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PrayerShawlMinistry

 

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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Organ & Tissue Donation

The need for organs and tissue for transplants is great. Demand exceeds supply and you can help. You can make a living donation or a donation after death.

One organ can save up to 8 lives. One tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 75 people.  Currently 90 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in Sask. Almost 70 people are waiting for a corneal transplant in Saskatchewan.

The oldest person to be an organ donor (kidney) in Canada was 93 YEARS OLD! Age doesn’t matter!!!

In 2015, there were 10 multi-organs and 45 corneal donors in Saskatchewan. One third of all Canadians who need a transplant will never receive one.

Note: In Saskatchewan, organ & tissue will NOT be donated without your family or next-of-kin’s consent, even if the organ and tissue donor sticker is on your health card. Talk to your family about your decision to donate.

For more information contact www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca or CanadianBloodServices.ca

 

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“Senior’s Health and Continuing Care” are committed to the delivery of resident-directed and family centred care throughout the long term care homes in the Saskatoon Health Region. As part of that commitment, residents and family members are being invited to participate in a survey. The surveys ask about experiences with communication, care provision, food and mealtime experience, and activities. Surveys will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. One survey is specific to residents and another is specific to family members.

Resident’s surveys are available in the long term care facilities and volunteers with specialized training will be available to assist those residents who wish to complete the survey.

If you would like a paper copy of the Family survey please contact the St. Philip Neri Parish office.

Both paper and electronic versions of the survey are available to both residents and family members. People with computer access are encouraged to complete the survey electronically at –

http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/shrppp/2016-family/

Paper versions of the Family Survey must be returned to the address on the survey by April 8th, 2016.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Audra Remenda at 306-655-2312.

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The Parish Nursing Ministry held their 3rd Men’s Breakfast on Saturday March 5th 2016.

The event was successful and the feedback from all the 28 men in attendance was very positive.

Following a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, oatmeal bake and fresh fruit, everyone listened to personal stories and informative accounts of receiving the diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. The presentations given by Ian Mitchell and Art Battiste covered the need for early diagnosis, some of the treatments options available and the importance of Spiritual Community.

Ian is a parishioner at St.Philip Neri Parish and a retired teacher who firmly believes in education and wants to educate as many people as possible about Prostate Cancer.

Art is a Prostate cancer survivor and speaks at various events about the disease and the Prostate Cancer support group.

Their advice is to not be afraid to talk about it, get checked out, it's not just an old man issue, it's not a death sentence, and to include a support system. For more info about this event or about contacting the speakers, contact Ethna or Deb (Parish Nurses).

Mens Breakfast 2016

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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.

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Join us on Saturday 5th March for Breakfast for Men of all ages.

Doors open at 08:30am and Breakfast is served at 0900am in the Welcome Area.

The food promises to be great, the discussion will be enlightening and hopefully you can make a few new friends.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God.”    1 Corinthians 10:31.

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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: www.colf.ca.

 

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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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Here we are – the Parish Nurses Blogging!!!!!

This is the first time either of us has ever blogged but it has been suggested to that we need to enter the new millineum.  Not knowing what we had to do or even really knowing what a blog was, it was thought we could start with “A day in the life of a Parish Nurse”.

We, Parish Nurses, may be in the office or out working in the community.  Part of the office duties include answering phone calls re: health issues, attending to the prayer chain, ensuring the chain is up to date and used as a World Day of Sickreference to follow the progress of the sick.  We follow through on the meals ministry and ensure contact with the volunteers providing the meals and the recipients of the meal ministry, whether it is at times of illness, surgery, trauma or birth of a new babe.   Another very important issue, required by law is that the parish nurse, who is also a Registered Nurse,  is obliged to chart on the people she is involved with in her PN role.  After office time, the Parish Nurse will visit people in hospital, in their homes, in nursing homes and even the carpark at Tim Horton’s!

We are a bridge between the medical community and the parish community.  We serve the whole person- body, mind and spirit.

