Saskatoon RC Diocese

Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Diocesan weekly bulletin announcements for Feb. 12, 2017 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Diocesan Prayer Intention: We pray as a diocesan family for an end to the evil of human trafficking in our world: Lord God, help us to work to restore freedom and dignity to all who are exploited.

Prayers from Earthcare Connection:

1. May each individual do everything they can to restore the health of our land, air and water.      We pray to the Lord.

2. Teach us the wisdom to do what is most life-giving for others, ourselves and for our earth. We pray to the Lord.

* Renew your Lenten experience. Join us for this year’s Lenten Series with Bishop Gerald Wiesner. Date: Wednesday, March 8 & 15; Time: 7-9 pm 

Location: Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon

Cost: Free! Donations are appreciated.  

Pre-registration is appreciated, but not necessary. 

Contact Rita Taylor: logistics [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com  Ph: 306-659-5831

* Transitions - Are you experiencing the pain of separation or divorce? There is help. When a marriage breaks up there are a multitude of negative feelings that can damage self-esteem, relationships with our family, both immediate family and family of origin, and sometimes even our physical health.  In this 12-week program participants will meet once a week to reflect upon, discuss and work through topics such as self-esteem, stress, anger, guilt, blame, loneliness, letting go, forgiveness, and more.  Transitions will help you become more equipped to live day-to-day with more ease and contentment. A new session will begin February 15. For more information or to register Contact Sharon (306) 374-1425 or e-mail: sharon [at] holyspiritsaskatoon.com

* Bishops issue texts for World Day of the Sick 2017 - In conjunction with the World Day of the Sick Feb. 11, the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan have released a pastoral letter, reflection and guidelines about death, dying and pastoral care in an era of assisted suicide and euthanasia. Find the texts online at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/office-justice-and-peace/euthanasia-and-assis... or call (306) 659-5844. (The World Day of the Sick is celebrated each year on Feb. 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.)

* TRC Presentation - St. Peter the Apostle parish (1121 Northumberland Ave., Saskatoon) is hosting a Truth and Reconciliation presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. Our presenter is Ruth Cameron who works for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and at the University of Saskatchewan. She will help us all to better understand and live in the spirit of reconciliation. Everyone is invited to come and learn about the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and put it into action. Everyone is welcome.

 * Introduction to Centering Prayer - Centering Prayer is a simple method of Christ-Centered silent prayer, a renewal of an ancient Christian Contemplative practice, updated for our time. It can lead to a deeper prayer life, personal healing, spiritual transformation, and closer union with God.  Fr. Kevin McGee and Marge Copeland will be leading an Introduction to Centering Prayer at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Drive Saskatoon on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Soup lunch will be provided. The introductory series will continue with follow-up sessions Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 11, March 25 and April 1. These follow up sessions build on the information presented at the introductory session. Cost is $50. To register, please call Marge Copeland at (306) 230-8803, or email m.copeland [at] sasktel.net

Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee will be held 7 p.m. Friday, March 3 at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Drive, Saskatoon. The rhythm of the Contemplative Mass is a gentle, steady flow, marked by 20 minutes of silence after communion. 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 God.

* Churches for Environmental Action Presents: “Drowning? Ways to live Simply” – an afternoon workshop on Saturday March 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Mayfair United Church, 902-33rd St. West. Keynote speaker is Dr. Chris Hrynkow of St. Thomas More College. Leadership from the City of Saskatoon will address the current vision and challenges. Also featured will be workshops including community gardens, green kitchens, and environmental block party. Admission is free and childcare will be provided on site at no charge. For info contact Carol at justpeacechair [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com or call Myron at 306-659-5841.

* 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 you 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. Our next retreat in Saskatchewan will be held on April 7-9, 2017. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net 

* Pro-Life Fundraiser sponsored by The Knights of Columbus In Support of Life Committee -Dine, Dance and Auction will be held Feb. 25 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, catered by Touch of Ukraine. Everyone welcome. Refreshments 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m. Auction and Dance to follow. Tickets $35 each, or a table of 8 for $250. Proceeds are donated to Saskatoon Pro-Life groups. For tickets contact John Cook (306) 477-1748 or your parish Knights of Columbus Council.

