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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

Epiphany Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

To See More Clearly

 Alice Camille

 It’s hard to make progress when you can’t see where you’re going. That is true whether you’re navigating down a foggy highway, lost in a forest, feeling your way through a power outage, or just bumbling through life in general. None of us knows what lies around the next bend on this journey, for ourselves personally or for our families, our community, nation, and world. Who could have predicted half of the developments that led to where we are today?

Despite the unknowability of the future, shedding a little light on the subject helps. We can’t know everything, but we can seek as much information as is available to assess the next step. When we don’t have a road map, we have to get better at reading the signs around us: Which way is the sun setting? Does moss really grow only on the north side of trees? If it’s too dark to use our eyes, can our ears and hands do the “seeing” for us? If our relationships have become so convoluted that we don’t know how to communicate anymore, can we find a guide to lead us forward? When our days have lost their meaning, do we know which way to go to get more?

Isaiah once predicted that Jerusalem would become a light for the world, a place of sought-after wisdom and splendor, worthy of international acclaim. This destiny would come about not through the city’s own merits but because of the glory of God shining out from it. Today, sadly, Jerusalem is known more for radiating violence and insoluble problems, although pilgrims of three world religions still travel there in hopes of glimpsing some of the glory. The mystery of unity across ancient divisions that was announced in Ephesians has indeed been revealed—and, seemingly, rejected. We humans like our prohibitive walls too much to tear them down.

But we can’t point a finger at Jerusalem without finding ourselves before a mirror of our own intolerance and defensiveness. The darkness that hides the mystery of humanity’s oneness begins very locally, in your heart and mine. If we want to find our way out of that darkness, we have to take the journey toward Epiphany: that is, to bow before the Real Presence of God for ourselves.

We have to follow the star through the gloom of prejudice, stereotypes, political spin, personal comfort zones, and self-interest. We have to risk the danger of change, as those intriguing magi did, crossing borders that kept them safe and heading into territory that was unfamiliar and potentially unwelcoming. We have to bring our resources with us, prepared to set them down and walk away. Sometimes we need much more than our eyes to see rightly.

  Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 2011 cash calendars are available.  Cost for the calendars is $35.00.  Prizes include 319 draws for $100, one draw on February 14 for $20,000 , five draws for $1000.00, and 40 draws for limited edition artwork.  For more information, or to purchase your calendar contact Elisabeth Ammazzini before or after Mass or call her at 978-1447.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  The next opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on January 8th at 10:00am until 12:00 pm.

PARISH CHRISTMAS HOURS:  Please note the Parish office will be closed on January 3, 2011.  The office will reopen at 8:30am on January 4, 2011.

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

  REDEMPTORIST “COME AND SEE” VOCATION WEEKEND Friday, February 25, 2011 – Sunday, February 27, 2011 Location: Saskatoon, SK  If you’re between the ages of 18-35, and wondering if God might be calling you to be a priest or brother in the Redemptorist Congregation and live a life of community, compassion, evangelization, and mission, then come discern with us. Take a chance! For more information about this Retreat opportunity, or to register online, visit: www.plugintochrist.ca. Please Register by February 4, 2011. To learn about our community, mission, and call to evangelization, see our website, or contact Fr. Santo Arrigo C.Ss.R., vocations@redemptorists.ca, or (416) 593-6520.

FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS NIGHT:  Please note—the Parent/Guardian Meeting in preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation will be held January 18th, 2011 in St. Mary’s upper hall at 7:00pm.  If you have any questions about this meeting please call Eileen Provost at 382-4821.  Your schedules will be sent out the first week of January 2011.

 Youth Ministry

DYG-I WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK: St. Francis Parish is hosting an important Diocesan Youth Event on January 14th beginning at 7:00pm There will be a guest speaker, along with sleigh rides and snacks. The subject for the month of January is depression and suicide. You’re not going to want to miss this as the World Health Organization has some very surprising facts concerning youth and suicide rates. Get this-In Canada, suicide accounts for 24 percent of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16 percent among 16-44 year olds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24. Seventy-three percent of hospital admissions for attempted suicide are for people between the ages of 15 and 44. These statistics are from the year 2009 and prove the point that suicide must be talked about within our communities especially among youth. Here is your chance to come out and learn some very important information. Remember that the more friends you bring, the more ballots you receive for the annual DYG draw. The event will start at 7pm and end around 11pm on January 14th. Talk with Maria if you plan on attending so that rides and carpooling can be organized. See you there!

  HAMPER HELPERS: Thanks to all the youth who dedicated time and energy into the packaging and distribution of hampers. We got all the hampers delivered in less than two hours (which may be a record time). Thanks again for sharing your gifts with the rest of the parish community!

 STEPS AND A MOVIE! 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 composed 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. The next Steps in Faith session will be held the evening of January 7th followed by a movie night. Youth will have the opportunity to learn, interact and reflect with peers over pizza. All newcomers are welcome! Contact Maria Rogal for more information.

 Home Ministry of Care

As we enter the New Year, let us be ever mindful of the many blessings bestowed upon us, each and every day.  Perhaps, this can be our prayer as we continue to minister to the sick, the lonely, to the bereaved and to one another.

Heavenly Father, you created us with hearts capable of love.  May we cherish each other as gifts from God.  May we encourage each other, believe in each other, and wipe the tears from each other’s eyes.  We pray that our hearts be filled with mercy and justice and humility, and we pray that we will always be eager to share your love with others.  This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Happy New Year to all!

 SODALITAS: Are you grieving and suffering the loss of a loved one?

Join us for SODALITAS; a safe caring group for reflecting and sharing for those who are experiencing grief.  Our next meeting is Saturday, January 8 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Topic:  STANDING AT THE BEGINNING.

Mass Intentions

 

Monday, January 3  9:00 a.m  †Angus Lavallee

Tuesday, January 4  9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

Wednesday, January 5    9:00 a.m.  †Agustinko & Maria Bairos & family

  7:15 p.m.  †Armando Frassetto

Thursday, January 6    9:00 a.m.  †Emilia & †Joao Moreira & family

Friday, January 7    9:00 a.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo

Saturday, January 8    9:00 a.m.  †Antonio Bairos

  7:00 p.m.  †Teresa Iula

Sunday, January 9  9:00 a.m.  †Olive Palmer

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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