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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

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Going Home

Going home can be an experience filled with all sorts of feelings and realities.  Depending on what our home is like, we can either love going home, or dread it.  Recently I went home during Christmas to see my family.  I find that going home is a tension between change and stability.  I love going home, but always I am taken aback for a moment because when I go home, something is different; my parents are that much older, family members get sick, or there is a new baby, cousins get new jobs or lose the one’s they had, buildings that were a fixture in my childhood are torn down and something new now stands in its place.  I realize that the place that is so dear to me, does quite well on its own without me … (ha, ha, ha, LOL!) … and I must confess to a feeling of sadness because home, that great stabilizing force for me … in the end, is less stable, and inevitably changes.  Of course, when I go home, people expect me to be the same, and yet I have changed too.  The truth is, we cannot escape change, no matter how much we want things to stay the same.

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus goes home to Nazareth.  He has begun his ministry, he was baptized by John, and now he returns as the prophet and spiritual leader.  It was different when he left; he was a carpenter, the son of Mary and Joseph.  Of course he is still those things, but now he is also much more.  He is God’s anointed one, to use Isaiah’s words.  In this particular Gospel, Jesus comes home, reads in the synagogue and Luke says the eyes of all were fixed on him.  In the next few verses that follow today’s reading, the people become angry towards Jesus, they don’t accept how he has changed, or who he is, and they chase him out and threaten his life.

Many of us react to change in a similar way.  We fight it, we resist it, and we cry out in word or in deed, “No, I want things to be the same!”  As a people of faith, our faith is not in stability.  It is in fulfillment.  Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise that reaches far back into the Hebrew Scriptures, the Old Testament.  Let us pray for the grace to meet inevitable change with the faith in a God who fulfills his promises made to us, no matter what changes come our way.

Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR
Associate pastor

Announcements

Congratulations to all the Children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation on December 19!

SACRED MUSIC CONCERT CHOIR PRACTICE: Tuesday January 26th 8 p.m. in the church.  Interested members  of any choir or other singers in the Parish are welcome to join us for a short practice and participate with the choir in the concert.

REGISTER NOW FOR KINDERGARTEN AT GREATER SASKATOON CATHOLIC SCHOOL! At our schools your child will experience faith, learning and a sense of belonging. We help all students strive for academic excellence and we also help them learn about themselves and the Catholic faith. If your child will be five years old by Jan. 31, 2011, he or she can begin kindergarten in this fall.  Please call your neighbourhood school for more information about Kindergarten and how to register. Our division offers French Immersion at various schools throughout Saskatoon. A Ukrainian Bilingual program and Cree Bilingual programs are also available. Full-day, everyday Kindergarten is also offered at some schools. More information about Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is available at at www.gscs.sk.ca

ST. MARIA GORETTI AND St. MARY’S COMMUNITY SCHOOLS both offer PreK for 3 and 4 year olds, as well as full time Kindergarten.  Please call the schools for a tour and  registration.  St Maria Goretti is having an Information Night on Wed., Jan 27 at 7:00 p.m.  Please share the news with friends and neighbours.

FRENCH IMMERSION INFORMATION MEETING AT ST. GERARD Are you interested in French Immersion? A French Immersion Information evening will be held on Wednesday, January 27th beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Gerard School (205 Montreal Ave N). Please call the school at 659-7330 if you would like more information.

SACRED MUSIC CONCERT Our annual sacred music concert will be held on Sunday,

January 31st, in the church at 7:00 pm. It is a fund raiser for the church to help defray the cost of heating the buildings and this year it promises to be an enjoyable evening of music. We will presell tickets for $10.00 after masses on the 24th and 31st but they are available at the door. There will be a door prize draw for those who prebuy their tickets. Any and all donations to the event will be accepted, and tax receipts given to donations over $25.00.

HELP NEEDED The Funeral Lunch Committee needs volunteers to assist at St. Mary’s Parish in serving funeral lunches.  If you can help by donating a few hours of your time each month to assist families in need, please call Molly at 382-6542 or Bernice at 664-2856.

MINISTRY OF CARE Someone in a nursing home is hungering for a weekly visitor for about an hour a week.  Can you bring the blessing of a visit to a shut- in?  Call Iris @ 244-2983 ext. 237.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY, concluding service will be held Sunday Jan. 24th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Spadina Cres. & 20th St. E.—Speaker: Marie-Louise Ternier –Grommers.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 1517 has invited Father David Tumback to speak about the new Cathedral and Catholic Pastoral Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Bishop Mahoney Hall on the lower floor of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Father Tumback’s talk will be followed by coffee and cookies and by a question period. This promises to be an important occasion and the Knights are inviting all members of all parishes to attend.

FOUNDATIONS PRESENTS: “Understanding Jesus Christ through the eyes of St. Luke” with Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  This series is Monday; February 15, and March 22.  Come to one, two or all presentations.  Held at the Bishop Mahoney Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Free will offering.

REDEMPTORIST “COME AND SEE”  VOCATION WEEKEND Friday, February 19, 2010 – Sunday, February 21, 2010 Location:  Saskatoon, SK  If you’re between the ages of 18-35, and wondering if God might be calling you to be a priest or brother in the Redemptorist Congregation and live a life of community, compassion, evangelization, and mission, then come discern with us.  Take a chance!  For more information about this Retreat opportunity, or to register online, visit:  www.plugintochrist.ca.   Please Register by January 29, 2010.  To learn about our community, mission, and call to evangelization, see our website, or contact Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R., vocations@redemptorists.ca, or (416) 593-6520.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS IN SUPPORT OF LIFE, Dine, Dance and Auction will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at St. George Cathedral Hall, 214 Ave. M South. Tickets are $27.50 each and must be purchased before January 25.  Call John Cook 477-1748 or Louis Roth 249-2764.

HOCKEY NIGHT IN PLEASANT HILL! The wait is over, and it is that time of year again to go out and enjoy a good old hockey game. The event will be held on February 26th, starting with adult chaperones picking up children at 4:30pm. We are in need of 12 adult volunteers- first come first serve and all youth from the regular St. Mary’s youth group are invited to come as well. There is a poster with more information and a volunteer sign-up sheet at the back of the church for all who are interested in taking part in this fun filled evening. Questions, concerns and inquiries can be directed to Maria Rogal 244-2983 stmarysyouthmin@sasktel.net .  Come out and have some fun!

A DAY OF REFLECTION ON LIFE AND LOVE LOST DUE TO ABORTION AND EUTHANASIA. January 28th marks the day in 1988 when all restrictions on abortion were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada, allowing abortions right up to the time of birth.  In Canada, any female person can obtain an abortion for any reason or no reason at all.  Young girls do not need parental or guardian consent and can obtain an abortion without their knowledge.  Please join many others who, reflecting upon this tragedy, will take time to pray that, as a nation, we will grow in our appreciation and respect for life from conception to natural death.

Intentions

Monday, January 25         9:00a.m              †Maria Santoro

Tuesday, January 26        9:00a.m.              †Shirley Laroque

Wednesday, January 27  9:00a.m            †Beth Pederson, 7:15p.m.           †Leonard Craig

Thursday, January 28        9:00a.m.           †Wilf McDonald

Friday, January 29            9:00a.m.              †Arnie Henriksen

Saturday, January 30      9:00a.m.              †Al Rollheiser, 7:00p.m.    †Senhorinha Escobar & Jese Terra

Sunday, January 31         9:00a.m. Jane Wegwitz, 11:00a.m. For the Parish

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