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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Diocesan Bulletin Announcements - Summer 2017

The following is a text version of this week's announcements.


We pray as a diocesan family that persecuted Christians throughout the world may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church. We pray to the Lord.

Aug 20, 2017, Prayers from Earthcare Connections

  1. Just as Jesus learned to accept the Syro-Phoenician woman’s request, may we welcome and help the strangers among us.    We pray to the Lord.

  2. Help us understand that every small effort to heal the earth is significant.  We pray to the Lord.

Diocesan Bulletin – The weekly Diocesan Bulletin, featuring highlights of submitted bulletin announcements, will take a break this summer. But please follow “Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon” on:


Praise to you, Lord our God, our eternal shepherd and guide.

In your faithfulness, grant to the Diocese of Saskatoon

a shepherd whose watchful care and kindly zeal

will continue the good work of his predecessors.

In your love for us, give us a shepherd who will lead us

in being Christ’s heart of mercy, voice of hope, and hands of justice.

May our new bishop fill our minds and hearts

with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments,

and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Run for the Family - 1km, 3km, 5km - strollers welcome; medals for winners; door prizes! Serena Saskatchewan presents the annual run Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. in Saskatoon. Register by visiting or for more information email sask [at] or call/text (306) 934-8223. Deadline to register is Sept. 7.

Retrouvaille is a lifeline of hope and healing for struggling marriages. The next Retrouvaille weekend in Saskatoon will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1. To learn more or to register, call 306-652-7155 or email retrouvaille [at] or for more information about Retrouvaille see

Couples that attend Retrouvaille can expect the following:

1. Improved Communication

2. Learn more about each other

3. Learn more about his/herself

4. Grow closer to their spouse

5 Have improved conflict management


Couples for Christ presents the Christian Life Program in Saskatoon this September, building the church of the home, building the church of the poor. CLP is an integrated course leading to a renewed understanding of God's call to us as Christians. The first modules present the absolute basics of Christian life. The second module helps Christians commit their lives in a serious way to Jesus. The third module invites Christians to live in a life in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are 8 Saturday sessions, beginning Saturday, Sept. 9 at St. Patrick Parish Hall, 3339 Centennial Drive, Saskatoon, SK; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Arnel at 306-260-5249 for more information. Visit the CFC Canada website at for more information about the program.

E.D Feehan Catholic High School in Saskatoon turns 50 this year! Join us on Sept. 30 for school tours, dinner, and entertainment to celebrate 50 years of the Feehan Family. See the website at or call the school at (306) 659-7550. E. D. Feehan Catholic High School is located at 411 Avenue M North, Saskatoon. Activities will begin at: 1:00-3:00 pm, including school tours / 5:30-6:30 pm- cocktails / 6:30pm - dinner and short program / 8:30 pm- entertainment/dance / clothing and “Para-Feehan-ilia” are available for presale (under tickets on picatic webpage).

 Choose Catholic Education – School Starts Sept. 5

The first day of school at all Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is Tuesday, September 5. Registration for elementary students not already registered is the morning of Thursday, August 31 at your local Catholic school. High school students can call or visit your local Catholic high school to register or change classes.

For over a century, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has offered Catholic education for all who choose that for their children. Catholic education in Saskatchewan has never simply been schools for Catholics. A recent court decision (and subsequent appeals) has created some uncertainty for many families. We can be certain of two things: we will continue to be a welcoming community nurturing intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual growth of our students; and provincial funding for both Catholic and non-Catholic students will be in place for the foreseeable future.


Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee   Friday, Sept. 1st. at 7 p.m.  at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Dr., Saskatoon - The rhythm of the Contemplative Mass is a gentle , steady flow, marked by 20 minutes of silence after Communion. It is designated to allow space for reflection and recognition of the intimate presence of Christ who comes to us through scripture and the Eucharist. Silence within this form of worship can feel uncomfortable or awkward, especially when experienced for the first time. We encourage you to relax and rest in the abiding presence of God.


Come join us at this year's Women's Journey of Faith fall conference- “Illuminate”. The conference takes place October 20-21 at TCU place. Wendy Griffith, co-host of the 700 club and author, will flood you with hope as she tells of her incredible faith adventures. Buy your early bird tickets on line for $69 before Sept 4th! Tickets prices increase to $74 if purchased before Oct 2 and $79 up until Oct 21. For more information contact Gwen Klysko at 713-2817, or visit 


18th Annual Pilgrimage to the Pro-Life Millennium Cross– Sunday, August 27 – 3:00 p.m. Location: 10 km N.E. of Aberdeen, SK on Highway #41. Living Rosary is celebrated along with other prayers. Keynote Speaker: Brad Trost, M.P., Saskatoon-University. “Praying for the Sanctity of Life" . . . Keep Life Sacred!” Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.


