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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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    Sunday Masses
    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

    Or by appointment
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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 31, 2014


Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille


How many of you power-watch serials like House of CardsDownton Abbey30 Rock, or Malcolm in the Middle? How many sneak snacks you know you shouldn’t eat but do anyway? How many folks here have bought clothes they didn’t need or maybe even want because they were on sale and the price was too good to pass up? Who has too much stuff in the house or the garage; spends too much time on the internet or checking their smart phones; has thrown hours down the drain playing Solitaire or Candy Crush or video games of mass destruction? How many of you have spent time wishing you were better people: more generous and less selfish, kinder and gentler, more patient, less irritable?

If you found yourself guilty on several of those counts, welcome to the human race. Welcome to the 21st century. That is what people do in this culture in this particular generation. We entertain ourselves to death, wearily and often obsessively. We eat too much, buy too much, hoard too much, and multitask too much. We suffer from a condition called FOMO: Fear of Missing Out. So we constantly check the news, weather reports, email, the cell phone, Twitter to make sure we’re still in the loop on vital breaking events in the world and in our backyard!

In this cultural environment it’s easy to become part of the Borg Collective, and hard to retain your free will (for non-Trekkies, the Borg is a cold and mechanistic one-mind operation presided over by the Borg Queen. If you’re part of the Collective, you don’t get to think or act for yourself). There’s an old science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury, also made into a movie, that applies here: Fahrenheit 451. According to the story, in the future life will be very easy. People will not be obliged to think or discern, everyone will cheerfully do as they’re told, and the burden of the individual soul will vanish. A happy ending? Like most science fiction plots of a half-century ago, we find that the imagined future is perilously close to now.

The danger of losing your beautiful, unique, priceless soul to the Oversoul of culture is real and imminent. But there’s a cure for the 21st century, and it’s simple and absolutely affordable no matter what the limits of your health insurance are. Just unplug. For an hour, then a day, then a week as you grow accustomed to the perilous territory of personal freedom. Unplugging means turning things off: television, computer, smart devices that hound you with cues to join the collective obsession. It also means detaching from the ads: catalogues that arrive unbidden, billboards and commercials constantly alerting you that there are things you don’t have that you really need to possess. Clear a space in your life where you are genuinely free. Do the New Hampshire state motto one better: Live free and die free!

Reprinted with permission
Prepare the Word (©2014)

Harvest supper



Sunday September 28 5:00 pm

Note:  one setting ONLY


Adults: $14.00   Children 12& Under $6.00

Advance tickets ONLY


Tickets available at the weekend Masses Sept 6 – Sept 20, 2014


Parish Office weekdays 8:30 – 4:00 pm (306-244-2983).


This is an annual PARISH event organized by CWL members

DONATIONS of items: carrots (cleaned, cut and ready for the pot), pickles, tomatoes, cranberry sauce, coffee, butter, etc. and


Many Volunteers will be needed (peel potatoes, make cabbage rolls, set tables, clean up etc.)  A sign-up sheet will be available at the back of the church for volunteers or leave your name at the office.    Thank you!  Thank you!!!

Volunteer Opportunities at St. Mary’s

  Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the needs for our parish ministry here at St. Mary’s such as; Children’s Liturgy Coordinators and Assistants, Lectors, Ministers of Communion, Ministers to those who are home-bound, Prayer leaders for funeral vigils and many others. All of these positions require no prior experience but only an aptitude and a desire for the work involved As a regular parishioner we call upon you to discern how you might use your gifts to help your parish.


 auction picture




 We are asking all parishioners to consider donating new (or gently used) items that we can sell at our auction.  You can help support this great event in two ways – by asking businesses to donate items for the sale and by attending the auction with your friends and relatives!  Sr. Carol, our parish nurse, reaches out to many people in our neighborhood with the work that she does.  Many families and individuals have greatly benefited from this healing ministry.  Help bring continued hope to the residents of our community by supporting the

Parish Nurse Ministry.  If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 306-244-2983.

Altar Server, Youth & Other News

  As summer vacation comes to a close we are thankful for the break that all of us have had.  Now it’s time to get back to the regular routine.  It can be an exciting and anxious time.  Exciting that we can see our friends again; anxious time because now we have to put our nose to the grindstone.

At this time remember the words of Jesus, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life ( i.e. school work) what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are not you more important than they:  Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?  So do not worry….Your heavenly Father knows that you what you need.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.  Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matt 6.25-35

Finally, there is great hope in Saskatchewan, signing of Weston Dressler and the outstanding performance of our 2nd string quarterback Tino Sunseri.  So even if Durrant doesn’t play things should be OK.
As long as Gainer the Gopher performs as per usual it will be a great Labor Day weekend in Saskatchewan.

Go Riders Go!!!

Home Ministry of Care

Just a quick note of Warm Welcome back to all who went traveling this summer; it’s wonderful to see everyone coming back and eager to serve.  Date to remember is our first day back for the knitting group

 Tuesday September 23rd.

 This is also the First Day of Fall so it  seems fitting to get back at it.  Hopefully all our gardens aren’t causing too much work by then.  I hope everyone had an enjoyable and blessed summer, but it’s also really good to have you home.



Next Week Sept 6/7
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Irene Sikorski
7:00 pm Lynda Browning Ray Despins
Karl Baumgardner Brian Favel
Sr. Josie Bouvier
Vic Garchinski
9:00 am Marcel D’Eon Jim Penna
Norm Skipper Maureen Blom
Nick Blom
Sylvia Zakreski
11:00 am Darlene Sane Tuan Nguyen
Vernon Sane Zeljko Bilandzic
Eileen Provost


Monday, Sept 1 9:00 a.m †Juliana Faurillo
Tuesday, Sept 2 9:00 a.m †Arlene Bartley
Wednesday, Sept 3 9:00 a.m †Don & Mary Bray
7:00 p.m †Ron Sielski
Thursday, Sept 4 9:00 a.m †Bob Shirley
Friday, Sept 5 9:00 a.m †Dorothy Gruending
Saturday, Sept 6 9:00 a.m †Joan Baumgardner & Ezra Potts
7:00 p.m †Stephania Morris


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