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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

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Bulletin Reflection for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Seeking and Finding the Treasure

 By Alice Camille

   There’s something about buried treasure that stirs the imagination of children everywhere—children of all ages, I should say. Recently an anchor from the 18th-century pirate Blackbeard’s ship Queen Anne’s Revenge was dredged up in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina. An old rusting hunk of metal, its apparent value not impressive, still the anchor dragged up with it dreams of sunken chests and wild adventures at the service of riches untold. Buried treasure has many facets: instant wealth, deliciously secretive, available only to those willing to delve under the surface to discover it.

  Young King Solomon aims for such treasure when he prays for wisdom to rule and judge. Many a leader in his position might have asked for more superficial riches: heaps of gold, powerful armies, or dominion over his subjects. Digging deeper, Solomon acquires a prize that will make him one of the most celebrated monarchs in history.

  Saint Paul, too, might have settled for the learning he received from the best school in Jerusalem. He knew the Law of Moses backwards and forwards and could have enjoyed an esteemed rabbinic career. But when a revelation shattered his plans, he stepped into a realm of understanding far more penetrating than what can be taught by mortals. It made him a poorer man by worldly standards—but a prince among the communion of saints.

  Jesus invites us to go on a quest for buried treasure in pursuit of a kingdom hidden from our eyes. We’ll find it buried under the surface of things, lost in the marketplace, waiting to be found at the bottom of the sea of human experience. It will take some doing to discover this kingdom and will cost everything in our possession to acquire it. To those who appreciate its value, nothing could be as important as this quest. To those who see with worldly eyes, unwilling to look deeper, this treasure may remain forever buried, right under their feet.

  Today our nation is celebrating Parents Day, honoring those who have made the commitment to family above all other values. In a society that lures us with material prizes and personal freedoms, it’s more difficult than ever to dig deeper and find the treasure buried in family life.

  Those who dedicate themselves to the nurture of children will sacrifice decades of time, most of their resources, and all of their love to this labor. They will surrender personal goals for family-centered ones. They will feel at times that they have delivered themselves entirely into the service of their children. Like the merchant seeking the best pearls, those who make the investment will come to recognize the pearl of great price in family life. When you buy the field, the buried treasure comes with it.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

Announcements

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

 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’S 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.

 ST. MARY’S PARISH AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY is really just around the corner! We are asking all parishioners this fall to consider donating new (or gently used) items that we can sell at our auction. You can help support this great event in two ways—by asking businesses to donate items for the sale and by attending the auction with your friends and relatives! Sr. Carol, our parish nurse, reaches out to many people in our neighborhood with the work that she does. Help bring hope to the residents of our community by supporting the Parish Nurse Ministry. If you have any questions or to make a donation, please call Parish Office at 244-2983. . Remember—the auction is on Saturday, October 15th at 10:00am

Mass Intentions

Monday, July 25  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

Tuesday, July 26  9:00 a.m  †Andrew and Katie Krieger

Wednesday, July 27    9:00 a.m  †David Evans

  7:15 p.m  †Sharon Callaghan

Thursday, July 28    9:00 a.m  †Emil Woytowich

Friday, July 29    9:00 a.m  †Carl Lucyshyn

Saturday, July 30  9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

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

Sunday, July 31  9:00 a.m  †Fr. Paul Donlevy

  11:00 a.m  For the parish

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