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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
  • Office Hours

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

Bulletin Reflection

A Question of Identity

 By Alice Camille

   A question hangs over the world for 20 centuries, dividing Jews and Christians in an incontrovertible way. Who is Jesus? Is he 12th Sunday in Ordinary Timethe messiah promised in sacred texts of the past or not? If he is, how are we to understand him? What does his messiahship involve? What difference does it make if we accept it or not?   A writer adding to Zechariah’s scroll after the exile mentions one who is pierced and mourned—and Christians flash at once to the Crucifixion, as we do at a dozen prophecies and more from the sayings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and even Moses. Of course we do. And of course the faithful Jewish community doesn’t, reading this particular text in the plural and seeing suffering Jerusalem as its subject. Robert Schoen, author of What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew about Judaism, laments a frequent question from Christian audiences: “Why don’t you believe that Jesus is the messiah?” The query is aimed more like an accusation, to which Bob simply replies: “We just don’t.” If you read a Jewish translation of the Bible, these texts don’t point as sharply to Jesus as they do in Christian interpretations of them.   We shouldn’t be surprised that the identity of Jesus is up for grabs among God-fearing people. So it was in his generation as well and among his own friends. Even after everything Jesus did and taught, all the miracles and healings and signs, his disciples fled at his arrest and argued about him after his Resurrection. Among those who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior there were still sharp distinctions as to what the consequences of that faith might be.   Saint Paul insisted that faith in Christ Jesus (literally, confidence in Christ Jesus) obliterated the three traditional distinctions among persons. In the ancient world Greeks acknowledged three blessings: to be human and not a beast; to be a man and not a woman; to be Greek and not a barbarian. Paul attacked precisely this distinction when he claims that life “in Christ” confers a unity beyond any mortal division.   It was a thrilling and destabilizing notion then, and it still is. Where we take it in the modern world is another matter. Many would be alarmed at this sort of extreme unity, however liberal we think we are. In Christ are there Protestants and Catholics? Vatican II cheerleaders and Tridentine loyalists? Are there distinctly regarded men and women, with male and female baptismal opportunities? Even if we get the identity of Jesus right, do we know where the consequences may take us?

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©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.

Do you have a youth between the ages 7 and 14? Do they enjoy swimming in the lake or pool, going to the beach, playing in the mud, lightly toasted marshmallows over the campfire, outdoor sports experiencing God through nature and/or meeting new children around their age? If so Blackstrap is the perfect camp for your child this summer! Not only do we offer a variety of exciting activities such as canoeing and archery at Blackstrap Youth Camp but, we also allow youth to get in touch with their artistic side, to learn how to cook, make videos, experience nature first-hand and make unforgettable friendships along the way. Blackstrap is an overnight camp that runs from Sunday through Friday so parents/guardians while your youth is at camp for the week that means you get a break too! For more information about Blackstrap Youth Camp please call (306) 934-1838 or check out our website at www.campblackstrap.wix.com/blackstrap-camp

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

GSCS Summer Registration:  In recognition that many new residents arrive to Saskatoon over the summer, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools will be offering an opportunity for Summer Registration.  Staff will be available to take registrations during August at the following locations:

Ed. Feehan High School (411 Ave. M North (front door on Ave. M)):

August 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22: 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Have a wonderful Summer!

 The Diocese of Saskatoon aims to make parishes safe places for everyone. The Covenant of Care and Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Protocol are the code of ethics and procedures dealing with issues of misconduct and abuse by both lay and ordained within our Catholic community. The covenant and protocol can be found online at www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com/covenantofcare Those without access to the Internet can obtain a copy of the documents by calling the Catholic Pastoral Centre at (306) 242-1500 or toll free at 1-877-661-5005. If, after reading the documents, there are points you would like clarified, please feel free to contact your pastor or Diocesan Coordinator of Care Blake Sittler at (306) 659-5834. All parishes have been asked to name a Parish Coordinator of Care (PCC) by mid-June and then to permanently promote the PPC name and contact number in the parish bulletin. Anyone who is aware of a breach of the protocol may contact the pastor or PPC. If you are uncomfortable with reporting it within the parish you may contact the Diocesan Coordinator of Care directly by calling Blake Sittler at (306) 659-5834. Allegations of a criminal nature should be made directly to city police or the local branch of the RCMP.

COFFEE AND MUFFINS SERVED Join fellow parishioners for coffee and muffins served in the lower hall on Sunday, June 23rd following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

The first annual Evening Under the Stars concert will assist St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation to purchase a Digital Transmission Electron Microscope, the first of its kind in Saskatchewan. The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 at Whitecap Sports Centre on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation south of Saskatoon. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Early bird tickets are $50 and are available  at Sask Jazz Festival Box Office, Delta Bessborough Hotel 601 Spadina Cres E, 306.652-4700 or 1.800.638.1211.

The Evening Under the Stars concert offers great food, captivating entertainment and an opportunity to experience First Nations culture all wrapped up in a natural prairie setting with a full moon to light the stage.  Headline act is The Music of Queen, presented by Jeans n Classics, accompanied by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and a local symphonic choir. Detailed information is available at  http://eveningunderthestars.ca

 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time2Home Ministry of Care

This month the full moon falls on June 23.  This full moon is not only the largest full moon this year.  It will also be the closest moon encounter with the Earth for all of 2013.  This sort of close full moon is called a Perigee Full Moon.  Two years ago many people started using the term supermoon to describe such a close full moon.  This will be the most super moon this year so be sure to look up tonight.  According to Time and Date.com our moonrise should be around 9:33 pm so we should have a wonderful view of one of God’s great natural gifts to our world.  As St. Francis of Assisi says in his Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon:

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise   is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.

To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no   mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,

especially Sir Brother Sun,

Who is the day through whom You give us light.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,

Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and   the stars,

In the heavens you have made them bright,

precious and fair.

So tonight look up and whisper a prayer of thanks because God is good and his creation is wondrous.

 Youth Ministry

It is summer time and time to really enjoy!  The Knights of Columbus Black Strap Youth Camp is offering a great opportunity this summer but what about other great opportunities?  Ask a member of the Knights for more information or go online and read more.

Summer is meant for us to try new things and take a break from what we already know….How about what we know and what we believe come together!

I recently heard about another amazing Summer opportunity- IGNITE!

Back around Valentine’s Day, a day set aside where we got to focus on what Love means, Face 2 Face ministries put on an amazing conference in our parish hall.  That retreat was titled “United”.  Just recently those same individuals reminded me of another great faith opportunity called – IGNITE!

Our Faith needs to be set aflame, Jesus calls us to love!  When Deacon Dan and Deacon Colin were ordained on June 14 they heard the call to love, we are invited to hear that same call.  Check out www.f2f.ca and read about the IGNITE summer camp in Bruno, SK from August 12 – August 17 to see how our faith can be a call to love!

Mass Intentions

Monday, June 24  9:00 a.m  †Garth McKenzie

Tuesday, June 25  9:00 a.m  †Natalie Melo & †Joe Moreira

Wednesday, June 26    9:00 a.m  Gregorz Worobiec

7:15 p.m  †Albert & †Elieen Provost Sr.

Thursday, June 27    9:00 a.m  All Souls in Purgatory

Friday, June 28  9:00 a.m  †Marie Perret

Saturday, June 29  9:00 a.m  Emile Guigon

7:00 p.m  †Pham Paolo

Sunday, June 30  9:00 a.m  Joyce Guigon

11:00 a.m  For the parish