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Diocesan Weekly BUlletin Announcements, March 11, 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

As a diocesan family, we pray for peacemakers around the world who are working to improve the lives of people in their communities...

 May personal and universal suffering draw us closer to rather than distancing us from God. We pray to the Lord.

  1. In these difficult times, may we accept to live within Earth’s means, reduce our consumption and promote healthier lifestyles. We pray to the Lord.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal update:  We would like to announce that our Diocesan total for the 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is $1,486,641.00 (94.4% of goal).   We would like to extend enormous thanks to everyone who reached into their hearts and gave generously.  Many lives will be enriched by your gifts!  If you still wish to make a donation, we will gratefully continue to accept gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal at the Catholic Foundation office, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1H1 – or online at Thanks and blessings!


St. Joseph High School presents the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.

Tickets can be ordered by emailing stjoseph [at] or calling 306-659-7675

Performances run Wednesday March 14th- Sunday March 18. There are 4 evening performances on March 14, 15, 16 and 17th at 7:30 pm. There are also 2 matinee performances on March 17th and 18th at 2pm.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for high school, elementary students and seniors, children 5 and under are free.


* The Chrism Mass touches the sacramental and worship life of every church in the diocese. Because of this, every parish is invited and encouraged to be present and join in this most holy celebration. At this gathering, the priests of the diocese will renew their commitment to priestly ministry and their loyalty and obedience to their Shepherd. The Oil of the Sick (OS), Oil of the Catechumens (OC), and Sacred Chrism (SC) will be blessed by Bishop Mark Hagemoen. The oils received at the Chrism Mass by parish representatives will then be taken back to their respective parishes for use in sacramental annointings. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm, Monday, March 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, (at Attridge Drive and Forestry Farm Park Drive), Saskatoon.  An invitation is extended to all in the diocese to come and join with Bishop Mark Hagemoen in this celebration of unity.


Steak Supper: St Philip Neri Refugee Committee is having a fund-raising steak night and silent auction on April 17th at Sutherland Bar and Grill, 810 Central Ave., Saskatoon. Tickets are $20 per person (must be over 18 years) and are available at the parish office

(306)- 343-0325 or after weekend Masses.


* A Croatian Mass will be held at St Philip Neri Parish (corner of Taylor St. and Munroe Ave.)  in Saskatoon on Sunday March 18 at 5:30 pm. There will be lunch and fellowship after mass. For more information please contact Lydia Simicic at (306) 242-9214.


* Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability and Justice - This Catholic studies conference will be held March 22-23 at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon. The event opens with a free public keynote address by Ilia Delio March, OSF, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 on “Integral Ecology and the Search for Wholeness: Are We Looking at the Wrong Universe?” and continues with a day of plenary talks and concurrent sessions all day Friday, March 23. Plenary speakers are Philip J. Sakimoto of the University of Notre Dame and Damien Marie Savino of Aquinas College. Cost for the conference is $75 ($40 for students.) Find more details about the program and a link to register online at:  or for more information call (306) 966-8900.


* Eliminating Racism: "Hate is too great a burden" - The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan will host a panel of community faith leaders from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  The public event entitled “Hate is too great a burden” is being organized in collaboration with Interfaith Connection of Saskatchewan Inc. and will take place at the Islamic Centre, 222 Copland Crescent, Saskatoon. To RSVP please call or text (306) 341-8888. The panel for this Saskatoon event will include:

  • Jaswant Singh - Sikh Society of Saskatchewan
  • Kumar Balachandran - Hindu Society of Sasatchewan
  • Ahmed Shoker, MD, - Islamic Centre, Saskatoon
  • Bishop Mark Hagemoen - Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon
  • Imam Ilyas Sidyot - Islamic Centre, Saskatoon
  • Pastor Derek Yaganiski - Missionary Alliance Christian Church
  • Lyndon J. Linklater - Office of the Treaty Commissioner
  • Hodan Bakal - University of Alberta

"I have decided to stick with love…Hate is too great a burden to bear." ~ Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Where Do We Go From Here, 1967.


