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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

DIOCESAN WEEKLY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS, JANUARY 28, 2018, 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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We pray as a diocesan family for all civil authorities and for all the citizens of our land: may the Lord convert our hearts and enlighten our minds, teaching us to protect and revere the gift of human life at every stage.

May we find the Divine Presence in the air, fire, water and earth around us.  We pray to the Lord.

May we find the Divine Presence in the air, fire, water and earth around us.  We pray to the Lord.

* Freedom of conscience and religion threatened by Canada Summer Jobs application process - A Canada Summer Jobs program for youth employment now requires employers to declare that their organization's "core mandate" respects individual human rights in Canada, including "reproductive rights" which specifically includes “the right to access safe and legal abortions" as well as sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

In a recent statement about this requirement, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) states: "Faith communities consider abortion, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression as major questions with ethical, moral, social and personal bearing which determine our understanding of human dignity and thus appreciation for the meaning and significance of each and every human life. This new policy conflicts directly with the right to freedom of religion and conscience.” Those concerned about the Canada Summer Jobs requirement are invited to contact their Member of Parliament, the Minister of Employment, and the Prime Minister's Office to express opposition to this requirement.

Catholic organizations or groups seeking to apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program before the Feb. 2 deadline, are asked to contact Myron Rogal of the diocesan Justice and Peace Office for a strategy for doing so by mail – without making the attestation – call Myron at (306) 659-5841 or e-mail him at justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com

Find the complete CCCB statement online at: www.cccb.ca or for more information contact Myron Rogal of the diocesan Justice and Peace Office at (306) 659-5841.

(PARISHES - Please note that a PDF of the CCCB statement about this issue accompanies the bulletin announcement mailout this week, in French and in English)

 

Prayers of Intentions for Pro-Life Sunday – Jan. 28, 2018:

Celebrant: Rejoicing in God’s gift of life, and confident of His love to bring us to the fullness of life with Him, we pray confidently for all human life, and for the needs of the Church, the world, our Order, and our families.

Reader:

Let us pray for our Holy Father Pope Francis, our Bishop (N.), and for all those entrusted with authority in the Church; that the Lord may strengthen and confirm  them in their proclamation of the Gospel of Life, let us pray to the Lord….R/

* Let us pray for all civil authorities and for all the citizens of our land; that the Lord would convert our hearts and enlighten our minds, teaching us to protect and revere the gift of human life, let us pray to the Lord….R/ 

Let us pray for all mothers and fathers, that the Lord would open their hearts to welcome the gift of new life with gratitude and joy, let us pray to the Lord….    R/

For an end to abortion, artificial contraception, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, in-vitro fertilization, euthanasia, unjust executions, and all sins against the dignity of human life, let us pray to the Lord….     R/

For children, born and unborn, and for the terminally ill, the elderly, and the handicapped, and that they may be welcomed, reverenced, and protected from all harm, let us pray to the Lord...  R/

For our nation and for the entire family of man, that every society and culture may be reborn through the Gospel, and that we may devote ourselves more profoundly to the work of the New Evangelization, let us pray to the Lord….     R/

Celebrant: Heavenly Father, You have given us life and brought us to the household of the faith. Grant us eyes to recognize your loving kindness all about us, and grant that we may always protect and enhance your precious gift of human life at every moment from conception to natural death. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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, contact:  Rae Sveinbjornson, Executive Director Tel: 306.374.8900 ext. 223. Email: rae.sveinbjornson [at] saskatoonhealthauthority.ca or  Peter Martens, Campaign Chair Pmartens2 [at] sasktel.net  Tel. 306.229.5212 or visit the website at: www.stannsvillage.ca/spiritofrenewal

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

 

* Knights of Columbus Family Day Supper of Ribs and Rice will be held Sunday, February 18, St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, Bishop Mahoney Hall, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon.  Doors open at 5:30 pm, Supper at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 each.  Children under 12 require a ticket, but eat free. Tickets are available at the parish office or from members of the K of C.

