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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

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Thanksgiving

This weekend people across Canada will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with their families and friends.

Indeed, we have a great deal to be thankful for living in Canada; A good standard of living, a peaceful nation, a land of opportunities for young people and for refugees and immigrants looking for a new beginning.

Yet despite all of our many blessings there are those who do not experience the fullness of what we wish all could share. Poverty continues to be an issue. Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 Canadian children live in poverty. That is a number that is hard to believe only because it is such a hidden concern. Another problem is the loneliness and marginalization that many vulnerable people feel. New immigrants and refugees distanced from loved ones and the culture they know feel separated from the good things this country can offer because what is more valuable than wealth and material possessions in the knowledge that one belongs and has place at the table.

In the Gospel today Jesus heals ten people who have been separated from their communities due to illness. Besides being physically cured they receive the amazing gift of being able to go home again. Their responses to what they have been given are surprising, but understandable. Of the ten, only one returns to thank Jesus, and that one is a Samaritan; a foreigner.

Perhaps the rest were too excited about their newfound health and they simply forgot to say thank you. Perhaps some were afraid that what they had received could be taken away again just as easily. Whatever the case Jesus uses the moment to talk about being thankful for all that we have and not taking for granted the many blessings we have received from God.

But also note that lack of gratitude never gave Jesus pause when it came to helping those in need. Sometimes we may get discouraged when we try to help and we don’t get the response we think we deserve. Remember that to be in the position of being able to help another is a gift in its own. Let us not make the thanks of others a condition for our giving.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.

Fr. Jon, Pastor

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 wish to make a donation, please call Parish Office at 244-2983.  Remember—the auction is on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00am.  Our next Auction committee meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12th at 7:00pm.

FIRST RECONCILIATION/COMMUNION PREPARATION at St. Mary’s Parish begins with our first parent meeting on Tuesday October 19th at 7:00pm in the Upper St. Mary’s Hall.  Please register between September 15th and October 18 (in person or by phone) at the rectory during office hours.  Please bring a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate when you register.  The sacraments are usually celebrated in grade 2, however older children are welcome.  Preparation for these sacraments is at home with the support of the parish and the Catholic school.  Please be aware that in order for a child to receive his/her first communion in the spring, he/she must celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) first.  For more information or questions call Fr. Jon at 244-2983.  Office hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Sodalitas (Companionship) St. Mary’s Parish is offering an opportunity for those suffering any type of loss to join with others who have shared similar experiences.  We all suffer loss sometime in our lives. This loss may be the death of a loved one (parent, spouse, child, sibling, relative or friend), loss of a relationship; loss of a job; loss of good health or loss of a pet.  How we deal with loss is personal. As individuals we respond to loss in many different ways. But there does seem to be at least one common response when we are faced with loss – the need to share with others the feelings and emotions we experience.  Please join us for our first gathering, Saturday, October 9 at 10:00AM in the Upper Room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. For more information see the parish website or call Fr. Jon at the parish office.

CWL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Wednesday October 6th after the 7:15pm Mass.  This month we invite all parishioners to hear our guest speaker Tom Fortosky, Catholic School Board Trustee.  This event will be held in the upper hall prior to the CWL meeting.  Thank you to Betty Penner for making the skirting around the stage.  It was an excellent job and much appreciated.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday October 10th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

IN MOTION Due to the lack of interest, the In Motion program has been cancelled for this year.

ST. MARY’S HARVEST SUPPER was a success thanks to the whole parish who participated in donations, helping and attending.  It takes everyone’s generosity to make it this success.

2010 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL The volunteer visitors are now contacting the parishioners of St. Mary’s for their financial donation and support for the 2010 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  Please welcome their phone calls and visits.  A big “Thank You” is extended to all the parishioners who have already made their financial donations to this year’s appeal.  Your donation can be made with cash, cheque, Visa, or MasterCard.  St. Mary’s goal in to raise $43,232.00.  To date $21,575.00 has been received.

PRO-LIFE: Eileen Provost would like to deeply thank all the St. Mary’s Parishioners for donating to the Walk for Pro-Life September 25, 2010.  Due to your generosity, we raised $464.50.  Thank you.

SASKATOON DIOCESAN CWL FALL RETREAT – Wednesday, October 27/10 at St. Patrick’s Parish Center – Retreat Leader Leah Perrault  – Theme – Women of Peace and Hope – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Cost $5 – Registration deadline Oct. 20 – Interested please call Jeannette 652-9463 or Vina 382-7117.

Youth Ministry



STEPS IN FAITH-Get in the groove! If you are currently in grades 6,7 or 8 then this is for you! Steps in Faith is a diocesan supported program in which early adolescents have the opportunity to learn more about their faith. It is a crucial component in the life long faith journey we are all on, and will aid with common questions and concerns during these very important forming years. Steps in  Faith is comprised of four different components: 1)the Creed 2)Service 3)Retreat 4) reaffirmation of faith- all in which will take place within the next year. A spring youth rally will provide a supportive environment with Bishop Bolen where grade 8’s will have the opportunity to reaffirm their faith. Steps in Faith sessions will be held monthly before each Youth Ministered Mass. Youth will have the opportunity to learn, interact and reflect with peers over pizza. A service project will be planned for late winter along with a spring retreat. For more information regarding this effort, please feel free to contact Maria Rogal stmarysyouthmin@sasktel.net, 244-2983.

YOUTH VS. PRIESTS BASKETBALL GAME Ever wanted to show your stuff on the court against a whole bunch of priests? Well here is your chance: all youth from the diocese of Saskatoon will have the opportunity to enjoy some competitive physical activity in a fun filled atmosphere. Who will come up on top? Will it be the youth or the priests? Come out with your friends and join in the fun. The game will be held on the evening of October 15th. Keep posted in the bulletin and parish website for specific details and times. Mark your calendars!

Ministry of Care

Memorial Mass

Tuesday, November 2nd, 7:00pm

Please join our parish community for the annual Mass in memory of our deceased loved ones here at St. Mary’s Church.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the hall.  Please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 237 before October 26th to include the names of your close family members and loved ones who have died this past year.

Mass Intentions

Monday, October 11  9:00a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Tuesday, October 12  9:00a.m.  †Rocco Santoro

Wednesday, October 13  9:00a.m  †Nell Molland

7:15p.m  †Lillian Brisseau

Thursday, October 14  9:00a.m  †Victor Andrade

Friday, October 15  9:00a.m.  †Marcello Frassetto

Saturday, October 16  9:00a.m.  Michael Prystupa

7:00p.m.  †Pasquale Santomauro

Sunday, October 17  9:00a.m.  †Armando Frassetto

11:00a.m.  For the Parish

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