St. Philip Neri Parish, Saskatoon, SK
September 30th

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St. Philip Neri Parish, Saskatoon, SK
September 30th

STR8 UP – Fr. André Polièvre, as lead Chaplain in the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, participated in community outreach presentations with two active gang members.  They expressed their desire to leave their gangs and wanted support from him as they worked to change their lives.  This was how STR8 UP began twenty years ago, with André and a growing number of men, women, and youth who relied on him for support, counseling, and a community connection.  Fr. André retired from Saskatoon Correctional Centre but continues doing community presentations and involves STR8 UP members in these by asking them to share their stories and experience with the community.

STR8 UP offers outreach services, programming, and support to those who have lived or are living criminal street lifestyles and who want to make positive changes in their lives.  The goal of STR8 UP is to provide hope, healing, and opportunities and to walk beside our members as they take their 10,000 little steps.  They provide a supportive community where our members can bond over shared experiences and learn together.

Two Indigenous persons from STR8 UP were invited to share their journey to healing with the congregation of  St. Philip Neri Parish, Saskatoon as we focused on the National Truth and Reconciliation Day.  We are grateful to Owen Pelletier and Chantel Huel for sharing their sacred journey with us and giving us permission to share this on a larger platform.  As we listen may our hearts become more sensitive to the impact of Colonialization on First Nations even up to this day.