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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

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time September 28, 2014

 

Gospel Fairness Part II

Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

 

Direct your attention for a moment to the cross of Christ. What’s fair about that? An innocent man dies at the hands of the guilty. The friend of sinners is abandoned by his closest companions. A teacher, healer, and wonder worker is beaten, wounded, and left to die after being denounced by the very people he served and saved. A grotesque conspiracy between invested religious leaders and indifferent occupying forces leads to the death of the hope of the world. There is nothing right or fair or even comprehensible about any of this.

The gospel isn’t selling an even-steven religion. Jesus never pretended to be like blindfolded Lady Justice, balancing scales in blissful ignorance of the parties involved. Jesus is never ignorant of the smallest sparrow, or the woman in the crowd tugging at his cloak, the cry of lepers, the grief of mothers and fathers for their sick and dying children. Jesus is Lord of the details. Jesus knows that Nathaniel hung out under the fig tree before they met. He knows that the Samaritan woman at the well has not been lucky in love. He knows who his betrayer is before anyone else around him realizes he’s been betrayed. Always conscious of the cosmic perspective, Jesus never loses sight of the person, the story, the simple need of a single heart.

There is no warehouse of salvation that matches “just deserts” to an invoice of “good deeds” and sends the results to the fulfillment department for shipping and handling. In the realm of divine justice, mercy always has its eye on the ever-changing human heart. One minute it’s hard and unrelenting, the next, soft and yielding. God created us to know the same freedom “on earth as it is in heaven.” That means we can always change our minds and our directions. That means judgment is withheld until the clock runs down and time is finally up.

So a man has two sons. One always says the right and pleasing thing to his father, and the other is a real piece of work! But neither child is what he seems, as it turns out. In the first exchange, one appears to be the soul of obedience and the other headed for reform school. But in the end, the opposite is true. The first son’s obedience turned out to be a ploy for favor, and the second son’s arrogance a mask over genuine regret. Which version of these sons is real: the early model or the late?

The Lord of details knows that we are not all we seem to be, and that our story is not yet written. That’s why God waits for us, withholding judgment and extending mercy to the final hour.

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


 

 Come Hear Bishop Don Bolan

Topic:  “Pope Francis, VISION FOR THE CHURCH”

 Fundraising Supper for St. Mary’s Parish Nurse Program

Friday, November 7, 2014

7 pm St. Mary’s Hall

 Tickets will be available at the Parish Office starting 

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Price $50 per ticket with a partial donation receipt.
Table of 8 – $350.00



ST MARY’S PARISH AUCTION

IN SUPPORT OF PARISH NURSE MINISTRY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014 – 10 am  – 10 am

 Come and be part of this fabulous fundraiser that allows Sr. Carol, to continue her nursing ministry to families and individuals in our community.  Please refer to the brochure you received today for further information.  We continue to accept donations!!  If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 306-244-2983.
Mark your calendar for this important event



 

 PREPARATION for FIRST RECONCILIATION

FIRST COMMUNION with CONFIRMATION

                             ST. MARY’S PARISH                    

 We invite all parents and guardians who desire their child to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (confession) and First Communion with Confirmation to register before October 28, 2014.  You can register in person or by phoning the Church office at 244-2983 between 8:30am and 4:00pm.



 

 Free Movie Night

You are invited to join us in watching a movie together as a parish community! It will be held Sunday, October 5th. Doors open at 6pm and the movie begins at 6:30, St Mary’s Hall. Popcorn and juice will be provided! We will be watching
The Reluctant Saint– the true story of St Joseph of Cupertino, the “Flying Friar”, as he literally rises to sainthood. This profound and humorous movie is for all ages. Please join us! For more information, call Elaine at 229-3557.



 

Pre-Kindergarten Spots
Available at St. Maria Goretti Community School.
The Pre-Kindergarten program is offered to those families who have children ages
3 & 4.  Our program offers the choice of a morning or afternoon class.  If you are interested, please call 306-659-7340 or come by the school to pick up an
application.

