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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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7th Sunday of Ordinary Time – February 23, 2014

Bulletin Reflection

Anxiety is not a Virtue

 By Alice Camille

Imagine subtracting all the anxiety from a single day. Don’t worry about the alarm not going off—or about it going off! Don’t worry about burning the toast, missing the train or hitting traffic, not having enough cash in your wallet. Don’t dread the meeting with that person who tries your patience or the boss who intimidates or the lunch date with the friend who is lately rather needy. Don’t be anxious about getting the work done on time—or having to do the work at all. Don’t worry about your job, or your lack of good employment; your relationships, or the loneliness that is lately filling the gaps; your hair (or lack thereof), or the weather. Don’t worry if that ache in your joints is getting worse, if it might mean something more than what it seems to be. Don’t think about your weight today. Don’t worry about the kids, the car, the bathroom faucet, the past, the future.
If you subtract all the things you normally worry about over the course of a single day, how much time would you have left over to relax, smile, tell a joke or hear one, sing a song, play, take a nap, make a new friend?
One of the problems with being human is that you know all the things that can go wrong with your bodies, your relationships, your property, and your goals. You’ve been-there-done-that when things start to come apart, and it’s not pretty. While worrying about the negative possibilities has never proven to eliminate their eventuality, you’re not deterred from handing over the present moment to the entirely useless obsession with what-ifs.
Anxiety is all about the negative, about giving yourself to the gremlins of fear and dread. Entrusting yourself to the way of faith is more than only being positive of course: it’s not a glass half-empty vs. half-full scenario. Living faithfully means that no matter what lies behind you or what’s up ahead, you’re confident that God remains the Lord of your life. God’s word is true, and God can be trusted. Even though you walk in that bitter valley of shadows, you won’t go in alone, and you won’t come out alone either.

God is more reliable than a mother and sturdier than a rock. If you don’t believe that, then by all means, freak out. There are a million reasons to panic if you’re mortal, not the least of which is that nothing lasts forever, including you. If you believe in your mortality, which most people over 25 do, then worry will materialize on your plate every morning like clockwork. Count on it. If you believe in the goodness and faithfulness of God, though, every anxiety proves to be a ghost that fades in the light.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2014)

www.preparetheword.com

Schedules lectors and ministers of holy communion The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy, unless you have received your schedule via email.  The schedules cover the period from March 1/2 (8th Sunday in Ordinary Time) to May 24/25 (6th Sunday of Easter).  If you are not able to attend the assigned Mass, all Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another ministeer to take your place.  Please pick up your new schedule after Mass from the Sacristy.  Thank you for your willingness to serve in these important ministries.

Youth—Grades 6—12:– We will be joining other west side youth to go skating across from St. Paul’s Co-cathedral on Saturday March 8th, 12-1 p.m. The church basement will be open for hot chocolate and goodies for that hour, but feel free to stay on the ice before or after if you come with your family! Meet at St. Paul’s at 12 p.m. Skate rentals by donattion are available at the Meewasin Rink

PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  St. Mary’s 47th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place this year on March 23 at 2:00PM in the lower parish hall. This is an important meeting in the life of our parish as it is an opportunity for you to hear about how things have been going during the past year in the various aspects of parish life and to share your own opinions and concerns. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.  AGM booklets will be available for pick up for the parish office starting March 8, 2014.  Please call ahead to check for availability.

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

EASTER CHOIR          ALL CHOIRS       Thursday February 27th at 6:30 pm we will have our first choir practice for Easter Celebrations!!!  All Parish choir members please attend and anyone else who is interested in being a part of the Easter Celebration—this includes young and young at heart singers and musicians.  Any questions please contact Jennifer at 306-202-9469

Mardi Gras Variety Night and Pancake Dinner Tuesday, March 4—St. Mary’s Parish, in conjunction with Knights of Columbus Council 9538, are hosting this event in the parish hall. Consider this not only your invitation to attend the event but also an invitation to share your talent. If you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, act or have a talent you would like to share with the community, we need you! Call the Parish Office at 244-2983 with your idea and we’ll work towards a successful evening. The evening will start at 6:00PM and be finished by 8:00PM and we are asking only for a donation at the door. Tickets will be available at each of the Masses on Feb. 22/23 and Mar. 1/2 or by calling the parish office. There will be door prizes, fifty-fifty draws, masks and beads so let’s make this Mardi Gras one to remember.

