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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
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    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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    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm

Body and Blood of Christ June 22, 2014

June 22, 2014

TO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

Every time I turn on the computer or open the morning mail, I’m offered the deal of a lifetime. Lucky me! I’m sure this doesn’t happen to everyone. I’m sure I’m the chosen one to whom the universe is trying to unburden itself of a fortune or a last-chance opportunity too good to refuse.
Still, believe it or not, I do refuse. At least 99.9 percent of the time I’m led to suspect that the deal in front of me is no deal at all. It’s only some lousy trick to part me from my money, hijack my computer, or steal my credit card information. Once, when I was younger, I did get ripped off by a phone scam that offered to renew a magazine subscription for three years at a too-good-to-be-true price. It wasn’t true. Now I’m harder to fool.

Maybe the crowd around Jesus felt the same way when he talked about giving away eternal life at bargain-basement rates. Eat and drink and never die, he said. Yeah, right. Itinerant preachers wandered across the ancient world giving away the cosmic store all the time. Participate in these rituals and gain control over your enemies! Practice these wisdom instructions and live a long life! It may have sounded like the ads that claim popping this pill will rid you of arthritis or make you thin. But read the fine print. This stuff could also kill you in 30 different ways.

John’s discourse today was written as a question posed to a third-generation church already putting some distance between itself and its Jewish roots. If the historical Jesus had actually invited people in the streets to gnaw on his flesh or drink his blood, he might have been arrested for a grisly if not indecent proposal. What John is telling the believing community before him is this: Jesus offers Eucharistic inclusion—the deal of a lifetime—to all within the sound of his voice. His first audience replied with an emphatic, no, thank you! The question remains: What will you and I do?

Because John’s audience already sits in the house church around the Lord’s table, their response should be obvious. Sure, count us in! In the same way it should be obvious that everyone who professes the creed is already participating in the Body and Blood of Christ. But you know that every deal has its fine print. This one is no exception. If you partake of this blessing cup, you volunteer to share in the death of Christ, as Saint Paul tells us many times. If you partake of the body of Christ, you will suffer in the many ways that his body suffers in the world today. To get everything Jesus offers, you have to offer everything you’ve got. Now then: Who’s in and who’s out?

Reprinted with permission
Prepare the Word (©2014)
http://www.preparetheword.com



CONFIRMATION/FIRST COMMUNION:  CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU! 

Every parish event takes many hands to create light work.  At this time I wish to thank the parents and children for your consistent commitment, time and presence.  Father Jon, our pastor, for always being with us in presence and spiritual guidance.  Thank you to Fr. Steve and Fr. Ciro who concelebrated; to my CWL sisters in Christ for all your care;  to Molly Garchinski and her serving teams; to the KC for your support and presence; to our office team, for all your efficient administrative support; to Carla Ambros and my music team—super!  To my team of parish lay servers, communion ministers, readers, sacristan, ushers, welcomers and guardians (white cakes) thank you!  Thank you Brendan Rogal for setting up the environment in the hall.  Let us celebrate 54 more children who received the Sacraments of Initiation June 11th, 2014.  None of us is as great as all of us.  God Bless and thank you.  Eileen Provost, program coordinator.



 

 PARISH FEAST DAY

Our Parish Feast Day is the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help – Please join us after the 9:00 am Mass, Sunday June 29, 2014 for coffee and muffins.

 NOVENA IN PREPARATION OF FEAST DAY

A Novena is nine days of prayer in preparation for a special event.  Please join us every morning at 8:45 am before mass as we pray Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena.



 ST. GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB

 1:00 pm afternoon of cards, card bingo, etc and a BBQ supper at 4:30 pm – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

Members $8.00 – Non-Members $10.00
Everyone Welcome!!!



 OUR LADY OF FATIMA CELEBRATION

 The Saskatoon Portuguese Community will be having a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Fatima on June 29, at 3:30 pm in the Church.  The mass will be followed by a street procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima.  After that, we will have coffee and a light lunch in the hall.  We hope you can join us in devotion and prayer to Mary.



 Altar Server, Youth & Other News

If you are looking for a great summer experience you have lots of choices available such as:

  1. Ignite 2014 – six day camp presented by FacetoFace Ministries for Catholic youth grade 9 to 12 – Aug 11-16 at St. Therese Institute of Faith –  http://www.f2f.ca for more information
  2. St. John Bosco Camp – Narrow Hills Provincial Park for ages 8 to 17 in the month of July and August.  visit http://www.johnboscocamp.com or phone 306-978-0019 for more information.
  3. FacetoFace Bus Trip 2014 – Bus Pilgrimage from July 23 – 31 to St. Paul. MN, USA.  For more information go to http://www.f2f.ca or call Erin McQuaid 306-716—7729
  4. K of C Blackstrap Youth Camp youth ages 8 to 13
    weekly camps from Sunday to Friday July 6 through to August 8.  For more information calling 306-934-1838 or visit the website at http://www.blackstrapyouthcamp.com

Anyone of these summer experiences can be life changing and fun!!



Home Ministry of Care

The following is a quote from Pope Benedict in an interview with Peter Seewald in the book God and the World.  I wanted to offer it here because we have many parishioners who are painfully suffering on many levels.  For me it gives hope that the suffering of this life is not without worth.

Pain is part of being human. Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain.

When we know that the way of love — this exodus, this going out of oneself — is the true way by which man becomes human, then we also understand that suffering is the process through which we mature. Anyone who has inwardly accepted suffering becomes more mature and more understanding of others, becomes more human. Anyone who has consistently avoided suffering does not understand other people; he becomes hard and selfish.

Our prayers and our thoughts go out to all those among us that are in pain; we lift them up to the Lord and praise Him for his loving touch.  Carrie



 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER
Sun, June 29 Our Lady of Perpetual Help after
Coffee and muffins 9 am Mass
Our Lady of Fatima 3:30 PM


LECTORS AND 
MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Saints Peter & Paul
LECTORS HOLY COMMUNION
7:00 pm Karl Baumgardner Sr. Josie Bouvier
Loretta Skipper Brian Favel
Irene Sikorski
Irene Sharp
9:00 am Kurt Stang Berniece Keindel
Jim Penna Mike Loran
Anne Lukan
Vic Garchinski
11:00 am Darlene Sane Zeljko Bilandzic
Vernon Sane Eileen Provost
Eloisa Verdote
Abe Verdote
Please arrive 10 minutes before Mass begins
If you are unable to serve remember to find
your own replacement


 MASS INTENTIONS

Mon, June 23 9:00 am †Hans Huss
Tues, June 24 9:00 am †Leonard Loehndorf
Wed, June 25 9:00 am †Natalie Melo
7:00 pm †Joan Baumgardner
Thurs, June 26 9:00 am †Doreen E. Montgomery
Fri, June 27 9:00 am †Jose Maria & Tony Figueiredo
Sat, June 28 9:00 am Ron & Lenora
7:00 pm †Albert Provost Sr.
Sun, June 29 9:00 am †Joe Bairos & family


May 4, 2014

 

 

The Eucharist is the sacrament of the communion that takes us out of our individualism so that together we live our discipleship, our faith in him” and it “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.

 

 

 

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