 

* 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, Feb. 1 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, Feb. 14, at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

 

* Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) - A CGS workshop for those working with preschoolers will be held 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at St Francis Xavier parish in Saskatoon (corner of Hilliard Cr. and Melrose Ave.) The CGS workshop is for anyone who cares for or loves young children (including parents, preschool and primary teachers, daycare providers, stay-at-home moms, homeschooling parents, and grandparents, etc.). The CGS workshop will provide insight into the needs of the 3-to-6-year-old child, some practical ideas to deepen their relationship with God, as well as hands-on experience. Contact Lisette Fontaine for more information: (306) 258-2212 or e-mail: lisettemarc [at] hotmail.com

 

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

 

Foundations Session: How to keep our kids Catholic (new) – 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. Free will offering.

 

Foundations Session: Marriage and Scripture (new) – 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.

 

* Foundations Session: Pope Francis said what? (new) – Sunday, Feb. 4 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Outlook, SK. – lunch will be served at 12 p.m. and the session will begin at 1 p.m. Join us as Sr. Teresita Kambeitz dives into Pope Francis’ letter “The Joy of the Gospel” speaks to us about his challenge to Catholics to become a church “bruised and dirty” from being out on the streets.  Really?  What is he telling us? Free will offering.

 

* Foundations Series: Christianity and Islam will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, Thursday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 6 at St. Michael’s Parish, 18 - 33rd St. East, Saskatoon. Why should Christians care about Muslims and Muslims care about Christians? Dr. Michael Pomedli, adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan will discuss similarities and differences to work toward greater understanding, respect, and harmonious co-existence. We will look at the life of Mohammad, as well as similarities, differences, and interdependences of Christianity and Islam. We will also look at the six main principles of Shariah law. There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering each evening.

 

* Foundations Lenten Series: Preparing the way for Holy Week - Scriptural Reflection, Prayer, and Meditation led by Gisele Bauche will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on three Tuesdays: Feb 27, March 6, and 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.

 

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 https://foundation.gscs.ca for more details or call (306) 659-7003 or e-mail catholicschoolsfoundaiton [at] gscs.ca  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.

 

* Development and Peace 2018 Share Lent Campaign online webinar - We invite you to join us for the 2018 Share Lent Workshop to prepare for the campaign in your community via an online webinar to be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. The deadline to register is Jan. 29. Register at: asonntag [at] devp.org or for more info call Armella: 306-205-2334.

* St. Francis Xavier Parish Ukrainian Supper and Social will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at St. Joseph’s Hall, Broadway Ave. & 8th St. E., Saskatoon, featuring perogies, meatballs, chicken, etc., with a deluxe dessert buffet (20+ items) and wine bar. Music will be provided for those who wish to dance. Only 150 tickets will be sold, so there is lots of room! Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by calling (306) 653-5126; deadline: Jan. 30.

 

Announcements Continuing from Last Week

 

The diocesan Rite of Election will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018  at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon: all are welcome to this diocesan celebration, with Bishop Mark Hagemoen presiding at the Rite of Election, which this year includes celebration of the Eucharist. The Rite of Election is a step in the RCIA process – the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – involving those in our diocese who are journeying toward baptism at the Easter Vigil. Bishop Mark Hagemoen will bless the catechumens as they enroll their names in the Book of the Elect and begin a Lenten journey of purification and enlightenment. Please join us for this diocesan celebration on the first Sunday of Lent! “This step is called election because the acceptance made by the Church is founded on the election of God, in whose name the Church acts.” - RCIA 119

 

* The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary presents a Personal History Weekend Retreat for young Catholic men and women 19 years and older, Feb. 23-25 at Discernment House in Saskatoon. Through reflection, writing and prayerful discernment, let yourself be led through a process of exploring your gifts, your dreams, and your relationships, and see how God is inviting you to move forward in discipleship and holiness. Register now for this live-in weekend! Cost (includes meals): $60.

