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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

2nd Sunday in Advent

Bulletin Reflection

What Are You Waiting For?

Alice Camille

 Christmas is on its way. You can feel it rushing in toward us like a runaway train, uncontrollable and inevitable. It transforms the environment of the church as much as the landscape of the community, not to mention the economic reality of many parishioners. Already folks are taunted by the constant consumer demands to enter into the spirit of the season with each new purchase. Purses are achingly stuffed with receipts for things no one needs.

Is this hurtle toward the holidays what we want? Is this momentum that catches us what our hopes are pinned on? God knows we need Christmas, wait on it, and look forward to it every winter like the answer to a prayer at the end of a long, weary year. Christmas will lighten our hearts. It will bring the family back together. It will satisfy our hunger for belonging, warmth, cheer, and a multitude of sugar cookies. For only a few weeks we can be children again, anticipating the impossible good fortune that magically wrapped presents apparently grow on trees.

Such is our modern version of the peaceable kingdom, Isaiah’s description of the remarkable hour when wolves and lambs become pals and children need not fear snakes. Whatever elements are necessary for us to experience this blissful harmonic convergence, that’s what we expect from Christmas each year.

That’s why we have this peculiar phenomenon of the Christmas shop: stores dedicated to selling Christmas 365 days of the year. We want Christmas to come and don’t want it to end. Yet even when it arrives, a lot of people experience a deflation of hope, a letdown of unmet expectation. Maybe the loved one didn’t come, the hoped-for reconciliation postponed to another year. Maybe the desired gift wasn’t offered or received. Maybe we burned the cookies.

When John the Baptist announces the arrival of the kingdom of heaven, he doesn’t offer the cookies casually. Repent is the Baptist’s first word—not a suggestion but a command. If you repent, you get heaven. You get your heart’s desire. If you don’t repent, you get nothing. That’s serious. The psalmist says it another way: Peace follows justice. You can’t have a world at peace unless you first have a just society. Paul says it a third way: You want hope, first you must endure in Christ Jesus.

The world we want is in our grasp. The Christmas we anticipate is absolutely doable. But there are prerequisites. To have the Christmas cookie, there are things we must do: Assemble the right ingredients. Follow the instructions. Take the time to bake the results, not too much and not too little. Be patient. Wait. The delight you seek is almost ready.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2010)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Annoucements

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 evening of December 8th there will be no evening Mass or perpetual help devotions because of the Parish Reconciliation service.

Saskatoon Fireside Singers – Christmas Memories Concert  The Fireside Singers under the direction of Marilyn Whitehead and accompanied by Bonnie Nicholson and orchestra are presenting the 38th Annual Christmas Concert at TCU Place Tuesday and Wednesday December 21st and 22nd at 7:30 pm.  Guest artists include Guy Few, Allen Harrington and many others. The concert includes traditional and seasonal numbers with light-hearted songs and choreography.  Tickets are available @ http://www.tcutickets.ca or by phone @ 975-7799.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday December 12th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

CHURCH CLEANING—DECEMBER 15  Please come and help clean the church in preparation for Christmas.  We will start following the 9:00am Mass on Wednesday, December 15 and be finished before noon.

BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL  Thanks to all who volunteered there time to this endeavor.  Thanks to your generous support St. Mary’s was able to raise $37,605 for this worthy cause.  Donations will still be graciously accepted from those who did not contribute earlier until the end of the year.

SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES Are now available for pick up in the church.  If you do not see your name, or do not presently have a box and would like one, please print your name and address on the sign up sheets provided and we will issue you a set.

 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.

 St. Mary’s CWL

Ladies please join our CWL.  You can put 2011 $20.00 membership dues in an envelope, clearly marked CWL, and put it in the collection  with your name, address and phone number and Marion Penna will get back to you.  There will be someone available at the Christmas Party for those wishing to renew their memberships.  Since the 1920’s, the CWL has met annually with the provincial and federal governments to present resolutions and advocate for human rights, social justice and life issues.  Membership numbers impact the reception of these issues by government officials.  Join now and make a difference.  Besides supporting our parish in various ministries we support our community in donations through fundraising at our Harvest Supper and Christmas and Easter Teas.

 

Ministry of Care

To all volunteers who bring communion to the homebound.  Please bring communion to them as close to Christmas as possible and if possible, spend a little extra time visiting.  This season often brings feelings of loneliness and aloneness.  Your time is a wonderful gift to give.  Thanks!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, December 6  9:00 a.m  †Teresa Iula

Tuesday, December 7  9:00 a.m  †Vittorio Varaschin

Wednesday, December 8  9:00 a.m.  †Ferdinand Frias

  7:15 p.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo

Thursday, December 9  9:00 a.m.  †Juliana Faurillo

Friday, December 10    9:00 a.m.  †Helen Tomachko

Saturday, December 11  9:00 a.m.  †Rocco Santoro

  7:00 p.m.  †Marcello Frassetto

Sunday December 12  9:00 a.m.  †Myrtle Austin

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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