The Changing of Seasons

Friday, September 21, 2018 Written by

The other day I found myself genuinely angry at the weather. Now I consider myself a pleasant person; more than once I have been accused of being “too optimistic” or “naively happy” or just straight up “annoying” as a result of my glass-half-full approach to life. But the other day was different. I went outside, smelled the crisp air of almost below zero and saw with surprise that the leaves were no longer green, and felt immediately cheated. I realized that this year, there would be no gentle transition from summer to fall, fall to winter. No. Our days with light cardigans and fiery leaves are numbered. With the farmer’s almanac calling for a long and cold winter, I am bracing myself for a rude awakening back to the reality of Saskatchewan living...

Email Scam Alert

Monday, September 17, 2018

Along with a good number of other churches, we've noticed a number of email scams that allegedly come from one of our priests.

Please do not send money or gift cards to our priests if requested to do so over email.

The email addresses used typically look like they could be real. One recent one was sent by "frephraim" from an account "@yahoo.com". They may ask for a favor, simply ask if you're busy, or directly ask for iTunes gift cards.

If you receive a message asking for help like this from one of our priests, either contact them directly (e.g. by phone, or by the email address listed on our website) to verify that it is really coming from them, or just ignore the message. Do not reply to it. Do not send money or gift cards.

Our official email addresses all end in @holyfamilycathedral.ca or @rcdos.ca (the official site for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon). Our priests will not use email accounts from Gmail, Yahoo, or any other providers for official communications, nor will they randomly ask you for money or gift cards.

Here are some other examples and news articles about these scams:

This Too Shall Pass

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Written by

I started homebrewing beer a few years ago. It’s been a great hobby. Not only do I get to enjoy some tasty beverages, but I also find the brewing process a joy. Start with an idea, create a recipe, alter it to fit what ingredients or equipment I have available, brew day (woo!), ferment, wait, package, wait, and finally taste the finished product… It gives me a chance to create something from scratch. It relieves stress. It teaches me patience (“Is it beer yet? Is it beer yet? Is it beer yet?”). It’s a wonderful experience.

Usually...

Meet the Family

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Written by

Names are a tricky thing. We all appreciate it when someone addresses us by name, but a friendly “Hi, Bob!” isn’t as appreciated when your name is Bill. In a small community where there is a lot of continuity it’s easier to remember names. Add some time and distance to the mix and it gets a bit harder...

The Check In

Thursday, August 30, 2018 Written by

This past January, I wrote a blog about my New Year’s “Resolution”. It wasn’t really a resolution, more like a list of stuff I hoped to do/wanted to do with my life during the year. And with summer coming to a close, fall starting soon, a new school year starting next week and a new blog season to kick off, I thought it was a good time for a check in on my resolution...

Regarding the Abuse Scandals...

Friday, August 17, 2018

The recent worldwide sexual abuse reports are horrific. They have shocked and profoundly saddened the Catholic faith community.

Most especially, our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims. We, the Body of Christ, the Church, are deeply shamed by the sins and omissions that have taken place over the years. For this we are sorry and pray for forgiveness.

Fall Supper 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Cathedral of the Holy Family Parish Pastoral Council Presents:

 

Fall Supper 2018

 

Friday, September 21st; Supper Beginning at 6:00 pm.

 

Menu   Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
              Cranberries, Garden Salad
              Anniversary Cake, Ice Cream and Berries

 

Tickets are available from the parish office during office hours Monday to Friday and from the concierge desk before and after Mass on Sunday.

Tickets are $15 for Adults (19+); $10 for Youth ages 10-18; or $40 for a Family (2 Adults & 1 or more Youth); Children ages 9 and under are free.

Thank you to our sponsors:

    

Farewell for Fr. David

Friday, July 6, 2018

 

Come to the Cathedral Thursday, July 19th for an evening of music, laughter and fun as we wish Fr. David farewell. The night will start at 7:00 pm and will include musical performances and a brief program, followed by a casual reception (with cash bar). Let us join together in celebrating our pastor who has served us faithfully for 12 years. All are invited and welcome to attend.

Have a card for Fr. David, but can’t make it to the farewell? Drop it in the special box at the concierge desk on Sundays or the parish office during the week.

Seriously

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Written by

“Seriously…” I said. “You aren’t really going to”? Without a backwards glance, I followed the airport security guard out of security and back towards the Westjet Guest Services.

I’ll have to start somewhere at the beginning in order for my question to make any sense. This May, my husband and I travelled to Great Britain and Ireland to celebrate a milestone birthday and our 45th wedding anniversary. But as parents and grandparents, when we travel we always bring back something for our girls and grandchildren and I try to bring back something of the local flair as a kind of reminder of our travels...

Lessons from Baba

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Written by

Some days… okay, most days, I can be so easily distracted and caught up in the hectic pace, the to-do lists and the anxieties of the world around me that I miss out on the beauty and blessings occurring around me at every moment. I thank God that God does not give up on us “wanderers” and continually sends the Holy Spirit to nudge us along. Here is today’s nudging story:

I was sitting in the pew of a small Saskatchewan town church with family and my Baba. It was the day after we gathered as family to celebrate Baba’s 106th birthday. It was a great celebration but at 106 she is not quite up to staying up to celebrate that long. This was the first time in many, many years that I can recall that my Baba went to bed before me. But anyway… see I told you I am easily distracted and go off on a tangent just like that, so anyway… there I am sitting in the pew, and my wife nudges me and gives me one of those head twitches to look down the pew. At the end of the pew is my Baba, hands folded and lips moving in silent prayer. My heart stirred...