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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

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Darkness Gives Way to Life

Alice Camille

If you have ever seen the Sea of Galilee at sunrise, you would never have wanted to leave it. I woke up in Tiberias every morning for a whole week last summer, and the golden light on the water was so lovely it rendered me speechless. The rising sun actually turned the normally bright blue sea into a shimmering pool of liquid gold. It was like waking to the dawn of creation each time. Belief in a benevolent and beautiful God was beyond question in that favored place.

Each time I rose to see that magnificence, I wondered: How did they do it? How did Peter and Andrew, James and John walk away not only from their families, their boats, their livelihood, and their secure futures but also leave the side of that gentle, majestic, and maternal sea?

The whole region of the Galilee is unquestionably the most blessed part of Israel in terms of natural resources. No wonder the Gentiles, from the time of the Assyrian invasion in Isaiah’s lifetime until Roman rule (when Herod Antipas built Tiberias to honor the emperor), chose to hunker down and trade by the sea rather than venture south into the dusty desert where Jerusalem stood on its lonely hill of Zion. The Jews of David’s city might disparage Galileans for being culturally goyim, non-Jewish, just as the folks of nearby Nazareth were considered ne’er-do-wells. But citizens of Galilee knew the truth: Their territory flowed with the biblically promised milk and honey, while Jerusalem flowed mostly with the blood of Israel’s prophets.

When Jesus left Nazareth he might have headed due south and intercepted his destiny in the heart of Jewish territory expediently. Instead he took the short northern route to the seaside, into the rich mix of commercially crucial Galilee. The renewed Jewish presence there was only 100 years old and would last another century. Even today Christians and Muslims outnumber Jews in many northern cities—the point being that Capernaum was not the obvious choice, Galilee not the most desirable breeding ground for a Jewish prophet intent on religious reform. If Jerusalem was and is the boiling point of all things God-related, then Galilee was a rather tepid place to begin.

But not for Isaiah. The seer from nine centuries earlier envisioned the redemption of this region “degraded” by the Gentile presence. While Messiah-watchers might focus on pivotal Jerusalem or even Davidically significant Bethlehem, only careful students of prophecy would think twice about some northern fishing and farming towns. Yet in Galilee Jesus reaps the images of his parables, works the bulk of his miracles, and harvests his 12 closest followers. Maybe only folks who’ve walked in darkness can appreciate the light when it dawns.

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.

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.

 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.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  The next opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on February 5th at 10:00am until 12:00 pm.

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.

All are welcome to visit St. Maria Goretti Community 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.

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.

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. Topics of discussion will include the liturgy and preparing for the new translation of prayers for Mass, the evangelization priority of the Rooted in Christ Diocesan Vision, and the diocesan policy for protection of vulnerable persons. 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

Reminder About 2011 CWL Memberships – For those who have not already paid 2011 memberships ($20.00) you may drop them off in the collection basket clearly marked “CWL Membership” along with your name, phone number and address OR mail to “St. Mary’s CWL, 211 Avenue O, So., Saskatoon, SK.  S7M 2R6”.  For further information call Marion at 373-0309.

The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. is please to invite you to our 11th annual ‘Swing Into Spring’ Fashion Show & Dinner on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at TCU Place.  This enjoyable evening includes a buffet dinner, draws for door prizes including diamond jewellery, a VIP table, over 100 other draws and the latest in ladies’ and men’s fashions modelled by employees of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.  Early Bird tickets are $60.00 until Feb 28th , 2011.  Beginning Mar 1, 2011 tickets are $70.00.  Tickets are available from the Foundation office at 659-7003.  Please see the poster in the Welcome Area for full details.

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.

 CWL NEWS:  The first meeting of 2011 is Wednesday February 2nd after the 7:15 p.m. Mass.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone after the Christmas break.

 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 February 18th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm combined with 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.

 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.

 HIGH SCHOOL FINAL TIME: On behalf of the youth ministry office, I would like to wish all of the high school students the best of luck for your upcoming finals. Remember to take some time for prayer and relaxation and try not to cram too bad (then again who am I to say that)! I will be praying for each and every one of you during this time of stress. Good luck and see you in the new semester! -Maria Rogal

 Home Ministry of Care

Know the Power of Touch

Holding a person’s hand or giving a comforting pat on the arm can mean a great deal to someone struggling with illness, loneliness and fears.  A gentle touch tells the person you want to be with them.  (If you’re giving a hug, it’s good to ask first if they’d like a hug.)

More tips next week.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, January 24  9:00 a.m  †Catherine Varkey

Tuesday, January 25  9:00 a.m  †Teresa Iula

Wednesday, January 26  9:00 a.m.  †Simon Clucas & Steve & Pauline Lucyshyn

  7:15 p.m.  No Mass

Thursday, January 27    9:00 a.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo

Friday, January 28    9:00 a.m.  †Antonio Bairos

Saturday, January 29    9:00 a.m.  †Tony Blom

  7:00 p.m.  †Mary Lee

Sunday, January 30  9:00 a.m.  †Frances Carriere

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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