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Citizens for Public Justice and Dignity for All Campaign

Chew on This! is an annual event organized by Citizens for Public Justice and the Dignity for All campaign. Each year, volunteers go out to their communities on Oct. 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, to hand out lunch bags containing a food item, a magnet, and a postcard directed to the federal government. This year’s campaign is calling for a comprehensive national strategy to reduce poverty. To organize a Chew on This! event or for more information, go to www.dignityforall.ca/chew-on-this or contact Darlene O’Leary at darlene [at] cpj.ca.

Decision Making in Healthcare

* DECISION MAKING IN HEALTHCARE (FOUNDATIONS COURSE at Holy Spirit Parish. One, two-hour session.) Mary Deutscher, bioethicist for St. Paul's Hospital and the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan, will take a look at how each of us makes decisions, paying particular attention to decisions made in a healthcare setting.  As an example, we will explore the Catholic Church's teachings on feeding tubes and how these teachings can help us if we are faced with a seemingly impossible choice. This presentation will be held at Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Place, Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm. Pre-registration is appreciated; the cost is $5, payable at the door.  To register and/or receive more information please call Charlene or Kelly at 306 374-1425.

Decision-making in health care - ethicist Mary Deutscher reflects on challenges and issues (Oct. 16 diocesan Foundations session at Holy Spirit Parish)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

Making difficult health care decisions involves the same process we use to make other difficult decisions, ethicist Mary Deutscher said at a recent diocesan Foundations: Exploring Our Faith Together program hosted Oct. 16, 2017 by Holy Spirit Parish in Saskatoon.

The ethicist for St. Paul’s Hospital and the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan engaged her listeners in a reflection on making decisions and the role of conscience, before addressing some specific scenarios related to artificial nutrition and hydration. 

World Food Day

Make a Food Bank donation to mark World Food Day Oct. 16 – This event was established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945 to encourage reflection and awareness about food issues, food security, and those living with poverty and hunger in our world. The Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition is inviting parishioners and church members to donate a can of food or make a monetary donation to their local Food Bank to mark Food Day!  (Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is located at 202 Avenue C South in Saskatoon (306) 664-6565, http://www.saskatoonfoodbank.org ; Biggar and District Food for Thought Inc. (306) 948-2524; Humboldt and District Food Bank (306) 231-9970; Kindersley Food Bank (306) 460-7022; Lanigan and District Food Bank (306) 365-2996; Outlook and District Food Bank  (306) 867-8472; Rosetown & District Food Bank (306) 882-4355; Unity Food Bank (306) 228-3669; Watrous Food Bank (306) 946-3785; Wynyard and District Food Bank (306) 554-2414.

Fall Supper: St. Aloysius, Allan

 St. Aloysius Allan Fall Supper - Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Allan and District Communiplex (Wheelchair accessible). Rush ticket sales beginning at 3:30 pm.; Supper 4-6 pm; Food Auction 6:30 pm. Adults - $14.00; 14 and under- $5.00; 5 and under – free. Rawlco Radio will be in attendance as well.

Marriage Prep - Holy Spirit Parish

Holy Spirit Parish Marriage Preparation - Arrangements for marriage can be made by contacting the parish priest at least eight months prior to the date of marriage. This will provide adequate time for documentation and the diocesan-required marriage preparation program. A preparation program is offered through Holy Spirit parish beginning Oct. 15, 2:00 pm. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. Please call Todd and Maureen Heroux, (306) 227-5057 or email welcomehomesaskatoon [at] shaw.ca  for information and to register for the next session.

St. Mary's Cultural Fest

2nd ANNUAL ST. MARY’S CULTURAL FEST IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSING is being held on October 15 from noon until 4:00pm.  Come, see and enjoy the talents from the various cultural groups that are part of the St. Mary’s Community.  Sample the variety of cultural foods available for purchase.  Admission fee is $5.00 for 13 years and older.  Children aged 6 - 12 are admitted for $3.00.  Children under 6 are admitted for free.  Food tickets are $2.00 each.  Non-alcoholic drink tickets:  $1.00 each.  Tickets for wine and beer: $5.00 each.

Reconnect Family Dance

* Reconnect - Family Dance hosted by Pure Witness Ministries 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 300-8th Ave. South, Martensville, SK. a dance and social for all ages. Come to dance or for fellowship with friends, playing cards or board games. Free. For more information  contact laura.rice [at] purewitness.com or call 306-934-3511.

