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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

4th Sunday in Advent

Bulletin Reflection

The Righteous Person’s Dilemma

Alice Camille

Joseph had a problem, and it wasn’t a small one: The girl about to become his wife was pregnant. He wasn’t the father, so the law was clear: Honor could be restored to both households by stoning. Regrettable, messy, a bad sort of public excitement, but over quickly. All that would be left is the task of finding another marriageable girl.

This bloody business wasn’t really the problem. The trouble was that Joseph was a righteous man. Righteousness is a technical term in Judaism. In Hebrew it’s a form of measurement. A righteous weight is a true one. A righteous path leads directly to the destination. A righteous sacrifice is performed by the book. Righteousness means meeting the prescribed standard. The opposite of righteousness is dishonesty.

A righteous man, therefore, might well go by the book and stone the girl. But what if “the book” had conflicting standards? On the one hand, faithless women should be stoned. On the other hand, the girl Mary wasn’t the faithless kind. Stoning the innocent was murder, and murder was prohibited by that same book. Could restoring honor possibly be more important than a potentially innocent girl’s life?

In the end Joseph resolves his dilemma by taking the advice of an angel in a dream. Great counsel if you can get it! More of us should pray for such guidance when faced with moral discernment. But the deeper issue of how to be righteous—how to discover the right standard—remains. With so much dishonesty around us, the truth can seem hard to acquire. Take Job. He claimed to be righteous, yet his friends weighed his great suffering as testimony against him. Whose perspective can you trust? Job called on God to decide. The Servant of the Lord in Isaiah’s prophecies is also called righteous yet condemned by his peers. Unlike Job, his vindication is posthumous. Tamar is considered more righteous than Judah—but her avenue to justice is not something we’d recommend to our daughters. Which leads to the question: Is Christian righteousness different from the Jewish kind?

Saint Paul says it is. Bible scholar John McKenzie notes that Paul “found himself with an [Old Testament] vocabulary which had to be expanded to fit the fullness of his insight into the Christian mystery.” So Paul stitched together the observation that both Noah and Abraham are deemed righteous by placing their faith in God, not by meeting a standard. Faith rectified the discrepancy between where they were and where they ought to be. We don’t have to “know” what’s right or make the judgment call by reason alone. If we place our trust in God, like Joseph, we will be led straight to the truth.

 Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2010)

http://www.preparetheword.com

 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.

 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.  This is the last weekend the envelopes will be available in the church.  After this weekend, they will be available from the Rectory during office hours.

 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:  The next opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on January 8th at 10:00am until 12:00 pm.

 MITTEN TREE UPDATE Many, many thanks to all of our St. Mary’s “Elves” who helped to decorate this year’s Mitten Tree.  Through your generosity, we were able to send to the school: 49 pairs of mittens, 7 scarves and 3 hats.  Thank you all so very much!

 DRIVERS NEEDED TO DELIVER CHRISTMAS HAMPERS! Just a reminder that we’re looking for help to deliver the Christmas Hampers on Thursday, 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.

Youth Ministry

DECEMBER MALL CRAWL-Maybe next year!? So we didn’t finish in first, but it was a valiant effort from all who came out. Thanks again to all who participated- Dana Ammazzini, Jordan Fiddler, Keisha Lund, Bailey Anderson- You all did a fantastic job!

HAMPER HELPERS: Come out and help unload a big truck full of food for our Christmas hampers. After unloading, we will need help in packaging food and putting together the hampers for those within our communities. All this is happening the morning of December 20th at 9:30am. This will also be an opportunity for all youth to pick up their Christmas treat bags. This is also a very good opportunity to receive volunteer hours for those in high school. Contact Maria Rogal for more information.

MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS: Those youth who want 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 and 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. 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. Although hamper delivery doesn’t occur till the afternoon, it is essential that we have help in the morning from the youth. Preparations will begin at 9:30am for any of you who would like to help out.

 STEPS IN FAITH-Upcoming event! If you are currently in grades 6, 7 or 8, 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 lifelong 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. The nest Steps in Faith session will be held the evening of January 7th followed by a movie night. Youth will have the opportunity to learn, interact and reflect with peers over pizza. All newcomers are welcome! Contact Maria Rogal for more information.

 

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

Christmas Mass Schedule 

Friday December 24 (Christmas Eve)  Mass at 9:00am,  7:00pm, Midnight

Saturday December 25 (Christmas Day)  Mass at 10:00am only

Sunday December 26 (Boxing Day)  Mass at 9:00am, 11:00am

Friday December 31 (New Year’s Eve)  Mass at 9:00am, 7:00pm

Saturday January 1 (New Year’s Day) Mass at 10:00am only

Sunday January 2  Mass at 9:00am, 11:00am

 Office Christmas Hours

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS

Please note the hours for the parish office over Christmas:

Friday December 24th  closed at noon

Monday December 27th  closed

Tuesday December 28th  closed

Friday December 31st   closed at noon

Monday January 3rd  closed

 Mass Intentions

Monday, December 20  9:00 a.m  †Vittorio Varaschin

Tuesday, December 21  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Figueiredo

Wednesday, December 22  9:00 a.m.  †Teresa Iula

  7:15 p.m.  †Rocco Santoro

Thursday, December 23  9:00 a.m.  †Marcello Frassetto

Friday, December 24    9:00 a.m.  †Armando Frassetto

  7:00 pm  For the Parish

  Midnight  For the Parish

Saturday, December 25  10:00 a.m.  For the Parish

Sunday December 26  9:00 a.m.  †Garry Blom

  11:00 a.m.  For the parish

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