Our Weekly Newsletter for Oct. 16/22 The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time World Food Day
Diocesan Prayer Intention – Good Shepherd, we pray for cooperation and support for life-saving assistance to people around the world struggling from food insecurity and hunger. Loving God, send life-giving rains at just the right time, create good conditions for families to grow food for their survival, and help us to cease conflict so Your children will no longer go to bed hungry each night. (World Food Day Oct. 16 prayer from World Vision)
Message from Fr. Mike for Sunday, Oct. 16
My dear St. Philip Neri Parishioners,
"What unites us is much greater than what divides us." Pope St. John XXIII
Something from the Parish:
Matthew 25 “… for I was hungry, and you gave me some food; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. (v.35) Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (v.40)
THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU (again) for your generous support of our “school pantry” at Pope John Paul II Elementary School. Your generous response at Mass has been highly appreciated and inspirational.
Please Note: We will continue to discern and respond to the needs within the school, and various other requests in the Community. As the basic food needs of JPII School have currently been fulfilled, the Children’s Change for Change will be put into an account for other future considerations of need. We will keep you informed as to future developments.
NOTE: If you do wish to continue to donate to the “food needs” of JPII School, please respond by putting your cash and/or cheques in a plain envelope addressed to: Pope John Paul II School Food Program, and place your envelope in the regular Sunday collection. We will gladly pass your donation on to the school principal.
Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate
St. Philip Neri … pray for us
St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us
St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us
A Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children at risk and in fear that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus the Prince of Peace. Amen.
The splendour of fall continues to surround us with those vibrant rich colours ... and it's nice to see that that crazy wind has finally settled down so it's a little more pleasant to be outside on these sunny days! Even though the night time temperatures are now dipping a little bit below 0C, and the mornings do have that "fall chill" feeling, It looks like the double digit day time highs will still be sticking around all next week, so we'll take those!
Okay, let's see what is new and what remains below for you as reminders:
We would like to formally welcome back Fr. Bill Stang to St. Philip Neri Parish! He is such a gift to us!
The Truth and Reconciliation Committee is resuming their Discussion Group meetings, with the next one being held on Wed. Oct. 26. Please scroll down below for the details.
THANKS again to all those who have signed up to get their pictures taken for the St. Philip Neri Parish Pictorial Directory! A reminder to please book your spot if you haven't done so already, so that you/your family can be included in our "Family Album"! The details and the booking link remain below.
Our Refugee Committee is once again asking for donations of furniture, kitchen and household items in preparation for the arrival of future refugee families. Please see all the details below.
A final reminder to please pick up your Bishop's Annual Appeal package from the table in the Welcome Area if you still haven't done so, before they are shipped back to the Diocesan Office.
The next Bereavement Support gathering will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Anyone can join at any time - we would love to have you. Please see more details below.
The Golden Age Card Players will be playing cards again next Wednesday, Oct. 19. Check out the details below.
As the weather gets colder, the CWL Clothing Depot is asking for donations of winter clothing and accessories, as well as blankets, comforters, and small household items as more refugees and newcomers are arriving here in Saskatoon. Please see more details below.
Priest, Prophet, King - PPK - Men's NIght is coming up on Wednesday, October 19. For more details and the rest of the dates, please scroll down below.
The K of C Chapter #11425 at St. Joseph's Parish would like to invite everyone to their delicious monthly pancake breakfasts, on one Sunday each month! Check out all the dates, and other details, below.
Prairie Knights Inc., a supporter of the Blackstrap Youth Camp, is holding a Steak Night Fundraiser on Sat. Oct. 29. To find out how to support this great cause, scroll down below!
Theology on Tap is BACK, in person! The first date is Thursday, October 27, at Louis' on the U of S campus. Please check below more details.
A reminder to purchase your "Schools Win Twice" online lotteryand 50/50 tickets! Check below to learn about the fabulous family vacation and other prizes up for grabs, and how and when to purchase your tickets!
Str8UP is an amazing organization determined to help individuals escape a criminal street/gang lifestyle. They are having an awesome fundraiser called "Art for Change" down at the Ramai Art Gallery on October 27! See all the details below.
Finally, Freedom Fridays are still going strong - Come out and join us from 4 - 6 pm! It's a great way to wind down the work week with some great food and wonderful conversation with fellow parishioners. Just bring some munchies, appies, or a simple dessert and meet us in the Welcome Area!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Enjoy the ongoing sunny weather, get a little more of that yard work done (those leaves just keep on falling!), and I'll talk to you again next week!
Lovely Autumn Blessings,
What's Happening in Our Parish:
Welcome Back, Fr. Bill!
