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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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    Saturday: 7pm
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    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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    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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Ascension of the Lord – June 1, 2014

Ascension Sunday


Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

AS A FEAST DAY, the Ascension tends to get lost in the “what goes up” phase of our imagination. We, too, look up until our necks ache, forgetting that the story we’re being told is neither history nor biography, but gospel. As a theologian has said, the gospel is faith spoken to faith. The gospel speaks to believers about the meaning of what they believe. Once Jesus returns to his Father, our business lies not with the realm we can’t see but the busy, complicated, tangible world we are immersed in.

And what should we be doing in this world? Jesus gives some interesting advice to his disciples at the end of Mark’s gospel. He says, “Proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Jesus also offers signs that will accompany believers: Demons will be driven out, new languages will be spoken, deadly serpents will be handled without harm, and the sick will recover through the laying on of hands.

Well, how are we to take that? Some Christians still practice “deliverance” from demons as a regular part of their ministry. Charismatics and Pentecostals speak in tongues and diligently engage in faith healing—sometimes even to the point of refusing medical care for themselves and their children. A sect of Appalachian Christians handles poisonous snakes at their worship services to prove their faith in the Holy Spirit’s power to protect them from harm.

I do not doubt that there is a literal dimension to the power of the Holy Spirit to affect miraculous healing, to keep us from harm, to banish our demons, or to burst forth in the “language of angels,” as Saint Paul described the gift of tongues. But keeping our sight focused on the equally miraculous world around us—the world we take for granted as “normal”—we can still see these gifts at work.

Who among us has not been amazed at the renewed experience of life after a fever is gone or depression clears and health is restored? Who has not felt the deep protection of God in the midst of crisis or grief or fear? How many of us have participated in the banishing of demons that enslaved us with addiction, habits of sin that tear us apart, or negative ways of thinking that once crushed our ability to hope? Haven’t we known moments when “the words just came out” and we knew what to say to someone in pain or in need? Is there anyone here who hasn’t seen an absolutely splendid day and praised God along with it?

In the celebration of Jesus’ Ascension, we recognize that we ascend, too, through the grasp of what binds us to our brokenness and sin. In all these ways, Jesus comes again, and we meet him, eye to eye, right where we live.

Reprinted with permission
Prepare the Word (©2014)


       Dates to Remember              DATES TO REMEMBER                  

Tues, June 3 CWL Windup 7:00 am
Wed, June 4 K of C Meeting 8:00 am
Sat, June 7 Adoration 10 am – noon
Sun, June 8 Ethnic Diversity Celebration 11:00 am
K of C Pancake Breakfast 10 am – 1 pm
Wed, June 11 Confirmation 7:00 pm



7:00 pm Louise Paynter Sr. Carol Borreson
Mike Paynter Irene Sharp
Loretta Skipper
Ray Despins
9:00 am Berniece Keindel Millie Loran
Jim Penna Rose Wasylenka
Marlene Blom
Anne Lukan
11:00 am Francis Nguyen Eileen Provost
Maria Zalesak Tuan Nguyen
Lynda Browning
Ben Fortosky
Please arrive 10 minutes before Mass begins
If you are unable to serve remember to find
your own replacement


  • Church Boilers have been turned off until September
  • Turn off all electronic devices
  • Gently raise and lower pew kneelers

Please return any Glory & Praise songbooks that you might  have

Pentecost Sunday

Celebration of the ethnic Diversity of Our Parish
June 8, 2014 11:00 am Mass

Wear your ethnic clothing and bring a flag or banner that represents your Cultural group.  We will meet at the rectory lawn at 10:45 am and process into the Church for Mass.  Many groups and individuals will be contacted to bring a sample of ethnic finger foods for this celebration.  If you would be willing to bring a tray or small serving of ethnic food for all to share, please call the Parish Office.  Thanks to all who help make our Pentecost Celebration a success!!!

Knights of Columbus
Pancake Breakfast – Sunday June 8, 2014
10:00 am to 1 pm

Adults $5, Ages 6 to 12 – $2, under 6 free


We urgently need 1st Communion (white) dresses sizes 8, 10, 12 & 14.  If you have any to lend or sell please call
Eileen Provost at 306-382-4821.  Greatly Appreciated!

Porteous Lodge Mass in the month of June – Mass in the month of June on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm.  The Change is only for the month of June as the Lodge is hosting their large annual Bake and Yard Sale.

Porteous Lodge Bake and Yard Sale – 833 Ave P North, June 6, 2014, 8 am to 2 pm – Table Rentals $10 –
call Brad or Cheryl 306-382-2626 x 234.


When Christ was raised from the dead, it wasn’t merely a matter of his soul going to heaven.  He first appeared physically to his disciples.  Then when he did ascend, he took his body with him.  His soul’s return to the right hand of the Father made sense because Jesus was, after all, God.  His body going with him, however, was just as necessary because God did not take on human form only to shed it as if it were a burden.  That is the great calling the celebration of the Ascension reminds you of: to share in God’s life and to rise to God.

St. Alphonsus


Altar Server, Youth & Other News
St. Alphonsus always encouraged people to pray; he insisted that people talk to God as they would talk to their best friend.  There is nothing easier than prayer. St. Alphonsus taught the poor people with whom he worked the discipline of mental prayer. It was simple, short and didn’t require any special books or prayers. His methods are as useful today as they were in his time.

“I believe Lord help my unbelief”  (
This is a prayer of faith.)
I know that you love me Jesus.  Help me to love you more and more.  (This is a prayer of Love)
Read a few verses from Scripture or a spiritual book; think and reflect about what you read: what it means, what it taught you. What have I done about this in the past; what shall I do about it now?
Make one practical resolution that you can do today.
Thank God for whatever grace you have received,  renew your resolution and ask Jesus and Mary to help you
keep your resolution.



This weekend I wanted to give you all a little update about Prayer Shawl Ministry.  We had our final get together of the spring on May 27th with a potluck of wonderful food, great socializing, and much laughter.  So, thank you to all these dear ladies who donate so much of their time to making the Prayer Shawls that bring so many of our parishioners a sense of healing, peace, and prayers.  Have a great summer and come back safe and well rested.  See you in the fall.


Mon, June 2 9:00 am †Manuel Neves
Tues, June 3 9:00 am †Ferdinand Frias
Wed, June 4 9:00 am †Juliana Faurillo
7:00 pm †Kay Antifaev
Thurs, June 5 9:00 am †Flavia & Marcellina Buates
Fri, June 6 9:00 am †Fr. Valiente Besas
Sat, June 7 9:00 am Michael Prystupa
7:00 pm †Mary & Don Bray
Sun, June 8 9:00 am †Victorinho Sousa


May 4, 2014


Dear friends, sometimes we may be tempted to give in to laziness, or worse, to discouragement, especially when faced with the hardships and trials of life. In these cases, let us not lose heart, let us invoke the Holy Spirit so that through the gift of fortitude he may lift our heart and communicate new strength and
enthusiasm to our life and to our following of Jesus.







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