Free Holy Cards - The Religious Goods Center donates thousands of free Holy Cards to Catholic Churches, schools, prison ministries, youth liturgical groups, care homes, etc. Holy cards are evangelizing instruments of grace that sparks the curiosity of the youth, they wanting to learn more about holy matters, especially about the virtue of the Saints. Please visit http://www.everydaystop.com/freereligiousgoods or for info email ordering [at] everydaystop.com 

* Mary Kills People is a current miniseries airing on Global TV.  This miniseries depicts what life would be like if physician assisted suicide was not legal and the underground business of killing that would emerge out of necessity.  The solution prescribed in the show is that death is a universal cure for suffering. You are invited to read the CWL press release at:     https://www.cwl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Press-Release-re.-Mary-Kil...  As an action you can contact Global at: http://www.corusent.com/contact-us/ to provide you with a list of companies advertising during the show. You can then contact the companies and ask them to remove their advertisement from the timeslot. For information on sample emails or phone conversations contact Myron Rogal at: justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com or (306) 659-5841.

JOB SEARCH: Seeking a bioethicist to work with and for Catholic faith-based facilities in Saskatchewan, guided by the Health Ethics Guide and the ethical teaching of the Catholic community. He/she is also responsible for the standards of ethical practice as set out in common law and common ethics within society. Six key priorities have been identified: support and guidance in ethical decision making; ethics education; ethics consultation / mentorship; ethics committee support; ethics guideline and policy development; and organizational ethics. This position will be dedicated to the faith-based institutional members of the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan in urban and rural Saskatchewan (some travel will be required). The ethicist is based out of St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) in Saskatoon and functions within the context of the Mission Integration team of SPH. The ethicist leads Catholic health care facilities in the ongoing development, implementation, evaluation and integration of an ethics support service. St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) is a tertiary level acute care hospital, owned by Emmanuel Care in the tradition of the Grey Nuns. SPH operates within a highly interdependent partnership with the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. The ethicist will participate in this collaborative partnership. For more details see the posting at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/employment or contact Sandra Kary, Executive Director, Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan, 1702 – 20th Street West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7M 0Z9; Phone (306) 655-5332, E-mail: sandra [at] chassk.ca before the Feb. 28, 2017 deadline.

Diocese of Prince George, B.C. is seeking an accountant: The Accountant - Finance Department reports to the Financial Administrator. Principal responsibilities are supervising and training accounting staff; preparing financial statements; assisting with budget preparation and audit files; overseeing payroll and benefit plan administration; assisting with special projects; development of policies and procedures. Qualifications: a professional accounting designation; minimum of five years’ experience in financial management preferred; experience with non-profit sector would be an asset. Compensation based on qualifications and experience. The position will remain open until a suitable applicant has been selected. Send resume and cover letter to: Very Rev. Rectorino M. Tolentino, Jr. Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia 6500 Southridge Avenue Prince George, BC V2N 5P9; vicargeneral [at] pgdiocese.bc.ca

Queen’s House of Retreats – Upcoming events at Queen’s House - 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. •  Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist [at] queenshouse.org • Website:  www.queenshouse.org   Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:

  • CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings – 7 pm
  • HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!
  • JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: First Wednesday of the month, March 1, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch 
  • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY –Second Tuesday/month, Feb. 14 - 8 p.m. 
  • DAY AWAY with Gisele Bauche – Second Wednesday of the month, March. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - $25 includes lunch 
  • 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.
  • WOMEN in MINISTRY LUNCHEONS: One Friday a month from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm –March 10 
  • PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime

THE EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY WOMAN: 8 Things to Quit to Change Your Life! An 8-session 4-evening series facilitated by Dianne Mantyka on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on February 6, 13, 20 and March 6.  Cost: $95. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

* SCIENCE & SPIRITALITY TODAY: Revealing an Amazing World: with Sr. Judy Schachtel, Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm:  February 7, 14, 21, 28. Cost:  $10 per session. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

* THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: with Sarah Donnelly Tuesday, February 14, 5:30 pm supper; 6:30 - 9:00 pm workshop. Workshop - $25 and supper - $14. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

* SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT: Be Still and Know:  with Bishop Gerry Wiesner & Dianne Mantyka, from Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 pm until Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00 pm. Cost:  Live-in only: $345. (includes facilitation, meals, accommodation, spiritual direction). Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

MOVING TO HIGHER GROUND: Conversations in a New Key - with Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers, Saturdays: March 11, April 8 (9:30 am to 3:30 pm); Wednesdays: February 8 & 22, March 22 and April 19 (7:00 pm to 9:15 pm) Cost is $280. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