Christopher Effective Meetings Course - Sept. 5-26, Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m., Saskatoon location to be announced. Learn how to prepare for a meeting; gain an understanding of parliamentary procedure; discover how to make the most efficient and effective use of participant's knowledge and experience; and learn the important role of meeting documents such as agendas and minutes. Includes practical examples and exercises to practice and hone new skills. Registration after Aug. 22 is $300. Register online at


Raising the Internet Generation - World-renowned speaker and author Matt Fradd, who focuses on the issue of pornography, will visit schools and churches in Saskatoon and Regina in September, sponsored by One More Soul ( Pre-register online, or register at the door: $20.

Public sessions include:

  • Public presentation at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon (for parents, teachers, grandparents, youth workers, pastors, school administrators); doors open at 3 p.m.
  • Men's group presentation 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at Holy Family Cathedral - all men are welcome to this Priest Prophet King event (

For more information about Matt Fradd and his initiative "The Porn Effect" see:

Samples of Matt’s talk can be accessed on youtube.


* The 18 to 24-year-old group is more likely than any other age group actively to seek out porn (57% at least monthly).  Meanwhile, over 70% of those over 50 say the “never” actively seek out porn

* Porn sites get more visits than Amazon, Netflix and Twitter combined

* Our brains react to porn the same way an alcoholic might react to a drink advertisement

* Only 12% of parents know their kids are accessing pornography

* 93.2% of boys and 62.1% of girls have seen online pornography before the age of 18


ATTENTION WOMEN & MOTHERS OF ALL AGES!!! TIME OUT FOR MOMS will be running new sessions beginning Wednesday September 27th. Looking for a group where you can find Catholic fellowship and meet other women? Moms, do you want a break from the kids every week where you can sit, visit, eat breakfast, and grow in your faith? We meet Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30 at Holy Family Cathedral (123 Nelson Rd). All women are invited to attend. To register, visit: .  For questions or more information please contact: registrar [at]

We are also looking for volunteer caregivers to watch the children while the moms meet. If you are interested in this awesome volunteer opportunity you can register at:   or contact Cristina Kirkham at 306-380-8671.

Yoga for Refugees Fundraiser on Saturday, September 9 at 9:30 am at Cathedral of Holy Family. Come join us in a Gentle All Levels yoga class followed by refreshments and door prizes.  Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donations for our expected refugee family. For more information or to register, call Diane Waldbillig 306-370-6682 or email: dianew [at]

St. Augustine Parish, Saskatoon, 40th Anniversary will be celebrated Sept 10: Please join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of St. Augustine parish on Sunday, Sept. 10 (please note new date!) beginning at 2:00 p.m. Come visit with current and former members of our Parish Family. Activities include ball games, bingo and cards as wells as activities for our younger members. For anyone interested in playing ball or entering a team, contact Shawn Baier. Supper catered by Baba’s Perogies. Cost- $10 per person over the age of 8 years, children between ages 5 and 8 - $5, children under 5 - free. Tickets will be available in the coming weeks at the church office. For more information, please call (306) 373-3453.

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Administrator/Registrar at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission at Bruno, Saskatchewan. St. Therese is a post-secondary catholic organization that offers adult faith formation through a common life of study, prayer and fellowship, inspired by the teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux. The Administrator/Registrar works under the leadership and in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director of Formation to help ensure St. Therese Institute is operated in an efficient and effective manner.

Main Tasks and Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to management
  • Coordinate student admissions and maintain student records
  • Ensure the integrity, accuracy and security of all academic records
  • Assist with the articulation of transfer credits and official transcripts
  • Provide exceptional service to students
  • Management of student tuition and scholarships
  • Assist with financial management
  • Assist with grant and foundations applications
  • Contribute ideas and expertise to the organization
  • Assist with the adherence to government policy and procedures
  • Assist management with the supervision and direction of volunteers and staff

Key Skills & Competencies needed:

  • Post-Secondary education or equivalent work experience
  • Proficient in the use of computer programs – (Word/Excel/Power point and others)
  • Attention to detail
  • Ensure confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Be organized, self-motivated and able to prioritize responsibilities
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with students, guests, staff and management to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate effectively and cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance St. Therese Institute
  • Assess situations and make decisions and recommendations
  • Focus on student and guests needs to exceed their expectations within the parameters of the organization

Applications for the position of Administrative Assistant/Registrar will be accepted until September 5, 2017. Email resume including references to vserblowski [at] For more information please contact Vicky at 306-369-2555 ext. 111

Statements on federal issues by Catholic Bishops of Canada: 

