VIDEO: My Catholic Story – World Youth Day

We all need inspiration in our lives, and one of the ways that God blesses us is through each other and our stories of faith.

As a result, I’m please to be part of a team (that also includes Sharon Leyne) in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, producing a series of short videos entitled My Catholic Story.

Just in time for Lent, check out and share this wonderful story from Heather:

Also see our other videos in the series:

  • Shawna: Healing After Abortion
  • Dianne: Healing
  • Cary: Relationship and Fatherhood

    I Believe Because…


    Why do you believe?

    As the Year of Faith comes to a close this fall, Bishop Don Bolen (Follow @bishopdonbolen) is inviting you to reflect on the reasons for your faith. Share your thoughts with us!

    Why do you believe?

    Where do you see God?

    Who or what brought you to faith?

    What keeps your faith alive?

    How does faith in Christ make a difference to you?

    How to share: Any format is welcome – written, audio or video! Long or short! Send in one reflection or many!

    Click here to submit your reflection!

    In Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, use the hashtag #ibelievebecause.

    Also be sure to follow Bishop Don Bolen on Twitter! @bishopdonbolen


    • Sharing our personal faith stories is one of the ways we are called to witness to Jesus Christ;
    • It is vital to learn how to name, articulate and share our reasons for faith in an age where faith is hard to find;
    • We strengthen our own faith when we remember all the strong reasons for Christian faith;
    • Our bishop is seeking your insights for an upcoming pastoral letter on faith;
    • To evangelize and build up the faith of others through website, social media, and our Diocesan Newsletter as well as through an event during our diocesan Year of Faith Festival, Nov. 8-10.

    Please note that “I believe because” selections for these publications/events will be taken from among submissions that arrive before Oct. 21. (When submitting your reflection, please let us know if we have permission to share your submission and name.)

    Click here for more information:

    Cathedral Gala Opening Week: May 6-13, 2012

    Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime gala week for the dedication of our new cathedral!

    Beginning on May 6, 2012 in Saskatoon there will be a number of celebrations for the dedication of our new Cathedral of the Holy Family, culminating with the solemn Mass of Dedication on May 13, 2012 at 2:30pm.

    ***Click here for your free tickets for the Mass of Dedication.***

    Or click here for the details for all of the week’s special events.

    Diocese of Saskatoon Priests’ Study Days

    I’m currently with most of the other priests working in the Diocese of Saskatoon on a week of study days. It’s been a great week so far! We’ve been hearing talks from the one and only Lino Rulli, host of The Catholic Guy Show on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel. Lino has been presenting to us about communicating our hope to our parishes and the world around us, and he’s given us a ton of great, practical tips. He’s a very engaging presenter who’s been sparking lots of discussion among the priests.

    I’ve listened to his show for almost a couple of years. Lino presents his faith in a real, lived way that is both wildly entertaining and inspires us to keep on trying, relying on grace. Check out his website to listen to his podcasts, which are a weekly “best of” show. And if you have Sirius or XM satellite radio, he’s on channel 129 Monday-Friday from 2-5pm CST (4-7pm Eastern).

    (Oh, and before I forget: Definitely check out his fantastic new book, Sinner: The Catholic Guy’s Funny, Feeble Attempts to Be a Faithful Catholic! It’s available at or where ever fine books are sold, such as Universal Church Supplies.)

    Running back to Saskatoon

    Well, I actually went back to Saskatoon a couple of days ago. I’m in the process of (attempting to) finish my talk on introduction to the sacraments for the Diocese of Saskatoon Lay Formation program. This is a program where people from across the diocese, from the Ukrainian Eparchy of Saskatoon, and from dioceses in northern Saskatchewan get together for one weekend per month for two years. They attend classes on different topics in faith, learn to pray the breviary, and meet fellow Catholics from all over.

    I was a part of the program during my internship year and one of the great things that came out of it for me is that I now know at least one person in most of the parishes in the diocese. I’ve been honoured to have been asked to teach for the past couple of years, and now I’m doing the introduction to the sacraments session for the first time.

    Anybody wanna write a talk for me? ;-)