Lord God, Eternal Shepherd, we pray that you would bless your servant Bishop Donald Bolen, who is celebrating five years as shepherd of our diocese on March 25. Heavenly Father, pour out your mercy and your grace upon Bishop Don, protecting him and giving him strength, courage, and joy, as he cares for all that has been entrusted to him, and builds your Church as a sign of salvation for the world
TENEBRAE On, Friday, April 3 at 8:00 pm, the ancient service of Tenebrae will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral. Tenebrae evokes a sense of wonder and mystery as the Passion of Jesus is told through a series of psalms and readings. Candles are extinguished one by one, marking the progression to our Lord’s crucifixion. The last candle, the Christ Candle, is not extinguished but rather removed form view symbolizing the hope in the resurrection as all are blanketed in utter darkness. Everyone is welcome to attend.
* Churches for Environmental Action, is a committee committed to finding ways to awaken ecological consciousness in our congregations and mobilize the churches, presents an environmental awareness calendar. This calendar begins on the first day of spring and ends on earth day. The calendar can be used in parishes, schools, families or individual as a means to deepen our sense of awe for the gift of Creation and call to mind the ways in which we have taken this gift for granted. A copy of the calendar is available on the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/office-justice-and-peace-0 or contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841. PRAYER: Guide me, Creator God that I may cherish your beautiful Earth and all the life it sustains with the best of my energy, intelligence, imagination and love. Amen.
(NOTE to Parishes: the environmental awareness calendar has also been sent as an attachment in PDF form with this week’s bulletin announcements, for your parish office use)
St. Anne's Parish, Saskatoon is seeking a permanent part time assistant caretaker. Applicant must be available to work every Monday and Friday and replace the caretaker when on vacation. Duties include: cleaning, vacuuming, washing floors, set up and take down of tables and chairs, snow removal, grass cutting. Wages are based on the diocesan salary grid. Please submit your resume to: St. Anne's Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon, S7K 6Y2 or stannesparish [at] sasktel.net (stannesparish [at] sasktel.net) by April 2, 2015.
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Foundation Inc. presents Swing into Spring Fashion show and dinner, April 30, 2015 at Hall B, Prairie land Park. For tickets please call 306-659-7003.
* The Sacred Search - an evening for singles will be held 7 p.m. Friday, April 16 at Forest Grove Community Church, 502 Weber St., Saskatoon, with speaker and author Gary Thomas. “What if it’s not about who you marry, but why?” $20. See: www.saskatoonmarriagenetwork.ca
"Mother and Child Love Them Both" is the theme of the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association Provincial Convention to be held April 24 and 25 at St. Mary's Hall, 211-Avenue O South, Saskatoon. Dr. Deborah Zeni will present "A compassionate look at the effects of abortion" and "Complications and complexities"; while Shawna Sparrow will provide information on "Protecting your child in the digital age." Travon Clifton will share her story: "Conceived in rape - the exceptional life"; and Shancelle Hildebrandt will speak about adoption in "No greater love, no greater gift." Register before April 1 to receive early bird prices for the full convention, including the banquet: $60 each, $100 per couple, or $25 for students. Children 6-12 years: $10, Children 5 and under no charge. Child care is provided. Complimentary registration for clergy. You can also purchase tickets for the banquet only ($25) or to attend the convention on Saturday only ($35). For more information see: www.saskprolife.com/action/_spla_saskatoon_convention or phone (306) 373-3096.
* Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated throughout the Catholic Church on the second Sunday of Easter. Join the diocesan celebration of this devotion at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, with Fr. Dan Yasinski. (Please note that this is not a Mass, but a liturgy of special prayers). The Divine Mercy devotion is centred on the mercy of God and our trust in Jesus Christ. It is ia devotion that grew out of the revelations and writings of Saint Sr. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938). Divine Mercy Sunday was established in 2000 by Pope John Paul to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The devotion includes a Divine Mercy prayer chaplet, novenas, etc., and is accompanied by the Divine Mercy image of Jesus, standing with one hand raised in blessing, and the other pointing to his Sacred Heart, from which pour beams of red and white light. For more information about the Divine Mercy devotion and prayers, see the website at: www.divinemercy.org
* 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 April 17-19, 2015 weekend in Saskatoon, call Wendy or Fritz at (306) 652-7155 or email: retrouvaille [at] sasktel.net
* Share Lent - Development and Peace:
Today is Solidarity Sunday! Support the Share Lent collection for DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE. Pope Francis ends his Joy of the Gospel with this prayer to Mary: “Star of the new evangelization, help us to bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor, that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the Earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world.” Today, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Solidarity Sunday, we join the Holy Father in praying that we may all be radiant witnesses and that through our support of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE, the joy of the Gospel may indeed illuminate even the darkest corners of our world! Your gift can be placed in the Share Lent envelopes. Thank you for your generosity in helping to meet the needs of the world.
