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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

1st Sunday in Advent

Bulletin Reflection

Learning to Tell Time

Alice Camille

 

The demise of the analog clock has probably affected the learning curve a little. But flashing digital displays still don’t offer to children or other fine people the precise meaning of time that goes along with merely knowing the numbers. So it’s 3-0-2 p.m.: What does that signify, and why should we care? The question of time always comes down to this: What does knowledge of the hour have to do with me?

Time means different things to different people. It also means different things to the same person—but let’s take our time with this idea. Ask an indolent person sleeping off the latest six-pack what 3:02 means and he might say, “Time for another beer.” A shopkeeper might call it two hours after closing time. A school child running for the bus won’t hear the question. A depressed person may sigh: “One hour is as good as another.”

For the average person, 3:02 has many meanings depending on the day. A workday is different from a Saturday. Vacation time and the holiday season seem to change the texture of time altogether. A week in bed with the flu changes the feeling of time, even the pace at which it moves. Waiting in the hospital at 3:02 for word from a surgeon about a loved one is not the same as waiting for the groom two minutes late for the wedding, or waiting for the mail delivery, or waiting for Godot. Maybe we’re anxiously anticipating spring break, or perhaps nothing at all, because no future possibilities seem from here to make a difference, to offer hope or rescue.

Being a seer, Isaiah could look to the horizons of time and see a new day dawning. To prophets, time is like a ribbon of road set before us that only requires a certain amount of determined walking to get where we want to go. The light of the Lord is out there; how badly do you want to see it? Get walking, and you’ll arrive to bask in it. Stay put, and you’ll never see that day shine forth. Saint Paul, who could certainly dance with the prophets on a good day, imagined that we’re all farther down that road to kairos time than we suspect.

How do we want to arrive at the fateful hour: steeped in the current sludge of sinfulness or shimmering in the freshly polished armor of virtue? Meanwhile—we can say meanwhile, because in eternity the perspective is not linear—Jesus says that winding your watch or glancing at your cell phone won’t give you the information you need about the advancement of the hour. In the reign of God, it’s never 3:02. It’s always now.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2010)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Announcements

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.

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.

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS – REVERSE COLLECTION  As we’ve done for the past six years, a Reverse Collection is being held at each Mass this weekend. All parishioners are asked to take a slip containing the name of a food item that will be included in the Christmas Hampers. Please bring that item to any Mass next weekend – December 4/5. Thank you for your generous co-operation!

To mark “World AIDS Day”, all parishioners are invited to the upcoming Candlelight Vigil Service for those who have died from AIDS, on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 @ 6:30pm at St. Mary’s Parish Church.  Lunch and refreshments will be available after the service.  The service is organized by Persons Living with AIDS Network of Saskatchewan INC. (PLWA).

PARISH ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE:  On Wednesday December 8th at 7:00pm, come and prepare for the birth of Christ by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  There will be a brief prayer service and then opportunity for individual confessions.

NO EVENING MASS AND PERPETUAL HELP DEVOTIONS:  On the evenings of December 1 and December 8th there will be no evening Mass or perpetual help devotions because of World AIDS Day celebration and the Parish Reconciliation service.

SODALITAS: Are you grieving and suffering the loss of a loved one? Join us for SODALITAS; a safe caring group for reflecting and sharing for those who are experiencing grief.  Our next meeting is Saturday, December 11 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s parish hall. The topic for this gathering will be Grief and Coping during the Holidays. 

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 attending—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

Do you know of any parishioners who are in the hospital or confined to their home and would like a visit?  Communion can be brought to those who cannot come to Mass due to illness or infirmity.  Call Iris at 244-2983 ext 237 to make arrangements.

 The Advent Mitten Tree will be set up this weekend.  Donations of scarves, toques, and mittens will be gratefully accepted.  They will be distributed to the students at St. Mary’s School.  Thank you for your generosity.

Youth Ministry

 BISHOP’S MASS FOR THE YOUTH: Are you caught questioning certain aspects of the Mass and need some clarification and direction? Why not hear it from the best! The Bishop has offered to celebrate a youth Mass, where he will take the time to explain certain elements of the Mass that are essential in our understanding of the Catholic faith. The Mass will have upbeat, lively praise and worship music from a local band and all youth will have the opportunity to participate in the ministries. Come out on December 3rd at 7pm at St. Phillip Neri Parish to soak in all the good. Rides and carpooling will be available for all those in need. Talk to Maria Rogal for more information 244-2983.

Mass Intentions

 

Wednesday, December 1  9:00 a.m.  †Maria & †Victor Puim & family

  7:15 p.m.  †Elsamma George

Thursday, December 2  9:00 a.m.  †Bibiana Barut

Friday, December 3    9:00 a.m.  †Rocco Santor

Saturday, December 4  9:00 a.m.  Michael Prystupa

  7:00 p.m.  †Marcello Frassetto

Sunday December 5  9:00 a.m.  †Armando Frassetto

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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