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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
  • 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
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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Peter 2.0

 By Alice Camille

   Saint Peter is elevated to our attention for at least nine crucial Matthean moments. This gospel is invested in the development of a singular disciple destined to become the keeper of the keys. Though Peter is called to discipleship in ch. 4, he has no speaking part on that occasion or up until this one in ch. 14, when he attempts to walk on water. It’s the first time in Matthew that Peter distinguishes himself from the generic group of disciples. It’s the moment that prepares him for his fateful confession in ch. 16: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

  Up to now the 12 apostles have functioned like a conglomerate of pale witnesses to Jesus’ ministry. Occasionally they venture a question, but it’s “the disciples” who ask it—as if none of these men has yet found his voice in the commanding presence of the Teacher. Let’s face it: We’d likely be no different in the company of one who heals the sick, multiplies food, casts out demons, and restores the dead. Not to mention one who teaches with such authority that religious leaders are confounded.

  Once Peter dares to address the Lord personally on this fearful night, his leadership potential is out of the bag. Jesus seems to know it, too: From now on he’ll select Peter for his inner circle of three to go where the others are not invited. Perhaps Jesus continues to mull over the three in ensuing episodes, weighing their merits. Peter has a forgiveness handicap: “Lord, must I forgive my brother seven times?” Meanwhile the sons of Zebedee, hiding behind their mother’s skirts, crave the glory seats in the coming reign. Peter will make his daring confession yet follow it with a glaring lack of comprehension by rejecting any talk of the Passion to come. Peter is “blessed” for what the Spirit makes known to him—and “Satan” for tempting Jesus to seek a less costly way.

  Peter’s warring spirits are evident from this first stormy hour. He has the inspiration, energy, and bravado to get out of the boat, and a legion of doubts that cause him to sink in short order. This Petrine trait echoes again at the Last Supper, when Peter swears his faith will never be shaken, only hours before he will deny his Lord multiple times. “O you of little faith,” Jesus must chide his friend—and, by extension, us. For Peter is ultimately chosen to be the rock upon which the church will stand and, occasionally, sink like a stone. Peter’s flaw is alive and well in his 21st-century heirs. But as long as we mirror Peter’s persistent repentance, thankfully, the church will survive.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)



PARISH PARKING LOT PARTY:  This year’s Parish Parking Lot Party will be held on August 11, 2011 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  Volunteers, please come to the parish hall at 3:00 for orientation.

 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.

 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

 ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB (1235 20th Street West) are having a pot luck luncheon on August 10th at 1:00pm.  Cards, bingo, and a sing song to follow.  The cost for this event $8.00 if you do not bring food.  Everyone welcome.

 REMINDER – St. Mary’s Harvest Supper is Sunday, September 25th.  Mark your calendar and plan on attending.  We will be looking for help and food donations.  More details in a few weeks.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, August 8  9:00 a.m  †John & Ines Pascoal

Tuesday, August 9  9:00 a.m  Manuel & Ines Moreira

Wednesday, August 10    9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

  7:15 p.m  †Emil Woytowich

Thursday, August 11    9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Friday, August 12    9:00 a.m  †Carl Lucyshyn

Saturday, August 13  9:00 a.m  †Rogelio Concepcion

  7:00 p.m  †Elsie Schedlosky

Sunday, August 14  9:00 a.m  †Emil Woytowich

  11:00 a.m  For the parish