* Are Your Affairs in Order? In Saskatchewan, about 58% of people don’t have a will, and if someone dies without a will, the government determines how to distribute their assets.  So why are so many people reluctant to have a will and make it current?  Is there more to estate planning than writing a “Will?”  If you don’t have funeral plans in place, what are the executor's responsibilities and obligations towards a funeral?   What is a health care directive and when should you have one?  Do you have plans in place in case of incapacity?  All of these questions and more will be discussed.   

  • Where: Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK - Bishop Klein Room
  • When: March 20 at 2:30 pm and March 21 at 7:00 pm
  • Who: 18 years and older
  • Presenter: Jocelyne Hamoline
  • Optional: Planning Guide available at the presentation ($5.00 - cash or cheque)

There is no cost to attend this event. However, registration is required as seating is limited to 50.

To register online:   or contact Jocelyne Hamoline @ 306-659-5849 or jhamoline [at]


St. Joseph Parish, in Eatonia is looking for a 32"-42" indoor statue of Our Lady, with a preference for Our Lady of Lourdes. For more information, please contact David St. Joseph's parish pastoral council chair at 306-967-2555. Thank you.


* Dying Healed Workshop - The diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy office is hosting a Dying Healed workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Bishop Klein Room of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Cost is $15 (includes lunch). To register please contact Jacqueline Saretsky at hospitalchaplaincy@rcdos.c  or (306) 659-5839. Dying Healed teaches ways to experience human dignity through sincere outreach, and explores concepts related to coping with suffering, end of life issues, and the power of presence. Explore ways to reach another person and show compassion and love, especially to someone suffering with a terminal illness or coping with a physical or mental health condition in a health care facility. The beauty of this program is that it is not complicated and it doesn't require advanced degrees. You have the ability to make an impact, just by being who you are and giving of your time to those most in need. If we don't reach out to the suffering, who will?


* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Training Level 1 - Become a certified CGS catechist April 22-27 in Saskatoon. This Level 1 Part A course covers all you need to know for year 1 of catechesis for 3-to-6-year-olds. Formation leaders are coming to Saskatoon from Ontario to share their wisdom and experience. A minimum 10 participants must be registered by March 23 in order for this training session to take place. Includes a free bonus Sacramental Preparation Workshop April 21 for training participants. Contact Cynthia Foster lcfoster [at]  to register or for for more information call (306) 955-4854 or visit   Financial support available to take this training.


* CWL Social Justice Award for Young Women - The Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada has established an award intended to enable young women between the ages of 18 and 35 to engage in social justice work. The award of up to $1,000 must be used to finance participation in a reputable social justice activity, either at home or abroad. Priority is given to CWL members or their families (the funds may be divided between more than one applicant). To obtain an application form, contact Mary Nordick at m.nordick [at]  or call (306) 374-5612 for more information. The deadline to apply is April 30.


CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Fundraising Dinner - Since 2013 CAP Canada has been working to provide hope and support for those struggling with debt and budgeting. A fundraising dinner for CAP will be held Friday, May 4 at the Saskatoon Club, 417-21st St. E., Saskatoon, with cocktails at 6:45 pm, and dinner at 7 pm. There is no cost to attend the dinner, but there will be an opportunity to donate to CAP's work during the evening. Registration is required - please RSVP by email to: dinners [at]  or contact Lisa Hrycan at (306) 220-7907 for more information.


* Retrouvaille helps hurting marriages!  When couples experience difficulties in their marriage, they often feel alone – like there is no one who can help them. Retrouvaille can help.  Please consider registering for the Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vie) program before you consider divorce. The next Retrouvaille weekend in Saskatoon begins Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and ends Sunday, April 29 at 5 p.m. For confidential information or to register for the April 27-29 weekend please call: (306) 652-7155 or e-mail: retrouvaille [at]  or for more information please see the website at:



* St. Mary’s Easter Tea will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Avenue O & 20th Street W, Saskatoon.  Come celebrate with us.  There will be excellent Easter breads and baking for sale.  Admission is $3.00, which includes refreshments.


