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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

3rd Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

Love Rules?

 By Alice Camille

   What’s religion about, to you? Is it about being good, getting to heaven? Or at least not going to hell in a handbasket? I have a Christian friend who says religion is mainly about good order: keeping society reasonably under wraps, not giving dreadful human impulses full rein. I think for a surprising number of people in churches, religion pretty much boils down to a system for regulating morality.

If religion is primarily a morality delivery system, then with all the religion going around we should be living in a much better world than the one we’re inhabiting right now. Or should we imagine that without the induced pressure of history’s great religions, we’d be no better than savages today? Is your faith the only thing that stands between you and murder? What about that moral, charitable atheist who gets dropped into every argument in favor of ethics beyond creeds?

Every society since the tribal era has had its precepts to live by, however crude and possibly abhorrent they are to us now. Someone actually sat down and wrote up rules about how hard and under what circumstances you could beat a child, wife, slave, or a passing stranger. Some of these rules made their way into sacred texts and not a few of them are in the Bible. Evidently no one considered the morality of the underlying violence at all, much less the implications of subordinating one class of people to another.

As a moral-delivery system, religion is no worse than another—and possibly no better. The Ten Commandments are posted across America, and many of the leaders who ordered their posting seem strangely unfamiliar with their contents. Saint Paul has lots to say about how laws don’t make people better; laws only make people hide the contents of their hearts in more acceptable packaging and under greater layers of hypocrisy. While laws may superficially influence behavior, only the radical redirecting of love can change hearts.

So Jesus didn’t issue many laws except the one that directs our love to God and each other. He had the perfect opportunity to rewrite the rulebook or at least reinforce the old one. He did neither. Rather, he flat-out broke laws: working on the sabbath, touching the dead, coming into contact with blood, eating with sinners, ignoring ritual washings. He never said the old laws weren’t important, but clearly some things were more important. When he got to the Temple in Jerusalem, the center of religion itself, he coopted temple authority with his own.

In the terms of morality-centered Pharisees of his time, Jesus did not live a moral life. But he did one thing his followers still strive to do: live with God’s love at the center.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 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.

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.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS  Are you looking for an opportunity to pray 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: Next Sunday March 18th a parishioner and teacher will give a Power Point presentation and speak about her experience working with Development and Peace partners in Cambodia.” On Sunday March 25th the topic will be “Eco-Farming in Saskatchewan,” by “Earthware.  Connections”. Join us for coffee, muffins and information.

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

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

CWL CLOTHING DEPOT’S Annual General Meeting will be held on March 26, 2012 at 7:00pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall.  All members are encouraged to attend.

Kateri Pilgrimage Concert Fundraiser:  It was with great joy that we heard the news that Blessed Kateri will be canonized October 21, 2012. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is planning a pilgrimage trip to the shrine of Blessed Kateri and is holding a ‘Classic Guitar and Violin Concert’  on Sunday, March 25, 7 pm at St. Mary’s Church. (211 Ave O South. Saskatoon)  Featuring Zeljko Bilandzic on guitar; Oxana Ossiptchouk on violin; Michael Zdravko Besermenji guitar; and Mikula Karnaukh – percussion. Tickets are available at Guadalupe Parish (653-4945) or by contacting Zeljko Bilandzic (244-0755) $10 each for adults, children free. A light social will follow. We thank you for your support.

ALTAR SERVERS  There is an Altar Server practice scheduled for March 17 at 10:00am until noon in the church.

ST. GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB (1235 20th Street West ) is hosting a Variety Night on Friday March 16.  Doors open at 6:00pm with entertainment starting at 7:00pm.  A free will offering will be taken at the door.  Refreshments will be provided.

 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.

Baking can be delivered Friday March 23 after 7:00pm or Saturday morning before the sale starts.  We need donations for the raffle prizes.  Please contact Hazel at 668-4416 with information on prizes

 Home Ministry of Care

Pastoral care is a necessary service for parish life.  We must always be prepared to meet and serve the needs of our parish community.  Additional Ministry of Care volunteers are always needed and welcomed.  Also, because of the right to privacy, we must hear from the parishioner, family member or friend if someone would like to receive communion at home, a hospital visit, or would like to be visited at home.  Please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234.

  Youth Ministry

The current numbers for the CCODP -Think Fast Weekend at the Cathedral of the Holy Family/ St. Joseph’s High School (scheduled for March 22/23) is almost at 70 candidates and the youth of our parish can increase this number.  The cost for the weekend is simply raising pledges to support the two thirds world.

This fantastic youth weekend is a great place to connect with other area youth and arrive at a greater appreciation for all that our Faith holds for us.  The Diocese Think Fast is not the only one in Saskatoon this year.  ED Feehan High School is also holding one in April.  That Retreat will also allow us all to feel Christ’s gentle touch.  As Christ calls us to give of our lives as He gave for us and as we strive to better understand all of our brothers and sisters in Faith we need to find every avenue open to us to let our Faith grow and be shared.  Think Fast is just one of many avenues for our faith to grow.  Our Catholic High Schools and the High School chaplains support Think Fast, ask one of the chaplains, one of the priests at St. Mary’s, or the diocese Youth Office for more information, it is a great weekend of faith and fellowship!!

Think Fast is a 24 hour retreat and fast.  It is a time of learning, sharing and praying.  It is a time of Laughter and building friends that last a life time.  It is a time meant for High School age (or older) students.  The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace do everything they can so that all of us can connect with our greater Christian family.

In a few short weeks is this year’s Annual General Meeting for St. Mary’s Parish.  Every one of us is invited to come out and learn about our parish, hope to see you there!

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 12  9:00 a.m  Fabian Charles Maurice

Tuesday, March 13  9:00 a.m  †Adam Cechanowicz

Wednesday, March 14  9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

7:15 p.m  †Jose Barut

Thursday, March 15    9:00 a.m  †Therese Risling

Friday,March 16      9:00 a.m  †Mona Gryba

Saturday,March 17  9:00 a.m  Michael Prystupa

7:00 p.m  †Jose Augusto

Sunday,March 18  9:00 a.m  †Jose Bairos

11:00 a.m  For the parish

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