We are here to advocate for you, to act as a referral source, counsel and to pray with you.  If available, we will accompany you to Doctors appointments and if unable to do so, we will try to find a volunteer to go with you.  We will bring you a prayer shawl which has been knit or crocheted by a member of the Parish Knitting group so you can wrap it around yourself and know that your fellow parishioners are praying for and supporting you in you time of need. We are also here to educate and hopefully this “blogging business” will be a “good tool”.  We are even learning all of the new lingo. Aren’t you proud of us?

 “The church is in a much better position than medicine to carry out a ministry of wellness,
because it has direct and frequent access to the lives of people.”    (Thomas Droege, The Healing Presence)

 

A.E.D. (Artificial External Defibrillator)

An A.E.D. (Artificial External Defibrillator) has been donated by a parishioner to St. Philip Neri Parish. An A.E.D. is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest, who are not responsive and not breathing properly.  The defibrillator delivers a shock to the heart and can be used with CPR, as needed, until emergency professionals arrive.

The A.E.D. can be found in a red case displayed in the Welcome Area.

After all Masses on March 8/9, the parish nurses will show a 15 minute DVD in the Sun Room. This DVD explains what an A.E.D. machine is and how and when to use it. This is not a training session but is an attempt to familiarize parishioners with the A.E.D. Research has shown that a child of 10 years old can use an A.E.D. if needed. If you are interested in learning more about the A.E.D. we would encourage you to please take this opportunity to view the DVD or contact the parish nurses (306-343-0325) to arrange to view the DVD at a later date.

                                                 

 

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It has been our privilege to bring glory to The Lord. May others see His Light shining through us and be drawn through His goodness.

Thank you to Fr. April. Without his guidance and his blessing on this second year, this mandate would not have taken place. We thank our Parish Pastoral Council for their confidence in us to carry forward the Youth Mission for the second of a three year commitment. We thank the wonderful and giving parish community for ALL the contributions bestowed on us to carry forward.  We thank you for your prayers, gracious words and love that carried us through.  Mahsi Cho to Fr. Wes and our sister parish 'Our Lady of Providence RC Mission Church' together with all the kind people of Fort Providence, North West Territories for your friendship and the willingness to all grow spiritually by sharing the love of God with us.

Even though we were awakened to a slower pace of life that is different, ultimately we are all trying to accomplish the same fundamentals such as liturgy, faith formation, sacramental prep, building & maintenance, youth ministry, all the basics that it takes to run a viable parish.

Fr. Wes participated in an audio conference based out of Yellowknife on organizing and forming a youth advisory committee on the future of the youth ministry in the diocese. This was only possible through modern technology: Skype and Facebook. Fr. Wes was able to reach out even further than the four corners of the diocese.  Fr. Wes' wish is to connect with St. Philip Neri PPC four times per year via video conference or Skype.

We have learned that a mission trip allows you to be engaged with the community through service and outreach. This, along with our Faith, personal commitment and energy, is something we bring back in our hearts to share with our own faith community.

As we walk the road of ministry together, we are eternally grateful to God that he has chosen us to be one of his people.

Parish Mission ~ your servants in Christ, Debra and Randy

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September 29, 2013

The temperature is a cool 7 degrees with a light wind blowing off the Mackenzie River.

Sunday morning mass was celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in the small church. Fr. Wes started with one decade of the rosary as people continued to arrive by foot, atv and truck.  All the pews were filled and extra chairs were needed. The children were seated at the long table behind us at the back of the small church where they coloured the scripture image. At the end of the Gospel Father held the coloured pictures up to the congregation, displaying the children’s handy work for all to see.

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Instead of giving a homily, Fr. Wes asked us both to speak on our own reflections and what the Gospel meant to us and our mission in Fort Providence. This was followed immediately with the presentation of the monetary gift from St. Philip Neri Parish to the Our Lady of Providence Parish.

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When mass ended and Father gave us his final blessing and his invitation to return next year, we were able to visit and give our thanks to each church member individually. Saying farewell to the elders was extremely difficult, knowing that some might not be with us next year. Their loving embraces were heart-warming and we could feel the difference in how they were opening up to us after only our second year. Mass was bitter sweet because after the celebration, we knew this would be the last time we would see all the warm and caring people of Ft. Providence gathered in the house of The Lord until next year.