The University of Saskatchewan Students for Life group will host a showing of the documentary ‘Hush’ on March 15, starting at 7 p.m. at the University of Saskatchewan campus, Arts Building, Room 241, Saskatoon. This documentary delves into the untold physical and emotional effects that abortion has on women. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and all are encouraged to attend for free! For more information on this Students for Life event please contact [at] or visit or see: For more info about the documentary ‘Hush’ please visit:


* Walking into Light - an ecumenical and interfaith journey from Passover to Passion is held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in Lent at St. Mary's Hall, Avenue O South and 20th Street West in Saskatoon. Upcoming speakers in this Lenten series include Fr. Ciro Perez, CSsR, of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish on March 6, Rev. Deb. Walker of St. Paul's United Church on March 13, and Fr. Bernard Funk of St. Vincent of Lerins Orthodox Church on March 20. Everyone is welcome; freewill offering.


* Couples for Christ Saskatoon for Christian Life Program (CLP) will be offered in Saskatoon starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church and Parish Centre, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon, SK.  This program is for married couples, for single men and women aged 22-40 years, and for those who are widowed. For more information and for registration, please contact Jaime Guadalupe at 306-617-9165; Alan Zales at 306-715-2356; or Dan Maun at 306-715-5527.


* Solidarity Sunday will be celebrated March 18, 2018 - Development and Peace /Caritas Canada’s theme for Share Lent 2018 is “Together for Peace.”

  • In Lebanon, Adyan is a Development and Peace partner contributing to peace in the Middle East by fostering cultural and religious tolerance. The Adyan organization offers a wide range of programs, including conferences, training sessions, and workshops on peace, reconciliation, and coexistence.
  • In Cambodia, ICSO is a Development and Peace partner that works with minority Indigenous communities to help them communicate their rights to the government, defend their land against corporate interests, and develop sustainable economic activities that enable them to live with dignity.
  • Let us all continue to build peace through dialogue and reconciliation and experience mercy as a source of hope for the future. Thank you for helping to create a future filled with hope through your support for Share Lent!

This year’s Share Lent collection takes place in parishes this weekend Solidarity Sunday, March 17-18. Find more information or donate online at or drop your Share Lent donation into the parish collection on Solidarity Sunday March 17-18 weekend. You can also give by phone: 1-888-234-8533, or mail a cheque to: Development and Peace, 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, 3rd Floor, Montreal QC H3G 1T7. Thank you for your generosity and your solidarity!


Divine Mercy Sunday - "Jesus I Trust in You!" - Join Bishop Mark Hagemoen for a Divine Mercy Sunday celebration 3 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. (Please note that this is not a Mass.)  The Divine Mercy devotion is centred on the mercy of God and our trust in Jesus Christ. It is a devotion that grew out of the revelations and writings of a Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). Divine Mercy Sunday was established in 2000 by Saint Pope John Paul II to be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. The devotion includes a Divine Mercy prayer chaplet and reflections on the Divine Mercy image of Jesus given to Saint Faustina (“Jesus, I Trust in You”). Find more info about Divine Mercy devotions at or contact Sally Danchak at (306) 373-2621. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering at the celebration April 8. Refreshments will follow the celebration. Everyone is welcome!


Queen's House Spiritual Direction Formation Program will be offered from Jan 2019/July2020. This ecumenical program invites spiritual transformation and personal growth while equipping participants to accompany others on their spiritual journey. Co-Directors are Bishop Gerald Wiesner, Gisele Bauche and Dianne Mantyka.  For further information contact Dianne at dimantyka [at]  or (306) 514-2193.


