Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Don't Kill Bugs #prolife

I’ve always loved Bob & Doug McKenzie, though I wouldn’t typically call them inspirational. I mean, they’re probably best known for their version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and they can’t get past day 8.

But here and there they have nuggets of wisdom. Please help me welcome… Elron McKenzie! <insert applause here>

Thursday, March 21, 2019

It's so simple

It’s Lent, the time when we give something up, a season for fasting. I remember the year my parents decided we were giving up TV for Lent. That felt like the longest Lent ever.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

My Pens

Over the last couple years I’ve been enjoying pens. It started with comparing various inexpensive disposable pens to see which was more reliable (go Bic Round Stick!). Then I picked up a few rollerball and gel pens. They’re so smooth, my beloved Zebra Sarasa never smears, and I adore the vibrant red of my Uniball Signo 207. It’s a thing of beauty.

Saturdays, December 8th, 15th, & 22nd: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

 

Thursday, December 20th: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

 

 Also check out Advent Penitential Services and Extra Opportunities for Confession for additional dates and times around the city.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tea Time

I’ve recently started trying to schedule Tea Time into my week, just spending time with my wife and kids, drinking tea and maybe eating a little snack.

The challenge is, it seems like such an utter waste of time. But on the other hand, the exact reason I want to do it is because it is such a waste of time.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

It's All Garbage!

What do you fill yourself with?

I adore chocolate. Massive bowls of macaroni and cheese are amazing. Poutine is simply lovely. That being said, I know that I really should eat better. This just isn’t healthy, and as they say, “Garbage in, garbage out.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

Email Scam Alert

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:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

This Too Shall Pass

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...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Regarding the Abuse Scandals...

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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Passing on the Faith

When Jane and I were expecting our first child, we began looking at how we’d like to pass the faith on to our children. We started by considering things that helped us as we grew up.

One thing I remember is my dad reading from a children’s bible or bible story every night after supper. As a child, I thought it was terrible. My friends got to go out and play a whole 5 minutes before I did! Oh, the injustice. But by the time I was a teenager, I had a pretty decent knowledge of the major stories throughout the bible. It was a great foundation for my relationship with my loving God.

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