As hard as he tried, Fr. Bill, just couldn't stay away - and we are so happy to have him back here with us at St. Philip Neri! He is now settled back in and will be assisting Fr. Mike wherever he is able. Be sure to give him a warm St. Philip Neri welcome the next time you see him! Welcome back, Fr. Bill! God has blessed us with your return!
September 2022 - Revenue and Expenses
Wages & Benefits:
Light & Water:
$ 4, 781.33
Truth and Reconciliation Committee
Discussion Group - Wed. Oct. 26
Please join us on Wednesday,
October 26, 7:00 pm in the church Welcome Area, for the first fall Truth and
Reconciliation Discussion Group. Our focus remains on education and
learning from one another, and on the foundation of hard truths, heartfelt
reflection, and respectful conversation that reconciliation depends upon. If
you joined us last year, we hope you can join us again as we build on
those discussions, but you need not have participated previously. Everyone is
welcome! Just bring your open heart. There are no suggested readings for this
inaugural meeting of the year. The next scheduled meetings will be on the
Wednesday evenings of November 9 and November 23. We will
once again draw on the book Listening to Indigenous Voices, produced by
the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice. Stay tuned for updates on the
availability of the book. We will also welcome Indigenous guest speakers and
host other activities as the year goes on.
St. Philip Neri Parish Pictorial Directory - Book your appointment NOW!
Photo Sittings: Nov. 14 - 23
Our appointment bookings are now well under way - thank you to all those who have gone on-line and grabbed their spots! It will be so great to have our new Directories, to help us acquaint ourselves with one another again and strengthen the bond of our faith community. Of course our "family album" is not complete without you, so we really want to have you/your family included! Remember -
everyone who has their picture taken will receive a FREE Parish Pictorial Directory to help you learn those names and faces of your fellow parishioners, AND, if you haven't had a professional family portrait taken in a long time, you will also have the opportunity to purchase additional family portraits at less than studio prices to share with family and friends!
The photo sitting dates are from Monday, Nov. 14 to Wednesday Nov. 23 any time between 1:30 - 8:30 pm on each of those days, with the exception of Saturday, Nov. 19, when the times are between 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, and NO BOOKINGS on Sunday, Nov. 20. You may book your spot, online, either through our Parish website, or by simply clicking on the link below and following a few simple instructions. Unless you do not have access to a computer, ALL bookings will be done on-line. For those folks who do not have access to a computer, please call Joan Robertson, at (306) 222-9914, or Bonnie Klimek, at (306) 230-2756, to book your appointment.
Thanks for your support and participation in this great project!
Are you downsizing or just doing some fall house-cleaning and de-cluttering? We have just the place for the items you no longer want or need. The Refugee Committee is once again asking for furniture, kitchen and other household items to replenish their stock as they prepare for the future arrival of more refugee families. Please call Denise Debrau, at (306) 291-1675 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a pick-up of your donated items. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our refugee familiies!
We keep in our prayers ...
All those who struggle with food insecurity and hunger - locally, nationally and internationally. May we make conscientious efforts to share our abundance with others who do not have enough food on a daily basis.
The people of Ukraine, who have suffered recent missile attacks and power outages at the hands of Russian invaders. May God watch over the Ukrainian people, keep them safe, and restore peace to their country soon.
Our Parish community, as we prayerfully reflect on our participation in the 2022 Bishop's Annual Appeal, and how we might bring hope and faith to the world through our prayer, service and financial support.
Parish Liturgical Ministries
Liturgical Ministries, Parish organizations and the Sacraments forms: These forms will now be organized and the next steps will be to share them with the main facilitators, schedule what is needed and plan for an active, supportive parish, spreading the joy of Christ. Thank you for your patience as this will take a bit of time. For additional information, please contact Shirley Hyshka, Pastoral Associate, in the Parish Office.
Special Note: We really need two more adults to help out with leading the Children's Liturgy during the Sunday Masses. Pleae contact Shirley as soon as possible if you are interested.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation:The last class is Sunday, October 30 in the church right after Mass. Thank you to all those who have registered! Parents and child should be attending the 10 am Mass just before the classes. Families will celebrate this Sacrament before Mass on Saturday, Nov. 5, and on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Please note: The preparation for First Communion is in Spring 2023.
Sacrament of Confirmation: The preparation and celebration of this Sacrament has not been moved to the Grade 6 level. There may be some youth who missed the preparation and celebration of this Sacrament. More information will be available in the early months of 2023.
Sacrament of Baptism: The next dates for the celebration of Baptism is Sunday, November 20. Pre-registration is necessary.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Are you searching, pondering, or asking questions about the Catholic faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a journey of weekly sessions, where you will prepare to receive the sacraments, learn what it means to be Catholic and take your place as a fully participating member of the Catholic Church. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Catholic, please contact Cindy Lewans at firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite you to learn what the Church teaches, and be introduced to some of our Parish members. These sessions are also opportunities for you, and others who you may wish to invite, to ask questions you may have about the Church!
