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    211 Avenue O South
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Palm Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Loyalty:Priceless

Alice Camille

   Some of the brightest words in the Bible are about loyalty. “Wherever you go, I will go,” says Ruth to Naomi as she leaves her homeland for good. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord,” Joshua pledges before crossing the Jordan into the promised land. “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter . . . . beyond price . . . . a life-saving remedy,” Ben Sira declares with exuberance. God repays the faithful with compassion, protection, salvation, and companionship, the psalms repeat like a mantra. “The faithful will abide with him in love,” the Book of Wisdom assures us.

  Abraham’s loyalty to God was his finest trait, attributed to him as righteousness. David’s devotion to Jonathan—heir to the throne David was fated to claim—and David’s refusal to harm King Saul who wanted him dead are also striking examples of a loyalty that confounds us. Jesus emphasizes the value of loyalty in parables that result in the master of the house declaring, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” Luke also includes a fragile scene where Jesus wonders aloud: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

  We tend to define faith as adherence to a system of beliefs. What Jesus means is: Will anyone still be faithful to me after I’m gone? He has good reason to wonder. The answer in the short run, in his own lifetime on earth, is not promising. This night you will all have your faith in me shaken, Jesus tells his closest friends at the Last Supper. Never, Saint Peter replies. Not me. I will not deny you, even to the death. We know how that promise turned out. “All the disciples spoke likewise,” Matthew tells us—for all the good it did. If a faithful friend is indeed a sturdy shelter, a lifesaving remedy, that alone would spell destruction for Jesus.

  Peter did follow Jesus after his arrest—“at a distance.” That may describe, without irony, our own discipleship. We keep our distance between the condemned and suffering Lord because those are places we don’t want to go. We’re willing to be faithful friends but only until the road veers south. We may feel deep regret after our betrayals, of course, as Judas did—although we rarely fling our coins away to prove it. For the most part we neither testify against Jesus nor participate in his trials, neither causing nor approving of his anguish. We only wait out the whole matter in a convenient hiding place, a snug upper room where we won’t be touched by his cross at all. But what if we chose to be another kind of friend? What if we dared to say: “Wherever you go, I will go”?

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. is pleased 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.

 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, meditating on the passion of our Lord in the Stations of the Cross. Fridays at 7:00pm in St. Mary’s Church.

 The Circulo Hispanico is hosting a STEAK NIGHT FUNDRAISER for Mary Starr who lost her husband, Kim.  The event will be held at the Sutherland Bar & Gill on Saturday April 30 at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $15.00 each.  For tickets please call 978-0756.

 THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC MISSION 2011, Beginning tomorrow, The National Catholic Mission 2011 “The Heart of the Matter” will be broadcast on Vision TV at 5 p.m. and repeated at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 18th (Part 1) and on Tuesday, April 19 (Part 2). It will feature Father Jack Lynch, SFM; Father Donald Senior, CP; and Sister Melannie Svodboda, SND. Father Lynch will describe what’s really involved in following Christ. A DVD of the two-hour mission can be ordered for $20 by calling 1-888-383-6277.

 CWL NEWS – CWL Diocesan Convention is May 9, 2011 at Unity.  Deadline for registration is April 21st ($30.00).  Any CWL member planning to attend contact Jean (382-6100) prior to April 21st.  A bus will be chartered to attend this convention.  The deadline to register for taking this bus is May 1st.

 YOUTH STATIONS ON GOOD FRIDAY: Come out and see the stations of the Cross lead by the youth of St. Mary’s on Good Friday, April 22nd. It will be a dramatic representation with music, prayer and time to reflect. If you are between the ages of 10-25, you are welcome to help out by attending our practice on Monday, April 18th.  Come out and support of the youth of the parish while having the chance to view the Stations in a different light. Stations begin at 7:00pm and will last approximately 45 minutes.

 FLOWER DONATIONS FOR EASTER St. Mary’s Liturgy Committee wishes to say THANK YOU to parishioners for your generous response to the request for donations towards the cost of Easter flowers. The response has been overwhelming and we are very grateful. A reminder that the names of your loved ones will be published in a special ‘Memorial Section’ of the Easter Bulletin.  Once again, thank you.

 NAME CHANGE  Effective immediately the collection for the poor on the first Sunday of the month is now St. Mary’s Charity.  We can no longer use the name St. Vincent de Paul because it is a legitimate national charity .  Please make your cheques payable to St. Mary’s Charity

 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY On May 1, 2011 at 3:00pm, a service celebrating the Feast of Divine Mercy by Bishop Don Bolen at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the corner of 12th Street and Wiggins Avenue.  A love offering and refreshments will follow.  Everyone welcome.

