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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
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    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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    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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Body & Blood Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Keep the Holy Memory

 By Alice Camille

   Saint Luke calls it the breaking of the bread. Saint Paul calls it the supper of the Lord. Jesus termed it the new covenant in his Body & Blood Sundaybody and blood. Most of us use “Holy Communion.” But however you describe it, Eucharist is the centerpiece of the Catholic Christian experience.

Eucharist is rooted in the Jewish tradition of keeping memorial: a ritual that makes the past present, and resurrects the old into fresh life through communal memory. The church has long understood the Eucharist as a “sacrifice,” but this sacrifice is not only expressed through the surrender of Christ’s body and blood—on the cross or at the altar—for suffering, sinful humanity. The sacrifice of the Eucharist is meant to include the whole Christian life as well: we ourselves, as partakers of this Body and Blood, agree to participate in the sacrifice. Perhaps we overlook this detail, preferring to leave the price of the Paschal Mystery on the table, as it were. You might want to reflect on the cost of your participation in this sacrament before you quickly consume what’s held out for you. Even after the miracle of multiplication, it’s the disciples who are commissioned to distribute the loaves and fishes.

Throughout history some have chosen to emphasize the mystery contained in the sacrament: focusing on the words “this is my Body, this is my Blood” as a reality to be wondered at, admired, and adored. Others have given more weight to the words “take and eat, take and drink,” acknowledging that it’s a privilege and responsibility to incorporate this Christ-life for the sake of a hungry world. Around the time of the Reformation Catholics went one way, Protestants the other in the understanding of what’s most vital in the Eucharist. Catholics clung to the mystery, the Latin, the priest’s prerogative to the contents of the chalice. Only gradually did Catholicism appreciate the wisdom in softening the distinct devotional aspect of this sacrament to ensure that “full, conscious, and active” participation would be achieved by the whole assembly.

Theologians like Johann Baptist Metz and Edward Schillebeeckx have warned about the “dangerous memory” implicit in our actions here—as well as the liberating contents of this sacrament. Sharing in Christ’s Body and Blood means offering testimony “against unjust suffering, [in] solidarity with the dead, and [in] desire for the transcendent,” as Oblate Father David Power put it. Be careful what you wish for, as our mothers declared. Desire for transcendence doesn’t simply take you to Mt. Tabor, but also to Golgotha. Withstanding unjust suffering may well take you to some lonely and difficult places. Keeping this dangerous memory alive in the Eucharist is more than recalling what happened to Jesus. It’s also about where this living memory seeks to take you today and every day.

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.

 The CWL Clothing depot, located at 619-20th St. West, in Saskatoon, would appreciate donations of new and gently used summer clothing, shoes and purses. Also required are sheets, comforters, blankets, towels and small kitchen items. These can be dropped off at the above address or call 306-242-5042 for pick up at your front door.

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

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, June 8, 2013 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

Blackstrap Youth Camp invites youth ages 8 – 13 years to a rocking summer experience. Camp runs weekly from Sunday to Friday. Dates have been set for 2013 summer camp as follow: July 7 – 12, Jul 14 – 19, July 21 – 26, July 28 – Aug 2, Aug 4 – 9. Join in fun activities such as: canoeing, tenting, arts and crafts, praise and worship, swimming, camp out, variety night, mud pit and dance. Application forms available from our website: blackstrapyouthcamp.com, email campblackstrap@gmail.com or call us at 306 934-1838. Rock your summer with us. You’ll be glad you did!!!

 50th Ordination Anniversaries:  On June 16 St. Anne’s Parish will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Frs. Lawrence DeMong and Ralph Kleiter’s ordination to the priesthood as well as the ordination of Dan Yasinski who will preside at the 11 am Mass.  A Fathers’ Day breakfast will be provided by the Knights of Columbus and a program involving the presence of Bishop Don Bolen from 2-3 pm will celebrate a variety of vocations including 60th anniversaries of Marriage.  A hamburger supper with potluck salads and desserts will be offered to all present at 4 pm.  Everyone welcome.

