During this season of concerts, pageants and celebrations, we pray as a diocesan family that every child will be blessed with a sense of inclusion, belonging and community, cared for and honoured as a precious gift of God.
* A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MARRIED COUPLES:
Couples....... want to give each other something really special this Christmas? How about a gift filled with Romance and Excitement? That's just the beginning of what you will receive on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The Weekend is in the Catholic expression and is a proven method for couples to enhance their relationship. The Weekend is open to all married couples including those in mixed or second marriages and to couples of other faith expressions. For more information or to register contact Marc Anita Loiselle at 306-258-2192 or email@example.com. The next WWME Weekend is January 31- February 2nd, 2014 at the Ramada Hotel in Saskatoon.
. * Saskatoon Deanery meeting!
This meeting, for all city parish representatives and anyone else who would like to attend will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm. until 7:00 pm. at Holy Family Cathedral. A special invitation is extended to all youth ministers as the topic for the meeting is Youth ministry. Those who attend are then invited to continue on with participation in the Theology on Tap that same evening with a special presentation by Frank Mercadante entitled Engaging a New Generation. This presenter comes highly recommended with valuable information for those interested in assisting with growing the youth ministry in their parish. For more information, please contact Joe Simonot (city deanery chair) at (306) 343-6443 or Shirley Hyshka (city deanery co-chair) at (306) 343-0325.
. * REMEMBER JOHN XXIII JOHN PAUL II ?? Join Saskatoon delegation to their Canonization + EASTER in Rome with special features, April 20-28, 2014
Group price $4,211.00 per person. A few seats still available. Would make a wonderful gift! Contact : Fr. R.Kleiter, 306 244-3747; firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.pilgrimjourneys.ca
. * TRANSITIONS is an 11 week program for anyone going through the painful experience of separation or divorce. You are not alone! Plans are underway to finalize a start date for the last two weeks of January. If you are interested in attending TRANSITIONS please contact Elan at (306) 659-5839 or by email at email@example.com
. * Stewardship Corner December 15, 3rd Sunday of Advent
Advent, a time to awaken, to be encouraged and not surrender to the despair that can be caused by hardship - Rejoice! When we truly embrace Jesus with our soul and spirit, we are less likely to be caught up in the haste of the season. Nothing you find in a store is as good as what God has already given and can give. Chose to set aside time each day to pray; to have our eyes opened, ears unstopped, worried hearts healed. If life feels dry, be nourished by the words and ever faithfulness of Jesus. Even in the darkest and coldest winter, the seasoned farmer knows that spring will come. Be patient as sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
To find out more about stewardship, contact Jocelyne Hamoline, Personal Giving Coordinator, Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, at 306-659-5849 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or see the parish resources web page at www.dscatholicfoundation.ca/parish-stewardship-resources
. * Childrens Story Time at the Catholic Centre Story Time will take a break for the next few weeks because of the Christmas season. Stories will resume in the New Year on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. For more information please call Sharon Leyne, (306) 659-5853.
. Queens House Survey Invitation
Our Oblate Fathers and Brothers have directed Queen's House to conduct an information gathering process regarding their mission and ministry. Part of this consultation work is an on line survey that can be found for completion on the Queens House Web Site. www.queenshouse.org It is our humble request that you refer to this survey and complete it at your convenience. If you are interested in more information or have questions about this work, please call us at 306-242-1916. Thank you.
. * A diocesan family picture album featuring every parish - Building the Church, Living the Gospel is a beautiful full-colour book written by Margaret F. Sanche, with photos by Daniel J. Classen, designed by Donald Ward, with an introduction by Bishop Donald Bolen. The book is available for $20 (plus $5 for shipping and handling, per copy, if mailed.) Available from the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon SK., S7S 1H1, Phone: (306) 242-1500 or E-mail: email@example.com
. * A book about the stained glass windows at the Cathedral of the Holy Family is available for purchase at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Transfiguring Prairie Skies is written by Bishop Donald Bolen and artist Sarah Hall. This book includes reflections by the bishop on the window themes of Creation, Covenant, Incarnation, Resurrection and Glory. Copies of this hard cover, full-colour book are $25 each. Contact the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK., S7S 1H1. Phone: (306) 242-1500 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note: the Catholic Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
. * Music for the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday) - The diocese of Saskatoon Ministry Development Office will host a workshop on Music for the Triduum Friday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.) at St. Annes parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Music leaders will learn how to confidently prepare music that leads to full and active participation by the assembly. Topics covered include: How music is used in each part of the Triduum, Preparing the assembly to sing the music of the Triduum, and How to choose appropriate music for the Triduum. Cost of the music workshop is $50 for those who register before Jan. 20, 2014 (includes lunch). Please mark your calendars and watch for registration information! For more information e-mail Elan at email@example.com
* A workshop for all those who long to set hearts ablaze, inspire a lifelong faith and bring more life to their parishes! This opportunity, open to all, will be held Feb. 7 and 8 at St. Anne's Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, hosted by the diocesan Christian Initiation and Catechetics (CIC) office. The CIC workshop begins from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, continuing 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, focused on nurturing and forming active and engaged Catholic Christians. This CIC workshop features facilitators Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal, and is open to everyone interested in enlivening parish life, including catechists, those involved in sacramental preparation, RCIA, Parish Pastoral Councils, youth ministry or liturgy. Early bird registration (until Jan. 20) for the CIC workshop is $75 (includes lunch) watch for brochures and registration forms in the New Year. Or for more information contact Michelle Sieben at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please note For those registering for both the Music for the Triduum workshop and the CIC workshop, the combined price is $110 if registering before Jan. 20. This combined fee includes lunch and refreshments both days. Supper on Friday, Feb. 7 is also available for an additional $20.)
