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    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

God on Your Side

 By Alice Camille

   It’s helpful to take a map along when you read the New Testament. Most of the time in the gospel stories, Jesus moves forward. He goes from town to town, teaching and healing and being the “repo man” for souls ensnared by dark spirits. If you had to be possessed by someone, wouldn’t you rather it be Jesus, especially because belonging to him is the only real freedom the world has known?

Rarely in the synoptic gospel storyline does Jesus retreat into territory he’s visited previously. Before we ascribe some spiritual significance to that, let’s consider a more practical reason: Look at what happens when he shows up in the same place twice! The return to Capernaum brought out the crowds to be sure, but some members of that same eager audience tore the roof off the house where he was staying. Do you suppose his hosts will want to show him hospitality again on his next visit?

Architecturally speaking, the roof-removal incident was not the disaster it sounds like. Houses in the Near East had removable roofs for seasonal adjustments. But it would have been highly irregular for someone else to take your roof off. We get the sense that there was a little bit of “Jesus fever” that followed him around as his ministry became better known. It was the one fever he didn’t bother to cool. The Crucifixion would take care of that.

Prophecy had long noted that something new was on the way. God had a purpose that wouldn’t be stopped: the rescue of a people who seemed particularly attracted to being in jeopardy. Through slavery in Egypt, exile in Babylon, and every other national calamity into which Israel descended, God found a way to throw them a lifeline. The community that had grown used to divinely commissioned kings and prophets, however, never saw Jesus coming. A savior who freed the nation from bondage to foreign powers? Sure. A savior who offered freedom from sin? Well, that was a little too new.

Jesus crossed a line when he assured the paralytic he enjoyed the forgiveness of God. So long as it wasn’t the sabbath, no one would have raised an objection to another miraculous healing. Israel had had its healers before: Moses, Elijah, even Isaiah had summoned divine healing when necessary. The prophets, however, never dared to cover the sins of the people without some sort of quid pro quo: a season in sackcloth, fasting, and sacrifice. That, frankly, was blasphemy. Jesus was assuming an authority only God could have. Those who objected understood him quite well.

Those who glorified God that day, though, understood Jesus even better. God’s enduring purpose—to rescue a people perennially in danger—had just found an astounding new fountainhead. Salvation would now and always be there for the asking.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


 Bulletin Annoucments

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.  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.

K of C Our Mother of Perpetual Help Council #9538 are celebrating their 25th anniversary on May 1. 2012.  A celebration Mass will be held at 6:00pm with a banquet at 7:30pm.  Tickets for this event are $15.00 and will be available April 1, 2012 following the Masses.  This celebration is open to all parishioners of St. Mary’s.

 CWL news:  The March general meeting will be held on March 7th following the 7:15pm Mass.  Our annual Easter Tea is on March 24th.  Ladies of the parish, bake up a storm and plan to attend.

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!

Volunteers needed for hospital outreach – Each day, sisters and brothers in Christ from across our diocese – and beyond – are admitted to hospital in Saskatoon, facing illness, suffering and fear, in journeys through the health care system that often include a great spiritual longing for understanding, prayer, and connection. Committed, caring volunteers are needed to share time, compassion and a listening heart. Training and support will be provided. To apply as a pastoral care volunteer at Saskatoon City or Royal University Hospitals, contact diocesan Catholic chaplaincy coordinator Céline Hudon at: (306) 292-5531.

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.

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2012  Come out to celebrate World Day of Prayer on March 2, 2012 2:00pm at St. Thomas Wesley United Church (Corner of Avenue H South and 20th Street West).  This year’s prayer was written by the women of Malaysia.

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

 Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion – schedules.  The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from Ash Wednesday (February 22) to Pentecost (May 26/27). Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another minister to take your place if you are unable to attend the assigned Mass.   NOTE FOR LECTORS AT EASTER VIGIL: If you are unable to proclaim the Word as scheduled, please contact Mike Paynter (ph. 382-1255 or email: michlou@sasktel.net). All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion, except those who have received the schedules by email, are asked to pick up the  new schedules as soon as possible from the Sacristy after Mass. Your willingness to serve in these important liturgical ministries is very much appreciated.

 STATIONS OF THE CROSS  Are you looking for an opportunity to pray this during this Lenten Season?  Join us each Friday evening as we pray together, mediating on the passion of our Lord in the Stations of the Cross. Fridays at 7:00pm in St. Mary’s Church.

Lenten Reflection Series: Between the Masses Social Justice Lenten presentations are opportunities to learn more of what is happening that contributes to the well-being of our neighbors. Next Sunday, at 10 AM, February 26th we will host the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Join us for coffee, muffins and information. Presentations to follow: are on March 4th, March 18th Cambodia, and March 25 Earthware Connections.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE  At St. Mary’s Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm. This service will replace the  evening Perpetual Help Devotions and Mass. Come and prepare your heart for the great celebration of Easter.

Youth Ministry

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 – The month of March invites us to look beyond ourselves.  The office of Development and Peace calls us to reach beyond ourselves.  On March 22 and 23, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, a Think Fast retreat will be held.  It offers a great opportunity to put others first. In April 2012, the students at ED Feehan High School are also offering a Think Fast retreat!  Jesus always asks us to put others first, here is our chance! Call Fr. Steve to ask about ThinkFast!

What do you think your summer might look like?  Do your dreams hold pictures of laughter, community, new friends, or making the lives of others a little smoother?  Check out www.PlugintoChrist.ca and read all about SERVE 2012.  Everyone who has ever participated in these fantastic spring/summer weeks continues to offer rave reviews.  For over 20 years, the Redemptorists of the Toronto-Edmonton Province have invited young men and women to pray, laugh and share life in community.  Jesus keeps asking us to “come and see”…SERVE is a great place to see what life has to offer.  Ask one of Redemptorist community at St. Mary’s or check out www.PlugintoChrist.ca to learn all about SERVE and living our baptismal call.  The application deadline is March 1.  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

6.  SAVOR LIFE’S JOYS:  Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli, to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences, and to be grateful for them.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, February 20  9:00 a.m  †Steve Lalonde

Tuesday, February 21  9:00 a.m  †Jorgina Moreira & Family

Wednesday,February 22  9:00 a.m  Manuel & Ines Moreira

7:15 p.m  †Antonio & Joe Figueiredo

Thursday, February 23    9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo & †Joe Moreira

Friday, February 24    9:00 a.m  Souls in Purgatory

Saturday, February 25  9:00 a.m  Ines Bairos

7:00 p.m  †Mrs. Maggie Pires

Sunday, February 26  9:00 a.m  †Emily Sieben

11:00 a.m  For the parish