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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements


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We pray as a diocesan family for all those involved in pastoral care or outreach to the sick or suffering, the isolated or grieving. May the healing presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ be experienced in our world through their compassionate care.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2017: Let Your Light Shine!

* Did you know that there is more than one way to give to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal?

    You can:

  • Make a one-time gift
  • Make a pledge and spread out your payments
  • Have your donation matched by your company with a Corporate Matching Gift
  • Give a gift of publicly traded shares

No matter which way you choose to give, we thank you.  Every gift is appreciated and every gift has value!


* The Bishop’s Annual Appeal video was shown in parishes across the diocese this weekend. View the “Let Your Light Shine” video online at: or for more information contact Cathy Gilje at cgilje [at]  or (306) 659-5851.


Bishop’s Annual Appeal prayer for Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2017 - For all those who will be touched by the ministries supported by this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and for those whose generosity blesses them, we pray to the Lord...


The Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is seeking a capable and compassionate individual to join our team in a part time capacity. The position involves client care, program delivery and fundraising. Please call Cathy LaFleche at 306-665-7550. The closing for submissions is October 12, 2017.

Two volunteer training sessions for Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre will be held on Thursdays Oct 19, 26 and Nov 2 or Saturdays Oct 21, 28 and Nov 4. Please contact Cathy or Tracy for more details and to arrange an interview. 306-665-7550.


Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle - all are invited to this Cenacle Holy Hour, which consists of adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at St. Michael's Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


*Life Chain - to support life from conception to natural death - will be held Sunday Oct 1, 2:30 to 3:30 pm, on the corner of Idylwyld and 22nd street.  This is a silent prayerful witness for the protection of human life.  Signs are provided. For more information contact Louis 306-249-2764


*40 Hour for Life campaign will begin Sept 27, in front of City Hospital along Queen Street.   The hours for this campaign will be, 9 am to 12 noon, Mondays to Fridays, and 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm every day of the week from Sept 27 to November 5.  If you would like to choose an hour, during any of these times, to prayerfully witness for a respect for human life, please join us.  For more information, call Louis 306-249-2764.


2nd ANNUAL ST. MARY’S CULUTRAL FEST IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSING is being held on October 15 from noon until 4:00pm.  Come, see and enjoy the talents from the various cultural groups that are part of the St. Mary’s Community.  Sample the variety of cultural foods available for purchase.  Admission fee is $5.00 for 13 years and older.  Children aged 6 - 12 are admitted for $3.00.  Children under 6 are admitted for free.  Food tickets are $2.00 each.  Non-alcoholic drink tickets:  $1.00 each.  Tickets for wine and beer: $5.00 each.


* Theology on Tap returns 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Louis' on the U of S campus, with guest speaker Dr. Chris Hrynkow speaking on The Season of Creation: Christians Cooperating to Care for our Common Home. All young adults 19+ are invited to come and share refreshments and conversation. Sponsored by STM Campus Ministry, and Youth Ministry Offices of the RC Diocese and the UC Eparchy of Saskatoon. (Young Adult Ministry in our diocese is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA.)


Last weekend the 1967 Holy Cross High School Founding class celebrated their 50th anniversary, here in Saskatoon.

This special reunion gave us a chance to share memories, rekindle friendships and reconnect with teachers.

This gathering also gave us the opportunity to remember classmates who are no longer with us; to the best of our knowledge, Kathy Brauner-Bain, Eileen Rush, Henry Leier, Rod Donlevy and Gary Ulrich. We would also like to include our first principals, Bishop James Mahoney and Lorne Ehman, as well as all other deceased teachers. Their dedication has not been forgotten. We remembered many fun times too.

We revisited the halls we once walked. Holy Cross High School has made an amazing transformation; from the first three classrooms borrowed from St. Charles Elementary School in 1963, to a significant complex that includes a new gymnasium, an Industrial Arts centre, chapel, and even has its own website.

We celebrated the fact that we succeeded in attaining a wonderful education without the help of "Google" and can successfully communicate without the use of cell phones - LOL. Congratulations to our classmates Robert Enright and Jerry McHale who were inducted into the 'Wall of Honour' on the weekend.  Thank you to all who attended.


