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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

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

We all know people who approach life from many different perspectives.  Two come to mind:  those who plan, organize and are methodical, and those who jump into the ‘deep end’ first and figure out all the details afterward.  Of course there are benefits to both as well as weaknesses.

In today’s gospel Jesus tells the disciples that active participation in the faith (i.e. – discipleship) needs to be done in a careful and methodical way.  We need to think about what it means to be a Christian, in other words.  For example, while Jesus uses exaggerated language when he says you must hate your family, what he is really saying is this:  discipleship demands a letting go.  We let go of the exclusive hold our relationships, possession, and life has on us; in the letting go we also make room for the priority of the Gospel.  WE cannot abandon our other responsibilities, but the Gospel should also become an important priority.

In other words, Jesus is saying the Christian faith is not for the faint of heart, nor is to be taken for granted.  If we are going to be Christian, then we should be so in both name and practice.   The Gospel must make a difference in who you are and how you are in the world.  If it does not, then there is a problem.  If you are here in this church reading this bulletin, Jesus is saying to you and to us all, think about what being here means.  Being here is not one more thing on the check list of things we have to do.  Just like those who have to build a tower have to plan it and prepare for what the task demands, so also do we, as followers of Christ, have to plan and be aware of what this means for us and our world.

We often hear about couples who say that marriage takes deliberate work and this is so true.  It is also true that our souls take work; we need to be as attentive to them as we are to our relationships, our health, our leisure, etc.   For we who are Christian, Jesus is asking us to be as deliberate about that, as we are about the other areas of our life.

Fr. Tony Bidgood, CSsR

Announcements

ST. MARY’S PARISH AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY is really just around the corner! We are asking all parishioners this fall 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

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 Harvest Supper will be September 26th at 5:00pm.  Tickets cost $10.00 for adults and children over 10 years.  Children between 5 and 10 years cost $5.00.  Children under 5 years are free.  Tickets are available from the Parish office during office hours, after the September 11/12 and September 18/19 Masses, or in the evening from Sylvia at 382-4390.  We look forward to your help and donations.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS Our kick-off K of C Breakfast will be held on Sunday, September 12th, following the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. The cost for this breakfast is a goodwill offering.

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 8th 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.

FAMILY IN NEED:  A refugee family from the Sudan, not 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.

With the first day of school behind us, Children’s Liturgy is set to begin again on September 12 at the 11 a.m. Mass.  As we share this day with the first K of C pancake breakfast after the summer break, we will begin with watching a short film.  We welcome all children of the parish as well as those just visiting to join us each Sunday beginning next week.  Anyone who would be interested in helping with Children’s Liturgy can contact Vicki Strelioff at 978-0853 or vstrelioff@yahoo.com for more information.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who put in time and effort to help with the Church Steps Hospitality Program this summer. Thanks to those who baked and donated cookies as well as those who shared their smiles on Monday and Wednesday afternoons on the church steps. It is with your help that we can continue to make this an important ministry within St. Mary`s Parish community.

PREPARATION FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION We are now inviting all parents and guardians who desire their child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) and First Communion to register between September 7th and October 18th. You may register in person at the parish office during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by phone at 244-2983.

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 Saturday, September 11th at 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 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.

Ministry of Care

Qualities for effective visits to the sick, homebound, bereaved:

Be Genuine—just be yourself – loving caring, listening—don’t expect anything in return

Be Respectful

Be Empathetic—putting yourself in the other person’s shoes.  We don’t’ have all the answers.  We don’t know exactly how the other person is.

Let your warmth come through—gentle, eye contact, touch, smile

Listen—be patient.  Take time to listen to their story

Be Compassionate—enter into the other person’s pain.  Be there for them.

Mass Intentions

Monday, September 6  9:00a.m  †Joe Appalonia

Tuesday, September 7  9:00a.m.  †Liduina Escobar

Wednesday, September 8  9:00a.m  †Victor Andrade, 7:15p.m  †Eileen Provost Sr.

Thursday, September 9  9:00a.m  †Emilia Melo

Friday, September 10  9:00a.m.  Souls in Purgatory

Saturday, September 11  9:00a.m.  †Rocco Santoro, 7:00p.m.  †Manuel Terra

Sunday, September 12  9:00a.m.  †Theresa Iula, 11:00a.m.  For the Parish

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