Our Weekly Newsletter for June 5/22 Pentecost Sunday
Message from Fr. Mike for Sunday, June 5
To all our “beloved” of St. Philip Neri Parish,
Greetings and blessings to you and all your family from Fr. Mike Dechant OMI To all you parishioners of St. Philip Neri Parish who answered the many questions of the synodal process … we need you help, your participation and imagination! We want to make St. Philip Neri Parish “the best” parish for you and your family – and your relatives and friends.
JUST IMAGINE … as we continue to develop a Parish “mentality of synodality”.
Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to move into a new and renewed mentality of synodality. The first round has been to canvass all the parishes, inviting everyone to “voice” their insights and experience of “Church”. St. Philip Neri Parish has responded to these many questions with diligence and honesty. However, our pastoral concern is that many individuals and/or groups within our Parish Community have not been heard – those living on the peripheries of parish life, those who have been excluded or hurt by the parish family, the marginalized, the rejected, the “voiceless”. The following format is our suggestion to initiate Round #2 of the synodal process. There are three phases to this process.
Phase #1: The St. Philip Neri Parish Team and the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) invite you to participate in a follow-up venture to the document St. Philip Neri Parish sent to the Diocese. NOTE: All the comments in this document are from the parishioners (and friends) of the Parish. Gather your children and grandchildren (relatives and friends) together at your kitchen table, or around the campfire - to discuss (and argue) your many comments and reactions to the synodal document … so that your suggestions and insights will also be your and their on-going commitment to be active members of St. Philip Neri Parish. How can we make St. Philip Neri Parish “our second home” – where everyone is welcome, respected and appreciated.
THE INVITATION: To carefully study the Parish document and ascertain what are the implications and applications of these comments and insights for our Parish?
JUST IMAGINE: What would St. Philip Neri Parish look like/feel like if we would be bold and daring enough to listen (and respond) to the suggestions of our larger faith family?
A suggested deadline to summit all comments to the Parish Office is the end of August, 2022.
Phase #2: Once the comments have been collated, we will create various “listening circles” to reflect on the insights and suggestions gleaned from Phase #1. It becomes a “process” of building Community, where we can all “walk together” in Communion – Participation – Mission.
This phase may take us to mid-end of September, 2022.
Phase #3: The beginning of October, the PPC and the Parish Team of St. Philip Neri Parish would host a Retreat – to gather the various representatives of the Listening Circles … to taste the “new wine” poured into the “new wine skins”. The focus of the Retreat:
To continue to build Community
To dream and imagine a “Renewed Parish”
To call forth a vibrant leadership, excited and willing to share this “new wine” with everyone else of the Parish, and beyond
To reach out to those still standing outside the “circle of Parish Life”
Something from the Parish:
Mark your Calendar:
Tuesday, June 7: Fr. Ken Forster, Fr. Bill Stang, and Fr. Joe Jacek (Founding Fathers of the Oblate Kenya Mission, 25 years ago) and Fr. Jerry Conlan (an Australian Oblate, presently working in the Kenya Mission) will share “their story” of Joyfully Building Church, in Africa
Sunday, June 12, (after the 11:30 Eucharist): We again celebrate with Fr. Ken, his call to Mission and Ministry as an Oblate and priest! Come and join our Parish Family in a big Parish BBQ – to congratulate and honour Fr. Ken and to eat and meet and greet and enjoy one another!
God is good … all the time!
So … wherever you go, go with God. And, whenever you go, go make a difference!
Unfortunately, a few of our Kenyan Missionaries were unable to obtain a Canadian visa, so were therefore unable to join us for our Oblate Convocation in St. Albert. We had hoped to welcome Fr. Joseph Kyuli OMI, a Kenyan Oblate, to be with us and speak at all our Masses this Pentecost Sunday, June 4/5. Rather, I, who, as you know, just visited Kenya for the 25th Anniversary celebration of our Kenyan Mission, will share some of my experiences at all the Masses NEXT Sunday, June 11/12.