Parish Mission ~ your servants in Christ, Debra and Randy

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A well known priest once said "if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans".  As was the case with the Fort Providence mission this year, things changed.  Time takes on a whole new meaning in the Northwest community.  The pace of life is slower, but yet time moves faster.  Things still get accomplished but not as quickly as you would like them.  We were observers, as much as learners, and workers, thankful the Holy Spirit guided us through it all.

On instructions from Fr. Wes, we renovated the back end of the small church. As a result of the new furnace being installed, the cold storage area needed a sealable door installed to keep the new heat in.  The old confessional was removed to allow for greater storage capacity and the church underwent a major reorganization with help from two pastoral parish elders.

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With Debra and I staying in the rectory while Fr. Wes stayed in Behchoko waiting to administer last rites, we became Father's emissaries.  We were lay presiders at evening masses, held council with some of the elders, were parish secretaries, official church bell ringers, and provided transportation to and from mass.

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Upon Fr. Wes' return, Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) was held in the rectory.  Along with a delicious potluck of traditional food consisting of fish, buffalo, bannock and burgers we had an extremely productive meeting.  We hoped we were able to provide energy, resources, and input. Throughout the evening it was abundantly clear that we all shared the love of God through ministry.

We were so pumped up, Fr. Wes, Debra and myself brainstormed until 2:00 a.m.  Fr. Wes summarized the effects last year’s mission team had on the community, the anticipation of the arrival of this year’s mission team and together we formed a new outline for next year.

Parish Mission ~ your servants in Christ, Debra and Randy

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With the Pope calling Bishop Murray Chatlain to be the new Archbishop of  Keewatin-LePas, Father Wieslaw Szatanski, OMI, also received a new position.  Fr. Wes was pastor to seven communities in the NWT;  Fort Simpson, Fort Laird, Trout Lake, Wrigley, Jean Marie River, Nahanni Butte, and Fort Providence. He was logging 150,000 kilometers a year.

His promotion now involves two parishes. The hamlet of Ft. Providence pop.1000 and Behchoko pop.2000. Fr. Wes spends two weeks in each location respectively.  It was here that Fr. Wes asked us to meet him.

Two hours further north of Fort Providence and one hour from Yellowknife, the permafrost based highway permitted us to enter this rich and colourful community. This community has strong faith, strong culture, and strong language. The church service is bilingual with the Dogrib and English languages. In 2003, Behchoko, together with three other communities, became a self government consisting of 39,000 sq. kilometers which includes the diamond mine.

The parish mission house built in 1958 needed a second opinion on whether the building should be repaired or torn down. He asked this of Randy. While we were there we were fortunate to witness the Dené hand games as well as fellowship with the local people.

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At Sunday morning’s mass at St. Michael's parish, Fr. Wes celebrated 9 baptisms. It was also for us both, a renewal of our own baptismal promises. The music ministry choir consisted of three Dené elders. They have been singing for 40 years at St. Michael's. Their angelic voices could have been coming from the gates of heaven.  Alleluia! Alleluia!

Parish Mission ~ your Servants in Christ, Randy & Debra

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R.C. MISSION CHURCH ~ Then & Now

Originally, Old Fort Providence was a supply centre operated by the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in 1823. This trading centre brought lots of people to the area.  Present day Providence was chosen as a mission site in the early 1860s by Roman Catholic Oblate Bishop Grandin. They were in steady competition with the Anglican Church.

This present day community of Fort Providence is located on the banks of the mighty Mackenzie River. The translation of its slavey name is 'mission house'. It became established by missionaries when an orphanage and mission were started by the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns of Montreal) in 1867. Through the work, spread the Gospel according to the RC church.

The community grew around the mission school and a large farm. Both are long gone, but what remains is a fine old church. Our Lady of Fort Providence church is a major landmark situated on the bank of the river and widely photographed.