CATHOLIC WOMENS’ LEAGUE:  Executive mtg. was held on Monday, May 27th: items of discussion included: 1) The last of the membership fees have been forwarded to National Office – total of 117 CWL  members which includes 9 new members 2) Seven CWL ladies will be attending the Prov. Convention at the Cathedral on June 3 & 4; 3) Bursary will be presented to a Grade 12 student at E.D. Feehan High School; 4) Donation to the Redemptorist Parish Vocations Ministry 5) Donation to the Education of Seminarians in the Diocese 6) Sponsoring two children to the Knights of Columbus Blackstrap Summer Camp 7) Planning of the CWL Wind-up on Tuesday, June 18th @ 7:00 p.m. in the upper hall  – bring finger food – KC members are invited to join us – entertainment will be provided by ‘Young @ Heart’ singers; 8) Catholic Women’s League National Convention, August 11 – 14, 2013 in Regina, SK. – ladies planning to attend, use the registration form from the latest edition of the CWL magazine to register. 9) Annual Harvest Supper – Sept. 29th, 2013 – Adults $13.00 – children – 10 and under $6.00;  (tickets will be available in September ); Next CWL General Mtg.  Wednesday, Sept, 4, 2013.  To all, have a save and pleasant summer !!

BRUNO CHERRY SUNDAY Aug. 18:  Food, entertainment, speakers and Cherry U-Pick! Come on out to Bruno, SK (90km E of Saskatoon), and enjoy a day of family-friendly, honest-to-goodness small-town fun!  www.CherryFestival.ca

Youth Ministry

The Month of May is drawing to a close, with that goes the old saying about May flowers.  We really have not seen too many May flowers this year except now that the warmth of Summer is dropping upon us, we are due to see and feel a lot of sunshine.  What a gift from our Lord!  I hope as summer comes to us, our prayer life is still centered on Christ and we continue to be and do for each other.

In 2002, Pope John Paul II set aside June 7 as World Day of Prayer for Priests.  Next week, on Friday June 7, we are all called to pray particularly for our priests.

Eternal God…

Bless your Church with holy, and faithful priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.

Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require.

Form us all in the likeness of your son so that in him, with him, and through him, we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere.  With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

This year’s ordinations are just around the corner…. June 14….check out the poster at the back of the church or better yet go online to learn even more about Deacon Dan and Deacon Colin.  The church and all of us are truly blessed to welcome two more young men in to priestly service.  THANK YOU Dan and Colin, thank you for your gift and your inspiration.

Is Black Strap youth camp pulling at you this summer?  Talk to a Knight for more information about the great summer camp.

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Home Ministry of Care

Since its beginning, the Catholic faith has understood that caring for the sick and the dying is part of who we are. The roots of our healing mission lay in the life and ministry of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In proclaiming the kingdom of God, Jesus had a special place in his heart for those who were overwhelmed by sickness, disease or threatened with death. Time and time again, Jesus touched these people, physically and spiritually, breaking through the barrier of illness which so often served to isolate so many. Jesus brings the outcast back into community through his healing words and touch. The healing ministry of the Church directly addresses these needs through the Ministry of Care.

The purpose of the Ministry of Care is to provide pastoral care to our parishioners and their families who are sick, elderly, homebound or experiencing a time of need..  We will provide some training and when you feel comfortable we will send you out to be the hands and ears and voice of Christ for someone that we will match to your personality.   All of us that are already part of this team here at St. Mary’s can testify to the joy and fulfillment that this Ministry brings us.  We welcome and invite all parishioners who might be interested in joining us to contact Carrie at the office.  Please pray about this opportunity.

 Mass Intentions

Monday, June 3  9:00 a.m  †Ferdinand Frias

Tuesday, June 4  9:00 a.m  †Juliana Faurillo

Wednesday, June 5    9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

7:15 p.m  Father Haus

Thursday, June 6    9:00 a.m  †Marie Perret

Friday, June 7  9:00 a.m  †Camile & Emily Demeester & Family

Saturday, June 8  9:00 a.m  †Don & Mary Bray

7:00 p.m  †Flavia Buates

Sunday, June 9  9:00 a.m  Petition to St. Anthony

11:00 a.m  For the parish