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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements, Sept. 17, 2017 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Diocesan Prayer - We pray as a diocesan family in gratitude for our new bishop. Lord God, pour out your graces upon our new shepherd as he leads us in following Jesus Christ Your Son!

May farmers, gardeners, and all who work to restore health to the planet receive a just and life-sustaining wage for their labours.    We pray to the Lord.

Help us to be aware of your presence in our daily work, in our relationships with others, and in our care for the environment. We pray to the Lord.

The 12th annual Compassionate Healers Mass is being held on Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, 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.


* DECISION MAKING IN HEALTHCARE (FOUNDATIONS COURSE at Holy Spirit Parish. (One, two-hour session.) Mary Deutscher, bioethicist for St. Paul's Hospital and the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan, will take a look at how each of us makes decisions, paying particular attention to decisions made in a healthcare setting.  As an example, we will explore the Catholic Church's teachings on feeding tubes and how these teachings can help us if we are faced with a seemingly impossible choice. This presentation will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm. Pre-registration is appreciated; the cost is $5, payable at the door.  To register and/or receive more information please call Charlene or Kelly at 306 374-1425.


A Conversation on Peace II - The conversation will concentrate on Christian sources of human violence and on Christian contributions to overcoming violence in human affairs on October 20 and 27 at Mt. Royal Mennonite Church, 610 Ave. O N, 7-9 p.m.  Participants: Archbishop Donald Bolen, Prof. Roger Epp, Edmonton, Ruth and Walter Klaassen, Saskatoon.  Register at  or call 306-343-6893 or 306-975-0062.


Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee on Friday, Oct. 6th 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 God.




* The Leslie and Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies Lecture Series presents:

Trump versus Francis: Dealing with Contrasting Worldviews, 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

7:30 – 9:00 P.M.

Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium, St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Dr. Saskatoon, SK


Dr. Mary Ann Beavis (Religion and Culture), Dr. Terry Downey (President of STM),

Dr. Chris Hrynkow (Religion and Culture), Dr. David McGrane (Political Studies),

Ms. Christine Zyla (Office of Migration, Diocese of Saskatoon)

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are a study in contrasts. Donald Trump has continually shocked political observers and average citizens around the world with his bizarre declarations and audacious policy proposals. Pope Francis has also surprised many observers with the forthright manner with which he has dealt sensitive political subjects. This event will explore the differing worldviews of Trump and Francis and will attempt to understand what each man is attempting to accomplish given the context of our current political and economic structures.


Walk the Talk Teach-In. Come and join us at St. Thomas More College Auditorium, Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m., to learn more about The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Bill C-262. This town hall meeting will provide opportunity to learn about the importance of UNDRIP in the journey towards reconciliation and to participate in a post card campaign to encourage Members of Parliament to adopt this bill. To learn more go to . This event is sponsored by St. Thomas More College, MC Canada, & MC Sask.


* 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 October 13-15, 2017

To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911

or email: r.vineyardsk [at]

Please Note Parishes:  Posters and brochures are available for parish use for this retreat, please contact a.mcquaid [at] 


* TRANSITIONS - Have you experienced the painful experience of divorce and/or separation?  Do you feel alone and hopeless?  You are not alone.  We, the Diocese of Saskatoon, offers Transitions, a rebuilding program twice a year.   This series of evenings are facilitated by those who have already journeyed this experience before you and have found some healing.  The sessions are held Wednesday evenings, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for 11 weeks at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road.  For more information or to register, contact Sharon at (306) 374-1425 or email: foundations [at]


* Retrouvaille is a practical program focused on improving communication, building a stronger marriage, and helping couples rediscover the love they once had for each other. The next Saskatoon Retrouvaille weekend is Sept. 29-Oct. 1. For more information or to register call Ben and Joanne at (306) 652-7155 or e-mail retrouvaille [at] or find out more at:


* Together in Christ “Reformation 500” Series – Christians Commemorating the Reformation Together with facilitator Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier. The series begins with Session 1 held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Zion Lutheran Church, 323-4th Ave. S. Saskatoon, followed by four sessions (Sessions 2-5) held either at:

  • 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Sept. 23 and 30, Oct. 14, and 21 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon (and repeated on week nights at various churches in the city). Cost: $25/ session or $100 /series (optional lunch on Saturdays for $12 each). To register call: (306) 242-1916 or e-mail: receptionist [at]


  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 1902 Munroe Ave, Saskatoon. (No cost at St. Philip.)

