Advent and Christmas in a time of COVID-19: a Zoom conversation between Bishop Hagemoen and members of the NET team serving in Keewatin-Le Pas

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

[Saskatoon, SK / The Pas, MB] – In a recent Zoom conversation, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Advent of four NET Ministries missionaries presently serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, in Northern Saskatchewan/Northern Manitoba.

The NET team members speaking with Bishop Mark are: Maria Altamirano of Vancouver; Matthew Bentler of Saskatoon; Jacob Brown of Halifax, and Fernanda Cano of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The team talks about how the pandemic has affected them personally, as well as how the restrictions on gathering have impacted their ministry this year, and what challenges and blessings they are experiencing in this Advent season.

According to the NET Canada website, NET’s (National Evangelization Team) mission is to challenge young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. This is accomplished by:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith.
  • Inviting young people to live for Christ.
  • Forming young people in Christian character through the study and practice of our faith.
  • Equipping youth workers and young adults with the ministry skills needed for evangelization.