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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

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY

Woman caught in adulteryLast Sunday’s Gospel was a story of forgiveness, it was the story of the prodigal son and the father who loved and welcomed him home without condition.  It was a great act of love on the part of the father but it was one that he could choose to do with freedom.  The father was a land owner, he was wealthy and honored.  Whatever decision he made about welcoming home his lost son would be respected by all those who knew him.

Today’s Gospel is also about forgiveness, but it is a harder story.  It is a story filled with danger intrigue and drama.  It is the story of the woman caught in adultery.

As the powerful men of the community bring forward a powerless woman and accuse her of adultery, Jesus is caught in the middle and must take a stand that could undermine his message or end his life.  There is no need for evidence, the sin is plain as she is caught in the very act but the woman’s accusers seem to be far less interested in her fate then in the how Jesus will respond.  It appears that it is really Jesus who is on trial.

Uphold the law and the woman would die, Jesus’ message of the Father’s love would also die with her.  Dismiss the woman, ignore the charges and Jesus would be putting his own life on the line, he would be a criminal in the eyes of the law which he himself said that he came to fulfill.

In the end silence is the better option, silence and wisdom.  “Search your hearts”, Jesus challenges, “which one of you has never sinned?  Let them be the first to cast a stone”

Jesus turns the tables on those who used a defenseless person to lay a trap for Jesus.  He turns the table on everyone who casts judgment on others.  Jesus questions how those who have experienced God’s forgiveness can be so quick to lay blame on others.

Nobody is without sin.  But the message that Jesus offers is about universal forgiveness.  The woman will escape judgment today, not just with her life but with new life, a fresh start.  Jesus also will escape but his stand for compassion and forgiveness will not keep him from harm long.

Announcements

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.

Foundations Course: Due to a lack of pre-registration the Spirituality of Social Justice session with Gertrude Rompre which was scheduled for Thursday, March 18 was canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. For those who may have been interested but could not attend, we will try to reschedule the event at a future date.

2010 OFFERING ENVELOPES Please use your 2010 envelopes for donations, not envelopes from prior years.  Using the current year’s envelopes will help make the accounting process more efficient.  For those of you who require envelopes, please contact the parish office at 244-2983 between 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY:  April 11th, 2010 at 3:00pm.  A service celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy by Fr. Patrick Ampani at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, corner of 12th Street and Wiggins Avenue. Love offering and refreshments to follow.  Everyone welcome.

Liturgy Committee: St. Mary’s Liturgy Committee met March l6 to make plans for the celebrations leading up to Easter.  Readers and Communion Ministers are urged to be particularly aware of their assignments.  Parishioners are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the Holy Thursday evening mass.  The foot-washing will include parishioners from St. Mary’s, Guadalupe and the Hispanic community.  There will be no mass on the mornings of Holy Thursday,  Good Friday and Holy Saturday.  Instead, people are encouraged to take part in Morning Prayer on Thurs. and Fri. at 9:00 a.m.  Blessing of the food baskets will take place on Holy Saturday at 12:00 noon.  There will be no baptisms this year at the Easter Vigil.  Next meeting tentatively set for April 20, 7:00 p.m.

Youth Ministry

THANK YOU TO THE YOUTH OF ST MARY’S Thank you to all of the youth who took part in the Youth Mass on Saturday March 20th.  You are truly becoming leaders in our parish community.

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

SLUMDOG AT GUADALUPE Come out and join the youth of St. Mary’s and Guadalupe in watching an action packed film based on issues of social justice in India. Then later we will have a discussion on different social justice issues occurring around the world. Popcorn and beverages will be supplied! Meet at St. Mary’s Hall 6:50pm on Friday, March 26th. Be there!

Ministry of Care

How do we live out our gospel call?  How do we bring 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 22                9:00a.m              †Maria Santoro

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

Wednesday, March 14          9:00a.m              †Dan Braidek , 7:00p.m †Henry Sr. & Gertrude Tempel

Thursday, March 25             9:00a.m               †Al Rollheiser

Friday, March 26                   9:00a.m               †Walter Komarniski

Saturday, March 27              9:00a.m               †Manuel Luize Diogo, 7:00p.m  †Tecla Frassetto

Sunday, March 28                 9:00a.m               †Antonio Bairos, 11:00a.m     For the Parish

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