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


* Lenten Penitential Times and Easter Shedule for all city parishes and some of the parishes outside the city are posted on the diocesan website with a link on the home page to:

* Upcoming Penitential Celebrations (with confessions) at Roman Catholic parishes in the city of Saskatoon include:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 16 at St. Anne, 217 Lenore Dr.;
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at St. Augustine, 602 Boychuk Dr.;
  • 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at St. Mary, 211 Avenue O South;
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at St. Michael, #18-33rd St. E;
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at St. Patrick, 3339 Centennial Dr.;
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Sts-Martyrs-Canadiens Francophone Catholic Parish; 1007 Windsor St.
  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Our Lady of Lourdes, 1235-12th St.; and
  • 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 at St. Thomas More Chapel, 1437 College Dr.


* My Soul Still Dances: Living with Parkinson's is a book written by Sister Adelaide Fortowsky, OSU, with Sr. Rosetta Reiniger, OSU, chronicling Sister Adelaide's journey from the time of her diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, until her death in July 2016 at the age of 86. This Ursuline Sister of Prelate drew on her decades of teaching, clowning, worship and life experiences to bolster her hopeful perspective on living with this debilitating illness. It was Sister Adelaide's faith in God that kept her living with vitality through the most difficult times, focusing on service to others with her "little acts of magic" to bring joy to those around her in the midst of coping with her own deteriorating health. This book can be purchased for $19.95 (or $25.95 with shipping and handling) by contacting Sister Rosetta Reiniger, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7J1 or (306) 361-8034.


Pure Witness Dessert and Theatre Fundraiser - Learn more about Pure Witness Ministries and support the building of future leaders through the New Evangelization with dessert and live theatre presented by the Pure Witness Team on Saturday, May 5, at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Cocktails: 6 pm.  Program: 7 pm. includes Live Theatre, desserts, silent auction, live auction, and wine pull! Reserve your seat by April 30.  Tickets are free: or call Laura at (306) 717-7868.


New Evangelization Summit - The New Evangelization Summit will be held on April 27 from 7:00-9:00 pm and on April 28 from 9:00am to 4:30 pm at St. Anne Catholic Church, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. This conference brings together world-class speakers to provide inspiration, encouragement, training, practical wisdom, and resources on how Catholics can effectively evangelize. If you’re looking to be equipped on how to make your parish a mission-focused parish, this conference is for you! Our host site at St. Anne’s will be streaming live talks and providing the opportunity for participants to connect with others from across the diocese with a similar desire to better carry out the fundamental mission of the church. Tickets are $40 (lunch included) and are available online at 


* Easter at the Prison - The diocesan office of Restorative Ministry is seeking monetary donations to purchase chocolate Easter bunnies to distribute at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre as a way of sharing the love and joy of Christ’s Resurrection with the prisoners. Please drop your labelled donation into your parish collection or send to the attention of Dianne Anderson at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Once again Restorative Ministry will organize Triduum liturgies at the Correctional Centre on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Bishop Mark Hagemoen will be presiding at Mass on Easter Sunday at the prison.


* Attention movie buffs: The Canadian premiere of the award-winning film, Because of Gracia, will be coming to the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon on April 19-22. This is a faith-friendly, pro-life film, written and directed by Saskatoon high school teacher, Tom Simes. Tickets are available at Kennedy's Parable and McNally Robinson book stores. For more information, you can visit  or contact Lucille at (306) 361-8311.


* Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle - A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, March 14 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


Employment Opportunities: Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church has an immediate opening for a part-time (2-3 days a week) Children’s Program Coordinator to serve the congregation by providing leadership, coordination and administrative functions to the various parish programs related to children and youth. The ideal candidate would be a practicing Ukrainian Catholic, have knowledge of the Byzantine spirituality, have excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, computer literacy, initiative and an ability to work independently. Applicants should preferably have some experience in working with groups of children and adults, in the recruitment of volunteers, and a willingness to work some flexible hours on evenings and weekends. Submit your application in confidence, no later than March 12, 2018 to: The Pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1202 – 11th Street E., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 0G3 


* Youth Mass! On Sunday March 25 at 2 p.m. we will be having a youth Mass at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral. 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. The Youth Mass is open to everyone and we would love for YOU to be involved!  If you are willing to serve as a reader, altar server, greeter, or if you would like to join the music ministry, please email treblemakerspc [at] – a Youth Mass will be held on the 4th Sunday of every month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral.