* TRIUMPH RETREAT: Freedom Through Healing Feb. 17-26 – triumph will be held from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 to 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 26, facilitated by a team led by Jerry and Donna Kristian at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. This is a nine-day Christ-centered journey of inner healing and discovery fueled by the transforming power of God's merciful love, rooted in Scripture, tradition and prayer; anchored by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux, equipping and empowering people with the tools needed to make noticeable and lasting changes in their lives – a path to true freedom through healing in Christ. Cost is $1,395: includes program, meals, facility and accommodation. To register, please call Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916 or for more information and testimonials visit the website at: www.triumphretreat.com 

HAPPINESS: REFLECTIONS FOR A WINTRY DAY: with Linda Labelle 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Cost: $55 - includes lunch. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916.

UNDERSTANDING CODEPENDENCY: Living into Healthy and Loving Relationships Friday, March 3 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm with Kim Morrison, PhD. Cost: $55 – includes lunch Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916

QUEEN’S HOUSE LENTEN SERIES: 6 consecutive Saturday mornings through Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, April 8 from 9 a.m. to Noon (Lunch is a $12 optional extra.) Program cost is $20. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916

SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAYS: as part of Spiritual Direction Formation are Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, call (306) 242-1916. Upcoming sessions include:

  • • 12 STEP SPIRITUALITY with Brad Bodnarchuk, Saturday, Feb. 18. Cost: $40 includes lunch.
  • • IGNAIAN SPIRITUALTY with Linda Labelle, Saturday, March 18. Cost: $40 includes lunch.
  • • ECUMENISM: Opening Spiritual Doors with Archbishop Donald Bolen, Saturday, April 8. Cost: $40 includes lunch.

Announcements Continuing from Last Week

* Mardi Gras, Feb. 25, 2017, at St. Anne’s Parish – Fr. Donlevy Hall.  Come enjoy a Cajun Feast by Al Dente Bistro and dance to the music of Dr. Don and the Black Mambas, Zyd-Go-Go and the Crawdaddios. There will be a silent Auction. Cost is $75 each ($50 tax receipt);  tickets are available from the parish office, (306) 931-4700 or from members of the Ecumenical Syrian Refugee Committee. Donations for the silent auction appreciated.

Christopher Leadership Course will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings from March 14 to May 16 at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre meeting room in Saskatoon. The CLC Level 1 course is a 10-week course in public speaking and leadership skills. Online registration: www.clcsaskatoon.com  or for more information see the Christopher Leadership Course Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Christopher+Leader  

Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose:  Are you thriving or just surviving? Do you desire a clearer understanding of God’s plan for your life? “God has an incredible dream for you. He wants you to become the-best-version-of-yourself!”  Living Every Day With Passion and Purpose by internationally acclaimed speaker and author Matthew Kelly will be presented on DVD in a program held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road Saskatoon.  It will start 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, continuing Saturday, March 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 and will include a workbook, lunch, supper and social.  For more information or tickets contact Lise Durette at (306) 374-4334 or Wayne Koshman at (306) 381-3330. Tickets are also available at the Holy Family Cathedral parish office at (306) 659-5800.

* COLDEST NIGHT OF YEAR WALK - St. Anne’s Parish in Saskatoon is one of the local organizations that has entered a team for the Coldest Night of the Year Walk fund-raiser on Saturday, Feb. 25 in support of The Lighthouse and The Bridge. This annual event is a family-friendly fundraiser for the hungry, homeless, and hurting across Canada. The money raised here in Saskatoon stays in the community, divided between the Lighthouse and the Bridge on 20th Fellowship Center. The Bridge is an outreach centre in Saskatoon and the Lighthouse provides emergency shelter, supported living and affordable housing to those in need. To join the team to walk or to support the team, register and/or donate online at www.coldestnightoftheyear.org/saskatoon. For more information call Jo-Ann Barre at (306) 668-4951.

Spring Fling in Support of Mary’s Hope Program: Join us on Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon for a night of fun featuring a BBQ steak dinner, dance, raffle, and live entertainment by Studio 54 – a band who plays hits from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s in dynamic costumed performances. Advance tickets are $30 each, or $200 for a table of eight, with all proceeds going to Mary’s Hope Spiritual Healing Program for adult survivors of trauma and sexual abuse. More details can be found online at: www.holyfamilycathedral.ca and www.legacyridgefoundation.com or call Lorie for more information at: (306) 659-5815.

