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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

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

In this well known passage, Jesus gives his great sermon.  Luke sets it on the plain, when Jesus comes down from the mountain after choosing his apostles; hence its title the ‘sermon on the plain’.  Matthew’s version has the sermon occurring on the mountain, or an elevation of some sort; hence it is called the ‘sermon on the mount’.

In both versions Jesus gives a similar but curious sounding message.  Today we hear him say blessed are the poor, the hungry, those who weep, and those who are hated.  He then warns those who are rich and full, who laugh and who have honour.

We must be careful in our reflection of this passage.  Jesus is not praising poverty, hunger, sorrow, and being hated.  We cannot view these as the path to holiness.  Poverty is unjust and creates great suffering.  It is undignified and we must never stop our efforts to alleviate it.  The same is true for hunger.  No one but a masochist would say that sadness, sorrow, and hatred are worthy states in which to exist.

Jesus is suggesting that for those who choose to follow the kingdom, they will experience some of this.  It may be the result of their choice of faith, and it may not.  But if these trials come, God is not immune.  God is present to those who suffer this, and God wants to see these situations alleviated; indeed God does not rest until they are.

As for those who rich and full, and honoured and happy … Jesus warns life will not stay that way.  It is a sobering reminder that all of us face these times.  Our focus is to be on God’s presence to us.  In both those who are blessed and those who are warned … the path to salvation is recognizing that we need God … always.

Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR

Associate Pastor

Announcements

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.

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!!

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!

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.

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.

CELEBRATION OF ASH WEDNESDAY: This Wednesday, February 17th, St. Mary’s will have Eucharist at the regular times (9:00 AM and 7:15 PM) followed by distribution of Ashes to mark Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is traditionally a day of fasting and abstinence. As such we will not have our regular devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help during the Masses in order to focus on the solemnity of this day.

CWL MEMBERSHIPS Just a reminder for those who have not taken out their 2010 memberships ($20 cost) to contact Marion at 373-0309 or place in the collection basket clearly marked CWL membership.  Remember to put your name and address inside  to keep our records current.

Lenten Reflection Series: Called to Act with Justice: Four short lectures followed by questions and discussion in the Upper Hall between the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses

February 21st: Fr Jon Hansen – Social Justice and Our Parish

February 28th: NASHI – The Scourge of Human Trafficking

March 7th: Paul Merriman, Saskatoon Food Bank – The Justice of Food Distribution

March 21st: Rev. Dr. Bigland Pritchard – Social Justice and Ecumenism

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.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: We are enjoying the start of the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. It is a joyous celebration for all Canadians. However, as sometimes happens, negative issues arise. One of the major concerns that has been identified is Human Trafficking. The Canadian Bishops have issued a Pastoral Letter on this subject which we encourage all parishioners to read and be familiar with. It can be found at the website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.cccb.ca and on our parish website www.stmaryssaskatoon.com . If you do not have access to the internet please stop by the parish office and we would be happy to print a copy of the letter for you.

E.D. FEEHAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: There will be a Registration Open House on February 25th for all interested parents/guardians of grade 8 students  from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.  For further information, please call 659-7551.

40 Days For Life will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 17th to Palm Sunday, March 28th, in front of City Hospital from 4:30-5:30 daily.  We are seeking God’s favour to turn the hearts and minds of our government leaders and all Canadians so that there will be an end to abortion in our country.  If you can commit one or more hours, please schedule with Elaine Millette at 229-3557.  Signs are provided and each hour ends with a group prayer.  If you are not able to attend, please pray for those who are witnessing for an end to abortion.

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.

Mass Intentions

Monday, February 15  9:00a.m  †Emilia Melo and Family

Tuesday, February 16  9:00a.m.  †Arnie Henriksen

Wednesday, February 17  9:00a.m  †José Totter, 7:15p.m.  †Clara Cas

Thursday, February 18  9:00a.m.  †Arnie Henriksen

Friday, February 19  9:00a.m.  †Natalie Melo

Saturday, February 20  9:00a.m.  Michael Prystupa, 7:00p.m.  Maria Zalesak

Sunday, February 21  9:00a.m.  †Caroline Blom, 11:00a.m.  For the Parish

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