St. Augustine Parish, Saskatoon Refugee Sponsorship Committee invites you to join us for some fun and a steak night at the Sutherland Bar & Grill on Thursday April 19, 2018! Cocktails begin at 5:30 P.M.; Supper is served at 6:30 P.M. Tickets are $25 per person (must be 19 years or older). Menu Options include: Steak, Chicken, or Veggie Burger, served with Ceasar salad, potato wedge fries, and garlic toast. Event includes a 50/50 Draw, Silent Auction & much more fun to be had! Tickets are available at the parish office (306)-373-3453 OR after Weekend Masses March 10-11 & 17-18 and April 7-8 & 14-15


Eparchy Lent Project for Youth - The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon has introduced a Lent Youth Project, inviting  any and all youth to follow three steps to encounter Christ in the weeks ahead. Step 1 is to view the youth forum online at  to listen to the voices of young people and the message from Pope Francis to all Canadian youth on the occasion of upcoming Synod dedicated to “Young people, the faith, and Vocational Discernment” to be held at the Vatican in October. Step 2 is to reflect on one or more of the Stations of the Cross in the light of the Pope’s message; and then to write down your reflection(s) and prayers on one or more of the stations, and e-mail your reflection(s) to the Eparchy youth office at uwitness2youth [at]  using the subject line: “New Lenten Project,” including your full name, age, phone number and e-mail. (The deadline for reflections is Easter Sunday, April 1). Step 3 will be to participate in a Youth Stations of the Cross based on some of the gathered reflections, to be held in May. Details of the May 2018 prayer event will be announced soon. For more information about this New Lenten Project, please contact the Eparchy Youth Office (306) 380-5765.


Gingerbread Pysanka Baking - Young people from 14 years of age up are invited to come out to make gingerbread dough 5 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Dormition Ukrainian Catholic Church, 124-105th Street West. This will be followed by baking and decorating gingerbread pysanka 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Dormition Ukrainian Catholic Church or 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25 at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 210 Avenue M South, Saskatoon. This a fun time for you and your friends - don't miss it. The Gingerbread Pysanka created by youth will be sold at our parishes, and the funds raaised will be used towards a Youth Easter Zabava celebration on April 8. Please register for the gingerbread-making events by contacting Viktoriia Marko at uwitness2youth [at]  or call her at (306) 653-0138, Ext. 227


Youth Easter Zabava Celebration - Come and share the joy of Christ's resurrection - Ukrainian style! Young people from 14 years of age and up are invited to attend this celebration at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 8 at St. George's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral Hall, 210 Avenue M South, Saskatoon. Please wear an embroidered Shirt/Blouse. Admission is by donation/free will offering. There will be food, dancing, games and workshops. Registration is required: please send your name, email address and age to uwitness2youth [at]  or call Viktoriia Marko at (306) 653-0138, Ext. 227 for more information.


Fundraising dinner - Columbus Bosco Homes presents its annual fundraiser, the Joe Kammermayer Commemorative Dinner, on Thursday, April 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon; with cocktails at 6 p.m. dinner at 6:45 p.m., followed by entertainment. A dessert auction is a highlight of the evening. Proceeds from the dinner support the Farm School, the Substance Abuse Education Program and nine Family Support Centres. These programs provide essential support to at-risk adolescents, preschool children, and families in our community. Tickets for the dinner are $50 each, available from Chris Sarich (306) 343-5640 or (306) 221-4686; or Ernest Boyko (306) 260-6273. There is also a raffle draw being made that evening to win a round-trip for two to any scheduled WestJet destination, with proceeds going to the Water Project for Bosco Homes; raffle tickets are $10 and are available ahead of time by calling Lorne Keller at (306) 374-6134 or (306) 227-7576 (you do not have to be present at the dinner to win the raffle draw).


