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Vanscoy, SK: Good Friday Tenebrae concert of sung prayer

Good Friday The Divine Office of Tenebrae: A Concert of Sung Prayer led by the Ecumenical Choir of Saskatoon with choral works by Orlando Di Lasso, Jacquet De Berchem, Aristotle Esguerra, Giovanni Palestrina and Holy Scriptures sung in English and Latin, 7:30 p.m., Good Friday, April 14 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Vanscoy, SK.Ecumenical Choir of Saskatoon members are from various Christian denominations in Saskatoon & area, and our repertoire is sacred polyphony, choral works, and chant from various traditions.  We have provided choir music for a wide range of events from Catholic masses, to Orthodox vespers, to ecumenical services and church fundraisers.  We rehearse at Christ Church Anglican in Saskatoon.  Our choir directors are Ted Engel and Renee de Moissac, both of Christ Church Anglican.This year we are again singing a Tenebrae service at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Vanscoy, SK at 7:30 PM on Good Friday.  The service will follow the Office of Tenebrae used at the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis in St Louis, Missouri.  A unique feature of the Tenebrae service is the extinguishing of a candle after each psalm, canticle, reading, choral work.   There are 15 candles alighting the sanctuary of the church, and by the end of the service all are extinguished, signifying Christ entering the tomb. 

Way of the Cross held on Good Friday through the streets of Saskatoon: scripture, reflections & prayer at 14 stations

Some 200 people braved rainy weather on Good Friday, April 14, 2017 to follow the cross through the streets of Saskatoon, singing, praying, and refleting on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ -- and connecting Our Lord's passion to suffering in our world today.

Good Friday outdoor Way of the Cross

An ecumenical outdoor Way of the Cross will be held through the streets of downtown Saskatoon on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, beginning at 9:45 a.m.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 front of the Federal Court House on Spadina Crescent at 9:45 a.m. Good Friday, April 14 (south of the Delta Bessborough Hotel). Participants will then follow the cross as it is carried by representatives of different local groups to stations throughout the downtown area. Prayers connect suffering and injustice in our world with the stations of the scriptural way of the cross (introduced by Pope John Paul II in 1991). The walk takes approximately 1.5 hours, with a soup lunch to follow at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon.For further informaton please call Myron Rogal at the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace at (306) 659-5841.

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, April 6 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, April 12 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres., Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

Easter Message from Diocesan Administrator Fr. Kevin McGee

During the recent Ad Limina visit of the Western Canadian Bishops in Rome, I had the privilege of visiting the final burial places of both St. Peter and St. Paul.  As I stood before their sacred relics housed within the majestic basilicas that honour them, I felt a profound sense of connecting with the entire body of the Church, both past and present.  Jesus, glorious and risen from the dead, is present to all times, peoples and ages, and continues His mission through the members of His body – those who have gone before us, like St. Peter and St.

National Catholic Mission

 * The National Catholic Mission this year is inspired by the writings and teachings of Fr. Henri Nouwen. Join Sr. Sue Mosteller and Fr. Ron Rolheiser for this two-art mission that will be broadcast during Holy Week on Salt and Light TV (April 11 and April 12) and on Vision TV (April 10 and April 11). Each part of the Mission will be rebroadcast the following day following the Daily TV Mass. For more information you can email the National Catholic Broadcasting Council at info [at] ncbc.ca or call toll free at 1-888-383-6277 or see the website: www.dailytvmass.com

Chrism Mass - a diocesan celebration

The Chrism Mass - a diocesan celebration - will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon.The Chrism Mass touches the sacramental and worship life of every church in the diocese. Because of this, every parish is invited and encouraged to be present and join in this sacred celebration at the beginning of Holy Week. All are welcome to attend! During the annual Chrism Mass, priests from throughout the diocese will renew their commitment to priestly ministry. The Oil of the Sick (OS), Oil of the Catechumens (OC), and Sacred Chrism (SC) will be blessed. The oils received at the Chrism Mass by parish representatives will then be taken to their respective parishes.The Chrism Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 pm, Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. An invitation is extended to all in the diocese to join  in this celebration of our unity. The oils blessed at this diocesan celebration are:Oil of Catechumens (OC): This oil, sometimes referred to as Oil of Salvation, is used to anoint the catechumens (infants and unbaptized converts to the Church) in preparation for their initiation into the Church. The prayer accompanying this anointing expresses the desire that Christ strengthen the person being anointed. This oil is also used in celebration of the baptism of children. It is a sign of belonging: marking us as members of the Body of Christ.Oil of the Sick (OS): this oil used in the Anointing of the Sick. The prayer accompanying this anointing is: “Through this holy anointing, may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” This oil is used to bring comfort and support to the sick in their infirmity. The celebrating of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is a ritual moment that makes visible and present to the sick and the whole community who we are as Church: a community of healing and support.Sacred Chrism: to this oil is added a sweet smelling perfume or balsam. It is used at the celebration of baptism, confirmation, the ordination of priests and bishops, and for the dedication of churches and altars. It is also used in the blessing of bells and sacred vessels. Anointing with this oil implies abundance of grace and dedicated service to God. The word Christ means “anointed one.” So being anointed with oil is a sign of the special and strengthening presence of Christ, the Anointed One.

