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    St. Mary's Parish
    211 Avenue O South
    Saskatoon, SK
    S7M 2R6

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461
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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

1st Sunday of Lent – Feb 22, 2015

Seeing familiar things differently is not easy. This is no more evident than in family relationships. Your spouse is changing, as are you. Yet you expect the dynamic between you to remain the same as always. A renegotiation of terms may feel like a betrayal. Babies become toddlers, and children become teenagers and then adults. But the parents’ vision of them may be frozen at a more primitive and dependent stage. In the same way, parents are the ones who are there for us, reliable as rocks. Until the time that they become elderly and frail, and unexpectedly dependent on us to care for them.

If lifelong friends suddenly develop new opinions or speak their minds more freely, our jaws may drop and we may wonder if we ever really knew this person we’ve always known. Technology creeps into the workplace bit by bit, and one day we realize our profession today is not the same as the one we entered. Everything is changing; that’s the nature of being. But since most changes happen under the surface over long periods, we don’t always see transformation coming until it hits us right between the eyes.

My friend tells me that his mother was a big talker, a huge personality, and his father like wallpaper in a room. In later years when his father became too infirm to remain at home, he was moved to a nearby nursing home. There he became boisterous, witty, the life of the party! In the same way, a teenage cipher might become almost anyone once out from under the family influence. Or the geeky character in a movie may be redefined as the hero once circumstances turn apocalyptic, drawing the inner hero forth.

When the disciples first ran into Jesus, they certainly saw him as a remarkable figure. What he was saying and doing was amazing enough for them to walk away from business as usual and head off into a life full of unknowns. But after a while, even bold proclamations and public healings must have come to seem normative to this gang. What would it be like, we might wonder, to yawn in the presence of a miracle?

But Jesus always had a few surprises left in store. The event we call Transfiguration is representative of all those breakthrough moments when followers of Jesus suddenly “get” who he is for them in new and life-changing ways. Some scholars believe this event describes a vision Peter had long after Easter, when he began to understand who Jesus is and always was in their midst: the one about whom the Law and Prophets foretold, a brilliant guiding star leading us to the heart of the mystery of God-with-us. This Lent, we’re changing, maybe in ways that are quiet and unseen for now. Who Jesus is for us may be changing too
—Alice Camille

 


Bulletin – Feb 22, 2015

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