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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements, Feb. 4, 2018, 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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DIOCESAN PRAYER INTENTION  (Feb. 8 is the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking – marked on the Feast Day of St. Saint Josephine Bakhita). We pray as a diocesan family for an end to the evil of human trafficking and slavery in our world: Lord God, help us to work to restore freedom and dignity to all who are exploited.


May the word of the Lord empower us to bring justice and mercy to our world.   We pray to the Lord.

Help us to hear and respond to the challenging words of today’s prophets.   We pray to the Lord.

* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together Session: “Bless me, Father, for I have Sinned” will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12 at St. Alphonse Parish, Viscount, SK, with facilitator Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, OSU. Do adults celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation (go to confession) in the same way they learned as children? This session offers an option to the "list" method of confession, and presents a style more suited to adult moral development. Free will offering.  Pre-registration is not required, but is much appreciated; please pre-register online at:


* Volunteers Needed - The Catholic Pastoral Centre is seeking volunteers to help prepare food on the afternoon of Sunday, March 25 for a reception that will follow the annual diocesan Chrism Mass and/or to help with the Chrism Mass reception itself on Monday evening, March 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Rita Taylor at (306) 659-5831 or logistics [at] 


* Rite of Election reception volunteer opportunity - One more volunteer is needed to assist with reception that will follow the diocesan Rite of Election Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. The volunteer time commitment is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is a great way to show hospitality to those across our diocese who are journeying through RCIA. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Rita Taylor at (306) 659-5831 or logistics [at]


* Good Friday outdoor Way of the Cross volunteers needed!  The diocesan Office of Justice and Peace is once again seeking short-term volunteer assistance in the planning and hospitality for the annual outdoor Way of the Cross on Good Friday morning, March 30 in downtown Saskatoon. If you are interested in helping or would like further details, please contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841, or justpeace [at]


* Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle -* 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, Feb. 8, St. Michael's Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon.  A diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

Journeying Through Lent with Art

This Lent, rather than “give something up”; perhaps you could consider giving some of your time for self-reflection. Art is a powerful medium for inner work and lent is a good time to reflect on our life, our faith and our relationship with God. There will be four sessions, Tuesday, February 20th, 27th, March 6th, 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm each night. No art experience is necessary and materials are supplied. Cost is $120. The group is limited to eight people and will be held at #222 333-25th St. E. (Regency Centre) Please call 306 260-7311 by February 14th to register or e-mail fdosu [at]


* Childcare volunteers needed - Time Out For Moms is seeking volunteers to provide childcare while moms meet. Transportation is available if needed. Held Wednesday mornings from 9:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. (2.5 hours) at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, upcoming dates include February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, and April 11. Sign up online at: or call Danette (306) 281-9002.


* Rachel's Vineyard Ministry of SK 2018 Spring Retreat - Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in Saskatchewan will be held April 6-8, 2018. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or e-mail: r.vineyardsk [at]


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


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

Catholic Education – Schools You Can Believe In - “Just as you did it to the least of these…” - Students and families support each other by “adopting” families from other schools, providing them with much needed school supplies, clothing, and food hampers. Catholic education makes a difference in your community. For more information about Catholic education see


Serena Saskatchewan, a natural family planning service, will hold a Medieval Feast fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Saskatoon. For more info and to reserve FREE tickets, visit (search: Serena) or e-mail sask [at] or call/text (306) 934-8223 by Monday, Feb. 4 deadline. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation.


Lent Conference – “The Sorrowful Mysteries” with Dr. Scott Powell will be held Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK. Dr. Powell will unlock biblical, historical, social and political contexts to reveal hidden meanings behind the scriptural events of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. The conference runs from 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, with rates for commuters, as well as conference rates including meals and accommodation. For more information, please see or call (306) 369-2555.


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


* The diocesan Rite of Election will be held at 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


* St. Ann’s Home Spirit of Renewal Campaign

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

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

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

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



Knights of Columbus Family Day Supper of Ribs and Rice will be held Sunday, Feb. 18 at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral (Bishop Mahoney Hall), 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Supper at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 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.


* 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]


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


* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together Lenten Series: “Preparing the way for Holy Week” - A Lenten Series featuring Scriptural Reflection, Prayer, and Meditation led by Gisele Bauche will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on three 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. Pre-registration appreciated at:


* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together: “Christianity and Islam” will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 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. Pre-registration appreciated at:


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


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


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] or phone 306-203-1910.


The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation presents the 18th Annual ‘Swing into Spring’ Fashion Show & Dinner, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Prairieland Park – Hall B, in Saskatoon. Once again, plans are well under way for a fabulous evening of fun, food, fashions, camaraderie and great prizes. Support school division employees as they step out of their traditional roles to walk the runway in the latest spring fashions. See the Foundation website at for more details or call (306) 659-7003 or e-mail catholicschoolsfoundaiton [at]  Early Bird tickets purchased before March 15, 2018 are $68. each or $75. each after March 15, 2018. Your presence helps us put faith in education.


* 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]


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:


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]


* The Treaty Elder Series continues in our diocese, hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish in Saskatoon (corner of 8th Street East and Broadway Avenue) on 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. RSVP to Darlene at st.josephparish [at] or by phoning (306) 244-1556 or for more information Mike Broda at mmbroda [at]  or (306) 291-5710. 


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:

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


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

Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:

  • Centering Prayer: Monday evenings 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Journey with Scripture: First Wednesday of the month, 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] or by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist [at] for details.


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

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

   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

   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]


* 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. to 4:00 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]


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]


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]


Marriage Preparation: Catholic Family Services, will offer a Marriage Preparation course Feb. 16 & 17, 2018, to be held at the Concordia 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]


* 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]  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:



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  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 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]  or for more info call (306) 369-2555 ext.111. Recruitment for the position will continue until a suitable candidate is found.


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:


All parents & young adults are welcome to attend the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference, March 22-24 at Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton.  The theme: “Anchoring the Family in this Cultural Storm” to be addressed by Archbishop Smith, Louis Rouleau, and other speakers.  Also, enjoy “Wine, Cheese & Information Stations” on Friday evening as we discuss various aspects of home schooling.  Info:  Veronica  780-467-8410 or email wcchscreg [at]


The Saskatoon Kidney Foundation needs volunteers.  We need 1-2 hours of your time to help us reach our 2018 door-to-door fundraising campaign goal.  This would take place between the days of Saturday, March 10th – Friday, March 23rd.  To volunteer or for more information, please call 306-664-8588, ext. 224 or email saskatoonmd [at]


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