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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

Holy Family Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

This way to Jerusalem
by Alice Camille

In miracle-birth stories we’re reminded that all babies are a gift from God. When a child arrives into our families, we talk Holy Family Sundayabout being blessed, but then we might promptly begin to act in ways that betray our unconscious belief that children are more like possessions. We name them, pay for them, raise them, and are in every way responsible for them. They “belong” to us; are they not ours?

Actually, no. We can only be stewards of a blessing but never owners of it. Children, like your material resources and your life itself, are given to you for your prudent investment by One who expects a return on that investment one day. The best response to the gift of a child, Hebrew custom has it, is to present the child back to God as soon as possible. As the ceremony goes, so does the intention.

Hannah does more than this, of course. In her case she made a vow to offer the child wholesale to God, and she does so, returning Samuel to the shrine where she once prayed for him. “Here!” she says to Eli the priest. “God heard my prayer for this child at your shrine. Now you raise him.”

For Mary and Joseph, the presentation of Jesus was ceremonial and not so literal. They brought him to Jerusalem, Simeon blessed him, Anna prophesied about him—and then his parents took him home. After that, it’s unclear whether Jesus went up to Jerusalem again until the age of 12. His parents did, so maybe he went with them. Jerusalem is a long walk from Nazareth. It would have taken days, not a trip to be taken lightly. Perhaps they went only once a year, at Passover, when observant Jews gathered at the Temple.

In Luke’s gospel, going up to Jerusalem is a signal. Luke’s story is directed to this one goal: To get the Word of God to the City of God. Luke starts at the Temple, with the story of Zechariah and the angel. Jesus is brought there by his parents, twice. This second time he chooses to remain there, to debate with the teachers. He will not return after this visit until his triumphant entry into the city in chapter 19. He will weep at the sight of Jerusalem—and then sweep into the Temple area and clean it out. After that he will promptly begin to debate the teachers again—this time, to the death.

Mary and Joseph knew that their child did not belong to them but to God. They surrendered him three times in Jerusalem. When given up to God, family stewardship can reach its highest potential.

Announcements

SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are now available for pick up in the church.  If you do not see your name, or do not presently have a box and would like one, please print your name and address on the sign up sheets provided and we will issue you a set.

 MITTEN TREE:  Many thanks to all who helped to “decorate” our mitten tree this year.  We were happy to deliver to St. Mary’s School 12 scarves, 7 toques, 1 mitten and toque set, and 101 pairs of mittens!

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on Saturday, January 5th, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

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

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

 FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS NIGHT:  Please note—the Parent/Guardian Meeting in preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation will be held January 22nd, 2013 in St. Mary’s upper hall at 7:00pm.  If you have any questions about this meeting please call Eileen Provost at 382-4821.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, December 31  9:00 a.m.  All Souls in Purgatory

Tuesday, January 1  10:00 a.m.  †Pasquale Santomauro

Wednesday, January 2  9:00a.m.  Vic & Pat Fortosky

7:15p.m.  †Ariceli Landingin & †Ken Gruza

Thursday, January 3  9:00 a.m  †Arnold Freistadt

Friday, January 4  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Giocoli

Saturday, January 5  9:00 a.m  †Emilia & Joao Moreira & Family

7:00 p.m  †Agostinho Bairos & Family

Sunday, January 6  9:00a.m.  †Adam & †Josephine Cechanowicz

11:00a.m.  For the Parish

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