CATHOLICISM - Saint Pauls Parish is presenting a beautiful new series that will make us fall in love once more with our awesome God and his beautiful Church. Fr. Robert Barron created this groundbreaking program as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. Not a video lecture, Church history, or scripture study. This engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teaching of the Church. This series will begin on Thursday, January 30 and continue for 10 weeks ending on Thursday, April 3. Each session will begin at 7:00 pm. To receive the full benefit of this workshop, participants are encouraged to purchase Robert Barron's book called Catholicism. By having this book you can prepare for each upcoming session. Please leave your name at the parish office, 306-652-0033, if you are interested in attend this workshops.
. Natural Family Planning with the Creighton Model System - Elizabeth Roth is a Fertility Care Practitioner currently taking any new clients interested in learning more about this method of Natural Family Planning, which allows you to learn more about your fertility and overall health. The Fertility Care Practitioner can teach and support you in any situation you are in, whether you are engaged, married, struggling with a miscarriage, postpartum, single, or even in the religious life! Contact Elizabeth Roth via email at: email@example.com or by phone at: (306) 717-4502 or check out the Facebook page at: Naturally Yours Fertility Services.
. *Penitential celebrations in Saskatoon - Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent are listed as part of a Christmas liturgy link at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.comchristmas_schedule/
. From Last Week:
* New Advent CD Advent Wait/ Christmas Wonder produced by Spirit of the Cross. Hot off the press and available at Queens House of Retreats and at Holy Spirit Parish for $20.
. * Christmas donations for prison - The diocesan Restorative Ministry Office is seeking cash donations to assist in purchasing small Christmas gifts for all the inmates at Saskatoon Correctional Centre, as a sign that they are not forgotten at this joyous time of year, when we celebrate how our Saviour has come into the world to bind up the broken-hearted, find the lost and redeem us all. If the Holy Spirit is moving you to respond to this request, please place your donation marked Prison Ministry -?Christmas in the parish collection or contact Dianne Anderson at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (306) 659-5845.
* Warm coats and parkas are also needed for men being released from prison (especially large and extra-large sizes). Drop off donations at the Catholic Pastoral Centre or contact Dianne at (306) 659-5845.
. * Mary of Nazareth A full-length motion picture about the life of Mary, from childhood to the Resurrection of Jesus, Mary of Nazareth will be shown 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Ave., Saskatoon, sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Admission is $10 each. The film is rated PG. For more information about the movie see the website: www.maryfilm.com
. * Formation For All Those Who Serve Young People A National Youth Ministry Conference will be held Jan. 17-19, 2013 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Presented by CCYMN (Canadian Catholic Youth Ministers Network) reflecting on the theme @HOME. Now more than ever, young people are yearning for a better experience of home within their families, schools, and from the Church. This conference is to equip all those who are involved in the formation of youth. That means YOU: volunteers, parents, grandparents, leaders in movements, ministries, schools, parishes, Knights of Columbus, CWL, and coaches! This amazing conference features Bishop Donald Bolen, Bishop Albert Thvenot, and Bishop Bryan Bayda from Saskatchewan, as well as Frank Mercadante of Cultivation Ministries and Michael Chiasson. On top of that, the conference will have an afternoon of practical workshops incorporating the theme in light of the New Evangelization. Cost of this conference is $175. For more information or to register see www.ccymn.ca or contact Colm at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (306) 659-5843.
