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We recently hosted the Alzheimer Society's Annual Coffee Break fundraiser. Thank you to everyone for your support. We saw this information called "6 Facts About a Person with Dementia" and wanted to share it.



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The Saskatoon Health Region will be able to accommodate requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID), despite a dozen of its facilities declaring a conscientious objection, board chair Mike Stensrud says.

“The Saskatoon Health Region is a large, multi-facility health care provider. So with being large, we have numerous options that will be made available.”

Among the objecting facilities is St. Paul’s Hospital, which has a 12-bed palliative care unit — the only such dedicated unit in the health region.

The other facilities include Bethany Pioneer Village, Central Haven Special Care Home, Circle Drive Special Care Home, Dalmeny Spruce Manor Special Care Home, Oliver Lodge, Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home, Samaritan Place, Sherbrooke Community Centre, St. Ann’s Home, St. Joseph’s Home and Warman Mennonite Special Care Home.

The objections are noted in the health region’s MAID policy, which is expected to be presented to the board for approval Wednesday.


The policy recognizes that under the Regional Health Services Act, faith-based institutions are not required to provide health services that are not consistent with the fundamental principles of their faith.

Assessments may take place at faith-based institutions and eligible patients would be transferred to a non-objecting site, according to the submission from legal counsel Evert Van Olst, associate senior medical officer Dr. Robert Weiler and ethicist Dr. Qaiser Fahim.

“Under rare circumstances where a patient is too sick to be transferred discussion on options can occur,” they wrote.

Stensrud said there will never be large numbers of people opting for the service, and many of those who do will want to die in their own homes. MAID teams are able to travel there, he said.

Palliative care also has a role to play, he added.

“I think there’s some truth in the fact that if we do a good enough job with palliative care, most people won’t choose end of life options. But the courts are clear that the system needs to provide that option as well, and the Saskatoon Health Region is going to find a way to accommodate those things.”


Link to the article from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on December 7th, 2016:

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 Information on Flu Shot Clinics in Saskatoon. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Parish Nurses (Ethna or Deb) at (306) 343-0325.



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The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Philip Neri Parish was a CWL initiative in 2005 and today the knitting group, which consists of CWL members and other parishioners, is still alive and well.

These Prayer Shawls are blessed and then distributed by the St. Philip Neri Parish Nurses, as a comfort and to console those suffering a loss or bereavement, to the ill or those recovering from an illness and to the elderly. The shawls can also be given at the birth of a new baby and other significant life celebrations.

Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice, which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy.

The Ministry’s sole purpose is to give away the shawls. It is a gift freely given with no strings attached. The hope is that these shawls will literally wrap the recipients in prayer, providing hope, comfort and healing to those who need a reminder of God’s love for them, through the work of the hands off the knitters, and the prayers in their hearts.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry combines love for God and service to others in a tangible way by giving shawls to those who need comfort and prayer. Many prayers are knitted into each shawl. Knitting a Prayer Shawl helps and comforts not only the recipient, but the knitter as well.

The Knitting group meet at 2229 Haultain Ave @ 1pm each Monday and is always eager to have new members – experienced and inexperienced are encouraged to join. The group also welcomes knitters for other projects – e.g. slippers.

Knitting needles, patterns and crochet hooks are provided by the group.

The group also welcomes donations of wool which can be left at the Parish Nurses Office at St. Philip Neri.

If you are interested in joining or assisting the group in any way, please call:

Irene Hauser @ 306-343-1192.                                                                                         Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator.

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A BIG “Thank You” to everyone who donated wool, or money to be used for the purchase of wool, to the St. Philip Neri CWL Knitting group. The response was great! Our Parish admin. assistant, Desiree, posted a message on Facebook to all her friends which resulted in a very large box full of beautiful wool being mailed from her friend in Okotoks, Alberta. This wool will be used for Prayer Shawls to be distributed to those who are ill or in need of prayer and support from our Parish.

Prayer Shawl Ministry 2016

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It’s been a little while since I last blogged, so the next few blogs will give an update on what has been happening with Parish Nursing at St. Philip Neri parish.

It certainly has been a busy and eventful year.

On 21st March 2015, 27 ladies who are involved with the “Love Your Neighbour Ministry” in our Parish, participated in the Food Safe – Level 1 course and received a certificate in “Safe Food Handling”. The event was organized by the Parish Nurses and training was provided by Russell Scott CIPHI – Food safety 1st.

The day was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. The presenter made the class fun ably assisted by his 2 puppets – Sam and Ella, collectively known as “Salmonella”.

The “Love Your Neighbour Ministry” at St. Philip Neri parish prepare and serve lunches after funeral masses.

Below are some pictures of course participants.

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My name is Ethna Martin and I am one of the Parish Nurses here at St. Philip Neri. I am also the Chairperson for the Canadian Association for Parish Nursing Ministry. At our annual conference in Ancaster, Ontario, held June 12th to 15th a major topic of conversation and discussion was Bill 52.

On June 5th 2014 Bill 52, termed as an Act respecting end of life Care, was adopted by a vote of 94 -22 by the members of Quebec’s National Assembly.

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has passed a resolution urging both the Ontario Provincial and the Federal Government to engage in formal public dialogue on end of life issues and dying with dignity, including discussions related to assisted suicide and/or euthanasia.

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal (Carter et al versus Canada), in October to consider whether Canada’s Criminal prohibition against assisted suicide is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The implications of this are significant and could be far reaching.

In Feb 2014, the B.C. Court ruled in favour of protecting vulnerable people at risk of significant abuse by way of withholding normal feeding and food in the case of Bentley versus Maplewood Seniors Care Society.

