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November 2018 items of note:
October 21, 2016
Day of prayer for reconciliation healing
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Saskatoon and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS), through the leadership of the Diocesan
Council of Truth and Reconciliation, are conducting a Day of Prayer for Reconciliation and Healing on
October 21, 2016.
Students and staff at all 44 division schools located in Saskatoon, Humboldt and Biggar, as well as
division office staff, will join diocesan pastors and staff in prayer for reconciliation and healing.
At the school board office, the reconciliation flag was raised to publicly represent the division’s
commitment to reconciliation and healing.
“Our Board of Education, staff and students are deeply invested in answering the calls to action,” said
Gordon Martell, superintendent of learning services at GSCS. “The day of prayer is an opportunity to
demonstrate our support for residential school survivors and their descendants, celebrate our
strengths and seek guidance for the work yet to come. Responding to the calls to action happens
everyday. The day of prayer is a special celebration that punctuates our year and reminds us of the
importance of balance and supporting the mental, physical spiritual and emotional development of
children and youth.”
October 21 is the anniversary of the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first North American
Indigenous woman to be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Diocesan Council of Truth and Reconciliation is a sharing and consultative circle of Indigenous and
non-Indigenous people providing guidance to the Diocese of Saskatoon. It arose from the promise
made at the Saskatchewan Truth and Reconciliation Commission event held in Saskatoon during the
summer of 2012.
With 44 schools and over 17,000 students, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is Saskatchewan’s
largest Catholic school division, providing Catholic education from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12
in Saskatoon and area, Biggar, Humboldt, Martensville and Warman. We are rooted in faith, growing in
knowledge and reaching out to transform the world.
For more information contact:
Derrick Kunz, Communications Consultant
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
Blake Sittler, Director of Pastoral Services
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon