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Lord God, Bless all students as they return to school, and bless the teachers, staff, parents and families who will journey with them in the year ahead.


* An annual World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation has been declared by Pope Francis for Sept. 1. Please join others around the world to pray for the protection of life and for our common home. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” -Ps 24.


* Public Events to be held in conjunction with the international Evangelical-Roman Catholic consultation being hosted in Saskatoon:

*  Public Lecture 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at Circle Drive Church, 3035 Preston Avenue S., Saskatoon: entitled “Christocentric Exegesis in the Church Fathers” with Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky, professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and a member of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and the international Evangelical-Roman Catholic consultation.

* Panel discussion with the International Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 2 at Holy Family Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road in Saskatoon. For the past five years, 14 theologians, pastors, and other leaders from Brazil, the Philippines, Guatemala, Kenya, Spain, Italy, Germany, the USA, and Canada have been discussing challenging issues that have divided Catholics and Evangelicals. Appointed by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Vatican, these 14 leaders will be visiting Saskatoon in early September. Come meet the dialogue members and learn about the progress of relations in other parts of the world. There will be a panel discussion and an opportunity to ask questions. All are welcome.


* Marriage Preparation Course offered through Holy Spirit parish begins Oct. 18, 2015, continuing to Nov. 22. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. Please call Arch McKay, (306) 373-0993, email: agmckay1 [at]  or the parish office, 374-1425 for information and to register.


Catholic Engaged Encounter in Lumsden - Getting married? Want a weekend away to focus on your relationship? “A Wedding is a Day, a Marriage is a Lifetime.” Catholic Engaged Encounter uses a tried and true method of marriage preparation that has been successful for over 30 years and gained approval from the Vatican and hundreds of dioceses throughout the world. Regina CEE has openings in our upcoming weekends. Dates in Lumsden include: November 13-15, 2015. Contact Kim and Vance Weber at (306) 698-2466, or go to


* Rosary on the Steps – join St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral parish community as a public witness to the power of prayer, by praying the rosary on the front steps of the church at 720 Spadina Crescent in Saskatoon every Thursday evening in September, beginning at 7 p.m.


* Retirement Tea sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, in honour of Mary Comeault, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Bishop Pocock room at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon. Please join our celebration and share in our gratitude of Mary’s many years of service in our Diocese. Mary is a long-time member of the Christian Initiation and Catechetics team (formerly known as Rural Catechetics).


* Stress in Your Marriage?  Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage.  Some experience coldness.  Others experience conflict in their relationship.  Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.  Retrouvaille can help.  For confidential information about or to register for the September 18-20, 2015 weekend in Saskatoon, call Wendy or Fritz at (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille [at]


* Cathedral Series 2015: Pope Francis' Vision on Care for our Common Home - Join Sr. Judy Schactel, SMS, and Dr. Chris Hrynkow for a timely exploration of Pope Francis' social encyclical, Laudato Si'- Explore Pope Francis' efforts to foster social, cultural and religious sustainability in our time during this three-session Cathedral Series to be held at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Monday, Sept. 28, and Monday, Oct. 5. It is not necessary to pre-register. Attend one, two, or all three sessions! Refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to make a free-will offering.

For more information contact Sharon Powell of the diocesan Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together office at 306-659-5831 or foundations [at] Details:

  • Monday, Sept. 21 - 7 p.m. - Integral Ecology and Our Common Home - In Laudato Si' and through his other teachings and actions, Pope Francis has developed a view of the world that sees humans as existing in a series of intertwined relationship with self, neighbour, creation, and God. This session will unpack that view and explore some of its implications for the way people of faith think about life on this planet.
  • Monday, Sept. 28 - 7 p.m. - Contemporary Crises, Ecological Education, and Eco-Spirituality - Pope Francis argues that the human family now faces interrelated social, ecological, and cultural crises. This session will look at both Francis' description of these challenges and the pope's suggested cures in the areas of ecological education and eco-spirituality.
  • Monday, Oct. 3 - 7 p.m. - The Gospel of Creation and Green Action - Laudato Si' offers a green reading of the joy and hope of the gospel as one of its key foundations for social and ecological action to heal a planetary community in trouble. This session will explore that foundation in conversation with a selection of the many practical recommendations for green living and political action that Francis presents in his first social encyclical.


