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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

Second Sunday of Advent

Bulletin Reflection

In Advent, we prepare for one of the greatest feasts of the church called, in theological language, the Incarnation. That means simply put, God became a human being. Of course, one could argue that it is not so simple.

Luke, in his Gospel, clearly asserts that the Incarnation is real. He begins this passage by setting a historical context. The word of God came to John during the historical period marked by the 15th year of the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, which Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, etc. Luke wants to assure, even convince his readers that Go’s plan to enter in to human life really happened, and it happened at that specific time in human history.

But what about now? Our faith is not something that we simply do in a habitual form. It must be something that we think about in our heads, and feel in our hearts. Sometimes we celebrate our faith, and sometimes we wrestle with it. To ask questions about our faith, to wonder, even doubt, is normal. It means that we are really trying to live it! It is true that there is much in life that leads us to question faith. But it is also true that there is much to affirm it … the birth of a child, the wonder of love, the miracle of forgiveness, just to name a few examples.

This Advent is an opportunity to pause and ask ourselves, ‘Where, in my life story – my history, does the Christ, the Word of God come to me?’ Advent asserts that the Word of God does come into our lives – something to ponder at this holy time of the year!

Fr. Tony Bidgood, C.Ss.R.

Announcements

CWL Potluck Supper Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00p.m. CWL members bring your husband/friend and your favorite dish. We will have a sing song and lots of socializing. We look forward to seeing you there. Please remember there isn’t any regular meeting in December or January. We will have our regular meeting in February. Thanks to all the women who came together to enjoy the CWL membership brunch. Winner of free membership is Irene Perret and door prize winner is Betty Prystupa. To renew memberships ($20.00) or to join please send to rectory or place envelope in collection clearly marked CWL.

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!

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!

ST. MARY’S ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE will be held on Monday, December 14th at 7:00P.M. This will happen during our parish Advent Mission which runs from December 13th to 15th. We warmly invite you to come out and make this an important part of your Advent preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ. Jesus came so that we may know the love of God; forgiveness is a wonderful way to experience that love. So come out on the 14th and let God love you!

MINISTRY OF CARE Reminder to volunteers: Please ask the people you visit if they wish to receiver the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or Sacrament of the Sick during Advent and let me know ASAP. Thanks! . 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.

DRIVERS NEED TO DELIVER CHRISTMAS HAMPERS! Just a reminder that we’re looking for help to deliver the Christmas Hampers on Wednesday, December 23rd. We had a wonderful response for drivers last year and look forward to a similar response this year. Please come out on December 23rd at 1:00p.m. to help deliver the hampers.

2010 OFFERTORY Anyone wishing to make your weekly offertory contributions through pre-authorized payments directly from your chequing account, please contact the parish office at 244-2983. Please consider this option to make your contributions—it’s easy, convenient, secure and will save you money on service charges instead of writing a cheque or withdrawing cash. Also we are in the process of preparing the Sunday Offertory Envelopes for 2010. If you do not presently have a box and would like a box, please let us know this week.

MITTEN TREE Once again, we are asking for your generosity in decorating our Mitten Tree. Mittens and/or scarves and/or toques would be greatly appreciated. The “decorations” will be removed and donated to children at St. Mary’s Community School before Christmas. Thank you to all our wonderful knitters for your donations!

COIN PURSE AND UNIQUE ROSARY found approximately ten days ago in St. Mary’s Church. If this is yours please contact the parish office at 244-2983 and give a description to claim. Also found after the 1:00p.m. Guadalupe Mass, a debit card. Call Guadalupe parish at 653-4945 if this belongs to you.

DIOCESAN YOUTH GROUP EVENT Mall Crawl. Friday, December 11th Meet in hall at 6:30p.m

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 St. Mary’s Parish Office, 244-2983, McNally Robinson Booksellers or by calling 373-8905.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE thanks all 326 parishioners who signed the Development and Peace postcards re: food sovereignty. Members of the Diocesan Development and Peace, with postcards in hand, will meet with District M.P.’s in the near future. Those addressed to the Prime Minister have been mailed. Your voice in your signature gives hop to those working for justice.

Mass Intentions

Monday, December 7 9:00a.m †Joe Cullen

Tuesday ,December 8 9:00a.m. †Joe Cullen

Wednesday, December 9 9:00a.m David Evans, 7:15p.m. †Michael Pelletier

Thursday, December 10 9:00a.m. †Natalie Melo

Friday, December 11 9:00a.m. †Josephine Villegas

Saturday, December 12 9:00a.m. Michael Prystupa, 7:00p.m. †Augustinho Sousa

Sunday, December 13 9:00a.m. †Wilf McDonald

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