For more information see: or call Celeste at 306-659-5814. 


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


* Holy Cross High School Founding Students Reunion   Students and teachers who attended Holy Cross High School during the years (1963-1967) are invited to a school reunion Sept 22-24, 2017. Events include a social, tour of the school, banquet, mass and a ride on the Prairie Lily.   E-mail shillca [at]  or phone cell phone 306-230-9470 (no voicemail)


* Make Time for Life – a Canada-wide campaign promoting the Dying Healed Program will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Bishop Klein Room at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon; $15 per person (includes lunch). Seating is limited; registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 20. Register by contacting Jacqueline Saretsky at hospitalchaplaincy [at] or (306) 292-5531. This program is ideal for those who want to volunteer and help their community, who currently manage or plan to set up visiting programs in their community. Step One is to attend this one-day training program and learn more about the Dying Healed concepts on coping with suffering, dignity and the power of human presence, and gain a better understanding of end-of-life issues. Step Two is to volunteer services to a local hospital, parish-based program, long-term facility; visit and spend time with the elderly, ill, disabled and dying, and the most vulnerable. Make Time for Life is a project of LifeCanada.


L'Arche helps Share the Warmth - The L'Arche Saskatoon Workshop has partnered with Share the Warmth YXE, a group that comes together to make and assemble Christmas gifts for those living in crisis shelters and transitional housing in Saskatoon. L'Arche has pledged to make 30 stuffed animals to give to children in crisis shelters on Christmas Day. Other gifts created by Share the Warmth include no-sew fleece blankets, as well as pillows and cloth tote bags. Donations of fabric (unused polar fleece) or stuffing for toys/pillows would be welcome, as would monetary donations, To donate to the L'Arche project please contact Andrea at homes [at]  or (306) 716-3078.



* Saskatoon Diocesan CWL Council are holding their Annual Fall Gathering hosted by Holy Family Cathedral CWL Council at Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon, Sk. on Monday, Sept 18th beginning with Mass at 9:00 AM. There will be a free-will offering for lunch. Guest Speaker: Father Mark Blom, OMI; Topic: The Beatitudes of Jesus, channels of the Spirit for women of faith, service and leadership to Gods people. For more information please call Marlene VanDresar at 306-682-0742 or 306-231- 4974.


The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) has moved to: #104 - 3502 Taylor Street East, Saskatoon, SK., S7H 5H9; Phone: 306-955-2427(CHAS). Feel free to visit them in their new office space, now co-located with Emmanuel Care.


Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish is hosting its annual Turkey Supper on Sunday October 1st 2017 in its wheelchair-accessible parish hall located at 1007 Windsor St. 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. An adult ticket is $15.00 and a child’s ticket (5 – 12 years) is $5.00. By donation for children under 5. Come enjoy turkey, potatoes, salads, veggies, pies and more!


ON AGAIN!!  -  St. Mary’s Parish Annual Harvest Supper - Sunday, Sept. 24th- 5:00 p.m.  (one setting only).   Adults - $16.00 - Children – 6 – 10 - $6.00.    Advance tickets ONLY – available at the parish office – 306 –244-2983 OR after each Sunday Mass. 


St. Francis Xavier Parish is pleased to be hosting a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One training October 10-16th. This international children's ministry brings to life both Scripture and liturgy for children 3-6 years of age. Join our national trainers as we grow in love with the Good Shepherd along with our little ones in the prepared environment called an atrium. Visit  for the brochure or contact Cynthia Foster at 306-955-4854.


