Bishop Mark Hagemoen Blog – Deanery Visit July 2019

Visit to the Parish Communities of the Wadena Deanery

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Saskatoon

From July 8 to 14, 2019, I visited the Parishes of the Deanery of Wadena. The deanery is located in the eastern-most area of the diocese, and has been a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon for just over 20 years.

The first visit was to St. Theresa’s, Lintlaw. The community gathered from early evening Mass. A cemetery blessing followed.

Fr. Emmanuel Banahene at St. Theresa, Lintlaw, SK

 

St. Theresa Parish, Lintlaw, July 7.

 

Blessing the graves at St. Theresa cemetery, Lintlaw, SK.

Fr. Emmanuel Bahanene introduces the evening townhall meeting at St Joseph’s Parish in Kelvington:

Town Hall Meeting with the Bishop at St. Joseph Parish, Kelvington on July 9, 2019.

On Wednesday morning July 10, St. Mary’s Parish in Wadena gathered to celebrate morning Mass, followed by Eucharistic adoration – a regular event for the parish.

The community of Our Lady of Poland Parish in Fosston is very proud of their church. Following a visit to the Church and cemetary blessing, a community meeting was held at a local community hall.

Pastoral visit to Fosston, SK.

 

Community members gather for a picture at the blessing of graves held at the Fossten cemetery.

 

Blessing the graves at Fosston, SK.

 

Community of St. George Parish in Naicam gathered with their pastor Fr. Charles Nweze for a luncheon and meeting following the celebration of Mass.

St. Felix Parish, Archerwill:

Fr. Charles Nweze at St. Felix Catholic Church, Archerwill, SK

 

Visit to St. Felix, Archerwill in the Wadena deanery.

Rex Mundi / Christ the King Camp: 

The Rex Mundi Camp was another stop during this visit. The outdoor recreation facility and ‘camp’ is located north of Nobleville, and just within the Prince Albert diocese. It now operates as a rental facility for various church and community organizations who can offer their own family and youth programs.

Fr. Charles Nweze and Fr. Travis Myrheim of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert at the Christ the King / Rex Mundi Youth Camp chapel at Marean Lake, SK.

Fr. Travis Myrheim of Prince Albert diocese serves on the Rex Mundi board, and assists with some of the programs. 

A small chapel-church is a feature of Rex-Mundi, as well as an outdoor shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

St. Lawrence Parish in Nobleville:

There was a gathering of the community at St. Lawrence, Nobleville for evening Eucharist, followed by the blessing of the cemetery and a luscious pot-luck dinner. Many summer vacationers from areas cottages in the ‘lake country’ gather at the church for the celebration.

Parishioners at St. Lawrence, Nobleville, SK, prepared for the potluck dinner.

The blessing celebration at the adjacent cemetery followed the Mass. The evening was a blustery on this part of wild prairie. The weather and setting certainly gives a sense of the grandeur and immensity of God’s creation on the prairie.

The community gathered at Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley, where following Mass we had a wonderful pot-luck lunch. Following the lunch, we travelled to the Rose Valley parish cemetery for a blessing service.

Parishioners at Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley.

Parishioners of Christ the King Parish in Rose Valley join in prayers at the cemetery.

Following the lunch, we travelled to the Rose Valley parish cemetery for a blessing service.

Parish visits at Foam Lake, Wynyard, and Wishart:

Community at Christ the King Parish in Foam Lake gathers following morning Mass July 13.

Following the Mass we travelled to Sheho, where we visited the former site of the Church, and celebrated a cemetery blessing. A parish luncheon and meeting followed back in Foam Lake.

Prayers at Sacred Heart cemetery at Sheho, SK.

A cemetary blessing was also held at the Foam Lake cemetery with Pastor, Fr. Augustine Osei-Bonsu, Pastor of: St. Mary, Wynard; Christ the King, Foam Lake; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Wishart.

A Town Hall Meeting with representatives of the three parishes was held at St. Mary Parish, Wynyard, after a Friday evening celebration of Mass.

Parishioners from St. Mary, Wynyard, Christ the King, Foam Lake and Immaculate Heart of Mary, WIshart , at celebration of the Eucharist on the evening of Friday, July 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Wynyard.

 

Parishioners from Foam Lake, Wishart and Wynyard participated in the Town Hall Meeting with the Bishop July 12 at St. Mary, Wynyard, SK.

The deanery visit concluded with the celebration of evening Mass with a pot-luck dinner and community meeting at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Wishart.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Wishart, SK.

 

The parish features an outdoor Stations of the Cross. This station is the “Death of Jesus on the Cross.”

 

Preceding Mass in Wishart was a blessing of the cemetery several kilometers outside of Wishart.

 

Gravesite of Fr. Richard Kunka, who served the parish in the late 1960’s, and who died in 1972.

 

 

Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrated Eucharist with Fr. Augustine Osei-Bonsu and parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Wishart, SK.