The Msgr. Michael J. Koch resource library located within the Pastoral Centre is seeking new volunteers. No experience necessary! If you are interested in volunteering at the library for either a half or full day between Monday – Thursday, please contact Sharon Leyne at sharonleyne [at] or by calling (306) 659-5853.


* From Mourning to Dawn, the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers is hosting their fall session, beginning on Sept. 15, 2015.  Facilitators, who have experienced the loss of their 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 on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning September 15, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Cathedral of the Holy Family (123 Nelson Road). The cost is $25.  For more information or to register, please contact Elan at (306) 679-7717 or email at cic.elan [at]  


* Creating Cultures of Parish Generosity, is a top-notch, two-day stewardship conference that is open to all, Sept. 11-12 at the Cathedral of Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. This event will provide pertinent, concrete information on giving, fundraising, and Catholic theology about money and generosity. Designed for clergy, parish leadership and any interested lay persons! Cost is $85 for both days. Register online before the Sept. 4 deadline: or contact Jocelyne Hamoline at jhamoline [at] or call (306) 659-5849. Find more information at: or


* TRANSITIONS - The pain of divorce is often unbearable. What many people forget is that divorce is a fancy word masking what is truly a broken attachment between two people who once loved each other. If you have had to face this painful experience, and feel alone and helpless, we can help. Transitions is a rebuilding program for those living through separation or divorce, which is offered by the Diocese of Saskatoon twice a year. The evenings are facilitated by those who have already journeyed through this experience and have found some healing for themselves. The sessions are held Monday evenings for 11 weeks at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, beginning Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. For more info or to register, contact Sharon at (306) 659-5831 or by email: foundations [at]


* 16th Annual Pilgrimage and Walk to the Pro-Life Millennium Cross will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. The 100-foot white steel cross is located 10 km northeast of Aberdeen, SK, on Highway #41. Guest speaker this year is Shawna Arnold, Fountain of Hope. A Living Rosary is celebrated during the afternoon, along with other prayers. Food and beverages are available – bring your rosary and chairs. For more information about the Millennium Cross and the Pro-Life Pilgrimage, see:


* RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CONFERENCE - The Leslie & Irene Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies Lecture Series and Events presents “Restorative Justice: Building a Culture of Hope” Oct. 1-3, 2015 in Saskatoon. Begins with a Public Lecture (reception to follow) 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, featuring: First Voice: Adam Gervais, who was the victim of an unprovoked violent assault that left him in a coma for two months and resulted in permanent brain injury. Public Address: Bishop Gary Gordon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria, BC, who is involved nationally in promoting restorative justice. The Conference itself has three parts:

  • PART ONE - Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - workshops, media event and panel discussion at Queen's House Retreat and Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK. Participants: Those interested in restorative justice including Indigenous peoples, those working in the criminal justice system, students, restorative justice practitioners, representatives of faith communities and anyone else with an interest. Schedule: Begins with lunch and registration, followed by concurrent workshops on restorative justice, a media event/ press release, and a panel discussion entitled: "Hope: When Those We Love Are Harmed, Go Missing, And Found Murdered." The panel will include Senator Lillian Dyck, Bishop Gary Gordon, Rev. Brian Rude and Ms Carole Wolfe.
  • PART TWO - Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Public lecture and webcast with Bishop Gary Gordon and three respondents, streamed in from across Canada at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK.
  • PART THREE - Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Workshops, lectures and lunch at St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Drive, Saskatchewan, with concurrent workshops on restorative justice, a lecture by Rev. Brian Rude, Lunch at Choices, and a public address "Restorative Justice for Aboriginal Peoples" by Judge Steven Point, former lieutenant-governor of British Columbia.

The Restorative Justice Conference is co-sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, the Micah Mission, the Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, the Lutheran Synod and St. Thomas More College.

