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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

3rd Sunday of Advent

Bulletin Reflection

New Rules

Alice Camille

 

Consider John the Baptist for a moment: what a résumé! Luke alleges that John’s kinship with Jesus is biological. That alone is worth some bragging rights. “James, the brother of the Lord” certainly uses the genetic tie to his advantage in the church to come. But in the days of John, being kin to Jesus wasn’t yet the trump card it would later be. In the beginning, in fact, Jesus might well have profited from claiming ties to the more celebrated and powerful John.

John emerges from the wilderness with a mystery wrapped around him more astonishing than his attire. Was he a graduate of the reclusive Essenes out at Qumran, who awaited a Righteous Teacher to turn around a hopelessly misguided religious leadership? Did he perhaps pen one of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls we now possess? Whatever his training, John was a master of what we call desert spirituality: austere and solitary, careless of worldly comforts and advantages, fearless in speaking truth to power, uncompromising when delivering God’s sovereign word. John laid his ax at the root of the biggest tree in the land and struck. The tree crashed down on his head, literally.

Before the end, however, John had them all jumping through his hoops. He commanded repentance in the name of God and declared the sign to be immersion in the river. Many came out of the cities and towns and lined to take the plunge, and still others to watch the baptisms with increasing anxiety. Believe John or not, you had to reckon with him. Even Jesus would find himself compared with John, suspected to be his ghost, and in today’s gospel felt the need to distinguish himself from his forerunner.

When reflecting on all John was and did—a man who made a king tremble with fear and fascination!—we’re not surprised that Jesus names him the greatest man ever born. This is Jesus, remember: He has no reason to win the esteem of crowds by flattering a man they admire. First he exalts John. Then he deflates him—or at least changes the terms of greatness altogether. John is the greatest man ever born in the normal course of things. But because kingdom values depend on being “born again,” even the lowest member of the new reign will be exalted ahead of John.

Being born anew means embracing the good news that the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the dead are raised. In other words it means accepting that the rules have changed. Even the great John, in his prison cell, had trouble with that one. If the rules have changed, we can’t march ahead. We’ll have to consent to be led.

  Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2010)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 Annoucements

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.

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 2011 cash calendars are available.  Cost for the calendars is $35.00.  Prizes include 319 draws for $100, one draw on February 14 for $20,000 , five draws for $1000.00, and 40 draws for limited edition artwork.  For more information, or to purchase your calendar contact Elisabeth Ammazzini before or after Mass or call her at 978-1447.

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.

 THANK YOU!  ST. Mary’s CWL Christmas Tea— Thanks to all who donated baking, prizes, crafts, “loonie bags”, gave so generously of their time working and also those who came and enjoyed the tea.  We would not have a tea without all of you.  Proceeds from the tea will be used for our various charities.

 Youth Ministry

HAMPER HELPERS: Come on out as we put together hampers for those within our community. The evening of December 15th we will join other volunteers in putting together boxes and organizing items for the hampers. We will then end with a small youth Christmas party including treats, hot chocolate and games. This is also a very good opportunity to receive volunteer hours for those of you that are high school. Contact Maria Rogal for more information.

 MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS: Those youth who are wanting to sing in a Christmas Choir are welcome to partake in the 7:00pm Christmas Eve Mass. The choir will be a combination of the regular Saturday night choir with the youth. Please take the time to share your talents in music!

FAMILY HAMPER FUN: Join the rest of the community as we deliver hampers throughout the neighbourhood. So mark your calendars for the morning and afternoon of December 23rd to recognize the true meaning of Christmas by reaching out to the needs within our very own community.

 Home Ministry of Care

As we journey through life, we encounter loneliness, pain and suffering, our own as well as in others around us.  If you, or anyone you know would like to be linked to a volunteer visitor, please call Iris at the Ministry of Care office, 244-2983 ext 237

 Mass Intentions

Monday, December 13  9:00 a.m  †Rocco Santoro

Tuesday, December 14  9:00 a.m  †Marcello Frassetto

Wednesday, December 15  9:00 a.m.  †Lil & †Joe Zerebeski

  7:15 p.m.  †Jose Bairos

Thursday, December 16  9:00 a.m.  †Victor Andrade

Friday, December 17    9:00 a.m.  †Antonio Figueiredo

Saturday, December 18  9:00 a.m.  †Teresa Iula

  7:00 p.m.  Souls in Purgatory

Sunday December 19  9:00 a.m.  †Lorne Shirley

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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