We pray as a diocesan family that the earth may be reverenced and cared for as God’s precious creation and our common home.
* Physician Assisted Death: An Amendment is Needed to protect conscience rights! The proposed legislation on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia introduced by the Federal Government April 14 does not include protection of conscience rights for all health care providers (doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, etc.) and all health care facilities. It is unacceptable to leave it up to the provinces and/or professional regulatory bodies to protect conscience rights in a piecemeal fashion. Canada-wide protection for conscience must be assured for Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. The Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience has prepared letters to send to MPs and Ministers of Justice and health. Find more information on the website: www.canadiansforconscience.ca or contact Myron Rogal in the diocesan Office for Justice and Peace for more information: (306) 659-5841 or justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
Catholic Education Week and World Catholic Education Day - Celebrate the gift of Catholic faith-based education May 1 – 7. Under the theme Opening Doors of Mercy, over 38,000 students in Saskatchewan — 17,000 with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools — will reflect on God’s mercy and how we can all answer the call to be merciful through service to others. Join us in prayer in thanksgiving during the week, and especially on World Catholic Education Day, May 5. For more information, visit www.gscs.sk.ca/CatholicEdWk
The Bishops of Saskatchewan have issued a pastoral letter about World Catholic Education Week. It is posted on the diocesan website at www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/news
* CANCELLATION - Please note that the Contempletive Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee has been cancelled for Friday, May 6, as Fr. Kevin will be away. The next Contemplative Mass will be held 7 p.m. Friday, June 3 at St. Augustine Parish, Saskatoon
TOMATO And PEPPER PLANT SALES for Refugee Support
St Philip Neri Refugee Committee is having a Tomato & Pepper sale before and after all masses on May 7 & 8th. There are 7 varieties of tomatoes and 3 varieties of peppers available. Plants are $6 each or 3 for $15.
Christians Together at Prayer. A vision for Christians of various denominations praying together, praying for one another, and becoming friends in a regular ongoing way. You are invited to join together with other Christians for prayer and to help establish a regular time of interchurch prayer. Participants come from the Covenant, Baptist, Alliance, Roman Catholic, United, Mennonite, and Presbyterian churches. Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 pm, at College Park Covenant Church, 909 Acadia Drive (corner of Acadia and Balfour). All are welcome.
L’Arche Prayer Nights are held regularly on Wednesday nights at 7 pm (except on the first Wednesday of the month, or when there’s a Friends of L’Arche Gathering) at Christopher House (503 Christopher Lane). We have tea and cookies afterwards, and everyone is welcome! The next Prayer Nights will be held on April 27 and May 11.
Islam on the Prairies: Tolerance, Pluralism, and Diversity. Public Discussion Forum, Saturday, May 14, 1 pm to 4 pm at the Frances Morrison Central Library, Saskatoon. A community-wide dialogue centred on the role of Islam, as well as other religions, in modern Canadian society, featuring keynote speaker Zarqa Nawaz (author, and creator of Little Mosque on the Prairies television show). All are welcome. For more information, please visit the website at: www.artsandscience.usask.ca/religion/department/news.php
* 1966 - HOLY SPIRIT PARISH - 2016: This year, Holy Spirit parish community celebrates its 50th anniversary. It is time to reflect on 50 years of faith and service. We also have the opportunity to look ahead and discover new ways of living our faith and growing in our service to the community. Parishioners and former parishioners and pastors are invited to celebrate with us. A Jubilee mass will be celebrated with Bishop Don Bolen on Sunday, May 1, 12:00 noon, followed by a luncheon/reception. There will be a display showcasing the 50-year history of the parish. Also, mark your calendar — the Jubilee Fall Supper is scheduled for Sunday, October 23. We welcome you to share your memories and anecdotes of Holy Spirit parish life. Please send them to info [at] holyspiritsaskatoon.ca
* Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass Celebration - CWL members and their families are invited to celebrate the feast day of our patroness Tuesday, April 26 at 7 pm, St Augustine Parish, 602 Boychuk Dr. Saskatoon. The celebrant of this mass will be Fr Gerard Cooper. A time of fellowship will follow. For more information please contact marion.laroque [at] gmail.com
* Justice and Outreach Year of Formation – JOY – is a new hands-on diocesan program in servant leadership, centered on Catholic Social Teaching that will run once a month from September to June. No prior service-based experience is required. JOY is now taking registrations for September 2016. Watch a promo video and find other information about JOY online at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/joy or call Kate O’Gorman at the Catholic Pastoral Centre: (306) 659-5847 or e-mail joy [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together:
Session presented by Sr. Teresita Kambeitz OSU, entitled “St. Paul’s Faith Story — And Ours” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Delisle High School Library in Delisle, SK. With a visual review of Paul’s remarkable life, we will connect his faith struggles and challenges with our own. The cost is $10 per person. Lunch will be provided. To pre-register or for more information, please contact Katie Schlosser at: kkschlosser [at] sasktel.net or call (306) 493-2380 no later than Wednesday, May 4.
