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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

  • Mass Times

    Sunday Masses
    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

    Weekday Mass Times:
    Monday to Saturday: 9am
    Wednesday: 9am, 7:15pm

    Perpetual Help Devotions at both Wednesday Masses

    Adoration and Benediction on First Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass until 12:00 Noon
  • Reconciliation

    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

    Or by appointment
  • Office Hours

    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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5th Sunday in Easter

Bulletin Reflection

The New Household of God

 By Alice Camille

   Moving into a new situation can seem like heaven—at first. Whether it’s the first day of school, a new job, new digs, or a new haircut, each facet of change feels fresh and clear of all the old obstacles. This time we’ll get it right. We’ll stay on top of the assignments, make the right friends, get organized, and stay that way. It will all be grand.

  Starting from the beginning again, there’s a chance to do better. Worn foundations may have a few warped boards, if not fundamental cracks. Some old things evoke nostalgia but others are simply decrepit. Wisdom dictates, at times, a fresh start as the only course of action.

The biblical God likes to make things new, according to prophecy. The divine plan is full of fresh starts, things torn down so that new things can rise up, fields cleared to be replanted. What gets cleared may be an individual leader, a plot of ground, or an entire nation. Sometimes it’s the slate upon which the past is scrawled that needs to be wiped clean.

  When God plans a new spiritual household, as in the writings of Saint Peter, the new will be built on the best of the old. A host of earlier scripture passages are thoughtfully transplanted to prepare the foundation: the cornerstone from Isaiah 28; the rejected stone from Psalm 118; a stumbling block (Isaiah 8); the chosen race (Isaiah 43); a royal priesthood (Exodus 19); and a holy nation (Deuteronomy 7) which is God’s own (Malachi 3)—all brought together to substantiate that this new house is not a repudiation of the old but a vital restoration and extension.

  When Jesus offers his friends a place in the new household of God, it not only seems like heaven, it is. He will go on ahead to make sure that all is in order for their arrival! What could be better? Well, their reception of the idea, for one thing. Thomas complains he doesn’t know how to get there—even though Jesus just said he’d come back to lead the way personally. Philip is suspicious, not merely of the route but of their host. That seems downright rude.

  Jesus must be used to that by now. He casts out demons, and they call him a devil. He shares joyous table fellowship, and he’s labeled a glutton and drunkard. He tells the truth, and they call him a liar and blasphemer. He offers them a place in the reign of God, and they want to see God’s credentials. It might be nice for a change, when Jesus says he’s the way, the truth, and the life, that we fall in behind him, accepting that it could all be that grand.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)



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.

 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.

 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 APPETIZER 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.

 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!

 INTERCHURCH HEALTH MINISTRIES WALK FOR PARISH NURSING:  Yes, Eileen Provost has walked the walk!  Thank you St. Mary’s for sponsoring her.  None of us is as great as all of us.  Your generosity continues to amaze!  She raised $525.00 because of you!.  Half of this money comes back to the Parish to support our Parish Nursing Program.  Thank you and God bless you!.

 Step up and be counted! The Lay Formation Program offers time and a place to deepen your faith journey through prayer, learning, and community. As baptized disciples of Christ, we are called to be priest, prophet, and shepherd king in the world. Don’t be baa-shful, hoof it on over to the Lay Formation pasture, and share your gifts. It’s transformational!!

Contact the Catholic Centre: 242-1500 or toll free: 1-877-661-5005

Mona Goodman/Kathy Hitchings

E-mail: layform2@saskatoonrcdiocese.com

Website: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/layformation/

Lay Formation is supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal

 For those mourning the loss of a spouse, whether recently or in years past, the RC Diocese of Saskatoon offers Widow Care, a support group for widows and widowers who are seeking understanding, through a common experience, and a listening ear.  We welcome those who are gifted with both the ability to listen and the ability to gently lead and encourage sharing, whether widowed or not, to join our facilitation team. Facilitation training will be provided. Please contact Elan at the Catholic Pastoral Centre; 242-1500 ext 229, if you are interested in becoming part of this healing ministry.

 St. Therese School of Faith and Mission, 2011 Commissioning Celebration. You are invited to join the students of St. Therese for the Commissioning Mass at 2:00p.m., Saturday, May 28, 2011, celebrated by the Most Reverend Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon. Buffet banquet at 5:00 PM. Tickets on $20.00 RSVP to 369-2555 by Tuesday May 24, 2011

 The Catholic Connections Committee was formed by the Bishops of Saskatchewan to keep Catholics informed about Catholic Health and Education in the province.  Please check their website online at www.saskcatholicconnections.com.

 Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon is looking for a bright, energetic person to join our team.  We need a casual person to work in our reception area who would be able to cover vacation days and be on call for sick days.  Duties would include answering phones, welcoming clients, taking payments and some computer work.  If you are interested in being a part of an excellent work environment, please contact Carol Colville at staff@cfssaskatoon.sk.ca or phone 244-7773.

 Youth Ministry

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.

 Home Ministry of Care

Attention all Ministry of Care Volunteers:

 You are invited to a RETREAT.

 Date:  Wednesday June 8th

Time:  10:00am—2:00pm

Place:  Upper Hall.

 Lunch will be provided.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, May 23  9:00 a.m  †Joao & †Emilia Moreira & Family

Tuesday, May 24  9:00 a.m  †Carl Lucyshyn

Wednesday, May 25    9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

  7:15 p.m  †Florence Kominski

Thursday, May 26    9:00 a.m  †Carmela Nardi

Friday, May 27    9:00 a.m  †Josephine Gelowitz

Saturday, May 28  9:00 a.m  Rosa Figueiredo & Family

  7:00 p.m  †Maria, Jose & Tony Figueiredo

Sunday, May 29  9:00 a.m  †Rita Vandale

  11:00 a.m  For the parish