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

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Do You Love the Law?.

Alice Camille

Few of us love the law. In a country that sometimes views government with hostility and authority with suspicion, our reflexive stance toward rules is to shred first, reconsider later. Maybe. Many of us don’t even read the operating instructions on what we buy, though our personal safety may be compromised: Just plug it in, hit the ON button, and hope for the best!

When we live this way—start it up and full speed ahead, without considering the rules of the road—it can lead to trouble, even mortal peril. Though we often regard laws as barbed wire designed to entrap our freedom, they might also be viewed as the means to secure our liberty. If any idiot on the road could do as he or she pleases, travel would be open only to those who value their lives and the lives of others quite lightly.

  To a society like ours, the community proposed in early Hebrew writings is impossible to imagine. These people were into law. In Psalm 119, the famous love song to the law which is also the longest chapter in the Bible, no fewer than eight synonyms for torah are used: word, law, commandment, rule, decree, precept, teaching, and way. Interestingly, though, the psalm is not concerned with the regulations that comprise much of the Pentateuch, nor does it mention the commandments at Sinai or the person of Moses. Law, this post-exilic psalm makes clear, is more properly understood as a “word to the wise.” For the closest parallel to this approach, the rabbis point to the writings of Sirach.

  Biblically speaking, divine law is equivalent to sanity. To live any other way is madness. Because God is the source of life, becoming familiar with the divine operating instructions is the best way to appreciate that gift. As Ben Sira writes, there’s life and death out there, good and evil, fire and water. To whichever you choose, put out your hand—but do understand, these choices are not neutral. The outcomes will be dramatically different. Torah will save you, the sage insists. It will keep you from making the mistake you live to regret—that is, if you live at all.

  When Jesus extends the law in his Sermon on the Mount, he’s not doing it to make life harder than it already is. Jesus builds a fence around the law, as the rabbis phrase it. He tells us that the road to murder begins on the path of anger; adultery’s highway has an entrance ramp from lust. If sin is not your destination, then by all means don’t travel its tributaries. Properly understood, law deserves its own fan club. God’s laws are designed, after all, with your happiness and user-satisfaction in mind.

 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.

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 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.

Healing the Pain of Abortion; A Weekend Retreat by Rachel’s Vineyard. A psychological and spiritual journey for healing after abortion.  Rachel’s Vineyard is now accepting registrations for our Spring retreat on April 1-3, 2011.  Please email r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net or call 1-306-480-8911 for registration information.  The weekend begins on Friday evening and concludes late Sunday afternoon.  The Registration fee is $200.00 which includes lodging for two nights, meals and materials. For those needing financial assistance, sponsorship is available.

SACRED SOUNDS CONCERT is being held on February 13 at St. George’s Cathedral (214 Avenue M South) at 7:00pm.  Tickets for this event are $10.00 each.  A wine and cheese will follow the concert at a cost of $5.00.  Tickets are available at the door.

St. Mary’s Parish, in conjunction with Knights of Columbus Council 9538, are hosting the first annual Mardi Gras Variety Night and Pancake Dinner Tuesday, March 8, in the parish hall. Consider this not only your invitation to attend the event but also an invitation to share your talent. If you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, act or have a talent you would like to share with the community, we want you! Call Owen or Deb at 683-0267 with your idea and we’ll work towards a successful evening. We are expecting a lot of calls so we may not be able to accommodate everyone this year but, hopefully, this is going to be an annual event and there will be other opportunities. The evening will start at 6:00PM and be finished by 8:00PM and we are asking only for a donation at the door. Tickets will be available at each of the masses on Feb. 26/27 and March 5/6 or by calling the parish office. There will be door prizes, fifty-fifty draws, masks and beads so let’s make this Mardi Gras one to remember.

 As we all know Monday, February 14th marks St. Valentine’s Day, more commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, and is the annual commemoration of love and affection.  The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 A.D.  It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted.  Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

 RITE OF ELECTION: part of the process of Christian Initiation (RCIA) will be held 3 p.m. on the First Sunday of Lent, March 13, at St. Anne’s Church in Saskatoon. Since Bishop Bolen is unable to preside because of a commitment he made before becoming bishop, Fr. Bernard de Margerie has graciously agreed to fill in. Fr. Michael Koch, director of Christian Initiation in the diocese, will be MC and will also soon be asking for the Names of Catechumens and Candidates. More information to follow! Contact Fr. Michael Koch, Ph: 373-0404, Email: mjkrcia@shaw.ca, Fx: 374-4613.

Home Ministry of Care

Useful Tips for Visiting the Sick cont’d

Validate the person’s emotions

Too often, because of our own discomfort, we try to avoid the subject of illness or death.  If someone says something like “I know I’ll never get better”, responding with “Don’t talk that way” does not help them to come to grips with their situation.  Instead, encourage them to express their fears and concerns.  In this way they know you are willing to listen to them, to journey with them and that you understand their thoughts and emotions.

 ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS:  You are invited to an IN-SERVICE ON PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY on Wednesday February 23, 2011.

  5:00pm supper—lower hall

  6:00pm Presentation by Fr. Tony—Lower Hall

  7:15pm Mass and Commssioning at church

Please register NO LATER THAN February 21st at 244-2983.  There is no charge but we must know how many to prepare for.

 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 at St. Mary’s Hall. 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 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.

 SaskCath Youth Ministry Training Series: Saturday, April 9. SaskCath YMT is a series of workshops put on by Youth Ministry Offices of the dioceses and eparchy of Saskatchewan to help equip, train, empower, and encourage those involved in Youth Ministry. Details TBA.

 The University of Saskatchewan Students for Life (USSL) is hosting a Semi-Formal banquet fundraiser at the Heritage Inn on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Our guest speaker, Dr. Clement Persaud, former professor of Medical Microbiology, will be speaking on “The Science and Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.” Tickets are available for $35 and can be purchased by contacting 306-382-1256 or 306-716-4959. Contact your Students for Life for more information! Email: uofssl@gmail.com

 Mass Intentions

Monday, February 14  9:00 a.m  †Angus Lavallee

Tuesday, February 15  9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday, February 16  9:00 a.m  †Jacob Lesko

  7:15 p.m  †Antonio Bairos & †Bernadino Fontes

Thursday, February 17    9:00 a.m  †Teresa Iula

Friday, February 18    9:00 a.m  †Armando Frassetto

Saturday, February 19    9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

  7:00 p.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

Sunday, February 20  9:00 a.m  †Dan Gelowitz

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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