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Easter Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Jesus is Risen:  Now What?

 Alice Camille

If doctors make the worst patients, then surely public speakers are the toughest audience in the pews. When I’m benched on the average Sunday, attending to the homilist, my bottom line invariably remains: “So what?” We’ve all heard the readings, listened to the preacher “open them up,” but where are we now? Any better off from where we were at the start of the hour? Do we know what to do next as a result of our time invested here?

  So when I join the assembly at the Easter Vigil or on this happy morning, the question on my mind is: Jesus is risen—now what? Purists and mystics will argue that it’s enough to “be here now” and delight in the theological excitement. The crucified Son of God has broken the vice-grip of original sin, death is no longer the end of the road, the gates of heaven are swung wide, and salvation of the human race is achieved! If that isn’t enough for you, maybe you need a vacation.

  The problem is, most folks in the pews have heard all this before. They’ve—I should say, we’ve—survived many an Easter no worse for wear, but honestly, no better. We’re happy things turned out so well for Jesus, and we hope he’ll keep his promises to our dearly departed grandma, too. Because a lot of us have stood at the mouth of the tomb and found it sealed shut, quite frankly. Grandma’s gone; so are others marked with the sign of faith like her—and a few others marked by their refusal to gamble on religion. We worry vaguely about friends and relatives who put their chips in a different dealer’s hands. But that’s as close as we come to genuine faith in the message. We who have never stood at the entrance to an empty tomb and seen the loosened cloths find it hard to imagine what that’s like.

  Here is where the presider must truly be the celebrant and the medium match the message, embodying the Good News and demonstrating the joy his own faith provides for him. It’s almost indescribable how much damage a gloomy Easter preacher can wreak. It’s likewise astonishing how much faith is enkindled by an authentic Easter testimony: He is risen! I have seen the Lord! The preacher who has seen the Lord can witness to that experience with enthusiasm and conviction. The one who hasn’t can’t offer the Easter proclamation.

  That’s not meant as a test of your vocation; it’s a call to reflect deeply on what you truly believe and are willing to declare out loud. Tell the truth. Pray for the Spirit’s guidance.

  Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Pastor’s Greeting

Happy Easter to our parishioners, friends and neighbours of St. Mary’s Church

As we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ we are so glad to have you here with us. Together we make present the reality of that holy mystery, Jesus breaking forth from the tomb, on that Easter morning so many years ago.

  Look around you and see if that is not true. Everywhere we look we see signs of new life. The sun is strengthening to beckon the arrival of spring and the leaves will soon push out of their buds. Our neighbourhood is bursting with new growth. There are many newcomers whose faces represent a global reality. There are new buildings for our youth and for our seniors sprouting up and soon, God willing, we will see a new grocery store where we can buy our daily bread.

  The glory of Easter morning is not a distant experience, it is a present one. It is one in which we are called to take part. Like Mary encountering Jesus in the garden, we are called to be aware of the one in whose presence we stand and we are invited help others to do the same.

  We do this by being a people of hope, by wearing a smile on our face and letting go of our fear and doubt about the future. We do this by offering a, “Hello” to the people we meet on the street whether we know them or not. We do this by offering some of our treasure to help good projects get off the ground. We do this by pausing on our walk to pick up a piece of garbage. We do this by looking at the person sitting in the pew next to us and taking the chance to reach out a hand and introduce ourselves. There are so many ways that we can help others, and help ourselves, to be aware of the risen Christ in our midst.

  As you go forward from this Church today, do so knowing that you are an ambassador for the risen Christ; like the woman returning from the tomb, like the disciples rushing home from their walk to Emmaus, we too are called to proclaim that Christ is alive. We know this because we have seen him with our own eyes.

  May God bless you and all those you love.

  Fr. Jon Hansen and Fr. Tony Bidgood

on behalf of the Pastoral Staff and the

 Redemptorist Community of St. Mary’s

Announcements

March For Life on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8 – The walk begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. followed by refreshments and a short presentation. March For Life Saskatoon happens in front of the Royal University Hospital along College Drive. Signs are provided: the walk takes place rain or shine. For information contact Denise at (306) 249-2764.

 Have you thought about serving in mission, but aren’t sure? Have you considered serving in the Canadian North? Do you only have limited time to spend in mission this summer? Consider volunteering with On Eagle’s Wings! The Saskatoon Roman Catholic Diocesan Mission Office will assist 4 people with funding for this life changing experience! For more information about On Eagle’s Wings visit www.oneagleswings.org , or contact Mary at the Diocesan Mission Office 653-4945, email mary@sasktel.net .

 Acting Together: From Dialogue to Common Mission. A national ecumenical conference will be held in Saskatoon July 6 to 9. Exploring the connection between Christian unity and sharing in ministry and mission, this conference will include keynote addresses by Archbishop Michael Putney, Catholic bishop of Townsville, Australia and chair of the Catholic-Methodist international dialogue; and by the Rev. Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, a Canadian currently serving in the most senior ecumenical post in the Anglican Communion. In addition, there will be workshops on a number of ecumenical topics and opportunities to meet, pray, and learn with other Christians. For further information see http://ecumenism.net, email pce@ecumenism.net, or phone 653-1633.

 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on Saturday, May 7th, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 The Knights of Columbus In Support of Life committee is arranging a bus to go to the March for Life in Regina on Thursday, May 12.  The bus will depart from the Lawson Heights Mall at 6:45 am and from the Circle Park Mall at 7:30 am, sharp.  The bus will arrive in Regina at 10:00am for Mass at Christ the King Church.  The cost is $25 per person.   Call Louis Roth 249-2764 for more details or to reserve your seat on the bus.

 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. GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB (1255 -20th St. W.) are having a Mother’s & Grandmother’s Tea Wed. May 4th 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Program – fashion parade (30 year period hat & dress).  Admission $3.00 – desert, coffee & tea – bingo

 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

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

 Leadership Development Youth Night-Come out and enjoy some pizza and snacks while we learn more about our roles as leaders in the world today. There will be a variety of activities, prayer time and a chance to socialize with your peers. Mark your calendars for May 6th, from 7-9:30pm. This is something you will not want to miss! Talk to Maria if you plan to attend or would like some more information. All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome.

 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.

 Hugs—Not Words

A hug a hand on the arm or shoulder, or just your presence is comforting.  If you want to say something, simply say “I’m sorry”, or “I wish I could take away some of your pain.”

 MASS WITH SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK

St. Mary’s Church

Tuesday May 3, 2011

1:00pm

 

Who would benefit from this Sacrament?

¨               The elderly, whose frailty is becoming more pronounced

¨               Adults and children suffering from a major illness, facing surgery or serious tests

¨               Anyone suffering from chronic illness such as arthritis or diabetes

¨               Anyone who feels they would be graced by receiving this Sacrament

 Refreshments will be served in the upper hall after Mass.

 Need a ride?  Please leave a message at the parish office (244-2983) no later than Friday April 29.

 ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS:  Please inform the people you visit about this Mass and offer to bring them, if possible.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, April 25  9:00 a.m  Don & Pat Taman

Tuesday, April 26  9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

Wednesday, April 27    9:00 a.m  †Antonio & †Jacinta Soares

  7:15 p.m  †Sadie McGuinness

Thursday, April 28    9:00 a.m  †Josephine Gelowitz

Friday, April 29    9:00 a.m  †Carmela Nardi

Saturday, April 30    9:00 a.m  †Brenda Hatchen

  7:00 p.m  †Elsie Schedlosky

Sunday, May 1  9:00 a.m 

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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