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Epiphany Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Where Will You Find Good Will?

By Alice Camille

Peace on earth. The church has been celebrating this sentiment for a whole season, and in fact the assembly declares it every time it proclaims the Gloria: On earth, peace to people of good will! But how do you track these people down? Maybe the trouble locating them is one reason you do not see much peace on earth, no matter how often you sing of it. The news often reports the doings of people of bad will. Wars and acts of terror, murder and violence, petty theft and corporate crime, injustice, prejudice, and unkindness of every sort—the world can seem like a pretty bad place to live, and unfortunately you have no alternatives. Still, people of faith sing of peace, preach and teach it, hold out the hope of it to people of good will, and Jesus promises a peace that passes understanding to those same good-willing folks. You and I can know that peace, if we join our will to the divine will and seek the good above every other thing. So start off the new calendar year with a blessing: for your families, over your homes and places of business, over your parish and neighborhoods, and over your nation as a whole. Let’s pray for peace—and for people of good will—because the world will only have peace when you become one of those people. Let’s seek goodness ourselves and join with others who profess and demonstrate that same desire, because peace isn’t an impossible dream for the world. God created you for unity and harmony, Jesus prays for your unity in the sharing of his Body and Blood, and Saint Paul declares the hidden unity of humanity is what the mystery of Christ is meant to reveal. There is no male or female, no east or west, in Christ. There’s only the human family waiting to be awakened to its true identity as God’s children. That is the message of Isaiah, the great prophet of universal harmony. His dream of the peaceable kingdom where lion and lamb lie down together, where nations come together under the same God, seemed unreasonable to his own community. It sounds crazy to a lot of people today, too. You live on Planet Babel where borders and boundaries and languages and religions are legion. We’re divided into rich and poor, haves and have nots. We’re raised to mistrust, fear, even hate the other. Every once in a while, however, somebody forgets the rules and crosses the lines with great courage and resolve, like those magi of good will who go looking for some Jewish king. We call them wise. They value signs from heaven more than earthly treasure. Pledge this year to join them on that quest.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2013)


 Bulletin Announcements

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, January 11 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday January 12th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS NIGHT:  Please note—the Parent/Guardian Meeting in preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation will be held January 22nd, 2013 in St. Mary’s upper hall at 7:00pm.  If you have any questions about this meeting please call Eileen Provost at 382-4821.

SUNDAY MISSALS:  We have 20 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.

 ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB (1236 20th Street West) are having a potluck dinner to celebrate Malanka (Ukrainian New Year’s) on January 11th from 1:00pm—5:00pm.  Bring your favorite dish to share or pay at the door; members $8.00 non members $10.00.

ST. GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZEN’S CLUB annual meeting will be held on January 16th at 1:00pm at 1236 20th Street West.

THANK YOU:  Deepest gratitude to Molly Garchinski and her CWL team for the lovely reception for the children’s Reconciliation sacrament.  Also, thank you to the Knights of Columbus for you support and contributions.  Thank you to the office team for your constant support.  God bless, Eileen Provost.

Film about a remarkable leader in Burma – A showing of the film “The Lady”, about the life of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma (Myanmar) will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Saskatoon (located at 222 Willow Street, at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Hilliard Street in the Exhibition neighbourhood). Based on true life events, this inspriational film tells the story of a brave woman who sacrificed much in the fight for freedom for the peoples of Burma. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993, but was unable to accept it until 2012. (Dr. Brian Colquhoun of Saskatoon will be available to answer questions about the film and the situation in Burma (Myanmar). The film is rated PG.

Saskatoon Deanery meeting for all those interested will be held Thursday, Jan. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m.at Holy Family Cathedral. The topic of this meeting is youth ministry.  Participants are then invited to join the Theology on Tap session at 7 p.m., with a special presentation by Frank Mercadante entitled “Engaging a New Generation.” For more information, contact Joe Simonot (city deanery chair) at (306) 343-6443 or Shirley Hyshka (co-chair) at (306) 343-0325.

