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We pray as a diocesan family for eyes to see God’s generosity, to recognize our brothers and sisters in need, and for hearts to show the light of Christ to others through our support for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal… We Pray to the Lord…

As we remember the needs of the Canadian Church, may we support those organizations that provide fresh and nutritious food to the clients of the food banks.    We pray to the Lord.

May our monetary donations and contributions to church and society be matched by our actions to care for the Earth which sustains us.       We pray to the Lord.

This week marks the beginning of the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal in our parish.  As you leave today, you will receive a letter from Diocesan Administrator Fr. Kevin McGee seeking your support.   Your support of this year’s appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational and pastoral ministries of the Diocese of Saskatoon are continued and carried forward.

* Bishop’s Annual Appeal give online / find out more at:


St. Aloysius Allan Fall Supper - Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Allan and District Communiplex (Wheelchair accessible). Rush ticket sales beginning at 3:30 pm.; Supper 4-6 pm; Food Auction 6:30 pm. Adults - $14.00; 14 and under- $5.00; 5 and under – free. Rawlco Radio will be in attendance as well.


Chew on This! is an annual event organized by Citizens for Public Justice and the Dignity for All campaign. Each year, volunteers go out to their communities on Oct. 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, to hand out lunch bags containing a food item, a magnet, and a postcard directed to the federal government. This year’s campaign is calling for a comprehensive national strategy to reduce poverty. To organize a Chew on This! event or for more information, go to or contact Darlene O’Leary at darlene [at]


* 12th annual Compassionate Healers Mass will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon; refreshments to follow. A special invitation is extended to medical personnel, spiritual care volunteers, parish nurses, men/women religious in health care ministry, Ministry of Care volunteers in parishes or health care facilities, family caregivers, and medical/healthcare students. Compassionate Healers Mass is a time to be re-energized in professional and personal dedication and faith, as we share in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout the diocese.


* Publically Funded Spiritual Care in Saskatchewan is Changing:

All faith leaders and practitioners in Saskatoon are invited to an information and education meeting concerning the elimination of the Spiritual Care Department in the Saskatoon Health Region: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in the Main Hall at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.

To implement the government’s decision announced in this year’s provincial budget, on 27th September the spiritual care department in the Saskatoon Health Region is being eliminated. For faith leaders and practitioners this means, among other issues:

  • There will be changes in how faith based visitors become registered with the health region
  • There will not be support staff to assist faith based visitors in locating patients or to respond to patients’ or families’ spiritual care questions
  • There will not be professional spiritual care practitioners employed by the health region to care for patients from out of town or with no stated religious affiliation
  • There will be no one in the healthcare system to advocate for patients’, families’, or faith based institutions’ religious or spiritual needs
  • There will be no one to mediate between faith based visitors and the healthcare system in situations of conflict or of special religious or spiritual concerns relating to health care

Representatives from the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care / Saskatchewan Region and fulltime denominational chaplains will speak to the emerging local situation in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan more generally. There will also be a call for volunteers to become involved in guiding the direction of publically funded spiritual care in Saskatchewan. All Interested and Concerned People are Welcome!


* Ministering to God's Beloved, serving and learning from those who are vulnerable is a joint Catholic health and Catholic education conference Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton Hotel, Regina, organized by the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) and the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association (SCSBA).  Contact the CHAS office for more information at (306) 955-2427 or email catholichealth [at]  or visit the websites at  or


Thirty Years of Lay Formation - A Mass and Reception for the 30th anniversary of Lay Formation will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Queen's House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, with Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI, presiding. For more information about Lay Formation’s history, including a video conversation with two of the program founders, see:  


Announcements Continuing from Last Week

* Together in Christ “Reformation 500” Series – Christians Commemorating the Reformation Together with facilitator Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier, 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, and Oct. 21 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon; Cost: $25/ session or $100 /series (optional lunch on Saturdays for $12 each). To register call: (306) 242-1916 or e-mail: receptionist [at] These sessions will also be offered 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, and 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. 


* “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. 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


St. Francis Xavier Parish in Saskatoon will host a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One training October 10-16. 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.


* Decision Making in Health Care (a diocesan Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together session) at Holy Spirit Parish will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. 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.

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.


St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission will celebrate the Feast of St. Therese Saturday, Sept. 30 with a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Little Flower in Wakaw, SK. The 33 young adults enrolled in the formation program at Bruno, SK. will begin their pilgrimage with 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Theresa's Parish in Wakaw, and the day will conclude at 3:30 p.m. The day includes rosary, devotional prayers to the Little Flower, and teachings about the life of Therese.


* 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 with Fr. Kevin McGee will be celebrated 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 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.



* 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] 


* 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:


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.


St. Patrick's Parish FOWL Supper, Young, SK. will be held at the Young Community Hall, (Wheelchair Accessible) Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, from 4:30 - 6:30 P.M.; Cost: Adults - $15, ages 5 to 10 - $7; Pre-school – Free. Also Available: Christmas Dinner Raffle Tickets.


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!


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!



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 Sept. 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]


* 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]


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.

  •   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]


* MYSTICS AND SCIENCE EXPAND OUR FAITH: with Sr. Judy Schachtel - Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, October 17, October 24, November 7 & November 14. Cost:  $10 per session. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. Registration: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


* THE ACTION of GRACE: with Peter Oliver Saturday morning workshops on October 14 and October 28 from 9:30 am until Noon. Cost:   $25 for the series. (Join us for lunch for an added $13 per session.) Please register in advance! Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. 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.

For more information see the website at

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 info or to begin your journey; (306) 242-1916 or receptionist [at]

* 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]



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