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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Diocesan weekly bulletin announcements: Christmas season

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We pray as a diocesan family for persecuted Christians around the world – especially those suffering from violence in Pakistan. Lord God, protect your children and give them strength to persevere in following you and living the gospel.



We pray as a diocesan family for all families in our world, especially those who are divided, whether by distance or by circumstances. May God provide the grace, the resources and the strength for every family to reconnect and to experience unity and peace.

Earthcare Connections:

Enable us to preserve the health of soil, air and water so that generations after us can live in safety and in good health.  We pray to the Lord.

 For the support of Farmland Legacies as it provides quality protein for those who come to Saskatchewan’s food banks.   We pray to the Lord.


* The Catholic Pastoral Centre will be closed for Christmas from 12 noon Friday, Dec. 22 to 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. The Catholic Centre will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, returning to regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, second floor, Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. 


* Christmas Season Mass Times can be found on the diocesan website at: 

A Christmas video message from Bishop Mark Hagemoen is also posted on the website: - Merry Christmas to all from Bishop Mark and the Diocese of Saskatoon.


* The Bishops’ Levee will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 in the Bishop LeGatt Hall of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Drive, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome to meet and greet Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, and Bishop Bryan Bayda of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon during this come-and-go reception. No RSVP required. This event is organized by the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assemblies (D’Arcy McGee 1065; Justice Emmett Hall 2700 and

Bishop Nykta 2755). For information, contact Ron Frehlich, Faithful Navigator, D’Arcy McGee Assembly at (306) 229-0090.


* Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Saskatoon invites all fans of Polish Fine Foods for a Christmas Oplatek Fundraiser Dinner at the parish hall on January 14 2018, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (in Polish). The tickets are available on line through  [Purchase Tickets Link] and at the church after Masses.


Holy Spirit marriage prep:

Marriage Preparation Course offered through Holy Spirit parish in Saskatoon begins on January 21, 2018. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. Please call Todd and Maureen Heroux, (306) 491-7878 or email mahero715 [at]   for information and to register.


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


* The Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation is looking for occasional volunteers to help with counting and preparing packages to be sent to our 92 parishes across the diocese and with folding letters and stuffing envelopes during our peak appeal times of the year. 

  • First two weeks of January - assistance in preparing packages and bundles for Priests’ Pension and Retirement Fund collection (1-2 days)
  • Early April - assistance in preparing packages and bundles for parishes (1-2 days)
  • End of August - Bishop’s Annual Appeal assistance in preparing packages and bundles for parishes (2-3 days)
  • November & December - stuffing envelopes for “Needs of the Canadian Church and Focus on the North” collection (3-4 hours)
  • Other mail outs during the year.

Please contact Jocelyne Hamoline jhamoline [at]  306-659-5849 or Cathy Gilje cgilje [at]  306-659-5851 to register your name and contact information as a volunteer.  Blessings and Thank you!


* 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, Jan. 4, 2018 at St. Michael's Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.


* Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee Friday, January 5th at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Drive, 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.


* Station 20 West is holding its  5th Annual Touch of Ukraine Supper and Silent Auction on Saturday, Jan. 27! Please plan to join us for dinner and special entertainment at Bethlehem High School. More info will be available in the New Year or at


* Make a Difference, Change Lives! - 80% of people on the streets found in prostitution, in gangs, and in jails can 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: 6:30pm Sunday January 28, 2018 at St. Philips Neri Parish, 1202 Munroe Ave., Saskatoon  Childcare will be available.  For more info please contact Myron Rogal, (306) 659-5841 or email: justpeace [at]


* Development and Peace Share Lent Campaign; Together for Peace. Please note the following Share Lent 2018 workshop schedule in the diocese:

  • 21: Humboldt – St. Augustine Parish (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
  • 23: Saskatoon - Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
  • 30: Webinar (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

More details to follow in the New Year.