Seeking Sustainability: Practices for Mindful Living workshop

Seeking Sustainability: Practices for Mindful Living, a workshop happening October 14th from 1-3:30pm at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth St. East, Saskatoon, SK.  Paul Hanley, former Star Phoenix columnist will be the keynote speaker.  Other topics to include: Pursuing Net Zero Living, Urban Food Production and Environmental Education.  There is no cost for this event hosted by Churches for Environmental Action.  For more information contact Myron Rogal at justpeace [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com, or 306.659.5841.

YEP Gathering

* Wind and Fire - Living Life in The Spirit is the theme of the first YEP (Youth Evangelization Program) of the season, presented by Pure Witness Ministries for youth in Grades 8 and Up, to be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 300-8th Ave. South, Martensville, SK. It is a full day of games, skits, inspiring talks, personal testimonies, confession, Mass, praise and worship, food and fellowship. Guest speaker Oct. 14 is John Connelly Cost is $25 (includes lunch and supper.) For more information contact laura.rice [at] purewitness.com or call 306-934-3511.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat

Are you hurting because of an abortion? Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment, where women and men can express, release, and reconcile painful post-abortion emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Next retreat is Oct. 13-15, 2017. Contact Elaine at (306) 480-8911 or r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net

Fatima Anniversary

Fatima anniversary Oct. 13 - A diocesan celebration will be held in Saskatoon on Friday, Oct. 13 to mark the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearance to three shepherd children and the miracle of the sun that was witnessed by some 100,000 pilgrims in 1917. To mark this special anniversary, everyone is invited to become pilgrims and join in prayer on Oct. 13 starting with the Worldwide Children and Family Holy Hour of Adoration, to be held from 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Following the Holy Hour, the pilgrimage will move to St. Mary's Parish, 211 Avenue 0 South, Saskatoon, with celebration of Mass at 7:30 p.m., including an indoor procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. All are invited, all are welcome.Become united with the millions of pilgrims around the world who will gather in Adoration before the Real Precence of Jesus in the Eucharist and in celebration at the table of Our Lord on this historic anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun. This is an opportunity for children, families, and everyone to spiritually unite in praying for peace, as Our Lady of Fatima requested. 

Diocesan Study Days

Diocesan Study Days will be held in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon for clergy and laity involved in parish and diocesan ministry. Watch for details or for more information contact Rita Taylor at logistics [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com or (306) 659-5831.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Workshop

* St. Francis Xavier Parish is pleased to be hosting a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level One training October 10-16th. This international children's ministry brings to life both Scripture and liturgy for children 3-6 years of age. Join our national trainers as we grow in love with the Good Shepherd along with our little ones in the prepared environment called an atrium. Visit www.cgsac.ca  for the brochure or contact Cynthia Foster at 306-955-4854.

Contemplative Mass

Contemplative Mass led by Fr. Kevin McGee on Friday, Oct. 6th at 7 p.m.  at St. Augustine Church, 602 Boychuk Dr. 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.

Walk the Talk Teach-in

Walk the Talk Teach-In. Come and join us at St. Thomas More College Auditorium, Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m., to learn more about The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Bill C-262. This town hall meeting will provide opportunity to learn about the importance of UNDRIP in the journey towards reconciliation and to participate in a post card campaign to encourage Members of Parliament to adopt this bill. To learn more go to www.pfir.ca . This event is sponsored by St. Thomas More College, MC Canada, & MC Sask.

Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle

 Everyone is welcome to the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle - all are invited to this Cenacle Holy Hour, which consists of adoration, the rosary, benediction, hymns and various prayers, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at St. Michael's Catholic parish #18-33rd St. E., Saskatoon. A Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer will also be held at 3 pm. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent, Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

Women at the Heart of Peace

* Women at the Heart of Peace - Development and Peace’s Fall Campaign workshop will be held in four locations in our diocese.  This campaign invites us to consider the vital role women play in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. To learn more about the campaign and how to be a part of it, please join us at one of the following workshops in the Saskatoon diocese.       Everyone is welcome. RSVP appreciated, but not necessary: BRUNO - Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m. St. Bruno Parish basement hall; contact Lucille or Victor (306) 369-4193;SASKATOON - Tuesday, Oct. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. St. Francis Xavier Parish, 222 Willow St. & Melrose Ave, Saskatoon. For info, contact Joanne (306) 477-1746 or Betty (306) 975.1109;DENZIL - Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, Denzil, north end of town on Denzil grid road. (You are also invited to 11 a.m. Mass followed by lunch.) For info, contact Zena (306) 358-4242 or Armella at asonntag [at] devp.orgLEADER - Thursday, Oct. 5 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Little Flower Parish, 304 Main St. West, Leader. For info, contact Dale (306) 628-3770 or Armella at asonntag [at] devp.org
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