Registration cost is $35. Student registration is free through the generosity of donors, but students must still pre-register. The registration deadline is Sept. 22, 2015. To register for the Conference go to the website at:  or for information contact Gertrude Rompré at (306) 966-8929 or email grompre [at]


* Catholic Studies at St Thomas More College: The Catholic Studies Minor at STM provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Catholic thought and culture.  The centerpiece of the Catholic Studies Minor is CTST 200.3 (Introduction to Catholic Studies), which this year will focus on Catholic literature.  The course takes place Tuesday and Thursday afternoons of the Fall term, 2:30-3:50pm.  For more information, please visit: or contact Prof. Sarah Powrie at spowrie [at]


* The Alpha Program is again being hosted at the Cathedral of the Holy Family starting September 22, 2015. This is an eight-week program that answers relevant topics about our Christian faith.  Some of the responses from the last session were: “made new friends,” “discovered a relationship with God through Jesus,” and “found new purpose for life.” For more information or to register online please visit the Cathedral of the Holy Family website or contact Andy Korvemaker at andy [at] or (306) 659-5800.


* St. John Bosco parish in Saskatoon is looking for a part time secretary starting September 14th. The secretary is responsible for preparing the Sunday bulletins, answering telephones and e-mails, maintaining church records and providing administrative support to church leadership and staff. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is important for this position. Please submit resumes to stjohnboscoministry [at] or St. John Bosco, 1202 Avenue O South, S7M 2T6, by September 9th. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. 


* CELEBRATING CONSECRATED LIFE - The Knights of Columbus of Denis Mahoney Council #8215 invites you to celebrate with Bishop Donald Bolen ‘The Year of Consecrated Life.’ Come and meet those who have answered the call. A delicious steak supper will be catered with all the trimmings. The supper will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, with Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and Supper at 6:00 p.m. with musical entertainment. Tickets are available from Andy Wilson (306) 249-0485 and Reg Bilodeau (306) 373-5931. Cost: $25. Proceeds will be directed toward diocesan vocational efforts.


Year of Consecrated Life

Invited to leave everything to follow Christ, you, consecrated men and women, no longer define your life by family, by profession, or by earthly interests, and you choose the Lord as your only identifying mark. Thus you acquire a new family identity.”

—Homily of Pope John Paul II, Jubilee of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2000

Find testimonies and vocation stories about Consecrated Life on the diocesan website:


* Youth, young adults, parents, those involved in youth ministry, and all parishioners of the Saskatoon City Deanery are invited to the fall meeting on September 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. at St. Mary's Parish, 211 Ave O South. This meeting will focus on engaging the youth in our parishes. There will be time to learn about and discuss current youth initiatives as well as an opportunity to share ideas about possibilities for the future. Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote, "dear young people, the Church depends on you... Your presence renews, rejuvenates and gives new energy to the Church." With these words in mind, please join us as we come together to discuss how to best serve the young people of our parishes. If you have any questions regarding this upcoming meeting, please contact Joe Simonot (306) 343-6443.


Knights of Columbus Councils, Monsieur Robinson Council 8279 and Saskatoon Council 1517 have undertaken a fund raising event called Dream Lottery. The success of this lottery will depend on the support of our local parish communities and members of the Knight of Columbus. This Dream Lottery is well under way but we are in need of volunteers to help sell tickets in our parishes and various locations around the city. The proceeds from this exciting project will be donated to Knights of Columbus Bosco Farm School, Indoor Games, Saskatoon Youth Development Complex and The George Mackie Foundation charities within our community. Please remember when purchasing a ticket it is a chance to win some great prizes but it is also a donation to a worthy cause. If you can volunteer to help or would like a book of tickets to sell please contact Steven Reagan at (306) 382-8745 or, Ron Frehlich at (306) 229-0090 or, Abel DeSa at (306) 717-3135 or, Brian Doepker at (306) 384-0081 or, Bart Austin at (306) 222-9751, or, text (306) 250-3221 or e-mail: kofcdreamlottery [at]


* Invitation to Corn Roast: Columbus Bosco Homes would like to invite you to the Annual Corn Roast Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at 5:30p.m. at the Farm School, 10 minutes NE of Saskatoon.  This fundraiser helps support At-Risk youth in an educational/farm setting. Meal tickets are $20.00 each and available from Chris Sarich at 343-5640 or Lorne Keller at 374-6134 or Ernest Boyko at 374-2492.  Deadline for tickets is Sept 14, 2014.  Thank you for your support..



St. Thomas More Chapel on the University of Saskatchewan Campus will resume Sunday Masses at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2015, and Sunday Masses at 5 pm will resume Sept. 13.