 ST. MARY’S EASTER TEA & BAKE SALE APRIL 9TH was a success.  It turned out to be a beautiful day and everyone who came had a good time.  A big “Thank You” to all those who donated to our door prizes and raffles, and to all who baked the great food for our bake table.  Thank you to all the volunteers who looked after décor, worked in the kitchen, served, sold the baking and raffle tickets and looked after the registration table.  Without all of us pulling together it would not succeed.  Congratulations to the following door prize winners:

Michelle Fortosky—Planter  Gerard Lehay—K of C Breakfast Tickets

Dianne Wasyluk—Dinner Basket

 Returning to Spirit Returning to Spirit is a creative initiative which seeks reconciliation between members of Christian churches and First Nations people regarding the Indian Residential School Legacy. The Returning to Spirit workshops engage participants through a path of deepening self-understanding, a coming to terms with one’s own internal obstacles to authentic encounters with others and a being summoned to attentive listening. While reconciliation involves communities of people, it also proceeds on this path of reconciliation one person at a time.  The next Returning to Spirit for non-aboriginal and church people is May 16-20, 2011 at Queen’s House of Retreats. In the past several years the church numbers for workshops have gone down while there are many First Nations persons continuing to seek out healing and reconciliation. For the Reconciliation workshop to happen we need equal numbers of church and First Nations to take part in the initial workshops for their groups.  Please consider seriously this opportunity to support the work of reconciliation in our community. For more information please contact Fr. Jon at the parish office. 244-2983 or jonhansencssr@gmail.com

 NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK is April 18—24.  We recognize and greatly appreciate all the wonderful volunteers at St. Mary’s.  We give you our heartfelt thanks and we pray for God’s abundant blessings upon each and everyone of you.  You’re the best!!!

 Police Checks  This is just friendly reminder to our volunteers that do not have a police check that you must get one if you wish to continue as a volunteer with Home Ministry of Care.  This is both a parish and diocesan policy, and it is being strictly enforced. If you volunteer elsewhere, you may have done this through another agency outside of St. Mary’s parish.  Unfortunately, it does not cover you for our parish, and you must have this completed through St. Mary’s. Please remember that doing this is very easy: simply come to the parish office during working hours, bring two pieces of ID (one must be photo ID) and fill out the form; the office will do all the rest.  If you are a volunteer there is no cost to you or the parish.  By getting a police check you are helping ensure that our ministry to the vulnerable is accountable, transparent and in keeping with Christ’s care of the vulnerable in whose name we serve.  Thank you for your generosity to this ministry and your attention to this very important manner!

Youth Ministry

Momentum: “Don’t Stop Believing!” is a Catholic youth rally for Grades 6 to 8 students, to be held Saturday, April 30 at Holy Spirit Parish. Cost is $40, including T-shirt! This day-long rally will feature inspirational talks and music by Michael Chiasson of Calgary, a chance to connect with Bishop Don Bolen, great food, friends and fun! To register a Grade 6 to 8 student for this rally, contact your parish youth leader or call diocesan Youth Ministry coordinator Colm Leyne at the Catholic Centre, 242-1500, Ext. 225, e-mail youthmin@saskatoonrcdiocese.com or for more information, or check out the website at: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/youthministry/index.cfm 

 YOUTH STATIONS OF THE CROSS PRACTICE: Here is your chance to get creative, show off your acting skills and help interpret the Stations of the Cross. The youth are in charge of leading the Stations of the Cross for the parish on the evening of Good Friday. All youth, any ages are welcome to help out. We will be practicing earlier on in the week on Monday, April 18th from 7pm-8pm. We are in need of readers, actors, and musicians. Please confirm with Maria if you are willing to help out with this important ministry.  Office (244-2983), Cell (717-3884).

 MOMENTUM YOUTH RALLY FUNDING: If you are interested in attending the youth rally at the end of this month (April 30th) but need some financial assistance, do not hold back. There is funding available for all youth grades 6-8 that would like to attend. Please contact Maria Rogal at the parish office to receive registration forms and more information about financial assistance.

Home Ministry of Care

Suggestions on “How we can be more effective in journeying with those who are grieving.” continued

 We all encounter a time when a friend, relative or neighbor dies.  It’s important to help and support those who are grieving.  Over the few weeks, we will offer suggestions which we hope will be helpful in making your visits at these difficult times effective and more comfortable.

 Be There

We are all busy.  It may take extra effort to spend time with someone who is grieving.  Know that your concern, your actual presence is most helpful.  So please, take the time.  Be there

TO ALL VOLUNTEERS Thank you for donating your time, energy, love, and compassion to your fellow parishioners.  You are precious; a sacrament to those you visit.  We honor you and we appreciate you.  May the Lord bless you and reward you as only He can.  We wish you a joyous, blessed Easter.

 A Little Reminder: Please remember to bring palms to those you visit and also Holy Communion as close to Easter as possible.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, April 18  9:00 a.m  †Flavia Tolemeo Asuncion & Pastor Sheila

Tuesday, April 19  9:00 a.m  Wendy & Matthew Levesque

Wednesday, April 20    9:00 a.m  †Maria Ambrozic

  7:15 p.m  †Manuel, Amelia & Son Sousa

Thursday, April 21    9:00 a.m  TRIDUUM

Friday, April 22    9:00 a.m  TRIDUUM

Saturday, April 23    9:00 a.m  TRIDUUM

  7:00 p.m  TRIDUUM

Sunday, April 24  9:00 a.m 

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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