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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
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First Sunday of Advent

Bulletin Reflection

In my home, while I was growing up, Advent was always a special time. Our house was filled with symbols that reflected the countdown to Christmas. My favourite was the paper calendar hung on the wall which contained 24 little perforated paper doors, waiting to be undone by little hands, in order to reveal surprise images relating to the season whether it be snowflakes or pinecones or candy canes What I remember most about those calendars is how hard it was to open just one or door at a time and to not rush ahead to see what all the others contained before it was their time. I knew however, that if I would give in to the temptation the magic of the tradition would be ruined and the anticipation would be lost.

Jesus speaks to us in the Gospel for the first Sunday of Advent and says “Beware, Keep Alert, Keep Awake”. Honestly, how can we be anything else in such a season of high anticipation? Our senses are surrounded by so many stimuli how can we possibly fall asleep? But there is a catch. Like the little doors on the paper calendar which enticed me to move out of the moment and to satisfy my curiosity by opening everything at once the trouble lies not in falling asleep but in being aware of the importance of each passing moment. As we move into this season of advent and begin preparation of our house and our hearts for Christmas we are confronted by many competing demands which grab our attention but do not necessarily help us to prepare properly. Jesus says, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away”.

Are we focusing on those concerns which are bound to pass away or do we have our attention fixed on the word of God which will sustain us. This year let us resolve to not come to the end of advent saying I was so busy, “where did the time go?” Let’s not rush through this season in a frenzy of activity but appreciate each nugget of time for the true gift that it is. In doing so may we be awake, and aware, of the word of God in our lives and be instruments of that word for our families, our communities and for the world.

Fr. Jon

Announcements

Welcome to our new Staff Members

St. Mary’s has hired two new staff members to help with the Pastoral and Administrative needs of the Parish.

Karen Brule has recently moved to Saskatoon from Albertville and is looking forward to working at St. Mary’s as our Office Administrator using the skills she has gained over years worked in both the secular and parish office settings. Karen is married to her husband Paul and they have three grown children.

Maria Rogal is taking the position as Parish Youth Minister and will be working part time helping the pastoral team in reaching out the young people of our parish. enjoys playing soccer and attending University and looks forward to her new role at St. Mary’s.

MEMORIAL MASS for Real April, who passed away November 21, 2009 at 78 years of age. Monday November 30, 2009 10:30a.m. with a reception to follow in the lower hall.

YOUTH MASS Hey all you youth out there! Our first Youth Mass is officially scheduled! Please come out to celebrate youth with the larger community. There is something to do for everyone; singing, reading, ushers, communion ministers, etc. Saturday, December 5th, 2009. Come at 5:00p.m. for pizza, a short presentation and choir practice. Mass is at 7:00p.m. Hope to see you all there! – Maria Rogal.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS – REVERSE COLLECTION As we’ve done for the past five years, a Reverse Collection will be held at each Mass this weekend – November 28/29. All parishioners will be asked to take a slip containing the name of a food item to be included in the Christmas Hampers. You are asked to bring that item to any Mass during the following weekend of December 5/6. Thank you for your generous co-operation!

CHURCH CLEANING BEE Helpers needed!! We need about a dozen women and men to help clean the church on Thursday, December 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All help is welcome.

ST. MARY PARISH “TURKEY” BINGO Come on out on Thursday December 10th for our parish Turkey Bingo. The winner of each game wins a Christmas turkey! There will also be consolation prizes, a 50/50 draw and a concession available. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., bingo starts at 7:00p.m. in the hall. Everyone welcome!

CECILIAN SINGERS present “Christmas Frost, Christmas Joy,” an evening of seasonal choral music, both sacred and secular, December 12, 7:30p.m. at Grosvenor Park United Church. Advance tickets $12 from McNally Robinson Booksellers or by calling 373-8905.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEWS Our next pancake breakfast will be held on Sunday, December 13th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. We wish to inform you that due to rising food costs, we have had to increase our prices. Adults are $5.00 each, children under 12 are $2.00 each and children under 6 are free. At the breakfast in December, we will be selling “Keep Christ in Christmas” vehicle magnets to promote the true spirit of Christmas. People often forget the real reason for the Christmas season while they are buying presents, decorating their homes, and attending parties. These magnets are a way to silently evangelize this sentiment. You can help spread the reason for the season by buying your own vehicle nativity magnet for $5.00 from the St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus. Thank you for your support!

LITURGY COMMITTEE UPDATE Our Advent penitential service will be on Monday, December 14th as part of the Parish Mission. The Redemptorist Community is in the process of ordering stoles, a gift from the CWL in appreciation for 75 years of Redemptorist service at St. Mary’s. Next meeting is tentatively set for Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m.

MINISTRY OF CARE If you or anyone you know is homebound and would like a visit and/or communion at home, please call Iris at 244-2983, ext. 237.

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL 2009 Congratulations and a sincere thank you to all St. Mary’s Parishioners who contributed financially and the dedicated volunteers who worked countless hours in support of the 2009 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Initial results for this years appeal indicate the Diocesan guideline of $1,158,000 was achieved. To date the appeal has raised $1,242,394. St. Mary’s guideline is $38,611, to date the total gift received from our parish is $37488. Parishioners who still want to make their donation to the 2009 Bishops appeal may do so by delivering it to the rectory during regular office hours or place it in a separate envelope marked “Bishop’s Appeal”, and place it in the Sunday collection., Vic Garchinski on behalf of the BAA Committee

CHRISTMAS SUPPER St. George’s Senior Club is having a Christmas Supper on Wednesday, December 9th at 1235 20th Street West. Door open at 4:30p.m., cocktails to follow. Supper at 5p.m. The cost is $14 per member or $16 for non members. For tickers please phone Marj at 249-4835, Terri 955-3336 or Carl 382-6210. Come out and enjoy a wonderful meal and have some fun. Deadline for tickets is December 5.

Mass Intentions

Tuesday ,December 1 9:00a.m. †Elsie Schedlosky

Wednesday, December 2 9:00a.m †Ferdinand Frias, 7:15p.m. †Mary Sellar

Thursday, December 3 9:00a.m. †Maria Puim & Family

Friday, December 4 9:00a.m. †Natalie Melo

Saturday, December 5 9:00a.m. †Shirley Laroque, 7:00p.m. †Victorino Sousa

Sunday, December 6 9:00a.m. †Leonard Craig

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