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 7:00 pm in St. Mary’s Church, starting on March 7, 14, and 21st.

FLOWERS DURING LENT  The season of Lent is Penitential in nature, that is, it is a time to reflect on our weaknesses as human beings in order to call upon God’s help.  One of the ways that we help ourselves do this is by keeping the church decorations very simple.  To help with this we would ask that you refrain from placing fresh cut flowers before the Tabernacle, altar or shrine so that when Easter comes the arrival of flowers in the Church will be an even greater moment of celebration.

USED PALMS  Please bring your used palms to the church—there will be basket at the church entrance
starting next week.

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Please welcome our new Office Coordinator/ Bookkeeper:  Norma Denis

Some of you may know her from lay formation and St. Philip Neri Parish.  She is married to Ron Denis and together they have 4 sons.  She comes to us with an extensive background working within the Catholic Church in both administration and accounting.  “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the parish and community of St. Mary’s!”

Altar Server, Youth & Other News

Youth News, what is happening for our Church !

SERVE is happening again this summer and it is time for us to get involved again!!!  Does time serving sound exciting?  Our faith calls us to do more and to live more!  Our faith invites us to give from our hearts and SERVE calls us to give to our communities!  The Information about SERVE is available at Bethlehem High School, ED Feehan High School, on line at http://www.Redemptorists.ca and right here at St. Mary’s Parish, ask about it!

Does a skating party interest St. Mary’s?  The youth from the West Side of Saskatoon are called to live lives of service, lives of social involvement in the community and lives which are filled with Spirituality.  Back in the fall the opportunity to serve at the Friendship Inn was presented to our young people.  Now St. Paul’s co-cathedral is calling upon all of the youth and the families of St. Mary’s for a time of fun, skating, social and laughter.  Saturday March 8.  Check out this bulletin for more information!

Do our youth want to showcase their talents on Mardi Gras?  Every year, just before the season of Lent, St. Mary’s has a night of pancakes and talent, if you are looking for more information or have a talent which you want to share, call St. Mary’s!   The youth Facebook Page is for us!  Mardi Gras is a great place to take some pictures, get some stories and let our faith shine, then we can bring our Faith to all of the world.

Home Ministry of Care    As a relative newcomer here at St. Mary’s I was excited to learn a little of the history of this incredible parish; I would like to share just a little of what I have learned.  We were established as a parish in March 1919 with the name Our Lady of Victory to celebrate the end of World War I.  Construction started in 1920 but the church burned down in 1927.  The church we know today was started in May 1930 and was blessed in November 1930.  The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were in charge of the parish until 1934, until the Redemptorist order replaced them.  Saskatoon’s first bishop, Bishop Murray, was a Redemptorist and it was he that put St. Mary’s in the care of his own order.  The Redemptorists have been here ever since.  I will share some more historical tidbits in later weeks so keep tuned.      Carrie

Mass Intentions

Monday, February 24                  9:00 a.m  †Olga Deshenko
Tuesday, February 25                 9:00 a.m  †Stephen Schnob
Wednesday, February 26            9:00 a.m  †Luis & José Moreira & Family
Wednesday, February 26            7:15 p.m  †Betty Pitchko
Thursday, February 27                9:00 a.m  Alvin & Evelyn
Friday, February 28                     9:00 a.m  †Jose Andrade
Saturday, March 1                       9:00 a.m  †Maria Puim
Saturday, March 1                       7:00 p.m  †Rita Shirley
Sunday, March 2                         9:00 a.m  †Jose A. Sousa
Sunday, March 2                        11:00 a.m  For the parish

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