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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

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    Saturday: 7pm
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    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
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    Wednesday: 9am, 7:15pm

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    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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5th Sunday in Easter

Bulletin Reflection

Christianity isn’t Easy

By Alice Camille

I often wonder how many people fall for the dozens of headlines at every checkout counter that promise you can lose 20 pounds in a few weeks by following three simple guidelines. Perhaps you don’t believe it so much as want to believe it. You’re looking for 5th Sunday in Easteran easy way out of your dilemma of eating too much, too often, of all the bad-for-you stuff.   How many, then, might fall for the book or sermon or church marquee that promises a gentler, simpler religion that doesn’t cost so much? It sounds too good to be true that there might be a version of Christianity out there that doesn’t espouse behaviors or insist you embrace uncomfortable and expensive ideals. And if you find such a church—and they’re out there—please remember that any deal that sounds too good to be true probably is. Christianity without the cross is a highly suspect brand indeed.   Paul and Barnabas, still running around Asia Minor in the weekly readings, may have embraced rejection and expulsion from the occasional city with joy and a song in their hearts, but when they get back to their friends they admit that the road of proclamation is tough and costly. They suggest prayer and fasting as useful spiritual armor for those in responsible church positions. Accomplishments on the mission trail are not rare but they are also not cheap.   John of Patmos likewise sees the holy new Jerusalem descend like a bride from heaven, which sounds wonderful. Those eyes of his, though, had to view a whole lot of destruction and distress between his first glimpse of glory and his last. All things are made new but the price tag on that is that the old order has to pass away. That is a euphemism for tearing the world as you know it apart. When you’re shopping for a new world, you have to keep the price in mind.   Christianity, despite what you may read in the news, is not easy. Jesus talks of glory at the Last Supper but that’s after he’s talked about Passion and suffering for quite a while. His friends selectively and conveniently hit the mute button of their attention every time they hear that the Son of Man is preparing for a sacrifice like nothing the world has seen. Glory, yes. Cross, no. Palm Sunday was great but hold the Good Friday. New creation without apocalypse, please. As often as you chuckle at the obtuseness of the first disciples, you may be ignoring how much you censor the implications of your own baptism. “Love one another” sounds like a much simpler and easier religion than the one with ten commandments. But is it?

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2013)



1ST COMMUNION/CONFIRMATION  Please keep our young catechumens in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation on June 12, 2013.

MASS WITH SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING – will be held at St Mary’s on Tuesday, May 7th at 1PM.  All those who are ill, elderly, or those who feel they would be graced by this Sacrament are invited to be present with us at this special Celebration.  Transportation can be arranged.  Please call Carrie before April 30th if you need a ride.

2ND ANNUAL LATIN FEST:  St. Mary’s Hispanic Community will be hosting their 2nd Annual Latin Fest on Sunday May 26th from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market.  Ticket prices are $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for students and seniors, and $10.00 for children under 12.  Tickets are available at the parish office during regular office hours or by phoning 306-244-2983.

YEAR OF FAITH:  On Sunday May 5th at 2:00 PM. at St. Pauls-Co Cathedral ( Bishop Mahoney Hall).  The Knights of Columbus Council 1517 and the Ladies of St. Paul’s CWL are presenting the following Speakers in the Year of Faith Series.  Speaking on Wills and Estates will be John Benesh a local Lawyer, a member of Holy Family Parish and Knights of Columbus.  Speaking on Funeral Planning will be Lyle Burkell of Saskatoon Funeral Home. Lyle is a member of St. Philip Neri Parish and Knights of Columbus.  We are very pleased to have both gentlemen speak on very timely subjects. Bring your questions or concerns.  Bring family members to listen and assist in clarifying questions on the subjects you may have.  A light lunch will follow, provided by the CWL.

 WANTED:  St. Mary’s Charities is in need of plastic grocery bags (Co-Op, Superstore etc.). If you have any, please drop them off at the rectory during office hours or at the sacristy.

ST. GEORGE’S SENIOR CLUB will be hosting a Banquet & Dance on Friday May 10, 2013.  Doors open at 4:00pm with supper at 5:30pm, followed by a dance at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15.00 each and can be purchased by calling Esther at 306-382-1481 or Hattie at 306-665-3324.  Tickets will be available until April 30th.

