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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
    stmarysrectory@sasktel.net

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    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

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    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

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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – March 2, 2014

Bulletin Reflection

 Serving Two Masters

When Pope Francis issued his exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) last November, it did not take long for critics to dismiss his views on market capitalism and the “idolatry of money” as naïve. Let the pope address spiritual questions, even moral issues, but leave the practical challenges of running the “real world” to those trained to make such decisions.

How easy it would be to criticize Jesus for the same idealism in today’s Gospel. Can real people live like birds and flowers? Does God actually provide food, clothing and shelter for people, or is it only because of efficient global markets that create jobs and produce low-cost apparel and housing and abundant, affordable food for millions who would otherwise starve and die of exposure? While some people might live worry-free, childlike lives, isn’t it only possible because others bear the burdens of caring for them and protecting them from harm? It might be said that tomorrow will not take care of itself. Poetry is a poor substitute for planning, logic and control.

What is easily missed in this view of the Gospels and the pope’s vision of a more just world is that it is not just a dream. It is also based on a profound realism and a clear grasp of how many of history’s alternatives have also failed. Jesus was no small-town simpleton, but a keen observer of how an empire used brute force to conquer and conspire with local rulers and religion to create privilege for the few at the expense of the majority. He saw how even God was used to bless systems built on the backs of the poor, who lived miserable lives and suffered early deaths. His “program” was a revolution first in the heart growing from the inside out to transform social structures and address disparities that made community impossible. His commitment to change the world was so realistic, he put his own life on the line, living everything he preached about inclusivity, freedom and truth, healing and forgiveness. His example entered history not only as inspiration but also as a mysterious power promising life to all those willing to imitate him. The church that continues his memory would be nothing if it did not live as he did, die as he died, witness to new life in his name.

We cannot serve two masters, God and mammon if we have been baptized into Christ’s life, death and resurrection. From both without and within the church, some people are trying every tactic to distract, diffuse, and dismiss the challenge Pope Francis has thrown down before a world in deep trouble precisely in all those areas where expertise is claimed by those in charge — war and peace, financial fairness, environmental policy. As resistance mounts to the pope’s message, what will determine the future will not be his voice alone, but ours, the people most affected by what is being decided. The reign of God will break out only if we welcome it, build it and sustain it with all our hearts.

Pat Marrin

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.

Station 20 West Fundraiser: Touch of Ukraine Supper and Silent Auction  – Join us to continue the Saskatoon churches’ support for Station 20 West and the Good Food Junction Store, on Saturday, March 15 at Bethlehem High School, 110 Bowlt Crescent. Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for children available at McNally Robinson Bookstore or from Donna, 306 343-9378 or donna@station20west.org. – Doors open with cocktails at 5:00 pm and supper at 6:00 pm. Includes entertainment and silent auction of collectables.

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 from the parish office starting March 15, 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.   Topic for discussion is Recalling the Past—3rd part from Dr. Bill Webster’s “From Mourning to Dawn”.

 EASTER CHOIR          ALL CHOIRS – Thursday March 6th  at 6:30 pm we will have our second 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 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 Frday 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.

 CWL NEWS

  • MEETING—Ash Wednesday March 5th after evening mass.  We look forward to seeing you.
  • EASTER TEA & BAKE SALE—April 5th.  We are planning a great Tea.  Any items you have to donate to the raffle table please bring them to the rectory or contact Hazel at 306-668-4416 or Vina at 306-382-7117
  • CWL CLOTHING DEPOT ANNUAL MEETING  – 7:30 pm March 31 at St Patrick’s
  • WORLD DAY OF PRAYER—2 pm March 7th at St. David’s Trinity United Church, 3318 Merritt St. in Montgomery Place.

Altar Server, Youth & Other News

Youth News, what is happening for our Church !    As Ash Wednesday approaches…….

 This Wednesday will begin the holy season of Lent.  We can begin to prepare ourselves by using these next few days (between now and Ash Wednesday) to invite God to help us as our relationships become stronger.  “Lord we all must desire for things for your glory.  Help me to use this holy season to strengthen your cause and your mission.  Help me to use these days of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving to truly know your peace in my heart.  AMEN”

 REMEMBER – March 8 – Skating party at St. Paul’s and the down town rink.  Come out with all of your family, enjoy the day!  It is in the middle of the day (not too early in the day and not too late!)  It is a great way to do something with your family!  Call for more details.  It is a great way to do something special to begin Lent.  Mark March 8 on your Calendars!

Altar Servers – Talk to your friends, your classmates and people in your life, Lent is all about service – Do You Want To Serve?  The next practise and social is soon……

 ED Feehan’s annual Think Fast is coming up soon…..We all need to care for our brothers and sisters here and around the world.

Home Ministry of Care

When I was reading through the Gospel for this Sunday I was struck by what I took to be a call to joy.  Christ is telling us that we are to be as joyful and grateful for the gifts of sun, rain and our daily bread as are the birds singing in the trees and the flowers blooming brilliantly in the meadow.  This call to joy is also echoed by Pope Francis in his new book “Open Mind, Faithful Heart:  Reflections on Following Jesus”.  He says:

“We need to be faithful to this joy and not just “enjoy” it as something that belongs only to us.  The joy is there for our astonishment; it is there for us to communicate it to others.  This joy opens us to the freedom that comes with being children of God.  By placing us in God, this joy separates us from things that confine and imprison us and from situations that take away our freedom.  That is why the joyful heart is always growing freer.”

So my solemn and most joyful promise this week is to try to remember Christ’s lesson that I cannot add one single moment to my life-span by worrying and will attempt to recognize everything as gift; given and received in joy.  Carrie

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 3                  9:00 a.m   †Jose Andrade

Tuesday, March 4                 9:00 a.m †Olga Dushenko

Wednesday, March 5           9:00 a.m   Edna Evans

Wednesday, March 5            7:15 p.m   Ella & Mike Korol

Thursday, March 6                9:00 a.m †Jose A. Sousa

Friday, March 7                       9:00 a.m  †Betty Pitchko

Saturday, March 8                 9:00 a.m  †All Souls

Saturday, March 8                 7:00 p.m  †Concetta & Nicola Zelantini

Sunday, March 9                     9:00 a.m   Eugenie Savidan

Sunday, March 9                    11:00 a.m  For the parish

 

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