Holy Yoga is a Christ-centred experiential time of worship using minds, bodies, and spirits to relax and de-stress, offering an opportunity for participants to authentically connect to God through God’s word, worship and wellness. Holy Yoga classes resume at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, starting Jan. 8 with Monday classes at 7:00 pm, Jan. 9 with Tuesday classes at 9:30 am, Jan. 11 with a new Thursday lunch hour class 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm and a Thursday evening class at 6:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. Beginners are welcome to come for a free class. For more information, call Diane Waldbillig 306-370-6682 or email dianew [at]


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 2pm on the first Saturday of each month (with the exception of Saturday January 13) at the parish of Sts. Martyr-Canadiens. There is a $20 fee for the parent manual. For more information, go to To register, call Diane Murza at 306-664-4779 or Marie-Jeanne Will at 306-290-9990.


La P’tite Pasto est une activité pastorale pour les petits de 6 ans et moins et leurs famille. Chants, dessins, bricolages, contes, mimes, danses, jeux et marionnettes permettent d’explorer différents thèmes de la vie des tout-petits. L’enfant y découvre les merveilles de la famille, de la nature, de l’amitié et il est doucement introduit à la présence de Dieu et aux grandes valeurs chrétiennes, tout cela dans un langage adapté à son âge et un climat de plaisir ! Il doit être accompagné d’un adulte. Venez vous amuser avec nous à 14h00 à la Paroisse Sts. Martyrs-Canadiens lors des dates suivantes;


Le 13 janvier : Ma famille, je l’aime ! 

Le 3 février : Sois mon valentin !

Le 3 mars : Jésus, où es-tu?

Le 7 avril : Dieu peut tout transformer en toujours plus beau,

en toujours plus de Vie !

Le 5 mai : Je suis une belle boîte aux trésors !

Le 2 juin : Vive l’été !


Il y a cotisation de 20$ pour Le Livre des Parents. Pour plus de renseignements, consultez le site web au Pour vous inscrire, contactez Diane Murza au 306-664-4779 ou Marie-Jeanne Will au 306-290-9990.


* A major relic of Saint Francis Xavier will visit Saskatoon Jan. 18-19 – The forearm of the famous missionary saint is coming to Canada as part of a 14-city visit organized by the Archdiocese of Ottawa, the Canadian Jesuits and Catholic Christian Outreach, a national university student movement. Permanently displayed at the Church of the Gesu in Rome, the relic will attract an estimated 100,000 people to various events across the country.

“Spending time with a relic such as this one can lead to immeasurable good,” says Angele Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach. “It is often a catalyst for a deeper encounter with God or deeper understanding of one’s vocation or purpose in life.”

Born April 7, 1506 in the Kingdom of Navarre in present-day Spain, Saint Francis Xavier is considered one of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus, the religious order better known as the Jesuits. A companion of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier led extensive missions into Asia mainly in the Portuguese Empire of the time, India and Japan. He died on Dec. 3, 1542 off the coast of China.

The veneration of relics is a longstanding practice in the Catholic Church. The relics of saints provide a tangible experience of God’s graces. Catholics believe that saints can intercede for humanity, given their proximity to God in what is commonly referred to as “the communion of saints” or the Mystical Body of Christ.

In Saskatoon, events for the visit of the relic will be held Jan. 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, including public veneration and an evening Summit prayer service at 7 p.m. For more information about the visit of the relic to Canada, see or follow the project through


* Medieval Feast - Reserve your free tickets to the Serena Saskatchewan Medieval Feast fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Saskatoon. Looking for a Christmas gift idea? Buy/sew/rent a medieval costume and get gala tickets for your spouse or friends to accompany you to this royally memorable fund-raising evening. For more information or tickets, visit or email sask [at] or call (306) 934-8223.


Natural Family Planning (NFP) - For more information about the Sympto-Thermal Natural Family Planning Method, contact Serena by email sask [at]  or call/text (306) 934-8223. Those wishing to learn this natural and scientifically-proven method will be connected with a certified Serena teacher couple who can answer questions or provide full instructions. Visit the website for more information about a method of family planning without harmful chemicals, hormones or devices, that is 99 per cent effective.


* 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 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 by email to Vicky Serblowski, Executive Director: vserblowski [at]  or for more information contact Vicky Serblowski at the above email address or by phone (306) 369-2555 ext.111. Recruitment for the position will continue until a suitable candidate is found.