When: 7: 00 p.m. Friday, Feb 23 to 12:00 p.m. Sunday Feb 25, 2018

Where: 851 University Drive, Saskatoon

Contact:  Sr. Lucie at (306) 244-0726 or cell: (306) 260-0450 or Sr. April cell: (306) 529-6279 or E-mail: sk.dhouse [at] gmail.com

 

Bishop Hagemoen Blog - In a new feature on our diocesan website, Bishop Mark Hagemoen reflects on his first few weeks as Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon. Check out the Bishop’s Blog at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/blogs/bishop-mark-hagemoen

 

* Hear ye! Hear ye! Serena Saskatchewan, a natural family planning service, invites you to a Medieval Feast fundraiser on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Saskatoon. Gala includes catered banquet, silent auction, 50/50 draw, entertainment by Collegium Cantorum, wine toss, pay a dime to be first in line (bring pocket change to increase your odds of eating first). Optional dress code = Medieval (awards for best dressed). For more info or to reserve free tickets (deadline Feb. 1), visit https://www.picatic.com/event15126793066570  or email sask [at] serena.ca  by February 1st. Each attendee you invite to the gala gives you a chance to win $100 in Silent Auction Bucks so the more people you invite, the more chances you have to win! If you are unable to attend, we are still accepting silent auction items or sponsorship donations.

 

*JOB OPPORTUNITY - Executive Director - The Board of Directors of the Bishop Budka Eparchial Stewardship Society Inc. (BBESSI) invites applications for an Executive Director. We are seeking a highly motivated and ethical professional who will lead our organization in generating funds to achieve stewardship and fundraising goals of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. Please visit our website at www.bbessi.org  to view the detailed job profile and more information about how to apply for this position – or for more information call (306) 653-0138, Extension 223.

 

Employment Opportunity:

St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission – a post-secondary Catholic school providing adult faith formation in a common life of study prayer and fellowship – is seeking a Director of Formation. The Director of Formation ensures the quality and efficacy of the pastoral ministry, academics, way of life, and faith formation of students enrolled in the program offered at St. Therese Insitute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK. Find more details at www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/employment When applying for the position of Director of Formation please provide: Cover Letter indicating why you are the best candidate for the position and Curriculum Vitae including references.

Submit applications or inquiries by email to Vicky Serblowski, Executive Director: vserblowski [at] sttherese.ca  or for more info call (306) 369-2555 ext.111. Recruitment for the position will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

 

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] sasktel.net

 

* Face2Face Confirmation Retreat will be held at St. Mary’s Parish, Lanigan, Sunday, March 4 beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 per youth (includes lunch). Free will offering is asked to cover the cost of lunch for any parents who have driven their youth and want to stay for the retreat. This retreat is open to all wishing to come. Feb. 18 is deadline to register. E-mail registrations to bkgerman [at] sasktel.net or phone 306-203-1910.

 

* The Treaty Elder Series continues in our diocese.

The Treaty Elder Series is being hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish in Saskatoon (corner of 8th Street East and Broadway Avenue) on Sunday, Feb 4 and Sunday, Feb. 11 following the 11 a.m. Mass.  Coming out of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this event offers an opportunity to simply listen and experience the richness of Indigenous spirituality and culture. This educational event will focus on enhancing our awareness and understanding of Treaty history, and Indigenous spiritual life from the perspective of community Elders. Community elders will share their own experience and perspective along with Lyndon Linklater offering an introduction into Treaty history. These presentations are arranged through the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. Myron Rogal will represent the Diocesan Council for Truth and Reconciliation. This event will include a modest lunch (soup and bannock) hosted at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Broadway Avenue and 8th Street East in Saskatoon. If you wish to attend the lunch, please RSVP to Darlene before Jan. 26 at st.josephparish [at] sasktel.net or by phoning (306) 244-1556. For more information about the St. Joseph Treaty Elder Series events, please contact Mike Broda at mmbroda [at] sasktel.net  or (306) 291-5710. 

 

* Dear Parishes, Here is an expanded Bulletin announcement / Pulpit announcement about the Jan. 28, 2018 collection for Needs of the Canadian Church:

 

There will be a special collection in our diocese for the Needs of the Canadian Church on Jan. 28. This collection addresses two areas of need.

  1.  A portion of this collection will go to our diocese’s share of support for the work of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops or the CCCB. This is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It is part of a worldwide network of bishops’ conferences, which are an integral part of the life of the universal Church. Our Canadian bishops work through the CCCB to address matters of national and international scope. The CCCB is involved in ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, and matters related to theology, social justice, aid to developing countries, the protection of human life, liturgy, and communications, as well as Christian education and catechesis. Through the CCCB, our Canadian bishops have a forum to share experience and insights on the life of the Church and a means of acting together as a national body.
  2.  Pope Francis has asked the southern dioceses of Canada to provide ministry and material support to the Northern dioceses of Canada. Therefore, our Jan. 28 collection for the Needs of the Canadian Church will also support the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. Led by Archbishop Murray Chatlain (originally from the diocese of Saskatoon), the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas covers the northern area of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Diocese of Saskatoon has developed a relationship with the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, which right now includes providing a priest – Fr. Lawrence DeMong, OSB – to serve in parishes at LaRonge and Southend SK. Our diocese continues to work with Keewatin-Le Pas regarding ways to develop support of Catholic ministry and outreach in an area that faces many pastoral challenges with few resources.

