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    St. Mary's Parish
    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Power, Power, Who’s got the Power

 By Alice Camille

   The media is full of it. Power, that is, demonstrated in images of clenched fists, men with guns, the natural world exploding, politicians open-mouthed with rhetoric, dollar signs gleaming, and the bragging rights of corporations. There’s more power to be viewed in ads for the shiniest car, the sexiest lips, and the new pharmaceutical that’ll change your life. If power’s a subject that doesn’t interest you, turn off the TV, power down the computer, throw away the papers, and chase the rest of the family out of the house. Even then, you’re left with your interior dialogue. You don’t think that’s about power?

  Who has the power makes all the difference daily: Is it you? The boss? Your spouse or kids or parents? Is it all the infernal people in this traffic jam ahead of you? The police or city hall? Wall Street or Washington? Is it the weather? God or the devil? Is it your bad habits or your greatest passions? Are you in charge of what happens next?

  Ancient Israel believed that all power and authority resides in God, and they believed it the same way we do: mostly with lip service. There’s an old Arab saying: Trust in God, but tie your camel. God has the power, but don’t trust him too far. Because Israel professed that God had the power, it was shocking when the ruler of Persia ended up being the one to unlock the gates of Babylonian captivity. Pagan Cyrus on God’s payroll?

  The surprises don’t end there. When Jesus is asked if it’s lawful for Jews to pay taxes to hated Caesar and Rome, he doesn’t say no. By “lawful,” of course, is meant Mosaic law; Roman law demanded it. Tribute rendered to Caesar, like that paid to the Temple, seemed to imply allegiance or worse, a sacrificial offering to the god Caesar pretended to be. How could Jesus defend such a practice?

  He doesn’t. Jesus remains entirely neutral on the subject of Roman political control of Israel. It’s the burning issue of his day, and he never directly addresses it. The disciples nag him for seats of authority in the coming kingdom right up to the night before he died, and it’s one of the first questions on their lips after the Resurrection: So, when are you going to restore the kingdom of Israel? Jesus lives in an occupied country, is condemned and executed by a foreign power, and yet the closest he comes to addressing the matter is an almost friendly chat with Pilate on the nature of power during his trial. For those who exercise real authority, over life and death, in this world and the next, what happens to the spare change doesn’t amount to much.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


Bulletin Announcements

FIRST RECONCILIATION/COMMUNION PREPARATION at St. Mary’s Parish begins with our first parent meeting on Tuesday October 18th at 7:00pm in the Upper St. Mary’s Hall.  Registrations will be accepted until October 17 (in person or by phone) at the rectory during office hours.  Please bring a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate when you register.  The sacraments are usually celebrated in grade 2, however older children are welcome.  Preparation for these sacraments is at home with the support of the parish and the Catholic school.  Please be aware that in order for a child to receive his/her first communion in the spring, he/she must celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) first.  For more information or questions call Fr. Jon at 244-2983.  Office hours are from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

 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 25, Nov 8, Nov 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.

 COFFEE AND MUFFINS SERVED Join fellow parishioners for coffee and muffins served in the lower hall on Sunday, October 23rd following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Coffee and muffins will be served by the Redemptorist Associates.

 2011 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL  Volunteers will be situated at the back of the church following all of the Masses for Oct 15/16 and Oct 22/23 to collect your BAA pledge envelopes that were distributed last week.  A big “Thank You” is extended to all the parishioners who have already made their financial donations to this year’s appeal.  Your donation can be made with cash, cheque, Visa, or MasterCard.  St. Mary’s goal is to raise $43,511.00.  Reminder to BAA volunteers—your kits will be delivered by your team captains before the phone campaign begins on October 24.

 MEMORIAL MASS:  You are invited to join our parish community for the annual Mass in memory of our deceased loved ones here at St. Mary’s church on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00pm.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the parish hall.  Please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234 by October 26th to include the names of your family members and loved ones who have died during this past year and for whom you would like to light a candle in their memory.

 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 are 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.

 ALL SOULS Traditionally, we remember our loved ones who have died, in our prayers throughout the month of November. Special envelopes for All Souls will be available at the entrances of the church starting the weekend of Oct 22/23. On the front of the envelopes, you can print the names of those you would like to have remembered in a special way throughout November. You can leave your envelope near the Book of the Living that will be placed near the altar. We will transfer the names from the envelope to the book. All donations in the envelopes will be for Masses offered for the deceased during November.