Summer student employment opportunity - Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is seeking a student for a 30 hour/week summer position. Duties will involve office work and client support. The position will begin May 17 and run until Aug 26. E-mail resume to: spoc [at] sasktel.net (spoc [at] sasktel.net) or for more information contact Cathy LaFleche at (306) 665-7550. (Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is committed to providing generous support, education and acceptance to women and their families who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy by striving to meet their emotional, spiritual and physical needs.)
* Refugee Fundraising Concert, to be held at St. Anne’s church, 217 Lenore Dr., in Saskatoon on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. with performances by Le Choeur des Plaines and Eclipse. This fundraiser is organized by St. Anne’s, Lutheran Resurrection, and Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parishes. Tickets are $20 per adult, $40 per family; tickets can be purchased at the door and in advance. For further information, please contact Marie-Jeanne Will at (306) 290-9990.
* STR8UP Fundraising BBQ at the Montgomery Place Garage Sale, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 3221 Dieppe St., Saskatoon, SK. Kokum’s Bannock will be selling Bannock Burgers, Hot Dogs, cinnamon/brown sugar Bannock Bits and pop. All of the proceeds from this sale are going to STR8UP: 10,000 Little Steps to Healing. STR8UP is a non-profit organization that helps men and women leave the gang life. This organization is also available to give presentations to school, churches, etc informing children and youth of the dangers of gang life. A multi-family sale with books, DVD’s, VHS tapes, clothing, baking, etc will be taking place at the same time and location. For more information about STR8UP see their website at: http://str8-up.ca
* “Climate Advocacy and Action” - Development and Peace invites you to an evening of presentations by Peter Prebble and Angie Bugg of Saskatchewan Environmental Society. What are the implications of the Paris Agreement on climate change? We will explore concrete and affordable ways for citizens to become involved in renewable energy production, as well as learn about energy audits in our parishes and homes. April 29th, at 7:00 p.m. in the STM Auditorium, STM, U of S. Open to the public. Everyone welcome. No admission.
* St. Joseph High School presents the musical Oliver! The Tony Award-winning classic, Oliver! is the musical retelling of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The story tells of a child who is sold by a London orphanage because he asked for more food. Oliver eventually escapes to the streets of London, finding adventure and a loving home. Performances at 7:30 p.m.: May 11, May 12, May 13 and May 14. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, children 4 and under are free. For ticket information and reservations, please email bjalbert [at] gscs.sk.ca or call (306) 659-8082. (St. Joseph High School is located at 115 Nelson Road in Saskatoon.)
75th Annual Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Rama, SK 1941-2016, Vigil of the Assumption Sunday, August 14 beginning at 5:00 pm with Supper (Must be pre-booked 306-593-6120). Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Monday, August 15, 8:30 a.m. “Godzinki” (in church). Parishes are invited to bring their banners representing their parish, along with a stand. For more information, please: (306) 593-6120 or email: maryjoe [at] sasktel.net
* Invitation to the Women of the Diocese: Come and ponder Christ’s love in this Year of Mercy. Different diocesan priests will offer meditations on designated Saturdays once a month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon (use the 5th Avenue entrance.). Free will offering. Fr. Denis Phaneuf is the guest speaker on Saturday, May 7; Coffee: 9:30 am; First meditation: 9:45 a.m.; Second Meditation: 10:30 a.m. Reconciliation will be available prior to the 12:10 p.m. Mass. Call Donna at (306) 341-9444 for more information.