* Post-Abortion Recovery at Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre - If you are struggling with the after effects of an abortion, even if it is years after the fact, and would like to participate in a group with the goal of recovering; please contact the centre at 306-665-7550. An 8-week session will be starting on Sunday January 7 at 1 pm, at the centre.


* Development & Peace offering free memberships until Dec. 31st:  For the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace, free lifetime memberships are being offered until the end of the year.  To get a membership on-line, go to ,type the word Membership into the website search and click on the link.  You may also call the regional office at 306.205.2334.  Your support as a member is appreciated.


L’Arche Saskatoon’s Collective Kitchen group has been meeting together for eight years, and in that time they have collected a lot of great recipes, which are now available in a cookbook, which is now for sale for $25.  All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go to support L’Arche Solidarity, which is an initiative to support our L’Arche sisters and brothers in financially poorer parts of the world so that they have the resources they need to live the mission of L’Arche. Contact Andrea at homes [at] to reserve copies, as the first print run has sold out. Cookbooks can also be ordered directly online at


* 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. That court decision would deny funding for non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools. The Government of Saskatchewan has invoked the notwithstanding clause to continue funding for all children whose parents choose Catholic education, but a permanent reversal of the decision is needed – the case will likely go to the Supreme Court of Canada. Donate to support the legal appeal of the Theodore court-case ruling to maintain funding for all who choose Catholic faith-based education. Donations can be made 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/send it to 420-22nd Street East, Saskatoon SK  S7K 1X3.


* Catholic Education – Schools You Can Believe In “Just as you did it to the least of these…” Matthew 25:40 - The École St. Matthew School community sponsored a refugee family from Burundi, giving an entire family a fresh start in Saskatoon. Catholic education makes a difference in your community. For more information see


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


* TRANSITIONS - Have you gone through the painful experience of divorce and/or separation?  Do you feel alone, discouraged or hopeless? We can help! Beginning Jan. 9, 2018 the Diocese of Saskatoon is offering an eleven-week program that will support you as you heal and rebuild your life. Transitions meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Centre (second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon). The evenings are led by those who have already journeyed through what you are going through and have found some healing.  It is their wish that they pass on their experience, strength and hope of getting through the pain of divorce. For more information or to register, contact Sharon at (306) 374-1425 or email: foundations [at]


* Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2018 will feature a number of Saskatoon events from Sunday, Jan. 21 to Sunday Jan. 28, beginning with an Opening Service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, and events every day of the week, including the De Margerie Series for Christian Reconciliation and Unity public lecture 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. Thomas More College with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Susan Durber speaking on “Surprised by Unity – finding oneness in ways we hadn’t planned.”  Please watch for further details about these and other Week of Prayer for Christian Unity events to be held Jan. 21-28, or for more information visit the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism website at or call (306) 653-1633.


Marriage Preparation: Catholic Family Services, will offer a Marriage Preparation course February 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 306-242-7773 or email: staff [at]


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 (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,


Rosaries needed - The diocesan office of Restorative Ministry is seeking rosaries for prison outreach (preferably not pink). Please drop off donations, “attention Dianne Anderson” at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, or call (306) 659-5845. Prayer changes lives, and this devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary helps many on their journey of faith and healing.


Donations of furniture and household goods - The Diocesan Office of Migration now has access to a storage space for donated items to assist refugees, newcomers, and others in need in our community, thanks to the generosity of the Concorde Group. Please consider donating gently-used beds, bedding, furniture of all sorts, household items etc. Your generosity will help families in need, and is greatly appreciated! For more information about dropping off items on Wednesdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at a location on 51st St. in Saskatoon, please e-mail Robyn Kondratowicz at migration2 [at]


* Catholic Hospital Chaplaincy continues, thanks in part to your generous gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal! Although the publicly-funded hospital department of spiritual care has been eliminated because of provincial government budget cuts, Catholic chaplains do continue to accompany patients and families in times of sickness, suffering and crisis at Saskatoon City and Royal University Hospitals, along with volunteer visitors who are trained and supported by the diocesan office of Hospital Chaplaincy. This includes outreach to Catholic patients from rural areas who otherwise would have no spiritual support. Spiritual care also continues at St. Paul’s Hospital, thanks to donations to that facility.

