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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

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 19th, 2014

The coin of the realm – Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

 

I pay my taxes faithfully. It doesn’t matter which administration is in charge of the White House, or whether my candidates are in office. I don’t fork over money to the IRS because I’m content with where every dollar is going, and despite the fact that I’m mostly unclear what becomes of the money after I write the check. Fact is, I pay taxes not for love of empire or emperor, but because I have a duty to do so. And because I’ll get in trouble if I don’t.

Similarly, many of us take out insurances on houses, cars, and health because we’re obliged to do so—whether or not it’s our joy to do so. We obey traffic rules even when they inconvenience us. We put the tray table up on the plane when the flight attendant prompts us, not when we’re good and ready. Sometimes we’re obliged to be civil in situations where we’d rather come out swinging. We give Caesar his due in most matters because it’s easier to obey now than to pay later. Caesar says repair the rippled sidewalk in front of my house or face liability lawsuits? Trust me, I’ll call the cement company.

Caesar gets his. That’s the way the world is set up. Pay now or face the audit, fine, lawsuit, or jail time. We may cheat the system for a while, but sooner or later the hounds will catch the scent of profit and be on us. But we’re in quite a different context when it comes to rendering to God what belongs to God. In matters of divine law, no police force stands ready with an arrest warrant if we break it. No ticket arrives in the mail for our trespasses. No celestial secret service keeps a paper file on our indiscretions. If we’re unkind, ungenerous, unfaithful, unforgiving, unjust, no one assigns a fair market cost for these choices—unless, of course, they overlap Caesar’s jurisdiction. The acceptance or rejection of God’s laws carries no visible penalty and no material reward for compliance. This is the essence of free will: we really can do what we want, make up our own minds to serve or not to serve the God whose face appears on no earthly coin.

On this World Mission Sunday, we acknowledge missionaries from here to Mongolia (the world’s youngest Catholic mission) bound to God’s service by the law of love alone. In 1,100 mission dioceses, churches and schools are under construction, seminarians and catechists are being trained, so that the gospel is proclaimed in the name of the church: on behalf of you and me, and only through our support. We pay for the missions with Caesar’s coin. We reap the harvest in Spirit and truth .
Reprinted with permission
Prepare the Word (©2014)
http://www.preparetheword.com


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 45 tickets left – supper served by “Touch of Ukraine”

Price $50 per ticket with a partial donation receipt.

Table of 8 – $350.00



 

Rite of Christian Initiation
For Adults (RCIA)

 

If you, or someone you know, is interested in the Catholic faith but has never been baptized please contact Fr. Jon to discuss enrolment in RCIA.  This process of initiation into the Church offers an opportunity to ask questions, share a journey and, ultimately, receive the sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist.  Call Fr Jon at 306.244.2983



First Reconciliation First Communion with CONFIRMATION

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.
Tuesday, Oct 28th 7 pm Parent Meeting-Introduction of Program in Church Hall



 

 

Banns for Ordination

 

Mr. Gerard Michael Liam Plant is to be ordained to the Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Ottawa on December 19, 2014 at Holy Redeemer Parish, Kanata.  Please remember him in your prayers.  Canon Law obliges Catholics to reveal any impediment to sacred orders to the bishop or pastor.

 



 SUNDAY BRUNCH

St. George’s Seniors Club-(1235 –20th St. West)
October 19th –10:00 – 1:00 p.m.   (Borsch, Cabbage Rolls, Perogies, Dessert,  etc.) – Cost:  Adults – $10.00
Children 6-10  – $5.00.   Everyone Welcome !



 Our Program for Children’s Liturgy at the 11 am Sunday Masses has

begun once again thanks to our
volunteer leaders.  This liturgy is
intended for children who have not yet completed their sacraments of initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist).  Parents are welcome to join their children as a help to the leaders.



 Thursday, October 23, 2014,  6:30 PM at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Development & Peace welcomes all to a potluck meal and presentation by Jim & Rachelle Ternier from Prairie Garden Seeds.  Learn about the importance of saving seeds and why this is one of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. Hosted by St. Mary’s Hispanic Community. Call Maria  306.881.9297.



 You are invited to St. Mary’s Parish All Saints Party

children ages 3 – 8, and their families
Saturday Nov 1st 10 am – noon in Parish Hall
Please come dressed up as your favorite saint!

There will be games, prizes, snacks, and a piñata! To ensure enough food and prizes, please register by October 30th. Volunteers are also appreciated to help with the party. Elaine @ 229-3557 or berogal@sasktel.net.



 Bishop’s Fundraising Supper planning meeting Tuesday

Oct 21st 7 PM – Auction Committee members and anyone
interested in helping please attend!!


Altar Server, Youth & Other News

Vocation News….

  Just the other day (Thursday the 16th) the church celebrated the feast of St. Gerard.  A simple humble man, who shows all of us a great example of how to live.  He could not speak ill of another, no matter the cost.  With God’s help we can put ourselves into that same place.  With God’s help our words might be for the good of all.

We need to be there for each other.  We need to be present to and supportive of all our brothers and sisters.  We need to use all that the Holy Spirit offers us so that we may always speak well of each other.

Vocations are a call from God.  We have been blessed to listen to that call.  We have been blessed to answer that call with our entire lives.  Living the faith is answering the call, sharing the faith is answering the call.  St. Gerard answered the call so many years ago, are we ready to answer it now?

Ask any of the Redemptorists about St. Gerard and all he offers us.  Ask about this great man of prayer, this great support now and forever.

Fr. Steve

Live-in Discernment Weekend

           October 24 October 26

Oct 24 at 7:00pm to Oct 26 at 1:00pm in

851 University Drive Saskatoon

 Do you want to learn how to discern God’s will?
Do you have a friend who would benefit from this weekend?
Please feel free to register and pass the invitation on to your friends.

  For single men and women 19 years and older– a time to prayerfully explore your life to discover who you are in God and how best you can serve him.

To Register, call 306-244-0726 or email sk.dhouse@gmail.com



Important Memorial Mass Announcement:  Join our parish community for the  annual Memorial Mass,   Tuesday, November 4th  at 7:00 pm. in memory of our deceased loved ones who have died in the last year.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the parish hall.


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