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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Seek the Kingdom first

 Alice Camille

First, the disclosure: I’m an anxiety queen. I worry about what I’ve done and what I’ve failed to do—more than you do. Trust me. I worry about the workload piling up behind me, the people depending on me, the burden of responsibilities that are uniquely mine. I worry about personal failings that botch up my relationships: the short word to a tender soul or the unanswered phone call that prolongs the heartache. I worry about dumber things, too, like unpaid bills, unreceived checks. That weird thing the computer does that I don’t have a clue about. Aging gets me going: Why are my eyes blurry after hours of reading? Is that the beginning of blindness?

In other words, I’m on the bell curve of normal anxiety, only a bit to the north. But the things that should concern me more, I think about less. For instance: Am I too complacent in my life? Am I a moral couch potato, lounging when I should be moving? Is my prayer earnest, or am I pretending? Do I keep too much for myself? What percentage of my resources should stay in my pocket and how much should be shared?

I should worry more when Jesus says things like: No one can serve two masters. Two, huh? I wonder how many I serve. God, mammon, my ego, various ideologies, the black hole of my fear—I couldn’t begin to count them all. Yet Jesus doesn’t offer this teaching to make us anxious. In fact it’s meant to do the opposite: It’s a lesson in trust. Don’t worry about life, food, clothes, health, and stuff! Leave that to the pagans who don’t know any better, Jesus says. The antidote to fear is faith. If worry is a problem, then the solution is to fix our attention elsewhere. Seek the Kingdom.

These three words could save your soul and mine a lot of heartache: Seek the Kingdom. Tomorrow’s in God’s hands. So is yesterday. What needs to be forgiven is already forgiven. What needs to be healed will be healed. All that belongs to us is today. All we have to do today is seek the Kingdom. It’s a simple thing but no small thing. It’s quite grand, as Saint Paul puts it, to be the stewards of God’s mysteries. We move through the miracle that is today, full of authority to recreate the world around us. Free to make choices, to effect changes. Free to be kind, to forgive, to bear joy within us and to give others a reason to share it. If we seek the Kingdom, we find that everything we need is already within us.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)



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.

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.

 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, March 12 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

 CWL NEWS: Our CWL meeting will be March 2nd after the 7:15 p.m. mass.  We will have a short video presentation during the meeting entitled “Restored Order of the Sacrements of Confirmation & First Communion” by Archbishop LeGatt.  Plan on attending The World Day of Prayer March 4th at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Bosco church.

 Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion – schedules:  The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from March 5/6 (9th Sunday in Ordinary Time) to May 28/29 (6th Sunday of Easter). Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another minister to take your place if you are unable to attend the assigned Mass.   All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion, except those who have received the schedules by email, are asked to pick up the  new schedules as soon as possible from the Sacristy after Mass. Your willingness to serve in these important liturgical ministries is very much appreciated.

 All are invited to the 1st Annual Beechinor Ceile, Saturday, March 12, 2011 at St. John Bosco School Gym.  Cocktails are at 6 p.m., Dinner at 7 p.m. with Entertainment and an Auction to follow.  For more information, please call Theresa at 652-1045.

 K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday March 13th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

Youth Ministry

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

 Try To Be Compassionate

People experience a variety of emotions and moods, among them: anger, depression, false hope, peace and acceptance.  There is no one formula for how and when their emotions are experienced, but they are all common emotions and among the ill.  Try to respond with understanding and compassion.  Never take their anger & frustration personally.  Just remember that your caring, compassion, love, and your visits go a long way toward healing.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, February 28  9:00 a.m  †Armando Frassetto

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

Wednesday, March 2    9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

  7:15 p.m  †Elizabeth Sarson

Thursday, March 3    9:00 a.m  †Eliseo Cabading

Friday, March 4    9:00 a.m  †Walter Komarniski

Saturday, March 5    9:00 a.m  †Victor Edmond Beaulieu

  7:00 p.m  †Armando Frassetto

Sunday, March 6  9:00 a.m  †Jordin Christensen & family

  11:00 a.m  For the parish