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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

  • 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
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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

What’s the Good Word?

By Alice Camille

The cardinal sin of the homilist is to be boring. While we often labor to be right, or at least to be smart, we’re missing the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Timemark if we’re not also or even more so compelling. Really: The message can be long or short, catechetical or exegetical or storytelling, exhortatory or consoling, humorous or deeply moving, and it still qualifies as spreading the good news, but if we’re boring the assembly to tears, it can’t possibly be gospel we’re proclaiming. The idea that God so loves the world that Jesus comes to free us from everything that binds and confounds us and to restore what’s lost, cannot provoke yawns. God’s word is alive, piercing the heart and illuminating the way. We might feel invigorated and refreshed by it, or struck by lightning, but never numbed and dulled in its wake.
Consider the crowds that gathered before Ezra one long, long day in Jerusalem. From daybreak until midday, for at least six hours and maybe more, he read and expounded on scripture at them. It sounds like some cruel and unusual punishment, except that the folks didn’t simply fall asleep on the grass. Something about Ezra’s manner or his delivery kept them roused and alert. In time the sheer power of the words and the force of their truth collided with their hearts and broke them. They began to weep. It sounds awful, but it was also wonderful. These folks came to see their own lives mirrored in the law, a ghastly portrait of commissions and omissions. It shook them to the core.
Consider another crowd gathered before Jesus in the synagogue at Nazareth. The approach Jesus uses is quite different: It seems he reads two verses from the scroll of Isaiah and then rolls it back up. His message is even shorter. He tells them that the prophecy of Isaiah is now fulfilled, today, in their midst. What a mysterious message! What a thought-provoking pair of ideas! The prophet proclaims restoration; Jesus says why wait, it’s already here.
The response goes both ways. Some are astonished by the grace in these words. Others begin to question his authority. To answer that accusation, Jesus offers five more sentences, which will get him into a lot of trouble in next week’s gospel reading. For now, though, it’s enough to notice that short may not seem sweet but it can get the job done if the words are carefully weighed. What we see in these two passages is that hearts may be broken or roused or exposed by the word of God—but never unmoved.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2013)



SUNDAY MISSALS:  We still have some missals available for purchase.  These handy resources contain the readings for each Sunday and some special feasts. Missals are intended to be used for home study, to read the readings before you come to church.  They will be available for purchase during office hours at the rectory.  Cost is $5.00 each.

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION DURING LENT:  During the upcoming season of Lent, St. Mary’s will be offering an opportunity to join in a scripture reflection series to help prepare for the Sunday’s of Lent and aid us in rekindling our love for the word of God during this Year of Faith. The meetings will be held in the upper room of the parish hall on the Wednesday mornings of Lent at 10am following morning Mass. The meetings will be moderated by Yvonne Armstrong, of St Mary’s who is presently in her second year of the Lay Formation Program. Please register your interest with the parish office so that we have some idea of numbers.

St. Mary’s Parish, in conjunction with Knights of Columbus Council 9538, are hosting a Mardi Gras Variety Night and Pancake Dinner Tuesday, February 12, in the parish hall. Consider this not only your invitation to attend the event but also an invitation to share your talent. If you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, act or have a talent you would like to share with the community, we need you! Call Ryan at 244-2983 with your idea and we’ll work towards a successful evening. The evening will start at 6:00PM and be finished by 8:00PM and we are asking only for a donation at the door. Tickets will be available at each of the Masses on Feb. 2/3 and Feb. 9/10 or by calling the parish office. There will be door prizes, fifty-fifty draws, masks and beads so let’s make this Mardi Gras one to remember.

 K of C Dine, Dance and Auction is on Saturday, February 2 at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.  The K of C In Support of Life Committee is hosting this annual major fundraiser to help provide ongoing support for new mothers and their babies, education of youth, helping women deal with unexpected pregnancies, and counseling for women after abortion. Please consider donating an item or gift certificate for the auction. Tickets for the event are $30/person and are available from Louis Roth at (306) 249-2764.

