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    St. Mary's Parish
    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

  • 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
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

God’s Foolish Love

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 in both stories do have one thing in common. They are both highly valued by the ones who have lost them and in both cases the 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 to his 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 chance to say he is sorry.

Fr. Jon Hansen, C.Ss.R.


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

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.

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.

PAKISTAN RELIEF Thanks to all who made contributions to this worthy cause.  Because of you generosity St. Mary’s was able to send a cheque for $1910.00 to Peace and Development.

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.

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.

PRO-LIFE WALK (walk for life) in Saskatoon will be held on Saturday September 25th starting at 11:00am.  All are welcome to walk.  There are pledge forms at the back of the church vestibule.  If you cannot participate, Eileen Provost is walking and needs sponsors.  If you wish to donate, phone Eileen at 382-4821 or leave your donation at the rectory c/o Eileen Provost with your name, and phone number.  God bless and thank you.

St. Mary’s Parish Harvest Supper

Sunday, September 28th

St. Mary’s Hall, 5.00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5-10 yrs. (under 5 free). Advance tickets only.

Tickets are available at the rectory during office hours or by calling Sylvia at 382-4390

The committee once again anticipates your generous donation of dill pickles, beet pickles, carrots, tomatoes, coffee, sugar, tea and pies. Drop off on Saturday, September 25th or Sunday, September 26th after 9:30 a.m.

HELP WANTED! All St. Mary’s parishioners are invited to help on Friday September 24th to peel potatoes starting at 9:30 a.m. and making cabbage rolls Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Many hands are also needed for set-up and getting ready Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.  We also need helper to clean up after the supper.

Thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!

ST GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB are celebrating their 35th anniversary on October 3, 2010.  The celebration includes a supper at 5:00pm followed by a program and entertainment.  The cost for members is $15.00 and $17.00 for non-members.  For more information or to purchase tickets contact Natalie Cameron at 382-0443 by September 26.  Come and enjoy the celebration with us.

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

Thank you to all the ministry of care teams for your time and commitment.  You brighten the lives of others;  You are a special blessing and are much appreciated.  As we enter the Fall season, perhaps we can spend just a little more time with those we visit, and listen just a little more attentively.  The home bound look forward to your visits more than you know.  God bless you for who you are and what you do.

Mass Intentions

Monday, September 13  9:00a.m  The Wegwitz Family

Tuesday, September 14  9:00a.m.  †Elizabeth Walker

Wednesday, September 15  9:00a.m  †Lil Zerebeski, 7:15p.m  †Nell Molland

Thursday, September 16  9:00a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Friday, September 17  9:00a.m.  †Antonio Bairos

Saturday, September 18  9:00a.m.  Chantal & Tyler Barry, 7:00p.m.  †Joe Appalonia

Sunday, September 19  9:00a.m.  †Armando Frassetto, 11:00a.m.  For the Parish