  • The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) have issued a statement on the passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression. The CCCB statement can be found online at: 
  • CCCB President’s Letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs - The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, regarding her 6 June 2017 speech on Canadian foreign policy. In her speech to the House of Commons, the Minister equated women's rights with the right to abortion and "sexual reproductive rights", claiming "[t]hese rights are at the core of Canadian foreign policy." In his letter, Bishop Crosby expresses his profound concern and disagreement, calling the statement "erroneous, confusing, and misguided." He recalls that "many women's issues that actually ought to have been raised as legitimate points of international engagement ... were passed over in silence. They include Canada's economic partnerships with countries in which female infants are murdered for not being male; those in which women earn less than men for the same job or where they do not enjoy the same privileges under the law, including the right to education or protection from rape, physical violence, and other forms of abuse." Bishop Crosby points out that "for a considerable population (both within Canada and abroad) the unborn child is regarded as a human being created by God and worthy of life and love", while the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously acknowledged in its 1988 decision in the Morgentaler case that the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn. The CCCB President insists that "in these uncertain times, when Canada's voice and leadership do matter on everything from climate change to global peace, political ideology cannot be allowed to dictate foreign policy and to override common sense and our humanitarian responsibilities to those in dire need." Find Bishop Crosby’s letter and more information at: 


Calling All Sionians - On the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Sisters of Sion in Saskatoon the Friends of Sion will be hosting a Gala Reunion on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd , 2017.  If you attended Our Lady of Sion Academy anytime from 1919 to 1967, or know someone who did, we would invite you to attend. For more information contact: Sharon 306-374-6323, Terry 306-651-3133, Donna 306-665-2003 or Eleanor kennrs [at]   You could also visit our website for more information:

Awaken, Enrich, Deepen Your Faith! The Lay Formation Program is about shaping and transforming the laity and enriching our faith lives. This diocesan program is grounded on three pillars: learning more about Catholic teachings and scripture, building Christian community, and deepening prayer and spiritual growth. Lay Formation is a live-in program that runs one weekend a month from September to June over two years. Applications are now being taken for September 2017 for all three streams: Diocesan, Eparchial and Aboriginal. If the Spirit is calling you to a path of learning, community and prayer find out more online at: or call Mona Goodman at (306) 659-5846.


Donations for Pure Witness Ministries Garage Sale: Got Stuff? We can use it! Pure Witness Ministries is seeking donations for the sixth annual garage sale fundraiser to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Saskatoon Aug. 24-26. To donate household items, toys, sports equipment, furniture, books, clothes, collectibles, etc. please contact Laura at laura.rice [at] or text/call (306) 717-7868.


Faith-based community experience for 19-35 year old single Catholic women: If you looking for “affordable rent” and more, Discernment House may be the place for you. The Sisters of the Presentation offer you a home away from home. As you work or study, this program offers you the opportunity to live a community experience and to grow in your personal faith through prayer, reflection, spiritual direction and service. Located at 851 University Drive, Saskatoon, a 15-minute walk from University of Saskatchewan, close to downtown. Taking registrations for September 2017. For more information contact: Sr. Lucie (306) 244-0726   cell: (306) 260-0450 or E-mail sk.dhouse [at] Website:


Please consider donating to a legal fund for Catholic education court appeal - The eight Catholic school boards in the province are appealing a Theodore court case ruling that would remove funding for non-Catholic students in Catholic schools. The eight boards are asking for donations to help cover the cost of the appeal. See: or call the local Catholic school division at (306) 659-7000 for more information.


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

Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet?      Consider Queen’s House! Queen’s House at 601 Taylor Street West in Saskatoon 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. All are welcome. To inquire about booking Queen’s House, contact Bookings Coordinator Pauline Henry directly at (306) 242-1925 or by e-mail at bookings [at] or by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist [at] for details. 


Non-perishable food items desperately needed - Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish has an emergency food pantry for those facing hunger in Saskatoon. Supplies are very low, and the parish is appealing for donations of non-perishable food items to answer the needs of those who come to their door at 426 Avenue J South. Please drop off donations 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Friday -- please call in advance to ensure someone is there (306) 653-4945. Thank you for answering the gospel call to feed the hungry and care for those in need!


Africa Famine Relief Fund: The Canadian government announced that they will match funding for every donation for famine relief made by an individual to a registered charity between March 17 and June 30. Our Catholic Bishops have joined other faith groups in a joint appeal that is “a unified cry from the heart, with one voice and one message.” The faith groups are asking us to “Pray, Give and Speak Out” in response to the crisis in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and parts of Nigeria. Development and Peace has been responding for some time now and has good information on their website about the joint appeal, the situation on the ground, what is being done and how to donate. Please consider learning more and donating on-line at or by calling 1-888-664-3387.

