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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
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    Monday to Saturday: 9am
    Wednesday: 9am, 7:15pm

    Perpetual Help Devotions at both Wednesday Masses

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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

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    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

I Hate To Tell You This, But …

By Alice Camille

  To be honest, I don’t like today’s readings. I find them troubling. Like you, I’m in the truth-telling business, yet I harden my heart against this message. Scripture is not wishy-washy, and these passages are clear-cut diamonds, and just as sharp. Jesus lays out the invitation—no, the obligation—to confront each other with wrongdoing in the spirit of benevolent correction. Most of us prefer to decline, because it’s an icky business.

  A few caveats are in order. First, we have to be sure we know what “right-doing” is. That involves taking a fearless moral inventory of ourselves: sorting out the difference between our personal preferences and God’s own truth. This initial step is where most would-be rescuers go wrong. Before approaching another about the splinter in their eye, we’d best get the plank out of our own. It helps to begin by seeking counsel from someone wise and asking: Am I doing this right? Do I have the facts straight before I take on the spiritual works of mercy known as “instructing the ignorant” and “warning the sinner”? Or is it more a case of being called upon to “counsel the doubtful” or even “forgive offenses”?

  Once we’re sure where we stand, we face the second, equally imperative task: benevolent correction, with the accent on benevolent. Too often we come out swinging the sledgehammer of righteous indignation instead. The stories of parents screaming moral instruction at their children or spouses hurtling accusations at each other are legion. Even if we whisper the need to reconsider a course of action, we must check that we’re not smiling inwardly, enjoying the superior position too much. Self-righteousness is the killer of every good intention. It bears repeating: Self-righteous smugness befouls the moral high ground and makes it stink.

  To be sure our intentions are pure, we might ask: Do I feel motivated by love, or by anger or disgust? Am I calm, or roused to do battle? Do I aim to help or to bludgeon? If our intention is anything but love, we’re not prepared to engage the spirit of correction.

  When I’m in the sinner’s seat, I admit I rarely respond well to correction initially. Ego-death is no different from any other: Most of us move through Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ stages of dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression. If we follow all the way to the fifth stage, acceptance, we’ll profit from correction. Obviously it takes as much spiritual preparation to receive as to offer the gift of instruction. Just as you can’t expect a baby to walk, you can’t expect a person to do what they’re not spiritually equipped to do. That’s why Jesus is clear that this kind of intervention happens within the family of faith. Spiritual maturity is needed to engage this process and informs its success.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


 Bulletin Announcements

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

 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on Saturday, September 3rd, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

 ST. MARY’S CWL’S first general meeting of the fall is Wednesday September 7th after the 7:15pm Mass.  Come connect with fellow members and discuss future events.

 ST. MARY’S PARISH PICTORIAL It is time again for another pictorial directory for the parish. Your participation helps to make this an important keepsake for everyone in the parish and for years to come. When you have your family or individual photo taken, your picture will be put in the directory and you will receive a free directory. Photographs will be taken from September 21st to September 27th.  Appointments can be arranged following the weekend Masses.  If you have not made arrangements or been contacted to make an appointment for your sitting, please call the parish office at 244-2983 and a representative will make your appointment for photographs. Please help us make this a success by having your photo taken.

 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, September 10th at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.  The theme for this month’s meeting is “Expressing our Grief.”

 PREPARATION FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION We are now inviting all parents and guardians who desire their child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) and First Communion to register between September 6th and October 17th. You may register in person at the parish office during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by phone at 244-2983.

 PRAYER SHAWL TEAM  We will resume our afternoons on Tuesday September 13.  New comers are welcome (we meet every Tuesday in the upper meeting room, 1:00pm—2:30pm).  If anyone has any yarn taking up space, we could use it for the shawls!! Call Iris, 244-2983 ext 234.

 With the first day of school behind us, Children’s Liturgy is set to begin again on September 11 at the 11 a.m. Mass.  We welcome all children of the parish as well as those just visiting to join us each Sunday beginning next week.  Anyone who would be interested in helping with Children’s Liturgy can contact Vicki Strelioff at 978-0853 or vstrelioff@yahoo.com for more information.

 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS Just a reminder that the September meeting will be held on September 7th following the 7:15pm Mass.

 A BIG THANK YOU to those who baked and donated cookies for our Parking Lot Party. It is with your help that we can continue to make this an important ministry within St. Mary’s Parish community.  Cookie tins can be picked up after Mass in the upper kitchen.

 ST. MARY’S AUCTION COMMITTEE’S next meeting will be on September 6, 2011 at 7:00pm in the upper meeting room.

 Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers  Thank you to our Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers who serve faithfully at our Liturgies.  We are requesting anyone who has thought about serving as a lector or a Eucharistic minister to prayerfully consider do so.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please call the parish office at 244-2983.  Thank you.

 ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS CITIZENS CLUB (1235 20th Street West) are having a corn roast supper on September 14 at 4:30pm.  Doors open at 12:00, with Bingo and entertainment.  Cost for this event is $8.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.  All are welcome.

 BAA 2011: Building Pathways of Hope:  This fall, Bishop Don Bolen will visit each of the deaneries in the diocese to discuss this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal. All are welcome to attend to hear about the important ministries supported by the Appeal, and how together we are “Building Pathways of Hope.”  The meeting for the Saskatoon City Deanery and Saskatoon Rural Deanery will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at St. Anne’s Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Mass at 7 p.m., followed by presentation at 7:45 p.m.

Polka Mass at Danceland, Manitou Beach, Sunday September 18th 10:30am hymn sing, 11:00am Mass.  Accordion player is Dennis Ficor, local musicians and St. Ann’s choir.  Everyone is welcome.  Pancakes, sausage, hash brown casserole, fruit and much more will be served by St. Ann’s parish.  Adults $8, 12 & under $5, pre-school free.  All proceeds go to St. Ann’s Parish Building fund.

 Home Ministry of Care

  There is no substitute for caring.  Through this ministry we are given opportunities to serve and be a blessing to others.  However, we can reach out only if we know about someone who would like to receive communion at home, is lonely and would like a visit, is in the hospital or would appreciate a prayer shawl.

  Your continued support is needed to have an effective care ministry in our parish.

   Please contact me if you are aware of a situation which may require pastoral attention.  Let us care for each other!

 Thank you,


244-2983 ext 234

 Youth Ministry

Can I get a Witness? (gr. 8—12)  On Saturday September 10th from 2—9pm, we are heading to Pike Lake with youth from across the diocese to participate in a day-long youth event in the great outdoors.  Our topic will be sharing our faith with others, which is a very difficult thing to do in today’s society.  We will be meeting at St. Patrick`s Parish at 2pm and heading out from there.  We should arrive back in Saskatoon at the same location around 9pm.  Alternate arrangements will be made if it rains.  For more information contact your parish youth leader or the diocesan office of Youth Ministry at 242-1500, Ext. 225 or e-mail: youthmin@saskatoonrcdiocese.com


Mass Intentions

Monday, September 5  9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

Tuesday, September 6  9:00 a.m  †Ana Delacruz

Wednesday, September 7  9:00 a.m  †Ferdinand Frias

  7:15 p.m  †Emil Woytowich

Thursday, September 8    9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

Friday, September 9    9:00 a.m  †Emilia Melo & Family

Saturday, September 10  9:00 a.m  †Fr. Paul Donlevy

  7:00 p.m  †Emily & Camile Demeester & family

Sunday, September 11  9:00 a.m  Holman Family

  11:00 a.m  For the parish