* “Monastic and Benedictine Spirituality in Today’s World” – A Benedictine Guest Speaker will be featured at St. Peter’s Abbey, Muenster, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in the Jerome Assembly Room. Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, OSB, of St. Gregory’s Abbey, Oklahoma, will discuss “Monastic and Benedictine Spirituality in Today’s World.” Refreshments provided. Free admission. Everyone is welcome.
Queen’s House of Retreats – UPDATED:
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 - 7pm
- HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!
- * JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: Fr Paul Fachet- $25 includes lunch– 1st Wednesday– May 4
- * TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2nd Tuesday/month - 8 pm – May 10
- * DAY AWAY – Gisele Bauche - 2nd Wednesday each month - $25 includes lunch – May 11
- * 24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday/month, Monday, April 25 12:00 noon to Tuesday, April 26 at 12:00 noon; for more information call (306) 373-2621.
- PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime
* LETTERS FROM PRISON: with Pastor Vern Ratzlaff - Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:30 p.m. April 24 & May 1, May 8; Cost: $10 / session. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
LIFE BEYOND SIXTY!: with Dr. Del Haug / Thursday evenings from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. April 28 and May 5. Based on the book Younger Next Year by Crowley & Lodge. Cost: $10/session. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
* LIVING & DYING in GRACE: Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. - A Webcast with Richard Rohr OFM and Kathleen Dowling Singh will be offered at Queen’s House and the Humboldt Gathering Place. Cost is $10. Contact Queen’s House (306) 242-1916.
WOMEN in MINISTRY ECUMENICAL RETREAT: Begins Monday, May 2 at 5:30 pm until Tuesday, May 3 at 4:30 pm and includes a full program and a Richard Rohr webcast. All details are online. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
* HOLY YOGA RETREAT: Mindfulness & Mercy – A Holy Yoga Day: Facilitated by Elaine Zakreski and Diane Waldbillig / Saturday, May 7th from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm. Cost is $75 which includes the workshop, lunch and refreshments. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BROTHERS KEEPER BREAKFAST: Second Tuesday of each month. Next gathering will be May 10 from 7:00 a.m. till 8:00 a.m. followed by breakfast and fellowship. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE TWILIGHT RETREAT: Date: Friday, May 13, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Topic: God’s Mercy – presented by Bishop Gerry Wiesner, OMI. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
* EXHALE…LIFE BEYOND CANCER: A retreat for women touched by cancer. Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. until Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
ICONOGRAPHY RETREAT: with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche; Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27, 2016. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION DAYS: as part of Spiritual Direction Formation; Times: Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Call (306) 242-1916.
- May 28 - Eco Spirituality and the Cosmos – Sr. Maureen Wild, SC
- June 18 - Monastic Way: Benedictine Spirituality for Today – Sr. Mary Coswin OSB
- July 9 - Biblical Spirituality: Spirituality of the Psalms – Bishop G. Wiesner & G. Bauche
Cost: $40 per session includes registration, refreshments and lunch.
* Faith in Action at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS): Did You Know?
Many GSCS students participate in school environmental clubs, supporting awareness and care for the environment. For more information about Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools see the website at www.gscs.sk.ca
* Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy this year:
“Jesus reveals the nature of God as that of the Father who never gives up until he has forgiven the wrong and overcome rejection with compassion and mercy.”- Pope Francis, Bull of Indiction: The Face of Mercy, 9.
* Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Think About It:
Physicians and other health care staff have a basic human right to conscientiously object to hastening a patient’s death through assisted suicide or euthanasia and should never be forced to do so. For more info see www.canadiansforconscience.ca or the diocesan website at: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/office-justice-and-peace/euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK:
“The triumph Freedom Through Healing” program, facilitated by Jerry and Donna Kristian, will be held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon from July 29 to August 7, 2016. To register or for more information call Queen’s House (306) 242-1916 or visit the website at: http://www.triumphretreat.com . 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.
