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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Weekly Bulletin Announcements Jan. 21, 2018 - 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

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We pray as a diocesan family for reconciliation and unity among all Christians:  Lord God, send your Spirit upon us, to make us one in Christ.

May we be mindful that Earth and our bodies are temples of God’s presence, and listen to God’s word therein.    We pray to the Lord.

For all those who share with the needy and for support for Farmland Legacies in providing beef for Saskatchewan food banks.   We pray to the Lord.

* Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Pro-Life Sunday - Bishop Mark Hagemoen’s message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 21-28 and Pro-Life Sunday Jan. 28 can be found online at  or call the diocesan communications office at (306) 659-5844 for more information.


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:


The diocesan Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program presents:


* A Foundations Series on 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. Sessions will be held on three Tuesdays: Feb 27, Mar 6, and Mar 13 from 7 pm – 8 pm 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 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]


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, visit  or email sask [at]  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.


Seeking an 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 Eparchy of Saskatoon. Please visit our website at  to view the detailed job profile and more information about how to apply for this position.  Bishop Budka Eparchial Stewardship Society Inc. is an organization under the auspices of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon whose primary objective is to develop, organize and implement fundraising initiatives and programs for the purposes of enhancing Eparchial programs. 


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.


* De Margerie Series for Christian Reconciliation and Unity: "Surprised by Unity - Finding oneness in ways we hadn't planned" is the title of the 2018 De Margerie Lecture, presented by visiting guest speaker Rev. Dr. Susan Durber at 7:30 p.m.. Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. Thomas More College (STM) auditorium, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome.

The De Margerie Series on Christian Reconciliation and Unity is sponsored by STM, the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, and named in honour of the work of local ecumenical pioneer Fr. Bernard de Margerie.

The series also includes two 9:30 a.m. public workshops with visiting guest speaker Rev. Dr. Susan Durber - one on Friday, Jan. 26 on the topic of gender and the other on Saturday, Jan. 27 on looking back on Reformation and the Great Schism – with both public workshops held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon.

Rev. Dr. Susan Durber is a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, as well as Theology Co-ordinator for Christian Aid in the United Kingdom, and a minister of the United Reformed Church. Her most recent book is a collection of reflections and prayers on the parables of Jesus (‘Surprised by Grace’), and she is the author of ‘Preaching like a Woman’ (2007). She is passionate about living a life of prayer, thinking and action for justice in God’s world, with all of Christ’s church.


* YEP - Youth Evangelization Program - A day of faith, fun, fellowship hosted by Pure Witness Ministries will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 for youth Grade 8 and up. Cost is $25 (lunch and supper included). Held at at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1235-12th Street E., Saskatoon, YEP will be followed at 7 p.m. by a Family Dance for all ages; no cost. For more info  see  or call (306) 934-3511.


* Development and Peace 2018 Share Lent Campaign workshops will be held in the diocese in both Humboldt and Saskatoon. We invite you to join us for the 2018 Share Lent Workshop to prepare for the campaign in your community. We will reflect on peace-building through dialogue.

Humboldt Session:

When: Sunday, Jan 21 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Where: St. Augustine Parish, 809 10th Street, Humboldt

For more information contact Victor or Lucille at 306-369-4193 or Armella at 306-205-2334. Please RSVP by email to: asonntag [at]

Saskatoon Session:

When: Tuesday, Jan 23, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish 1235 12th St. East, Saskatoon

For more information: Betty at 306-975-1109 or Joanne at 306-477-1746 or Armella at 306-205-2334.  Please RSVP by email to: asonntag [at]


When: Tuesday, Jan 30, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Online Webinar - You will need to register in order to receive the link to the webinar.

Please register by email to: asonntag [at]  Deadline for registration is January 29. For more information: Armella at 306-205-2334


The 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. (Please note that the Rite of Election does not include Mass.)

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.

"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

Please join us for this diocesan celebration on the first Sunday of Lent!


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


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.


Station 20 West 5th Annual Touch of Ukraine Supper and Silent Auction with entertainment by the Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble, will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 (5 p.m. cash bar/ 6 p.m. supper) at Bethlehem High School, 110 Bowlt Crescent, Saskatoon. Adults: $30/Children $15. For more info/ticket purchase, go to


* Prison Ministry in Saskatoon: Come to hear the Catholic chaplain and volunteers at the Regional Psychiatric Centre tell what they are doing there and what else could be done. This event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. For further information and registration please phone Sister Gina Jacek at 306-653-0170 ext. 22.


