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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

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

How Do You Get There From Here?

Alice Camille

How do you get to holy from where you’re sitting? Is it a matter of saying enough prayers, going to church for years, not breaking the Commandments, being generous to the annual bishop’s appeal? Those things might help; I’m not one to knock any of them. Especially the bishop’s appeal, which is a way of being faithful to the common good of our sisters and brothers. But sanctity is not the pot of gold at the end of any of these rainbows automatically.

And maybe, honestly, holiness is not even on your bucket list. The faces on the holy cards rarely look like they’re having a good time. I’ve got a heavenly host of saints’ images all around my desk, with expressions ranging from pensive (the Madonnas) to brooding (Saint Paul) to grim (Jerome!). I’d love to have a view of the laughing, dancing communion of saints, but apart from some grinning Mother Teresas and mischievous Pope John Paul IIs, those are hard to find.

Yet when Jesus fashioned his most famous teaching, the Beatitudes, he capitalized on what would make us “happy”—which is a more accurate translation than “blessed.” Which leads you to wonder: Shouldn’t being among the blessed be a source of joy for us? Of course one must admit the list of qualifying folks doesn’t sound as if they’ve got a lot to smile about: the poor (in spirit or otherwise), the mourners, the downtrodden, the oppressed, the persecuted and insulted. I suppose being a compassionate, pure-hearted peacenik isn’t so bad. But ask me again when I’m actually practicing those virtues.

So what makes this lot so happy, according to Jesus? Their reward in heaven will be great. In a culture that views delayed gratification as no gratification at all, that sounds like the not-so-good news of Jesus Christ. Is Jesus saying, “Suffer now to be happy later”? When life is presented in those terms—the cross today or the flames tomorrow—that’s not exactly comforting. Happily, that’s not what Jesus is saying. The common denominator in the Beatitude Club is humility, not suffering. If we want to belong to this Happy Club, we have to exercise that most essential of all virtues.

What does it mean to be humble? To know when to bow down or bend the knee. We bow before the will of God, which is to love and be loved. We bend the knee before God alone. Those who are humbled by their present circumstances or who humble themselves by conforming their lives to God’s will are mutually blessed. As Mother Teresa once said, we must empty ourselves to receive a blessing because even God cannot fill what is full. Want happiness? Seeking holiness? Start with humility.

 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.

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.

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, February 12 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Topic:  GRIEF—A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY.

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

 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, February 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

 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 February 28, 2011.  Beginning March 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.

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, South, Saskatoon, SK.  S7M 2R6.  For further information call Marion at 373-0309.

 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-FEBRUARY: Share your talents and gifts as we celebrate our monthly youth ministered Mass February 20th 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.

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.

DYG: I Wanna be a Rockstar! Friday, February 11th meet at Holy Family parish from 7-11pm for an epic Rock Band tournament. Come prepared with a band and your favourite song from Rock Band 1, 2, 3, Lego, or Greenday! We will hear a powerful testimony of a gang member and drug addict who became a priest and celebrate Eucharistic Adoration! Everyone in gr. 8-12 is welcome and invited! Be sure to RSVP on facebook and to Maria, as rides need to be organized ahead of time! Be there!

 Home Ministry of Care

Useful Tips for Visiting the Sick cont’d

 Listen

Come to the visit with an open agenda.  Discern in your conversation what the needs are.  If it is to recount stories (even if you’ve heard them countless times already!), STORIES ARE REAL!

Listening with enthusiasm can validate the person’s sense of self-worth.

Listening is a SKILL.  It can be learned.  Some guidelines to effective listening are as follows:

1.              Be interested and show it.

2.              Avoid interruptions

3.              Focus on the key issue.  Avoid being distracted by details.

4.              Watch for feelings

5.              Monitor your own point of view; don’t let it distort what you hear.

6.              Work at listening.

The best way we can connect with another person is by listening.

More tips next week.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, January 31  9:00 a.m  †Armando Frassetto

Tuesday, February 1  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

Wednesday, February 2  9:00 a.m.  Manuel & Ines Moreira

  7:15 p.m.  †Teresa Iula

Thursday, February 3    9:00 a.m.  †Armando Frassetto

Friday, February 4    9:00 a.m.  †Juliana Faurillo

Saturday, February 5    9:00 a.m.  Steve & Pauline Lucyshyn

  7:00 p.m.  †Antonio Bairos

Sunday, February 6  9:00 a.m.  †Tom Sholter

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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