* Rachel's Vineyard Ministry of SK 2018 Spring Retreat - 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 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. The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in Saskatchewan will be held April 6-8, 2018. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or e-mail: r.vineyardsk [at]


Support for Catholic education - A Schools You Can Believe In fundraising campaign has been launched to cover the costs of appealing the Theodore court decision and maintain funding for all who choose Catholic faith-based education. In a recent video posted on the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools YouTube channel, GSCS Board Chair Diane Boyko says: “Our schools always have been and should remain open and inclusive. To paraphrase Pope Francis speaking about Catholic education: we must take care to not just look in at ourselves; the work of Catholic education must include others and improve the world in which we live. Catholic schools are also an important part of the evangelizing mission of the Church: welcoming all who seek Jesus and walking with others along their faith journey.” Find out more or donate online at, or make your cheque payable to Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation (write “Theodore” in the memo) and drop it off at your local Catholic school or deliver/mail your donation to 420-22nd Street East, Saskatoon SK  S7K 1X3.


St. Ann’s Home Spirit of Renewal Campaign

Over 60 years ago Bishop Klein, along with lay leaders of the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and the Sisters of St. Elizabeth from Humboldt, formed a “circle of care” and promised the Saskatchewan community that quality, faith-based care would be available to them in their senior years. Their vision included:

  • providing quality housing and health care for our sick and elderly;
  • recognizing the spiritual and physical integrity and dignity of each person;
  • providing care in a compassionate and loving manner;
  • affirming the spiritual and corporeal needs of St. Ann’s residents, enabling them to live in dignity with the respect and companionship of their peers.

Included in the “circle of care” is St. Ann’s Home, which after 40 years is in great need of repair. In order to ensure greater safety, privacy and comfort for their residents, the rooms in the Home require new windows, flooring, accessible bathroom renovations, and ceiling lifts for all 80 rooms. To find out more about the Spirit of Renewal Campaign and how to contribute, please contact:  Rae Sveinbjornson, Executive Director, at (306) 374-8900 ext. 223 or by e-mail at: rae.sveinbjornson [at] or Peter Martens, Campaign Chair at (306) 229-5212 or by e-mail at: Pmartens2 [at]  or see:

Psalm 71:9  - Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.”


Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program in the Diocese of Saskatoon presents:

* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together Lenten Series: “Preparing the way for Holy Week” - A Lenten Series featuring Scriptural Reflection, Prayer, and Meditation led by Gisele Bauche will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on three Tuesday, March 13 in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering each evening. Pre-registration appreciated at:


Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together: “Marriage and Scripture” will be offered 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Christ the King Parish, Foam Lake, SK. Join us as speaker Blake Sittler leads a journey through scripture and how it can be applied to us in marriage and family life. Free will offering. Pre-registration is appreciated; you can register online at:


Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together: “How to keep our kids Catholic” will be offered 7 p.m. Monday, April 23 at St. Theresa Parish, Rosetown, SK. with speaker Hudson Byblow. In an era where there is an invisible cliff where our young people depart from the faith, we should be asking "Why?" This talk aims to address that, using practical examples paired with experience of seeing what has worked in other jurisdictions around North America. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering. Pre-registration is appreciated; register online at:


* The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation presents the 18th Annual ‘Swing into Spring’ Fashion Show & Dinner, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Prairieland Park – Hall B, in Saskatoon. 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. See the Foundation website at for more details or call (306) 659-7003 or e-mail catholicschoolsfoundaiton [at]  Early Bird tickets purchased before March 15, 2018 are $68. each or $75. each after March 15, 2018. Your presence helps us put faith in education.


