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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
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    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

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    Perpetual Help Devotions at both Wednesday Masses

    Adoration and Benediction on First Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass until 12:00 Noon
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    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm

4th Sunday in Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Bulletin Reflection

Shepherds of Souls

By Alice Camille

God has been the shepherd of souls for a long time, biblically speaking. “The Lord is my shepherd,” declares the psalmist. “Like a shepherd he feeds his flock,” adds Deutero-Isaiah. There will be one shepherd whose authority is final, Ezekiel avows. This elevation of the shepherd to divine icon is odd, because the meandering herder was viewed with disdain by villagers and city-dwellers. Shepherds were dirty, uncivilized people more like the wilderness they inhabited than the genteel and governed citizenry.

  Yet God is identified as an über-shepherd. Not in the same way the Lord is “king,” a title automatically conferring esteem. God is shepherd because of what the herder does: guide and guard. God is also shepherd because of the inauspicious nature of the sheep, identified with us. Jesus adopts this title agreeably for both reasons: because he sees himself as the responsible, watchful shepherd and because he knows firsthand the low-functioning acuity and high vulnerability of his flock.

  Jesus is also granted the title of king later, by no less an office than the Roman procurator. What’s noteworthy is that church leaders in the following generations, while they may suit up as kings and sit on throne-like chairs, will identify with the title episkopoi, “shepherd.” Before the end of the 1st century, Saint Paul’s farewell speech at Miletus as presented in Acts 20 will include the image of flocks protected from wolves by their appointed overseers. The crosier each bishop carries today is a reminder of this identification: The shepherd has risen from a despised laboring class to an ecclesiastical appointment. You can take the shepherd out of the field, but you shouldn’t take the herder’s humility out of the episkopoi.

  Today we intercede for our present shepherds and hope for their betterment, not to mention a swelling of their ranks. Despite the ceremonial robes, our shepherds share a task rich with humility, burdened by the care of souls still vulnerable to the dangers of the wilderness. Maybe the wolves are not the same packs prowling around Paul’s early flocks, but the need for sure guidance and vigilance is the same. All of us have responsibilities for church leadership: some to seek ordination or consecrated life, others to support the shepherds in prayer, attentiveness, and sharing of resources. But most of all we have to embrace the mutual humility of this relationship, whether as leaders or followers.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

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

 MARY AND RUBY STARR wish to thank everyone that came out and supported their fundraiser.  Thank you and God Bless.

 Western Conference for the Catechumenate presents: “RCIA and Liturgical Catechesis” (Using the Church’s Liturgical Rites as a primary resource); Friday, May 27 to Saturday, May 28 at Holy Spirit Parish. 114 Kingsmere Place, Saskatoon. Deadline for registration: May 17. Call Fr. Michael Koch (306) 373-0404 or E-mail:  mjkrcia@shaw.ca

 Eucharistic Adoration The Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance for worship of the Eucharist is offered in some parishes and at Queen’s House in Saskatoon and is scheduled regularly for weekly and/or monthly time periods.  Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping Jesus as He is present in His divine and human person in the consecrated Eucharist.  The most important reason to adore the Blessed Sacrament is that Jesus Christ instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist out of love for us and longs for us to spend time in His company.   Mother Teresa had said:  “The best act that we can perform is to spend at least one hour each week before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.”  And she added:  “You cannot be like Jesus unless you spend time with Jesus.  You cannot see Jesus in others unless you see Him in the Sacrament of Love.”  Would you be willing to spend an hour to sit quietly and just “be” in the presence of God waiting for you in silence?  A Eucharistic Adoration schedule which provides all the weekly times for adoration is available and it can be viewed on the home page of the Saskatoon Diocese Website www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com (link is on the homepage).  To make a commitment for one hour or for more information contact Sally Danchak, Eucharistic Adoration Committee at 373-2621.

 OUR LADY OF FATIMA CELEBRATION – the Saskatoon Portuguese community will be having a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Fatima on May 29 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church on Avenue O and 20th Street.  The Mass will be followed by a street procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  After that, we will have coffee and a light lunch in the hall.  We hope you can join us in devotion and prayer to Mary.