Your generous donations are vital to the mission of Development and Peace and its ability to help the poor. To learn more about how Share Lent makes a difference, check out the materials at the back of your church or visit the website at www.devp.org
Children’s Story Time will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Msgr. Michael J. Koch Library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 2nd floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon.
QUEEN’S HOUSE PROGRAMMING INFORMATION: 601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9
Phone: 306-242-191 Email: receptionist [at] queenshouse.org (receptionist [at] queenshouse.org) , Website: www.queenshouse.org
Ongoing programs include:
CENTERING PRAYER: Monday evenings - 7pm
HOLY EUCHARIST: Wednesdays, 3:00 pm (call to confirm time – all are warmly welcome!)
JOURNEY WITH SCRIPTURE – Fr. Paul Fachet OMI – 1st Wednesday of each month – April 1
TAIZE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2nd Tuesday/month - 8 pm – April 14, May 12, June 9
DAY AWAY – $25 with lunch - 2nd Wednesday each month – April 8 and May 13.
24 HOUR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: 4th Monday of the month – noon Monday to noon Tuesday
PERSONAL DAY(S) OF PRIVATE PRAYER: Book anytime
MARANATHA YOGA: Kate O’Gorman - Explore the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in this prayer-centered practice. All levels welcome. Drop-in $10.00 - March 23 and 29
* WHAT IS TRUTH? THE PERENNIAL QUESTION – Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers – 3 Saturday mornings 9:30 — 1:30 pm; March 28, April 25, May 23 - Cost $35 with lunch (or $25 with bag lunch) per session. Pilate’s question to an accused Jesus echoes through the centuries. We will explore several layers of meaning contained in the perennial question, develop criteria for assessing the “truth” about truth, and maybe learn to appropriate for ourselves some of the ways Jesus embodied the truth.
St. Therese Institute in Bruno is Now Accepting Applications for 2015-16 School Year
Do you know a young adult (age 18-35) who would benefit from spending a year at St. Therese Institute learning about the Catholic faith, immersing themselves in a life of prayer and discipleship, and living in a vibrant Christian community? St. Therese Institute is a place for young adults who want to learn from St. Thérèse of Lisieux her secrets of sanctity so that they can bring Christ into their workplaces, schools, and homes as Missionary Disciples wherever they are. This is a one-year program, with an optional second year available, and has transfer credits to select Universities across Canada. More information at www.StTherese.ca
Traveller’s Gathering –St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, Saskatoon, Friday, April 10, at 7:00 P.M.
Ministry to Tourism presents the 2015-16 travel programs that are on most people’s “Bucket list”.
1) Pilgrim Journey to Biblical Lands, Sept-Oct 2015.
2) Oceania and a New Zealand Mini Snowbird Experience, Jan-Feb 2016
If you have some flexible time and resources this is your golden opportunity to come and develop plans for travel out of the ordinary. Gisele Bauche, Artist and Scriptural Guide, will give a key presentation on the Holy Land Experience. Fr. Ralph Kleiter, will outline a program to Oceania via Chile and a focus on New Zealand, Jan-Feb 2016 as well as details and booking deadlines. To facilitate the evening’s arrangements please confirm your attendance a couple of days beforehand. Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to Tourism, 306-244-3747; Kleiter [at] shaw.ca (Kleiter [at] shaw.ca) ; www.pilgrimjourneys.ca
* Year of Consecrated Life – The life of prayer and contemplation founded on the Eucharistic mystery is also at the heart of the vocation of consecrated people who have chosen the path of the sequela Christi, to give themselves to the Lord with an undivided heart in an ever more intimate relationship with him. By their unconditional attachment to Christ and to his Church, they have the special mission to reminding everyone of the universal vocation to holiness... Consecrated men and women proclaim that God alone can give fullness to human existence. —Pope Benedict XVI, 2006 Address to Canadian Bishops
For More information about the Year of Consecrated Life, and testimony from local religious sisters, preists and brothers, visit our diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/year-consecrated-life
STEWARDSHIP CORNER: Jesus forgives our iniquity and remembers our sin no more. He models for us that we can have a new and victorious life through our obedience and suffering. In other words, God can use our suffering and obedience (surrender, confidence, faith and trust) in Christ to bring good into our lives and the lives of others when we allow the Holy Spirit’s to change our in inner-self; to let go and let God. As a follower of Christ, am I willing to let my old-self die (change) to be able to bear much fruit? To find out more about stewardship, contact Jocelyne Hamoline, Personal Giving Coordinator, Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, e-mail: jhamoline [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca (jhamoline [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca) or phone: (306) 659-5849 or see: www.dscatholicfoundation.ca/parish-stewardship-resources
ANNOUNCEMENTS CONTINUING FROM LAST WEEK:
* Assisted Suicide - Resources, information and postcards to print and send to federal government officials asking for action on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Assisted Suicide are posted on the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/office-justice-and-peace-0 or for more information, contact Myron Rogal at (306) 659-5841.