As we conclude our Easter Season, we are sent out as missionaries to “bring the good news to the poor.” The hope of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is to inform you about the growth of the church in Kenya these past years as we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Oblate Kenya Mission. We have walked with the people of Kenya in their faith journey as well as collaborated with them in their development projects as a caring Christian community, through our Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate (MAMI). Some of you are already members of this lay association, partnering with the poor in education, health care, water sourcing, orphanages, prisoner support and other corporal works of mercy. Our hope is that many more of you might consider committing yourselves to pray for our mission work and financially support our partnership with the poor.
There will be an opportunity to visit with Fr. Gerry Conlan OMI, and Australian priest presently serving in Kenya, as well as Fr. Joe Jacek OMI, and Fr. Bill and Fr. Ken who have just returned from the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Kenyan Mission. Come enjoy a coffee, listen, ask questions and meet with other friends and MAMI Members. This event will take place THIS Tuesday evening, June 7, at 7:00 pm in the St. Philip Neri Welcome Area. Let us rejoice and be glad!
THIS Sunday, June 4/5, each household will receive an attractive MAMI brochure as you enter the church. You are encouraged to take the brochure home and in prayer decide whether you might want to partner with the Oblates and the poor, through a commitment to prayer and financial support. Because of the 25th Anniversary of the Kenyan Mission, Bishop Mark has encouraged the Parish to take a special collection next week. We thank those of you who are already members of MAMI for your generosity. There is no expectation that you would donate to the special collection.
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.
Except for some crazy winds, June has been kind to us so far - with some pleasant temperatures, blue skies, and lovely sunshine. The long-range forecast for us is for a"mild summer", with no major temperature swings, so that's great news for our farmers, gardeners (& gardener's helpers!), as well as all those campers and vacationers who will be hitting the road once school lets out in a few weeks! After the long winter we had, (and all those to come!), we deserve a nice, long, beautiful summer!
Okay - here comes the news and reminders for this week:
Don't forget about your invitation to attend the gathering in the Welcome Area THIS Tuesday, June 7, beginning at 7 pm, to hear all the fascinating stories from a number of Oblate priests about their incredible experiences living and working in Kenya!
Sign up now, if you haven't already! Sunday, June 12, will be a big day for our Parish Community, as we come together after the 11:30 am Mass to honour Fr. Ken on the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the priesthood! A big Parish BBQ is being planned to honour this amazing milestone - as well as to bid Fr. Ken a fond farewell, as he prepares for his move to Vancouver. See all the details below. The sign-up board is still up in the Welcome Area - we need to know how much food to prepare for the BBQ. Thanks to all who have already signed up to help out with set-up, serving and clean-up - but we can always use a few more pairs of hands, so don't be shy!
Thanks to all who attended the Parish AGM this past Sunday, May 29. It was great to see so many people interested in what is going on in our Parish! The slightly revised AGM Final Report may still be accessed below.
Got a few bikes kicking around that you are no longer using? Our Refugee Committee might just have the place for them! Please see all the details below.
Our Bereavement Support Group will be having their second gathering on Tuesday, June 7, at 1 pm. Anyone who has lost a spouse is warmly welcomed to join us. Your invitation remains below.
We continue to "hope" that Children's Liturgy during the Sunday Masses will be resuming. Veronica still needs some volunteers to step forward be able to offer these wonderful faith-building sessions for our Parish children. The first training session for volunteers is this Wed. June 8, at 7 pm.
The St. Philip Neri K of C are back at it! They are resuming their Saturday Hamburger and Hot Dog Fundraiser BBQ's beginning in a couple of weeks, on Saturday, June 18, at the Preston Crossing Canadian Tire. All the delicious details are below!
Speaking of burgers and hotdogs, don't forget about Freedom Fridays! It's a great way to wind down the work week with some great food and wonderful conversation with fellow parishioners - every Friday from 4 - 6 pm. Just bring some munchies, appies, or a simple dessert and meet us in the Welcome Area (or outdoor grotto if the weather is nice)!