 Ecumenical Bursaries available for Catholic laypeople: The diocese of Saskatoon is providing financial support for Catholic lay people who wish to attend the “Acting Together: From Dialogue to Common Mission” ecumenical conference. Up to $200/person is available to attend this conference. Recipients of the bursary are responsible for the remaining registration fee. For information and application form contact Nick Jesson, diocesan ecumenical officer, at sdce@ecumenism.net, phone 652-1595, or see http://ecumenism.net. A limited number of bursaries are available, so please act fast.

 CWL WIND-UP APPETISER SOCIAL – June 7th.  Everyone bring your favourite appetiser “finger food” and your spouse/friend.  Join us for an evening of good food and fun.  It starts at 7:00 p.m. See you there.  PLEASE NOTE:  – There are no CWL Meetings in June, July or August.  Mark your calendar as September 25th, 2011 is our Harvest Supper and we will need all your help.

 DATE TO REMEMBER:  CWL Retreat at Queen’s House on May 19th at 7:30pm.  The facilitator for this event will be Diane Sehn ous.  Cost for this retreat is $5.00.

 COOKIES NEEDED:  We are looking for donations of cookies for the church front step outreach program and for the Parish Parking Lot Party.  Cookie donations can be dropped off at the rectory during office hours or at the church before and after Masses.  Due to allergy concerns, no nuts please.

 PRESENTATION:  “Why don’t my kids and grandkids go to church?”  Understanding the culture we live in today.  This talk is designed for parents and grandparents (anyone else who is interested) who struggle with seeing their family’s lack of attendance and participation in church.  We will explore some reasons why this is the case and talk about some ways to live with this reality.  Father Tony Bidgood, C. Ss. R. will explore this topic on May 30th from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in St. Mary’s Parish Upper Hall.

 COFFEE AND MUFFINS SERVED Join fellow parishioners for coffee and muffins served in the lower hall on Sunday, May 22nd following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Coffee and muffins will be sponsored by members of the Grey Nuns Associates.

PENTECOST SUNDAY—JUNE 12TH:  On Pentecost Sunday at the 11:00am Mass, we will again celebrate the ethnic diversity of our parish.  Please be sure to wear your ethnic clothing and bring a flag or banner that represents your cultural group.  We will meet in the Parish Hall at 10:45am and process into the Church for Mass.  Many groups and individuals will be contacted to bring a sample of ethnic finger foods for this celebration.  If you would be willing to bring a tray or small serving of ethnic food for all to share, please call 244-2983 and let us know.  Thanks to all who help make our Pentecost celebration a success!

 Home Ministry of Care

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

Hopefully our suggestions on how to be more effective in journeying with those who are grieving have been helpful.  The last of our hints:

Be accepting of their Feelings

Sometimes people blame God, or medical staff, or the world for the death of their loved one.  They may make some “off-the-wall” comments or express their grief in other negative ways.  As a friend, listener, or in whatever other capaicty, it is important for us to understand that the person grieving may be experiencing the worst emotional pain of their lives.  Let us simply listen, accept them where they’re at, and show them that we are compassionate and caring—never judgmental.

 Youth Ministry

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, next Wednesday, May 18th.  The session 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.

 MOMENTUM: Thanks to all of you who came out to the first ever youth rally for grades 6-8 this past Saturday.  Momentum Youth Rally 2011 is in the books to remember- and since we had so much fun, we will be doing it again next year! Go online to check out the epic recap video of our time spent together.

 YOUTH MINISTERED MASS-MAY: Share your talents and gifts as we celebrate our monthly youth ministered Mass May 29th 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.  NOTE:  The Youth Mass was scheduled for May 22nd on the parish calendar, however due to the Victoria Day long weekend, the Mass was rescheduled for May 29th.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, May 16  9:00 a.m  †Alex Dekovic

Tuesday, May 17  9:00 a.m  †Nell Molland

Wednesday, May 18    9:00 a.m  Souls in Purgatory

  7:15 p.m  †Rocco Santoro

Thursday, May 19    9:00 a.m  †Dan Gelowitz

Friday, May 20    9:00 a.m  †Ana & †Antonio Moreira & Family

Saturday, May 21  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Costa

  7:00 p.m  †Jose Bairos

Sunday, May 22  9:00 a.m  †Irene Gossen

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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