2017 Easter message by Bishop Douglas Crosby, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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2017 Easter message by Bishop Douglas Crosby,  President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Message pour Pâques 2017 de Mgr Douglas Crosby, président de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada

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Message pour Pâques 2017 de Mgr Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., évêque de Hamilton et président de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada

Half-Day Women's Retreat

ATTENTION ALL Women of the Diocese: Thanks to the generosity of our priests the blessing of our half-day retreats will continue on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral. We continue to invite different priests to lead us.Coffee -9:30 am - First meditation: 9:45 –Second Meditation: 10:45Reconciliation will be available prior to the 12:10 mass. Free will offering.April 8, with Fr. Ibeanyi Enwerem: Claiming God’s PromisesUse the 5th Avenue Entrance.   Call Donna @ 306-341-9444 if you have any questions.

Contemplative Mass

Contemplative Mass will be led by Fr. Kevin McGee Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. 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 God.

Reconciliation, Adoration, Stations of the Cross

 Confession, Adoration, Stations of the Cross at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, Saskatoon - All are welcome to come and avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday April 7, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., 720 Spadina Cres, East, Saskatoon S7K 3H2. Jesus will also be exposed in the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration during that time. We will conclude our day with praying the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions please contact St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral Parish Office at 306-652-0033.

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 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 7-9, 2017. To register, please contact Elaine at 1-306-480-8911 or e-mail r.vineyardsk [at] sasktel.net

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, April 6 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, April 12 at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres., Saskatoon. For more info contact Edna at: (306) 382-1680.

Lent Talks

* LENT TALKS - Inspiration for the Journey - 'What are you giving up for Lent?' is a common question this time of year in church circles, when many Christians mark the 40 day season leading up to Easter with some form of fasting. Lent is also a good time to add something to your spiritual journey. Christ Church Anglican and St Mary's and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic parishes in Saskatoon are calling Christians from around the city together at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings during Lent for LENT TALKS, held at Christ Church Anglican, 515-28th Street West, Saskatoon. Each presenter will offer a brief introduction to a personal favourite Lenten resource. Come for punchy, powerful talks, worship music and fellowship.  Speakers will include Father Graham Hill (Roman Catholic, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Saskatoon); Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers (Anglican, All Saints, Watrous); Rev Deb Walker (Mayfair United Church, Saskatoon); Pastor Jakob Palm (Holy Covenant Evangelical Orthodox Church, Saskatoon), and Rev Bill Blackmon (Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers' Fellowship). A freewill offering will be gratefully received to help cover expenses. For more information, call Christ Church (306) 242-0165. SCHEDULE for LENT TALKS:•      March 7 -- Fr Graham Hill -- presenting George Hunsinger's The Beatitudes•      March 14 -- Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers on Pope Francis' The Joy of the Gospel•      March 21 -- Rev Deb Walker, freshly back from walking the Camino, shares on a resource TBA•      March 28 -- Pastor Jakob Palm, more info TBA•      April 4 -- Rev Bill Blackmon, more info TBA

Ecumenical discussion nght: "Perspectives on Authority and Interpretation of Scriptures"

PERSPECTIVES on the AUTHORITY and INTERPRETATION of the SCRIPTURESSpeakers: Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and Sister Audrey Gerwing. On Monday, April 3 at 7 pm.,at Holy Spirit Parish Hall. Sponsored by the McClure United Church and Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Parish Joint Ecumenical Steering Committee. All are welcome.

Croatian Mass

* A Croatian Mass will be held 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2 at St. Philip Neri Parish, corner of Taylor St. & Munroe Ave., Saskatoon. There will be confessions before Mass. Father Domin Vladic from Calgary will be the celebrant. There will be drinks, munchies and fellowship after Mass. For more information contact Lydia Simicic at (306) 242-9214

Catholic Christian Outreach Founders' Dinner

 *Catholic Christian Outreach will host the annual Founders' Dinner fundraiser at St Anne's Parish Hall on Sunday, April 2.  Guest speaker is Angele Regnier.  Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6pm.  For more information contact George at 1-306-537-2483 or www.cco.ca/saskatoongala   to register by Tuesday, March 28.

Fr. Mark Miller: Medical Ethics Presentation

* Are you struggling to find your position on Doctor Assisted Death? You are not alone. Come to St. John Bosco, Sunday April 2nd at the 10:00 am Mass to hear Fr. Mark Miller share his insights into “What is a Good Death Today? Technology and Ethics”. Fr. Mark will speak during mass and continue immediately following. Fr. Mark Miller has a PHD in medical ethics and has addressed this topic many times. Hospitality will be provided by the Health Council. All are welcome to attend.

Easter Tea and Bake Sale

 EASTER TEA & BAKE SALE - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Auditorium, 1202 - 11th Street East, with Easter breads, perogies, cabbage rolls, beet relish, variety of baking, raffles, and decorated Easter Eggs (pysanky).  Adult: $3, children ages six to 12: $2, and children under six get in free. Sponsored by Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada.
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