The CWL Clothing Depot continues to look for donations of specific items - please check out the list below. Thanks to those who have been dropping off your useful "gifts" for others to use! You are welcome to continue to drop off your items here in the bin at the church if you can't make the drive downtown to the Clothing Depot.
Grow Saskatchewan is back! Learn how you can participate in this great program, that supports local farmers as they grow crops to provide emergency food assistance and long-term food security to countries around the world. The details are below.
Save the date! There will be a Diocesan-wide Family Fun Day planned for Saturday, June 25 in response to the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome! Scroll down below to read all about this important Meeting in Rome, as well as fun agenda planned for the Family Fun Day here in Saskatoon!
A final reminder that the Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre's Steak Night Fundraiser iscoming up THIS Wednesday, June 8. Please see all the details below.
The summer months are always filled with a variety of wonderful faith-building pilgrimages that folks all across SK are invited to participate in. Scroll down below to check out the first two, taking place in the month of June,
Finally, have you ever seen a live re-enactment of the Passion Play? In Europe? Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Minisitry of Tourism, is offering a "Pilgrim Journey" opportunity to travel to various European countries this fall! You may find all the details way down below.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! It is SO great to see the "Green & White" back on the football field! I've dusted off my jersey and look forward to every game day! I can't wait to watch our starters hit the turf for that official league-opener next Saturday against Hamilton! And at the same time, the NHL Playoff battles continue and it's "GO Oilers GO" against a tough Colorado squad. If/when you're not watching sports on TV, be sure to head outside and enjoy all this glorious sunshine! It's going to be a fantastic weekend!
Blue skies and Blessings,
Big Parish Celebration for Father Ken!
Sunday, June 12
Many of you already know that Fr. Ken is celebrating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the priesthood this June. What you may not know is that he will also be leaving our Parish at the beginning of September, as he has received a new obedience to the Oblate Community in Vancouver. We are very happy for Fr. Ken, as he embarks on this next phase of his dedicated life of service, but also very sad that he is leaving us. Fr. Ken will continue to coordinate the partnership of the laity with Oblate Missions and ministries (MAMI), in Vancouver.
Our Parish Pastoral Council will be honouring Fr. Ken on Sunday, June 12, after the 11:30 am Mass with a big Parish BBQ! You are all invited to join us, as a Parish community, to congratulate Fr. Ken on his 50th Anniversary as well as to bid him an early farewell and well wishes. Please sign up on the board in the Welcome Area, if you haven't already, so that we know how much food we will need. ALL the food will be provided - you just need to bring yourself! To make this a really great day for Fr. Ken, we need and welcome volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up afterwards. There is a sign-up space on the board to indicate how you may chip in to help out. Thanks in advance for your participation in this great event as we honour, and say an early goodbye, to our wonderful priest and friend, Fr. Ken.
THANKS for your participation in St. Philip Neri's AGM!
We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all the parishioners who attended this year's annual AGM (Annual General Meeting), last Sunday! We had a great turn-out! There was lots of good information shared about what is going on in our great parish, as well as many good questions asked and answered. Special thanks to Diana Nordick for supplying the delicious "homemade" cinnamon buns! Yum!
In case you were unable to attend the meeting, you may still access the "updated" AGM Final Report by clicking on the button below. (Note: The CWL Report was missed last week due to an oversight but has now been added to this revised Final Report.)
The St. Philip Neri Refugee Committee is looking for some used bikes, in good condition, for some of our newcomers, one for a nine-year old boy and two or more for teenagers, so more adult sized. If you have a bike or two that you are no longer using and you are ready to part with them, now is the perfect time! They can bring some joy to some new youth! Please call Denise DeBrau for more information, at (306) 291-1675.
