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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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  • 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

2nd Sunday of Lent – March 16, 2014

Bulletin Reflection

 GOD IS ON OUR SIDE

By Alice Camille

WHEN THE WEIGHT is equally distributed on both sides of a seesaw, the ride goes up and down, pleasantly and indefinitely and, you might say, uneventfully. Sometimes when the weight is not even, you can shift the lighter person backward toward the end of the board and a heavier person further down to achieve a leveling effect. But say a really big kid comes by and hunkers down on the side opposite you. Game over. You’re left up in the air, legs dangling, nowhere to go from here until you beg for mercy. When God is the big kid, you better hope you’re not on the opposing side of the seesaw. On the wrong side of God, there’s nothing but defeat: God is the biggest, strongest weight around. Which also implies that, on the right side of God, you’re the victor no matter who’s opposing you. That is Saint Paul’s point in the Letter to the Romans. Get God on your side—or rather, get on God’s side—and you’re home free. There’s no power that can match the Almighty. When Jesus is your key witness, you’ve got all the defense you need and you’re as good as acquitted, no matter who the prosecution is or what the charges may be. Ancient people understood from a quick glance around that the heavens were not exactly on our side—or at least not representing everyone equally. So the system of sacrifices evolved to even up the sides and keep the Deity placated. Then comes Abraham, who is the personification of Israel before there even is such a thing as Israel. Through his story you see Israel reject the ancient understanding of a God who can be bought at the price of a son, or even a ram. Because it is God who supplies the animal for sacrifice, even that doesn’t come at a cost to Abraham. What becomes obvious through this story is that God is on the side of the nation, before a single stick is kindled. All Abraham owes God is a response to such generosity: his unflagging obedience. When Jesus ascends the mountain, once more God makes plain that the sacrifice to come is not at human expense but his. The vision that Peter, James, and John were privileged to see was remarkable, but it’s not enough to see a wonder. The voice they hear reveals the response expected: their obedient listening. The three disciples have miles to go in getting that right, of course, and so do you. It’s the response, though, of those who appreciate the divine gifts received on mountaintops: freedom from ancient sacrifice at Moriah, the guiding law of Sinai, divine revelation at Tabor, or forgiveness of sins at Golgotha. God is on your side. Are you listening yet?

Reprinted with permission
Prepare the Word (2013)
http://www.preparetheword.com

St. Mary’s Parish Mission
Please join us for our Parish Mission as we prepare our hearts for Easter. Fr. Michael Smolinski and the Outreach Team from the “Welcome Home” in Winnipeg will guide us during a week of prayer and reflection on our call to meet our God in the presence of the poor. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity for Spiritual refreshment. The mission runs each evening at 7pm from Sunday, March 30 – Thursday, April 3. More news to come.

St. Mary’s Tea & Bake Sale
Saturday April 5, 2014    – 1:00 to 3:00 pm   – Admission $3.00

We will once again be counting on ladies for their great baking and breads.  There will be raffles and a door prize.  Plan on coming and bring a friend

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 opportunity for you to hear and share on aspects in the parish.

St. Marian Goretti Community School Bingo  (301 Ave Q North) Friday March 21, 2014 Doors Open 5:30 and the Games start 6:00—Everyone Welcomed—(Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian) Bingo for the whole family!!

Praying for Peace in Ukraine—7pm Daily at Local Shrine   Prayers for the people of Ukraine daily at 7 pm at the Shrine of Venerable Nun Martyrs Olympia and Laurentia, 215 Ave M South.  Everyone is welcome.

Development and peace —is the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic development organizations around the world.  Caritas has launched a global campaign, called “One Human Family, Food for All”.  This campaign is in response to the fact that 1 in every 8 of God’s children still suffer from hunger—a total of one billion people on our planet.  To die of hunger in our world of plenty is a scandal and denies the most basic human right:  the right to food.  This is the focus for Share Lent 2014.

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 21, 28, April 4.

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.

