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    St. Mary's Parish
    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
    stmarysrectory@sasktel.net

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  • Mass Times

    Sunday Masses
    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

    Weekday Mass Times:
    Monday to Saturday: 9am
    Wednesday: 9am, 7:15pm


    Perpetual Help Devotions at both Wednesday Masses

    Adoration and Benediction on First Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass until 12:00 Noon
  • Reconciliation

    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

    Or by appointment
  • Office Hours

    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Bulletin Reflection

desert beautyIn today’s first reading Isaiah shares with us an image of a desert. To those who are unfamiliar, the desert can be an intimidating if not an outright scary place. Numerous varieties of spine wielding cacti spot the land in all directions. In between and under every rock and crevice exotic reptiles lurk. By dusk the bobcats prowl and the spear toothed javalinas roam in grunting herds, their musky scent filling the night air.

The desert is not a forgiving place to those unprepared for its harsh environment. It can be an image of hardship and self-denial. The life of every committed Christian involves some aspect of sacrifice. To stand up for what we believe even when it’s not popular can be a heavy burden. We are able to make these sacrifices because we believe that God calls each of us to live a life with some meaning and purpose not because of sacrifice for its own sake. Our focus becomes not the sacrifice that it takes but how God takes the sacrifice and transforms it into something beautiful and life giving.

The image of the desert can be seen differently. We must learn to see with Desert Eyes, a wise Redemptorist once told me. When we look with Desert eyes we see not the desert’s harshness and aridity, but its bountiful life. When we look with Desert eyes we see not the menace of its inhabitants but the marvels that God has created. Even the rattlesnake graces you with music when you enter his presence. The prophet Isaiah said, when the Messiah comes “waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.” This is the reality for those with eyes to see.

Fr. Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R., Pastor, St. Mary’s Parish

Parish Announcements

ST. MARY’S PARISH HARVEST SUPPER

Sunday, September 28th

St. Mary’s Hall, 5.00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-12 yrs. (under 5 free). Advance tickets only.

Tickets are available at the rectory during office hours or by calling Sylvia at 382-4390

The committee once again anticipates your generous donation of dill pickles, beet pickles, carrots, tomatoes, coffee, sugar, tea and pies. Drop off on Saturday, September 26th or Sunday, September 27th after 9:30 a.m.

HELP WANTED! Helpers are needed on September 25th to peel potatoes Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. and making cabbage rolls Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Many hands are also needed for set-up and getting ready Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!

HEALTHCARE MASS—HEALING AND WHOLENESS: THE GIFTS THAT WE BRING The Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan invites all the faithful of the Diocese to attend this celebration, formerly known as the “White Mass”. This annual event is celebrated in appreciation for: Catholic medical personnel, health care workers, volunteers and all those involved in health care ministry in parishes and health facilities. The Mass will be held here at St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the hall. Homilist is Bishop Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. Traditionally, health care workers wore white attire. Liturgically, white symbolizes new life and comfort to the sick and dying. Come celebrate with us by wearing white clothing as a sign of solidarity with health care workers.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ALTAR SERVER? To become an altar server, any boy or girl who has received First Communion is welcome to come to our first gathering of the season on Saturday, September 12th. All meetings will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the church, followed by a lunch. We invite youth in the parish who have received First Communion and are interested in becoming an altar server, to please call the parish office at 244-2983 for information.

SENIORS’ IN MOTION All ladies and gentlemen of the parish are welcome to join our exercise group each Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Hall beginning on Monday, September 21st. An active lifestyle can benefit your physical health. It prevents and can help to manage osteoporosis, heart disease, falls, diabetes and mental health. Our program includes stretching, weights, cardiovascular, elastic band and cool down exercises. Come on out and join us for a fun filled hour of exercise and socializing! Call Fern at 384-6318 for more information.

ALL NEW WEBSITE – CHECK IT OUT!! St. Mary’s website has a new look and a new address. You can access our new webpage at www.stmaryssaskatoon.com. We hope that you will find our new home on the web to be a useful tool for keeping up on parish events on the Parish Calendar as well as a source of inspiration in daily homilies and good Church resources. The site will be under construction over the next few weeks as we add new information. If there is something that you would like to see please email us with your thoughts and ideas.

MINISTRY OF CARE To all Volunteers: Thank you for continuing your visits to the homebound during the summer. Whenever you spend some time with the lonely, you are blessing them with your love and your care. Please plan to attend the Healthcare Mass on Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. The volunteers of Ministry of Care are included in the appreciation for the gifts that we bring. Attention: Prayer Shawl Team—we will meet in the upper meeting room on Tuesday, September 15th at 1:00 p.m. Newcomers welcome!!

PREPARATION FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION We are now inviting all parents and guardians who desire their child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) and First Communion to register between September 15th and October 23rd. You may register in person at the parish office during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by phone at 244-2983.

Redemptorists Perpetual Help Devotions

Each Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. the Redemptorists offer Perpetual Help devotions on Vision TV.

DAILY MASS ON VISION TV Watch daily Mass on Vision TV at 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., Monday to Friday and at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Mass Intentions

Monday, September 7 9:00 a.m. †Shirley Laroque

Tuesday, September 8 9:00 a.m. †Agnes Austin

Wednesday, September 9 9:00 a.m. †Emelia Melo & Family

7:15 p.m. †Natalie Melo

Thursday, September 10 9:00 a.m. †Joe Cullen

Friday, September 11 9:00 a.m. †Josephine Villegas

Saturday, September 12 9:00 a.m. †Rosie Penpena

7:00 p.m. †Augustinho Sousa

Sunday, September 13 9:00 a.m. Margery Allegretto

11:00 a.m. For the parish

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