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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

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 26th, 2014

seeking God

The Great Debate – Bulletin Reflection

Alice Camille

 All the world loves a debate. When two sides square off—across the family dinner table, at a staff meeting, or on the stage of presidential hopefuls—a thrill of tension ripples around the room. Who will get the better of the argument? Will truth win out over clever rhetoric? As a debate gets underway, some of us harden ourselves against all evidence in favor of a predetermined viewpoint. Others discover a new openness to the opposing perspective, and may change our minds or at least soften our hearts with greater understanding.

From the time Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, the debate regarding his authority is on. There’s a tag-team approach to discrediting him. First the Pharisees and Herodians test him about taxes. They represent distinct perspectives: the Mosaic-law-toting Pharisees revile the tax, while the profiteering Herod party prefers to keep the Pax Romana. The debate leads to a draw. The response of Jesus baffles both sides.

Next up are the Sadducees. They come at Jesus about resurrection from the dead, a doctrine they reject. Jesus argues biblically for resurrection and raises them one better, casting angels into the ring. Sadducees don’t buy angels either, but Pharisees support afterlife and spiritual beings. So while the Sadducees go off to sulk, the Pharisees return delighted. Jesus has divided his enemies and weakened the offensive, a classic military tactic!

The happy Pharisees now pose a more candid question: which is the highest law of all? Jesus proposes the love command, which incorporates both law and prophets. To argue against Jesus now would be to argue against their own platform. The Pharisees are trounced.

Jesus denounces both sides for a lack of sincerity. People of good will don’t begin in the spirit of opposition. Those genuinely allied to the truth would listen to Jesus instead of setting traps for him in public contests. This sort of religious theater isn’t what Jesus is about. There’s a bigger stage he’s yet to mount, from which he can be seen for centuries to come.

Not all of us belong on a debate team. We may personally shrink from verbal sparring and open conflict. But we’re all involved in the greatest debate of history: for or against Jesus Christ. Every action we take testifies to one side or the other. Everything we value and everyone we choose to love (or hate) is another bit of evidence for our primary allegiance. On Priesthood Sunday, we acknowledge the person in our assembly who’s taken a very visible stand in that debate. The priest’s position doesn’t co-opt all others. It invites all others! As we gather around the table, the role of the priest reminds us that our response to this sacrament is part of salvation history’s great debate. 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 will be available at ALL THE MASSES THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEKEND and at the Parish Office – supper served by “Touch of Ukraine”
Price $50 per ticket with a donation receipt of $25.
Table of 8 – $350.00


congratulations

ST MARY’S PARISH
AUCTION once again was a resounding success!!!!

This event not only supports Sr. Carol in her efforts, but it brings the community together where we can have fun and make new friends.  We must also thank the many hands that helped: CWL, Knights of Columbus, Auction Committee (WOW) !!!!

To the many people and businesses that donated money and goods– Thank YOU –

God has richly blessed us with the gift of this parish!!!!

Because of the auction of items and donations we have raised to date $28,600.  This amount does not include the Bishop’s Dinner, which is part of the Auction.
Traditionally Bishop Don would donate supper at his residence, but he no longer has his residence, so he generously offered to speak at a fundraising dinner.  As many that can attend this event –  Please come!!!


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.


November

Traditionally, we remember our loved ones who have died, in our prayers throughout the month of November.  Special envelopes for All Souls are now available at the entrances of the church.  On the front of the envelopes, you can print the names of those you would like to have remembered in a special way.  You can leave your envelope near the Book of Living that will be placed near the altar.  We will transfer the names from the envelope to the book.  All donations in the envelopes will be for Masses offered for the deceased during November.


ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on Saturday, November 1st, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass until noon. “In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave  himself up for us.”  John 13:1


 Altar Server, Youth & Other News

 AGES 14 & Up (Adults and Youth)

FacetoFace United Conference 2014 will unite, support, and challenge participants in their faith through adoration, keynote talks, and fellowship Nov. 22 and 23 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon. Speakers are Ken Yasinski, Leah Perrault, and Matt Nelson. Cost is $45 before Nov. 1; $60 after Nov. 1. To register or for more information go to: http://www.f2f.ca/united-conference or call 306.381.7789

Come and Experience the POWER of GOD working!!!! 

Here is what some have said that attended the United Conferences:

 Roxanne: FacetoFace Ministries has grown and developed in diversity; spiritually challenging not only youth, but also children, young adults, parents and grandparents.”

Don:  “Over the years God has moved mightily through FacetoFace ministries.  What began as an outreach to youth has touched the lives of their parents and whole families.  The Holy Spirit has led FacetoFace to make changes, step out in new ways, and offer their ministry through a multitude of approaches: retreats, missions, school ministry, parishes, Ignite youth camps.  Stuebenville bus trips, the mission service to the poor in India, the United Conferences, internet blogs”

 Joyce:  “The growth of FacetoFace has been the best thing that has happened to our youth and to our church ever!!!!”

This is definitely a conference to attend and I highly  recommend it for both youth and adults.

Fr. Steve


 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.


 DATES TO REMEMBER

Tues, Oct 28 Prayer Shawl Ministry 1:00 PM
Tues, Oct 28 Parent Night – 1st Reconciliation 7:00 PM
Thurs, Oct 30 Finance Committee Meeting 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov 1 Eucharistic Adoration 9:45 AM
Sat, Nov 1 All Saints Party 10:00 AM
Tues, Nov 4 Prayer Shawl Ministry 1:00 PM
Tues, Nov 4 Memorial Mass 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov 7 Bishop’s Dinner 6:30 PM
Sat, Nov 8 Sodalitas 10:00 AM
Sun, Nov 9 K of C Breakfast 10:00 AM

 LECTORS AND MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
NEXT WEEK NOV 1/2 – ALL SOULS’ DAY

LECTORS HOLY COMMUNION
Brian Favel
7:00 pm Fred Vogelgesang Lynda Browning
Loretta Skipper Sr. Josie Bouvier
Irene Sharp
Berniece Keindel
9:00 am Marcel D’Eon Millie Loran
Yvonne Colleaux Anne Lukan
Betty Penner
Sylvia Zakreski
11:00 am Francis Nguyen Zeljko Bilandzic
Maria Zalesak Irene Sikorski
Arnel Mendoza

 MASS INTENTIONS

Monday, Oct 27 9:00 a.m †Germaine Richards
Tuesday, Oct 28 9:00 a.m †All Souls
Wednesday, Oct 29 9:00 a.m Joan Smith
7:00 p.m †All Souls
Vic Fortosky
Thursday, Oct 30 9:00 a.m †Myrna Bentley
Friday, Oct 31  9:00 a.m †Jose Resendes Andrade
NOVEMBER
                              All Masses in November are offered
                   to commemorate the souls of all the faithful departed

 

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