* Tickets are now available for the 9th Annual Bishop’s Dinner, which will be held on Friday, May 8 at TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon, beginning at 6:00 pm with a champagne reception. This year, proceeds of the Bishop’s Dinner will go toward Hospital Chaplaincy. Tickets are $150 this year, and can be purchased by contacting Cathy Gilje at (306) 659-5851 or cgilje [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca (cgilje [at] dscatholicfoundation.ca) A partial tax receipt will be issued. Join the Bishop for this enchanting evening of fine dining, music, dancing and fellowship.
* Parish Mission at Our Lady of Lourdes: You are invited to join us in our Parish Mission for Lenten renewal and to celebrate the year of the Parish’s 50th Anniversary. Fr. Robbie McDougall will preach at Sunday Masses March 22 and the following evenings from Monday March 23 to Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. on the theme: Celebrating and building Parish Community in the spirit of Jesus through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the personal and communal gifts of each person. For more information please phone Parish office at 306-343-0289. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is located at 1235-12th Street East, Saskatoon.
* Chrism Mass - Join representatives from across the diocese for the annual Chrism Mass, 7 p.m. Monday, March 30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Rd, Saskatoon.
* Theology on Tap for young adults 19-35 will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Louis’ on Campus - Come continue to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, and come for a great evening hearing from some beautiful women religious! Sr. Cindy Lewans, Sr. Lucie Hamel, along with some women from Discernment House in Saskatoon will speak on living prayer and discernment through the charism of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Wisdom for all, soak it up! Bring friends!
* Good Friday 2015 Saskatoon Way of the Cross Prayer Walk - The Way of the Cross is a community prayer walk which recalls the last hours of the Passion of Jesus. This event is ecumenical (many-denominations), scriptural, social-justice focused, and held outdoors. All ages, all are welcome. Gather in the park across from the Court House on Spadina Crescent at 9:45 a.m. Good Friday, April 3. The walk takes approximately two hours, with a soup lunch to follow at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon. You can also pray and reflect on your own: the scripture texts and reflections will be posted online, at www.ecumenism.net or for further information, please call Myron at (306) 659-5841.
Beyond the Beach in the Dominican Republic - 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at the Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium of St. Thomas More College, 1437 College Dr., Saskatoon. Respondents from Just Youth, the National Farmers Union, the Northern Trappers Alliance, and the U of S Native Studies Department will stand in solidarity with La Federación, speaking to their own work defending ecological and human health at home and abroad.
* Help for Persecuted Christians: Friends of Pakistan second annual fundraiser in support of Persecuted Christians in Pakistan, will be held on Sunday March 29 at Rock of Ages Church, 130 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. The doors open with entertainment at 5:30 p.m., with an Indian Buffet and Program at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For tickets, contact: Nadeem Bhatti, savepeace3 [at] gmail.com (savepeace3 [at] gmail.com) or (306) 717-7725; or Diego Monteiro, diegomonteiro [at] shaw.ca (diegomonteiro [at] shaw.ca) or (306) 222-5007 or tickets can be purchased online at www.nightfeverent.com/friends-of-pakistan-east-indian-buffet-fundraiser. Or find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1414312602214525/. There has never been a time in Christian history where so many people’s lives are at risk because of their decision to follow Christ and worship in a faith community. Pope Francis reminds us that “so many Christians in the world are suffering, and to ask ourselves, am I indifferent to that suffering, or does it affect me like it's a member of the family? Does it touch my heart, or doesn't it really affect me, [to know that] so many brothers and sisters in the family are giving their lives for Jesus Christ?” Bishop Bolen invites our communities to attend this event, saying: “Our world is becoming smaller. Persecuted Christians, as with others persecuted for their faith, are no longer far away. Members of their families, their communities, live in our midst. Today, Pakistani Christians need our help. Let's work together to reach out in support to our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ there.”