 

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Locally, it is simply known as 'the big church'! It is used throughout the warm months for mass and all ministry gatherings. Fellowship is hosted outside where delicious bannock and tea are enjoyed along with the beautiful views of the river flowing by.  No timbits and coffee here!

The big church is astronomically expensive to heat through the entire winter.  With the St. Philip Neri donation from 2012, the faith community was able to purchase fuel (propane) for Christmas mass and the numerous funerals, many of them being for elders.

With temperatures changing, it was Parish Council's decision to move this Sunday's mass to 'the small church'.  This church was the one the 2012 youth mission stained and painted. It was a project that is still talked about by the community to this day.  As I sit here writing and looking out the rectory window, I glance over at the steeple, and am most appreciative that Randy does not have to rebuild the scaffolding for me to climb up there and repaint it. This year the work has moved inside the small church and we have been working up a storm!

Nightly mass is held here at 7:00 pm when Fr. Wes is in residence.  He lets the community know by ringing the church bell at 6:30 pm for five minutes.

Parish Mission ~ your Servants in Christ Randy & Debra

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Two blogs in one!

Fort Providence ~ The Road Trip

Friday, September 20, 2013, our mission started early at 5:00 am with cool temperatures of 3 degrees and a full trailer.

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As we headed out on the Yellowhead highway to Edmonton, we made our way north to Peace River Alberta and the start of the Mackenzie highway. The further we travelled, the serenity of the North country set in.  As we witnessed the highways lined with endless trees in spectacular shades of deep rich autumn colors, we were reminded that God's beauty is everywhere.

After logging 1150 kilometers, Manning Alberta was our first nights rest stop. Thankful for a safe journey so far.

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Welcome to the Northwest Territories

Traveling along uncrowded highways, we are welcomed to the Northwest Territories by the north of 60 sign. The majestic splendor and tranquility of God's north country is absolutely breathtaking!

As the kilometers rolled by, and the deafening silence of the wilderness assaults our senses, we are reminded that it is in silence that God speaks to us and clarity merges.

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As we approached the turn off to Fort Providence we crossed the much awaited new Deh Cho Bridge. This 202 million dollar project replaced the Merv Hardie Ferry that brought us across the mighty Mackenzie River last August.  It was exciting to drive across the completed bridge.

After 1992 kilometers Fort Providence welcomed us with sunny blue skies, 24 degrees, gas prices of $1.45, and those darn old pesky flies!

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Thank you Lord for getting us here safely.

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Your servants in Christ,

Randy & Debra


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Matt’s 10 Awesome Things You Can Do For Fun This Summer

Summer is finally here. Just about all the graduation caps have been thrown, and exams have been passed (or not-so-passed), so now you’ve got all sorts of free time on your hands.

The problem is, of course, that you have no idea what to do! If you need your whole summer laid out for you, or if you have a few spare weeks that need some filling, here are 10 ideas that you can try out.

1. Backyard Camping. Enjoy the wonders and dangers of the great outdoors from the comfort of your own backyard. You’ve probably got a tent in your basement, and where is safer than your front yard’s younger brother, the back yard? There may not be a lake there, but there’s probably a kiddie pool. Watch out for housecats!

2. Water Balloon Fight. A good ol' water balloon fight, that's right. Feel free to add water guns for a bit more excitement. You might want to save this for a sunny day, or else Mother Nature will shower you with rain and win by default. That’s no fun. Also, don't start in the house.

3. Christmas in July. Remember how fun Christmas is? Don’t you wish it happened more than once a year? Well, you can do what you do for Christmas in July! You might not want to light a fire, but you can still have a good time. Jingle bells, jingle bells, it sure is hot today, let's all share some presents and watch Elf right away!

4. Help with VBS. Imagine a world where you can be a knight, or a princess, or a toad, or a king, or a horse, or anything like that. That’s Vacation Bible School this year! There’s some talk about Jesus for good measure, too. Email or call the parish office to help out!