* Rectory Repair Fundraiser – Ethnic Supper and Auction: April 29 at St. Peter the Apostle Parish at 1121 Northumberland Ave. in Saskatoon; Doors open 5:30, Supper at 6:30. Tickets $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 5 to 10 years. Includes organized activities for the kids! For tickets, contact trish.holst29 [at] gmail.com or phone (306) 229-6636 or (306) 382-1035.
* St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission, Bruno SK. invites everyone to an evening of music with Milwaukee based jazz/blues/folk artist Mike Mangione on April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door.
* BENEFIT CONCERT FOR REFUGEES: On Friday, April 29th at 7:00 pm, Holy Family Cathedral will be hosting the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus and Handbell Ringers Concert Benefit for Refugees. Cost is $20/Adult, $10/Seniors and Students, Free/Aged 5 and under, $50/family. Tickets will be on sale after Mass, at the church reception desk and at the door.
* Mark your calendars! A Redemptorist Mission, Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, May 2-4, 2016 at St. Mary’s Parish, 211 Avenue O South, Saskatoon, beginning at 7 p.m. In 1866, Pope Pius IX entrusted the miraculous icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and told them to “Make Her Known Throughout the World. The original icon is in the Church of Saint Alphonsus in Rome. To celebrate this 150th anniversary, a Mission will be held at St. Mary’s with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR as the homilist.
* Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is holding Volunteer Training May 24, 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their location at #23 - 1006-8th Street East in Saskatoon. The cost is $30 for the training manual, please register by the May 1 deadline. If you feel called to support women in an unplanned pregnancy and you have four hours a week to volunteer, this may be the perfect serving opportunity for you! Please call Tracy or Cathy at 306-665-7550 to register for the training, and to set up a volunteer interview before the training begins.
There will once again be Summer Masses held at the Holy Rosary Shrine Church at Reward, Saskatchewan. Masses will be celebrated on the following dates:
Saturday, May 14 - 7:30pm
Saturday, June 11 - 7:30pm
Saturday, June 25 - 7:30pm
Sunday, July 10 (Annual Pilgrimage), please watch for a Schedule of Events at a later date.
Saturday, July 30 - 7:30pm
Saturday, August 13 - 7:30pm
Saturday, August 27 - 7:30pm
Saturday, September 10 - 7:30pm
Please note that Saturday Evening Masses will not be celebrated at St. Peter’s Parish in Unity, SK. on those dates.
*ST. THOMAS MORE COLLEGE (STM) OPEN HOUSE
Check out the STM advantage. St. Thomas More College (STM) is a Catholic college federated with the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
Grade 11 & 12 students, their parents and interested staff, are invited to join us for a tour of the College; enter for draws; enjoy a reception provided by our Chef from Choices at STM and have your questions answered by STM students, faculty and advisors!
Tuesday, April 26 – Holy Cross High School
Wednesday, April 27 – St. Joseph High School
Tuesday, May 3 – Bethlehem, Bishop Murray, BJM, ED Feehan
Please note that those not connected to those particular high schools are also most welcome to attend any one of the three evenings. All sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive. (Please gather in the Cafeteria - lower main). For more information, call 306-966-8907.
* CWL Prayer and Petition for Palliative Care: The Catholic Women’s League at Holy Family Cathedral parish in Saskatoon is planning a Mass offered at 12:15 pm on May 4 for all those who can make palliative care available to all Canadians. CWL members are also encouraging people to sign up for one of 12 hours of prayer that day, and to join in signing a petition to be sent to the House of Commons. There is a packet of information available on the national website: http://cwl.ca/ Included are information sheets on palliative care with links to further resources, prayers and reflections, contact information for hospice palliative care associations and care facilities and a printable petition urging the recognition and funding for hospice palliative care across Canada.
