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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

The Body and Blood of Christ Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Billions Served

 By Alice Camille

   In 1993 McDonald’s sold its 100 billionth hamburger. Because only two digits fit on their existing signs, it was decided to permanently install the count at McDonald’s as “Over 99 Billion Served.” It may no longer be an accurate amount, but that’s still a lot of happy meals. When McDonald’s might sell its last grab-and-go meal is anybody’s guess. But the burger is far from dead meat.

  By comparison: How many times have you and I shared in the meal that offers life everlasting? The cradle Catholic who receives First Eucharist at age seven and continues to be faithful to the weekly liturgy stands a chance of participating in this sacred feast some 4,000 times over the course of an average life, give or take holydays. If you’re a daily Mass-goer (or a priest), make that upwards of 25,000 very happy meals. Yet there’s no contest to beef up our numbers. Taking our sacramental theology seriously, one Host contains the sum total of all those receptions. Christ is entirely present in a single particle of the Eucharist, which is why we treat the holy elements of Body and Blood with the highest expression of respect known as adoration.

  Those aiming to be super-sized can go to the fast-food mongers across a lifetime and enjoy a remarkable number and variety of savory episodes—not to mention calories and health-related issues that may well shorten their years. Yet a single “full, active, and conscious” participation in the Eucharist brings us hope of eternal life. That sounds great for later; but eternal life actually means the fullness of life starting here and now. If you want it, this table is about to be set and you’re invited.

  The Body and Blood of Christ isn’t only something we “get” at every Eucharist. It’s also what we become. That is the part that intrigued the mystics, who wrote often of how God dwells in us and we in God, like those Russian dolls that nest one inside the next, only in a sequence without end. We receive Christ. We become Christ. And we go forth to bring Christ out to a world in great need of this food.

  Our society is dying of a thousand unnamed hungers yet heading out day after day, generation after generation, for the happy meals of wealth, power, and privilege; romance, sensation, addiction; entertainment, amusement, distraction—hoping for satisfaction from all these. Those meals serve billions, it’s true. And they may look nice on a platter. But the reason the world keeps serving them up is because we’re bound to return, with empty plates and emptier spirits. The only true food is the life that Jesus offers.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

CWL CLOTHING DEPOT PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATES – THE CWL CLOTHING DEPOT WILL BE CLOSED JULY 23RD UNTIL OCTOBER 11TH.  Due to renovations they will not be open August and September.  Donations will be accepted until July 22.  After July 22, please save your gently used items until October as they will not be able to accept them until then.

 CHURCH STEPS HOSPITALITY: Due to the lack of interest, this year’s church steps hospitality has been cancelled.  Thank you to all who donated cookies for this project.  Your labour has not been in vain, all donated cookies will be used at the back door and at this year’s Parish Parking Lot Party.

 PARISH PARKING LOT PARTY:  This year’s Parish Parking Lot Party will be held on August 11, 2011 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  Volunteer sign up sheets are in the church for anyone that wishes to assist with this event.

 COOKIES NEEDED:  We are looking for donations of cookies 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 from a loss?

Join us for SODALITAS; a safe caring group for reflecting and sharing for those who are experiencing grief.  Our next meeting is Saturday, July 2 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Topic:  Coping

 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, July 2nd immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass until 12:00 noon.

 It’s that time again, it’s SUMMER TIME! So it’s time to sign up for camp! Blackstrap Youth Camp is once again offering 6 one-week camps this summer starting July 3rd and going through to August 12. Please find our application form online at blackstrapyouthcamp.com and send it in to Blackstrap Youth Camp Box 203 Saskatoon, Sk S7K 3K4 If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us; campblackstrap@gmail.com or call us at our Saskatoon office 934-1838.

 Autumn Pilgrim Journey to the Holy Land, including tracing St. Paul’s footsteps in Greece, Oct. 5-25/11. Here is your opportunity-3 seats have just opened. Contact Ministry to Tourism 306 244-3747, kleiter@shaw.ca

 STUDENT EMPLOYMENT St. Patrick Parish, Saskatoon, SK. – Part time employment available for the summer months.  Duties would include janitorial, Hall/Event set up, minor maintenance, yard work.  Contact:  Fr. Kevin McGee or Ron Frehlich at 384-1100.

 Sidewalk Repairs The Sidewalk and ramp on the north side of St. Mary’s Church has deteriorated over the course of the last few winters.  A contractor has been hired to rebuild the sidewalk and construction will take place during the month of August.  In the meantime please exercise caution when using this sidewalk. Use the handrail for added safety.

 Ministry of Care

A reminder to all volunteers:

  Summer has arrived!  We try to take advantage of the flew weeks of hot weather by relaxing, gardening, going to the lake, taking a vacation.  We’re busy enjoying summer!

  However, our shut-ins may be feeling more lonely and isolated that ever.  Please continue your visits.  They are very much appreciated.

  If you are going away or unable to make your regular visits during the summer, please call Iris at 244-2983 so she can make arrangements for a continuing visit.

  May God continue to bless you for your faithfulness and commitment.

  Have a wonderful summer.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, June 27  9:00 a.m  Claude and †Pat La France

Tuesday, June 28  9:00 a.m  †Dan Gelowitz

Wednesday, June 29    9:00 a.m  Souls in Purgatory

  7:15 p.m  †Joe and Natalie Melo

Thursday, June 30    9:00 a.m  †Darrel Kuzub

Friday, July 1    9:00 a.m  †Maria, Jose, & Antonio Figueiredo

Saturday, July 2  9:00 a.m  Fred & Jeannine Bussiere

  7:00 p.m  †Carl Lucyshyn

Sunday, July 3  9:00 a.m  †Cathy Alvarez

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

 

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