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Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements

Diocesan Weekly Bulletin Announcements - Jan. 7, 2018 - The Epiphany of Our Lord

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Diocesan Prayer Intention: We pray as a diocesan family for all those ministering to youth in our parishes, schools and communities. Inspire leaders with love and with zeal as they nurture lifelong disciples of Jesus.

Earthcare Prayer Intentions:

For those who speak for the voiceless earth.   We pray to the Lord.

.         As a star led the Magi to Jesus, may the beauty of nature lead us to see the Divine in creation.    We pray to the Lord.

* 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:


* Bishop’s Annual Appeal -  A messag from the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation: "Happy New Year!  We would like to extend enormous thanks to everyone who took the time to make a donation to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal over the holidays!  To date, our diocesan total is $1,445,393.00 (92% of goal), and we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity we have witnessed since the start of the Appeal. It’s not too late to give! We will gratefully continue to accept gifts at the Catholic Foundation office – 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK  S7S 1H1 – or online at or for more information call Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851. We wish you peace, health and happiness in 2018!"


* 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.”


* Singing into Unity - St. Philip Neri parish, 1902 Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon, is hosting "Singing into Unity", 7:00 pm., Tuesday, January 23 during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Bishop Mark Hagemoen will be speaking during the evening too. There will also be activities for children as well as refreshments for everyone. Everyone is invited to come, pray and sing together!


* 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.
  • 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. Micahel’s Roman Catholic Church, 18-33rd Street East.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23: 7:30 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 7:00 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 information about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, please see the website at 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]


* Relic of Saint Francis Xavier will visit Saskatoon Jan. 18-19 – The forearm of the famous missionary Saint Francis Xavier 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.

  • The relic will be available for veneration at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road in Saskatoon, from noon to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 with a public talk about the Life of Saint Francis Xavier and the Three Graces at 7:00 p.m. The closing prayer will include the Litany of Saint Francis Xavier at 10:00 pm Jan. 18.
  • The relic will also be present as Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrates daily Mass at 12:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street (corner of Hilliard Street and Melrose Avenue), before the relic is taken to the Archdiocese of Regina for events on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Resurrection Parish, 3155 Windsor Park Road, Regina.  

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 led extensive missions into Asia, mainly in the Portuguese empire of the time, India and Japan. He was the first Christian missionary to venture into Japan and is known as the “Apostle of the Indies” and the “Apostle of Japan.” He died on Dec. 3, 1542 off the coast of China, which he had hoped to evangelize.

For more information about this event see or follow the project through


* Jan 28 Special Collection: Needs of the Canadian Church & Support for Ministry in the North - Every year Catholic dioceses across Canada take a collection to support the Needs of the Canadian Church – this collection is used to support the work of the bishops of Canada in national and international areas of pastoral activity. This year, in addition to supporting the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in meeting the Needs of the Canadian Church, the diocesan collection on Jan. 28, 2018 will also focus on the Needs of the North. In response to a CCCB request for dioceses across the country to take a greater role in supporting the ministry and mission of the Catholic Church in the North, the Diocese of Saskatoon is one of the dioceses supporting ministry of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas in the northern part of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Please use the special yellow envelope in your parish envelope collection on Jan. 28, or watch for a pledge card distributed in your local parish. Donate online at or call Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 for more information. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the outreach and ministry of our Canadian bishops, as well as the outreach and ministry of the Catholic Church in the northern Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas!


* Parish Mission “Just Add Water” - St. John Bosco Parish, 1202 Avenue O South, Saskatoon will host a Parish Mission led by Christy Dupuis Friday, Jan. 12 (registration at 6:30 p.m., opening prayer at 7  p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 13 (registration 9:30 a.m., opening 10 a.m., closing 3 p.m.), Cost is $20 per adult, $5 per child (2 and under are free) or $50 per family (includes lunch on Saturday.) Childcare is available at the school. See or call (306) 652-1045.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 10.


* 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 - “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing” - Over 20 Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools have Rosary Clubs, praying with and for members of their community. Catholic education makes a difference in your community.

For more information see


* Time Out For Moms: Attention women and mothers of all ages. Time Out For Moms will be running new sessions beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17. 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., Saskatoon All women are invited to attend. For more information or to register please visit our website: or email: registrar [at]

Find us on Facebook at

Time Out for Moms is also looking for volunteer caregivers to watch the children while the moms meet. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity contact the email above or call Cristina Kirkham at 306-380-8671.


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


* 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 Sunday, January 14, 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.



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,


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 a Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer to 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.


* Station 20 West is holding the 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 in Saskatoon. Find more info on the website 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.)


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.


Medieval Feast - Reserve your free tickets to the Serena Saskatchewan Medieval Feast fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Saskatoon. 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 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.


* 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]


* 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]


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 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


* 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 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 gather in a warm and welcoming environment, and build community, open to all women of all ages and backgrounds. 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 if donors are not found to help with costs; charitable status is slated for February but donations are needed now. E-transfer donations to SMCBoard [at]  or call (306) 652-1802 for more information.




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