 THANK YOU!  Alliance for Life, Saskatoon would like to express their thanks and appreciation to all those who participated in our Annual Walk for Life Fundraiser, on Sat. Sept. 24th.  Thank you to those who walked with us and witnessed for LIFE.  Thank you to those who brought pledges and those who sent their pledges by mail.  It is never too late to participate.  For those of you who still wish to participate, you may send your donation to our office at 535 – 8th St. E, Saskatoon, SK  S7H 0P9  We could not do it without you!  Our sincerest thanks once again.  The Board of Alliance for Life, Saskatoon

 SERENA Saskatchewan invites you to a Steak Night Fundraiser on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Odeon Event Centre (241-2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon).  The evening includes a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment, and a wonderful meal (choice of chicken or steak, lemon roasted potatoes, Caesar salad, bun, chocolate praline cake or a gluten and lactose free Quinoa chocolate cake upon request; beverages not included).  Tickets $20 or kids’ meal (chicken fingers) $10. All are welcome!  For tickets, call 651-3606 by Thursday, October 27th. SERENA is dedicated to helping couples enhance their marriage by providing couple-to-couple instruction in Natural Family Planning.  The method is safe, natural, inexpensive, and highly effective in achieving or avoiding a pregnancy.  Please come out to support SERENA so we can guide more couples to enjoy healthier marriages.

 CWL  If you’re not a member of St. Mary’s CWL, THINK about joining.  Our membership brunch is planned for Sunday November 28th—open to all women of St. Mary’s.

The Saskatoon Sponsor Agreement Holders Network together with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program in Toronto are organizing a training event for anyone wanting to learn more about sponsoring refugees.  This workshop will be of special interest to new sponsors, members of Groups of Five, settlement workers, and anyone interested in learning more about the private sponsorship program.  The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 211 Avenue O South from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please note that there is no cost to this event, but pre-registration is required.  For more information contact the saskatoon.refugeecoalition@gmail.com, or call Elaine at 665-2555.

 Ministry of Care

VOLUNTEER NEEDED:  If you can spare an hour or so a week to visit with a lonely lady, please call Iris (244-2983 ext 234) for more information.

 We are the hands and feet of Jesus.  Reaching out in compassion and love is a way of bringing the peace of Jesus to others and living out our Gospel call.  Thank you for your consideration.

Youth Ministry

 The joys of thanksgiving continue next weekend with two great events –

 Altar servers fun day: Are you in grade 3 or older and are interested in becoming an altar server?  Are you in grade 3 or older and interested in having some fun? On Saturday October 22 from 2 – 5 there is a social for the Altar servers, current and future.  It will be an afternoon of fun followed by Pizza – Contact Fr. Steve, 244-2983 ext 236, if you are interested

 INCEPTION: On Oct 22 there is a youth event titled INCEPTION.  This event is being held at Our Lady of Lourdes parish.  It is an event for grade six and up.  If you are not at the altar server’s event at St. Mary’s then this event at Our Lady of Lourdes is a great place to share faith.  Call Colm Leyne at the diocesan Youth Ministry Office at 242-1500 Ext. 225 to register.

 the Second Annual Bishop’s Cup will be held at Bethlehem High School in Saskatoon the evening of Sunday, October 23 from  5:00pm. until 9:00 pm, with youth playing basketball against a team of priests led by Bishop Don Bolen. Includes Mass and socializing.  For more information on these events: call Colm Leyne at 242-1500, Ext. 225 or e-mail: youthmin@saskatoonrcdiocese.com

 Mass Intentions

Monday, October 17  9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Tuesday, October 18  9:00 a.m  †Emily & Camile Demeester

Wednesday, October 19  9:00 a.m  †Marie Louise Rogers

  7:15 p.m  †Emil Woytowich

Thursday, October 20    9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo

Friday, October 21    9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

Saturday, October 22  9:00 a.m  †William Keindel

  7:00 p.m  †Elsie Schedlosky

Sunday, October 23  9:00 a.m  †Carmela & Lido Ammazzini

  11:00 a.m  For the Parish