* “A Holy and a Broken Hallelujah: A Rabbi and A Bishop Say Farewell to Leonard Cohen” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Archbishop Donald Bolen of the Catholic Archdiocese of Regina and Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky of Congregation Agudas Israel in Saskatoon will discuss the music of Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) at this free public event. This is a follow-up to an earlier event in which Archbishop Bolen and Rabbi Jodorkovsky discussed the "Hymns of Leonard Cohen" at the local synagogue. This time they will reflect together on six of Leonard Cohen's songs, including material from his last album. Everyone is welcome to attend this free evening of conversation between two friends, as they reflect on the work of one of Canada's great poets. 

A Message from the CWL Clothing Depot - Thank you to all who have donated articles, clothing or household items to the CWL Clothing Depot in Saskatoon. If it wasn't for your generosity we would not be able to offer these items at a very economical price to those in need. Thank you all for thinking of the depot when you are wanting to donate, as we know there are many other organizations that are also looking for donations. Please continue to support the Clothing Depot. Pickups can be arranged by calling 306-242-5042 or you can drop your items off at the back door of the CWL Clothing Depot, which is located at the back lane of 20th Street, beside the Friendship Inn, 619-20th St. W., Saskatoon. Thank you again for supporting the depot which in turn supports many local charities.

CONTRACT OFFICE SERVICES – Executive Secretary / Executive Director for The Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus and Sask. K of C Charitable Foundation - The Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus and the Sask. K of C Charitable Foundation are looking for an experienced Office Professional to maintain the shared provincial office.  Service Commitments, which vary week by week, month by month, are estimated to be about 1,000 hours per year.  An independent contract for service or an employment relationship will be considered. The successful Executive Secretary/Executive Director will have: 

  • Knowledge of laws and regulations governing charitable organizations 
  • Knowledge of basic accounting procedures and processes for recording and reporting charitable donations
  • Knowledge of office operations, procedures and records management;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently; and perform accounting, word processing, spreadsheet, and other office software applications;  and Demonstrated strong organizational skills, communication skills and office/clerical skills

Expressions of interest are required by end of day Friday February 17, 2017 to: Brian schatz, State Deputy, Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus, bschatz [at] accesscomm.ca or 3448 Tamarack Grove, Regina, SK.  S4V 2S5. More information about this opportunity can be found at the Saskatchewan K of C website http://www.kofcsask.com/ or the Sask K of C Charitable Foundation website http://www.saskkofcfoundation.com/ 

 

Ministry of Care Blessing to mark the World Day of the Sick 2017 will be given to all employees working in health care as well as to all unpaid health care providers and volunteers during Sunday mass celebrations across the diocese on the weekend of Feb. 11-12, as a way of honouring World Day of the Sick. This blessing is offered for the benefit of highlighting the health care community – paid and non-paid – who share in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout the diocese. 

Ministry of Care Blessing to mark the World Day of the Sick 2017 - All unpaid health care providers and all 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. 11  / Sunday, Feb. 12  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. Pope Francis’ message for the 2017 World Day of the Sick can be found online at: https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/papa-... 

* St. Nicholas Catholic School Playground Association FundraiserEnjoy a night out while helping to raise funds for two playgrounds at the new St. Nicholas Catholic School in Evergreen! The St. Nicholas Playground Association is hosting a Mock Wedding Dinner & Dance at the Holy Family Cathedral February 17, 2017. Your ticket includes dinner, entertainment, dancing and entry for the grand door prize draw (a two-night stay at Waskesiu Lake Lodge, valued at $450). Cocktails are at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., with dancing to follow. Semi-formal attire is encouraged. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds will be used to fund playground equipment at St. Nicholas Catholic School. Tickets are available for pick-up at Mother Teresa School, from a playground association member, or online at www.picatic.com/stnicholas   

* A Parish Nursing Information Forum will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 812 Preston Avenue, Saskatoon on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (registration begins at 6:30 p.m.).  This is an inter-church event and is open to anyone interested in exploring the role of the Church in health and healing.  A panel will discuss the role of the Parish Nurse in the life and mission of the congregation.  For more information or to register, contact Mona at (306) 978-1951, Elaine at (306) 652-4524, or E-mail:  p.nursing [at] sasktel.net 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has circulated a petition "Will you stand with refugees?" You can sign the petition online at http://www.unhcr.org/refugeeday/petition/ or for more information contact Christine Zyla in the diocesan Office of Migration, (306) 659-5842.

