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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
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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

    Or by appointment
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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Widening the Vision

 By Alice Camille

   Most of us suffer a benign tunnel vision when it comes to our priorities: my family, my town, my nation, my religion, my dog. We’re half-convinced the gospel somewhere says: “Charity begins at home.” The most compelling argument for widening the window of our responsibility is because God makes that choice first.

  Isaiah first—and often—challenges the insular view of salvation. That wouldn’t have been popular. The children of Abraham enjoyed the legacy of being the chosen race, a priestly nation, a royal people, and so on. And it’s good to be royal, as Mel Brooks-Louis XVI once declared. It’s not an identity most would surrender lightly. The prophetic tradition of universality bumps hard up against the Mosaic tradition of singularity, bruising the national ego.

  Yet Isaiah persists in presenting a future of divine blessings scattered across nations and races and tongues. God’s favor is not only for Israel anymore. That rankled eighth-century B.C.E. Judeans every bit as much as it did the Jews of Jesus’ time when he extended divine medical coverage to households of centurions, Canaanites, and Samaritans. Paul faced the same one-hand-clapping when he announced that Gentiles were being admitted into the Body of Christ. One wonders: Isn’t being the beneficiary of God’s saving power enough? Is it necessary to be the only ones that merit it? God’s favor is a mighty fine thing to have, whether or not it’s shared with others or with everyone!

  God prepares the banquet on the holy mountain for everyone and destroys the veil of death for all with the same magnanimous gesture. God wants to supply what we need simply because we need it. That is about who God is, not about what you or I have earned. It’s what makes the next part almost scary: Just because God may be generous to a fault with the divine invitation (at least to our eyes) doesn’t mean everyone shows up at the table. Could anything be crazier? Why in the world would anybody pass up a deal like that?

  The church supplies at least seven reasons. Pride: I don’t need God or his holy gifts to get where I’m going. Greed: I’m too busy stockpiling my own cupboards to make that party. Anger: I didn’t get what I wanted from God last time so he won’t be seeing my face again. Envy: God has all the power and I don’t! Who needs his friendship? Laziness: How far is it to that banquet? I can’t get there from here. Lust: Close the bedroom door and leave God out of this! Gluttony: Why should I leave this party to show up at that one? Many are called, but that’s no guarantee they’ll all show up.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)



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.

 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!

 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!

 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)

 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.

 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.

 The annual Memorial Mass for deceased loved ones will be held at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday November 1st at 7:00pm.  If you wish to include the names of your close family members and loved ones who have died this past year, please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234.

 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!

 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.

 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.

 October is the Month of Mary and one of the library’s new DVDs on the life of the Blessed Virgin is “Our Lady of the Snows:  Beyond the Miracle (DA 160)”. This inspiring story is for the faithful and generous people who have been inspired by Mary and her “Yes” to God’s Call.  “Our Lady of the Snows” is a mother, a protectress who spreads her mantle over the poorest and most desolate of her children, to bring them into the light of faith. If you are interested in borrowing this DVD, please contact the Diocesan Resource Library at: 242-1500, ext. 232, toll-free: 1-877-661-5005, or email at: library@saskatoonrcdiocese.com (The Resource Library is funded by the BAA.)

 For those hurting from the pain of an abortion – Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries Saskatchewan offers a post-abortion healing ministry. Next retreat: Oct. 14-16. Visit the website at www.rachelsvineyard.org or contact (306) 480-8911 or e-mail r.vineyardsk@sasktel.net

Home Ministry of Care

How can we live out our Gospel call?  We can make an everyday attempt to bring the peace of Jesus to others.  The little things we do ripple like a pond and extend beyond our vision.

 A volunteer is needed as soon as possible to visit a lady who is lonely.  Can you spare an hour or so per week for this important ministry?  Thank you for giving this your consideration.  Call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234.

 Our caring bridges the unmet needs in our broken world.  You are the hands and feet of Jesus reaching out in compassion and love.

 Youth Ministry

DIG into Prayer at St. Anne’s Parish on Friday October 14 starting at 7 p.m. – A night for high school youth from across the diocese to learn and practice the different prayer types so we can be better attuned to God’s voice and nurture our relationship with God. Followed by one crazy gym night!

 ALTAR SERVERS:  On Saturday October 22 starting at 2:00pm, the Altar Servers are invited to share in a few outside games, some pizza and lots of FUN!  Call Fr. Steve for more information and to let us know if you are coming so we can get lots of Pizza.

A Note From Sr. Carol

Fall & winter clothing is urgently needed (boots, coats, socks, scarves, sweaters, mittens, toques, etc.) for a family of eight.

 Adult male—6ft tall, slender build, has a good coat,  shoe size 10

Adult female—5’6”, medium build; shoe size 8

Male child 4yrs, medium

Female child 6yrs, small build; shoe size child’s 13

Female child 8 yrs, small build; shoe size 3

Male child 10yrs, medium build; shoe size 7

Male child 13 yrs, medium build; shoe size 8

Male child 16 yrs, slender build; shoe size 9

 Please call the rectory (244-2983) or Sr. Carol (280-1624) to leave a message if you are able to help out.  God bless your generosity.

Mass Intentions

Monday, October 10  9:00 a.m  †Alex Dekovic

Tuesday, October 11  9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro & †Michele Giannotta

Wednesday, October 12  9:00 a.m  †Doris Lengert

  7:15 p.m  Bethlehem High School Staff

Thursday, October 13    9:00 a.m  Marvin & Madeline Cooney

Friday, October 14    9:00 a.m  BJM High School Staff

Saturday, October 15  9:00 a.m  Michael Prystupa

  7:00 p.m  †Jean Bilorosuk

Sunday, October 16  9:00 a.m  †Ana Delacruz

  11:00 a.m  For the Parish