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    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
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    Phone: 306 244 2983
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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

I Come To Do Your Will

By Alice Camille

How do we distinguish God’s voice from all other voices clamoring for our attention each day? How do we detect right from wrong, or separate our stubborn self-will from God’s righteous will? Each of us has dozens of priorities to juggle every day. We have to care for ourselves as well as the practical needs of our families. We have to manage our households and also our employer’s expectations. We have responsibilities to creditors, neighbors, the church, and the custody of our own souls to consider. We’re citizens of many overlapping kingdoms, one of which is the eternal reign of God.

Samuel lost the guidance of his parents early when they surrendered him to the local shrine as a human offering of thanksgiving. He had to learn to respond to new authorities, and at first that meant attending to the beck and call of the priest Eli. Too bad for Samuel: Eli wasn’t exactly the greatest mentor around. But as a priest Eli understood one thing even if he didn’t practice it: When God speaks, you listen. This one vital lesson was all he needed to teach Samuel. Once the boy recognized the voice of God, his future direction was no longer in doubt.

In the same way, the apostle Andrew could leave John’s discipleship once the Baptist pointed out the Lamb of God. What more did Andrew need to know? Discerning God’s true presence will be enough for those who learn to perceive it. For those who don’t, no lesson will ever be enough.

Tomorrow we commemorate another person who learned to hear God speaking to his generation: Martin Luther King, Jr. King understood “that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong,” as he wrote in one of his early works, Strength to Love. If we intend to prepare a heart attentive to the divine voice, we have to make sure our thinking is likewise clear and ready. That is what religious education and formation is all about—something not only for our children but for all of us. If we don’t know that God speaks in the language of love, we won’t recognize the divine prompting when it arrives. Division is no longer an option: We have to choose “between chaos and community,” King declared, aware that today’s community must be a global union, not only by befriending the people who are near and similar to us.

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power,” this man of discernment taught us. “We have guided missiles and misguided [people].” Surely it was an angel that revealed to him one of his most powerful truths: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Bulletin 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.

 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.

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.

COME AND SEE WHAT CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA) IS ALL ABOUT!  Fr. Michael Koch, Diocesan Director for Christian Initiation (RCIA) will be leading a workshop on Christian Initiation (RCIA), assisted by Darlene Cooper, for the Saskatoon City and Saskatoon Rural Deaneries. Bishop Donald Bolen will be present for the whole event. It will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (300-8th Avenue South) in Martensville. It will be on Saturday, January 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This workshop is for ALL parishes in Saskatoon and Saskatoon Rural Deaneries, even if you don’t have RCIA at this time.  Parishes are asked to send at least two persons with less than five years of experience with the Christian Initiation process. Those with more than five years of experience are also asked to come to help in the formation and SPIRIT building. The object is to help make more parishioners aware of and knowledgeable about the Christian Initiation (RCIA) journey and what it can do to help make a parish more alive. DO COME ! For those already involved, those not involved who might be interested in being involved, for those catechists working with Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist and for those NOT intending to be involved at all, but need to know more. The registration fee is $20.00 per person to help pay for Lunch, the KITS being handed out and coffee breaks. Some diocesan money is available for those who can’t afford the registration fee.  For more information and registration contact Fr. Michael Koch.  Preregistration is required by 5:00 pm, Monday, January 23.  Email: mjkrcia@shaw.ca , Ph: 306-373-0404, Fx: 306-374-4613.

Thinking about kindergarten for this fall? Now’s the time to register your child! Catholic schools are friendly, safe, welcoming and staff are ready to help all students reach their full potential. We nurture faith, encourage excellence in learning and inspire students to reach out and help others – at home and around the world. Children who will be five years old by Jan. 31, 2013 can begin kindergarten in Fall 2012. Call your neighbourhood school to set up a visit or come out to an open house or a kindergarten information evening (all events start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated). You may also learn more at www.gscs.sk.ca We are rooted in faith, growing in knowledge, reaching out to transform the world!

Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School 125 105th Street West 659-7230 Wednesday, Jan 25
St. Gerard  (French Immersion only) 205 Montreal Ave. North 659-7330 Tuesday, Jan 31
St. John 1205 Avenue N South 659-7360 Tuesday, Jan 31
St. Maria Goretti  (Full day, every day Kindergarten) 301 Avenue Q North 659-7340 Tuesday, Jan 19 (6 PM)
Saskatoon French School (French Immersion only) 1441 Wellington St 659-7490 Monday, Jan 23

SERENA Saskatchewan invites you to a Valentine’s Day Social on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 (6:30-9:00pm) in the Our Lady of Lourdes gym (1235-12th Street East, corner of Wiggins Ave).  The evening includes a catered banquet (roast turkey and stuffing, oven roast potato, cauliflower/broccoli/carrot, Caesar salad, Mediterranean salad, homemade buns, sour cherry chiffon, wine), entertainment by Dolce Music, guest speaker, and awards.  All are welcome!  For tickets ($20/person), contact SERENA at 934-8223, 1-800-667-1637, or sask@serena.ca by Friday, February 3rd.  Annual General Meeting 12:30-3:00pm at same location.

HOST FAMILY SEARCH   Would you or a family you know be interested in hosting a female high school student from Japan. Three high school girls from Japan are arriving on April 4, 2012. They will be studying at three different Catholic High Schools in Saskatoon until March 30 2013.

Global Partners Institute is looking for potential homes. A family must consist of two or more related people living in the home at the time of hosting, have a bedroom available for the student, provide three meals a day and be ready to include a student as a member of their family.

Global Partners provides a monthly honorarium for hosting and support to the family and student. We would like to have our host families secured by mid February. To obtain additional information and or to apply please contact Jeannette Eddolls: SK Regional Manager for Global Partners at 306 – 763 – 4127 or at jeannette@gpicanada.com.

Check out our web site www.gpicanada.com

 Home Ministry of Care

This corner of the bulletin will include suggestions of ways we can feel the effects of more happiness in our lives. (Paraphrased from Sonja Lynbomirsby’s book “The How of Happiness”

Happiness Habits

1.              EXPRESS GRATITUDE:  When we appreciate what we have, what we have appreciates in value.  Being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in our lives brings a deeper sense of happiness and appreciation.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We need volunteers to bring communion to the homebound.  Please give this your consideration and call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234

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Youth Ministry

Jesus invites all of us to “come & see”.  We are all given the opportunity to see what following Christ is all about.  Christ invites us to follow him in so many ways, He invites people to follow by exercising the vocation to live as single people in this world.  He invites others to follow as vowed sisters and brothers.  Following the call also leads many to live as ordained men.  Some of the ordained live a very full vocation as deacons, while others hear Christ’s calling and it leads those men to live their lives as priests.

When someone responds to God’s call to live as a vowed Religious man or woman, the example of others, men and women with lots of experience,  helps to provide a focus for that life.  Peter Donders C.Ss.R., who we remember on the 14th of January, provides a great life example of living dedication.  On February, the 10th – 12th, 2012 everyone is invited to “Come and See” how the Redemptorists live.  Spend a weekend in Toronto with the Redemptorists and listen to God’s voice during that weekend.  He might be calling you.

 

ALTAR SERVERS—-

 

Saturday January 21, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.  Practise in the church.  Social in the church and in the upstairs meeting room following the practise.  New servers are always welcome to come and join!!

See you all on the 21st!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, January 16  9:00 a.m  †Anthony Slugoski

Tuesday, January 17  9:00 a.m  †Clarie Carpentier

Wednesday, January 18  9:00 a.m  †Michele Giannotta

7:15 p.m  †Emily Sieben

Thursday, January 19    9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Friday, January 20    9:00 a.m  †Frank Boyle

Saturday, January 21  9:00 a.m  †Agostinho & Maria Bairos

7:00 p.m  †Jean Bilorosuk

Sunday, January 22  9:00 a.m  †Joe Bairos

11:00 a.m  For the parish

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