Sunday Missals 2022-23: The new Missals will be ready for purchase beginning on Friday, October 28 in the Welcome Area. Cost is $5, and cash only, please.
All Souls' Day on Wed. November 2 - Everyone is invited to attend Mass on Wed. Nov. 2, at 7 pm. More information will be available soon.
Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2022
Oct. 16 is World Food Day
The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is concerned about our world's hunger issues. Please support this year's appeal so we can continue supporting programs that feed the hungry, like the Saskatoon Friendship Inn.
Your gifts to the Bishop's Annual Appeal support a range of ministries, evangelization, formation and outreach, as together we are “Serving Others!”
So far, we have raised $105,000.00 out of our $1.4 million goal. Thank you for your continued support.
Please know that there is support offered here at the Parish. If you would like a place to gather and talk with others who have lost
a spouse, please come out to our next gathering on Tuesday, October 25 from 1 to 3 pm, here in the church's Sunroom. We look
forward to walking with you in faith! No registration fee or sign up are required. Please just feel comfortable in coming to join us. If you wish to
contact us, please call Deb or Shirley at the Parish.
Golden Age Card Players
The Golden Age Group at St. Philip Neri is now back up and running with their card-playing afternoons, every second Wedesday, from 1:30 - 4:00 pm in the Welcome Area! Their next session will be on Wednesday, October 19, and the cost is $2 per day. They happily welcome any new players to join them for some fun, friendly competition! Mark you calendar with the future dates: November 2 and 30, and December 14 and 28. For more information, please call the president, Sylvia Godbout, at (306) 374-9085.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Every Monday evening (except for long weekends), from 6 pm to 10 pm, and also every second Thursday of the month, from 9 am to 6 pm, people are invited to pray with the Blessed Sacrament in the main area of the church.
The next full day Adoration will be on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 9 am - 6 pm.
What's Happening in Our Diocese:
CWL Clothing Depot - WINTER Needs
With the change in temperatures and the city landscape, please remember the needs of the CWL Clothing Depot. With the arrival of refugees and newcomers from warmer countries, as well as the ongoing needs of our own local residents, there is a high demand for winter clothing. There is also a need for new or gently-used cutlery, pots and pans, kettles, small appliances, blankets, comforters, etc. The Clothing Depot continues to depend on donations, which may be dropped off Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Depot, located at 619-20th Street West.
Volunteers are also needed to work on the sales floor during store hours. This is a three-hour commitment, from 12 noon to 3 pm, Tuesday to Friday and from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday. New and returning volunteers are most welcome. Call Bea at (306) 242-5042 to volunteer.
Priest, Prophet, King - PPK Men's Night
Wednesday, October 19
Prieist, Prophet, King - PPK Men's Night will be held on the third Wednesday of the month at the Cathedral of the Holy Family. The schedule is: Wednesdays: October 19, November 16, January 18, February 15, March 15, and May 17. Evenings begin at 7 pm with Adoration and Confession, followed by food, drinks, socializing and a talk starting at 8 pm.
Delicious Monthly Pancake Breakfasts!
St. Joseph's Hall on Broadway
Everyone is welcome to join the K of C Chapter #11429 - San Lorenzo Ruiz - for their delicious monthly Sunday morning pancake breakfasts, held in St. Joseph's Parish Hall, on Broadway Ave. & 8th Street. These yummy breakfasts will be served on Sundays, from 10 am to 1 pm, on the following dates:
Oct. 23, Nov. 20, Jan. 22/23, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, April 23, and May 28.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-15 years. Breakfasts consists of pancakes (with syrup or whipped cream & berries!), sausages, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee and juice. Come on over and join us! Everyone is welcome!
Prairie Knights Inc.
Steak Night Fundraiser!
Prairie Knights Inc., supporter of the Blackstrap Youth Camp, will be holding a Steak Night Fundraiser, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Sami’s Sunrise Grill, 418 47th Street. The cost is $30 per person, with Happy Hour starting at 4 pm and dinner at 5:30 pm. For tickets, please call or message: (306) 221-5893. We hope to see you there, in support of future Blackstrap Youth Camp experiences for our kids!
Theology on Tap - Save the Date!
Thursday, October 27
Theology on Tap is back, in person, for young adults 19-35 years of age! Mark your calendars for the first session of the year, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7-9:00 pm, at Louis' on Campus. Guest speakers are research students, Yash Tendulkar and Jylienna Laundry, and STM Psychology Professor, Paulette Hunter, talking about Catholic social teaching. For more information, call Michael MacLean in Campus Ministry, at St. Thomas More College, at (306) 966-8931, or email: email@example.com.
