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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
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
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    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
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    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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2nd Sunday in Lent

Bulletin Reflection

Is “Mine” Really All Mine?

 By Alice Camille

   It’s not easy to teach a lesson about Abraham’s intended sacrifice of his son, what Judaism calls the Akedah or “binding” of Isaac.  To our modern ears the story is simply outrageous. Does religion claim that God has the right to demand even our children from us to fulfill the inscrutable Almighty will? Would any contemporary parent submit to such authority if the power were in his or her hands—as it clearly was with Abraham? Possession is nine-tenths of the law, or so we’ve been saying since the 16th century. If something’s in your possession, it’s presumed yours unless compelling evidence proves otherwise. That argument hasn’t always helped native peoples retain their land rights, and it gets pretty murky when applied to the Middle East, Taiwan, Tibet—which is why many people prefer to back up rights with guns.

What denotes a possession, however, is even trickier to fathom. Families “belong” to each other in obvious ways, but people are not belongings. Land and property aside, what sort of rights do parents have over their children? As parents age and their faculties fail, do their children gain authority over them? What claim can one spouse make on another? Biblically speaking, who is my neighbor and what right does that relationship have over me, if any?

When it comes to God, of course, the matter gets even hazier. What belongs to Caesar, precisely, and what to God? If everything “really” is God’s, then does our stewardship guarantee us any rights at all? If “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away,” any prerogatives we exercise over people or things seem like a temporal sham. Yet we profess our faith in a God who is neither arbitrary nor capricious. This God of ours did not toy with Abraham, nor with us.

Possession isn’t as clear-cut as those nine-tenths of the law present. “The universal destination of goods,” as the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes it, suggests that personal wealth is under a social mortgage (CCC 2403). What we have, we’re given for a reason, not merely for safe-keeping or personal indulgence. Perhaps the loveliest line in the Catechism is a quote from the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity: “That which is already due in justice is not to be offered as a gift of charity” (CCC 2446). In this sense Abraham could not offer Isaac to God as a gift because God already possessed Isaac utterly.

If we could see the world “transfigured,” we might understand what being the Beloved Son meant to Jesus. It didn’t imply merely standing on mountaintops shining like the sun and hobnobbing with prophets. It required the self-knowledge that Jesus belonged to God, utterly. That meant walking back down the mountain and turning his face toward Jerusalem. Doing God’s will proved he “belonged” to his Father—as it does with us.

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!

 FLOWERS DURING LENT  The season of Lent is Penitential in nature, that is it is a time to reflect on our weaknesses as human beings in order to call upon God’s help. One of the ways that we help ourselves do this is by keeping the church decorations very simple. To help with this we would ask that you refrain from placing fresh cut flowers before the Tabernacle, altar or shrine so that when Easter comes the arrival of flowers in the Church will be an even greater moment of celebration.

 CALL FOR PARISH COUNCIL NOMINEES  The Parish Council is the leadership body in the parish which helps the pastor with long range planning for the life of our faith community. It consists of elected and appointed members of the parish who are active in their faith life and are willing to commit to meeting once a month for 10 months of the year along with some extra duties that arise out of our meetings.  This year we are looking for 4 new members to be elected from the parish at our annual general meeting. If you would like to nominate someone that you know who you think would be good for the job or if you yourself would be interested, please contact Fr. Jon at the parish office.

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.

 PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  St. Mary’s 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place this year on March 18 at 2:00PM in the lower parish hall. This is an important meeting in the life of our parish as it is an opportunity for you to hear about how things have been going during the past year in the various aspects of parish life and to share your own opinions and concerns. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

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

 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.  Join us for coffee, muffins and information. Presentations to follow: are on March 18th Cambodia, and March 25 Earthware Connections.

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.

 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

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.

 Participants in the Pure Fashion faith-based program for teenage girls will present a spring fashion show 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at St. Joseph high school theatre in Saskatoon. Guest speaker is Weston Dressler of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Adults: $20; elementary and high school students: $10; for tickets e-mail: stynan@sasktel.net

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

8.              PRACTICE SPIRITUALITY:  When we pray, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We surrender the idea that we are “mighty”.  Prayer enables us to connect to God, the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with all that exists.

This concludes our little series on “Happiness Habits”.  Hopefully you all experience great joy, peace and love.

 Youth Ministry

In the very near future a wonderful youth weekend named Momentum will be here.  This weekend provides social and faith opportunities for Students in junior high school age, are you interested in learning more about Momentum, do you want information about the program to fill this spot, let me know…thanks, Fr. Steve

The Think Fast weekend for High School age students is soon upon us.  March 23 is not that far away, pledge forms are available for the Think Fast weekend at Holy Family as well as the Think Fast for ED Feehan which is later on in April, talk to Fr. Steve or one of the two high school chaplains about this great program.

Thank you Fr. Tom O’Rourke for your recent visit and providing information about SERVE 2012.

Altar Servers are reminded about the next gathering, practice, social and Lunch on St. Patrick’s Day.

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