* Fund-Raising Steak Night Supper for St. Philip Neri Refugee Committee will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Sutherland Bar and Grill. Tickets are $20/person. Steak, chicken or a veggie option available. You must be 19 years if age or older to attend. There will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 tickets. This is a chance for you to have a fun night out with friends while helping raise funds for our refugee family that will be arriving soon. Tickets available by contacting a member of the St. Philip Neri Refugee Committee or Sheila Flory (306-931-8053) or Jackie Bantle (306-343-0573). We will also be selling tickets at St Philip Neri church after weekend masses in September.


* Maranatha Yoga combines the benefits of yoga poses and practice with the Christian tradition of contemplative prayer.  Maranatha is an Aramaic word meaning ‘Come, Lord Jesus’.  Explore the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in this prayer-centered practice. These all-level classes are appropriate for people who are new to yoga as well as for those who have a regular practice.  For more information or to register, please contact Kate O’Gorman, RYT by phone at (306) 203-2938, by e-mail maranathayoga [at] or visit   Upcoming Maranatha Yoga sessions include:

         • Mondays – Foundations: Exploring Our Faith TogetherYoga Class, Sept. 14-Nov. 9 (no classes Oct. 12), 5:30-6:30 PM at St. Anne’s Catholic Church (217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon). Cost: $64/8 weeks or $10 Drop-In

         • Mondays - Sept. 14-Dec. 7 (no classes Oct. 12), 7:15-8:30 PM at Queen’s House of Retreat (601 Taylor Street W. Saskatoon) Cost: $96/12 weeks or $10 Drop-In

         • Tuesdays - Sept. 8-Nov. 24, 12:15-1:00 PM, St. Philip Neri Catholic Church (1902 Munroe Ave. Saskatoon) Cost: $96/12 weeks or $10 Drop-In

         • Wednesdays  - Sept. 9-Dec. 2 (no classes Nov. 11) 7:00-8:15PM at Cornerstone Church (315 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon) Cost: $96/12 weeks or $10 Drop-In


Church Curling League - Do you need a new fall activity full of fun and fellowship….why not curling? The Saskatoon Church Curling League wants you to consider joining us on Wednesday nights at 8:45 pm at the Granite Curling Club starting in October. Be a regular and play every week or join as a spare and play occasionally. For more information, please call Glade Penner at (306) 955-1009 or email him at gppenner [at]


Sion Alumni Gathering - The Academy of Sion Annual Alumni Brunch will be held on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 am. It will be at Smiley's Buffet and Event Centre, 702 Circle Dr. E Saskatoon.  The cost is $20 each to be purchased on site. There will be a short program with lots of visiting time and great food. If you have any questions please contact Elaine Zakreski at 306-652-1382 or e-mail p.z [at]  Raffle tickets will be available for a 100 gift certificate ($5 each or 3 for $10).


Sept. 11-13 – Sion Academy Graduates 50th Reunion for the Class of 1965 for the class of 1965 – Come and join the Celebration at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon. For info call: Linda (Walecke) Holash  at (306) 668-2108.


* Are you looking for something fun for the whole family? Come join SERENA Saskatchewan for their fourth annual “Run for the Family” at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 in Saskatoon. Run or walk 1 km, 3 km, or 5 km. Strollers are welcome. To register, visit Registration is open until Sept. 10. More info: sask [at]


“Root Vegetables” Wanted - Queen’s House welcomes donations of any and all root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, etc. Please call Gerry at (306) 242-1916 to arrange for pick up or delivery of all veggie donations. Thank you.


* Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee, Friday, Sept. 4 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 Christ.


* The 10th annual Compassionate Healers Mass will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Dormition Ukrainian Catholic Parish, Saskatoon. Refreshments to follow. Coming together as one community this special invitation is extended to: Medical Personnel, Spiritual Care, Volunteers, Parish Nurses, Men and Women Religious in Health Care Ministry, Ministry of Care Volunteers in Parishes and Health Care Facilities and Family Caregivers, Medical & Healthcare Students. The Eucharist will re-energize us in our professions and in our faith.  Bound by common beliefs, we share in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ throughout the diocese.


Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) - Mark your calendars for Oct. 19-20, 2015 for the 72nd CHAS Conference, to be held at the Prince Albert Inn in Prince Albert, SK. This year’s theme is “Inside Out:  Spirituality and Quality in Health Care.” Keynote speakers will be Kenneth Pargament, PhD., and Sr. Mary Jean Ryan. Contact (306) 655-5330, [at]  or visit  for more information.


