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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 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

    Or by appointment
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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Sit with the Mystery

 By Alice Camille

   Storytelling is a time-honored occupation. We may not sit around the tribal campfire anymore to hear what the bards have to say, but we do plop onto the sofa in front of the TV, fire up the Netflix Instant Watch on the computer, or read an old-fashioned novel in bed—with or without a Kindle. That is curious behavior, of course, because there are far easier ways to get information. As Woody Allen once slyly said: “I took a speed reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It involves Russia.” Those who actually read the 1,200 pages of War and Peace—or even stop a few hours to enjoy the movie—are looking for more from Tolstoy than a synopsis of the plot.

  When Jesus approached his teaching straightforwardly—in the Sermon on the Mount, in proverbs, or in direct answers to questions—he showed himself capable of getting right to the point. So why did he more frequently choose to linger and tell so many parables? It wasn’t a time-efficient means of getting the catechetical job done. Many parables can be reduced to a simple sentence: God forgives sinners. God expects us to be generous. But in parable form the long story stands in for the short thesis, and happily so. The story sticks in the memory longer, adhering to the heart or to the gut better than an admonition alone would do.

  Yet the longer we sit with a parable, turning it over in our minds, the more facets we uncover. Ambiguities and inconsistencies surface that trouble our desire for simplicity. We want a yes-or-no answer, a God whose rules are easy to understand and which match our sense of justice and order. What we often get with parables is a God who doesn’t add up neatly, a framework for justice that challenges more than it comforts.

  When the disciples ask Jesus why he prefers this teaching method when it is so imprecise, he replies that mystery is the intended result. Those prepared to stop, ponder, and listen will hear. Those looking to chalk up another commandment with which to bludgeon their neighbor or keep their children in line will be disappointed.

  Wisdom teachers across the ages might agree, whether Native American elders passing on ancestral myths or gurus offering their tight little koans. The easy answer turns out to be no answer at all. If you’re not willing to sit with a mystery, you don’t get to pierce its secrets. The seed that goes down into the rich soil must burrow a long way, roots pushing through the earth and incorporating water and minerals to achieve the eventual return to the surface. Only then will the shoot produce its fruit.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


 Bulletin Announcements

ST GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB, 1235 20th Street West, are hosting a barbeque on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.  Entertainment starts at 1:00pm, with bingo starting at 2:00pm followed by supper at 4:30pm.  The cost for this event for members is $8.00 and $10.00 for non-members.

 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.

 Be a Part of a Piece of Art:  Take advantage of a unique opportunity to be a part of the history of our diocese. Consider making a pledge toward the new Stained Glass Windows for the Cathedral of the Holy Family.  Consider a gift in honour or in memory of a loved one. For those who make a gift in memory a picture and your words of remembrance will be part of a multimedia donor recognition display in the new Cathedral. A pictorial booklet and pledge forms are available at the back of the Church. For more information please contact the Diocese of Saskatoon Foundation office at 306-244-6667 or email chagerty@dscatholicfoundation.ca

 MINISTRY OF CARE: If you know of any parishioner who is in hospital or confined to home and would like a visit, please call parish office and let us know.  Also, volunteers from our parish will bring Holy Communion to parishioners unable to attend Mass due to illness.  We would appreciate being informed of such situations so that we can provide for their pastoral needs.

 FAREWELL GATHERING FOR FR. TONY  Fr. Tony will be leaving St. Mary’s Parish this summer, having been appointed to St. Teresa’s Parish in St. John’s, NL.  Please join us on Saturday July 30th following the 7:00pm Mass to say farewell and express our appreciation to Fr. Tony for his service to St. Mary’s.

 BISHOP DONALD BOLEN VISIT: Bishop Donald will be visiting St. Mary’s Parish on the weekend of July 30, 31, 2011 and will be presiding at all three weekend Masses.  Join us for Coffee & Muffins following the 9:00am Mass to meet and welcome Bishop Donald to our parish.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, July 11  9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Tuesday, July 12  9:00 a.m  †Emily & Camile Demeester & Family

Wednesday, July 13    9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

  7:15 p.m  †Dragan Gasparovic

Thursday, July 14    9:00 a.m  †Leonie Keindel

Friday, July 15    9:00 a.m  †Emil Woytowich

Saturday, July 16  9:00 a.m  †Cathy Alvarez

  7:00 p.m  †Carl Lucyshyn

Sunday, July 17  9:00 a.m  †Emil Woytowich

  11:00 a.m  For the parish