* From Mourning to Dawn, The diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers begins the spring 2018 session on Tuesday, March 27. Facilitators, who have themselves also experienced the death of a 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, Saskatoon) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 27, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The cost is $35. To register of for more information, please contact Dianna Knaus, 306-382-0535 or email: dknaus [at]


Curling Funspiel for Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre - Come out for some St. Patrick's Day fun and fellowship Saturday, March 17, from noon to 5 p.m., with supper at 5:30 p.m. in support of the Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre.  This will be held at the CN Curling Club, 1602 Chappell Drive, Saskatoon. The Funspiel includes four end games with cards, games, and kids activities in the lounge during the afternoon. Cost: $100/Team, all shapes and sizes and combinations welcome. Family team? Great! Minimum age around 10 years, unless they have prior experience. Guaranteed two games with a limited number of teams, so register early. The fee covers teams' curling and supper afterwards. Are you a non-curler? No problem! Come socialize in the lounge and pre-register for the meal-only at 5:30 p.m. – $12/adult, $6/child. Supper doesn't include dessert, because we are having a live pie auction! Come prepared for action! Kid's pie available for 10-and-under so bring the piggy bank. Register by email SPOC [at]  (Pie donations are also welcome!) More info: 306-715-5362.  


Queen’s House of Retreats601 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 Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Journey with Scripture: First Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch (or $15 without lunch).
  • * Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 13. 7 a.m. Suggested donation $10.
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons: One Friday a month - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration: Fourth Monday of the month – from 12 noon, Monday, Mar. 26 to Tuesday, Mar. 27 at 12 noon.
  • Taize Prayer: 2nd Wednesday of each month – March 14th
  • Personal Days of Private Prayer: Book anytime


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


* TOGETHER THROUGH LENT: An Ecumenical Journey:  Four Saturday Mornings from 9:30 am until Noon; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Come to one or all sessions!

Cost: $20 per program session and an optional $13 lunch. Register at (306) 242-1916.

   March 24:      Meditation: Light in a Time of Darkness with Sister Rita Stang, SMS

       March 24 will also include the optional additional afternoon session for $20.


EASTER COMMUNITY at QUEEN’S HOUSE: Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1- For more than 30 years, families and individuals have gathered at Queen’s House to celebrate in    community the Easter Triduum.  For more info, check


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]


* Catholic Engaged Encounter live-in weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more info or register online at or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. The next Engaged Encounter weekend at Muenster will be held April 6-8, 2018. An Engaged Encounter Weekend gives couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future lives together. The weekend is designed for each couple to deepen and enrich their relationship with one another, as well as with God, the Church and the world.


Considering engagement or marriage? Check out Catholic Marriage Preparation options on the diocesan website:


The following announcement requests come from groups beyond the diocese and our ministry partners. As always, the parish Pastor and Parish Life Director are invited to make all publication decisions regarding their particular parish community


All parents & young adults are welcome to attend the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference, March 22-24 at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton.  The theme: “Anchoring the Family in this Cultural Storm” to be addressed by Archbishop Smith, Louis Rouleau, and other speakers. Find more information at: or call Veronica at 780-467-8410 or email wcchscreg [at]


Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) – Events for Caregivers Week March 18 to 24, 2018 to acknowledge and support caregivers, SCOA is hosting a series of workshops and forums:

  • Tuesday, March 20  - CADTH “Fundamentals of online Health Care Research”, Cliff Wright Library - 1635 McKercher Drive, 1 pm to 3:30pm; Cost: FREE (Drop in – no registration).
  • Thursday, March 22  - ABC’s of Dementia/First Link presented by the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan - Mayfair United Church - 902 33rd Street West from 1 pm to 3 pm; Cost: $10 registration fee.
  • Friday, March 23 - Easing the Stress of Caregivers - All Day Workshop, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1636 Acadia Drive, 10 am to 3 pm; Cost: $20 (Lunch included)

For more information phone 306-652-2255 or


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