Polish parish welcomes Bishop Hagemoen for Sunday celebration

Bishop Mark Hagemoen was welcomed with symbolic gifts of bread and salt during his visit to Our Lady of Czestochowa June 27. (Photos by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News

Fr. Richard Philiposki, SChr, and the parish community welcomed Bishop Mark Hagemoen to Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Saskatoon June 27 for celebration of Sunday Mass, followed by an outdoor parish gathering at Pike Lake.

The bishop was welcomed with the traditional gifts of salt and bread, which he blessed at the start of Mass, which had parts in both Polish and English.

During the celebration, Bishop Hagemoen expressed appreciation to Fr. Philiposki and his congregation, the Society of Christ, a religious order that has an apostolate ministry to serve Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendants outside of Poland around the world. Ordained 41 years ago, Fr. Philiposki has served as pastor at several parishes in Canada and the United States. He began his ministry in Saskatoon in August 2020.