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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

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

So you want to be perfect!

Alice Camille

As children most of us believed in perfection as an attainable goal. Maybe not our own particular perfection (I was never going to get an A in science!), but the finish line was clearly marked out and someone was going to cross it. We were literally schooled into the quest for perfection: defined as an A+, or 100% answered correctly, or the coveted 4.0 at the end of the term. I could tell you quite dispassionately back then who was perfect and how: Patty was the kindest, Henry the smartest, Ed the fastest, Bernadette the holiest in the class. And I probably don’t need to tell you who was going to win the writer’s medal.

  Back when perfection came marked with a letter grade, it was a straightforward matter as to how to get there from here. But no one, as I remember, was good at everything. Henry was clearly Einstein-brilliant; he’s a doctor today. But he was a dunce at poetry and a social prig to boot. My report card was evenly divided between A’s and C’s: ask me if I cared about social studies or phys. ed. To be perfect at everything—perfect at perfection—would be liking combining Patty, Henry, Ed, and Bernadette into one superchild! It would be like being God. That was Jesus’ point exactly when he said: Don’t imitate each other, or compete against each other. Imitate God and make divine perfection your only standard.

  Our Lord is not trying to be difficult; he only takes after his Father, if Leviticus is any indication. For there God tells Moses: “Be holy—because I am,” and goes on to delineate 613 ways that perfection is measured according to Deuteronomic law. The lectionary here chooses to highlight one: Love your neighbor as yourself. That’s poignant for us, because Jesus makes the same choice in his teaching: Love God and love your neighbor. Are we to embrace that as the new definition of perfection?

  The summons to be perfect sounds exhausting. Just being presentable takes a lot out of me some days. Far from wanting a challenge, most of us, to be honest, are hoping for a break. Gone are the days when our progress through life was measured and recorded at every turn: how tall were we, how many tests did we pass, whether we were eligible for Confirmation that spring? We’d like to mail in a few days a week now, answer “present” at work, and hope that counts for something. But the one place where our performance still counts for everything is the summons to love. Love God. Love neighbor. And prove it.

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.

Swing Into Spring Fashion Show & Dinner: 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.

An Evening with Johnny Cash:  You are invited to join St. John Bosco parish on Monday, March 14 at 7:30 PM at St. John Bosco Church,1202 Avenue O South for An Evening with Johnny Cash aka Blake Sittler. Come be inspired by THE MAN, THE MUSIC, THE MESSAGE. We look forward to having you join us.

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.

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.

2011 DONATION ENVELOPES Please use the 2011 offertory envelopes that were distributed at the end of 2010 for your current donations.  Please destroy or recycle all unused envelopes from previous years.  If you do not have envelopes and would like a set, please put your name, address and phone number on a piece of paper and place it in the collection basket.  The envelopes will be ready for pickup on the following weekend Mass.

Lou Leventhal presents “Illusions & Reality” Friday March 4, 2011 at Circle Drive Alliance Church Auditorium.  Shows starts at 7:30pm.  Please visit www.saskatoonccs.com or call 244-9890 for ticket info.  This event sponsored by Christian Counselling Services.

Youth Ministry

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 date is March 11th- So if you plan on attending please mark your calendars now! Remember, it 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. Sign up sheets for adult volunteers will be at the back of the church from February 19th till March 6th. This is also a friendly reminder for all those who do not have criminal record checks to go get one in order to partake in the event-remember volunteer checks are free if you pick up a letter from the office. For more information please contact Maria Rogal.

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

 DYG TABLE MOUNTAIN SKI AND SNOWBOARD TRIP: Mark your calendars for March 19th. We will be heading out our annual ski and snowboard trip to Table Mountain. If you are interested in coming, please pick up a permission form from Maria Rogal. Confirmation of attendance must be done before March 14- spots are limited so get those permission forms in! See you on the slopes!

Home Ministry of Care

Useful Tips for Visiting the Sick cont’d

 Do Not Be Afraid of Tears

Saying to a person, “Don’t cry” is more hurtful than helpful.  Tears are a gift: they help heal, while bottling up one’s emotions is unhealthy.  You don’t have to say anything; you can just hold the persons hand or touch their shoulder.  Be supportive.  Also, don’t be afraid of your own tears.  Let them flow.  It’s okay!

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 Commissioning 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.

Mass Intentions

Monday, February 21  9:00 a.m  †Ernest Berzolla

Tuesday, February 22  9:00 a.m  †Teresa Iula

Wednesday, February 23  9:00 a.m  †Jose Bairos

  7:15 p.m  †Armando Frassetto

Thursday, February 24    9:00 a.m  Souls in Purgatory

Friday, February 25    9:00 a.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

Saturday, February 26    9:00 a.m  †Luis & Jose Moreia & Family

  7:00 p.m  †Antonio Bairos & †Bernadino Fontes

Sunday, February 27  9:00 a.m  †Karen Hansen

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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