The Canadian religious leaders’ “unified cry from the heart” calls for a threefold response from their faithful:

  • Pray: Remember the people of South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen in personal and community prayer, and to pray also for peace, for government leaders and for humanitarian workers in the region.
  • Give: Make a financial contribution to one or more of the various reputable Canadian aid agencies working to alleviate this crisis. Contributions made to a recognized Canadian charity between March 17 and June 30, 2017 will be matched by the Government of Canada with its recently announced “Famine Relief Fund”.
  • Speak out: Take the time to become better informed about the crisis in the four countries; to speak about it with family, friends and neighbours; to discuss it with local community agencies; and to contact Members of Parliament.

Donations can be sent electronically to any of the following Catholic aid agencies ready to forward contributions to assist efforts in the four countries:


Upcoming Pilgrimages:

There will once again be Summer Masses held at the Holy Rosary Shrine Church at Reward, Sask. during the summer months. Masses will be celebrated on the following days:

            Saturday, September 2 - 7:30pm

             Saturday, September 16 - 7:30pm

Please note that Saturday Evening Masses will NOT be celebrated at St. Peter’s in Unity on those dates.

Sunday, Aug. 20 - Rama, SK - 5th Annual Mass for The Unborn - The Mass for the Unborn will be held at the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto at Rama, SK. at 12:15 p.m. Aug. 20, with Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus before Mass; with Procession/Prayers at statue of St. Gianna Beretta Molla. 


The Feast of the Birth of Mary at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St. Laurent will be celebrated on Friday, September 8. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet Marian Prayer and Rosary, followed at 7:00 by the Celebration of Eucharist, Candlelight Procession, and ending with birthday cake and coffee. You are invited to bring a live long stemmed rose to present to Mary , or you may purchase roses on site.

For more information on the St. Laurent pilgrimages, please contact Fr. Phinh Do at (306) 467-4687, Freida Perret at (306) 467-2212, or Val Schidlowsky at (306) 223-4305 or visit or

UPCOMING Camps, Retreats and Faith Enrichment:

Queen’s House of Retreats


Upcoming events at Queen’s House - 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. • Phone: 306-242-1916 • Email: receptionist [at] • Website:  

Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:

  • CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings – 7 p.m.
  • HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm time – all are welcome!
  • JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: Resumes in the fall on the First Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch
  • QUIET DAY OF PRAYER – Resumes in the fall on 2nd Wednesday/month; $25 (lunch) 9:30- 3:30 pm
  • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITYResumes in the fall on second Tuesday/month, 8 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, 7 a.m.
  • WOMEN in MINISTRY LUNCHEONS: Resumes in the fall one Friday a month 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • 24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: on the fourth Monday/month, 12:00 noon to Tuesday 12:00 noon

Events – September to October

  Blumenfeld & District Heritage Site presents "Robin’s Redemption"! The Live History Show is coming to St. Peter and Paul church at Blumenfeld, SK. (near Leader, SK) on Sunday Sept. 3, 2017 showcasing Robin's Redemption! There are currently three shows: at 3 pm and 5 pm (tickets $20/adults; $10/under 12) and a dessert theatre at 7 pm (tickets $30). Find Blumenfeld Heritage on FB, email, or contact Lacy Strutt (306-628-7488) for tickets or more information. The website is 

Columbus Bosco Homes invites you to the Annual Corn Roast Fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Farm School, 10 minutes northeast of Saskatoon. This fundraiser helps support at-risk youth in an educational/farm setting. Meal tickets are $20 each and are available from Chris Sarich at (306) 343-5640 or Lorne Keller at (306) 374-6134 or Ernest Boyko at (306) 374-2492 and Morris Smysnuik at (306) 249-2871, the deadline for tickets is Sept. 12. Thank you for your support.

The 12th annual Compassionate Healers Mass is being held on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. Refreshments to follow. Coming together as one community this special invitation is extended to: Medical Personnel, Spiritual Care, Volunteers, Parish Nurses, Men and Women Religious in Health Care Ministry, Ministry of Care Volunteers in Parishes and Health Care Facilities and Family Caregivers, Medical & Healthcare Students. This mass invites all to be re-energized in our professional and personal dedication and in our faith. Bound by common beliefs, we share in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout the Diocese.

 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-abortion emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Next retreat is Oct. 13-15, 2017. Contact Elaine at (306) 480-8911 or r.vineyardsk [at]

 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. Special guests include Ken Miller, Sylvie and Peter Kot, Dr. Givelichian and Michelle Dubois. For tickets, please contact Garry Maier, 306-221-5893 or Wayne Koshman, 306-381-3330. Tickets are $150 per person or a table of 8 for $1,200.

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