Disability Rights Advocate, Amy Hasbronek states – “People with disabilities, chronic illness and seniors are negatively affected by assisted suicide and euthanasia because it leads to the impression that their lives are lacking in meaning and value as compared to other Canadians.”

As Registered Nurses and members of CAPNM we believe in the sanctity of life.    

Our life is a gift from God.

We believe in respect for the dignity of life, regardless of age physical infirmity or cognitive status.

We must also ensure that human life is not valued by economic considerations.

There was a presentation titled “Why euthanasia and assisted suicide are a bad idea” and is hosted by the Saskatoon Catholic Physicians Guild. The presentation was at 7pm, on June 24th in the Welcome area at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral on Spadina Crescent.

As stated in the Catholic Organization for life and Family, “We would urge you to become witnesses in word and deed. We must be fearless in speaking with our family members and colleagues at work on the subject of euthanasia. We must also make ourselves more available to walk with and support the vulnerable people God places in our path. Our main inspiration for defending the life and dignity of each person is in the words of Jesus; “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of those who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

There is also a petition insert in today’s Parish Bulletin, to the Right Honourable Peter MacKay urging him to bring an injunction against the Quebec euthanasia bill 52 and by asking the court to strike down the bill as unconstitutional. There is information in the insert if you wish to sign the online petition.

We would also, as Parish Nurses, encourage you to speak to each other and together, as families, about Advanced Health Care Directives or Living Wills.

These can be obtained from the Parish Nurses here at St. Philip Neri and both Deb and I are available to explain and help complete the forms.

Thank you for your attention.

Follow Up to the discussion “Why Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Are Bad Ideas” ~ A group of 10 concerned parishioners and 2 Parish Nurses from St. Philip Neri parish attended the above presentation/workshop at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral on Tuesday, June 24. The workshop was given by the Saskatoon Catholic Physician Guild and addressed urgent questions regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide and the legalizing of both in Quebec (Bill 52). For more information on Bill 52 please go to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition website: or the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) website:


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High Blood Pressure

What is “Blood Pressure?” – Blood pressure is the force or pressure on the artery walls as your blood circulates in your body.  

The top number or Diastolic indicates when the heart is contracting and pumping the blood.

The bottom number or Systolic indicates when the heart is relaxing and filling with blood.

Most people’s blood pressure measures less than 140/90. Anything higher than these numbers is considered by Health Canada as “high” blood pressure. If you have diabetes your blood pressure is considered “high” if it is equal to or greater than 130/80.

If not treated, high blood pressure can lead to serious problems like heart attack and stroke.

Most people with “High” blood pressure do not have any symptoms. It is important to have a routine physical completed by your doctor. While some high risk factors cannot be controlled – like age and family history – you can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure by eating a healthy diet low in sodium, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.

If you have concerns about your blood pressure or any other health issue, please come see and talk to one of the Parish Nurses.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

                                                                                                                 Proverbs 4: 23

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Covenant of Care – Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol

Annual General Meeting Report, April 16, 2013

The information in this report comes from the actual Covenant of Care and Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol document and from Blake Sittler, Diocesan Coordinator of Care.

In our society and indeed in the church itself, experience has shown the need for vigilance and awareness to ensure that all, especially the most vulnerable, may feel and be at peace in a safe environment.


The Covenant of Care is a code of conduct designed to create safe and respectful church communities and healthy ministerial relationships, and to protect people from abuse and the harm that results. The Covenant of Care protocol strives to provide proactive protection for children, youth and vulnerable adults, and those who minister, including clergy, employees and church volunteers.

The Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol is designed to ensure that all allegations of sexual abuse and other misconduct are handled responsibly, transparently and with all due care and attention.

Together these two parts form the Covenant of Care and Sexual Abuse Misconduct Protocol, the present version of which is dated October 31, 2012, providing authoritative directives for all who minister within and on behalf of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

The Diocese of Saskatoon expects that all who minister in the name of the church or under church auspices will exhibit a profound respect for all. By first respecting the law of the Gospel, this diocese also respects and abides by the laws of our civil society. Our goal is the prevention of actual abuse, misconduct, compromising and scandalous circumstances, and false accusations.

While trusting in the good will of all, this protocol shall apply to all persons involved in service to children, youth and other vulnerable adults. It will be the responsibility of the pastors, parish life directors and heads of diocesan offices to inform all clergy, employees and volunteers of this protocol. They are to ensure that this protocol is put into effect in their particular parishes and ministries.

The Pastor (and Parish Life Director, if applicable), ideally with Parish Council, will appoint a lay person as Parish Coordinator of Care, and publicize this appointment within the parish.

The role of the PCC is to receive reports and/or allegations of breaches of the Covenant of Care in the event that someone is unable or unwilling to make their report to the Pastor and/ or Parish Life Director. The PCC may also assist in the implementation and maintenance of the Covenant of Care and Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol.

We are asked "to not over interpret the protocol. This document was put together by lay people for lay people. It is not a "black and white, right and wrong" document; it needs to be interpreted in light of the many pastoral situations we all encounter".

"The scandal of abuse by the leadership and volunteers in our Church has radically affected society's trust of us. Our attempts to protect the vulnerable in our Church calls for greater transparency and more effort on our part". "Reduction of Risk" vs. "Creating a Caring Community". The "reduction of risk for vulnerable persons" is insurance language. Our ministry is about more than "reducing risk". Our ministry is about going to those most alone and bringing them into our community and bringing our community to them.

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Mass and Liturgy Schedule

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday:  9:00 am – 12 noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Office is closed for lunch from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm) 

Phone: (306) 343-0325

Fax: (306) 343-0900


Regular Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Summer Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 10:00 am

Weekday Masses: Tuesday thru Friday - 8:30 am

(Rosary ½ before weekday Masses)


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