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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
    4pm mass in Spanish

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    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
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    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
    Sunday: 3-4pm in Spanish
    Wednesday: 6:30-7pm

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    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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Christ the King Sunday

Bulletin Reflection

Friends in High Places?

Alice Camille

 Let’s drop some names. Who’s the most impressive person you ever met? I had a glass of wine with Henri Nouwen 30 years ago. I was at a party attended by Hans Küng—though he certainly wasn’t aware of me. I think I passed Yoko Ono at a crowded bazaar and was nine rows from Paul McCartney at a concert, speaking of the Beatles. I even sat next to a soap opera star at a funeral reception recently. That’s the extent of my brush with royalty. My usual circles are far less august.

If my fate were uncertain and I had to make a midnight appeal to the person with the most juice possible, I’m afraid I’m not even on speaking terms with a bishop, mayor, or billionaire. It can be rotten to be unfriended by VIPs! So imagine being an anonymous person who did the crime and some time—and now your time is up and you’re going to be executed. Where can you turn for hope of a reprieve?

In ancient times you turned to the king. Only from the throne could such judgment be rendered. Because kings ruled by divine decree, a king’s declaration went from his mouth to God’s ear. Kings were bigger than high priests, procurators, and all their tribunals put together. What the king said came to pass. The problem for the average anonymous insurrectionist was gaining access to a king in the 11th hour—or any hour for that matter. Because neither you nor any friend of yours were on speaking terms with royalty, you could kiss your life good-bye.

So here you are, wretched and hanging from a cross, bleeding and dying, along with two other condemned men. And one of them, honest to God, is this Jesus person you’ve heard about. Rulers and soldiers are sneering, his friends and followers have clearly abandoned him—except for a few powerless women. Yet you know he’s here under very different auspices than you. He did not do the crime, and he should not be on this cross, suffocating and humiliated in public like this. People who should know better are shouting: If you have friends in high places, Christ, why don’t you call on them now? It’s incredible that they speak to him this way. Even you, who are no angel, are offended. You take it upon yourself, criminal though you are, to be the only lawyer the Son of Man will ever have to represent him. And because you spoke for Jesus in this awful hour, when he doesn’t look anything like a King of the Jews or a Prince of Peace, today you’ll sit in the highest place of all with him.

 Announcements



ALL SOULS Traditionally, we remember our loved ones who have died, in our prayers throughout the month of November. There are special envelopes for All Souls 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 throughout November. You can leave your envelope near the Book of the 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.

 SUNDAY MISSALS are almost sold out and will not be sold after the Masses.  The missals that are left will be available at the rectory during office hours.  Otherwise, the missals can be purchased from Universal Church Supply.

 ST GEORGE’S SENIORS CLUB CHRISTMAS TEA will be held on November 27 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.  A craft and bake sale will also be taking place.  Admission for adults is $3.00, children $2.00 and 6 and under is free.

 PEANUT BUTTER SUNDAY The registration for Christmas Hampers is well underway. The Christmas Hamper committee again invites all parishioners to donate a jar of Peanut Butter to be included in this year’s Christmas Hampers. Please bring your Peanut Butter donations to any Mass next weekend (November 27/28). Thank you for your compassion and generosity to those who are less fortunate than we are.

 COFFEE AND MUFFINS SERVED Join fellow parishioners for coffee and muffins served in the lower hall on Sunday, November 28th following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Coffee and muffins will be sponsored by the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  The next opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on December 4th at 10:00am until 12:00 pm.

 Advent Initiative for Good Food Junction in Saskatoon – Bishop Donald Bolen invites the Catholic community to join him and other local Christian church leaders as they sign a letter of support for the Good Food Junction Co-operative Grocery Store to be built as part of the Station 20 West project in Saskatoon.  The ecumenical celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 with a letter-signing ceremony on the Station 20 West site on the corner of 20 Street and Avenue L, followed by a brief program and community lunch at the nearby St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Hall.  Saskatoon Christian leaders from the Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, United Church of Canada, Mennonite and Saskatoon Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship churches, are jointly committing to making the Good Food Junction Co-operative Grocery Store a priority for the weeks leading up to Christmas, calling for prayers, practical assistance and fundraising to equip the store. The Good Food Junction will meet a basic need for healthy food in the core neighbourhood, which has been without a full-service grocery store since 1997.

 Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion – schedules.  The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from November 27/28 (1st Sunday of Advent) to February 26/27 (8th Sunday in Ordinary Time). Included with the schedules are updated lists of Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion. Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another minister to take your place if you are unable to attend the assigned Mass.   All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion, except those who have received the schedules by email, are asked to pick up the  new schedules as soon as possible from the Sacristy after Mass. Thank you to all who serve in these important liturgical ministries.

St. M

Celebrating 65 Years

St. Mary’s CWL

 Christmas Tea & Bake Sale – December 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $3.00 which includes a lunch and door prize. There will be raffles, craft table “toonie bags” and a bake table.  We are looking forward to all of the ladies great baking, crafts and donations to the “toonie bags”.  You may drop off baking Friday, December 3rd between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. or after 9:30 a.m. the day of the tea.  Plan on coming it is a great afternoon.

 CWL Christmas Party – Tuesday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m.  To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of St. Mary’s CWL, our Christmas Party will be catered.  The cost will be $5.00 per person with the CWL covering the balance.  All members and their guest are invited to attend.  Tickets will be available at the Membership Brunch November 21st and after Mass November 27th and 28th.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Home Ministry of Care

We are grateful to those who give of their time and care to bring Holy Communion to our homebound parishioners.  As Advent is fast approaching, please check with the people you are caring for regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or the Sacrament of the Sick.  Please let Iris know who is interested in receiving these sacraments before November 24.  The priests will then make their own arrangement with those who are interested.

 

Youth Ministry



STEPS IN FAITH-Get in the groove! If you are currently in grades 6,7 or 8 then this is for you! Steps in Faith is a diocesan supported program in which early adolescents have the opportunity to learn more about their faith. It is a crucial component in the life long faith journey we are all on, and will aid with common questions and concerns during these very important forming years. Steps in Faith is comprised of four different components: 1)the Creed 2)Service 3)Retreat 4) reaffirmation of faith- all in which will take place within the next year. A spring youth rally will provide a supportive environment with Bishop Bolen where grade 8’s will have the opportunity to reaffirm their faith. Steps in Faith sessions will be held monthly before each Youth Ministered Mass. Youth will have the opportunity to learn, interact and reflect with peers over pizza. A service project will be planned for late winter along with a spring retreat. For more information regarding this effort, please feel free to contact Maria Rogal stmarysyouthmin@sasktel.net, 244-2983.

  FAMILY ADVENT WREATH FUN: Don’t bother going through the hassle of trying to assemble your own advent wreath this year. Join other St. Mary’s families as together we learn the symbols and importance of the season of Advent. You will have the chance to engage in constructing your very own Advent wreath with your family. Take home your newly constructed wreath with many memories of laughter, fun and excitement. Enjoy some Christmas baking, along with hot chocolate and socialization for a night to remember. So mark your calendars for November 28th at 7pm and do not miss out! In order to accurately purchase supplies and organize the event, it is necessary to notify commitment by signing up at the back of the church. We are also in need of volunteers to aid in baking, organizing, set up and take down. There will be a column on the signup sheet where you can commit to helping with one of the following if you wish. Sign-up sheets will be in the church until the week of November 22nd. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Maria Rogal 244-2983.

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