Campaign Life Coalition SK
"40 Hours for Life"
The "40 Hours for Life" Campaign, an annual public, prayerful witness, will continue until Friday, October 28. This year's campaign
will be on the corner of Queen Street and 4th Avenue. There will be three one-hour
time slots from 9 am to noon on Mondays to Fridays. Signs are provided.
Please help advocate for the protection of human life within the womb during
this campaign. Come as often as you are able and the team captain for
each time slot will assist you with signage and literature. For more information contact Louis, at (306) 249-2764.
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. presents the annual "Schools Win Twice" fund-raising online lottery and 50-50 draw in support of Catholic schools in Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville, Biggar and Humboldt. This year’s grand prize is a family fun vacation package worth $10,000, with a number of other prizes also available! Every ticket sold makes a difference in local Catholic schools. Tickets are on sale from Oct. 5 to Nov. 17. Go to https://schoolswintwice.ca/ or click on the button below:
Lay Formation Alumni – Fall Gathering and Farewell
October 28 & 29
The Lay Formation Alumni Fall Gathering and Farewell is coming up to celebrate 35 years with joy, grieving our loss with peace, seeking new life with hope. The Fall Gathering and Farewell will be held Oct. 28 and 29 at Queen’s House of Retreats, 601 Taylor St.,beginning on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 pm with registration, followed by opening prayer and a panel at 7 pm, and then wine and cheese fellowship. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the day begins with prayer and smudging at 9 am, followed by presentation by Keynote Speaker, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, and the AGM, concluding with Mass and a Farewell Banquet. Registration is $100, due in by Oct. 18 (late registration $150). There is also a Zoom option for Fr. Rolheiser's sessions, for $45. Online registration is atwww.queenshouse.org or call (306) 242-1916.
The Str8UP “Art for Change” Fundraiser will be held on October 27 at the Remai Art Gallery in Saskatoon. Str8UP’s mission is to help individuals escape the criminal street lifestyle to become positive members of our community. The fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Remai Art Gallery. The event will feature an art auction, with the art being provided by local professional artists as well as by some current members of Str8UP! It will be a fun event with music and food as well as the chance to buy some terrific local art. All proceeds will go to Str8UP’s outreach programs that help members address addictions, mental health, employment and homelessness. Tickets are $100 each, with tables of eight available. Tickets can be bought on the website www.eventbrite.com - search for “Art for Change" or by clicking on the button below:
Donate your recycling refund to Catholic TRC Healing Response
Please consider donating your recycling refund to Catholic TRC Healing Response. There are four "drop-and-go" recycling locations in Saskatoon where you are able to donate your returnable deposit proceeds to the Diocesan TRC fund:
350B-103rd St. East in Sutherland
2327 Faithful Ave.
2900 Jasper Ave.
2305-22nd St. West
Note: These locations will have a separate entrance for Drop and Go. Everything is a touch screen, and when it asks for your account, you can type in TRC or trc. You will enter the number of tags you need for your bags and stick them on before droping them off. Thank you for your kind contributions to the Catholic TRC Healing Response!
Filipino Catholic Community of Saskatoon
Monthly Mass - THIS Sun. Oct. 16
The Filipino Catholic Community of Saskatoon gathers on the third Sunday of every month to celebrate Mass at St. Paul Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cr. E., with the next celebration to be held on Sunday, October 16, at 5:00 pm. The Filipino Catholic community also holds a weekly Novena in English every Friday at 5:30 pm at. St. Paul Co-Cathedral. Everyone is welcome.
Future dates for Sunday 5 pm Masses at the Co-Cathedral are: Nov. 20, and Dec. 18.
If you would like to receive the Diocesan Electronic Newsletter, which is different from the Diocesan Bulletin, as well as other information from the Diocese, please send your email address directly to Melissa Anaetoh at the Catholic Foundation Office, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to keep in touch with your Parish:
St. Philip Neri Masses are live-streamed, every Saturday at 5 pm
If you aren’t able to attend Mass in person, you may watch it LIVE on YouTube.
NOTE: If you are hard of hearing or would like to have the Live-Streamed Services "with text", please click the “cc”/ “Closed Caption” icon/button at the bottom right on your computer screen, below the live-streamed service. You will be able to see the words of the speaker!
We have left past Masses up on our channel for you to watch, or you can tune in to our next upcoming LIVE Masses on the dates and times below:
Saturday, October 15 - 5:00 pm (Fr. Mike)
Saturday, October 22 - 5:00 pm (Fr. Mike)
St. Philip Neri Facebook Page
are invited to check out our Facebook page, St. Philip Neri Parish. There can
be informational, prayerful, humorous notes that you might be interested in! Check it out today!