* PPK Catholic Men's Night will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 15 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.  The topic is "Truth, Tradition, and Time-Bombs - My Journey to Catholicism" with speaker Mike Morson. Come for adoration, reconciliation, food/drink, a talk, and fellowship.  Visit www.priestprophetking.org for details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - The Msgr. Michael J. Koch Library located at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon) is looking for a team of volunteers. If you are interested in helping serve the community and are able to donate your time, whether for a half day, for a week or more, please e-mail Sharon at library [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com or call (306) 659-5853. No previous library experience necessary, but is most welcome.

Life in the Spirit Seminars (a seven-week course) will be presented by Springs of Living Water Prayer Group on Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m., starting Wednesday, Feb 1 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. This is an excellent follow-up to Alpha and other faith-enriching programs. Contact Don at donlalonde [at] sasktel.net or call or text 306-717-0370.

HOME SCHOOL CONFERENCE: All parents and young adults are welcome to attend the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference, March 9-11 at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton. Keynote, Holly Pierlot with Fr. Stefano Penna, John Carpay, Karen Hanlon, and a panel of seminarians & religious. Information: www.wcchsc.net or call Veronica 780-467-8410 or e-mail wcchscreg [at] shaw.ca 

Ministry to Tourism Booking Deadlines: Reservations for Discovering Poland (Aug 28-Sept 11) and the post tour option Treasures of the Danube (Crystal Mozart cruise Sept 13-23) are now all based on availability. For Bookings after Feb 22, 2017 the Poland tour discount of $200 will end. Pilgrim Journey to Biblical Lands (Rome & Holy Land April 19-May 9)) is strictly upon request at this late date. For details: www.pilgrimjourneys.ca  or contact Ministry to Tourism (Fr. Kleiter) at 306-244 3747; kleiter [at] shaw.ca 

From Mourning to Dawn, the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers is hosting their spring session, beginning on March 28, 2017. Facilitators, who have experienced the loss of their marriage partner, engage with participants on an 8-week journey of transformation and healing, offering support and encouragement for bereaved spouses. This program is open to participants who have been widows/widowers between 2 months and 2 years. Sessions are held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 28, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The cost is $35.  For more information or to register, please contact Elan at 306-679-7717 or email at cic.elan [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com   

Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2016: We are still accepting donations for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  It’s never too late to be the ‘Face of Mercy’ and change someone’s life with your gift! Every gift has value!  Please give online at www.dscatholicfoundation.ca  or send a cheque to ‘BAA, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon SK  S7S 1H1.

BAA 2016 Donation Tax Receipts will be available shortly.  If you have provided us with an email address, you will receive your receipt(s) by email within the next two weeks.  All other tax receipts will be available through your parish or by mail by mid to late February.  Please accept our thanks for your generous gift!  You are the Face of Mercy!

* The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary are offering a Personal History Weekend Retreat Feb. 17-19 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, 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): $60.00 When: 7: 00 p.m. Friday, Feb 17th to 12:00 p.m. Sunday Feb 19th, 2017 Where: 851 University Drive, Saskatoon Contact:  Sr. Lucie 306-244-0726  cell 306 260 0450. Email: sk.dhouse [at] gmail.com 

* Dinner and Dance Fundraiser - For FacetoFace Ministries - On February 25 the Knights of Columbus Council #7497 and FacetoFace Ministries are co-hosing a Prime Rib Dinner and Dance with a live band as fundraiser for FacetoFace Ministries. We invite everyone out to this very enjoyable evening of food, friends, and dancing at Champetre County, near St. Denis, SK. Makes a great date. $50/ticket with $25 tax receipt. Only 125 tickets sold. More information and to purchase tickets: www.f2f.ca or call 306.381.7789

Development & Peace Share Lent 2017 workshops for Saskatoon diocese: The 2017 Share Lent theme is “Women at the Heart of Change”. What does this mean in development work? If you would like to help out with the campaign or just learn more about international development, please join us in exploring this theme and preparing for Share Lent 2017.  Everyone is welcome!  Humboldt: Feb. 12th, 2 pm to 5 pm.  at St. Augustine Parish, 809 10 St, Humboldt.   For further information, please call Lucille or Victor (306) 369-4193. * Saskatoon:  Feb. 28th, 7 pm to 9:30 pm at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. For further information, please call Betty (306) 975-1109 or Joanne (306) 477-1746).

