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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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    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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4th Sunday in Lent

Bulletin Reflection

Two Children, One Father

By Alice Camille

Most of us know what it means to be stuck. You try to write something real in 4th Sunday in Lenta sympathy card; but the only words in your mind are: Sorry for your loss. Or you’d like to have a discussion with your spouse that doesn’t end in an argument; but the only way you know how to defend your position is to escalate the emotion. You want to encourage your child; but it winds up sounding like criticism every time. You’ve decided to quit smoking, drinking, overeating, silly spending, watching too much T.V.; and here you are, back in the mall or the fridge or the bar or on the couch with the remote in one hand, a cigar in the other. Doing something new is tough—even when it’s what you really want.
At such times we’re advised to appeal to a higher power. If my personal authority over my own life isn’t what it ought to be—if chemistry or thought-patterns fight to derail my better purposes—then I need help. There are lots of ways to call in the cavalry: self-help groups and counseling, pharmaceutical support or prayer buddies. If you can’t say no to yourself, then who does have that right in your life? Spouse or sponsor, priest or doctor, best friend or God Almighty?
Saint Paul reminds us that whoever is in Christ is a new creation. The way of futility is out the window. New means new. If what we’re doing isn’t working—and who doesn’t have some broken response or relationship that needs fixing?—then surrendering futility for fruitfulness is our mandate and our privilege in Christ.
The parable of two sons is the story of kids really stuck in relationship to their parent. So what else is new? One son is a user: He takes what he can get from Dad and then splits without so much as a thank-you. The other son is the “good” child, the one who toes the mark and does his duty. He’s passive-aggressive about it, of course. Neither kid can go the distance with the way things are. Things come apart: The younger son’s money runs out and so does the older son’s ability to hide his true feelings about getting the short end of the stick as he sees it.
The father’s compassion offers both children the chance to become unstuck. Younger son needs to come home and wise up. Older son needs to reappraise his superior position in the household and embrace it. The father’s constancy is the key and catalyst for their potential transformation, but they both have to act. If they want things to change, they have to take a few steps in the father’s direction.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2013)


 Bulletin Announcements

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 Sundays 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 are moderated by Yvonne Armstrong, of St Mary’s who is presently in her second year of the Lay Formation Program.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE  At St. Mary’s Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm. This service will replace the evening Perpetual Help Devotions and Mass. Come and prepare your heart for the great celebration of Easter.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS  Are you looking for an opportunity to pray during this Lenten Season?  Join us each Friday evening as we pray together, mediating on the passion of our Lord in the Stations of the Cross. Fridays at 7:00pm in St. Mary’s Church.

Lenten Reflection Series: Between the Masses Social Justice Lenten presentations are opportunities to learn more of what is happening that contributes to the well-being of our neighbors. This year’s topic of reflection will be “Catholicism and Healthcare”.  Join us for coffee, muffins and information. Next Sunday, March 17th, at 10:00 A.M. in the Parish Hall, Sr. Judy Schachtel will present “Healthy People Living In a Healthy Planet.”

CWL EASTER TEA & BAKE SALE – Saturday March 16th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Cost – $3.00 which includes lunch.  Everybody welcome! We have an Easter dinner basket to raffle.  In addition, we have great raffle prizes ($50.00 bill, gift certificate to Mr. Riso’s restaurant, comforter set, gift certificate to Highway Green House and many more…..) We are looking forward to your favourite baking for our bake table (squares, cookies etc. and especially Easter bread).  Please bring your baking to the hall Friday, March 15th after 7:00 p.m. or Saturday morning after 9:30 a.m.

Flowers donations for Easter  With Easter quickly approaching, the Liturgy Committee is busy making plans to celebrate the Triduum and the great feast of Easter.  To help decorate our church, we are asking for monetary donations to help with the cost of flowers.  If you would like to make a donation to be put towards the purchase of flowers, you can do this through the office during business hours or use the special envelopes available in the doors or the pews.  You can make your donation in memory of loved one who has died, and their name will be published in a special ‘Memorial Section’ of our Easter bulletin.  Simply write the name of your loved one on the envelope and place the envelope with your donation in the collection basket.  As always, we thank you for your generosity!

