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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

First Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

We are at the beginning of our Lenten Journey. The Gospel puts us and Jesus in the same context. Forty days ahead of us of prayer and fasting.

In Luke’s Gospel he talks about the three temptations. In Mark’s account of the same story he only tells us that Jesus was in the wilderness 40 days, he was tempted by Satan… he was with wild beasts, and the angels waited on Him.

I once spent 10 days in the desert… it was wild, I was tempted to go home, there were beasts.

I can imagine a little what it might have been like for Jesus, but it’s not necessary that we have ever been in a desert to understand this story because the desert journey is really just a picture of our lives.

How often do we fear, how often are we tempted by our desires, how often do we go without those things that we wish we had for ourselves or for our children.

Lent is a microcosm of all this. It is a play that we enter into with all seriousness and we act out over the next 40 days the struggles of our lives.

Almsgiving: we give to the poor because it reminds us that no matter how bad we think we have it there are always those that have it worse. We open our eyes to the blessings we have when we look at the places in the world that have so little

Fasting & Abstinence: By giving to the poor we don’t become poor, but when we fast we get the feeling of what it is like to be poor. Fasting means giving up something good for a higher purpose. We do this not to suffer but to become aware of those things that we take for granted. And fasting doesn’t have to just be about food.

Prayer & Penance: We remind ourselves through prayer that this is not a self indulgent exercise. This is not just another method of self improvement, that we don’t fast just so that we can lose weight and look better. Our Lenten journey is nothing if it does not connect us more closely to our creator. Prayer and sorrow for our sins is an important part of this process. It is the means by which we and God communicate together.

The focus of Lent then is not primarily on suffering and deprivation, but rather it is helping us to prepare a place in our hearts for that great promise that God gives us, the Easter promise of resurrection.

40 days of Lent might seem like a long time. But it is eclipsed by the even greater season of Easter which we celebrate for 50 days.

May God bless your Lenten journey.

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

Announcements

JOB OPPORTUNITY:  St. Mary’s Parish is offering a temporary, half time position of cook for a religious community of 7 men. Work hours are from Monday to Friday 2:30-6:30 pm. Duties include all planning, preparation, presentation and clean-up of an evening meal.  The wage for this position is $12.00 per hour (20 hours per week). This position is expected to last from 4 to 6 weeks but may be shortened or lengthened depending on extenuating circumstances.  To apply for this position please send resume and 2 current references to:

Pastor

St. Mary’s Parish

211 Avenue O South

Saskatoon, SK    S7M 2R6

Closing Deadline: Friday, February 26

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!

Put Your Money Where My Mouth Is! Fr. Jon’s weight loss challenge:

Each year the Redemptorists sponsor a weight loss challenge to help motivate chubby Redemptorists to lose a few pounds for our good health and for the support of local charities. Since a few kind friends have reminded me that I have been neglecting my figure I am jumping on the challenge bandwagon and I am inviting you to help me out. By pledging 50 cents or a dollar (or whatever you would like) per pound lost by me between February 17 (Ash Wednesday) and April 4  (Easter Sunday) to a maximum of 20 pounds you will be motivating me to succeed for my health and for the sake of my chosen charity. All proceeds from this challenge will be donated to the Saskatoon Food Bank. Help turn my deprivation into food on the table of a family in need. To make your pledge per pound see our parish website www.stmaryssaskatoon.com, email me at jonhansencssr@gmail.com or phone me at 244-2983. Check the website weekly to see my progress and to send your encouragements. Thanks for helping me and helping others.

FOUNDATIONS PRESENTS: “Understanding Jesus Christ through the eyes of St. Luke” with Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  The final presentation in this series is  March 22nd, held at the Bishop Mahoney Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Free will offering.

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

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.

NASHI means our children in Ukrainian.  There will be a presentation about the human trafficking of our children in the 21st century by Savelia Curniski on March 8th at 7:30 at St. John Bosco Church.  RSVP to Kay at 382-2223 or Elaine at 382-0837 by March 6th.

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.

Collection for Haiti earthquake Relief: Thank you for your generous contribution to our collection for the earthquake relief efforts in the country of Haiti. We have concluded our collection and have sent a check to the Diocese in the amount of $4938.00. This money will be sent to Caritas, the international arm of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.  The Diocese of Saskatoon collected and sent a total of $139,400.13 to Development & Peace for relief in Haiti (other donations may have gone directly from parishes to the Development and Peace office in Toronto). This amount all qualifies for the federal government matching funds.  A special thank you to all for your generosity, support, and prayers – may you be blessed!

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL wishes to say “Thank you!” to all parishioners who attended and supported St. Mary’s 4th Annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper. It was a great success, and a fun time was had by all. Special thanks to the K of C for their help. Thank you to all the new families and Hispanic community who joined us for a great pancake supper! Thanks to all businesses who generously donated door prizes for this event.  Congratulations to the door prize winners.  See you again next year!

Changes for Lent: You will notice some changes in our Sunday celebrations during the season of Lent. First we will be keeping the sanctuary bare of flowers so that we will appreciate even more the colors and smells of Easter flowers when time comes. Also to highlight the more penitential aspect of Lent we will leave from the Church in silence after the closing prayer; a reminder of the special nature of this season.

CELEBRATION FOR THE ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT DONALD BOLEN: The ordination of Bishop-elect Donald Boland will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 PM at St. Patrick’s Church. Due to the limited seating this is a ticket holder only event. St. Mary’s Church has two available tickets to the ordination and we will be giving these away by raffle. If you would like to attend the ordination please submit your name and phone number to the parish office. A draw for each ticket available will be made on the morning of Thursday, February 25 and the winners names will be announced in the weekend bulletin.

An Ecumenical service presided at by Bishop-elect Bolen is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 PM at St. Paul’s Cathedral. All are welcome to attend this event.

CHRISM MASS CELEBRATION: There will be a Chrism mass banquet on Monday, March 29 at 5:00 PM at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall. Due to the limited seating this is a ticket holder only event. St. Mary’s Church has 4 available tickets to the banquet and we will be giving these away by raffle. If you would like to attend the Chrism Banquet please submit your name and phone number to the parish office. A draw for each ticket available will be made on the morning of Thursday, February 25 and the winners names will be announced in the weekend bulletin.

The Chrism mass itself will take place on Monday, March 29 at 7:00 PM with a reception to follow. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this mass and celebration.

Mass Intentions

Monday, February 22              9:00a.m             †Natalie Melo

Tuesday, February 23              9:00a.m.           †Joe Bairos

Wednesday, February 24       9:00a.m            †Shirley Laroque, 7:15p.m.  †Jose Andrade

Thursday, February 25           9:00a.m.          †Maria Santoro

Friday, February 26                 9:00a.m.          †Al Rollheiser

Saturday, February 27           9:00a.m.           †Tecla Fassetto, 7:00p.m.   Jose Gaston

Sunday, February 28              9:00a.m.            †Br. Cyril Brinsek C.Ss.R, 11:00a.m.  Antonio Bairos

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