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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

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 5th, 2014

 

LIFE ISN’T CHEAP IT’S FREE

Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

 

Most of the time, most of us are happy to be alive. At least in comparison with the alternative, the gift of life seems like a great deal, if not an absolute bargain. All of us woke up this morning. That’s a plus. Whatever happens with the rest of the day, that we are here right now puts us ahead of the game.

God regards life as preferable to all alternatives: non-existence, death, extinction. We know the mind of God on this because of decisions like Creation, Resurrection, and everlasting life. God creates life and wants it to grow, expand, progress—to be fruitful and multiply. But not everyone shares the divine assessment of life’s beauty and infinite bounty. The ruthless tenant farmers in the parable value personal profit over the life of another person. If getting rich involves the “collateral damage” of the death of the heir, then so what. Life is cheap when it’s not theirs.

If nasty tenants only lived in parables, we wouldn’t have a problem. But they’re legion in every generation. Some rulers crave power more than the welfare of their people. Some bosses choose fatter paychecks over the well-being of their employees. Some parents make lifestyle choices that engage time and resources that should be available to their children. We all close one eye, if not two, to the fate of disadvantaged people we don’t want to take responsibility for. Valuing life as God does is a lot more complicated than making narrow ethical choices in hospitals, prisons, in wartime. Do we value each other—and every other—no matter what their circumstances are? If we don’t, we can’t claim a holy allegiance to life.

Prophets walk among us in every generation to remind us what it means to respect life. Take Catherine de Hueck Doherty. Back in the 1930s, before anyone was talking about civil rights, this transplanted Russian baroness opened Friendship House, a place where people of any color could sit and talk to each other. Then there was Dorothy Day, a single mother and social justice pioneer who converted to Catholicism because the gospel was the best campaign for justice she ever encountered. She opened Catholic Worker houses to meet the needs of the homeless, the hungry, the jobless. Jean Vanier is another layperson who started the movement to cherish and learn from our brothers and sisters with developmental disabilities. He created the L’Arche communities to be inclusive shared homes where such interaction is possible.

The names of those who show us how to respect life flow like a litany of saints: Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, Edwina Gateley. They remind us that, as a gift from God, life isn’t cheap. It’s free.
Reprinted with permission
Prepare the Word (©2014)
http://www.preparetheword.com



 

 Bishop Don

Come Hear Bishop Don Bolen
Topic
“Pope Francis, VISION FOR A CHURCH THAT REACHES OUT”

Fundraising Supper for St. Mary’s Parish Nurse Program

Friday, November 7, 2014

7 pm St. Mary’s Hall

 Tickets are available at the Parish Office – only 100 tickets available – supper served by “Touch of Ukraine”

Price $50 per ticket with a partial donation receipt.

Table of 8 – $350.00



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ST MARY’S PARISH AUCTION

IN SUPPORT OF
PARISH NURSE MINISTRY

SATURDAY,
OCTOBER 18, 2014 – 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



 eucharist

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 8:30 am and 4:00 pm.



 Thank to all those who generously supported  me

 in the Pro-Life Walkathon – Over $400 was raised.

Thank you from the Bottom of my heart.       Eileen Provost



Do you Have Hepatitis C?

St. Paul’s Hospital is Offering New Information/Support Group

Come and Meet other people who have Hep C and find peer-peer support and education in a nonjudgmental,
caring environment.
Every Tuesday 2 – 3 pm
St. Paul’s Hospital Room 118
Meet at Information Desk at the front entrance of the
hospital at 1:45 and everyone can go up together



 Phil 5

Whatever we Focus On We Give Power To!!!

Wow, this is so powerfully true.  That’s why Paul reminds us today to put our focus on whatever is True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely and Good.  What happens to us when we wake up and put our focus on how miserable we feel or maybe on how we were offended by a hurtful remark.  Guess what – guaranteed you will be miserable and walk around with a wounded heart.   We are all surrounded by much negativity, don’t get sucked in by it.  Christ calls us to be Beacons of Light – so let’s give POWER to what is good, what is true and what is loving!!!



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



 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

Sun, Oct 5 Parish Movie Night 6:30 PM
Tues, Oct 7 Auction Meeting 7:00 PM
Thurs, Oct 9 St. Mary’s School Mass 10:00 AM
Sat, Oct 11 Sodalitas 10:00 AM
Sun, Oct 12 K of C Breakfast 10:00 AM
Tues, Oct 7 Prayer Shawl Ministry 1:00 PM
Tues, Oct 7 Auction Meeting 7:00 PM
Wed, Oct 15 Parish Council 7:00 PM
Fri, Oct 17 Auction Viewing 6:30 PM
Sat, Oct 18 Auction 10:00 AM


NEXT WEEK – 28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
OCTOBER 11/12

     LECTORS HOLY COMMUNION
Irene Sikorski
7:00 pm Louise Paynter Ray Despins
Mike Paynter Zeljko Bilandzic
Sr. Carol Borreson
Rose Wasylenka
9:00 am Yvonne Colleaux Vic Garchinski
Lauren Fuller Marlene Blom
Betty Penner
Ben Fortosky
11:00 am Darlene Sane Arnel Mendoza
Vernon Sane Eloisa Verdote
Abe Verdote



UPCOMING MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, Oct 6 9:00 a.m †Laurent Briere
Tuesday, Oct 7 9:00 a.m †Juliana Faurillo
Wednesday, Oct 8 9:00 a.m †Adam Cechanowicz
7:00 p.m Kay & Vern Smith
Thursday, Oct 9 9:00 a.m †Jose Resendes Andrade
Friday, Oct 10 9:00 a.m †Jose Resendes Andrade
Saturday, Oct 11 9:00 a.m †Alex Dekovic
7:00 p.m †Stephanie Morris
Sunday, Oct 12 9:00 a.m †Joe Bairos & Family



May 4, 2014

 “There is the tendency to place ourselves and our ambitions at the center of our lives.  This is very human, but it is not Christian.”

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