Catholic Studies class staying connected to parish

On the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Oct. 7, Fr. Gerard Cooper, rector and pastor at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, blessed rosaries made by Grade 9 Catholic Studies students from neighbouring St. Joseph High School. (Photo by David Polzen, Cathedral of the Holy Family)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News / Photos by David Polzen, Cathedral of the Holy Family

St. Joseph Catholic High School teacher Wendy Dale has been striving to keep her Grade 9 Catholic Studies class connected to the parish next door, with regular Wednesday “audiences” at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon.

In September, when the Saskatchewan Catholic bishops were gathered together at the Catholic Pastoral Centre to virtually attend the Plenary Assembly  of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops, Dale brought her class on an outdoor tour of the cathedral building. Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina (formerly the bishop of Saskatoon) happened to come by.

“We chatted with him a bit from across the road, and he gave us a blessing,” Dale described.  At the suggestion of rector and pastor of the cathedral parish, Fr. Gerard Cooper, the class is making a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Family a weekly event.

The class returned for another outdoor “audience” on the Feast of the Holy Rosary Oct. 7, meeting with Fr. Gerard Cooper at the front of the building for conversation and the blessing of rosaries students had made in class.

A Grade 12 class at St. Joseph High School is also endeavouring to build similar connections with the cathedral parish, Dale noted. “It’s especially important to build those connections right now,” she added, pointing to measures related to the ongoing pandemic.