* For spiritual or pastoral care at Saskatoon City or Royal University Hospitals please call Jackie Saretsky at the Catholic Centre: (306) 659-5839 or (306) 292-5531 or e-mail Jackie at: hospitalchaplaincy [at]

* For spiritual or pastoral care at St. Paul's Hospital please ask at nursing desk, or call (306) 655-5000 and ask them to page Spiritual Care.


Calendars in Support of the Western Arctic Missions - 2018 Calendars featuring 13 stunning, full-page 11 by 17 photos from across the western arctic taken by Fr. Jon Hansen, CSsR, are for sale, with proceeds going toward ministry provided in northern missions at Inuvik, Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk and Paulatuk. The calendars are ready for pre-ordering at a cost of $20 per calendar, plus $5 to cover shipping costs. You can order by cheque, payable to Our Lady of Victory Parish, PO Box 2033, Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0, or by Electronic Money transfer to jonhansencssr [at]  – please indicate how many calendars you are ordering, and where they are to be mailed. These calendars will make wonderful Christmas gifts and your donation to the missions is very much appreciated and needed.


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]


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, 3, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch
  • Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2nd Tuesday/month, Jan 9, 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 12 noon to Tuesday, 12 noon.
  • 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.


Through the Dark Night with John of the Cross - A facilitated webcast with James Finley from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. Cost is $10. Held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon; (306) 242-1916 or email receptionist [at]


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]


Job Opportunity - ACTIVITY COORDINATOR - St Angela Merici Residence, a Private Care Home that provides quality care for 30 residents is seeking a part-time Activity Coordinator (24 hours per week). Join us as an energetic, vibrant and creative leader in recreation with seniors. With your creativity and enthusiasm, we can partner to develop and deliver engaging and entertaining activities for our residents. Your expertise will encourage our residents to participate in activities that enhance their health and wellbeing while inspiring them to live life to the fullest.


Collaborate – Work with the Leadership Team, residents and staff to develop engaging recreation programs that meet the needs and interests of the residents.

Manage – Effectively manage volunteers and recreation budget.

Roll-up your sleeves – Facilitate meaningful recreational activities and events.

Comply – Ensure policies, procedures, processes and systems are in place and being monitored.

Nurture – Initiate, grow and evaluate an active volunteer program.

Promote – Publish a newsletter and recreation calendar to encourage participation.


  • Experience working with seniors or in an adult wellness program
  • Recreation diploma in wellness, exercise, recreational therapy or related field
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion & Excellence
  • Valid CPR/first aid certificate
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Recent Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector search

Salary to be determined based on qualifications and experience. (We are a scent-free facility.) Start date Jan. 8, 2018. Send resume to St Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent  Saskatoon, SK  S7K 7J1; Attn: Theresa Winterhalt or email stangmerici [at]


Job Opportunity - St Angela Merici Residence requires a part-time Administrative Assistant - This position requires tact, sensitivity, and professionalism. The successful applicant will enjoy an excellent work environment in the beautiful physical environment of St Angela Merici Residence. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Welcoming guests and directing them appropriately.
  • Efficiently processing incoming and outgoing calls.
  • Typing correspondence, written communication and reports from hard copy as needed.
  • Book keeping and data entry.
  • Data base management and record keeping.
  • Payroll.
  • Inventory Controls.

Must be proficient with Microsoft Office and Quickbooks. Having a heart for seniors is essential. Salary to be determined based on qualifications and experience. We are a scent-free facility. Please send resume to St Angela Merici Residence, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK .S7K 7J1  Attn:  Theresa Winterhalt or email stangmerici [at] Start date Jan. 8, 2018.


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


The Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre at Station 20 West needs help. Funds are needed to pay rent and other costs if this important service is to stay open. The Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre is a safe place where mothers and their children can gather in a warm and welcoming environment, and build community. The focus is to help women build confidence through connecting and supporting each other, while nurturing strengths and leadership skills. The Mothers’ Centre is open to all women of all ages and backgrounds, from all areas of Saskatoon, including new residents and recent immigrants. The centre is open 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The doors will close in the New Year if donors are not found to help with costs; charitable status is slated for February but they need donations now.

e-transfer to SMCBoard [at] or call (306) 652-1802 for more information.



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