Music for the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday) – A diocesan workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb 7 at St. Anne’s parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Registration is $50 if booking before Jan. 20, 2014.  Find information, including a brochure, as well as registration online at http://www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com

Setting Hearts Ablaze – A diocesan workshop for all those who long to inspire lifelong faith and bring more life to their parishes will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at St. Anne’s Parish, 217 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon. Early bird registration (until Jan. 20) for the CIC workshop is $75. Find more information or register online at http://www.saskatoonrcdiocese.com or for more information contact: foundations@saskatoonrcdiocese.com or call Sharon Powell at (306) 659-5831.

 Brazil Mission Notes: Sr. Jeannine Rondot, SMS, writes from São José da Laje: “As we come to the closing of 2013, we give thanks for the many graces and blessings received this past year, not the least for the ongoing support from the people of the Saskatoon diocese. At this time, the Ursuline Sisters from Maceió and we, the Sisters of Mission Service from São José da Laje, would like to express our sincere best wishes to you all, for a joy-filled and beautiful Christmas season, as we celebrate “God-with-us” – along with special blessings of joy, good health and peace throughout the New Year! May our hearts be open to welcome all that awaits us in 2014, as we journey in hope!”

 Epiphany Sunday2Home Ministry of Care

The following is a quote from Catholic Online regarding Mary Mother of God.  It seemed fitting to retell it here as we have just passed her special feast day of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God.

The Holy Spirit is at work, inviting us to re-examine the deeper implications of the treasure found in the life, example and message of the Virgin of Nazareth.  This wonderful title, Mary, the Mother of God, “Theotokos”, reveals a profound truth not only about Mary, but about each one of us.  It also reveals the very mission of  the Church.  We can all be “God-bearers”.  We are to live our lives now in the Church and bring Jesus Christ into a world waiting to be born.

It sounds like we have our work cut out for us but what wonderful work it is; God Bless and have a wonderful New Year.

 Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mary’s:  We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00pm to 2:30pm to pray, enjoy fellowship and prayerfully & lovingly create shawls.  These beautiful wraps are presented to the sick, the shut-ins, the bereaved and for nearly any special occasion.  Anyone who has some spare time is welcome to join us in the upper meeting room of the hall.  We also welcome ideas for other crafts.  For more information please call Carrie at 244-2983 ext 233.  We will resume on January 14, 2014 starting at 1:00pm.

 Youth Ministry

Vocation Prayer from The Redemptorist Generalate in Rome, A Prayer for all believers!

Lord Jesus, out of love for all, you have called us to continue your redeeming mission in the world.  O Father, blessed be your name forever!

With Humble hearts and open hands before you, we give thanks for the gift of life, and above all, for our baptismal vocation which calls us to live as your sons and daughters, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, with freedom and confidence, we ask you, our Redeemer: make us strong in faith, so that we can witness to everyone that you are the centre of our lives.

May we always live in joyful hope in order to announce that Redemption is plentiful for all, especially for the most abandoned, the poor.

May we be untiring in love, so that we serve all with a generous and creative heart.

Give us also a sincere humility which makes us conscious that we need you always, and that we can do nothing without you.

May this year of the Redemptorist Missionary Vocation wake us up to your call, Lord, above all to that which promotes the dignity of human life, especially for young people, so that we may be authentic Missionaries: witnesses and missionaries of the great work of Redemption.

May St. Alphonsus and Our Mother of Perpetual Help accompany us and keep us always faithful to the mission of our faith.


 Mass Intentions

Monday, January 6  9:00 a.m  †Emilia Moreira & Family

Tuesday, January 7  9:00 a.m  †Jose Resendes Andrade

Wednesday, January 8  9:00 a.m  †Jose Antonio Sousa

7:15 p.m  †Fernand Blerot

Thursday, January 9    9:00 a.m  †Mary Rita Shirley

Friday, January 10  9:00 a.m  †Concetta Yelantini & †Nicola Yelantini

Saturday, January 11  9:00 a.m  †Elaine Boyle

7:00 p.m  †Ernest Walker

Sunday, January 12  9:00 a.m  †Ilena Chaves

11:00 a.m  For the parish