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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

5th Sunday in Easter

Bulletin Reflection

It’s About Results

by Alice Camille

   Jesus was a smart teacher. He took images that his neighbors understood and used them as the undergirding of his instruction. First-century Israel was overrun with grapevines, sheep, tax collectors, and Pharisees. His listeners knew that sparrows were cheap and houses without good foundations routinely came down in hard rains. If Jesus wanted to add a surprise ending to perk up an audience’s attention, all he had to do was include a landowner who paid his workers more than they were worth or make a Samaritan character a hero.

Sometimes we do our modern church assembly a disservice when we try to ram 1st-century agricultural practices and social structures down the throats of computer-savvy listeners. If your parish is in wine country, by all means talk about vines and branches, but the point of the teaching is that fruit-bearing branches stay put and bare ones get the ax. What modern images can you use to talk about the expectation of results that are more accessible?

How about these: Would you continue to buy a piece of merchandise that fails to perform each time you purchase it? How many times would you invite a friend over who repeatedly pulls a no-show? Would you invest in stocks that never grow in value? Do you keep on eating at a restaurant where the food is never very good? How often does someone betray your trust before you vote them off your island? The fact is, everyone has basic minimum expectations of how people will respond to them, and how things will perform, and how experiences will turn out. When these are not met, no one considers you cruel or disloyal if you lower the ax on certain relationships or products.

In the same way, those who share in the life of Christ ought to demonstrate that connection in due season. When it’s time to forgive, your forgiveness should be eager. When a stranger’s in need, you should burgeon with generosity. When justice is called for, you should stand up and speak clearly. When others despair, your hope should be a beacon. If, however, you exude the spirits of rage, vengeance, violence, jealousy, selfishness, or prejudice, and no fruit of Christian virtue can be found in you, can you be surprised when you’re not counted among the remaining branches? The person who does not live as Jesus lives and act as Jesus acts is not a Christian, no matter how much paperwork can be produced to the contrary. It’s not about the rituals, but the results.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

Announcements

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.

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!

 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.

ATTENTION ALL MINISTRY OF CARE VOLUNTEERS:  You are invited to a RETREAT that will be held on June 6 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.  More details to follow.

CWL TWILIGHT EVENING AT QUEEN’S HOUSE will be held on Thursday May 17th at 7:30pm.  This year’s theme is “Heart of Gratitude” with guest speaker Brendan Bitz.  The recommended donation is $5.00 per person.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 SUPPORT THE SISTERS OF ST. ELISABETH CONVENT:  The sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent invite you to take a look at their table with traditional souvenirs and artifacts made at their convent that will be set up on the 9thof May at both Masses. The proceeds will be used to support the sisters’ charity.  The sisters render spiritual, social and financial help to the sick and the suffering who stay at care centers in Minsk, Belarus (the National Psychiatric Hospital and Municipal Hospital as well as boarding homes for children and adults with special needs, a TB clinic and a home care facility for mentally challenged children). The Convent runs a rehab center located 19 miles away from Minsk and provides the homeless with shelter and care. The Sisterhood activities also include religious education and publishing.

Home Ministry of Care

Reflection

I will give all I have but …

You asked for my hands that you might use them for your purpose.  I gave them for a moment, then I withdrew them for the work was hard.

You asked for my mouth to speak out against injustice, I gave you a whisper that I might not be accused.

You asked for my eyes to see the pain of poverty.  I closed them for I did not want to see.

You asked for my life that you might work through me.  I gave a small part that I might not get too involved.

Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you only when it is convenient for me to do so, only in those places where it is safe to do so, and only with those who make it easy to do so.

Lord, forgive me, renew me.  Send me out as a usable instrument that I take seriously the meaning of your cross.

{Seremane, Bread of Tomorrow}

 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 12, 2012 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

Youth Ministry

Altar Servers are reminded that a practice will occur immediately following the morning Mass on Saturday May 19.  All altar servers are encouraged to attend to the  Mass.  Following the practice, we will gather as a group to plan the upcoming camping excursion.

Blackstrap – K of C Youth Camp !!!! The Youth Camp at Blackstrap is one of the major ventures supported by all of the Knights and the many parishes and people of the diocese of Saskatoon.  High School (over 16) & College age students are you looking for a summer job?

If you are, applications for summer work at Black strap are available at the youth office or through Fr. Steve.  For more information about summer employment email campblackstrap@gmail.com, call 934 – 1838, or visit www.blackstrapyouthcamp.com.

Younger youth (ages 9 -13) are you looking for some place fun to spend some time this summer?  Blackstrap Youth Camp gives youth the chance for fun, friendship and faith.  Week Long Camps are held throughout July and August and campers get a chance to swim, canoe, hike and tent.  Summer rocks at Black Strap Youth Camp.

We are currently planning other youth events.  One event will be held on Pentecost Sunday.  A swim party will be held on a later date.  Information for both of those will be available next Sunday!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, May 7  9:00 a.m  †Lorne Shirley

Tuesday, May 8  9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo & †Joe Moreira

Wednesday, May 9    9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

7:15 p.m  Farden Family

Thursday, May 10    9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Friday, May 11  9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Saturday, May 12    9:00 a.m  †Bernadino Moreira & Family

7:00 p.m  †Dragan Gasparovic

Sunday, May 13  9:00 a.m  †Michele Giannotta

11:00 a.m  For the parish

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