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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

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Bulletin Reflection

A FATHER’S CRAZY LOVE (Listen to Fr. Jon’s Homily)

The story of the prodigal son captures both the strengths and weaknesses of our human nature.  It portrays a loving and forgiving father and a lost son who has squandered his life and his possessions.

The parable is often used at reconciliation services to illustrate the importance of conversion in our lives.  That when we have strayed from God we need only turn our hearts back to him and God will welcome us with open arms.  As an illustration of the power of conversion and repentance I think the story speaks volumes on its own.

The interesting thing is that Jesus does not present the story on its own.  In Luke’s Gospel it is prefaced by two other little anecdotes, one about a lost sheep and the other about a lost coin.  The context seems to be telling us that the parable is not so much about sin and repentance but about God’s passionate love for each one of us.

When you consider a woolly little sheep grazing in the pasture do you think it might have any sense of right and wrong, do we think of a sheep as a moral creature?  A coin doesn’t hide itself on purpose nor can it do anything for itself to be found again.  But the objects  both stories do have one thing in common.  They are both highly valued by the ones who have lost them and in both cases owners go to extravagant means to get them back.

Jesus is trying to tell us something here.  He is trying to get into our heads how much God is in love with us, so much so that it’s just plain foolish.  He is trying to teach us that God will do anything for us.

When we look once again at the story of the prodigal son from this perspective we focus not on the sin of the young man, not on his decision to return home to face what waits for him there.  Instead our focus is on the Father who never stops loving.  The father who goes about his daily routine with only half a mind on his work while he keeps one eye on the horizon always hopeful that this will be the day that his lost son returns.  In the story there is not a moment of hesitation in the father when he finally sees his son.  There is no playing back in his mind of the many ways the son had hurt him.  Rather he runs to greet his son while he is still a long way off and holds him in his arms and kisses him even before the son has a chance to say he is sorry.

Fr. Jon, 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 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.

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.

St. Mary’s Easter Tea & Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, March 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall (corner of Avenue O South & 20th Street West). Varieties of Easter baking available for sale. Please join us for tea & dainties, raffles, door prizes and much more! Admission is $3.00. Everyone Welcome!!

Easter Schedule

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SCHEDULE ST. MARY’S CHRUCH 2010

Monday, March 29  Mass at 9:00am

Chrism Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish                7:00pm

(This is a celebration for the entire diocese)

Tuesday, March 30  Mass at 9:00am

Wednesday, March 31  Mass at 9:00am

Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6:00 to 7:15pm

Mass at 7:15pm

Holy Thursday, April 1  Morning Prayer  at 9:00am

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm

Together with Guadalupe Parish (Bring non-perishable food for the poor)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following Mass until 11:00pm

Good Friday, April 2  Morning Prayer at 9:00am

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00pm

Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm

Holy Saturday April 3  Blessing of Food at 12 noon

(No Morning Mass & No confessions on Holy Saturday)

Easter Vigil at 8:30pm

Easter Sunday, April 4

Mass at 9:00am & Mass at 11:00am

Youth Ministry

THANK YOU TO THE YOUTH OF ST MARY’S AND GUADALUPE Thank you to all of the youth who took part in the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 5th.  You are truly becoming leaders in our parish community.  It was really great to have both youth groups from St. Mary’s and Guadalupe working together to help the rest of the parish reflect and pray on the journey Christ took in order to give us true life.

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

WYD IN MADRID:  Are you curious about WYD in Madrid?  Then you need to contact Colm at the Diocese right away!  We have 15 new spots now available for our group Pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Compostela, and on to Madrid for World Youth Day in August 2011 with Pope Benedict XVI.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!  Call 242-1500 ext. 225 or email youthmin@saskatoondiocese.com

CORNERSTONE ON LOCATION: On Thursday March 18, we’re going on location on campus to celebrate Catholic Students Week!  Stay tuned for details of time and venue!  Cornerstone is an event filled with music, skits, testimonies and a dynamic talk all in an effort to help you grow in your relationship with Christ!  Be there

Ministry of Care

How do we live out our gospel call?  How do we bright the healing love of Jesus to others?  There are many ways!  It can be a smile, a hug, a phone call, a nod of understanding, spending time with someone in need, a caring word, a card, a listening ear, —- and of course, prayer.  In these ways, God is saying “I am with you always”.  If you, or anyone you know would like a visit, please call Iris Riley at 244-2983 ext 237

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 15  9:00a.m  †Wilf McDonald

Tuesday, March 16  9:00a.m.  †Victor Andrade

Wednesday, March 17  9:00a.m  †Lorne Shirley 7:00p.m.  †Helen Fawcett

Thursday, March 18  9:00a.m.  Natalie Melo

Friday, March 19  9:00a.m.  †Julianna Faurillo

Saturday, March 20  9:00a.m.  †Jose Andrade 7:00p.m.  †Joe Cullen

Sunday, March 21  9:00a.m.  †Valeriano Rebelo  11:00a.m.  For the Parish

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