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    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

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Second Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus leads Peter, James, and John to the top of the mountain where they will receive a glimpse of the divine

Let us leave aside for a moment that glorious revelation and focus instead upon what brought them to that peak.  It is hardly a full description to say that Jesus led them to the top of a high mountain because this completely overlooks the great effort that it took to reach that point.

It is no coincidence that in all three Gospel accounts of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop we first hear Jesus telling his listeners what it takes to be a true disciple of His.  If any want to be my follower, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.  Yes the trip to the top of the mountain is fraught with difficulty and it is symbolic of what Jesus is really asking of his followers.

Sometimes it’s difficult to be able to look beyond the suffering that we know the climb will cost us.  St. John of the Cross writes about the dark night of soul when despite our yearnings God seems nowhere to be found.  Why do we keep praying in the midst of such emptiness, is it to torture ourselves?  Why do we follow a way that the world does not always recognize as valuable, are we deluding ourselves?  No, it is because we have been given a promise.  We have seen a glimpse of the peak and we know that if we take a few more steps we will arrive there, and oh how much we will enjoy the view from up there.  We know that the goal is worth every effort.

The irony of mountain climbing is that the true destination of our endeavour, is not the top of the mountain at all, but rather we want to end up in the place where we began, we want to get back safe and hopefully better for the experience.  In the Gospel Peter, always the outspoken one, says how good it is to be here on the mountaintop, “let’s build some tents and stay here”.  But I am sure that even Peter meant to stay  just for a little while.  Only a dreamer thinks that they can stay on the mountaintop forever.

We know that while we live out our earthly lives, our home is not on the mountaintop with Jesus.  Our homes are in the valley in our communities and it is to these that we must return.  Though we come back to the same place that we left behind, we don’t come back as the

same people who left because too much has happened to us.  In a word we have experienced a taste of resurrection.  This is what the season of Lent is leading up to.  Not forty days of penance and fasting for suffering’s sake, but forty days of preparation and purification so that when we come to the resurrection we will have some idea of what it is supposed to mean for us.

Announcements

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.

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 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

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.

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.

THINKFAST! Here we are again at the beginning of Lent, wondering what can we possibly do to live in solidarity with Jesus and make a difference in the world.  Here’s an idea!  Join me and other youth (grades 6—12) from around the diocese as we persist in a 25 hour fast, and have fun while doing it!  Think Fast is an activity that is done throughout Canada every Lent to help raise money for Development and Peace, an organization that specializes in the renewal of 3rd world countries through land rights, water and mining.  Each participant will be required to register and make an effort to go out and receive pledges from different people and organizations.  The official fast will occur on March 26th to March 27th at Holy Spirit Parish.  The quicker you register, the more time you will have to go around asking for pledges.  We are also looking for adult chaperones who may be able to help with one or both days of this event.  Questions and inquiries can be directed to Maria Rogal at 244-2983 or stmarysyouthmin@sasktel.net

CWL NEWS – Our regular CWL meeting is Wednesday, March 5th after the 7:15 p.m. mass.  Mark your calendar, our Easter Tea is Saturday, March 20th.  We are looking forward to your excellent baking.

VIGIL TEAMS will be meeting in the Lower Hall on Tuesday March 2 at 1:00pm.  We encourage other parishioners who may be interested in presiding at funeral prayers to attend.

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.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Come and Celebrate World Day of Prayer 2010 written by the women of Cameroon.  The guest speaker is Sr. Teodosia SSJ at St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral on Friday March 5, 2010 at 2:00pm.  Let everything that has breath praise God.

YOUTH LEAD STATIONS OF THE CROSS Calling all youth to come out and help with the Stations of the Cross on Friday March 5th starting with practice at 5:30pm.  This is a great opportunity to minister to the rest of the parish in a unique creative way.  Youth can help to make this a creative process  offering ideas, utilizing talents, or simply being present.  Talk to Maria for more details.

Congratulation to the winners of our parish raffle for tickets to the Episcopal ordination of Donald Bolen and to the Chrism Mass Banquet.  Attending the Ordination will be Cathy Prima and Loretta Skipper. Murray Wood, our Parish Pastoral Council Chair and wife Kate Hodgson will also be attending the ordination representing the parish. Attending the Chrism Mass Banquet will be Carlos Huerto, Eileen Provost and Norm and Loretta Skipper.

Foundations: Exploring our Faith Together Thursday, March 18 from 7-9 PM St. Mary’s Parish is hosting a foundations session entitled “Spirituality and Social Justice”. Gertrude Rompre will lead us in a reflection as we ask; How do we develop a balanced spirituality that includes a commitment to Social Justice? How do we create a balanced activism that remains Gospel-centered? Please join us in the upper hall. Pre-registration is appreciated by calling the parish office. A $5 fee will be collected at the door to help cover the expenses of the session

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 1                                                 9:00a.m                          †Ferdinand Frias

Tuesday, March 2                                               9:00a.m.                          †Ralph Sherdahl

Wednesday, March 3                                       9:00a.m                             †Ferdinand Frias    7:15p.m.    †Shirley Laroque

Thursday, March 4                                          9:00a.m.                             †Maria Santoro

Friday, March 5                                                9:00a.m.                    †Josephine Villegas

Saturday, March 6                                           9:00a.m.                    †Joe Grubisic   7:00p.m.                    †Joe Cullen

Sunday, March 7                                              9:00a.m.                     Bill & Clare Blair   11:00a.m.                     For the Parish

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