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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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    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

The Endangered Vineyard

 By Alice Camille

   A rare commercial for the preacher: If you haven’t read much else yet about the upcoming new Mass translation, please consider At the Supper of the Lamb by Father Paul Turner. His patient, hand-holding approach supplies the history, theology, and occasional logic to help explain to anxious parishioners what the heck is going on and why. It’s going to be a tough time in the vineyard of the Lord for the next few seasons. If priests and parish leaders are on board with “the changes,” it will be an enormous advantage toward bringing the rest of the community along.

  Change is always uncomfortable. Some kinds are traumatic. Tinkering with the rituals that hold us in life can be cataclysmic for some and lead others already teetering to jump ship. The last decade has been hard on the People of God. Never mind a crumbling economy and nonstop war, environmental catastrophes and declining political civility: the sexual abuse of children by their priests, the massive incompetency of the bishop’s response, and the reluctance to man up and confess culpability have created a crisis of confidence in church leadership both broad and deep. It’s the worst possible landscape in which to enact a transformation of the Mass—the one thing many Catholics cling to as their only reason for not evacuating.

  Which is why reflecting on the danger in the vineyard this Sunday is timely. Turner mentions in his book that the responsorial psalm is not a response to the readings, as many imagine. Responsorial refers to its form, not its function. It is actually one of the readings and the only one the assembly actively engages and participates in. Which makes it ideal for preaching. Regretfully, we in the biz mostly ignore the psalm or canticle as a liturgical cigarette break before returning to the good stuff.

  Consider: While Isaiah blames the vineyard for producing a sour yield, and Jesus blames the vineyard’s stewards for dishonorable conduct, Psalm 80 delivers the key to both readings: We are the vineyard of the Lord endangered by assaults from within and without. The only remedy is to remember who we are and whose we are. Christianity is not about following Apollos, or putting our faith in Peter, or betting on Paul. We’re not here for the Latin Mass, or the present Mass, or some future perfect liturgy in the sky. Our faith is not grounded in today’s pastor, this building, or that policy. We are the church, with Christ as our head. Our yield belongs to him, and this Eucharist, this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the culmination of that yield.

 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

 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.

 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 information contact Denise at 249-2764

 The Roxy Rocks Again for Station 20 West  Join us for a benefit concert with spectacular entertainment in support of Station 20 West and the Good Food Junction: Sunday Oct. 2, Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St. West, 7:00pm.  Entertainment by: Brenda Baker, Eileen Laverty, Wyndham Thiessen, the Lawrence Roy Hoop Dancers, Henri Loiselle, the Raging Grannies, Ryan Kendall and the Young Scouts Drum Group. Tickets: $25 and $15 for core neighbourhood residents, available from Station 20 West (343-9378), Quint (978-4041 ex 10), Roxy Theatre Box Office (665-0552), Joan Bell (955-2080), Harold Chapman (955-5452) and Robert Sanche (374-5501).

 PRO-LIFE AND POLITICS:  Why is it important to vote pro-life?  Come to an information session and learn to speak to your candidates about the life issues that affect us …and our tax dollars.  The sessions will take place on October 6th and repeat session on October 13th at 7:30 p.m at Sheptytsky Institute, 1236 College Drive.  Refreshments are provided.  For more information please call 249-2764 or email campaignlifecoalitionsk@gmail.com.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook!

 CWL MEETING will be held Wednesday October 5 at 8:00pm.  Come and join us for the video entitled “Unplanned” (about a former Planned Parenthood assistant).  General meeting to follow—come and socialize with your sisters in Christ.

 K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday October 9th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

 SODALITAS: Are you grieving and suffering from a loss?  Join us for SODALITAS; a safe caring group for reflecting and sharing for those who are experiencing grief.  Our next meeting is Saturday, October 8 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall. The topic for this month’s meeting is Working Through the Pain of Grief.

 Refugee Sponsor Support Network Gathering & Potluck, October 23, 2011, 2:30 – 7:00 pm at Lady of Lourdes Parish (corner of 12th St & Wiggins Ave). Special Guest – Ekatarina Pak from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program in Toronto to share information on the Visa Office Referred Program for Iraqi sponsorships.  Bring questions, success stories and any challenges along with your favorite dish.  To assist with planning please RSVP by Oct. 21 to June Rivard at 373-4938

 Called to the Single Life gatherings have started and will be held twice a month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, upcoming dates include Oct 11, 25, Nov 8, 22 and Dec 13.  Gatherings are open to adult single Catholics who sense a call from God to live out the single life in a spirit of service and celebration.  Each evening includes prayer, discussion and activity.  For information, or if you plan to attend contact Myron Rogal at 242-1500.

 CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 2012 cash calendars are available for purchase.  For more information, or to purchase your calendar contact Elisabeth Ammazzini before or after Mass or call her at 978-1447.

 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU:  The CWL Harvest Supper was a great success.  Thank you to the many hands who helped prepare, donated, attended and prayed.  A special thank you to the youth who helped with the clean up.  The profits will be used for St. Mary’s needs and for other charities.

 RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS Anyone wishing to inquire into the Catholic faith with a view to being received into our Church should contact the parish office as soon as possible. We hope to begin the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in October. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic, encourage them to call the parish office in the next couple of weeks. (244-2983)

 In preparation for our move to the new Catholic Pastoral Centre, the library has been weeding books from the collection. These books have been moved to the lounge on the main floor where they free for the taking (and on a first come-first served basis). There are simply too many titles for us to provide a list of what is available so…if you are interested, please come by anytime Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to Noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and take whatever you like!

 FALL SUPPERS:  For those of you who were not able to get tickets for St. Mary’s Harvest Supper, here is a list of upcoming Fall suppers that you may wish to attend.

 St. Michael’s Parish Fall Supper will be held at St. Michael’s School Auditorium on Sunday, OCTOBER 16th, 2011  with sittings at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Cost of tickets: Adults: $13.00; Children 10 & under: $6.00; Preschoolers free (but require a ticket). Included this year at the supper will be 50/50 draws at each sitting. Tickets are available after mass at St. Michael’s each weekend or call the office at 242-5150 to reserve tickets (leave message).  Buy/reserve early since we usually sell out.

 St. Anne’s Parish is hosting a Family Retreat led by the National Evangelization Team Ministry. Enjoy a day filled with skits, games, music and prayer with the whole family, whether young or young at heart! To be held Nov. 27 starting at 11 a.m. with Sunday Mass and ending at 7 p.m. This retreat is open to all families of the diocese, and there is no age limit! Registration information to come. For more information on NET please visit their website www.netcanada.ca Contact Colm Leyne of the diocesan Youth Ministry Office at 242-1500 Ext. 225, for more information on the retreat.

 Youth Ministry

We all belong to St. Mary’s to give thanks and to offer the gifts and talents that God has given to us.  One of the greatest gifts that God has given to each of us the ability to offer back to Him what He gave to us, His children.

 He gave us the opportunity to serve – In the past we have served St. Mary’s with a Youth Mass.

It would be fantastic to offer that gift once again.  A youth Mass requires about 10 of us.  If you are interested in being involved let Fr. Steve know and planning can begin to happen.  Planning for the Altar Servers has begun, let’s get involved so we can all give thanks!

 Fr. Steve

244-2983 ext 236

 Home Ministry of Care

Qualities for effective visits to the sick, homebound, and bereaved

 Be Genuine—first be yourself—loving, caring, listening.  Don’t expect anything in return.

Be Respectful—do not interrupt while they’re speaking, do not give unsolicited advice.  We don’t have all the answers.

Be Empathetic—put yourself in the other person’s shoes.  We don’t know exactly how the other person is feeling.

Let Your Warmth Come Through—be gentle, use eye contact, a touch, a smile.

Listen—be patient.  Take time to really listen to their story.

Be compassionate—enter into the other person’s pain.  “Be there” for them.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, October 3  9:00 a.m  G.S.C.S. Trustees

Tuesday, October 4  9:00 a.m  †Joe Moreira & †Natalie Melo

Wednesday, October 5  9:00 a.m  †Rod Muth

  7:15 p.m  †Ted Knowles

Thursday, October 6    9:00 a.m  †Ana Delacruz

Friday, October 7    9:00 a.m  †Josephine Mary Tynan

Saturday, October 8  9:00 a.m  †Adam Cechanowicz

  7:00 p.m  †Maria & Saverio Lorenzo

Sunday, October 9  9:00 a.m  †Severa Leviste

  11:00 a.m  For the parish