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1st Sunday in Lent

Bulletin Reflection

At Your Service

Alice Camille

  Which would you choose: a debate with the tempter of souls or the sublime company of angels? Most nice people do not hesitate to voice their preference for the latter. That reflex, though, comes too easily, the “right answer” instead of the true one. The reality is, humanity has fundamentally and regrettably chosen the infernal side of the debate—and we choose it again, oh, at least once an hour.

  The first conversation in the Bible is with God. God blesses the first couple in chapter 1 and gives the first commandment—thou shall not eat of that tree!—to the man in chapter 2. Yet neither man nor woman seek the companionship or council of God again in the story. They actively hide from their Maker in fact. It is God who seeks them out, significantly after their free betrayal of the sole commandment.

  We imagine God might have interrupted the woman’s tête-à-tête with the serpent or insinuated the divine presence between the woman and man before the great betrayal was complete with the transfer of the forbidden fruit. Respecting human freedom, God remains silent through both transactions. God, who speaks first in the story, awaits a response from us. Original sin is the unhappy result.

  We still have choices to make daily: to embrace the guardians of heaven or to dicker with demons. When we choose violence, prejudice, judgment, falsehood, idolatry, or infidelity, we’re breaking commandments that deny us access to the blessings God freely bestows on us and wants us to have. Each time we cause harm to our neighbors or ourselves, we’re disregarding that primary commandment of Jesus to demonstrate our love for God in loving people. Every hour of history the solution is the same: Talk to God. Listen to the divine word. But each hour far too many of us incline an ear to that “Pssst! Hey buddy!” coming from the tempter’s direction.

  In the synoptic gospel tradition, Jesus reenacts the Genesis moment of crisis—though not in a lush garden surrounded by creature comforts. No, Jesus stands in a wilderness, hungry and weary from fasting. And unlike the first couple who had each other for support, Jesus is alone. The evangelists show us Jesus effectively in the same position we are today: suffering the result of a fallen world that is no paradise, where each of us endures the profound isolation and hunger that is the literal fruit of sin. The debate with the tempter begins—but something is different this time. Instead of being swayed by his sweet lies, Jesus clings to the word of God. The devil finds such company intolerable. When he departs, the landscape is flooded with angels, and desert becomes a paradise. Good news as we enter the Lenten desert ourselves!

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


Bulletin Annoucements

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.

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.

Lenten Reflection Series: Between the Masses Social Justice Lenten presentations are opportunities to learn more of what is happening that contributes to the well-being of our neighbors. Next Sunday, at 10 AM, March 20th CHEP (Child Hunger and Education Program) will explain their work and welcome questions. Join us for coffee, muffins and information. Presentations to follow: are on March 27th: West Side Clinic and on April 3rd: Str 8 Up.

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!

Foundations series “Our Salvation History” focusing on the scripture readings from the Easter Vigil will continue with Deb Rolfes, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14 at St. Paul’s Cathedral Bishop Mahoney Hall. All are welcome! Free will offering at door.

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.

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.

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.

ST. MARY’S EASTER TEA & BAKE SALE St. Mary’s Easter Tea and Bake Sale will be Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Admission is again $3.00.  Ladies of the parish we are looking for your raffle prize donations (contact Hazel 668-4416) and we also need lots of your good home cooked goodies for the bake table.  Come  with your friends and make this once again a great success.

The family of Dan & Josephine Gelowitz wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who took time to submit notes of sympathy, Mass cards, and memorial donations.  Your caring has not gone unnoticed.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS #5104 would like to invite you to their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday April 2nd at 4:00pm with a Mass at St. Joseph Church.  A social and banquet will follow at 6:30pm at St. Joseph Hall.  Tickets for this event are $15.00 each and are available from John 373-1822 or Al 477-1361.  Ticket Sales end on March 25.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  Are you looking for an opportunity to pray this during this Lenten Season?  Join us each Friday evening as we pray together, mediating on the passion of our Lord in the Stations of the Cross. Fridays at 7:00pm in St. Mary’s Church.

FOUNDATIONS: Exploring Our Faith Together – “Finding Spirituality in our Work” Spirituality is more than just religion. This session will examine ways of viewing our work to bring our entire selves to our everyday life. Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s. Guest speaker: Marci Deutscher. Cost: $5.00. To register call Myrna at 242-5150. Everyone is welcome.

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.

 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.


Home Ministry of Care

Useful Tips for Visiting the Sick cont’d

Monitor What You Say

Whether visiting someone ill at home or in the hospital, always be sincere.  If the person is very ill, just sit quietly at the bedside and be present.  It’s not necessary to always have conversation.  If a patient is unconscious or seems unaware of what’s going on, they most likely can still hear what is being said.  Therefore, visitors should always be on guard against saying negative things but rather express words of love and encouragement.

ATTENTION VOLUNTEER VISITORS TO THE HOMEBOUND:  Please check with those you visit if they wish to receive the sacrament of the sick and /or reconciliation before Easter.  It’s important to submit names early in Lent.  Call Iris at 244-2983 the names of those wishing to receive these sacraments.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, March 14  9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

Tuesday, March 15  9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

Wednesday, March 16    9:00 a.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

  7:15 p.m  †Elizabeth Sarson

Thursday, March 17    9:00 a.m  Ella McCartan’s Family

Friday, March 18    9:00 a.m  †Lorne Shirley

Saturday, March 19    9:00 a.m  †Josephine Gelowitz

  7:00 p.m  †Armando Frassetto

Sunday, March 20  9:00 a.m  †Carl Lucyshyn

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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