Physician Assisted Suicide - Peter Nation of Catholic Voices, based in Vancouver, will be coming to Saskatoon for a one-day conference on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres., Saskatoon. He will give a presentation and lead a workshop on the topic of: "Physician-Assisted Suicide: How to Make the Case for Palliative Care Without Raising Your Voice.” For further information, please see the following on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=catholic%20voices
Pure Witness Annual Fundraiser Dinner will be held May 4, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon: “Building future leaders through the New Evangelization.” Dinner, program, wine pull, silent auction, live auction, and entertainment by the Pure Witness Team. For tickets and to donate auction items contact: James Marcoux, cell (639) 998-1145 or james.marcoux [at] purewitness.com
Pure Witness Ministries Junior YEP for Grades 5-8 will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Come experience a YEP and learn more about the beauty of the Mass! This is a retreat day full of games, talks, small groups, Mass, Praise and Worship, fellowship, and fun! The cost for the day $25, lunch is included. Registration is at the door but waiver forms can be signed ahead of time at www.purewitness.com/event/junior-yep . Contact laura.rice [at] purewitness.com for more info.
Pure Witness Ministries May YEP for Grades 8 and Up - The theme for the last YEP of the year is EPIC – Every Person Is Chosen, to be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1235 12th Street E., Saskatoon. This is an awesome day full of games, talks, small groups, Mass, Confession, Praise and Worship, fellowship, and fun! The cost is $20 for the YEP and $30 for the YEP and a formal supper. Join us for a Family Dance in the evening.
Pure Witness Ministries Family Dance will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1235-12th Street E., Saskatoon. Join us for one last family dance of the school year, for all ages. Bring the whole family out for an awesome evening of fun, fellowship, and dancing – and it is free!
James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family - The James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family provides grants to registered charities with initiatives and programs intended to strengthen and support the family in rural and urban communities within the geographic area of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Like the popular Bishop for which it is named, the Mahoney Institute reaches beyond the Catholic community and operates on a non-denominational basis. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: May 15, 2016. Apply Online: www.SaskatoonCommunityFoundation.ca or for more information call 306-665-1766.
2016 Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation June 21-24 held at Queen’s House, Saskatoon: Excellent for those who are: • serving in ecumenical ministries • working in ecumenical situations • interested in ecumenical theology • laity or clergy . Counts towards the Certificate in Ecumenical Studies from St. Andrew’s College and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Find more information online at http://pcecumenism.ca or call (306) 653-1633. Note: Subsidies are available for Catholic participants: To apply, contact Nick Jesson at (306) 659-5814 or e-mail jesson [at] ecumenism.net
* The Western Conference of the Catechumenate – WCC 2016 “Making Disciples” presented by Team RCIA May 27-28 at the FCJ Centre in Calgary. Discover how the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a powerful conversion process that forms missionary disciples. Learn how to apply the core principles of RCIA across the entire parish to form more missionary disciples. Acquire skills to build an evangelizing parish. Learn how to recruit and build a thriving RCIA team that is focused on disciple formation. Conference: $150. Find more information online at: http://western-catechumenate.blogspot.ca
St. Therese School of Faith and Mission — 2016 Commissioning: This year's class of 37 students takes place on May 21 with Most Rev. Bishop Don Bolen. The commissioning mass will be at St. Bruno Parish at 2:00 p.m., followed by a banquet at the Bruno Community Hall. Banquet tickets will be available at the end of April: purchase yours online at www.St-T.ca/com or by calling (306) 369-2555.
2016 Christian Culture Series - Join us for one of our public Christian Culture Series public events this Spring at St. Therese Institute, Bruno, SK. Mike Mangione in concert on April 28 at 7:30 pm. Mike is a Milwaukee-based, jazz-and-blues-inspired folk singer/songwriter, back for his third visit to St. Therese! Tickets only $15. Sarah de Nordwall is joining us again from London, England on May 14 at 7:30pm to present on the relationship between religion, art, and culture through her unique Poetry Concert performance. Free will offering will be collected. More information at www.St-T.ca/CCS or call (306) 369-2555.
Faith-based community experience for 19-35 year old single Catholic women. If you looking for “affordable rent” and more…. Discernment House may be the place for you.
