The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, SK is seeking an outgoing and engaging Administrative Assistant/Receptionist to become part of our parish ministry team.

Courage and Fear

Friday, June 28, 2019 Written by

This week, I spent some time reading over my past blogs, looking over what I had written in the hopes of coming up with some kind of original thought this time around. The process had the added benefit of reminding me of all the lessons I’ve been trying to learn over the last two years. I also noticed nearly every time I blogged I mentioned the busy, almost hectic nature of the Cathedral. And thinking about the last month, it is clear to me that the bustle has not changed or diminished. We spent the last month welcoming literally (yes, literally) thousands of people for three things in particular: End of the School Year Masses; Grade 8 Farewells; and High School Graduations...

When we bought our home, the yard needed a fair amount of work. It was not quite what we envisioned. But with a demanding work schedule for my wife and I, plus a bit of a limited skill set, we embarked on hiring a landscape company to come in and transform our yard into the beautiful yard we desired. However, even after much research and reference checks, and having them come back numerous times, the final product was still lacking. With a change in my work, the time became available for me to tinker in the yard. The goal was to, at least, get the grass green and hopefully turn it into a lawn. Slowly it has begun to take shape. It is green and it does have a bit of a lushness to it. But amongst the green, there pop up those yellow flowers...

Are We There Yet?

Thursday, June 13, 2019 Written by

“Are we there yet?” This question, I am sure, still comes up today but was also so true when I was growing up. When school finished, summer offered a wonderful opportunity to have fun and laze away the day. The added bonus was when Mom and Dad announced we are taking a holiday. This usually meant travelling to Baba and Gido’s house 50 miles (about an hour of travel time) North, but, hey, that offered me (a city kid) a new opportunity to play with the farm animals and enjoy the freedom of the open fields...

That's a Wrap, Folks!

Friday, May 31, 2019 Written by

It’s hard to believe that a full ministry year has come and gone! I am so pleased with the growth I have seen in youth ministry over the past nine months. Our Holy Family Edge Youth Group (for Grades 6-8) wrapped up on May 28th, and I am both relieved and sad about this. Relieved because we made it - there were no big catastrophes throughout the year, and by the last half of the year I did not feel stressed about those events anymore. The team and I hit a groove and it was wonderful to see all the youth and leaders become a family of sorts. And that’s where the sadness comes in. This was my first time organizing a youth group, and I am just so grateful for relationships that emerged and the strong foundation that was built...

Don't Kill Bugs #prolife

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Written by

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>

The Problem with Superheroes

Thursday, May 16, 2019 Written by

I’d make a lousy superhero. Not just for the obvious reasons, such as a lack of super-strength, lightning-fast reflexes or the willingness to run into burning buildings (not to mention the fact that spandex and I shouldn’t be even in the same room). No, my reasons are much more practical. I operate in the world of facilities management, and my first two thoughts when I see a superhero in a movie crash through a glass building facade to stop a bad guy are:

  1. Where are they going to find someone to fix that in the middle of the night?     and
  2. Is that going to be covered by insurance?...

An Ode to the Volunteers

Friday, May 10, 2019 Written by

Oh great volunteers of the Cathedral, shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Well, with poetry a land upon which I never tread,
I think it would be wise to take another option.
How about a story instead?

One of the privileges of my job as Admin Assistant is I get to work with a substantial number of the volunteers who selflessly give of their time here at the Cathedral. And truly, it is an honour to work with them… with you. From our ministry sign-up Sundays in the Fall, to the different asks and programs throughout the year, I am always astounded not only by how many different people respond to the call, but by the generosity of those who respond...

Pondering Rest

Friday, May 3, 2019 Written by

There is a saying, a proverb I found, that states: “a change is as good as a rest.”  An interesting concept indeed. In small ways I have tried applying this proverb. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have had a visit from the flu bug. My whole body ached, even my hair hurt, and I had zero energy. So, in efforts to not cause more distress by touching my hair and to conserve energy for higher priority things like breathing, I did not shave and allowed my facial hair to grow. It was a change. Now, I am not sure if any rest came from it, but I believe that I did save some energy and time in the morning not having to shave; plus, I probably saved some money too, but I will need to consult my financial council friends to help me analyze the savings on shaving cream, razor blades, water, electricity, etc that was a direct result of the non shaving...

Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Written by

My dear People of God,

Happy Easter!

Easter calls us out of the darkness that shrouds our lives into the light of possibility, of healing and of re-creation. In his rising from the dead, Christ enables us to bring into our own lives all that he taught and lived throughout his life: the love, compassion, generosity, humility and selflessness that ultimately triumphs over hatred, bigotry, prejudice, despair, greed and death...