* St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission 9th Annual Lenten Conference will be held Feb. 24-26, featuring speaker musician and speaker Jimmy Mitchell. The conference runs from 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at St. Therese in Bruno, SK. Conference Registration: $90; Weekend Meal Package: $45; On-site Accommodations: $60. To register call Micheline at (306) 369-2555 or see www.St-T.ca/Lent  Keynote presenter: Jimmy Mitchell of Tennessee is a beloved son, traveling troubador, and aspiring saint. His greatest passion is helping young others discover the mystery of God’s love and the beauty of Christian culture. In 2010, he founded Mysterium with a vision for evangelization and discipleship that has brought him to every corner of the world hosting retreats and speaking at conferences. Find out more and listen to some of his work at www.JimmyPMitchell.com 

Volunteer Opportunity at Samaritan Place: Would you or your family consider spending a Sunday morning with residents and families at Samaritan Place? We celebrate Mass every Sunday at 11 am, and we need volunteers to help set up the sacristy and serve once a month. Training will be provided. This is an opportunity to serve Christ in others and to spend time with seniors. Our vision at Samaritan Place is to create a “home where everyone who enters can experience harmony in relationships and joys in everyday life.” Come and be a part of this vision! If you are interested, please contact Amy (Director of Spiritual Care and Mission at Samaritan Place, 375 Cornish Road, Saskatoon) at 306-986-1460, Extension 1410, or e-mail: abunce [at] samaritanplace.ca 

Christ-centred Holy Yoga classes are offered several times during the week at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road in Saskatoon. These gentle/all level Holy Yoga classes create a space for relaxation and rest in simple prayer and movement. One-hour session are held 7 p.m. Mondays until Feb. 20; 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays until Feb. 21; 7 p.m. Thursdays until Feb. 23; and 9:30 a.m. Saturdays until Feb. 25. Cost is $64 for an eight-class session; $45 for a five-class flex pass; or $10 for a drop-in class. To register or for more information contact Diane Waldbillig: dianew [at] holyyoga.net or call (306) 370-6682.

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* Considering engagement or marriage? Check out Catholic Marriage Preparation options in our community, which are posted on the diocesan website at: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/marriage-and-family-life  

Upcoming opportunities include:

In the diocese of Saskatoon, Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more information or register online at www.ceewest.com or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. Weekend organizers are Lynn and Wanda Freistadt: (306) 373-8607. The next Engaged Encounter weekend at Muenster will be held April 21-23, 2017. An Engaged Encounter Weekend gives couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future lives together. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions about all aspects of married life.

Catholic Engaged Encounter Marriage Preparation Retreat Weekend will be held in Moose Jaw, SK on March 3-5, 2017. For more info or to register go to www.ceewest.com and click on "Regina" or call Stella Juma-Anderson at (306) 596-2951. 

A Marriage Preparation Course is offered through Holy Spirit parish. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. Please contact Nicole and Todd Gursky at 306-477-1088 or ngursky [at] sasktel.net, or the parish office at 306-374-1425 for information and to register. The next six-week session begins on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

The Marriage Preparation course at St. Philip Neri parish, 1902 Munroe Ave. (at Taylor Street E.) in Saskatoon is designed for those who are engaged, or planning to be married. Register by contacting Shirley Hyshka at s.hyshka [at] stphilipneriparish.ca or 306-343-0325. The next Marriage Preparation course at St. Philip will take place March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on four Sunday afternoons.

Catholic Family Services in Saskatoon offers weekend workshops in marriage preparation designed to help couples learn to better communicate feelings and ideas on relationship issues. They are held at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club in Saskatoon and run three times per year. Cost is $225/couple. Weekends run 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays/ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Upcoming dates for CFS Marriage Preparation weekends ate Feb. 24-25, 2017 or April 21-22, 2017. For more information or registration, contact Doreen Babin at Catholic Family Services at 244-7773 or staff [at] cfssaskatoon.sk.ca

PRAYER FOR A NEW BISHOP

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

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