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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

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

What Does It Mean To Be Humble

I think we sometimes have wrong notion about humility, or being humble. We think it might mean denying the gifts that we have in front of others so as not to appear boastful. We might think that we have always to be self-effacing, groveling at the feet of our superiors.

But that is not the true nature of humility.  Because God loves us so much, we have value without limit. In the classic Old Testament expression, we were made in the image of God. This exaltation of the human status reaches its climax in the New Testament, which declares that the character of God Himself can be fully known only in a particular human life, that is, in the life of Jesus.

Within the Biblical frame of reference, humility is not primarily an attitude towards oneself at all, but towards God and towards other persons. Briefly, it means the willingness to let God be God; that is, to acknowledge one’s dependence upon God’s creative power; to rejoice in gratitude for God’s blessings; to adopt the ways of the Lord as one’s own; to accept with contrition the judgment of God when one falls short; to trust in God’s power and willingness to forgive and to redeem. From the Biblical point of view, to devalue our own life is not humble at all, but arrogant. It presumes to contradict God’s declaration that His creation is ‘very good’.

Humility is also not just about our relationship with God but it plays an important role in our relationships with other persons. Humility is again not primarily an attitude towards oneself, but towards others. Biblical humility entails the recognition of others as invited guests at the Lords own banquet table. The result is a regard for the will, the purposes and the feelings of others. To be open to others as God’s heart is open to us.

And that is primarily what humility is about, it is about being open.  Being open to the infinite goodness of God. Being open to the unique gifts in each one of our brothers and sisters around us. There is an old joke that says just when you think you have found humility you lose it. But I don’t think that is the case at all. We should strive for the type of humility that helps us to be open. To acknowledge that as good as we are we always have room in our hearts for God and for others.

Announcements

ST. MARY’S PARISH AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY is really just around the corner! We are asking all parishioners this summer to consider donating new (or gently used) items that we can sell at our auction. You can help support this great event in two ways—by asking businesses to donate items for the sale and by attending the auction with your friends and relatives! Sr. Carol, our parish nurse, reaches out to many people in our neighborhood with the work that she does. Help bring hope to the residents of our community by supporting the Parish Nurse Ministry. If you have any questions or to make a donation, please call Parish Office at 244-2983. . Remember—the auction is on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00am.  The next Auction Committee meeting will be on August 31, 2010 at 7:30pm.

ST. MARY’S CWL NEWS: The September Meeting is Wednesday, September 8th after the 7:15 p.m. Mass.  Please note that this meeting is the 2nd Wednesday for this month.  Plan on attending to learn about our plans for the fall as well as meet and socialize with our fellow members.  The Saskatoon Diocesan CWL Executive Meeting is Monday, August 30th at Holy Family at 9:00 a.m.  Guest speaker is Diane Hergott, Chairperson of the Board, CWL Clothing Depot.  All CWL members are welcome to attend.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

1.         Harvest Supper September 26th.

2.         CWL Membership Brunch – November 21st.

3.         December 4th Christmas Tea and Bake Sale.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS Our first regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 1st following the 7:15 p.m. Mass… all men of the parish are welcome to attend any of our regular meetings. Our kick-off K of C Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 12th, following the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us for “the best deal in town…”

SOCIAL FOR THE KINZIES: A house fire and unexpected surgery started the summer off on a difficult note for Don & Hazel Kinzie.  Everyone would like to provide a better start to their fall season.  Since they enjoy potluck meals and love to dance, an evening has been planned which includes both.  Please join them at the Pike Lake Community Hall on September 11, 2010.  There is no charge for the evening, but donations are appreciated.  Doors open at 5:00pm.

PAKISTAN FLOODS: Donations in response to this emergency may be made through your parish or direct to the diocesan finance office at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. Monies will be sent to Caritas International via Development and Peace.  Tax receipts will be issued.  The Canadian Government will be matching all donations received until September 12th.  Please contact the parish office before September 8th if you wish to make a donation to take advantage of the matching grant.

ST. MARY’S SEAT CENSUS: During the masses on September 18-19 a seat census will be conducted so that we can update our parish records and make parishioners aware of volunteer opportunities in the Church. If you are going to be away on that weekend please let the parish office know so that we can give you a census form to fill out at your convenience.

ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS’ CLUB is having a corn roast September 15th with a program starting at 1:00pm and supper to start at 4:30pm.  Everyone is welcome.  The cost for members is $8.00 and non-members cost is $10.00

Wanted:  a used car in good working condition for some new Canadians.  Budget close to $1000.00. Please contact  Fr. Tony at the parish.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join your fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on the first Saturday of every month. The next opportunity for adoration will be on Saturday, September 4th immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 noon.

FAMILY IN NEED: A refugee family from Rwanda starting over in Saskatoon are in need of new or gently used clothing and back to school supplies (school bags, notebooks etc.) for their 6 children aged 3-15. Please bring donations to the Parish office.

Youth Ministry

DYG at Pike Lake! Join other youth from St. Mary’s and the rest of the diocese as we gather together for a bbq, games and Morality Survivor on the beautiful grounds of Pike Lake. We will be meeting at St. Patrick’s church on September 18th at 2:00pm and returning home at 9:00pm. All food and drinks will be provided! Talk to Maria Rogal for more information regarding carpooling 244-2983, stmarysyouthmin@sasktel.net.

Youth Ministered Mass– Back in Full Force! Start off the school year the right way and help celebrate a Youth Ministered Mass with the rest of the parish community. The Mass will be celebrated on September 11th at the Saturday 7:00pm. Pizza and pop will begin at 5:00pm followed by games and choir practice. All are welcome, so bring your friends! Contact Maria Rogal if you would like to be part of this special celebration.

Join the senior youth ministry team! Are you a senior in high school, or have you graduated from grade 12? Do you need some meaning and direction in your life? If the answers are yes then join the team.  We want your ideas, creativity and energy to bring younger youth into our parish community. In joining the team you will have, with minimal commitment and flexibility to accommodate busy schedules, the opportunity to plan and organize events, be role models for younger parishioners and become directly involved with the St. Mary’s community. Let your voice be heard! Contact Maria Rogal for more details.

SEPTEMBER YOUTH EVENTS: Be sure to check out the Youth Ministry Bulletin Board at the back of the church for upcoming youth events and details for diocesan events. On the bulletin board you will find a lot of helpful information as well as monthly “common questions” regarding faith.

Ministry of Care

Prayer Shawl Ministry offers an opportunity to meet one afternoon a week for prayer, sharing, refreshments and creating prayer shawls.  We welcome new comers!!!

We are not limited to knitting or crocheting prayer shawls.  We welcome any “crafty” ideas.  This year’s session will start on Tuesday September 14 at 1:00pm in the upper meeting room.  For further information, call Iris at 244-2983 ext 237.

Mass Intentions

Monday, August 30  9:00a.m  †Roman Loehndorf

Tuesday, August 31  9:00a.m.  †Antonio Bairos

Wednesday, September 1  9:00a.m  †David Evans, 7:15p.m  †Rocco Santoro

Thursday, September 2  9:00a.m  †Nell Molland

Friday, September 3  9:00a.m.  †Julianna Faurillo

Saturday, September 4  9:00a.m.  †Lillian Brisseau, 7:00p.m.  †Fernando Melo

Sunday, September 5  9:00a.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo, 11:00a.m.  For the Parish

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