 Lenten Ecumenical Retreat  Saturday March 22, St. John’s Cathedral – 816 Spadina Cresc E, from 9:30—3:30.  Cost $15.  This retreat features DVD presentation Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi.  For further information call Sarah at 306-717-3707

The Joy of the Gospel is the theme of a beautiful new letter by Pope Francis, which will be examined in detail in an upcoming Foundations:  Exploring Our Faith series in our diocese.  Fr. Bernard de Margerie and Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, will present “The Joy of the Gospel” on three Wednesday evenings during Lent:  March 19, 26 and April 2, 7 p.m. at St. Paul Co-Cathedral.  Pre-registration not required.  Free Will Offering.

Quote from Pope Francis

“May the Holy Spirit, through whom we are “as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything” (2 Cor 6:10), sustain us in our resolutions and increase our concern and responsibility for human destitution, so that we can become merciful and act with mercy. In expressing this hope, I likewise pray that each individual member of the faithful and every Church community will undertake a fruitful Lenten journey. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you safe. “

 Altar Server, Youth & Other News

  The Knights of Columbus are a great example to us, they show a great attitude of service beyond self.  This is shown via the constant support as ministers at all the liturgical celebrations throughout the year and the Annual Nurse’s Auction.  The effort of our Council is well represented at the Annual Indoor Games and the Annual Christmas Concert held at TCU Place.  Their service and commitment to others through Charity, Fraternity, Unity and Patriotism has allowed our Knights to win another award for Family Support.

The Knights are very active throughout the Province of Saskatchewan, and with great honour this year, Our Council, won a huge award for family participation.  This past year was named; “Year of the Family” and so with great effort towards the above named projects, in addition to countless hours of service the Council and Parish won a beautiful plaque which hangs in the upper meeting room.

Youth – Over the year the youth have also been involved in many activities.  Our altar servers  were very active in a Parish Youth Mass.  The youth of St. Mary’s were invited to be involved in service at the Friendship Inn, A Skating Party, annual Face to Face presentation, Christmas Hampers, Bethlehem and ED Feehan Christian Ethics Service Hours, Annual Bishop’s Cup Basketball Tournament and attendance at Movie Night.  Adult Volunteers are needed to keep this ministry alive and well.

Home Ministry of Care

 In the interest of keeping everyone up to date with some of the Ministries under my care I wanted to give a bit of a plug for Prayer Shawl Ministry.  We had 77 prayer shawls on hand on December 9, 2013 and as of Feb 11th we had 51 Prayer Shawls left.  We have had an overwhelming response every time we take a Prayer Shawl to a Parishioner and have received many Thank you cards and emails.  The following is one such email to Sr. Carol that she forwarded on to me:  “These are the ladies who have gratefully received the lovely Prayer Shawls that you dropped off at our home.  Please thank the dear ladies who created these beautiful shawls for their prayers and their love.  Between them, you, and the Lord, you make a good team!  Miriam, Marilyn and Marine were all touched by the love of strangers and were very thankful.”  So thank you, thank you, to these wonderful ladies and if anyone is interested in joining our Prayer Shawl group we meet every Tuesday at 1 pm in the Upper Meeting Room with prayer, knitting, crocheting, fellowship, and always lots of laughter.   Carrie

Mass Intentions

Monday, March 17                9:00 a.m   †Denise Almeida

Tuesday, March 18                9:00 a.m †Jose Antonio Sousa

Wednesday, March 19          9:00 a.m    Sr. Gaudia & Sr. Vianneya

Wednesday, March 19           7:15 p.m   †Jennie Stasiuk

Thursday, March 20               9:00 a.m †Jose Andrade

Friday, March 21                      9:00 a.m  †Norman Lonethunder

Saturday, March 22                 9:00 a.m    Dale Mork

Saturday, March 22                 7:00 p.m   Loretta Skipper

Sunday, March 23                     9:00 a.m  †Joe Bairos

Sunday, March 24                    11:00 a.m  For the parish

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