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    St. Mary's Parish
    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Catechesis 1, Evangelization 0?

By Alice Camille

Recently I toured a local observatory where the eager staff assured our group that, despite our camera-snapping presence, they were still “doing science” during our visit. It was obvious they knew what they meant by that, even though it sounded quirky and mysterious to us.
When my friends and I get together for dinner, we likewise “do theology” and are quite certain among ourselves what we intend by that phrase. I presume people “do” accounting, firefighting, parenting, farming, policing, social working, or perhaps even “monking” with the same purposeful awareness of their task. When it’s your profession, you better know what the goals are and how to attain them.
This weekend celebrates Catechetical Sunday. While catechists know what that means, does the rest of the assembly? Catechesis is not intended to be a mysterious enterprise. It involves handing on the faith we’ve received from the last generation for the sake of the next. We do this in two ways: through teaching and evangelization. The teaching part is more or less simple: pass on the faith facts. The other part is trickier: facilitate faith formation through an encounter with the Risen Lord.
Now let’s be clear: A religious educator cannot make you encounter Jesus, but she or he may arrange an introduction and invite you to be present for the meeting. It could be an hour of prayer, a lecture, a social-service project, a discussion group, or a night of recreation. Jesus promises to be where we are gathered. You don’t have to encounter him. But you might. The offer is there.
This faith-formation aspect of religious education was long neglected by the church. Many of us grew up in a parish that taught children faith facts and then let us all off the hook after age 13 or so. Once you got that, what else did you need to know? A lot, actually.
When Jesus asked the question, “Who do you say that I am?” the correct answer was not, “why, you’re Jesus, of course.” It’s not even enough to give a doctrinally sound answer as Saint Peter does: “You are the Christ,” because while Peter had the facts straight, he had Jesus wrong. Peter imagined he knew Jesus well, but he didn’t appreciate the most important things about his purpose and mission: what it cost Jesus to be the Christ, and what it might cost Peter to be his disciple.
As spiritual writer Margaret Silf says, belief in God doesn’t mean defining God correctly; it means living a life of trust in God. Which is why the Letter of James argues that faith is the starting point of works and has no meaning apart from them. Today is a day to thank all those who teach us how to live what we profess: parents, DREs, preachers, spiritual directors, faithful friends.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)


 Bulletin Announcement

ST. MARY’S AUCTION COMMITTEE’S next meeting will be on September 18, 2012 at 7:30pm in the lower meeting room.

ST. GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZEN CLUB (1235 -20th S.West)  Want to know more about the Club?    Would like to become a member?   An ‘Open House’ is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 –  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.    More info call – Elsie – 653-0309.

 Lay Formation:  Looking for Something More?  You are invited to deepen your relationship with God and enrich your faith life through prayer, learning and community. Come and Experience Lay Formation – Being transformed into the image of God! Contact: Mona Goodman at the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Pastoral Centre, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon; Phone: (306) 659-5846 or Toll Free: 1-877-661-5005 Extension 846; or e-mail: layform2@saskatoonrcdiocese.com or find out more about the diocesan Lay Formation program on our website: www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/layformation (Supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal).

 PRO-LIFE WALK:  the pro-life walk this year will take place on September 22, 2012 starting at the Vimy Band Shell Bessborough Park.  Eileen Provost will be taking part again this year and needs sponsors.  Eileen will be at ALL Sunday Masses September 15/16 if you wish to sponsor her.  Last year St. Mary’s Parish raised over $500.00 for Pro-life.  Eileen is very grateful.  Thank you.  For more information, please see the bulletin board display at the church entrance.

 A Night Out! – Everyone ages 16 and above is invited to St. Philip Neri parish for a presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. entitled “Intentional Leadership” with Pat Clarke as the facilitator. This presentation would be valuable to all but especially to those in ministries such as parish council, CWL, K of C, church/school/business committees, and those looking to be in leadership positions. Pre-registration continues until Monday, Oct. 8 and is required so as to have enough prepared materials. Please contact Shirley 343-0325 or e-mail: s.hyshka@stphilipneriparish.ca to be sure to reserve a place for you.

St. Therese Institute, Bruno, SK Presents ‘triumph’ Results God Gives for adults from Fri. Oct. 26 to Sun. Nov. 4 and for young adults from Fri. Nov. 9 to Sun. Nov. 18. This is a 9 day program of gentle yet powerful healing and spiritual growth experience rooted in Scripture, tradition and prayer, helping people to know the transforming power of God’s merciful love. To register call 306-369-2555 ext.110 or online at www.sttherese.ca

ST. MARY’S PARISH AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY is really just around the corner! We are asking all parishioners this fall to consider donating new (or gently used) items that we can sell at our auction. You can help support this great event in two ways—by asking businesses to donate items for the sale and by attending the auction with your friends and relatives! Sr. Carol, our parish nurse, reaches out to many people in our neighborhood with the work that she does. Help bring hope to the residents of our community by supporting the Parish Nurse Ministry. If you have any questions or wish to make a donation, please call Parish Office at 244-2983. . Remember—the auction is on Saturday, October 13th at 10:00am

 PREPARATION FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION We are now inviting all parents and guardians who desire their child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) and First Communion to register between September 4th and October 22nd. You may register in person at the parish office during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by phone at 244-2983.

 Youth Ministry

Momentum Youth Rally: The Voice: October 13th, Cathedral of the Holy Family 9am-9pm

For Who: Grades 6-8 youth! High School students can apply as student leaders & welcomed with parents to mass and the Bishop’s Cup free!

Highlights: Face2Face Awakening, Praise & Worship, Great talks, Mass with Bishop Donald Bolen; Food and ending with our Third Annual Bishop’s Cup Basketball Tournament!

Cost: $40 with T-shirt by October 1st

$45 after October 1st (T-shirts as quantities last)

$90 for Family of three or more.

Keynote Speaker: Greg Thompson; find out more about Greg online at: http://thegregcast.com/

For More Info/Register: Talk to your parish youth leader or e-mail diocesan youth ministry coordinator Colm Leyne at: youthmin@saskatoonrcdiocese.com

Register online at saskatoonrcdiocese.com/youthministry

One of the greatest blessings we can ever experience is something emphasized on Sesame Street – COOPERATION.  I can think of many different stories of working together. In just a few days from now, Holy Spirit Parish is providing another opportunity to COOPERATE.  On Friday evening Sept 21, 2012 (6:30 PM -9:30 PM) Holy Spirit Parish is having a community dance and the Youth Office has invited everyone to come and join the fun. Grade 6 – 8 and up are invited to attend a fun evening Contact Stephanie or the parish office at Holy Spirit for more information.

If you are in grade 6, 7, or 8 you are also invited to a wonderful youth event called Momentum.  This exciting Youth Rally is immediately preceding the Bishop’s Cup.  It is on October 13, call Colm at the diocese youth office for more information and to Register.  A youth Dance and a Youth Rally for grade 6, 7 & 8’s, what a great way to begin a new year.