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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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4th Sunday in Easter

Bulletin Reflection

Prayer for Leadership

Alice Camille

How often do you pray for the president? It doesn’t matter if you didn’t vote for him—maybe you should pray harder for those you didn’t want to elect! Have you ever prayed for the leaders of Europe, or Russia, or China, or the Middle East? Would you lift up a prayer for a poor leader or one you deemed outright evil?

Leadership might be one of the world’s most neglected vocations. There will always be folks who grab power, but leadership is something else again. When we look to the gospel for direction, we see that a leader must first of all be a servant. To serve at the top, one must be familiar with the bottom. To know how and where to lead, you have to know where your followers are to begin with and where they need to go.

The church teaches something called the “common good.” If leaders want to serve their people best, they should determine what’s best for all, not only for the strongest, smartest, or loudest. “Survival of the fittest” is not a principle that serves the common good. “The last will be first” is more like it.

This is why, on this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we might consider the example of Saint Peter, the church’s rock. Even if Jesus hadn’t appointed him as head over all, perhaps he might have been voted in by popular acclaim. It’s hard not to like Peter: bold, passionate, articulate, impetuous. Above all, he’s very human. Peter makes sense to us. He also wakes up our inner hero and makes us aspire to be like him.

Consider his speech today, delivered after a night spent in jail under custody of the religious authorities. These are the same authorities who mere weeks ago dragged Jesus before Pilate and demanded his crucifixion. Peter has every reason to be afraid. If ever there was a time to soft-pedal your dogma, this is it.

But Peter’s learned some things from his time at the bottom—about the true cost of compromise and the grief of denying your friends and yourself. He’s not going to take the safe way out and refuse to acknowledge the one he denied before. So he declares that he comes in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the crucified one, the Risen One, the stone rejected, the cornerstone, the name that saves. Clear enough?

Such courage garners a collective gasp from the Sanhedrin. They instinctively know they can’t contain this determination. So they let their captives go. If we want to see this kind of courage in the world again, all we have to do is pray for it. Today’s a good day for that. Every day is.

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.

 Kateri Pilgrimage:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish invites you to join us July 8 to 15, 2012 ,  for a week-long pilgrimage to the birth place (Auresville, N.Y.) and the burial site (Kahnawake, Quebec) of Blessed Kateri Tekawitha. The pilgrimage is to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Kateri, which will take place in Rome, October 21, 2012. Blessed Kateri will be the First North American Aboriginal person to be declared a saint. Included in the pilgrimage are visits to many other shrines and sacred places throughout Quebec and New York State. Cost for the pilgrimage is $1,978. A $300 deposit must be made upon registration and submitted to Mary Jacobi at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. For more information please contact Mary at 653-4945, or email maryjacobi@shaw.ca . Pilgrimage arranged by Rev. Ralph Kleiter, Ministry to Tourism, Diocese of Saskatoon.

Correction Attention all present and former students/staff of St. Mary’s School in Saskatoon!  An invitation is extended to all past and present students, staff and community members of St. Mary’s School to attend the St. Mary’s Community School Reunion being held on Saturday May 5, 2012 beginning at 12:00 noon with a Mass at St. Mary’s Church to celebrate the event followed by a program, desserts and tours at the school at 1 p.m. Please consider attending and celebrating with us on this day. For more information, please call Tony Bairos at 281-9564.

St. Mary’s CWL – General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd after the 7:15 p.m. Mass.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on Saturday, May 5th, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Due to other commitments, Adoration will end at 11:00am for the month only.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday May 13thfollowing the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome

ANOINTING MASS  Our annual Mass with Anointing of the Sick will be held on May 8th at 1:00pm.  Refreshments will be served in the upper hall following the Mass.  If you require a ride to this event, please contact the parish office no later than Friday May 4.  VOLUNTEERS, please inform the people you visit about this Mass and offer to bring them, if possible.

GOT YARN?  WE’LL KNIT!!!  If you come across any yarn that you will not be using and could be used for creating our prayer shawls, we would be happy to receive it and restock our empty bins.  Thank you!  Contact Iris at 244-2983.

ST GEORGE’S SENIOR CENTRE will be hosting a Mother’s Day tea on Wednesday May 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  The cost of the event is $3.00/person.  Please join us for music, bingo, and door prizes.

Saskatoon Global Day of Prayer 2012, May 27, City Centre Church (720-20th St. West), 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Join us for 10 days of prayer leading up to the GDOP, beginning Thursday, May 17-Saturday May 26.  Contact the organizing team at gdop.saskatoon@gmail.com or look for us on facebook:  Global Day of Prayer May 27, 2012 in Saskatoon.

Upcoming Pro-Life events include the annual March For Life Saskatoon on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. along College Frive, followed by pro-life updates and refreshments. For information contact Denise at (306) 249-2764.

Saskatoon City Deanery Choir –  Every deanery in our diocese was invited to organize a choir to perform at the Taste of the Diocese & Music Fest scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 to 9:30 PM.  This event is part of the week long celebrations being sponsored to celebrate the opening of our new Cathedral.  The Saskatoon City Deanery Choir is being organized with the leadership of Shelly Lord and Darcie Lich.  Practices are scheduled for April 15, 22 and 29th, 3:00 – 4:30 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family.  Singers and musicians are all welcome.  For further information please contact Shelly Lord at slord@gscs.sk.ca

Home Ministry of Care

Caring for others bridges the unmet needs in our broken world.  We are people of hearts … the Gospel message flows from us.  We touch hearts and we touch lives.

CONFIDENTIALITY is of utmost importance.  When you make a pastoral visit, the person must feel comfortable to share, with the assurance that what is said in confidence will not be betrayed.

This ends our series on “Caring for Others.”  Hopefully it was helpful.  We interact with people all the time and it is of great value to practice the qualities explained in the past few weeks, be it in a care giving situation or not.

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, May 5, 2012 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

 Altar Server, Youth & Other News

The first important piece of business for this space is about an exciting moment which is happening next Sunday.  In May, there is a great chance to move into the future.  Sunday morning, May 6 at 10:00am, there is a farewell mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral and then a walk from there to the New Diocese Home, the Cathedral of the Holy Family.

This walk, of about seven kilometres, gives all of us a chance to move into the future.  Everyone in the Parish is invited, the Knights and  the Catholic Women’s League.  The youth in our parish are strongly encouraged to join us.  We will walk as a group from St. Paul’s to Holy Family and grow in solidarity as members of this community.  It is a great way to get to know our brothers and sisters, not to mention the walk is a great way to spend a Sunday morning.  Please check the Diocese Newsletter www.DioceseofSaskatoon.com for more information.  Fr. Steve will be representing St. Mary’s, come and walk with him.

Altar Servers are having a practise, social and lunch on Saturday May 19th, (the week after Mother’s Day) all servers need to be there.  Permission forms for the upcoming campout on June 30th  at the Ukrainian Park and Campground will be available then.  Servers and interested parents need to be there for more information and permission forms. we will also talk about costs for the weekend then.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, April 30  9:00 a.m  †Alec Dekovic

Tuesday, May 1  9:00 a.m  †Garry Bohun

Wednesday, May 2    9:00 a.m  †Ana & Luis Moreira & Family

7:15 p.m  †Alfred & Norma Raiche

Thursday, May 3    9:00 a.m  †Alex Lucyshyn

Friday, May 4    9:00 a.m  †Terisa Berzolla

Saturday, May 5    9:00 a.m  †Camiel & Emil Demeester & Family

7:00 p.m  †Jose Silveria

Sunday, May 6  9:00 a.m  †Josephine Cechanowicz

11:00 a.m  For the parish