Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports outreach and ministry, healing and reconciliation with our First Nations, Métis and Aboriginal community through Our Lady of Parish, the Aboriginal Catholic Lay Formation Program, and the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Saskatoon lives out the truths of our Catholic faith in harmony with Indigenous spiritual traditions. The parish is committed to walking with people through their joys and sorrows, says Parish Life Director Debbie Ledoux.
An emergency food pantry is operated by the parish, responding to those in need who knock on the door of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish centre on Avenue J South. Grief ministry programs and sharing circles tangibly offer the face of mercy to those who are struggling. The parish’s 1 p.m. Sunday Mass is held at St. Mary’s Church, featuring joy-filled gospel music and a welcoming community spirit. Most of all, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is a place for people to encounter Jesus Christ, the face of mercy.
Your gift to the BAA also supports the Lay Formation Program, which since 2007 has included an Aboriginal Catholic stream that offers Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis people an opportunity to deepen their Catholic faith within their own cultural and spiritual traditions. Graduates of the program then go forth to serve their communities, live out their faith, and be the face of mercy for others.
Funded by gifts to the BAA, the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace supports the work and initiatives of the Diocesan Council for Truth and Reconciliation, a consultative body of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal leaders established in our diocese as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 2012 national event in Saskatoon. Awareness and healing initiatives have included a STR8-UP 10,000 Healing Steps conference, an ecumenical event on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the launch of a Treaty Elders speakers series for interested parishes.
“Our faith is what is going to heal our communities... but we need supports.
Something like Lay Formation is a God-send for many people.”
- Sandi Harper, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 2016 Aboriginal Lay Formation grad (left, at this year’s missioning.)