Those who use parish envelopes will find a special envelope for the Jan. 28 collection in your box of envelopes – as well, a pledge form for this special collection has been made available.

Thank you very much for your support of this effort to strengthen the evangelization efforts and pastoral outreach of the Catholic Church in Canada, and in our North.

 

* Saskatoon Diocesan Catholic Women’s League Winter Gathering will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at St. Peter the Apostle parish, 1121 Northumberland Ave in Saskatoon. The diocesan CWL council will be voting on policy and procedure updates, and guest speakers will be Jean Morrison President/CEO of St. Paul’s Hospital speaking about Saskatchewan hospice/palliative care, and a representative from Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association (to be announced). More info: contact Marlene VanDresar at 306-682 -0742 or 306-231-4974.

 

* Make a Difference, Change Lives! An estimated 80% of people on the streets found in prostitution, gangs and in jails could be protected from this life by supporting them as children. Foster families do this, but they need the friendship and encouragement from us - the community. Join us for an information night to Foster the Foster Families: 6:30 pm Sunday January 28 at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1903 Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon. Childcare will be available.

* CWL Workshops - Saskatoon Diocesan Catholic Women's League presents “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call,” a workshop hosted by local CWL Councils. To be held:

  • Sacred Heart Parish in Davidson, SK. on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; pre-register by calling Janet Kowalski 306-567-3013 or Marlene VanDresar at 306-682-0742 or 306-231-4974
  • Little Flower Parish in Leader, SK. on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; preregister by calling Edie Lozinsky 306-628-4322 or Mary Ann Kelly 306-628-3350.
  • Holy Family Cathedral in Saskatoon on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; preregister by calling Alice Denis-Daley at 306-934-7184 or Avis Hardy at 306-249-0338.

 

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] sasktel.net  (Pie donations are also welcome!) More info: 306-715-5362.  

 

Woman’s Silent Retreat, an Ignatian Spiritual Exercise, will be held March 9 to 11, 2018 will be held at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal, 601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon. Cost: $325; Students $150. To register, please contact: Tanya Waslen, 306-343-1915, email: twaslen [at] sasktel.net    Hosted by the Saskatoon and Regina sections of Regnum Christi.

 

Queen’s House of Retreats601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. •  Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist [at] queenshouse.org • Website:  www.queenshouse.org 

Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:

  • Centering Prayer: Monday evenings 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Journey with Scripture: First Wednesday of the month, 7, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 13. 7 a.m.
  • 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, Feb. 26 to Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 12 noon.
  • Taize Prayer: 2nd Wednesday of each month – February 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] queenshouse.org or by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist [at] queenshouse.org 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!

   February 24:  Songs of the Cross with Rev. Ann Salmon    

   March 4:        The In-Breaking of the Kingdom of God with Peter Oliver

   March 10:      Fasting and Feasting with Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier

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

   Cost: $20 per program session and an optional $13 lunch. Register at (306) 242-1500.

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

 

* Knights of Columbus Twilight Retreat:  Mass, presentation and fellowship, Thursday, February 8 beginning with mass at 7:00 p.m. in Chapel at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W. Saskatoon. Register by calling (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at] queenshouse.org

 

Who Am I?  Finding My Purpose Through Inner Reflection:  A Retreat for Women with Lynn Gow will be held Friday, Feb. 16, 6:30-9 p.m. and continue Saturday, Feb. 17, 9:00 a.m.-4 p.m. at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Program cost is $160. Register by calling (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at] queenshouse.org

 

And So We Wait: Our Spiritual Journey of Transformation: A Retreat for Women with Sarah Donnelly, Friday May 18, 7 p.m. until Sunday May 20th after lunch at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon.  Costs is $180, included program, lunches and supper (enrichments are available). Register by calling (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at] queenshouse.org

 

TRANSITIONS: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss:  with Sarah Donnelly, held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon – from Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 pm until Sunday, Feb. 18 after lunch. Cost: $475. Please call 306-717-3707 to register.

