Father André Poilièvre, Stan Tu’Inukuafe and members of Str8up Ministries (a grassroots gang recovery program in our community) on October 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The cost is $35 for non-alumni members, $30 for Parish Pastoral Council members, Social Justice Committee members and Lay Formation Alumni.  This event will take place at the Cathedral of the Holy Family.  Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 10.  To register and for more information, please visit or call Gladys McElwee at 306-373-5434.


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.


Capacity Building Grants

The Saskatoon Community Foundation is committed to building a strong charitable sector in Saskatoon. To promote strong organizations and guarantee continuity of high quality services, all charities need to be proactive about building their internal capacity to deliver their programs. Whether this means staff and board training, strategic planning, policy development, or volunteer development and management, organizations must constantly seek to improve their capacity. The challenge is that charities are often reluctant to spend resources on these vital processes, because programming and service delivery for their clients almost always tend to come first. However, successful capacity building strengthens a charity’s ability to fulfill its mission and leads to improved service delivery and effectiveness.

The Saskatoon Community Foundation recognizes the challenge faced by community organizations in maintaining strong volunteer leadership and promoting professional development and skills training for its staff. As time goes on, many community organizations may need to dedicate resources and time to capacity development in order to ensure that they can optimally support the delivery of their core programs and contribute to the quality of life in our community. In 2016, the Saskatoon Community Foundation has committed $25,000.00 to support capacity building projects.  Deadline for Applications: October 15, 2016. Apply online:  For more information, call 306-665-1767


Saskatoon Services for Seniors is a community based, not for profit organization established in 1988 that supports older adults (55+), seniors and physically challenged individuals’ aging-in-place in their own homes, in their own communities, for as long as possible, and with dignity. Services include housekeeping, yard work, snow shovelling and other specialized services. For more information or to help support low-income seniors by volunteering, by making a donation to this registered charity, or by becoming a member, contact 306-668-2764 or email ed.saskatoonservices4seniors [at]





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