* You are invited to the diocesan Annual General Meeting 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. The Annual Financial Report for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon will be presented. There will an opportunity for questions.
When: 4 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015
Where: Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon, SK
Who: All are welcome!
Aid for Christians in Syria - The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is calling for aid for Syria’s Christians, who are victims of the violence and war raging in Syria, with thousands in peril, or forced to leave their homes. CNEWA’s core mission is to help the Christian community that is increasingly threatened by extremist groups that have taken advantage of the political instability to prey on the most vulnerable. The Melkite Church of Syria has confirmed that at least 450,000 Christians have left Syria over the past two years. Anyone wishing to support Assyrian Christians can make a donation to CNEWA Canada by mailing a cheque payable to “Emergency Syria” to CNEWA Canada, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K9, or by visiting www.cnewa.ca or calling toll free 1-866-322-4441. An official receipt for tax purposes will be issued for donations of $10 or more.
CNEWA, mandated by the pope in 1926, is well-established in the Middle East, managing emergency programs in Gaza, Iraq and Syria, as well as efforts in Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. The Association also maintains a presence in the northeast of Africa, India and Eastern Europe (primarily in Ukraine).
The National Catholic Mission 2015, “Beware the Holy Spirit!” will be broadcast on Vision TV Monday, March 30 (Part 1 "God and the Six O’clock News") and Tuesday, March 31 (Part 2 "God does not count birthdays"). In Saskatchewan, the mission can be seen at 4 p.m. and repeated at 8 p.m. on both days. It will be hosted by Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick and feature Spiritan Fr. Anthony Gittins.
* Voices of Our Sisters: Standing Together in Hope - an ecumenical response to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls Saturday, April 18 at Mayfair United Church, 902-33rd Street West, Saskatoon. This day is for you if you have ever asked yourself: "What can we as Church do to be in solidarity with those working to solve the crisis of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls? What can I do?" The day begins with a traditional pipe ceremony at 8 a.m. on April 18: all are welcome. From 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. there will be keynote speakers, panels and discussion. Free child care will be provided on site. There will be a free will offering taken for lunch. Register online at: www.sistersvoices.ca or for more information call (306) 659-5834.
Keynote speakers will include Professor Winona Wheeler of the University of Saskatchewan, Glenda Abbott of Wanuskewin, and Pauline Meskego, mother of Daleen Bosse (who was murdered in 2004).
Diocesan social media - Ideas for Lent, meatless dishes, etc. can be found on the diocese Pinterest page at “saskatooncath RC Diocese of Saskatoon” – or follow us on Twitter: @saskatooncath
Looking for resources on how to prepare a child for the sacrament of reconciliation? Find some ideas online at: http://catholicmom.com/2015/01/19/5-ways-to-prepare-your-child-for-first-reconciliation/
Volunteers needed - The Msgr. Michael J. Koch Library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre is seeking volunteers to help in the library. Flexible hours and a great learning experience! Contact Mariel at (306) 659-5853 or e-mail: library [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com (library [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com)
* Marriage Appreciation Banquet – In past years, the Diocese of Saskatoon has shown appreciation for couples involved in any kind of marriage ministry with an annual banquet. This year, as a sign of our appreciation, we invite all couples involved with any form of marriage preparation or enrichment, to attend a Friday night-Saturday afternoon marriage retreat on April 17-18 with internationally popular speaker, Gary Thomas. Thomas wrote a book called Sacred Marriage that speaks of marriage as the vocation God gave us to make us holy more than to make us simply “happy”. To book your free registration, please call Blake Sittler at (306) 659-5834.
* What if marriage is meant to make us holy more than happy? Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage, will present his insightful message about how marriage is aimed at making us better Christians, not just better spouses April 17-18 at Forest Grove Church in Saskatoon. Registration is $99/couple before March 31 or $129 after April 1 (Registration is FREE if you are involved in helping with any form of marriage prep or enrichment in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon). For more information, please visit www.saskatoonmarriagenetwork.ca or to inquire about free registration, call Blake at (306) 659-5834.
