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

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2nd Sunday in Easter

Bulletin Reflection

Tracking Thomas

 By Alice Camille

   Of the apostles named among the 12, we have real affection for only a handful. There are not many fan clubs for Bartholomew (with apologies to the St. Bartholomew Churches out there!). Few folks have personal devotions to Philip or James the son of Alphaeus. “Bad boys” in the assembly might be partial to the Sons of Thunder, James and John. Others may feel mild empathy for Matthew-Levi, tax collector and pariah among his own people. But when you ask for a show of hands for favorite apostle, you’ll get takers for Peter the impetuous and Thomas the doubter.

  Saint Peter has enormous stature in the church for obvious reasons; we love Saint Thomas for only one: the Gospel of John. Thomas has nothing to say apart from John’s testimony to him, which makes him a near chatterbox by comparison with the synoptic gospels. In John he distinguishes himself four times: before the raising of Lazarus, when he urges the other disciples to go to Bethany with Jesus and to die with him. Second, at Jesus’ last discourse he frankly admits he doesn’t know the way to follow Jesus. Third, after the Resurrection appearance in the locked room Thomas gets himself into the present mess commemorated this Sunday. Finally, he is one of the disciples singled out by name getting in the boat with Peter to go fishing.

  This last passage should be the one by which we remember Thomas, because it’s the most telling. In the end it shouts to us: Thomas got on board! From the start Jesus calls disciples for the expressed purpose of going on a fishing expedition for his sake. It’s significant, then, that Peter’s first post-Resurrection decision is to go fishing. The roll call of those who got in the boat with Peter is not random: Thomas the confessor, Nathaniel the reformed cynic, Zebedee’s now humbled sons, and two mysterious “others”—one of whom is the Beloved Disciple. No point in spilling more ink in the controversy of who the Beloved Disciple is, which won’t be solved here. It’s more intriguing to consider who the other “other” might be: Does that leave room for you or me in the boat?

  Taking in the whole story of Thomas at a glance is important because many of us get stuck in this one episode, which reveals Thomas the Problem. It’s obvious that John’s intention is to provide us with Thomas the Solution, the redeemed one, viewed over the spectrum of his discipleship. Just like Thomas, we problem disciples still have time to get on board.


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.  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.

 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

 ST. MARY’S C.W.L. general meeting is May 4th after the 7:15 p.m. Mass will include a DVD explanation of cloning and stem cell research.  This is the last general meeting until September.  Come and hear about the Easter Tea.  Mark your calendar for a Wind-Up party Tuesday, June 7th.

 The Annual Diocesan Cenacle of Prayer for everyone will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Parish, 18-33rd St. East, Saskatoon, Cenacle only (no Mass) Father Stan Urbanoski presiding. Everyone is welcome. For more information please call Edna Evans 306-382-1680

 K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join your fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on the first Saturday of every month. The next opportunity for adoration will be on Saturday, May 7th immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 noon

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, May 14 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Topic:  Finding Consolation in Mary, The Mother of God

 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

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.

 Theology of the Body for Young Adults: Wade St. Onge will be teaching the Theology of the Body course at Queen’s House in Saskatoon, over the first three Wednesdays in May (4th, 11th, and 18th). All sessions will be held in the Celebration Chapel and will run from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm. St. Onge is originally from Estevan, is a young adult, and has a Masters degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. For more information, contact him at stongewade@hotmail.com or 370-9873.

 DIG – Dig into God is a monthly gathering of high school students in the Diocese of Saskatoon hosted at different locales throughout the city. This year we are forming our conscience with the theme of WHYtune, taking hard issues and breaking them open with talks, crazy activities and meaningful prayer experiences. Come check out what everyone is talking about! All DIG sessions are from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. unless otherwise posted! Upcoming monthly DIG sessions include:

¨               DIG Friday, May 13 at St. Anne parish – Annual Couch Rally – “Papa don’t preach”

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.

 Explanations Rarely Console

Avoid clichés such as “It’s God’s Will”, “He/She is out of pain”, “He/She lived a good life”, “Now you have an angel in heaven”, “God needed a flower for His garden”, “You’re young — you can have other babies”, or “At least you can have other children”.

 None of the above (or any other clichés) are words of comfort but instead, often bring negative reactions to most people.  We cannot explain away somebody’s pain.  Just let them know you’re sorry and that you care.


St. Mary’s Church

Tuesday May 3, 2011


 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.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, May 2  9:00 a.m  †Ana & †Luis Moreira & Family

Tuesday, May 3  9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

Wednesday, May 4    9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

  7:15 p.m  Souls in Purgatory

Thursday, May 5    9:00 a.m  †Josephine Di Iorio

Friday, May 6    9:00 a.m  †Manuel & †Antonio Soares

Saturday, May 7      9:00 a.m  †Michael Prystupa

  7:00 p.m  †Carl Lusychyn

Sunday, May 8  9:00 a.m  †August Kramer

  11:00 a.m  For the parish