The Sisters of the Presentation offer you a home away from home. As you work or study, this program offers you the opportunity to live a community experience and to grow in your personal faith through prayer, reflection, spiritual direction and service. Located at 851 University Drive, Saskatoon, Sask. - 15 minute walk from University of Saskatchewan, close to downtown. Taking registrations for September 2016
For more information contact : Sr. Lucie/Sr Viviane 306-244-0726
Email: sk.dhouse [at] gmail.com Website: www.presentationofmary.ca
Opportunity for young women in Regina: The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary have a house on Pells Drive, a quick fifteen or twenty minute walk to the University of Regina. We welcome young women who are looking for room and board. Residents have enjoyed our meals, our company, our support and a place that responds to their need for quiet and study. For more information please contact: Sister Emma Rousseau, 5 Pells Drive, Regina, Sk. S4S 4S8; Phone: (306) 584-3652; E-mail: erousseau03 [at] gmail.com
* MARCH FOR LIFE SASKATOON (Mother’s Day Walk) Sunday, MAY 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Along College Drive in Saskatoon. Signs are provided and the event takes place rain or shine:
2:30 p.m. Gathering along College Drive with opening song;
2:35 p.m. Focus talk - Why are we here? (Pure Witness Ministry);
2:45 p.m. March/Walk along College Drive;
3:15 p.m. Closing talk - Where are we with Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Canada and what can/should we do?
3:30 p.m. Socialization and refreshments.
For more information, contact Denise at 306-249-2764.
* A Film Unlike Any Other - Full of Grace, a new feature film, tells the story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as she nears the end of her earthly life. Spectacular cinematography and a moving score makes this a powerful and accessible meditation on the strength of faith. Holy Family Parish invites you to a free Evening of Reflection in the Cathedral hall on Friday, May 6, starting at 7:15 pm. A free-will offering will be taken. All are welcome; the movie is not targeted to children.
Maranatha Yoga combines the benefits of yoga poses and practice with the Christian tradition of contemplative prayer. Maranatha is an Aramaic word meaning ‘Come, Lord Jesus’. Explore the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in this prayer-centered practice. These all-level classes are appropriate for people who are new to yoga as well as for those who have a regular practice. Mondays, April 4 to May 23, 2016; 7:00 to 8:15 PM at Queen’s House of Retreat (601 Taylor Street W.) / Wednesdays April 6 to May 25, 2016; 7:00 to 8:15 PM at Cornerstone Church (315 Lenore Drive). Cost for sessions: $64/8 weeks or $10 Drop-In. For more information or to register, please contact Kate O’Gorman, RYT by phone at 306-203-2938, by emailmaranathayoga [at] gmail.com or visit www.maranathayoga.ca
“It's Time to Talk... Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide” with facilitator Mary Deutscher will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Forest Grove Community Church, 502 Webster Street, Saskatoon -- everyone is welcome to this free public session, sponsored by the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan. Refreshments will be provided. The Christian teachings on euthanasia are clear -- we are not to kill -- but it is complicated to argue against euthanasia in a secular society. This presentation will explore the danger euthanasia and assisted suicide pose to all Canadians, providing participants with the necessary tools to engage in this discussion. Deepen your understanding of the political situation in Canada, share your stories and questions, and learn more about how you can approach suffering with the compassion of Christ.
Mary Deutscher is a member of the Diocese of Saskatoon's Justice and Peace Commission, and a Board Member for the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS). She holds an M.A. in Public Ethics (St. Paul University, Ottawa); a BA in Philosophy (St. Thomas More College, U of S) a BSc in Biology (U of S) and is currently pursuing her PHD in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Mary has served as a Roman Catholic Chaplain at Pasqua Hospital in Regina (2010-2013). She also writes a monthly column for the Prairie messenger entitled "Building a Culture of Life."
* Development & Peace 2016 Regional Assembly; Create a Climate of Change: Friday April 29 to Sunday May 1, 2016 at St. Thomas More College 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon SK. Registration required. For more information contact Christine Zyla (306) 659-5842) or Armella Sonntag (306-937-7675).
