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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

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 7, 2014

DISCERNMENT IS NOT FOR LONE RANGERS

Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

 A few generations ago, the idea that Big Brother was watching us was a fearful notion. George Orwell invented Big Brother in 1949 as the all-seeing eye of a police state that would emerge by the year 1984. While the name implies a fraternal and benevolent watcher, Big Brother was actually the fierce custodian of a lockstep society where contrary thoughts could be crimes, and no one might be trusted.

The year 1984 came and went, as did the 20th century. In our brave new century, we’ve grown accustomed to Homeland Security having access to our most intimate e-mails and financial transactions, even as they backscatter x-ray our bodies and search through our baggage as we travel. Not only are we used to being observed, many of us are comforted by the notion that, in a dangerous world, someone is on duty, watching and protecting us.

Some two-and-a-half millennia ago, Hebrew prophets were the premiere watchers. Assigned by God for the task of keeping the nation safe, they bore the prophetic news, good or bad (but mostly bad) to anyone who would listen. As you can imagine, when prophets worked solo, as they often did, they were routinely ignored by the average citizen as well as by the court. Bad news has never been popular. Criticism is unwelcome even by the saintliest among us.

Which explains why Jesus advocated that truth tellers adopt a broader approach. By all means, protect the dignity of the individual in need of conversion through private confrontation. But if that doesn’t work, Plan B has to involve a small delegation of others to confirm the diagnosis. Rarely does this take the shape of a formal “intervention,” when a sit-down gang shows up in your parlor to deliver the news. Group discernment is often a coffee-shop affair, one at a time. When I have coffee with three family members or friends in the same season who tell me I’m not seeing clearly, I am obliged to consider they may be on to something.

Group discernment works in the other direction as well. If I feel summoned to be the watcher in a given situation and find trouble, I need to talk to a spiritual director, wise friend, or spouse to test the waters and see if my “take” on a situation is an objective one. This also implies I have to accept the wider discernment if virtually everyone I trust is telling me that my conviction to accuse or criticize is poorly considered. A genuine “church” intervention is always done gently in love, never out of self-righteousness or the spirit of anger. Healthy families do this naturally, often in shorthand from long practice:

“Talk to Richard.”

“I will.”

And then: “Richard, your mother and I have been concerned .

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


Harvest supper

PARISH HARVEST SUPPER

Sunday September 28 5:00 pm

Note:  one setting ONLY

Adults: $14.00

Children 5-10 yr old $6.00

Advance tickets ONLY

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

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

PIES, PIES, PIES WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

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!!!



 

K of C News

Holy Cards will be handed out to children after Sunday Mass

 Booklets Please return booklets so others can read them.

Pancake Breakfast  Next Sunday Sept 14
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

$5.00 – Adults

$2.00 –  Children 12 and Under

Free  –  Children under 6 years of age



VOLUNTEER LEADERS NEEDED
FOR CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Volunteer Leaders are urgently needed for our children’s liturgy program at the 11am Mass on Sundays. We are looking for 8 leaders who are willing to work in teams of two and rotate on a once per month commitment. Program materials and training will be provided. Please consider the importance of this ministry to our children and how you might be able to help. A mini meeting will be held Sunday, September 14 immediately after the 11am Mass in the Children’s liturgy room, downstairs in the parish hall. Please call Fr. Jon to let him know if you will be coming. 306-244-2983



 

 Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion – schedules.

  The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy, unless you have received your schedule by email. The schedules cover the period from September 13/14 (Exaltation of the Holy Cross) to November 22/23  (Christ the King). If you are not able to attend the assigned Mass, all Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to PLEASE contact another minister to take your place.   All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion, except those who have received the schedules by email, are asked to pick up the  new schedules after Mass as soon as possible from the Sacristy.  If you are not  currently receiving the schedule by email but would like to in future, please contact Mike Paynter at michlou@sasktel.net. Thank you for your willingness to serve in these important ministries.



 PRO –LIFE WALK

 The Pro-Life walk this year will take place on September 27, 2014 starting at the Vimy Band Shell Bessborough Park.  Eileen Provost will be taking part again this year and needs sponsors.

Eileen will be at ALL
Sunday Masses September 20/21
if you wish to sponsor her.
Last year St. Mary’s Parish raised over $500.00 for Pro-life.  Eileen is very grateful.  Thank you.  For more information, please see the bulletin board display at the church entrance.



  ALTAR SERVERS PRACTISE AND FUN!!!!!

Have you celebrated your First Communion & Reconciliation?  Would you like to offer Thanks & Service?

We will be holding Altar Servers practice and Fun every third Saturday of Each Month starting Saturday Sept 20, 2014.  Each Practice and Fun time will follow the Saturday morning Mass at 9:30.  Parents are more than welcomed to attend.
Fr. Steve



GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB (1235 -20th St. West) TUESDAY, SEP. 16th – 10:00 a.m. –  Bowling season begins! – “Fun Bowling” – Cost for the season (28 wks)  Members – $65.00  – Non-Members – $70.00.  (Bowling Days – Tues., Wed, Thurs) Membership Fee  to the Club – $5.00 per year) Call Esther – (306)382-1481 for info.


Nora Hayes – 90th Birthday All are invited to a Come and Go Tea –
Saturday, Sept 13 1:30 – 3:30 pm at Central Haven – 1020 Ave I North



Sodalitas: This support group, that gathers monthly here at St. Mary’s Parish, is a companionship.  We are companions that are on the journey of loss: the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or good health.  We cannot answer the “why” of a loss but we can share in our response to the loss.  The unfairness and grief will still be there but together we can strive to reach out to one another in support.   Please join us on the second Saturday of the month, September 13th, at 10:00 AM in the upper meeting room of St. Mary’s Church Hall.



THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY (CAPNM)

IS HOSTING A Prime Rib fundraising Supper

Sept 24, 2014 at 6 pm at

Beilly’s Restaurant

2404—8th St East

Tickets are $30.00 per person available from the Parish Nurse – Sr. Carol Borreson  306-244-2983

Silent Auction and Door Prizes

All Proceeds to the CAPNM National Conference which is being held in Saskatoon June 11 –  14, 2015



LECTORS AND MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Next Week Sept 13/14

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

     LECTORS      HOLY COMMUNION
Irene Sikorski
7:00 pm Eileen Provost Ray Despins
Loretta Skipper Brian Favel
Irene Sharp
Vic Garchinski
9:00 am Berniece Keindel Betty Penner
Ed Scissons Josie Savino
Joe Stookey
Lynda Browning
11:00 am Francis Nguyen Zeljko Bilandzic
Maria Zalesak Eloisa Verdote
Abe Verdote

MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, Sept 8 9:00 a.m †Ron Penner
Tuesday, Sept 9 9:00 a.m †Emilia & Melo & Family
Wednesday, Sept 10 9:00 a.m †All Souls in Purgatory
7:00 p.m †Jose Resendes Andrade
Thursday, Sept 11 9:00 a.m †Joan Baumgardner
Friday, Sept 12 9:00 a.m †Maria Fontes Garcia
Saturday, Sept 13 9:00 a.m †Luigi Mazza
7:00 p.m †Elda Duclaux
Sunday, Sept 14 9:00 a.m †Michael Gianotta
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