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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

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Extravagance

 Alice Camille

 Some people like to keep expectations low and goals modest as insurance against disappointment. Even in religion they prefer the buttoned-down and tucked-in approach, wary of God’s untidily passionate embrace. Those offended by high-flying exuberance and over-the-top promises will want to skip this Sunday’s liturgy—or else put your hands over your ears while decidedly un-conservative images are scattered about like belated New Year’s confetti. If all you want is a pinch of salvation and a polite portion of blessing, best to avoid the cornucopia being served in the Liturgy of the Word today.

You can start by blaming Isaiah. In today’s Servant Song, God brushes aside the notion that such a faithful friend might remain hidden in subservience. God takes this candle from under a bushel and places the servant on a lamp stand as “a light to the nations.” If all we’re looking for is a smidgeon of religion to light our way, we might consider that God invites us to be that light ourselves! And not only for our families, or for our own kind. God intends salvation as a universal proposition: Who better to make that known than you and me?

Saint Paul is next in line for culpability. When addressing the fractious Corinthians, he doesn’t stop at laying down the law for them. He doesn’t ask them to behave; he calls them to be holy! And his letter isn’t only for them but for “all those everywhere”—presumably us, too, 20 centuries later and just as in need of Paul’s instruction, truth be told. Because Paul is personally broke, he cheerfully offers his readers what’s not his: “grace and peace” from God and Jesus. It’s an astonishing abundance, and if only we would accept it we would find it to be enough to meet all our needs and concerns.

Finally, we have to blame John the Baptist—but only collaterally, because it’s God who grants this final extravagance and John who announces it. John insists (perhaps too much) that he’s only an innocent bystander in this salvation episode. He didn’t know Jesus, he tells us twice. He was simply doing his job, preparing the way and sweeping off the littered path of an approaching dignitary. Frankly, John’s as passive as a signpost—and just as culpable for leading people down the path of repentance and grace.

But in the end, you see, God’s at the root of these centuries of bold promises and wild dreams of hope. It would all be hyperbole if it weren’t reality: the world’s sin wiped out by a single act of perfect obedience? Who is God kidding, and how are we supposed to believe that? Or: Do we dare?

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

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.

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

COFFEE AND MUFFINS SERVED Join fellow parishioners for coffee and muffins served in the lower hall on Sunday, January 23rd following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Coffee and muffins will be sponsored by members of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Please join us for Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Activity Night on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at St. Maria Goretti Community School, 301 Avenue Q North.  You and your child will learn about our programs as you play and have fun together.  Also, all are welcomed to visit the school for a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House on Thursday, January 27, 2011, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.  Please phone the school at 659-7340 if you have any questions.  Pre Kindergarten is for 3 and 4 year olds.  Parents can choose part time or full time Kindergarten.

Change in Mass Times: During the week of January 24—28 there will be change in the Mass schedule. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the morning Mass will be replaced by Morning Prayer with Lay Presiders. On Wednesday there will be a morning Mass with Perpetual Help Devotion but there will be no Mass or confessions on Wednesday evening. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The Mass intentions that are booked on the days that Morning Prayer is occurring will be satisfied by the Redemptorist Community in Toronto.

DANCES WITH DEPENDENCY Unhappy with today’s native communities and their poverty? Read this 260 page book for effective solutions eliminating welfare dependency. Especially powerful in view of the mounting increase of First Nations people in this province. Available on loan from the Office for Justice and Peace, (Tony Haynes). Catholic Pastoral Centre, 242-1500, toll free 877-661-5005.

African Night Fundraiser to sponsor Roon from Somalia: Saturday, January 29, 6 to 10 p.m. @ St. Joseph’s Parish Hall (1006 Broadway Ave.)- All PROCEEDS will be used in support of bringing Roon from Somalia to her family here in Saskatoon. Come and enjoy an evening of African Cuisine, Drumming, Dancing, Fellowship & Raffles. Enjoy an African Meal by Saba’s African Cuisine.  Entertainment: Saskatoon African Dancer Kahmaria Pingue and Music by The Grace Notes. Tickets: Adults $20.00; Children (3 to 13 years) $10.00; under 3 free.  Call the parish office @ 244.1556 or Yvonne @ 978-1953. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Justice & Peace Committee.

Your Funny Valentine: St. Philip’s parish, 1902 Munroe Ave., Saskatoon, presents an evening of good clean comedy, magic, improvisation, skits, etc. on Feb. 12, 2011.  Cost is $25, which includes appetizers. There is a cash bar.  For tickets call the parish office, 343-0325.

Congress Day with the Bishop: For the Saskatoon City, Saskatoon Rural, and Outlook deaneries:  The Congress Day with Bishop Don Bolen will be held 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at Bethlehem High School in Saskatoon. To pre-register (no cost, but numbers are needed for lunch) call Marci at 242-1500, toll free: 1-877-661-5005, Ext. 222 or e-mail: foundations@saskatoonrcdiocese.com

Youth Ministry

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 all are on. The program will answer 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 of which will take place within the next year. A spring youth rally, with Bishop Bolen, will provide a supportive environment where grade 8’s will have the opportunity to reaffirm their faith. The next Steps in Faith session will be held in February 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.

The Diocesan Youth Retreat Team will be offering a number of Steps in Faith Retreats, including:

Saturday, March 12 in Saskatoon at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 10-4pm

Saturday, March 26 in Saskatoon at Holy Spirit, 10-4pm

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 be 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.

YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT CHOIR: This is something new, so come on out! We will be having our first practice on Thursday, January 27th from 7pm-8pm. All youth and young adults are welcome as well as those who play instruments. Practices will only be once a month to fit your busy schedules, and the choir will sing at the monthly youth ministered Mass. We will learn some new songs and have some fun! Coffee, juice and donuts will follow our first practice! Contact Maria Rogal for more information.

HOCKEY NIGHT IN PLEASANT HILL-coming your way! Although it may seem far off, the time is approaching to go watch a good old hockey game. The tentative date is Friday March 11th. If you plan on attending please mark your calendars now! Remember, this is a parish event in which adult volunteers pick up children from their homes after school, we have a meal together and head off on a bus to a Blades hockey game. Twelve adult volunteers are needed to make this event possible.  All volunteers must have a criminal record check to participate.  Those volunteers who require a criminal record check, please contact the parish office for further information.  Sign up sheets will be available at the back of the church closer to the event. For more information please contact Maria Rogal at the parish office.

Home Ministry of Care

At some point in our lives, most of us have been in the situation of visiting a seriously ill relative or friend.  Often times we avoid such encounters because we feel we “don’t know what to say.”  What do we say without sounding trite or hollow?  How can such a visit turn into a “healing” encounter?  First of all—BE THERE!  Do not let the fear of saying the wrong thing keep you from visiting.  There are NO MAGIC WORDS!  It is your presence and your caring that means the most and will contribute towards helping the person heal, if not physically, then at least emotionally.

(More tips next week)

 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 17  9:00 a.m  †Armando Frassetto

Tuesday, January 18  9:00 a.m  Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday, January 19  9:00 a.m.  †Mary Lee

  7:15 p.m.  †Antonio Bairos

Thursday, January 20    9:00 a.m.  †Teresa Iula

Friday, January 21    9:00 a.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo

Saturday, January 22    9:00 a.m.  †Jose Bairos

  7:00 p.m.  †Joe Figueiredo

Sunday, January 23  9:00 a.m.  †Alex Dekovic

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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