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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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Third Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

WE ARE WALKING ON HOLY GROUND  ( Listen to Fr. Tony’s Homily)

In the first reading today God Almighty introduces God’s self to Moses in a most unusual fashion.  Imagine a shepherd in the hills with his sheep.  The last thing that Moses would have dreamed of happening to him was the meeting the one true God, in person, in the form of a burning bush.  Does that sound farfetched?

If we pause to reflect we realize that it is not really that different from what we are privileged to partake in week after week at our Sunday Eucharist.  At the altar we come before the “burning bush that is never consumed”, the very presence of God.

God’s self introduction to Moses is also not so different from what we hear in the Mass  “You are on holy ground”.  But while the bush which Moses encountered was a place to take off one’s shoes and our Church is a place for contemplation and prayer, they are not passive places that are in isolation to the world.  Both, in fact, are launching pads for the faithful into participation in the unfolding events of our world.

For Moses the focus of concern was for the people held in captivity in Egypt.  God heard their cry and had come to their aid.  Our Church is also a catalyst for bringing help to the poor and to those who cry out to God for help.  From Haiti, to Chile, to Pleasant Hill, Saskatoon, God hears the cry of his people and we are being invited to take up the cause.

During this season of Lent as we engage in giving to those in need whether it be through our volunteer work or financially through; our collection at the door of the Church, helping those in need in Haiti or Chile, or giving our annual contribution to Development and Peace we trust that we are participating in the saving work of God.

Like Moses we may feel a little unqualified and perhaps are trembling in the knee.  But know that we do not embark alone, it is “I AM” who sends us.

Fr. Jon Hansen

Pastor

St. Mary’s Parish

Announcements

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.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE 2010 An excerpt from Fr. Ron Beechinor’s letter to the faithful regarding Development and Peace.  “Thank you for your heartfelt generosity to the Haitian community.  In this same spirit of urgency, I ask you dear friends, to continue your financial support for Development & Peace’s important work across the Global South.”  For the full text of the letter and more information about Development and Peace, you can go to Parish Links on the St. Mary’s website.  http://www.stmaryssaskatoon.com

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

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

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

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.

RECONCILIATION SERVICES FOR LENT This Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00pm, St Mary’s will be holding a Reconciliation Service in the Church.  Please note that this service will replace the evening mass and Perpetual Help Devotions.  We encourage all St. Mary’s Parishioners to attend the service and to take advantage of the opportunity to prepare for the coming Easter Season.  For those who cannot attend the St. Mary’s service there will be other opportunities in nearby parishes; St. Ann’s Parish, Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00pm, St. Patrick’s Parish, Thursday March 11 at 7:00pm, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm

VARIETY NIGHT: St. George’s Senior’s Club, located at 1235 20th Street West, is hosting a variety night on Saturday March 20 at 7:00pm.  Admission by free will offering.  All proceeds from the event goes towards light and heating costs.

THE SASKATOON DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE COUNCIL will be hosting a retreat on Pope Benedict’s latest encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.”  The retreat will be held at St. Francis Parish (222 Willow Street) on Saturday, March 13th from 1:00—4:00pm  The session will be facilitated by our provincial animator, Armella Sonntag, and Gertrude Rompré.  For more information, contact Gertrude at 966-8929 or grompre@stmcollege.ca.  All are welcome.

YOUTH MINISTRY

DYG SKI TRIP On Saturday March 13th all youth are invited to Table Mountain to go tubing, skiing, or snowboarding.  We will be meeting at St. Michael’s at 10:30am and heading out shortly after.  We hope to arrive at Table Mountain around 12:45pm.  We will be on the hill from 1:00—4:00pm which is a half day.  For those of you who wish to ski or snowboard, feel free to do so, though you are not allowed o bring your own skis or snowboards for lack of space (ski or snowboard boots are allowed).  We should arrive back at St. Michael’s around 7:00pm (roughly).  The cost is $5.00 per person to help cover the cost of gas, however, you are responsible for paying your way into the facility and any rentals you may require.  On the way home we will be stopping in North Battleford for supper.  So bring a few extra bucks for supper and any snacks you may want.  As it stands, we have limited seats available, so if you want to come, book your spot early.  The registration deadline is midnight March 11th, so please call Matthew at 374-7779, Colm Leyne at 242-1500, or Maria at 244-2983 if you plan on attending.  Permission forms signed by a guardian are required to attend the trip.  We are also looking for some volunteer adult chaperones to drive the kids to and from Table Mountain.  For more details contact Maria 244-2983 or stmarysyouthmin@sasktel.net

A BIG THANK YOU!! A big thank you to all that volunteered their time and energy to make Hockey Night in Pleasant Hill a fun filled evening full of laughter, friendship, and community.  Your works do not go unnoticed, and your spirits uplifted the hearts of many children.  A special thank you goes out to Fred and Jeannine Bussiere who made the best vegetarian chili for a Friday during Lent.  Thank you for your support in youth ministry.

MARCH YOUTH MINISTERED MASS MARCH 20TH It’s that time of the month again to celebrate a youth ministered Mass with the rest of the community.  Please note that this month the youth ministered Mass is the third Saturday of the month instead of the second due to conflicts with the DYG ski trip.  We will need help ushering, music, and reading so come out and utilize one of your many talents to benefit the broader community.  As well, we will begin at 5:00pm with a pizza party and Mass to finish around 8:00pm

MINISTRY OF CARE

Our volunteers are happy to share time with a fellow parishioner .  If you, or someone you know is in the hospital, has just returned from the hospital, is homebound or in a nursing home and would like to have a visitor from the parish, please let us know.  Also, someone who has lost a loved one, is experiencing personal hardship, or sorrow may also benefit from a home visit.  We are as near as your telephone!  Call Iris 244-2983 ext. 237.

MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, March 1        9:00a.m              †Al Rollheiser

Tuesday, March 2       9:00a.m.              †Arnie Henriksen

Wednesday, March 3  9:00a.m            †Elisio Cabading †Manuel Luize Diogo  7:00p.m. Penitential Service

Thursday, March 4     9:00a.m.              Souls in Purgatory

Friday, March 5          9:00a.m.              †Maria Santoro

Saturday, March 6      9:00a.m.              Michael Prystupa 7:00p.m.   †Jaromir Zalesak

Sunday, March 7        9:00a.m.              †Henry Tempel    11:00a.m. For the Parish

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