* Women at the Heart of Peace - Development and Peace’s Fall Campaign workshop will be held in four locations in our diocese.  This campaign invites us to consider the vital role women play in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. To learn more about the campaign and how to be a part of it, please join us at one of the following workshops in the Saskatoon diocese.       Everyone is welcome. RSVP appreciated, but not necessary:


  • BRUNO - Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m. St. Bruno Parish basement hall; contact Lucille or Victor (306) 369-4193;
  • SASKATOON - Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow St. & Melrose Ave, Saskatoon. For info, contact Joanne (306) 477-1746 or Betty (306) 975.1109;
  • DENZIL - Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, Denzil, north end of town on Denzil grid road. (You are also invited to 11 a.m. Mass followed by lunch.) For info, contact Zena (306) 358-4242 or Armella at asonntag [at]
  • LEADER - Thursday, Oct. 5 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Little Flower Parish, 304 Main St. West, Leader. For info, contact Dale (306) 628-3770 or Armella at asonntag [at]


* Chew on This! is an annual event organized by Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty’s “Dignity for All” campaign in conjunction with Oct. 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. During the event, Chew on This! materials are handed out, are handed out, including a food item, a fridge magnet and a postcard directed to the federal government. This year’s campaign is calling for a comprehensive national strategy to reduce poverty. In Saskatoon, the Justice and Peace committee at St. Anne Parish, 217 Lenore Drive in Saskatoon will hand out the postcard at all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 14-15. For more information about Chew on This!, go to  or contact Darlene O’Leary at darlene [at]


Make a Food Bank donation to mark World Food Day Oct. 16 – This event was established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945 to encourage reflection and awareness about food issues, food security, and those living with poverty and hunger in our world. The Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition is inviting parishioners and church members to donate a can of food or make a monetary donation to their local Food Bank to mark Food Day!  (Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is located at 202 Avenue C South in Saskatoon (306) 664-6565, ; Biggar and District Food for Thought Inc. (306) 948-2524; Humboldt and District Food Bank (306) 231-9970; Kindersley Food Bank (306) 460-7022; Lanigan and District Food Bank (306) 365-2996; Outlook and District Food Bank  (306) 867-8472; Rosetown & District Food Bank (306) 882-4355; Unity Food Bank (306) 228-3669; Watrous Food Bank (306) 946-3785; Wynyard and District Food Bank (306) 554-2414.


* Fatima anniversary Oct. 13 - A diocesan celebration will be held in Saskatoon on the evening of Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima and the miracle of the sun on Oct. 13, 1917 in Portugal. The Saskatoon celebration will include a Holy Hour of Adoration for children and families, as well as celebration of Mass. Please mark your calendars and watch for more details in next week’s bulletin!


The Ecumenical Syrian Refugee Committee is sponsoring a Monster Mash Wine and Cheese Halloween Dance at St. Canadien Martyr’s Parish Hall, Saskatoon

on Saturday October 28th, 2017. Music by “Slightly off Centre” (60’s, 70’s and 80’s band music.  Tickets $25.00 per person. 8 p.m.-11 p.m.  Light lunch will be served.

Costumes are optional, prizes for best costumes.  Tickets available at St.Anne’s Parish, Resurrection Lutheran Church and St. Canadien Martyr’s Parish.


The Saskatoon Diocesan Catholic Women’s League presents “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call” featuring a morning workshop by diocesan CWL officers, and an afternoon “Celebration of CWL” presented by Honorary and Life Members on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Gabriel Parish, Biggar, SK. All CWL members are welcome to attend (free will offering for lunch). Please pre-register by Monday, Oct. 23 by calling Lorraine at (306) 948-2714 or Trish at (306) 948-5226.


* Msgr. Michael Koch Resource Centre, located at the Catholic Pastoral Center, welcomes you to come explore the many wonderful resources and materials you may use to help you in your classrooms, parishes, and your home. We are open between Monday and Thursday 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Material may be taken out of the library (unless marked ‘reference only’) through a self-checkout system. If you are in need of material but cannot make it between the regular hours, please call the resource centre at (306) 659-5853 and leave a message.

(The Msgr. Michael J. Koch Resource Centre is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA!)


* TRICK OR TREAT! The Catholic Pastoral Centre (located on the second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon), invites all children and their parents/caregivers for a morning of trick or treating, games, and fun! Come dressed in your costume October 31st, between 10 am and 11:30 am.


* WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN! The Catholic Pastoral Centre (located on the second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon) invites all children and parents/caregivers for a morning of treats, games and fun celebrating our Saints. Come dressed as your favourite saint and take part in a Saint parade! Parents are welcome to dress up too: Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


* VOLUNTEERS: The Msgr. Michael Koch Library (located upstairs at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon) is in need of outgoing volunteers to help with the care and maintenance of our resource centre. If you are interested and would like more information please call Sharon Leyne at 306-659-5853.


* SEARCH Retreat 2017 - A powerful youth experience of faith maturity will be held Oct. 20-22 in Saskatoon for any interested youth in Grades 9-12. Have you ever asked yourself:  Who am I? Where do I belong? What am I going to do with my life? Where is God in my life? Do you desire: To be a good person? To make a difference? To be more like Christ? SEARCH for Christian Maturity has something to offer you -- it is an entire weekend designed for youth and led by youth with guidance from a small group of adults. The Oct. 20-22 retreat will be held at Bishop James Mahoney High School at 231 Primrose Drive, Saskatoon. All participants must be preregistered. First come, first served. See the website at or call Colm Leyne, diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator for information at 306-659-5843. (Youth Ministry is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA!)


Engaged to be married?  Congratulations!  A Wedding is a Day...  A Marriage is a Lifetime!  Spend a weekend with us to assist you in preparing for a lifetime of marital love!  Registration is open for our last Catholic Engaged Encounter Marriage Preparation Retreat Weekend for 2017. Cost is $480 per couple and includes two nights accommodation at Wood Acres Retreat Centre in Moose Jaw, five meals and all course materials. Weekend starts at 7 pm on Friday Nov. 17 and ends by 3 pm on Sunday Nov. 19. For more information or to register go to  and click on "Regina" or call Stella and Ron Anderson at (306)-596-2951.  2018 dates will be determined by the end of October and posted on the website.  In the diocese of Saskatoon, the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more info or register online at (click on Humboldt/Muenster) or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. The next Engaged Encounter weekend at Muenster will be held April 6-8, 2018


* Lay Formation Fall Gathering celebrating 30 years of Lay Formation will include a presentation on Living as Eucharistic People by Fr. Mike Dechant, OMI, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Bishop Klein Room of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Contact Ann Donald at (306) 343-9116 or adonald [at] or go to:


* 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:  (Lay Formation in our diocese is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA!)



Announcements Continuing from Last Week


St. Aloysius (Allan, SK) 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.


* 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.


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 at this year’s Celebrity Dinner 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 – Tickets are $150 per person or purchase a table of 8 for $1,200.


* St. Francis Xavier Parish in Saskatoon will host a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One training Oct. 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.


* 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 the Catholic Archdiocese 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 at this commemorative service. For more information  about this event or other events being planned to commemorate this historic anniversary, check out (Ecumenism in our diocese is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA.)



* 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. (Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA!)



* 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.


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.


* 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 contact a.mcquaid [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.


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, 4, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch
  • 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.
  • 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration: Fourth Monday of the month 12 noon to Tuesday, 12 noon.
  • Personal Days of Private Prayer: Book anytime


WOMEN’S WORKSHOP SERIES: with Colleen Kehler -   Session 1: Saturday, Oct. 28: The Art of Letting Go;  Session 2:             Sat., Nov. 25:  Waiting in the Dark. Time: 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; cost:            $20 per session payable to Colleen before each workshop; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon; register: (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


* MYSTICS AND SCIENCE EXPAND OUR FAITH: with Sr. Judy Schachtel - Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14. Cost:  $10 per session; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon; register at: (306) 242-1916 or email


* THE ACTION of GRACE: with Peter Oliver Saturday morning workshops on Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. until noon; cost: 25 for the series. (Join us for lunch for an added $13 per session.) The focus of these workshops is the action of grace in our human (not infrequently, humorous) encounter with injustice, suffering and death. Prose and poetry will aid our exploration. In particular, the fiction and life of Flannery O’Connor will have pride of place. Please register in advance; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon; register at: (306) 242-1916 or email


* 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; register at: (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; register at: (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; register at: (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 is a nine-day retreat beginning Friday, Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. and running until Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1:00 p.m.; 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; register at: (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]


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. (Youth Ministry in our diocese is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Thank you for your gift to the BAA.)


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 


* 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!