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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
    stmarysrectory@sasktel.net

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    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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Epiphany Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

CHRISTMAS IN TULITA

Tulita, NT is a small village located 200 km south of the Arctic Circle where the Great Bear River intersects the Mackenzie on its course north to the Arctic Ocean. In North Slavey, the language of the Dené who live here, Tulita means, “Where the waters meet”.

I arrived in Tulita, at the invitation of Murray Chatlain, Bishop of the Mackenzie-Fort Smith Diocese, to be with the people for the Christmas Masses. Tulita has a history of Catholicism which goes back nearly 400 years and the people still have a very strong devotion to the Eucharist as was evident in the close to 200 people who filled the Church for Christmas Eve midnight Mass. What is notable is that this faith is sustained in the virtual absence of clergy. One priest serves this vast “Sahtu” region west of Great Bear Lake. The territory consists of five communities separated by hundreds of kilometers of wilderness with no roads except in the depths of winter when the muskeg bogs get firm enough to support traffic and the Mackenzie River freezes over.

In Tulita the faith community is served by a Felician Sister by the name of Celeste who has lived in the village for the past thirty years. Besides animating the parish community Sr. Celeste also manages the preschool, a school which she began shortly after she arrived. It is here, through her work with the children, that she best finds a way to connect with the families and after so many years she is like family to many of the community residents. But not all the communities are so lucky to have such a faithful “Religious” presence.

The land around Tulita is starkly beautiful with the distant peaks of the Mackenzie mountain range serving as a backdrop to the wide expanse of the frozen Mackenzie River. Towering above the Great Bear River standing as a sentinel over the village is Bear Rock, the mountain bluff which plays an important role in the creation myths of the local culture. The people here are closely tied to the land but at the same time fear that the youth are not picking up the traditions that have sustained this community for so many generations. It is a fear which is grounded in a harsh reality.

Tulita, like many communities in the north, suffers from the great changes that have swept through the past couple of generations leaving many to wonder what, in the wake of the modern world, is the best direction for the community to follow. Too often in this struggle it is the young people who suffer most as they find themselves caught between the expectations of their elders to follow traditional ways and the lure of greater opportunities in the larger centers to the south, opportunities for which they are sometimes ill prepared.

Despite these big questions the greatest impression left on me was that of a people who were warm and hospitable. They were people who loved to tell stories and to laugh. These were people who welcomed me and made me feel like I was an old friend who had returned from afar. These were a people who knew that God walked with them both in times of celebration and in times of difficulty and sorrow.

On the last morning of my stay I paused as I was loading my gear into the truck that was taking me to the airport. Looking up into the pitch black Arctic morning sky filled with stars I strained my eyes hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. There was none to be seen but I was not disappointed. I had come to Tulita to bring Christmas, to bring Christ in the Eucharist and the people had welcomed that gift in way that the Holy Family had never experienced in their journey through Bethlehem on that first night so long ago. In doing so they gave me the best Christmas present I could have hoped for.

Fr. Jon

 Announcements

CWL:  The next CWL meeting will be held on February 1, 2012 following the 7:15pm Mass.  Please renew your CWL memberships as soon as possible.

CWL:  A workshop entitled “One in the Spirit” facilitated by Clarie Heron, Diocesan Spiritual Advisor and Tillie Aessie, Saskatchewan Provincial President will be held at St. Patrick’s Church from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Monday January 23rd.  Lunch provided, free will offering.  Planning to attend?  Please let Marion know by January 17th—373-0309.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday January 8thfollowing the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

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, January 14 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.  The topic for our next meeting will be “Cherished Memories”.

FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS NIGHT:  Please note—the Parent/Guardian Meeting in preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation will be held January 17th, 2012 in St. Mary’s upper hall at 7:00pm.  If you have any questions about this meeting please call Eileen Provost at 382-4821.  Your schedules will be sent out the first week of January 2012.

SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES Are now available for pick up in the church.  If you do not see your name, or do not presently have a box and would like one, please print your name and address on the sign up sheets provided and we will issue you a set.

ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB (1236 20th Street West) are having a potluck dinner to celebrate Malanka (Ukrainian New Year’s) on January 13th from 1:00pm—5:00pm.

THANK YOU FROM THE REDEMPTORISTS  A sincere thank you to all who gave cards, gifts and goodies to the Redemptorist community during the Christmas holidays. Your generosity contributed to our Christmas joy. May God bless you abundantly in this New Year.

 Youth Ministry

Youth News/Vocation news for early January

As 2012 is beginning it is a great time to stop and ask ourselves what life decisions is God calling us to live?  What is God inviting us to?  The first answer to that question is that God wants all of us to be the best followers & disciples we can be.  God is inviting us to love God and to love our neighbour as ourselves.  God is asking us and our faith community is asking us to put the needs of others first.  As 2012 is beginning the church invites us to look at Redemptorist Saints like John Neuwmann & Peter Donders and we are also given a great chance to look at Redemptorist life with a “Come and See” weekend in Toronto.

On Jan 5 the Redemptorists in North America and throughout all of the world appreciate and celebrate the feast of John Neuwmann C.Ss.R.  He was the bishop of Philadelphia, PA., and a man called to great holiness through simplicity and devout living.  Ask one of the Redemptorists at St. Mary’s about this man, maybe his call from God is just like your, …maybe….

(Look here next week for something about Peter Donders C.Ss.R.  and his call)

February 10 – 12 is the next “Come & See” weekend in Toronto.

Talk to one of the Redemptorists about this opportunity to spend a weekend in Toronto and learn more about how God is calling each of us.

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Ministry of Care

 Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mary’s

 We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00pm to 2:30pm to pray, enjoy fellowship and prayerfully & lovingly create shawls.  These beautiful wraps are presented to the sick, the shut-ins, the bereaved and for nearly any special occasion.  Anyone who has some spare time is welcome to join us in the upper meeting room of the hall.  We also welcome ideas for other crafts.  For more information please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234.  We will resume on January 17, 2012 starting at 1:00pm.

Mass Intentions

Monday, January 9  9:00 a.m  †Mary Sholter Sokoloski

Tuesday, January 10  9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday, January 11  9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

7:15 p.m  †June Woytowich

Thursday, January 12    9:00 a.m  †June Woytowich

Friday, January 13    9:00 a.m  †Therese Risling

Saturday, January 14  9:00 a.m  †Mary & Don Bray & Karen

7:00 p.m  †Jean Bilorosuk

Sunday, January 15  9:00 a.m  †Agostinho & Maria Bairos

11:00 a.m  For the parish

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