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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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  • 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
  • Reconciliation

    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

    Or by appointment
  • Office Hours

    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

God on Your Side

 By Alice Camille

   Job says life is hard. Anybody want to disagree with that? Life is hard when your work is servile and degrading, your nights sleepless, your days unhappy. Oh, and then you die. What a package deal mortality turns out to be!

Job had a point. He suffered some pretty excruciating events. Economical reversals wipe out his finances. His children are killed in a natural disaster. A cruel affliction strikes his health and renders him outcast and anguished. His wife does not support him, and his churchy friends tell him it’s all his fault. Another man might do as Mrs. Job recommends: Curse God and die. Instead Job demands to talk with the Almighty. Though reality itself has become a living nightmare, Job trusts that God is still on his side.

Most people spend a season or two of their lives on the ash heap next to Job. Money evaporates. People you cherish and depend on are lost to you. Your health fails. Family and friends seem less than understanding. Some of these factors may be entirely beyond your control, but you do have one real choice in the matter of your existence: whether to curse God, lie down, and let fate run over you or whether to renew your confidence that the Lord of the Universe is, always and everywhere, on your side.

It’s useless to put your trust anywhere else. The material goods of this world are unreliable. Even your favorite sports team is bound to fail you sometime (perhaps many times), and so will the people you care about most, and for the same reason: They aren’t invincible. They’re frail, fallible folks all twisted up in an array of personal factors that tug them in the direction of self-love and self-preservation just when you need them the most. That doesn’t mean it’s time to throw up your hands and repeat after Job, “I will not see happiness again!” but it may be time to do some soul-searching about where your true confidence lies.

From time to time Saint Paul found his circumstances as overwhelming as Job did. He was a Pharisee preaching the Christ in a very secular Greek world that didn’t care for Judaism or Christianity: Try that reality on for size and feel the discomfort! Preaching the gospel was hard—but withholding it from a weary, dismal world was out of the question. He took his perspective from Jesus, who preached and healed all day and into the night—then got up at dawn to pray and do it all again.

Why do so much and care so much? Because the dark spirits of Galilee are still out there, possessing hearts. Because the truth still needs to be told. Because Job is out there, scratching and suffering. Maybe God’s heart as well is restless until we all rest in God.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

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.

 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, February 11, 2012 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday February 12thfollowing the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

The Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation Inc. is pleased to invite you to our 12th annual ‘Swing Into Spring’ Fashion Show & Dinner on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at TCU Place.  This enjoyable evening includes a buffet dinner, draws for door prizes including diamond jewelry, a VIP table, over 100 other draws and the latest in ladies’ and men’s fashions modeled by employees of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.  Early bird tickets are $60.00 until Feb 29, 2012. Beginning March 1, 2012 tickets are $70.00 each. Tickets are available from the Foundation office at 659-7003.  Please see the poster in the Welcome Area for full details.

On Monday, Feb. 13 Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools staff will share their talents at the Centennial Performing Arts Showcase, in honour of the school division’s 100th anniversary. The evening will include song and dance. The event begins at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph High School, 110 Nelson Road. Admission by silver collection. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Cash bar.  Confirmed performers include Nancy Sparling, Brian Bauche, Rhonda Morari, Jeff Cunanan, David Buttinger, Lynn Doll, Joan Goodman, Bernie Schulte, Jacquie Ackerman and Don Griffith. Join us for a relaxed evening of great entertainment!

Development and Peace is accepting donations in response to the typhoon and flooding in the Philippines. Those who wish to contribute to the relief effort can make donations by phone (1-888-234-8533), online at http://www.devp.org, or mailing a cheque made out to Development and Peace (please indicate Philippines Floods) to the following address: Development and Peace, 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. W, 3rd Floor, Montreal, QC., H3G 1T7.

A Uniting in Faith wind-up celebration originally set for Jan. 20 has been rescheduled. This diocesan event will instead be held April 20. It will feature Mass with Bishop Donald Bolen, tours of the new Cathedral of the Holy Family and a reception. All donors and volunteers from across the diocese are invited. Contact 659-5851 or toll free: 1-877-661-5005 Ext. 851 for more information.

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

St. Mary’s Parish, in conjunction with Knights of Columbus Council 9538, are hosting a Mardi Gras Variety Night and Pancake Dinner Tuesday, February 21, in the parish hall. Consider this not only your invitation to attend the event but also an invitation to share your talent. If you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, act or have a talent you would like to share with the community, we want you! Call Ryan at 244-2983 with your idea and we’ll work towards a successful evening. The evening will start at 6:00PM and be finished by 8:00PM and we are asking only for a donation at the door. Tickets will be available at each of the masses on Feb. 11/12 and  Feb. 18/19 or by calling the parish office. There will be door prizes, fifty-fifty draws, masks and beads so let’s make this Mardi Gras one to remember.

Good Food Store:  You are invited to St. Mary Community School on Thursdays from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables provided by CHEP.  The Good Food Store will take place in the lobby of our school.  We look forward to seeing you!

World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil – Those interested in learning more about diocesan plans for WYD in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 are invited to attend one of two information meetings about diocesan plans: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Catholic Centre board room, second floor of the Cathedral of the Holy Family or 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at St. Philip Neri Parish. Plans for the trip include working with the diocesan missionaries in Maceio during “Days in the Diocese”, visiting Salvador, attending the WYD week in Rio, as well as visiting Our Lady of Aparecida church, one of the largest in the world, and spending a retreat day in Sau Paulo. For more information contact Colm Leyne, diocesan Youth Ministry office, Catholic Pastoral Centre, 659-5843 or youthmin@saskatoonrcdiocese.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

4.  PRACTICE ACTS OF KINDNESS:  Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.  Not only will WE feel good, but so will people receiving the act of kindness.  They will be blessed by your care & concern.  Reach out and touch the Jesus that is in someone else.

Youth Ministry

Vocation news – God is calling, are you ready to answer?  God calls us to many different decisions, how are we prepared to answer?

God is calling all of His many people and the Redemptorists of the Edmonton – Toronto province are inviting us to look and listen to that call.  God calls us to “come and see” what religious life might offer.  A weekend at Redeemer House in Toronto can provide an opportunity to hear Gods voice.  The SERVE program this summer is another great chance to hear God’s voice.  Check out www.PlugintoChrist.ca for more details about both of these great realities.  More about SERVE will also fill this space over the coming weeks

The Youth of our parish are also invited to keep their eyes on this page for lots more information about THINK FAST, a trip to Table Mountain, and other great events.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help K of C Council will also have much exciting news right here over the next while.  An anniversary celebration is just one of the ways that the Knights continue to serve all of us.  Since the 1980’s the Knights have given constant support to St. Mary’s and as our council celebrates a special anniversary this year we can show our appreciation for their works of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, Brotherhood & Peace. Details of the celebration will follow.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, February 6  9:00 a.m  †Jose Barut

Tuesday, February 7  9:00 a.m  Fabian Charles Maurice

Wednesday,February 8  9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

7:15 p.m  †Rocco Santoro

Thursday, February 9    9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Friday, February 10    9:00 a.m  Gerald & Fay Boyle

Saturday, February 11  9:00 a.m  †Emilia Melo & Family

7:00 p.m  †Jean Bilorosuk

Sunday, February 12  9:00 a.m  †Michele Giannotta

11:00 a.m  For the parish

 

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