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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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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Bulletin Reflection for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Can you afford condemnation?

 By Alice Camille

   Consider forgiveness as the currency of eternity. It’s absolutely free, so spend as much as you’d like. It’s like having your own money printing press in the cellar. Go on: Forgive seventy-times-seven times and it won’t cost you a penny!

The great thing about forgiveness is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Forgive people extravagantly, unilaterally, and relentlessly, and what does that get you? The same kind of abundant pardon on the far side of life. The Lord’s Prayer expresses the bargain: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” The more we hit the ATM of forgiveness to spend on the people around us, the more is added to our account. It’s a bewilderingly sweet deal.

  Given the remarkable benefits of the practice of forgiveness, you’d think Christians would be all over it like ants at a picnic. We should be bumping into each other in our haste to demonstrate compassion for our fellow sinners, as anxious to say I’m sorry as to declare I forgive you. Members of the Focolare movement are fond of saying we should seek to be the first to love. If we made each decision with that intent, seeking and offering forgiveness would be as natural as breathing.

  Surprisingly, however, the thought of forgiveness often stifles our breath. We’ve developed very bad habits conforming us to the world rather than to Christ. We hug wrath and anger tight, though they’re hateful and can only make us sick, in body and soul. Unforgiveness is the number-one reported ailment in the offices of counselors both secular and pastoral. It leads to anger, depression, uncontrollable sadness, judgmentalism, and a host of other crippling diseases. We don’t know how to let go of injuries and injustices. We insist that reconciliation be a two-way street: Our offenders must change in order for us to grant them amnesty. We heap so many preconditions on forgiveness that it becomes impossible to exercise. That free and abundant currency of eternity? We lock it all up in a Swiss bank account and throw away the key.

  And it’s not only a matter of refusing to play nice. Withholding forgiveness means staunching the supply available to ourselves. It’s ruthless spiritual suicide, yet we do it anyway, to our peril. The spirit of condemnation makes us cold jailors and our debtors miserable prisoners and threatens our eternal peace. Would anyone choose this special brand of hell? Ah, but we do. And only because “we know not what we do.” The fastest way out of this hell is to start spending heaven’s currency as lavishly as we can. We’ll soon find out how giving is the only sure way to getting.

 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

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 A Compassionate Healers Mass will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. Anne parish, 217 Lenore Drive, in Saskatoon for the benefit and intentions of medical personnel, health care workers, volunteer caregivers, parish nurses, men and women religious in health care ministry and ministry of care volunteers in parishes and health care facilities. The celebrant will be Bishop Donald Bolen.  A reception will follow. The sixth annual event is organized by the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan CHAS. For more information contact CHAS at 306-655-5330 or cath.health@sasktel.net

 LIFE CHAIN SASKATOON 2011  Life Chain will take place on October 2nd, 2011 along the streets of Idylwyld and 22nd from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  LIFE CHAIN is a peaceful and prayerful public witness praying for an end to abortion.  It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  Signs are provided and available at the street corners.  LIFE CHAIN will take place rain or shine, so bring water, lawn chairs, umbrellas and a friend.  Be a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through prayer.  Sponsored by Campaign Life Coalition Sask.  For more info contact Denise at 249-2764

 PRO LIFE WALK  Eileen Provost will once again be participating in the Pro Life walk on September 24, 2011.  If you wish to sponsor her, you can do one of the following: Phone her at 382-4821 or sign the sponsor sheet at the rectory during office hours.  Eileen will be available after all Sunday Masses during the weekend of September 17/18 to receive your donations.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  For more information, please see the vestibule bulletin board.  God bless!

 Home Ministry of Care

To All Parishioners,

  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,




Mass Intentions

Monday, September 12               9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Tuesday, September 13               9:00 a.m  †Amado Caragay

Wednesday, September 14  9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

  7:15 p.m  †Armando Frassetto

Thursday, September 15  9:00 a.m  †Emily & Camile Demeester

Friday, September 16    9:00 a.m  †Emil Woytowich

Saturday, September 17  9:00 a.m  Michael Prystupa

  7:00 p.m  †Joe Bairos

Sunday, September 18  9:00 a.m  †Clara Cas 

  11:00 a.m  For the parish