* Challenge and Conquest are Catholic Youth Ministry programs for girls and boys to grow in knowledge of their Catholic faith, friendship with Christ, and make a difference and positive impact on their families, friends and in the world around them. Weekly meetings run Sep 22, 2017 to Apr 27, 2018. Challenge, for girls in grades 2+, meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Conquest, for boys in grades 3+, meets at George Vanier School. Please contact Corinne Kirkpatrick for Challenge at 306-229-1062/corinnegk [at]  or Gerald Lashyn for Conquest at 306-222-1106/bjlash [at]


Treaty Elder Series Event at Sacred Heart Parish, Davidson, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

Elder Ruth Cameron will present information on the church's role in colonization, as well as the history and legacy of residential schools. This is an initiative from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s request to ‘Call to Action 60’ to teach and respect indigenous spirituality in its own right. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about treaty relationships and to break down divisions among peoples. Mass will be held at 12:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church, followed by a pot-luck lunch (approx. 1:30 pm) and Elder Ruth Cameron’s presentation in the Parish Hall.  OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY – EVERYONE WELCOME!


* From Mourning to Dawn, The diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers is hosting their fall session, beginning on Sept 19, 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 Sept 19, 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]


* Alliance for Life Annual Walk for Life Saturday, September 23rd. Meet at Vimy Bandshell on Spadina. Registration 10:30 a.m., Walk at 11:00 a.m. Lunch and refreshments to follow. For more info: This is our only fund raiser so if you would like pledge forms call Carole at: 306-242-0057


A new online community for youth in our diocese can be found at - our diocesan Youth Ministry Office has launched this website to help youth, young adults, and families encounter Christ, connect, and grow in their faith. Check it out! Bookmark it!


Seeking Sustainability: Practices for Mindful Living is a workshop to be held 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth St. East, Saskatoon. Paul Hanley, former Star Phoenix columnist, will be the keynote speaker.  Other topics will include: Pursuing Net Zero Living, Urban Food Production and Environmental Education. There is no cost for this event hosted by Churches for Environmental Action.  For more information contact Myron Rogal at justpeace [at] or (306) 659-5841.


Orange Shirt Day will be marked Saturday, Sept. 30 across Canada.  This day grew out of “Phyllis' story” of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school. The orange shirt symbolizes all that was lost and the resilient spirit that remains. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. This non-gathered event requires nothing more than to wear any orange shirt that you have on Sept. 30 and look for opportunities to explain to people why. For more information, please call: Myron Rogal, Coordinator of the Office of Justice and Peace, (306) 659-5841 or e-mail: justpeace [at]


“REFORMATION 500” Commemoration: Join our Christian brothers and sisters from around the city to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation with an ecumenical worship service and reception Sunday, October 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK. Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina (formerly Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon) and Bishop Sid Haugen of the Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will be co-preaching. For more info about this event or other events being planned to commemorate this anniversary, check out


Queen’s House of Retreats 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 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!
  • * Journey with Scripture: First Wednesday of the month, 4, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch
  • Quiet Day of Prayer: 2nd Wednesday/month;  $25 (lunch) 9:30- 3:30 pm
  • Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity: 2nd Tuesday/month, 10, 8 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 10, 7 a.m.
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons: One Friday a month, 6 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Personal Days of Private Prayer: Book anytime


* TOGETHER IN CHRIST: Reformation 500 series - Christians Commemorating the Reformation - Facilitator - Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier.

  • Session 1 – held at Zion Lutheran Church, 323-4th Avenue South, Saskatoon on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.
  •   Sessions 2-5 – held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon on four Saturdays, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Cost: $25 / session or $100 for the series (add lunch on Saturdays for $12).                        

Registration: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


SACRED JOURNEY: The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life - Ignatian 19th Annotation begins Oct. 1, 2017 and ends April 29, 2018 with Dianne Mantyka. Cost:  $495; plus bi-weekly Spiritual Direction. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Registration: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


* TRANSITIONS: Your Journey of Transformation Through Grief and Loss will be held   from Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. with Sarah Donnelly. Cost is $390 for program, bedroom and meals. This will be repeated in February and June, 2018.  Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Registration: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


ICONOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SERIES: with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche will be held   Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $180 for eight sessions plus gesso board. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Registration: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet? Consider Queen’s House!

Queen’s House is inviting, spacious and flexible enough to accommodate a variety of groups for different types of programs, gatherings or meetings. We welcome your church or faith group, business, organization, school or educational group, or all of our government and services groups.  Queen’s House offers a terrific environment for conversations, planning, meeting and gathering.  In our very Oblate way, all are welcome at our table! To inquire about booking Queen’s House, contact our Bookings Coordinator Pauline Henry directly at (306) 242-1925 or by email at bookings [at] or by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist [at] for details.