 

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] queenshouse.org

 

* Support for Catholic education - Help ensure Catholic education is available to all who choose it, no matter the reason, for future generations. 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. Donations can be made online at https://foundation.gscs.ca, 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/send it to 420-22nd Street East, Saskatoon SK  S7K 1X3.

Catholic Education – Schools You Can Believe In - “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Students and staff from every Catholic school in our diocese participate in annual retreats, helping them better understand their faith and refreshing their spirit. Catholic education makes a difference in your community. For more information about Catholic education see www.gscs.ca

 

Sion Newsletter - The Sisters of Sion have produced a special reunion edition of their Sion Newsletter. A PDF of the newsletter can be downloaded from the diocesan website news page at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/news or for more information or an electronic copy, please contact Eleanor at 306-242-7700 or rjkennedy [at] sasktel.net or Terry at 306-651-3133 or terrymiley [at] shaw.ca  or Donna at 306-665-2003 or donnadarbellay [at] hotmail.com  or Elaine at 306-652-1382 or p.z [at] sasktel.net . This special edition of the newsletter includes reports, photos and feedback about reunion events in Saskatoon this September, as well as inspiring stories and memories about the Sisters of Sion and Sion Academy.”

 

Marriage Preparation: Catholic Family Services, will offer a Marriage Preparation course Feb. 16 & 17, 2018, to be held at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. The cost for the two-day workshop is $225 per couple, which includes handouts, hospitality and lunch on Saturday.  For more info or to register, call 306-244-7773 or email: staff [at] scssaskatoon.sk.ca

 

In the diocese of Saskatoon, marriage preparation through a Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend is available, held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more info or register online at www.ceewest.com (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. Please check the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon website for more opportunities for marriage preparation, https://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/marriage-and-family-life

 

* Cathedral of the Holy Family Marriage Preparation will be held Friday, March 2 in the evening and all day Saturday, March 3, 2018. For more information and to register contact, David Polzen at dpolzen [at] holyfamilycathedral.ca  or 306-659-5805.

 

* Marriage Preparation will be offered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Martensville on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. To register, please call (306) 931-3111 or for more information about Marriage Preparation please call Marilyn and Ken at (306) 249-3635.

 

* Marriage Preparation - There will be a marriage preparation course offered at St. Philip Neri parish in Saskatoon on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2018. To register or for more information, please contact Shirley at the parish, 306-343-0325.

* Considering engagement or marriage? Check out Catholic Marriage Preparation options on the diocesan website: http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/marriage-and-family-life

 

La P’tite Pasto (Little Hearts Play Group) is a French parent-child program for families with preschoolers. Through games, songs, art and crafts, little ones discover the beauty of family, nature, friendship, and are gently introduced to the loving presence of God and to Christian values, all in a spirit of fun and in a language adapted to their age. Children must be accompanied by a French speaking adult. This monthly program is at 2 pm on the first Saturday of each month at the parish of Sts. Martyr-Canadiens in Saskatoon. There is a $20 fee for the parent manual. For more information, go to www.littleheartsplaygroup.com. To register, call Diane Murza at 306-664-4779 or Marie-Jeanne Will at 306-290-9990.

 

 

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 April 6-8, 2018. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or email: r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net

 

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

 

Book available online: Reflections N Pink on the Wings of God’s Love written by Francesca Iosca-Pagnin about her experience with breast cancer is available to read free online at: www.reflectionsinpink.com/assets/reflectionsnpinkbook.pdf

 

Saskatoon Council on Aging winter programs are now available for registration. https://scoasite.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/winter-2018-classes/ Angel Art Creations, Dates & Time: Tuesdays, Jan 30, Feb 6, 13 and 20 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (12 hours) ; Cost: $95. Create your own special angels filled with hope and love. Your angels will be created using mixed media: fabric, embellishments, re-purposed materials, and acrylic on canvas. For supply list and to register: Phone the Saskatoon Council on Aging 306-652-2255 or email admin [at] scoa.ca.

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