St. Philip Neri Parish Bereavement Support Gathering
Tuesday, June 7, 1-3 pm
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 THIS Tuesday,
June 7, from 1 to 3 pm, here in the church's Sunroom. We look
forward to walking with you in faith! No registration fee and no sign up
required. Please just feel comfortable in coming to join us. If you wish to
contact us, please call Deb or Shirley at the Parish.
Children's Liturgy - Returning Soon - we hope!
More Volunteers Still Needed - Training Session this Wed. June 8
Veronica, our Youth Minister, is still looking for leaders to help with Children’s Liturgy. She is inviting people ages 14 and older to help lead Children’s Liturgy groups during Sunday Masses. The first Training Session is coming up THISWednesday, June 8, at 7 pm in the Welcome Area. Please contact Veronica for more information about volunteering in this meaningful ministry within our Parish, by email, at: email@example.com, or call her at the Parish Office, at: (306) 343-0325.
Knights of Columbus Hamburger & Hot Dog Fundraiser BBQ's are back!
Saturdays, June 18 & 25 from 10 am - 4 pm
St. Philip Neri Knights of Columbus will once again be running their BBQ's at the Canadian Tire at Preston Crossing! Merv Schneider & friends will be grilling and serving up some delicious hamburgers and hotdogs just for you! The first two BBQ's of this year will be on Saturdays,June 18 and 25. Head over to Preston Crossing to do your Saturday shopping then stop by Canadian Tire and have a delicious lunch - and support our K of C at the same time! It's a win-win!
We remember in our prayers:
Those whose mission it is to bring others closer to Jesus, especially for an increase in the religious vocations of priests and deacons.
Those who are graduating from all educational institutions this month. May the Holy Spirit guide them as they begin the next chapter in their life.
The repose of the soul of Millie Waldinger, a long-time parishioner of our Parish. We keep her family and friends in prayer. The Mass of Resurrection will be on Wednesday, June 8, at 1:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
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 upcoming Adoration schedule:
Monday evenings, June 6, 13, 20, 27, from 6 pm-10 pm
The next full day Adoration will be NEXT Thursday, June 9, from 9 am - 6 pm.
Live Nation-wide On-line Rosary
Sunday, June 19
In preparation for the 10th World Meeting of Families, the CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life is hosting a live and nationwide Rosary for the Family via Zoom Webinar. The virtual event will take place on Sunday, June 19, at 1 pm SK time, and will be facilitated by several families from across the country. As part of the Amoris Laeitita Family Year, the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life have published a "Rosary for the Family."
To register for access the virtual Nation-wide On-line Rosary, on Sunday, June 19, please click on the Zoom link below:
The CWL Clothing Depot continues to attempt to fulfill the needs of our community. In accordance with Covid protocol, our friends have been very respectful in keeping our volunteers, customers and staff safe.The Depot continues to depend on donations. At this time our needs are: Cutlery, towels, blankets, pots and pans and small appliances in good working condition. We are also requesting warm winter wear in good condition. Donations may be dropped off Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM at the alley entrance of the Clothing Depot, which is located at 619 20th Street West. This is also a call for volunteers. We need volunteers to work on the floor during store hours. This is a 3-hour commitment, 12 noon to 3 PM Tuesday to Friday and 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday. We would be delighted to hear from new and returning volunteers. Call Bea at (306) 242-5042 to volunteer. Thanks for your ongoing support!
Grow Hope Saskatchewan
Grow Hope Saskatchewan is again bringing together donors and farmers to feed the hungry! Saskatchewan urban and rural residents will again come together to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank in supporting people around the world who need emergency food assistance, as well as improving long-term food security. How it works: Generous farmers in Saskatchewan have donated land and agreed to grow a crop forGrow Hope Saskatchewan. It costs about $350 per acre to provide seed, fertilizer, fuel and other inputs. Donors from all walks of life are invited to sponsor a partial acre, full acre or multiple acres to help cover these input costs. After harvest, the farmers sell that crop and donate the proceeds to Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The federal government matches these donations at four-to-one. Find more information and/or sponsor this year’s growing effort at the Grow Hope Saskatchewan website: www.growhopesk.ca
NOTE: Development and Peace/Caritas Canada is one of the partner agencies in this project. Catholics can write a cheque to “Development and Peace” ear-marked for “Grow Hope Saskatchewan” in the memo line and mail it to: Development & Peace/Caritas Canada, 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montreal QC. H3G 1T7 or call (416)922-1592 (Ext. 225), to donate by phone.