TRIUMPH RETREAT:  Freedom Through Healing.
Date:   Sunday, November 10 at 6:00 pm until Sunday, November 19 at 1:00 pm
   Cost:   $1,395 which includes program, meals, facility and small bedroom.

Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Registration: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]



SPIRITUAL DIRECTION: Contact Sr. Adeline at Queen’s House or any affiliated spiritual director for more information or to begin your journey; (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre annual Fundraising gala will be held on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon. Please contact the Pregnancy Options Centre at (306) 665-7550 to host a table, get tickets, donate to the silent auction, or find more information.


FALL SUPPER - St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral will hold a Fall Supper on Sunday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 5:30 pm; Supper is at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $25, available at the parish office or from K of C members. This is a fundraiser catered event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #1517.


* ATTENTION WOMEN & MOTHERS OF ALL AGES!!! Time Out For Moms will be running new sessions beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27. Are you looking for a group where you can find Catholic fellowship and meet other women? Do you want a break from the kids every week where you can sit, visit, eat breakfast, and grow in your faith? Time Out For Moms meets Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. All women are invited to attend. Register at: or for questions or more information contact: registrar [at]

Time Out For Moms is looking for volunteer caregivers to watch the children while the moms meet on Wednesday mornings at the Cathedral of the Holy Family. If you are interested in this awesome volunteer opportunity you can register at:  or contact Cristina Kirkham at 306-380-8671.


E.D Feehan Catholic High School turns 50! Join us on Sept. 30 for school tours, dinner, and entertainment to celebrate 50 years of the Feehan Family at 411 Avenue M North, Saskatoon. Get your tickets online at or call the school at (306) 659-7550. Activities include:

  • 1:00-3:00 pm - school tours
  • 5:30-6:30 pm- cocktails
  • 6:30 pm- dinner and short program
  • 8:30 pm- entertainment/dance

Clothing and “Para-Feehan-ilia” are available for presale on the page, under tickets.


Come join us at this year's Women's Journey of Faith fall conference: “Illuminate” which takes place October 20-21 at TCU place, Saskatoon. Wendy Griffith, co-host of the 700 Club and author, will speak about her incredible faith adventures. Buy early bird tickets on line for $69 before Sept 4. Tickets prices increase to $74 (before Oct 2) and $79-up until Oct 21. For more information contact Gwen Klysko at 713-2817, or visit 


Knights of Columbus 4th Annual Celebrity Dinner Event presented by Les and Irene Dubé and hosted by Council 8215 will held on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd. Saskatoon.  Proceeds will support a maternal room at the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital under construction in Saskatoon. Special guests include Ken Miller, Sylvie and Peter Kot, Dr. Givelichian and Michelle Dubois. For tickets, contact Garry Maier, 306-221-5893 or Wayne Koshman, 306-381-3330 - $150 per person or a table of 8 for $1,200.


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE - Travel to the Holy Land Nov. 21 to Dec. 3, 2017 with Fr. Pius Schroh & Gospa Tours, visiting Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, Church of Nativity, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee Boat Ride, Cana, Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Masada, including daily Mass and more. Contact: Gospa Tours, RR 5, Site 502, Box 9, Saskatoon SK S7K 3J8; Ph.: 306-384-0169; Fax: 306-384-0565 or E-mail: gospatours [at]


Hurry, hurry hard!!!! The curling season is starting soon and the Saskatoon Church Curling League wants to invite you to join us on Wednesday nights at the Granite Curling Club. It will be lots of fun and fellowship for all ages. For more information please call Glade Penner at 306-955-1009 or by email at gppenner [at]


Toronto discernment event - The Daughters of St. Paul will host a Come & See vocational discernment retreat for young women Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Toronto. Offered to single women 18-33 years of age, the retreat includes daily Mass, morning and evening prayer, conferences, Eucharistic Adoration and a silent retreat day. For more information contact Sr. Helena Raphael at srhelenaburns [at] or 617-850-5584.


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