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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

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    Sunday Masses
    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

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    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
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    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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Baptism of the Lord

 Bulletin Reflection

God’s Fingerprint

 Alice Camille

 How do you know when a call is from God? someone asked recently on the VISION Vocation Network website. When I repeated the question (which I found very valid) to a friend in ministry, he snorted, “How do you know it’s God—and not something else?” Clearly, some of us may feel shanghaied by God’s will now and then. In such instances that will may seem to have struck again, blindsiding us and making havoc of our plans. I suspect when we experience that sort of visitation, it’s more a matter of our attitude than God’s intentions. One person’s menacing intruder is another person’s surprise guest!

The “how do we know?” question is one of discernment, the art form we Christians cultivate to guide us through life. Granted, some of us are better artists than others, which is why professional spiritual directors exist. But even if you never progressed past the crayon stage in your art education, you, too, can figure out where God is prodding you by following the scriptural whorls and patterns of the divine fingerprints.

Prophecy gives us the first pattern: The faithful servant of God stands for justice. If justice itself confuses, that’s because we live in a world where human justice rarely intersects with the divine variety. Isaiah describes justice as the light that exposes oppression and lifts the unfortunate from its grip. When we see wrongdoing and feel motivated to speak out against it, we can reliably consider that a poke from God.

The second “holy fingerprint” is noted in Saint Peter’s speech in the home of Cornelius: When we’re attracted to do as Jesus did, we know it’s from God. What sort of activity imitates Jesus? “Doing good”—which may be old-fashioned but never out of style. Bringing “healing”—to those who are in bodily distress or gripped by the darkness of mental trauma, poverty, discouragement, addiction, isolation, and other “devils” that bind human freedom.

If the first fingerprint is found in prophetic speech and the second in Christ-like action, the third is more mystical: direct revelation. That is the familiar divine finger pointing from a cloud in the comic strips. In my personal discernment I’d frankly prefer this kind of unambiguous affirmation: “That’s it, Alice, you’re my kind of woman!” That would both encourage me and let any adversaries know that God’s with me on this one. But because I can’t always count on the revelatory, I grasp the other end of Jesus’ experience here, his advice to John: “Allow it now.” It may not make sense, it may come wrapped in question marks, but do it anyway. Let wheat and tares grow up together and trust God to sort it out at the harvest.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)



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.

 SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES Are now available for pick up in the church.  If you do not see your name, or do not presently have a box and would like one, please print your name and address on the sign up sheets provided and we will issue you a set.

 Serve—Summer Endeavour in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience  April 30 – June 4, 2011 Toronto, Ontario

SERVE is an opportunity for 6 young men and women (age 18-30) to deepen their Christian Faith through fostering a sense of mission, service, prayer and spirituality in a Christian Community rooted in the Spirituality of St. Alphonsus Liguori and the Redemptorist Charism. Through common prayer, community living, spiritual formation, opportunities for service in social agencies in Toronto, Eucharist, discussion and social activities, participants will discover Christ in themselves and learn how to bring Christ to others. Bursary available upon completion of the program. Applications and information can be found online at www.plugintochrist.ca . Deadline for Applications and References to be received is MARCH 1, 2011.

 ST. JOHN BOSCO WILDERNESS CAMP has an immediate opening for a permanent, part-time Office assistant.  Hours will vary between 3 to 15 hours per week depending on the season.  For more details contact the camp at 306-978-0019 or email at johnboscocamp@sasktel.net.

 THE ROXY ROCKS FOR STATION 20 WEST  Come out and support the Station 20 West project on Sunday January 16th at 7:00pm at the Roxy Theatre (320 20th Street West).  Tickets are $25.00 and $15.00 for residents of the core neighbourhoods.  For tickets contact Station 20 West at 343-9378 or Quint Development Corporation at 978-4041 ext 10

Youth Ministry

YOUTH MINISTERED MASS-JANUARY: Share your talents and gifts as we celebrate our monthly youth ministered Mass January 30th at the regular 11am Mass. Opportunity to be in the choir, a lector or gift bearer provides ample options to get involved. There is something for everyone and we want you to share your gifts! Muffins and juice will be served in the hall before at 10am with choir practice starting at 10:15am. Talk to Maria for more information.

 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!

Ministry of Care

The following are a few ways in which we can serve the sick, lonely and home bound:

1.              Read the newspaper or a prayer book with someone who can no longer read

2.              Telephone them often to cheer them.

3.              Be the eyes, ears, hands or feet for someone.

4.              Enjoy a TV show with them.

5.              Bring them a treat, if they are not on a special diet.

 PRAYER SHAWL TEAM  We will resume our afternoons on Tuesday January 18.  New comers are welcome (we meet every Tuesday in the upper meeting room, 1:00pm—2:30pm).  If anyone has any yarn taking up space, we could use it for the shawls!! Call Iris, 244-2983 ext 237.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, January 10  9:00 a.m  †Teresa Iula

Tuesday, January 11  9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Wednesday, January 12  9:00 a.m.  Manuel & Ines Moreira

  7:15 p.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo

Thursday, January 13    9:00 a.m.  †Armando Frassetto

Friday, January 14    9:00 a.m.  Don & Mary Bray

Saturday, January 15    9:00 a.m.  †Emilia Melo & family

  7:00 p.m.  †George Lonthyil

Sunday, January 16  9:00 a.m.  †Sven Wallin

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish


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