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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

4th Sunday of Lent

Bulletin Reflection

The Verdict is In

 By Alice Camille

   There’s no more peculiar history than the Bible presents as the story of Israel. From start to finish we find more dubious characters than ever gathered in all of bicentenarian Charles Dickens. You’ve got liars (Abraham, Jacob), fools (Isaac), peacocks (Joseph), schemers (Laban, Rebecca, Tamar), and murderers (Moses, David). Which barely gets us into the era of kings, where all the blue-ribbon criminals are on parade. And these, mind you, are the good guys!

Would any other nation tell their story this way? What would possess a people to say: “Our heroes are flawed, ethically crippled folks who are nonetheless our forefathers and -mothers”? This thesis underlying Israelite history comes to a dramatic conclusion in 2 Chronicles. The narrator tells us simply that by now the entire nation has become a melting pot of infidelity. They pollute what was once consecrated, mock prophesy, despise good counsel. Everybody does it, the sacred narrator assures us: princes, priests, and people together. What is left for God but to allow Judah’s enemies to break down its walls, burn the Temple, and take the people of such little promise away from the Land of Promise?

For the story to end here would be both tragedy and travesty. How could you found a religion on a bed of infamy? Shrewdly, the narrative turns a corner in the final paragraph. In a later generation a new ruler will arise who will free the repentant captives. The people of Judah will have a second chance to go home and make things right. “Go with God!” the new edict invites the exiles. And there the story ends. Not with a “happily ever after,” but with hope.

It’s a bold way to end a history, or a holy book. Maybe things will be different, and maybe they won’t. Maybe the people will make better choices. But in fact we know they don’t. Not because the Bible tells us so but because human nature hasn’t changed much in thousands of years. From the time of Abraham four millennia ago to now we still lie and preen and do dumb things; we scheme and kill and commit our adulteries. We pollute what is sacred, mock prophets, disdain good advice, and ignore all timely warnings. If we’re counting on human nature to change in order to fix the world, well, the verdict is in: This world is doomed.

Yet God so loved this world that light was sent to shine in our darkness. By grace we have been saved through faith. “The ancient curse/that doomed to death a universe,” as the hymn says, was lifted from our weak and untrustworthy shoulders. It was placed on the shoulders of one who would be lifted up so that we might all go up together. Hope has a name, which is why we have a future.

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.

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.

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: This 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.” Next Sunday, March 25th, the topic will be “Eco-Farming in Saskatchewan,” by “Earthware.  Connections”. Join us for coffee, muffins and information.

Kateri Pilgrimage Concert Fundraiser:  THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED  For those of you who have purchased tickets, please call the parish office at 244-2983

 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.

 Flowers donations for Easter  With Easter quickly approaching, the Liturgy Committee is busy making plans to celebrate the Triduum and the great feast of Easter.  To help decorate our church we are asking for monetary donations to help with the cost of flowers.  If you would like to make a donation of money to be put towards the purchase of flowers, you can do this through the office during business hours or you can use the special envelopes available (see the inside doors as you enter the church or in the pews).  This year, you can make your donation in memory of loved one who has died, and their name will be published in a special ‘Memorial Section’ of our Easter bulletin.  Simply write the name of your loved one on the envelope and place the envelope with your donation in the collection basket or give it to one of the priests after mass.  As always, we thank you for your generosity!

 Share Lent Campaign – “Help a Just World Take Root” – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace annual Share Lent collection will be taken up across the diocese on Solidarity Sunday, March 24-25 to support our sisters and brothers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. For more information see the website: www.devp.org/sharelent

The National Catholic Mission 2012, “Three Troubling Questions,” will be broadcast on VISIONTV on Monday, April 2nd (Pt. 1) and Tuesday, April 3 (Pt. 2) at 4:00pm and repeated at 8:00pm.  It will feature Father John Heagle, Sister Barbara Leonhard O.F.S., James McGill and Father Pat Fitzpatrick—all of whom will deal with questions that trouble us all.

 Think Global, Eat Local – CHEP Good Food Inc. and Health Everywhere present the seventh annual Think Global Eat Local event on Friday, April 13 at 6 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn. In addition to a delicious meal featuring fresh local ingredients, the evening will feature live music and entertainment, door prizes and a silent auction, with proceeds going to support CHEP’s community food programming. Tickets are $60; student: $35. To order tickets or for information call (306) 655-4575 or visit http://www.chep.org

A Development and Peace Thinkfast for youth will be held from noon Thursday, March 22 to 1 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. For more information, contact Jane Korvemaker at 659-5800 jane@holyfamilycathedral.ca

 CHURCH CLEANING  To prepare our church for the Christmas season, we will have a cleaning bee on Tuesday March 27 following the morning Mass.  We will be finished before noon.

 Home Ministry of Care

Pastoral Care

There are many misconceptions about pastoral care volunteers.  Some of these are that all we do is pray all day.  For many years pastoral work was done solely by clergy and religious, and preaching, praying, and saving souls are accepted parts of their work.  However, since Vatican II, there is the call of laity to live out their baptismal responsibilities.  What is Pastoral Care?  It is basically a ministry of presence.  It is not so much what we DO, but that we come and we CARE.  It is an effort to help others by bringing communion to the homebound, by a visit and companionship, by sitting with someone and listening, to hold a hand or to give a hug.

Youth Ministry

Vocations, Vocations, Vocations.  The Knights of Columbus talk about the faith we all share.  The Catholic Women’s League talks about the faith we all share.  We all need to talk about how Christ is calling each of us.  Jesus told the women of Jerusalem to weep not for Him but to weep for each other.  As our faith grows we need not weep but rather rejoice.

Jesus reminds us that we need not “be Afraid” but we need to trust.  Jesus offers us His peace.  He offers it to his disciples and He constantly offers it to us, will we accept it?  Are we ready to trust where Christ is leading us?  He is leading us towards Calvary and He is also leading us to great hope and great promise.

He will not lead us astray, Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He makes our burdens light.  Christ calls to us to give Him our burdens and then trust in what he can do for us.  If you want to ask a bit more about the call that Christ offers to all of us just ask Fr. Jon, Fr. Steve, Fr. David or Fr. Kaz.

Christ has called hundreds.  He is calling you, just listen and you’ll hear it!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, March 19  9:00 a.m  †Jose Barut

Tuesday, March 20  9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo & † Joe Moreira

Wednesday, March 21  9:00 a.m  †Emil & †June Woytowich

7:15 p.m  †Margaret Zubot

Thursday, March 22    9:00 a.m  †Walter Komarniski

Friday,March 23      9:00 a.m  Fideles Mederong

Saturday,March 24  9:00 a.m  †Joe & †Emilia Cabral

7:00 p.m  †Jose Silveria

Sunday,March 25  9:00 a.m  †Dragan Gasparovic

11:00 a.m  For the parish

 

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