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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

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    Saturday: 7pm
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    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
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    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

An Excerpt from the Holy Father’s Message

on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick 2012

From a reading of the Gospels it emerges clearly that Jesus always showed special concern for sick people. He not only sent out his disciples to tend their wounds (cf. Mt 10:8; Lk 9:2; 10:9) but also instituted for them a specific sacrament: the Anointing of the Sick. The Letter of James attests to the presence of this sacramental act already in the first Christian community (cf. 5:14-16): by the Anointing of the Sick, accompanied by the prayer of the elders, the whole of the Church commends the sick to the suffering and glorified Lord so that he may alleviate their sufferings and save them; indeed she exhorts them to unite themselves spiritually to the passion and death of Christ so as to contribute thereby to the good of the People of God.

This sacrament leads us to contemplate the double mystery of the Mount of Olives, where Jesus found himself dramatically confronted by the path indicated to him by the Father, that of his Passion, the supreme act of love; and he accepted it. In that hour of tribulation, he is the mediator, “bearing in himself, taking upon himself the sufferings and passion of the world, transforming it into a cry to God, bringing it before the eyes and into the hands of God and thus truly bringing it to the moment of redemption” But “the Garden of Olives is also the place from which he ascended to the Father, and is therefore the place of redemption … This double mystery of the Mount of Olives is also always ‘at work’ within the Church’s sacramental oil … the sign of God’s goodness reaching out to touch us. In the Anointing of the Sick, the sacramental matter of the oil is offered to us, so to speak, “as God’s medicine … which now assures us of his goodness, offering us strength and consolation, yet at the same time points beyond the moment of the illness towards the definitive healing, the resurrection”.

This sacrament deserves greater consideration today both in theological reflection and in pastoral ministry among the sick. Through a proper appreciation of the content of the liturgical prayers that are adapted to the various human situations connected with illness, and not only when a person is at the end of his or her life (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1514), the Anointing of the Sick should not be held to be almost “a minor sacrament” when compared to the others. Attention to and pastoral care for sick people, while, on the one hand, a sign of God’s tenderness towards those who are suffering, on the other brings spiritual advantage to priests and the whole Christian community as well, in the awareness that what is done to the least, is done to Jesus himself (cf. Mt25:40).

To read the Pope’s message in its entirety please see the link on the St. Mary’s Parish Website.


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!

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 need 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!

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 Church is blessed with a wonderful Knights of Columbus Council.  The Knights serve under the title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.  The Knights of this parish sponsor and support many activities such as pro-life events, the Annual Indoor Games Track and Field competition, Black Strap Youth Camp, our monthly pancake breakfast, and many other activities.  This year our Knights are celebrating over 25 years of Charity, Fraternity, Unity and Joy.  Join the Knights for a future celebration.

Rite of Election – All are welcome to attend this diocesan celebration 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the new Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon with Bishop Donald Bolen presiding. This is an important step in the RCIA process for those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil. The diocesan choir will provide music ministry at the Rite of Election and the diocesan CWL will provide refreshments afterwards. Parishes are asked to send names of catechumens and candidates to Fr. Michael Koch as soon as possible: (306) 373-0404 or e-mail: mjkrcia@shaw.ca

PONDERING THE MYSTERY OF THE MASS: A presentation by Fr. Michael Koch

[Diocesan Director for Christian Initiation (RCIA)] on the Eucharistic Celebration. Power point presentation and discussion. This will be on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:15 pm at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Saskatoon. It is for all involved in Christian Initiation in the Diocese: Parish Coordinators, catechists, sponsors, catechumens and candidates. Others are welcome and will find it insightful. For more information contact Fr. Michael Koch, Email: mjkrcia@shaw.ca, Ph: 306-373-0404

 Youth Ministry

Altar Servers:  A short Altar Server practise is scheduled for Saturday February 18 from 10:00am to 12:30pm, followed by a great lunch (thanks to the CWL), and a fun afternoon at Rucker’s.  Make sure to be there, it will be another great day!

DYG SKI TRIP TO TABLE MOUNTAIN:  On Saturday March 10th we are traveling to Table Mountain to go tubing, skiing or snowboarding. We will meet at St. Michael’s at 10:30 am and head out shortly after. We will be on the hill from 1-4 pm (half a day). The cost is $5.00 per person to help cover the cost of gas.  You are responsible for paying your way into the facility and any rentals you may require. We will stop in North Battleford for supper.  Bring along extra money for supper & snacks you may want.  Registration dead line is midnight March 4th. Please speak with Fr. Steve if you are interested in going or call him at the parish office 244-2983.  Check out http://www.tablemountainregionalpark.com/Rentals.htm for admission and rental prices.

Think Fast – Students from Holy Family Cathedral, St. Mary’s Parish, St. Joseph’s High School and other local high schools are invited to make the year 2012 very special.  We are called to think of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.  CCODP and Share Lent give us a chance to do that with 25 hours of learning, praying, and laughing.   Information about this wonderful opportunity is available by calling Fr. Steve at 244-2983.

News about the next World Youth Day in Brazil is also beginning to surface.  A meeting on Sunday at 12:30pm at St. Philip Neri Parish is an opportunity to learn about this great event.

http://www.PlugintoChrist.ca is the Vocation office and Youth Ministry office web page for the Edmonton – Toronto Redemptorists.  Check out this web page or ask any of the Redemptorists at St. Mary’s about SERVE—a great opportunity to build community, work, pray and laugh  Ask any of the Redemptorists for more details and the memories will begin to flow.  The deadline for SERVE is March 1st, which is not that far away.  God’s AWESOME goodness is there for the taking.

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

5.  NURTURE SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS:  The happiest people are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.  It’s a great feeling that comes with having a circle of friends with whom we can share our experiences.  We feel connected and a part of something meaningful.  Remember, a stranger is a friend you haven’t yet met.

Mass Intentions

Monday, February 13  9:00 a.m  †Antonio & †Joe Figueiredo

Tuesday, February 14  9:00 a.m  †Jorgina Moreira & Family

Wednesday,February 15  9:00 a.m  Berniece Taman

7:15 p.m  †Garry Bohun

Thursday, February 16    9:00 a.m  †Jean Bilorusuk

Friday, February 17    9:00 a.m  †Maria Sousa & †Manuelda Costa

Saturday, February 18  9:00 a.m  Michael Prystupa

7:00 p.m  †William Keindel Jr.

Sunday, February 19  9:00 a.m  †Jose Bairos

11:00 a.m  For the parish