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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

Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 14, 2014

THE SIGN AT THE CENTRE OF OUR FAITH
Bulletin Reflection
Alice Camille

 Teachers should know more than their students. I think most of us hope that the people who are training us in any capacity have more expertise than those whom they are mentoring. But we’ve probably all taken courses in which we found out that our teachers were posers, or we’ve held jobs in which our supervisors had less expertise than we did.

Nicodemus has such a credibility gap. He’s a teacher of the people, a member of the Sanhedrin. Yet after hearing Jesus, Nicodemus realizes he’s discovered a teacher who knows more than he does. And when Jesus tells him that the way to all truth includes being “born again,” Nicodemus misunderstands him, imagining an impossible second physical birth. Nicodemus should not have been so uncomprehending: Judaism itself expected a second birth from those attracted to its teachings. The fact that Nicodemus questions this image implies that he’s not been doing his homework.

Yet there’s something redeemable about Nicodemus. He keeps coming back to Jesus even though under cover of darkness, afraid to be known as a disciple. He may be ignorant, but at least he knows that he does not know—which puts him far ahead of the unthinking mobs in the streets. Jesus tells him that second birth means that he has to start over, from scratch, a new beginning, and Nicodemus is prepared to try. This puts him head and shoulders above the multitudes who listen to Jesus politely for an afternoon, chalk up the experience as amusing or interesting, and return to their routines.

Those who stay, like Nicodemus, will have their ignorance challenged, their understanding broadened. They’ll learn that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. They’ll come to know that Jesus doesn’t come to judge and condemn the world, but to rescue it. Those who hang around for the long haul will come to experience the sign at the center of great mystery: the cross of Christ. They will come to appreciate that a second birth is also a form of death to the old way of seeing and believing and behaving. The cross changes everything. It makes the strange specter of death into an ally toward fuller, more abundant life.

Saint Paul, the best posthumous pupil Jesus ever had, seemed to be born again in a single encounter with the Risen Lord. He perceived how humility leads naturally to glory, how death is the doorway to life. Paul, who, unlike his fellow Pharisee Nicodemus, probably never met the human Jesus nor saw the cross of Jesus, unpacked its tremendous significance and confessed his allegiance to its great saving mystery. If Nicodemus had been born again, he might have crept out of the shadows and become a memorable teacher of the faith. We might be reading his letters to the church today.

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!!!



communion

 PREPARATION FOR
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND
FIRST COMMUNION

We are now inviting all parents and guardians who desire their child to receive the Sacraments
TO REGISTER between Sept 15 and Oct 27th.  You can register in person or call the Parish Office during office hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.



 The CFC-Singles for Christ 

would like to invite single men and women aged 21-40 to attend the upcoming Christian Life Program.  See what it’s all about at the Orientation session this September 20, 1pm at Saint Paul Co-Cathedral or contact Resty Jose ( 306-5817880) or Jam Prado ( 306-3713810).



 ST.GEORGE’S SENIORS

 – WHATS HAPPENING??
Tuesday, Sept. 16th –  ‘Bowling Season’ beings – (Bowling days – Tues, or Wed. or Thurs.) Call Esther to register or for more details -382-1481.   Wednesday, Sept. 17th – 1:00 p.m. Socializing (cards, bingo ,pool,  shuffle board) monthly birthday celebration and  Corn Roast Supper  at 4:30 p.m.  – Cost for supper $10.00 @ person. Everyone Welcome!   Wednesday, Sep. 24th – 1:00 p.m.  – Monthly Mtg. – followed by cards, bingo ,etc.  REMINDER!!   The club is open every Wed. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for cards (Kaiser, crib, etc. bingo, pool, shuffle board) – Everyone is welcome!!



 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.



auction picture

 ST MARY’S PARISH AUCTION

 IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY

 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

 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.

 Mark your calendar for this important event



 Altar Server, Youth & Other News

  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
P.S.  Go Riders!!! And Red Blacks!!!



 This Prayer was offered by

 Imam Abdullah Antelpi a few years ago for those lost in 9/11.

God of wisdom and compassion, You create eventual blessings out of every kind of evil. Make us instruments and agents of such creation as we strive to turn the post-9/11 challenges into opportunities and blessings for others and ourselves.

God of mercy and grace, we bring up the immediate victims and their loved ones of these heinous acts into your attention. Be their light in these moments of darkness and difficulty.

God of hope and glory, do not let our hopes be overcome by our fears. Do not let our souls be crippled by despair. Be our source of hope and guidance in these times of sorrow and mourning.

Oh God, if we forget You. Do not forget us.

In your most Holy and Beautiful names we pray. Amen.  Carrie


   25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sept 20/21
LECTORS HOLY COMMUNION
Irene Sharp
7:00 pm Louise Paynter Brian Favel
Mike Paynter Zeljko Bilandzic
Ray Despins
Berniece Keindel
9:00 am Jim Penna Josie Savino
Rose Wasylenka Joe Stookey
Gayle Stookey
Ben Fortosky
11:00 am Darlene Sane Arnel Mendoza
Vernon Sane Eileen Provost
Sylvia Zakreski

MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, Sept 15 9:00 a.m †Fr. David Cottingham
Tuesday, Sept 16 9:00 a.m †All Souls
Wednesday, Sept 17 9:00 a.m †Hans Huss
7:00 p.m Maurice & Theresa Sielski
Thursday, Sept 18 9:00 a.m †Joan Baumgardner & Ezra Potts
Friday, Sept 19 9:00 a.m †Ron Penner
Saturday, Sept 20 9:00 a.m Michael Prystupa
7:00 p.m †Veronica Charlesworth
Sunday, July 21 9:00 a.m †Joe Bairos & family

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