Parish Pastoral Council Report:  Rob Florizone and Ken Breckner reported to council about Diocesan Congress Days which they attended on February 2nd. The newly revised Covenant of Care document was presented, with discussion and feedback from those attending. Some aspects of this document were implemented in the parish last fall.

Fr. Jon informed council that Iris Riley, Ministry of Care Coordinator was retiring from this position, which she held for 6 years. A search would begin to fill this very valuable position.

Fr. Jon spoke to the success of Mardi Gras/Talent night, and also the Face to Face Ministries retreat for Youth which was attended by nearly 200 youth from western Canada He also spoke to the various educational programs being offered in the parish during Lent, such as the Lenten Reflection series, Between the Masses, and Stations of the Cross, hoping that more parishioners would take advantage of these educational and prayer opportunities.  Also mentioned was the intention to open Face Book and Twitter pages to keep in contact with youth of the parish.

Plans for our Year of Faith Mission in November are going forward. A priest who may lead the Mission has been contacted. A committee will be formed for further planning.

Alter Server, Youth and Other News

Altar Servers, Movie Night is coming up!  Make sure to put it your calendars.  Write it some where that you will see it!  The parish really appreciates your gifts.  Friday March 22 is a chance to let your gifts shine, come and join us!  Are you thinking about becoming a server?  Come and join us.  Do you serve at your school and want to serve here as well?  Come and join us.  St. Mary’s is blessed with English Speaking and Spanish speaking servers.  The evening of March 22 is meant for all!

VOCATION News – on March 3rd the Knights of Columbus really let their star shine.  They held up another star to shine brightly as they offered this prayer.  We all can take these words into our hearts and in our lives –

We thank you, God our Father, for those who   have responded to priestly ministry.  Fill your   Priests with a sure knowledge of your love.    Open their hearts to the power and consolation   of the Holy Spirit.  Lead them to a new depth   of Union with your Son.  Increase in them a   profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate   as they nourish all of your Family.  Lord Jesus   Christ grant that these, your priests, may in  spire and strive For holiness as men of prayer   who ponder your word and follow your will,   Fr. Michael J. McGivney and all of our Saints,   pray for us.

Home Ministry of Care

Employment Opportunity

St. Mary’s parish, in Saskatoon, is seeking a part-time pastoral associate for our Home Ministry of Care.

The primary responsibilities of this position include:

-Coordinating and training of parish volunteers for visiting and bringing communion to the homebound

-Assisting in the planning of funerals, an annual memorial Mass and celebration of anointing of the sick.

-Support for the bereaved

The successful applicant will be working as a member of a pastoral team and should be; mature, responsible and self-motivated, a practicing member of the Catholic Church with a good knowledge of the Catholic faith. A certificate, degree or equivalent experience in pastoral theology or counseling would be an asset. A police security screening will be required prior to employment.

Please submit a letter of application along with a summary of work experience and two references to:

St. Mary’s Parish Personnel Committee

211 Avenue O South

Saskatoon, SK  S7M 2R6

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 11  9:00 a.m  †Donatina Pellettieri

Tuesday, March 12  9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

Wednesday, March 13  9:00 a.m  †Luigi Mazza

7:15 p.m  Reconciliation Service

Thursday, March 14    9:00 a.m  †Emmanuel Beauchamp

Friday, March 15  9:00 a.m  †Fr. Kaz Zabawa C.Ss.R.

Saturday, March 16  9:00 a.m  Ines Bairos

7:00 p.m  †Fernand Ethier

Sunday, March 17  9:00 a.m  †Reg Hatchen

11:00 a.m  For the parish

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