* NOTE: Bursaries are also available to others from the diocese of Saskatoon who wish to attend this conference. You can find the “Education of Laity” bursary application form on the diocesan website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/education-laity-fund or call Blake for more information: (306) 659-5834.
Springtime of the Faith is a series of 11 week-long conferences on a variety of subjects related to faith and mission at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK. Join the St. Therese students for one (or more) of these inspiring 5-6 day conferences. More information about all the conferences can be found online at: www.st-t.ca/SotF or call: 306-369-2555.
Upcoming “Springtime of the Faith” Conferences at St. Therese Institute of Faith and Mission in Bruno, SK include:
TeenSTAR: Sexuality Teaching in the Context of Adult Responsibility - teacher certification Being Apostles of Hope: Ecumenism and Apologetics - April 12-17
Heart of Worship: Liturgy and Sacraments - April 12-17
Ignatian Discernment 1 -April 19-24
To Know Christ Jesus: The Heart of Catechetics - April 19-24
Ignatian Discernment 2 - April 26-May 1
Holy Family: The Apostolate of the Christian Family - April 26-May 1
Into the Heart: An introduction to the Theology of the Body with Christopher West - May 3-7
Heralds of the New Evangelization - May 10-15
Register for two or more conferences and save 10 per cent (use code: 10-SOTF). Register at www.st-t.ca/SotF or call (306)369-2555.
There will be a Saskatoon City Deanery meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, featuring two speakers: Fr. Gerard Cooper will speak on his role as the dean of Saskatoon City Deanery; and Blake Sittler, co-director of Pastoral Services, will speak on priorities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast will be held 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18 at Prairieland Park, 503 Ruth Street West, Saskatoon. Keynote speaker is Lorna Dueck, executive director of Context TV; who appears Sunday mornings on Global and Vision TV, writes on Faith and Public Life for the Globe and Mail, and is a former host of 100 Huntley Street. Special musical guests: Brian Doerksen and The Shiyr Poets. Tickets are $35 each or $240 for a table of eight, available at the Prairieland box office www.tickets.sasktoonex.com Find more details about the prayer breakfast online at: www.saskatoonprayerbreakfast.ca or call: (306) 370-9870. The breakfast is a non-profit project. Any proceeds will be donated to local charities.
* From Mourning to Dawn, the diocesan grief support group for widows and widowers is hosting their spring session, beginning on April 7, 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 April 7, 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] saskatoonrcdiocese.com.
Disney Extravaganza is the latest concert presented by St. Thomas More College’s Newman Sounds Glee Club. There are shows on Saturday March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday March 29 at 3:00 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon. This family-friendly concert will feature songs from several Disney movies. Tickets and information are available at www.picatic.com/disney and the Broadway Theatre Box Office 306-652-6556
* Healing the Pain of Abortion: A Weekend Retreat by Rachel's Vineyard - A psychological and spiritual journey for healing after abortion, Rachel's Vineyard is now accepting registrations for the Spring Retreat April 10-12, 2015. Please check the website: www.rachelsvineyard.org or e-mail r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net (r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net) or call 1-306-480-8911 for registration information. The weekend begins on Friday evening and concludes late Sunday afternoon. Registration fee is $200/person or $350/couple, which includes lodging for two nights, meals and materials. For those needing financial assistance, sponsorship is available.
Please pray for our team and participants! If you would like to make a donation please send it to: Rachel's Vineyard Box 282, North Battleford, SK. S9A 2Y3.
* Diocese seeks helping hearts and hands - Do you enjoy shopping, organizing, food preparation, serving at functions? Do you have a love of being with people and serving others? Why not join our diocesan catering team? A few times each year, this volunteer team assists the diocese in hosting social functions such as the reception after the Chrism Mass, to be held this year on Monday, March 30. The catering team is seeking volunteers who are willing to prepare food, host, serve and clean up, in a spirit of service, joy and friendship. If you would like to help contact Sharon at (306) 659-5831 or e-mail foundations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com (foundations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com)
* “Joy of the Gospel – Unwrapping the Gift of Jesus” will be presented March 25 at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, 1121 Northumberland Avenue (at the corner of Moore Place) in Saskatoon, beginning at 7 p.m. on each Wednesday in March. Pope Francis has given us a most precious gift, a gift filled with passion, sharp critiques and an invitation to live the ‘mission’ of faith through personal transformation. His document entitled The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium, is filled with a message of love and a challenge to live the Gospel and hence share God’s mercy to all men, women, and children. We will unwrap the life of Jesus: how he lived, how he loved and forgave, and how he invites us to walk with him. Together we will find opportunities in which we can evangelize our own spirits and proclaim God’s love to others through our everyday lives. Guest speaker is Jocelyne Hamoline, Major and Planned Giving Officer of the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation.