5. Make a YouTube Video. There are lots of awesome movies coming out this summer, so why not make a movie of your own? You can write it, or direct it, or act in it, or do all of those! Do you want it to be funny? Dramatic? Exciting? Get some friends together and create something great. Make sure to give Matt an executive producer credit, though.

6. Photo Scavenger Hunt. Plan one or get someone else to come up with some spots for you to find. Maybe Mom or Dad would be willing to set one up for you if one of your tasks is bringing groceries home. Bonus points if you walk everywhere!

7. Superhero Movie Marathon. Let Batman, Spider-Man, and the Avengers make your day great. Saskatoon isn’t about to be attacked by a supervillian or alien monster, so you can watch it and not worry too much. This is ideal for a stormy Saskatchewan day, as long as the power stays on.

8. Connect with a random family member on Facebook. Check in to see how they are, what they're up to, if they have any long lost family secrets. You know, that sort of thing. They might have a treasure map, a lost fortune, or memories that can tell you more about your family. That last one is probably the best part!

9. Read a book. Go on, read one. If you like literally anything, there’s an awesome book out there for you. There are even entire buildings that will just let you borrow books, for free, anytime you want. That sure makes it easy! Matt has suggestions if you wanted some, too.

10. Learn something new. What is summer good for if not learning things? Okay, maybe you can learn some more fun things, like how to juggle, or skateboard, or how to write a sonnet, or how to edit the YouTube movie you make, or how to make a photo scavenger hunt, or how to pray the rosary. There are actually endless options!

Whatever you do this summer, make the most of it. It’s a great time, and it would be a shame to let it go to waste.

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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.

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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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This is so good, we had to feature Julie Anne's blog again this year! Maybe we'll feature it every year!

 

...So we've almost made it through 40 days of Lent- the wilderness... now we've entered the passion and walk with our God through the horror and the glory of what will take place this week.  Reflecting on this coming week, there's a sense of awe in how God's plan of salvation unfolds...

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Year of Faith

2012-2013 Pope Benedict's letter introduces the Year of Faith.

The letter is called " Porta Fedei" which means "Door of Faith".

 We are just completing the first month of acknowledging our call to celebrate our faith. Have you ever read the Vatican II documents? Have you reviewed your Catechism? Yes? Well, good for you!!!

 

There are many practical ways that any of us can spend time renewing our faith within this next year. The way we do choose to do so may be dependent on our lifestyle or where we are in our faith journey.

1. But have you ever thought of watching a DVD about one of the gospels? Maybe this isn't one of the DVDs you would happen to have at home but if you can visit the library at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, there are a number of DVDs there that you could take home to watch. Also, at our parish, we have a DVD about St. Philip Neri called "I Prefer Heaven" which would be awesome to watch. It is time well worth spending and will give you a sense of the person of Philip Neri.

Highly recommended by our pastor, parish council and staff!!!

***** ( five stars)

 2. In many parishes in Saskatoon, there are a number of presentations about our faith. Just about every night of the week, there is a different one. Maybe check out the diocesan website (www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com) and look up some. In our own parish, we have small Christian Communities every Tuesday and Thursday evening as well as during Advent, a small group gathers to focus on Advent and on our year of faith. Call Shirley at the parish for more inforamtion.

3. Reading online about Catholicism or choosing to spend some time with the bible daily will definitely help to grow closer to God and discerning the meaning of your life. Humbly speaking, the knowledge and understanding of scripture, gives your life power beyond belief.... Don't believe me .. give it a try!!!!!

 

God Bless!

(Check out the welcome area for book marks and prayer cards!.... and ask about any type of ministry that you may want to know more about.)

Thank you!

Shirley

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Mass and Liturgy Schedule

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday 8:30am – 12 noon & 12:30pm – 4:00pm

Phone:306-343-0325

Fax:306-343-0900

Mass Times:

Saturday 5:00pm

Sunday 9:30am & 11:30am

Summer

Saturday 5:00pm

Sunday 10:00am

Weekday masses Tuesday thru Friday 8:15am

(Rosary ½ before weekday masses)*

 

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