St. Philip Neri Parish is hosting a social evening featuring the music of the No Hurry Trio on Saturday, February 9 beginning at 8:00 pm at St. Philip School Gym. There will be snacks, a cash bar, 50/50 draw, and door prizes. Tickets are $15/person or $25/couple and are available at the parish office (343-0325).

MISCARRIAGE AWARENESS COMMITTEE – Have you or someone you know experienced a miscarriage? Knowing you are not alone in this time of loss can be a source of healing. The Diocese of Saskatoon established the Miscarriage Awareness Committee in 2011, to simplify access to resources for those who have lost a child through miscarriage and for those who provide support to suffering families. These resources include pastoral notes on what to say to parents, as well as a naming ceremony, a liturgy of the word, and a burial service. All these can be found on the diocesan website:  www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/miscarriage

The Paschal Mystery: Rolling the Stone Away:  Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  A day of retreat and reflection on the Paschal Mystery and how Good Friday, the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost have been/are a part of your life.  The day will be given by a team of Sisters from the Ursulines of Prelate and will be held at St. Angela Merici Residence at 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon.  Cost: $20 (includes lunch).  Space is limited so pre-registration is required.  E-mail Sr. Louisa Brost, osu at glen_garda@sasktel.net or phone 664-9414.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CHOIR is having a steak night fundraiser on February 5 at the Sutherland Hotel.  Tickets are $20.00 and are available from the Guadalupe parish office 653-4945.  Proceeds from the fundraiser are going towards a new keyboard.

Turning to the World: Social Justice and The Common Good Since Vatican II

A conference at St. Thomas More College Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, March 8-9, 2013

STM will host a conference on social justice and the common good March 8-9 to mark the 50th anniversary of Vatican II.  The conference will begin with an opening session on the Friday evening, March 8, at which two scholars will articulate the links between Vatican II and the concepts of social justice and the common good.

All-day themed paper sessions on Saturday, March 9 include:

•  A preferential option for the poor

•  Religious pluralism / A culture of peace

•  Living social justice and the common good.

The conference will end with dinner and a co-keynote address delivered by Dr. Gregory Baum and Dr. Stephen Scharper.

Register before March 1: www.stmcollege.ca/research/social-justice-conference.php

Home Ministry of Care

“Someone ought to do it, but why should I?  Someone ought to do it, so why not I?”

If you are a Eucharistic minister, would you consider making yourself available to distribute communion at funerals?  If you can occasionally spare a couple of hours for this ministry, please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 233.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time2

Youth Ministry

FacetoFace Ministries United Conference will be held Feb. 16-17 in Saskatoon.

Who:  YOUTH (gr. 9-12) and ADULTS of all ages.

Where: St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Saskatoon, SK.

When: February 16 & 17, 2013

Why:  The purpose of the FacetoFace Ministrties United Conference Feb. 16-17 is to unite, support, and challenge youth and adults in striving for holiness.  The conference includes meeting likeminded people, solid Catholic teaching, Eucharistic Adoration, incredible fun, and much more. (Cost is $30-$50)

Registration forms and more information  about FacetoFace Ministries United Conference can be found online at http://www.f2f.ca or contact Jon Courchene at 306-381-7789; jon.courchene@f2f.ca

Remember – Vocations are everyone’s business.  We all need to Support each other!

Have you asked someone about what the future looks like for them, God is a part of all of our Futures, Be Not Afraid of what the future holds in store for all of us!  Vocations grow through families, let’s all make our vocation stories and our life stories one and the same.

Mass Intentions

Monday, January 28  9:00 a.m  †Arnold Friestadt

Tuesday, January 29  9:00 a.m  †Sue Brander

Wednesday, January 30  9:00 a.m  †Emmanuel Beauchamp

7:15 p.m  †Jean Sakundiak

Thursday, January 31    9:00 a.m  Fr. Pius Schroh

Friday, February 1  9:00 a.m  Michael Prystupa

Saturday, February 2  9:00 a.m  †Don & Mary Bray

7:00 p.m  †Joe & Emilia Cabral

Sunday, February 3  9:00 a.m  †Fr. Kazimierz Zabawa C.Ss.R.

11:00 a.m  For the parish