* 40 HOURS FOR LIFE- 40 Hours For Life continues each day until Palm Sunday, March 29. Every day, for 40 days, people will be praying for an end to abortion and offering help to those who need support. The mission takes place in front of City Hospital and signs are provided. The times are Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and every day from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The mission goes rain, snow or shine. God used 40-day periods to transform individuals and communities and the entire world. During these 40 days of prayer, fasting and peaceful activism, we seek to change the hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life. Individuals, church groups, school groups and youth groups are all welcome. Won’t you join us? For more information contact Denise at (306) 249-2764.
* A Pure Witness Alive Retreat will be held at Sacred Heart Parish in Watson, on Saturday, March 28. A Confirmation/First Eucharist Retreat begins in the morning, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by the Pure Witness Alive Retreat for all youth from 12:30-8:30 p.m. For more information contact Fr. Geoff Young at (306) 202-6936 or e-mail: sasksaints [at] gmail.com (sasksaints [at] gmail.com) or contact Lynda Statchuk at (306) 338-3502 or e-mail: c.l.statchuk [at] sasktel.net (c.l.statchuk [at] sasktel.net)
* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together: St. Francis Xavier Parish, Saskatoon
Catholicism Meets African Traditional Spirituality – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow Street, Saskatoon, featuring Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem, OP. The relationship that developed from the first contact of Catholicism and the African world was one that was both unequal and biased. Coming with a superiority complex, the missionaries saw little or nothing worth emulating in the African world. Consequently, many in the Western world have a very poor, if not wrong, understanding of the African Traditional Religion (ATR) and its underlying spirituality. The session goal is to correct this misunderstanding and show the spiritual richness which the West can gain from ATR. Cost: $5. To register for this Foundations:Exploring Our Faith Together session, contact Irene: (306) 933-1108.
* Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together: St. Alphonse Parish, Viscount
The Blessed Sacrament – Adoration and the Real Presence – 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24 at St. Alphonse Parish in Viscount, featuring Fr. Geoffrey Young. In the great tradition of the Catholic Church and attested to by the lives of the saints, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has been one of the most profound ways to grow in our intimacy with Christ. Pope Paul VI stated in Mysterium Fidei: "The Catholic Church has always displayed and still displays this latria (worship) that ought to be paid to the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, both during Mass and outside of it." With the Eucharist, we do not simply encounter a thing or a ritual, but a person, Christ Jesus. Our traditions, rituals, and the worship that is extended to it centers on this Sacrament of love that is described as the source and summit of the Church. "The only-begotten Son of God is to be adored in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist with the worship of ‘latria’, including external worship.” This session explores our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, our adoration and latria (worship) of him who desires to encounter us. Part of the session will include time for prayer in celebrating the solemn rite of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. To register for this Foundations:Exploring Our Faith Together session, contact Cindy (306) 944-4573.
* FOUNDATIONS: Exploring Our Faith Together – Lenten reflection series:
“The Light of Glory in Prairie Skies” - Salvation History in the Stained Glass of Holy Family Cathedral - Join Bishop Donald Bolen and Agnes Pelletier on three Sunday afternoons in Lent for this prayerful, poetic and theological reflection on God’s revelation, examined through the lens of the beauty and art of the stained glass windows that circle the worship space of the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Each session will begin at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. No registration is required; attend one, two or all three! (There will be an opportunity to make a free will offering.)
Sunday, March 29, 2015 – Resurrection and Glory: Salvation comes through Jesus, continues through the work of the Holy Spirit within us, and will one day bring us to eternal life.
For more information contact Sharon Powell at the diocesan office of Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together at (306) 659-5831 or foundations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com (foundations [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com)
Catholic Marriage Preparation is offered either as weekly sessions or as a weekend event in several settings in the weeks ahead. Check the diocesan website for program details at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/marriage-and-family-life
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: March 27-29, 2015; May 1-3, 2015; June 19-21, 2015; November 13-15, 2015. For more information please call Kim and Vance Weber at 306-698-2466, or go to www.ceewest.com
1. As we hear the words, “God so loved the world,” may we respond with reverence for creation. We pray to the Lord.
2. As we are warmed and energized by the spring sun, may we open our hearts to be energized by Jesus, our Light. We pray to the Lord.