 

 



 

 St. Maria Goretti Community School

READING PROGRAM

Are in need of volunteers to help with this program
If you are interested and able call Gayle at 306-659-7340



All is fair in God’s love

“Not fair!” is a frequent playground lament, but also a common sentiment among many adults who believe that life hasn’t been fair to them.   Shouldn’t God be fair? God is more than fair.   If God dealt with us as we deserve to be treated, we’d be in big trouble. Instead, God treats us with forgiving love. As Saint Paul says, “God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Strive for understanding, compassion, and generosity in your relationships, and quit worrying so much about fairness.



 

 Altar Server, Youth & Other News

   The Church is filled with opportunities for all, especially for the youth in our midst.

In a couple of weeks, ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 19 we all get a chance to celebrate how the call never ends.  That Sunday afternoon, a week after Thanksgiving, we are all given an opportunity to celebrate the Brazilian Mission.  50 years of service – Working Together for the Kingdom of GOD is a true reason to celebrate.  At 3:00 PM a reception and premiere program, featuring a video will allow us all to better see, and hear God’s call.  Mark it on your schedule!

In November (and more details are due to come) the diocese and Face two Face are giving us an opportunity to learn, to pray and sing together.  A couple of years ago Face two Face held the United Conference here.  Now it is at Holy Family it is a great way to learn about faith and share the gifts that God has given to us all.  More details are due to come, just keep your eyes on this section.

Altar Servers are a great gift.  Do you want to give to the life of St. Mary’s?  Maybe it is through Serving at mass that we are all called, check it out – Ask one of the Redemptorists for more information….

We are really blessed as a faith community.  History is never far from our midst as the example of saints and martyrs reminds us.  Over the past week we have had a chance to pray for Padre Pio, Canadian Martrys and many others.  Learning about the Past can help us as we continue to pray about the Future, and we are all a part of the future.  Young people, we are the Church, right here and every where, young people we can make a difference!

Fr. Steve



 

 HOME MINISTRY OF CARE

Everyone of us can do something to make this world a better place.  We have countless opportunities to bring a measure of hope, compassion, kindness and sincerity into someone’s life.  We can do this in simple, ordinary ways that are always before us.  Reach out and touch the Jesus that is in someone else.


 

LECTORS AND MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION

27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 4/5


 

LECTORS HOLY COMMUNION
Sr. Josie Bouvier
7:00 pm Karl Baumgardner Brian Favel
Loretta Skipper Irene Sharp
Irene Sikorski
Berniece Keindel
9:00 am Kurt Stang Millie Loran
Gayle Stookey Anne Lukan
Vic Garchinski
Zeljko Bilandzic
11:00 am Lynda Browning Eileen Provost
Sylvia Zakreski Darlene Sane
Vernon Sane


DATES TO REMEMBER


Tues, Sept 30 Prayer Shawl Ministry 1:30 PM
Wed, Oct 1 K of C Meeting 8:00 PM
CWL Meeting 8:00 PM
Sat, Oct 4 Eucharistic Adoration 9:30 AM – noon
Sun, Oct 5 Parish Movie Night 6:30 PM
Tues, Oct 7 Auction Meeting 7:00 PM
Thurs, Oct 9 St. Goretti School Mass 10:30 AM

MASS INTENTIONS


Monday, Sept 29 9:00 a.m †Peter & Mary Selsky
Tuesday, Sept 30 9:00 a.m †Rita Shirley
Wednesday, Oct 1 9:00 a.m Thanksgiving
7:00 p.m Henk & Marie Looman
Thursday, Oct 2 9:00 a.m †Ron Penner
Friday, Oct 3 9:00 a.m †Jose Antonio Sousa & Family
Saturday, Oct 4 9:00 a.m Madeleine F
7:00 p.m †Veronica Charlesworth
Sunday, Oct 5 9:00 a.m †Stephania Morris

 

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