Upcoming Queen’s House Events:

QUEEN’S HOUSE PROGRAMMING INFORMATION: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9; Phone: 306-242-1916; E-mail: receptionist [at] or website:

Ongoing programs include:

  • CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings - 7pm
  • HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm (call to confirm time – all are welcome!)
  • JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE: Fr Paul Fachet - $25 includes lunch – 1st Wednesday – Oct. 7
  • TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: 2nd Tuesday/month - 8 pm – Sept. 8
  • DAY AWAY with Gisele Bauche: 2nd Wednesday each month - $25 includes lunch – Sept. 9
  • 24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday/month, 12:00 pm to Tuesday 12:00 pm


Our Lady of Lourdes St. Laurent Shrine historic roadside shrine north of Saskatoon, off of Highway 11, near Duck Lake Sept. 8 - Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 6:30 p .m. to 7:30 p.m. - Sacrament of Reconciliation; 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Marian prayer/rosary; 7:30 p.m. - Celebration of the Eucharist; 8:30 p.m. Candlelight procession, followed by birthday cake and coffee at 9 p.m. (You are invited to bring a long-stemmed live rose in honour of Mary). Find more information at:  or call (306) 467-4447 or (306) 384 8629.


Become a Host Family for an international student attending one of the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. We promise a compatible match, orientation and support, and a generous allowance. For more information, please contact Amy at gscs [at]

 or The Canada Homestay Network, 306-667-3825 ext. 2082


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PILGRIMAGE & TOUR to Mexico City – Star of the New Evangelization will take place from Feb. 11 to Feb. 20, 2016 with Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon. Prices for double occupancy are $2,400 per person. Basic price of pilgrimage and tour includes: return airfare from Saskatoon to Mexico City, flight cancellation insurance, hotel (9 nights), breakfasts and suppers served at the hotel, the services of an experienced English speaking local tour guide, transportation and day tours. A $100 deposit is required with registration (non refundable); with $1,000 required by Sept. 1, 2015.  Final payment of $1,300 required by Nov. 1, 2015. For registration form or further information, contact Marlene at (306) 262-1647.


Have you ever thought of giving a year of your life in missionary service?  Pure Witness Ministries engages teams of Catholic men and women, eighteen years of age and older and trains them as missionaries to: proclaim the freedom, hope and joy that come from living pure lives for Christ, and to present the teachings of our Catholic faith to youth and families across Western Canada in dynamic ways that speak to this generation.  Pure Witness missionaries experience a transformational year in their lives as they live out the three-fold mission of: Community Life, Faith Formation and Outreach.  Discover all that you were created to be and be a part of the renewal of faith in our Church as we work together to love a generation back to Christ. For more information, check out or email carmen.marcoux [at]   


Lay Formation – Apply today! Applications are now being accepted for the Lay Formation program starting in September. Are you longing to deepen your relationship with God? Do you want to enrich your prayer life and grow as a member of a Christian community?  Are you hungry to learn more about your faith? Consider Lay Formation! Held one weekend a month in Saskatoon from September to June. To apply, call (306) 659-5847 or e-mail: layform [at] or see:


The following announcement requests come from groups outside of our Catholic ministry partners in the diocese. As always, the parish Pastor and Parish Life Director are invited to make all publication decisions regarding their particular parish communities.


A few things going on at Saskatoon Open Door Society: 

• Dynamic Grandparenting Workshop Tuesdays, September 15-October 13, 10am-12pm, at Saskatoon Open Door Society, 129 3rd Avenue North.   We will discuss communication, compassion, family and community harmony and intercultural human values.  Anyone can register, grandparents or parents.

         • A Bazaar and Craft Sale on Saturday, November 14 from 11am-4pm at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral on 816 Spadina Cresent East.  We invite any artists or crafters to apply to join the Bazaar.  Tables are free.

To register for any of these programs or for more information, please contact Shannon at Open Door, (306) 653-4464 ext 386.

1. Help us be aware of God’s presence in all created things. We pray to the Lord.


2. For support for Farmland Legacies, that the poor among us may have access to healthful protein.     We pray to the Lord.