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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
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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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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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6th Sunday in Easter

Bulletin Reflection

The Spirit is A-movin’

 By Alice Camille

   John Henry Newman puzzles over the mystery of why Jesus left his friends after reuniting with them in the Resurrection. Things couldn’t be the same between them, he suggests, after the “awful truth” of the divinity of Jesus was revealed to their formerly imperceptive imaginations. “What had been, could not be again,” Newman writes rather sadly. No one can see God and live, so once they were quite clear about who their friend was, Jesus must vanish from their sight.

  With all respect to Newman, a pastor friend of mine has a simpler explanation born of his own experience of embracing and surrendering parishes. “After a while, the same charisma that enables you to lead these people in the first place gets in the way of them being able to move forward themselves. So you have to step aside, for their sake. They have to let you go to come into their own.”

  This theory dovetails with Jesus’ own observation that if he did not leave, the Advocate could not come. The plan was never to abandon the nascent church or let the disciples fend for themselves as sheep among wolves. The plan was for the disciples to become an army of good shepherds, to lead more sheep into the safety of the fold. The only weakness in this arrangement, of course, is that no disciple is fit to assume the place of Jesus. Even Peter, the most worthy character of the bunch, is a far cry from the close communion Jesus had with his Father. How to bridge that chasm?

  If you look at salvation history altogether, the problem with humanity has always been the wedge that sin drove between God and us. The Incarnation covered the distance, bringing the substance of God’s divinity near again. With the Risen Lord ascending, that immanence would be lost but for the arrival of the Advocate. If Jesus provided the ultimate bridge between humanity and divinity, this indwelling Spirit supplied the Chunnel.

  Maybe Newman is insightful in pointing out that the glorified Christ is not the same as Jesus, friend and teacher. The intimacy of Incarnation could not be replaced with the Resurrected Lord. Sacramental intimacy in Eucharist would provide Real Presence, but a relationship to a sacrament is not identical to a relationship with a person. That is why Peter and John must revisit the Samaritans with prayer for the Spirit even after Philip brought them the seemingly sufficient trifecta of gospel, healing, and baptism. Without the Spirit to lead it forward, a community might spin its wheels or remain on a circular track of spiritual self-satisfaction. In this church, movement is everything. You can’t follow if you’re standing still.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)



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.

 NEOPHYTE MASS: The 2011 Neophyte Mass will be on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church in Saskatoon. A reception to follow.  This Mass is for all those Elect who were initiated during the 2011Easter Vigil, any candidates who became full members in the Catholic Church at any time since the 2010 Easter Vigil, Parish RCIA Teams and anyone who is interested Christian Initiation (RCIA). For more information contact Fr. Michael Koch 373-0404 or mjkrcia@shaw.ca 

 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.

 CWL WIND-UP APPETIZER SOCIAL – June 7th.  Everyone bring your favourite appetizer “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.

 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!.

 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.

 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!

 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.

Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion – schedules. The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from June 4/5 (Ascension of the Lord) to August 27/28 (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time). Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another minister to take your place if you are unable to attend the assigned Mass.   All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion, except those who have received the schedules by email, are asked to pick up the  new schedules as soon as possible from the Sacristy after Mass. Your willingness to serve in these important liturgical ministries is very much appreciated.

 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, June 11th at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.  This meeting we will have Bill Edwards of the W. A. Edwards Family Centre as our guest speaker.

 THANKS FROM ST. PATRICK’S PARISH:  Last weekend there was a funeral at St. Mary’s Parish, thanks to the generosity of your staff -Fr. Jon and Ryan, the choir, Ann Loran (the sacristan), and those serving in the Eucharistic ministry – Berniece Keindel, Jim and Marion Penna, and Pat and Vic Fortosky.  Philip Rondeau was laid to rest leaving behind a family and many friends grieving the death of this young man.  Also, thank you to your parish for facilitating a funeral lunch after the service.  May God bless you for the giving of your time, especially on a holiday weekend.  It was a beautiful funeral and may God grant eternal rest to Phillip and consolation to his grieving family.  Fr. Kevin McGee & Sr. Donna Purdy

 CHURCH STEPS HOSPITALITY: Come volunteer and put your smile to use as we hand out cookies and iced tea during the summer months to those passing by our church. This is the heart of St. Mary’s, serving others and reaching out into our neighborhood. Schedules can be very flexible and volunteers will have options in choosing days and times most suitable. Starting date is July 4th, 2011. Sign up sheets are located at the back of the church or contact Ryan Baker (244-2983) for more information.

 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.

 Farewell to Maria Rogal Our Youth Minister, Maria Rogal is leaving her position with the parish at the end of the month of May.  St. Mary’s is so grateful for the energy and enthusiasm that Maria brought to the ministry and we will miss her a great deal.  We wish you all the best for your future Maria. We say good-bye for now, but we know that St. Mary’s will always be home for you.  Good luck with your new job and may God bless you.

 Saskatoon Food Bank Drive  The Saskatoon Food Bank is organizing a city wide food drive to stock the shelves of their pantry.  You can help in this effort by bringing the gift of a non perishable food item(s) to the foyer of the church during the weekend Masses of June 4-5.

 Ordained Ministry Diocesan Consultation:  The diocese of Saskatoon is seeking parish consultation regarding the future of ordained ministry in the diocese and the viability of parishes.  Please join us for an information/consultation session in the upper room of the parish hall on Sunday, June 12 at 12:30 pm.

 The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools retirement reception, scheduled for Monday, May 30 at TCU Place, must be postponed until a later date. Once a new date is scheduled for this event, we will inform invitees as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to being able in the future to honour those who have served our division.

 Home Ministry of Care

TO ALL VOLUNTEERS  In appreciation of your willingness and dedication, we invite you to a RETREAT on Wednesday, June 8th in the upper meeting Room at 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.  There is no cost, however we must know how many will be attending.  Please RSVP by June 3rd.  Thank you.

 PRAYER SHAWL TEAM:  Thank you for all the shawls, mittens, toques, baby shawls, and quilts you have created.  They are always very much appreciated and treasured by the recipients.  We’re going to take a summer break.  Our last gathering for this season will be on June 7th.  We’ll start up again in September.  Have a great summer.  God bless you all. 

Mass Intentions

Monday, May 30  9:00 a.m  †Madalena Santomauio

Tuesday, May 31  9:00 a.m  †Dan Gelowitz

Wednesday, June 1    9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

  7:15 p.m  †Ferdinand Frias

Thursday, June 2    9:00 a.m  †“Alex” Alessjo Dekovic

Friday, June 3    9:00 a.m  †Rene Fortier & †Jean Courteau

Saturday, June 4  9:00 a.m  Sean Levesque

  7:00 p.m  †Carl Lucychyn

Sunday, June 5  9:00 a.m 

  11:00 a.m  For the parish