St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Parish Blog.

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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Today, I have the honour and privilege to offer words of remembrance for a dear colleague and wonderful friend.  I am not the only contributor.  What you will hear today is a compilation of stories and precious memories of our dear Simone being offered by the staff of St. Philip Neri.

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So we just had our 3rd child in August, and once again, life has taken on a whole new level of “Busy-ness”.  Again I am overwhelmed by the experience of bringing a new life into this world.

I had a lot of help - Curtis likes to joke about how useless he feels in the delivery room, wishing he could help more, wishing he could take the pain away.  I tell him, “Just wait, your time for helping will come once we get home with this one!”  We are blessed and humbled when we think of God allowing us to have these children, and that He trusts us with them!  The miracle of being pregnant is still amazing to me, especially after we struggled with infertility for several years before deciding to adopt, then started the adoption process, sent in all of our paperwork, and a week later found out that I was pregnant!  Alexandra was our first miracle, for more reasons than just thinking we couldn't have kids.  2 years later Lucas was our second miracle, and now Elliot brings that number up to 3.  After having a miscarriage after Lucas, it is even more striking to me how much of a miracle each of our children are.

I think we all have a responsibility and calling to bring life into this world.  This will obviously happen in very different ways, depending on our circumstances.  We had a glimpse of infertility, and the pain of realizing that we might never be able to have children was very difficult to bear.  We know many couples who can't have children and the struggle that they've been through in trying to deal with that reality.  We've seen some of them bring an amazing love and life into the world by adopting, and we've seen them find ways of being life-giving to the people around them.  There is a calling in all of our lives, every day, to bear life to those around us and to be life giving.  I often think of Mary, and how she literally brought Christ's life into the world, and how we need to look for opportunities to bring Christ's life into our world.

How can we do this?  Well I'm sure there are many theologians who have amazing writings about how we bring Christ into this world. I am not a theologian, which is obvious in so many ways. :)

I do, however, think that there are practical ways that we can each bring life into the world, so I would challenge each of you to think back on your day and try to come up with an example of how you brought forth life today.  When I think about my day, I see the mundane tasks of laundry, errands, diaper changes, feedings, brushing hair, brushing teeth, diaper changes, feedings, making lunches, packing snacks, diaper changes, feedings, dishes, sweeping... hmmm, don't see too much life there (nothing worth writing home about anyhow...).  But if I challenge myself to look deeper, and if I challenge myself to try a little harder to see the opportunities that God places before me, then I see life in my day.  I see how Lucas smiled and gave me a big hug after I changed his diaper.  I remember hearing “I wuff you mommy” when I put his sandals on to go out the door.  I remember that I did pause to kiss Alex on the forehead before she got on the school bus this morning, and how much it meant to Lucas to go stand outside with us to help Alex get on the bus.  These are small things.  But as Mother Teresa of Calcutta said “We can not do great things. We can only do little things with great love.”

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I would further this and say that the little things that we do can have the power to change our hearts, and to help us bring life to others.

“Lord, help us each to bring forth life, wherever you have called us to be today.  May we bear you in our hearts and love the people around us today, as you would have them be loved.  Make us open to hearing your call to bring your life into this world, especially when we feel dry and deserted.  Help us to see the ways that you bring life to our days - in the people around us, in our work, in our play, in our conversations.  We need your life in us Lord.  Amen.”

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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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