 The Reel Anti-Suppressants: a humorous thought-provoking theatre performance about mental illness will be held 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at St. Mary’s Hall, corner of 20th St and Avenue 0 in Saskatoon; with a freewill offering at the door.. Come to laugh at the ludicrous basis of discrimination and to link the stigma of mental illness to other stigmas, such as those of poverty, homelessness and unemployment. We will have a discussion at the end of the performance. Our purpose is to get people experiencing, feeling and then discussing what discrimination is really about. Sit back, take it all in and pay attention to what the performance triggers, what you like and what you resist.

“Mental illness is not a challenge. Climbing Mount Everest is a challenge. Mental illness is a problem; actually, discrimination against those with a mental illness is the real problem.” – Geraldine Malloy

 Theatre with meaning: Forgiven /Forgotten – How does your church offer hospitality in difficult situations? Forgiven/Forgotten is a play that tackles this question when a church is thrown into turmoil upon hearing an offender will be serving his parole in their community. Theatre of the Beat, a drama troupe travelling across Canada, will present this thought-provoking play in Saskatoon:

Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m. – a youth evening at Nutana Park Mennonite Church, 1701 Ruth Street E., Saskatoon

Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. – St Mary’s Wellness & Education Centre, (the new St. Mary’s School), 327 Avenue N South, Saskatoon.

Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m. – St Anne’s Church, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon.

Donations will be taken at the door with proceeds going to local restorative justice initiatives. See the website www.forgivenforgotten.wordpress.com for more details or call Heather Peters at Mennonite Central Committee office 306.665.2555.


April 29th – 5 members from St. Mary’s will be attending the Diocesan Convention held in Humboldt, Sk.

May 1st – CWL monthly mtg. – following 7:15 p.m. Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions (approx. 8:00 p.m.)

May 16th – CWL Twilight Evening at Queen’s House (601Taylor St. W) beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Speaker: Brendan Bitz – “Living in the presence of God in Everyday Life”-(free willing offering to help with costs)

June 18th – 7:00 p.m. Year-End Social – details to follow!

Home Ministry of Care


St. Mary’s Church – Tuesday May 7th, 1PM

Who would benefit from this Sacrament?

  • the elderly, whose frailty is becoming more pronounced
  • adults and children suffering from a major illness, facing illness or serious tests
  • anyone suffering from chronic illness such as diabetes or arthritis
  • anyone who feels they would be graced by this Sacrament

Refreshments will be served after Mass.

Attention Volunteers – Please inform the people that you visit about this Mass and offer to bring them if possible.

5th Sunday in Easter2Youth Ministry

Attention all Servers, Young People and the youth of St. Mary’s – Last year there was a really good turn out for a youth lead mass and so St. Mary’s Parish is hoping to do it again.  It will probably be on the Weekend following the long weekend, namely the weekend of SATURDAY MAY 25 , put it on your calendars.  This will take place at the evening mass and it provides an opportunity for the entire parish to appreciate the efforts of our young people.  The 2012 Youth Lead Mass had young people looking after reading, being ushers, joining the choir so this opportunity for 2013 promises to be bigger than before.  Young people took care of all of the ministries that evening and will be invited to do it again this year. Keep looking here for more details, they will be coming!

Blackstrap youth camp is once again happening this summer, information is available on the bulletin board at the front of the church, and more is coming,  keep looking here for more news to come…..

Last week, the Youth from our Parish Community had an amazing opportunity presented to them.  As we all heard in the announcement (a few weeks ago) Jesse Manabusin made a visit to Saskatoon.  On Tuesday morning he visited Bethlehem High School.  He gave a very awe inspiring and incredible show.  He sang, told stories and prayed with staff and students.  We are the Church and it is Right HERE and Everywhere!  We need to live that message, the Church IS Right Here!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, April 29  9:00 a.m  †Victor Andrade

Tuesday, April 30  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Giocoli

Wednesday, May 1    9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

7:15 p.m  †Fr. Kaz Zabawa C.Ss.R.

Thursday, May 2    9:00 a.m  †Ana & Luis Moreira & Family

Friday, May 3    9:00 a.m  †Adelina Rego

Saturday, May 4  9:00 a.m  Michael Prystupa

7:00 p.m  †Gerald Leidl

Sunday, May 5  9:00 a.m  †Rose Zerr

11:00 a.m  For the parish