Rock the Mount 2016 – “Putting on the Whole Armour of God – A Medieval Festival of Faith” will be held 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. July 23, 2016 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine, Carmel, SK, about 55 minutes east of Saskatoon. The day features medieval games, drama presentations, and 5 p.m. Mass with Bishop Don Bolen. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen and umbrellas. There is a food booth on site, or bring a picnic. Guest speaker is Matt Nelson, and musical guests are “The Trudels” and “Brad Johner and the Johner Boys”. There is no fee to attend Rock the Mount, an event for youth and families and all those interested in attending. Donations are much appreciated to offset costs. For more information about Rock the Mount contact Emily Hill at (306) 231-6011 or emilyhill [at] sasktel.net or see www.rockthemount.com
Blackstrap Catholic Youth Camp is held throughout the summer in week-long sessions for youth from ages 8 to 13 years, giving youth the opportunity to experience God through nature and fellowship with other young people. Summer 2016 sessions run July 3-8; July 10-15; July 17-22, July 24-29, and July 31-Aug. 5, with indoor and outdoor activities, including canoeing, swimming, hiking and tenting. The camp is sponsored by the Saskatoon Knights of Columbus. For more information see the website at http://blackstrapyouthcamp.org or call (306) 492-4813.
Saint John Bosco Wilderness Camp – at Zeden Lake located in the Narrow Hills Provincial Park. What are your summer plans? Looking for an exciting new adventure? St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp is a summer camp for youth ages 8 – 17 held in northern Saskatchewan. Youth and teens enjoy activities such as canoeing, swimming, archery, wide-games, hiking, orienteering, Nature-lore, and Liturgy. Campers have the opportunity to experience wilderness travel and camping making lifelong friends and developing a new appreciation for God and nature. For more information and/or to download registration form, visit our website at: www.johnboscocamp.com or call us at 1-844-752-6726.
Theology of the Body with Christopher West is coming back to St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK., for our annual Theology of the Body conference May 1-4, 2016. Registration is now open, and this year we are offering a group rate for two or more (attention married/engaged couples!) Come and embark on a life-changing four-day journey through Saint John Paul II's Theology of the Body. More info and registration at www.St-T.ca/tob or call 306-369-2555.
* The Bishop's Dinner - Join Bishop Donald Bolen for an evening of fun, dining and fellowship Friday, May 13, 2016, with proceeds going in support of justice and community outreach ministries in the diocese. The format and venue for the annual Bishop's Dinner have changed this year: it will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. and entertainment to follow. Tickets are $125 each. Contact Helen Zimmer at the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, 306-659-5850 or email hzimmer [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca or visit the website at www.dscatholicfoundation.ca
Bishops of Saskatchewan issue Pastoral Letter on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - A Holy Week reflection on this issue from the Saskatchewan bishops can be found online at: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/news or for more information call Myron Rogal in the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace at (306) 659-5843. Direct link to the Bishops’ Letter: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/sites/default/files/pastoral_letter_march_2016.pdf
Member of Parliament circulates petitions about Physician-Assisted Death – MP Randy Hoback is circulating two petitions – one calling for a national strategy on Palliative Care and the other for the protection of Conscience Rights for physicians and health care facilities. Find the petitions online at: http://www.mprandyhoback.ca/hoback-deeply-concerned-by-committee-report-on-euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide/
* The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation is pleased to invite you to the 16th annual ‘Swing into Spring’ Fashion Show & Dinner on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Prairieland Park – Hall B. Once again, plans are well under way for a fabulous evening of fun, food, fashions, camaraderie and great prizes. Support school division employees as they step out of their traditional roles to walk the runway in the latest spring fashions. Please check the posters displayed on the parish bulletin board. Tickets are $70, available through the Foundation office. Phone: (306) 659-7003; Fax: 659-2013; E-mail: catholicschoolsfoundation [at] gscs.sk.ca Your presence helps us put faith in education.
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Single Life Workshop
For singles (18-70+) learning how to do relationships well, whether you are friends, dating or preparing for marriage. Providing you with a safe community to practice and learn how to live in relationship, May 26-29. More info about this ecumenical event can be found at: singlelifeworkshop.sask [at] gmail.com or see Facebook “@ Single Life Workshop – Saskatoon”
1. May Farmland Legacies receive the support needed to provide healthful protein to Foodbank clients. We pray to the Lord.
2. May we always remember that creation praises God by its very existence. We pray to the Lord.