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

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

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

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Set Out into the Deep

When I was in my early teens, I went out fishing with my uncle in his fishing boat out on the Atlantic Ocean. My father also joined us as well as my uncle’s crew. In Newfoundland we call going fishing, “hauling the trap” because you go out to the cod trap – a large net that floats in the ocean water – and you literally haul it in over the side of the boat, taking in all the fish that is trapped within it. Commercial fishing, much like farming, has its good seasons and bad seasons. I do not remember if that summer was a good or bad season, but I remember on that day, they hauled in over the side of the boat ten thousand lbs of codfish. It was an impressive sight, one that my uncle and his crew were excited to behold. It was one of his last big catches because by that point the cod fishery was in an inexorable decline.

This memory helps me situate this Sunday’s Gospel. I can easily picture it in my mind. Simon Peter and his crew spent a long, hard night working on the water and they have nothing to show for it. They are hard working people, tired and ready to go home. Into this very real life situation comes Jesus, they are getting to know him, and he has intrigued and inspired them. And then, they experience something very out of the ordinary… beyond their understanding!

This Gospel reveals to us Christ in the both his divine and human nature: human, in the circumstances in which he is present to us …he probably even helped haul in the fish! But, he also makes something happen that is beyond human reason and ability to understand. Simon Peter’s reaction is so very typical… his own unworthiness overwhelms him. The very thing that he is privileged to witness, he thinks is beyond him. How often do we feel like this? We believe in a God who became human. All around us we encounter God … in the wonder of one another, in the Word and Eucharist, in the beauty of this world, in the blessings we have. And yet few of us would say that we are worthy of it. Of course, humility is a virtue and we should not strut around thinking that “I am worthy of all good things”, because it is all gift, not entitlement.

However, because it is gift, then we ought to accept it. We are given the gift of God’s graces, the gift of Christ himself, because we are loved – loved for who we are – not who we ought to be. Perhaps if we start to take that to heart, then we will find ourselves being less and less afraid.

Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR

Associate Pastor

Announcements

LECTORS AND MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION—SCHEDULES The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from February 6/7 to May 1/2, 2010. Included with the schedules are revised guidelines for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion and new lists of Ministers. Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another minister to take your place if you are unable to attend the assigned Mass. If you have an email address would you please let us know by sending an email to Mike & Louise Paynter at michlou@sasktel.net. All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to pick up your new schedules as soon as possible from the Sacristy after Mass. We are also pleased to welcome some new Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors. Thank you to all who serve in these important liturgical ministries.

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 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 http://www.gscs.sk.ca

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.

CWL NEWS There is a Diocesan Executive meeting Monday, February 8th at St. Francis, 222 Willow Street, starting with Mass at 9:00 a.m. Reminder for those who have not taken out their 2010 memberships (cost $20) to contact Marion at 373-0309 or place in the collection basket marked clearly CWL membership and remember to put your name and address inside to keep our records current.

MINISTRY OF CARE ~ ATTENTION ALL VOLUNTEERS ~ You are invited to attend a reception in recognition of your contributions on Wednesday, February 10th 7:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Parish. RSVP to the Catholic Centre 242-1500 by February 5th, 2010.

YOUTH MINISTERED MASS February 13th starting at 5:00p.m. with pizza and a Valentines Party! For more information, contact Maria Rogal at 244-2983.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION please join us in the hall for our Annual Mardi Gras Celebration on Shrove Tuesday, February 16th. Pancake Supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment and games to follow. 150 tickets (at no charge) will be available after all weekend Masses on January 30/31, February 6/7 and 13/14. A free-will collection will be taken at the door. There will be door prizes and fun for all! Wear your Mardi Gras costume and mask and join in the festivities!!

PALM BRANCHES It is again time to bring your old palm branches to church so that we can burn them and use the ashes on Ash Wednesday. Bring your old branches anytime before February 14th and leave them with the sacristan or Minister of Hospitality. Thank you!

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!

DONATION ENVELOPES There are still a few people who have not picked up their offertory envelopes this year. The envelopes will be available at the church Saturday and Sunday or at the office during the week.

SACRED MUSIC CONCERT Thanks to all who participated in and attended the event. Because of your support, we were able to raise $1,085.75 to help defray the heating costs this year.

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 15th, and March 22nd. 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 19th, 2010 – Sunday,February 21st, 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:  http://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.

HOPE IN FAMILY CRISIS A spirituality based seminar for those who are experiencing family crisis, fear, anxiety, abuse, depression, divorce or those who care for family members or friends in crisis. Facilitators are Bruce Pringle M.Ed., PhD; Coralee Pringle Psychologist, Addictions Counsellor. February 20th, 2010, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Forest Grove Community Church. Cost is $15/person (includes coffee & lunch) Register by calling Judy at 933-2266 or Sr. Carol at 249-6338.

POINTSETTIAS IN THE CHURCH: With Lent around the corner, all flowers will be removed from the church. If you would like a poinsettia, please see Eileen Provost after the Masses in the upper hall. Also if you would like to give a donation toward Easter flowers, feel free to do so. Thank you.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FAMILY STEAK NIGHT: Sunday, February 14, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Cocktails at 5:00 pm, supper at 6:00 pm. $15.00 per person, children 12 and under, eat free. Tickets available  by calling Bill at 242-8623.

MINISTRY OF CARE

The following are a few ways in which we can serve the sick, lonely and home bound:

Read the newspaper or a prayer book with someone who can no longer read

Telephone them often to cheer them.

Be the eyes, ears, hands or feet for someone.

Enjoy a TV show with them.

Bring them a treat, if they are not on a special diet.

Mass Intentions

Monday, February 8 9:00a.m †Shirley Laroque

Tuesday, February 9 9:00a.m. †Maria Santoro

Wednesday, February 10 9:00a.m †Franciska Andoljsek, 7:15p.m. †Ferdinand Frias

Thursday, February 11 9:00a.m. †Al Rollheiser

Friday, February 12 9:00a.m. †Wilf McDonald

Saturday, February 13 9:00a.m. Cynthia Maestrocampo, 7:00p.m. †Jose Augusto

Sunday, February 14 9:00a.m. †Carol Ann Moxin, 11:00a.m. For the Parish

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