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]


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.


There will be a Face2Face Confirmation Retreat at St. Mary’s Parish, Lanigan, on Sunday March 4 beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. and finishing at 3 p.m. The cost is $20 per youth which includes lunch. We are asking for a free will offering 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. February 18 is the deadline to register. Please e-mail registrations to bkgerman [at] or phone 306-203-1910.


* Contemplative Mass will be led by Fr. Kevin McGee 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Dr. in 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.


* The Treaty Elder Series continues in our diocese.

The Treaty Elder Series is being hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish in Saskatoon 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. Please RSVP Darlene at st.josephparish [at] or by phoning (306) 244-1556 before January 26, 2018 if you wish to attend the lunch. For more information about the St. Joseph events, please contact Mike Broda at mmbroda [at]  or (306) 291-5710. 


* 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


* 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. The workshop will be offered at:

  • 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]  (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. Early bird registration fee:  $250 before Jan 25. To register, please contact: Tanya Waslen, 306-343-1915, email: twaslen [at] This retreat is hosted by the Saskatoon and Regina sections of Regnum Christi.


* 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.


  1.  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.


* 24-hours of Eucharistic Adoration will be held from 12 noon, Monday, Jan. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 12 noon at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street W., Saskatoon. Consider attending to spend an hour with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. For more information contact Sally Danchak at (306) 373-2621.


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, Feb.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, Jan. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 23 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.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Presentation and Lunch at Queen’s House on Thursday, January 25 beginning with noon presentation. Lunch by donation to follow


* 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.-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]


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]


* CHRIST THE KING PRAYER GROUP will begin Thursday, Jan. 25 at 9:00 pm, St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, welcome area, led by Fr. Richmond Diala. This devotion is to encourage us to look at our lives.  Are we growing in the faith that we profess, are we proclaiming to the world the truth that Jesus is King in our words and actions. Fr. Richmond is asking for pre-registration:  stpaulsparish [at]  or 306-652-0033.


* The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated in Saskatoon Jan. 21-28, 2018 exploring the theme "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power" - Exodus 15:6.

Saskatoon events include:

  • Sunday, Jan. 21: Opening service at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Cresent East. Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is the guest speaker.
  • Monday, Jan. 22: 7:00 a.m. morning service at St. Paul’s United Church, 454 Egbert Avenue.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: 7:00 a.m. morning service at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 18-33rd Street East.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: 7:00 p.m. “Singing into Unity” at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 1902 Munroe Avenue.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 24: 7:00 a.m. morning service at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1202 11th Street East.
  • Thursday, Jan. 25: 7:00 a.m. morning service at St. George’s Anglican Church, 624 Avenue I South.
  • Thursday, Jan. 25: 12:00 p.m. noon service and 12:30 p.m. luncheon at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. West.
  • Thursday, Jan. 25: De Margerie Lecture at 7:30 p.m.: “Surprised by Unity - Finding oneness in ways we hadn’t planned” with Rev. Dr. Susan Durber, held at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive.
  • Friday, Jan. 26: 7:00 a.m. morning service at Augustana Lutheran Church, 1201 Broadway Avenue.
  • Friday, Jan. 26: 9:30 a.m. public workshop on "Being male and female together in the image of God: where are we on ecumenism, the church and gender" with Rev. Dr. Susan Durber at Cathedral of Holy Family 123 Nelson Road.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27: 9:30 a.m. public workshop on "Looking back on the Reformation/Great Schism post the ‘ecumenical century’” with Rev. Dr. Susan Durber at Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road
  • Sunday, Jan. 28: Closing service, 3:00 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 310 Lenore Drive.

For more info about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, see or contact the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism at (306) 653-1633 or email: admin [at]


* 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.  For more information please contact Myron Rogal, (306) 659-5841 or by email: justpeace [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 and 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 - “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


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: or for more information or an electronic copy, please contact Eleanor at 306-242-7700 or rjkennedy [at] or Terry at 306-651-3133 or terrymiley [at]  or Donna at 306-665-2003 or donnadarbellay [at]  or Elaine at 306-652-1382 or p.z [at] . 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]


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,


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


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 at the parish of Sts. Martyr-Canadiens in Saskatoon. 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.


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.


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]


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:


Saskatoon Council on Aging winter programs are now available for registration.

Angel Art Creations, Dates & Time: Tuesdays, Jan 30, Feb 6, 13 and 20 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (12 hours) ; Cost: $95.00

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] Visit our website: 


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