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

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9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Now Hear This

Alice Camille

A good name is hard to develop—and harder to retrieve once compromised. Just watch a few news cycles and see how quickly folks move from celebrity to notoriety. When it comes to God, however, the Good Name resides in perfect integrity with the all-good Lord. That may explain why blasphemy—using God’s name in vain—is so devastating. Not a hair’s breadth of distinction stands between the Name and the One it represents.

  Often in the Bible, and again today in Psalm 31, it’s noted that God acts to keep integrity with the divine Name. God is a rock, a stronghold, and a faithful guide by definition, declares the psalmist. Moses also urged God to resist scrapping the deliverance of faithless Israel because it would make God appear inconsistent to do so. Perish the thought! Later in 2 Timothy this trait of perfect integrity is transferred to Jesus, who remains faithful despite our infidelity, because, after all, he can hardly deny himself.

  Contrast the interlocking pieces of Divine Name and Action with the decidedly less integrated performance supplied by the likes of you and me. We say, “Lord, Lord” but don’t behave like the Lord’s servants. We speak God’s name in prayer, call ourselves Christians, yet there’s a gap of considerable size between the name we bear and the testimony our lives offer. We don’t think of this credibility gap as blasphemy, but it’s not far off, according to Jesus. To use the name Christian as a category instead of a job description is to use it in vain. If our actions aren’t as Christian as the religious preference we blithely check on forms, then we mustn’t be surprised when God declares in the final analysis of our lives: “I never knew you!”

  One of the most popular spiritual guides of all time, The Imitation of Christ, points to this improper use of our Christian heritage as a source of personal condemnation: “the word heard and not fulfilled, known and not loved, believed and not observed.” We who hear, know, and believe are held to stricter account than those who live apart from the world of religion altogether—an indictment churchgoers rarely accept. We want to believe mere attendance has got to be worth something; punching the clock on these rituals should earn us a better wage than those who are absolute no-shows. But that is not what scripture says. Moses advised the people to bind themselves to God’s word and will—physically if necessary—but take it heart and soul into their observance most surely. Jesus predicts complete ruin to those who listen to divine words without acting on them. If you have ears, don’t fail to hear this.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

 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.  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.

CWL NEWS:  The Easter Tea is April 9th.  We need donations for the raffle prizes.  Please contact Hazel at 668-4416 with information on prizes.  Information on the Easter Tea will be in the bulletin in upcoming weeks.

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.

 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.  The topic for this meeting will be Healthy Ways to Share Our Grief.

 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!

 St. George’s Seniors are having a Variety Night on Saturday March 26 starting at 7:00pm.  Doors open at 6:00pm.  Admission is by donation and includes lunch.  For information call Natalie at 382-0443.

 CELEBRATION OF ASH WEDNESDAY: This Wednesday, March 9th, St. Mary’s will have Eucharist at the regular times (9:00 AM and 7:15 PM) followed by distribution of Ashes to mark Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is traditionally a day of fasting and abstinence. As such we will not have our regular devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help during the Masses in order to focus on the solemnity of this day.

 Lenten Reflection Series: During the season of lent, there will be three short lectures followed by questions and discussion in the Upper Hall between the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses.  The dates and organizations involved are as follows:

 March 20th: Child Hunger and Education Program

March 27th: West Side Clinic

April 3rd: Str8 Up

 Home Ministry of Care

Useful Tips for Visiting the Sick cont’d

Be Yourself

If you are an optimistic, upbeat person and carry that tone naturally to your visit, fine!  But trying to put on a show of cheerfulness when you don’t feel it will immediately strike a false note.  Don’t put pressure on yourself by feeling you have to “accomplish” something during your visit!  You’re there to be a friend, a companion.  Remember, anything is the right thing to say as long as you’re sincere.

Youth Ministry

STEPS IN FAITH RETREAT DATES: With spring just around the corner, our annual Momentum Youth Rally is soon coming up.  Take some time to reflect on and to pray on your experiences in youth ministry and Steps in Faith.  Attend one of the two Diocesan retreat. This will be an opportunity for you to prepare for the youth rally and will focus on continuing to learn about your faith. The dates for the retreats are Saturday March 12th and Saturday March 26th. Each retreat is from 10am-4pm.  These retreats are open to anyone in grade 8. Please talk to Maria Rogal to let her know which retreat you would like to attend.  More information will be provided upon request.

 DYG TABLE MOUNTAIN SKI AND SNOWBOARD TRIP: Mark your calendars for the date of March 19th. We will be heading out on 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 is needed before March 14.  Spots are limited so get those permission forms in! See you on the slopes!

 YOUTH MINISTERED MASS-MARCH: Share your talents and gifts as we celebrate our monthly youth ministered Mass March 27th 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 at 10:15am with choir practice starting at 10:25am. Talk to Maria for more information.

 HOCKEY NIGHT IN PLEASANT HILL-coming your way! The time is approaching to go watch a good old hockey game. The date is March 11th.  If you plan on attending, please mark your calendars now!  It is a parish event in which adult volunteers pick up children from their homes after school.  We will have a meal together and head out on a bus to a Blades hockey game. Sign up sheets for adult volunteers will be at the back of the church till March 6th. Criminal record checks for all volunteers is mandatory.  All volunteers will be contacted at the beginning of the week of March 6th regarding pickup addresses and contact information. If you are part of St. Mary’s Youth be sure to let Maria know if you plan on attending.  Questions and concerns can be directed to 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

 Mass Intentions

Monday, March 7  9:00 a.m  †Florian Pitka

Tuesday, March 8  9:00 a.m  †Olive Palmer

Wednesday, March 9    9:00 a.m  Reg & Emily Hatchen

  7:15 p.m  Jim & Marion Penna

Thursday, March 10    9:00 a.m  †Sven Wallin

Friday, March 11    9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Saturday, March 12    9:00 a.m  †Michael Prystupa

  7:00 p.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

Sunday, March 13  9:00 a.m  †Carmela Nardi

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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