Save the Date! "Family Fun Day" in the Diocese of Saskatoon!
Saturday, June 25
The 10th World Meeting of Families is scheduled to take place in Rome from June 22 - 26. It will be multi-centred and spread throughout dioceses all over the world! Each church will be able to take advcantage of local celebration events, as well as being able to listyen and follow the Meeting in Rome with the Holy Father via live-streaming.
Family Fun Day in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon: We invite you to join in our local events to mark the World Meeting of Families! A FREE Diocesan Family Fun Day will be held at St. Patrick Parish, 3339 Centennial Drive, on Saturday, June 25! The plans are as follows:
10:00 am - Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen
11:00 am – Pure Witness Ministries presents “Heavenly Host” family activity
12:00 pm – Free picnic lunch
12:45 to 1:30 pm - Pictures, music and fun with Moses the Cat and the Cat.Chat Man
1:30 to 2:30 pm – Soccer game: Clergy vs. Families (12 years and up) vying for the Bishop’s Cup/Face painting and games for children under 12!
2:30 to 3:00 pm – Living Rosary; ice-cream and done!
This is a FREE event, but registration is required: The deadline to register is June 23. Please go to https://rcdos.ca/wmofto find the link to online registration, or contact Director of Ministry Services, Marilyn Jackson, for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org (306) 659-5836.
Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre Fundraiser
“Come Chill With Us” Steak Night - THIS Wed. June 8
The Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre Fundraiser - “Come Chill With Us” Steak Night - will be held THISWednesday, June 8 at Sami’s Sunrise Grill and Lounge, 418A-47th St. E., with cocktails at 5 pm and supper at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 per person with a steak or chicken option (includes pops and coffee).
There are always a number of wonderful pilgrimages held around Saskatchewan during the summer months. Here are the first two that you are invited to take part in, during the month of June. Stay tuned for more to come during the months of July & August.
A Walking Pilgrimage from St. George Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Saskatoon to St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Heritage Park (about 25 km) will be held on Saturday, June 11, dedicated to peace in Ukraine. Please register by June 8; fee is $20. Please contact Viktoriia Marko, at email@example.com for more information and to register.
Blumenfeld & District Heritage Site Pilgrimage will be held on Sunday, June 12, with a youth rally at 1 pm, the Sacramentof Reconciliation at 2 pm, Roasary and Mass at 3 pm. A supper will follow. The Blumentfeld pilgrimage site is located 16 km south and 6 km east of Leader, SK, just off Hwy 2. Everyone is welcome.
Filipino Catholic Community of Saskatoon
Next Monthly Mass - Sunday, June 19
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, June 19 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 5:00 pm Masses at the Co-Cathedral are: July 17 and Aug. 21.
Pilgrim Journey Opportunity
September 21 - October 1, 2022
LAST CALL – Fr. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to Tourism, with the lifting of travel restrictions, is delighted to offer participation in a “Pilgrim Journey” to Imperial Cities with OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY featuring Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Munich, September 21-October 1, 2022.
Very limited availability on a “first come, first go” basis.
Bishop Mark Hagemoen announced earlier this year a Diocesan five-year goal of $1.25 million to support healing and reconciliation initiatives for residential school survivors and their communities. The Diocesan commitment will be part of a national $30-million pledge announced by the Catholic Bishops of Canada, following their apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this land. To see Bishop Hagemoen’s message, learn more, and/or to make a gift, please click on the button below:
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, June 4 - 5:00 pm (Fr. Mike)
Sunday, June 5 - 9:30 am (Fr. Mike)
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