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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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    Saturday: 7pm
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1st Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

The Time Is Now

By Alice Camille

  The Bible is one of those books that just gets better the farther you read into it. First chapter: God creates this amazing world and blesses it so that it keeps unfolding and increasing. What could be more wonderful? Well, try the ninth chapter: God promises to preserve the future of every life form on the planet. Imagine: God entering into a covenant with plankton!

It’s easy to imagine a bond between God and the world when you’re standing in a fabulous part of it. In the Pacific Northwest you just know God surely loves a redwood tree. At the ocean it’s clear the Creator shares a joke with the dolphins and sings heartily with the whales. In the mountains God must soar with a condor. And in the nursery it’s obviously God grinning back at the mysteriously smiling babies of our species.

You’d have to be God to make a covenant so wide and long that it encompasses all life through the end of time. As each cell takes its place in the Great Chain of Being, God’s blessing echoes: Good. And good. And more good. It takes an act of human will to receive the gift of life and make it anything bad! God has no time for that; only an eternity in which to celebrate the good.

Could this story get better? Read on, through 2,000 years of saving works: God establishes a nation in the unlikely union of two elderly childless people. God drags a sprawl of slaves through a river of miracles to freedom. God sends generations of wonder-workers and truth-tellers to guide a community home to itself. God offers divine wisdom to sages in stories, visions, and insight. And if that isn’t enough for you, keep on reading till you reach that second Testament. This, we learn, is the time when time itself is fulfilled.

After 40 days in the desert, Jesus returns with a clarity honed by keeping company with angels, beasts, and one significant devil. He’s got three things to say: The time is now. The kingdom is here. Transform your lives. Two thousand years later we face the Lenten desert with these three certainties in our pockets. Now is still the time: this generation and no other. The kingdom is right here: in our midst, not in some celestial drawing room of eternity. That means change: Don’t look around at others—this change is meant for you as it is for me.

As we march into these 40 days, pray for the companionship of angels, the mute comfort of beasts, and protection from that devil who’s surely lurking near. If you accept the invitation to change, this story can only get better.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


Bulletin Announcements

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.

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

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.

Uniting in Faith donors and volunteers from across the diocese are invited to attend a wind-up of the Uniting in Faith campaign that raised funds for the Cathedral of the Holy Family and our new diocesan Catholic Pastoral Centre. The event Friday, April 20 at the new cathedral includes tours before and after Mass at 6:30 p.m. with Bishop Don Bolen, followed by a reception. RSVP before Tuesday, April 10 by contacting Chelsey Hagerty at the Catholic Foundation, 659-5851; toll free: 1-877-661-5005, Ext. 851 or: chagerty@dscatholicfoundation.ca

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.

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.

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.

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.

 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.

 ST. PATRICK’S K OF C are hosting a fish fry social on Friday March 9th at St. Pat’s  starting at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $15.00.  Contact Stephan 382-8745 or the St. Pat’s Parish Office for tickets.

ATTENTION COMMUNION MINISTERS TO THE HOMEBOUND  Please check regarding the sacrament of Reconciliation and/or Anointing and let Iris know as soon as possible 244-2983 ext 234.

 THE MARDI GRAS COMMITTEE wishes to say “Thank you!” to all parishioners who attended and supported St. Mary’s 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Supper and Talent Night. It was a great success, and a fun time was had by all. Special thanks to the K of C for their help. Thanks to your  generosity, this event netted approximately $800.00.  A special thank you to EE Burritos, Fire Creek Gas & Grill, and Fr Jon for their donations of door prizes.  Congratulations to the winners.  See you again next year!

ST. MARY’S TEA & BAKE SALE  SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH – 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Admission $3.00 (includes lunch)  We will once again counting  on ladies for their great baking and breads.   Once again there will be raffles and a door prize.   Plan on coming and bring a friend.  There will be lots of socializing.

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

7.  TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY:  Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  This includes proper nourishment, plenty of rest, and exercise.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings) and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be affected.  Take good care of yourself to achieve a higher sense of self accomplishment and self-worth.

Youth Ministry

DYG SKI TRIP TO TABLE MOUNTAIN:  Call Fr. Steve for registration information for the Youth Ski Day to Table Mountain.  Deadline for registration is very soon!  Check out the last two weeks Bulletins for information, it will be a great day, if you did not see any of the recent bulletins, Call for information!

Think Fast – This project is a great way to make Lent special.  This Lent, on March 22 & 23rd the Cathedral of the Holy Family is having one and then ED Feehan High School is also having a Think Fast weekend in April.  It is a great way to get involved with the world God has offered us, call Fr. Steve for more info!

SERVE Applications—The deadline is fast approaching.  Talk to Fr. Jon, Fr. Steve, Fr. Mick or Fr. Ciro about this great Christian Service and Community building project.  Check out www.PlugintoChrist.ca for more information.  It is an exciting project to learn about who we are as Christian people, to laugh, to pray & to enjoy community.  SERVE runs early in the summer months (right after school), it offers a bursary and tons of great memories, check it out!

The Knights of Columbus and the Altar Servers of St. Mary’s Parish are working together and helping to build our faith.  Each month, the Knights are thrilled to sponsor  a new bulletin board to share a bit more of our faith.  This information can be found at the back of the Church. These monthly Bulletin Boards, based on a simple prayer program, tell us about the Sacraments of our Church.  Check out the March bulletin board which is coming soon.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, February 27  9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Tuesday, February 28  9:00 a.m  †Luis & †José Moreira

Wednesday,February 29  9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

7:15 p.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Thursday, March 1    9:00 a.m  †Antonio & Emilia Figueredo

Friday,March 2      9:00 a.m  †Ljubica Bilandzic

Saturday,March 3  9:00 a.m  †Jose Ferrando Melo

7:00 p.m  †Maria La

Sunday,March 4  9:00 a.m  †Michele Giannotta

11:00 a.m  For the parish