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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
    stmarysrectory@sasktel.net

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  • 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

Ascension Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Catch Some Air

 By Alice Camille

   When athletes in racing, basketball, or other sports leave the ground even for a few seconds, they are said to “catch air.” Especially when it comes to basketball, most of those players have a higher perspective than the rest of us who are only walking around! The euphoria of getting off your feet and into the air, however, lends an additional sensation not unlike our childhood dreams of flying. We feel somehow less materially bound, more than a mortal, if only for an instant.

  Maybe folks who feel compelled to climb every mountain or walk a tightrope or do daredevil stunts in a skateboard park are answering that same wild urge to transcend mortal boundaries and catch some of that rarified air. Maybe it was a similar urge that drove Saint Peter to get out of a boat and walk toward Jesus on the water. Being human weights us down with cares and limitations, a sometimes-leaden past or a sense of our own futility. Don’t we all feel a desire to be able to float up and away from everything that keeps us pinned to the ground and to all of the “have-tos” of our existence?

  Is there a way we are invited to ascend with Jesus on this feast? He asks his disciples to do just that in the 40 days Luke tells us he spoke with them after the Resurrection. After Jesus presents himself so improbably alive and glorified, he instructs them once more about the kingdom of God. Admittedly, he had a lot to say about God’s reign before he was crucified, but it seems as if they were asleep at the time. Now they’re wide awake, blasted open by the trauma and the magnificence of the Triduum events (are we?), better prepared to hear what he’s been saying all along.

  Yet still, what do they ask him when they have this wonderful opportunity? “Will you restore the kingdom of Israel now?” They have yet to ascend, these friends of Jesus. They’re still fretting about temporal kingdoms and earthly authority. It’s as if Jesus said to them, “My friends, come up higher!” and they persisted in responding, “But lower is so much more familiar and comfortable!”

  We sympathize with these friends of Jesus because we, too, find ascension a challenging way to go. So much locks us down to earth: the pursuit of a living, the need to pay bills, the obligation to care for children and elders, the politics demanded by our social contract, the fragility of bodies not built to last. When we are asked to lift our gaze and maybe even catch some air by adopting a Kingdom perspective, it can seem impractical and even implausible. If we remain earthbound, though, most of what Jesus said won’t make much sense.

  Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

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.

 St. Mary’s Parish Catholic Legacy Program –  June 15th, 2011 at 10:00 am  St. Mary’s: 211- Ave. O South, Saskatoon  Please join us for an informational session on our Catholic heritage of faith and legacy. You will learn about our first pioneers and religious that settled our province and formed our faith, towns, and parishes.  We will also look at the importance of estate planning from a Catholic perspective.  To RSVP or for more information please contact the Catholic Foundation.  Jocelyne Hamoline: 306-343-7506, jhamoline@dscatholicfoundation.ca or Darlene Cooper:  306-979-3705, dcooper@dscatholicfoundation.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.

 CWL CLOTHING DEPOT – PLEASE NOTE THE CWL CLOTHING DEPOT WILL BE CLOSED JUNE 22ND UNTIL SEPTEMBER.  Due to renovations they will not be open July and August.  Save your gently used items until September as they will not be able to accept them until then.

FAREWELL TO FR. BILL AND FR. BABU  Please join us to say good bye to members of the Redemptorist community who will be leaving Saskatoon in the summer. The farewell will be in the hall on Saturday June  18th after the 7:00 P.M. Mass.

 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!

 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.

 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.

 ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS’ CLUB  (1235 20th Street West) is having a picnic on Wednesday June 8th starting with cards and games at 1:00pm, supper starts at 4:30pm.  The cost for this event for members is $8.00 and $10.00 for non-members.  Everybody welcome.

 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.

 K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday June 12th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!St. Mary’s

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.

 Justice Emmett Hall 4th Degree K of C Assembly will be hosting the Canada Day Mass at10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Parish, July 1 –114-Kingsmere Place.   Everyone is invited to attend.  Sir Knights are invited to attend wearing full regalia (if they have it) or their tuxedo and social baldric.  Bishop Bolen will be celebrating mass.  All Diocesan Priests are invited to con-celebrate.  Refreshments will be served after.

 TeenSTAR TRAINING SESSION: The Sisters of the Myriam Family will offer a TeenSTAR training session at St. Therese Institute, Bruno, SK, JUNE 20-24, 2011.The TeenSTAR Program, Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility, is a journey of reflection on affectivity and sexuality designed for teens and young adults, translated into many languages and currently operating in more than 30 countries. Through various activities suiting the age groups (grade 7-9, grade 9-12, young adults), it helps young people to integrate all the aspects of their life: social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual.  It aims at giving them practical ways to understand and live out the “Theology of the Body”.   The training session is open to any person interested in using that tool with a group of young people, to parents who wishes to continue their reflection and develop new means to help their children’s sexual education, and to any person interested in deepening the integration of his/her sexuality.  for registration or more information, contact Sr. Renée:     myriamprairies.sk@ sasktel.net       Ph.:  (306) 761-0528

 The Way of the Heart, a Holy Yoga retreat will be held at Queen’s House of Retreats in Saskatoon,  Monday July 4 – Thursday July 7, 2011. Holy Yoga as a spiritual discipline offers us an experience of Christ through scripture, movement, and music.  The Way of the Heart retreat will introduce the idea of using our Holy Yoga practice as a way to find space for solitude, silence and prayer.  For information regarding Holy Yoga contact Shirley Berthelet – shirleyb@holyyoga.net 978-7242, or Elaine Zakreski – elainez@holyyoga.net 652-1382.  To register for the retreat contact Queen’s House of Retreats www.queenshouse.org 242-1916.

 SACRAMENTS OF CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated in our Parish on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00pm.  Bishop Donald Bolen will be officiating at the Eucharist.  All parishioners are very welcome to attend.

 RIDE NEEDED:  A newly arrived family of 8 (with some small children) is looking for a ride to and from the 9AM Sunday mass on a regular basis.  They are living in the neighborhood of Appleby Drive. Please help us support this family as we welcome them into our faith community.  If you can help please contact Fr. Jon (244-2983) for more details.

 Ministry of Care

TO ALL VOLUNTEERS  This is a last minute reminder about our Retreat on Wednesday June 8 in the upper meeting room at 10:00am until 2:00pm.

 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, June 6  9:00 a.m  †Josephine Gelowitz

Tuesday, June 7  9:00 a.m  †Walter Stasiuk

Wednesday, June 8    9:00 a.m  Lucyshyn family

  7:15 p.m  †David Evans

Thursday, June 9    9:00 a.m  †Florence Kominski

Friday, June 10    9:00 a.m  †Maria, Tony & Jose Figueiredo

Saturday, June 11  9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

  7:00 p.m  †Carl Lucychyn

Sunday, June 12  9:00 a.m 

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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