. * Notes from our diocesan mission in Brazil: Sr. Jeannine Rondot, SMS, writes from So Jos da Laje: In preparation for the season of Advent, Sr. Marie Nolle led a day of retreat for the people of our parish, focusing on the Love of God and the Yes of Mary. This event took place at a summer resort surrounded by the beauty of creation, which made it very conducive to prayer and peaceful reflection. Also, our Advent Tuesday and Thursday Eucharistic celebrations are held outdoors in all the different areas of town, allowing for better participation by more people. May this Advent journey of faith open our hearts to the coming of Jesus anew, so that we may rejoice in His presence in our daily lives.
. Teen-Aid teacher required in your area. If you appreciate that our youth benefit from chastity education, this position may be for you. For information contact Colette at (306) 753-2647 or Celeste at (306) 373-7995.
. * The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary are offering a Personal History Weekend Retreat for young, single, Catholic men and women 19 years and older. Through reflection, writing and prayerful discernment let yourself be led through a process of exploring your gifts, your dreams, and your relationships and see how God is inviting you to move forward in discipleship and holiness. Register now for this live-in weekend! Cost (includes meals): $50. When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 10 to 12 p.m. Sunday Jan 12, 2014; at 851 University Drive, Saskatoon. Contact: Sr. Evelyn/Sr. Lucie at (306) 244-0726 or E-mail: email@example.com
. * A CROATIAN MASS will be celebrated at St. Philip Neri Parish (corner of Taylor St. Munroe Ave.) on Sunday December 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm. There will be confessions before Mass. Father Franjo Visaticki from Edmonton will be the celebrant. There will be coffee sweet after Mass. He will also do some home blessing before leaving for Edmonton. For Home Blessing appointment phone Lydia Simicic at 306-242-9214.
. * Reclaimed soap, shampoo, etc., donated from local hotels, are still needed in the winter for local shelters as well as overseas. If you have room in your basement for sorting, please phone Adrienne at (306) 244-5570 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Clean donated hotel linens are also made into bandages, slings, pillowcase-sun-dresses, smaller sheets, etc. - at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1201 Broadway Ave. South. (side door), which has kindly offered space for work. All volunteers from any church are invited to help on Fridays, 1-4 p.m., in this inter-church effort in Saskatoon.
ODD JOB SQUAD -- CNYC and Oskayak High School Odd Job Squad
If you have an odd job and are looking to hire some help, consider hiring a student. You will not only save money but will help youth gain valuable employment skills such as budgeting and time management. Students from the Oskayak High School and Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op (CNYC) available for odd jobs are 15-21 years of age and will be supervised by staff at all times. Through insurance purchased by the school, students and staff are fully covered in case of injury at a job site. Some examples of jobs that our students will be able to do are: moving furniture, taking items to the landfill, garbage clean-up, snow removal, cleaning windows, painting etc. For more information, contact Stan Tu'inukuafe by telephone (306) 229-8853 or by email at email@example.com. You can also contact Dave Shanks by telephone at (306)-260-3309 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can hire a student.
QUEENS HOUSE RETREAT RENEWAL CENTRE
Queens House is located at 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK - More information available at the website: www.queenshouse.org or to register, contact: 306-242-1916 or email@example.com Upcoming programs at Queens House include:
Dont forget Queens House ongoing programs that happen on a regular basis! More information available at the website: www.queenshouse.org or to register, contact: 306-242-1916 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Taiz Prayer for Christian Unity on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. By donation.
* Centering Prayer - Monday evenings beginning at 7 p.m., (Holiday Mondays excepted). By donation.
* 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration from 12 noon on the 4th Monday of each month, until 12 noon the following Tuesday. Call: (306) 373-2621 for more information or to commit to a time.
* Knights of Columbus Brothers Keepers Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 a.m. Cost: $10
* Women in Ministry Friday Luncheons - Jan. 10; Feb. 7; March 7: April 4; May 9; June 13. Facilitated by Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers. Cost: Lunch.
. * The CWL Clothing Depot is open at 619-20th St. West, Saskatoon and 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.
. 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.
The Fireside Singers present Christmas Memories on December 20th and December 21st at TCU Place, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The huge chorus of 115 singers promise to inspire, delight and entertain the audience with a varied program featuring traditional Christmas carols, seasonal and sacred songs, powerful spirituals, and many heart warming favorites which reflect the many emotions of this special Christmas season. Tickets are available though Ticketmaster at TCU Place, or online at www.tcutickets.ca Dec. 15, 3rd Sunday of Advent Prayers from Earthcare Connections
1. May our concern for others extend to the earth upon which we all depend. We pray to the Lord.
2. As we walk gently on earth, may we share the peace of Christ with everyone we meet. We pray to the Lord.