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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

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    Sunday Masses
    Saturday: 7pm
    Sunday: 9am, 11am,
    1pm Aboriginal Mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
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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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    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Changes are Coming to the Way We Celebrate Mass

 On the first Sunday of Advent, just a few weeks from now, you will notice that the way we celebrate Mass is going to change. Nobody likes change, especially when it is a change in something that is familiar and well loved. But sometimes change is necessary and, if approached with the right outlook, can actually be a very positive experience. This positive outlook is aided by good preparation so there are no unexpected surprises.

 To that end the next four weeks, leading up to the first Sunday in Advent, will be an opportunity to slowly introduce ourselves to the new responses in our Liturgy. This is so that by the time we arrive at Advent we will already feel comfortable with the new way of doing things.

 The present way that we celebrate Mass is based on an English translation of the Mass, which was given to us after the second Vatican Council. It was translated from the Latin and was done in such a way that it “approximated” the original text. Because it was not a literal translation, some of the subtleties of the original text were lost. The new translation, which has been the work of countless people over many years, has attempted to get closer to the original words of that text. In doing so, it highlights the scriptural connections for many of the Mass parts. It is hoped to deepen the significance of the Mass parts and to allow the worshipper to enter more fully into the meaning of the sacrament.

 It is not expected that such subtleties will be apparent to everyone on the first day that we begin to use the new translation. In fact, for the first while, there will no doubt be some confusion and maybe even minor chaos. This is perfectly natural, and I look forward to sharing some awkward moments of laughter as we make our mistakes while learning our respective new parts. Nevertheless, I hope that you will be open to these changes and enter into the process with a respect that will bring a unity to our worship at St. Mary’s. This unity is a microcosm of the unity that will be shared among all the faithful Catholics in the English speaking world, who are going through the same growing pains that we are.

 For some of you, this is a change that you are looking forward to because it reminds you of the Mass you grew up with. For others this change, that is being asked of you, is causing serious concern. Whatever your personal feelings about the changes, please remember above all else that we are welcoming these changes, not just as individuals, but as the Church, as members of the body of Christ. So pray to the Holy Spirit for whatever gifts you need, whether it is patience or openness, and let this time of transition in our Church and in our local community be one of grace and peace.

  Fr. Jon

Bulletin Announcements

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS Anyone wishing to inquire into the Catholic faith with a view to being received into our Church should contact the parish office as soon as possible. We hope to begin the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) in October. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic, encourage them to call the parish office in the next couple of weeks. (244-2983)

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 2012 cash calendars are available for purchase.  For more information, or to purchase your calendar contact Elisabeth Ammazzini before or after Mass or call her at 978-1447.

 Called to the Single Life gatherings have started and will be held twice a month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, upcoming dates include Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22 and Dec 13.  Gatherings are open to adult single Catholics who sense a call from God to live out the single life in a spirit of service and celebration.  Each evening includes prayer, discussion and activity.  For information, or if you plan to attend contact Myron Rogal at 242-1500.

 COFFEE AND MUFFINS SERVED Join fellow parishioners for coffee and muffins served in the lower hall on Sunday, October 23rd following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Coffee and muffins will be served by the Redemptorist Associates.

 2011 BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL  Volunteers will be situated at the back of the church following all of the Masses for Oct 22/23 to collect your BAA pledge envelopes that were distributed last week.  A big “Thank You” is extended to all the parishioners who have already made their financial donations to this year’s appeal.  Your donation can be made with cash, cheque, Visa, or MasterCard.  St. Mary’s goal is to raise $43,511.00.  Reminder to BAA volunteers—your kits will be delivered by your team captains before the phone campaign begins on October 24.

 MEMORIAL MASS:  You are invited to join our parish community for the annual Mass in memory of our deceased loved ones here at St. Mary’s church on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00pm.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the parish hall.  Please call Iris at 244-2983 ext 234 by October 26th if you wish to include names of your family members and loved ones who have died during this past year.

 ALL SOULS Traditionally, we remember our loved ones who have died, in our prayers throughout the month of November. Special envelopes for All Souls will be available at the entrances of the church starting the weekend of Oct 22/23. 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.

 CWL  If you’re not a member of St. Mary’s CWL, THINK about joining.  Our membership brunch is planned for Sunday November 20th—open to all women of St. Mary’s.

 CWL:  The next CWL meeting is scheduled for November 2nd following the 7:15pm Mass.

 One Hour Presentation on the Changes in the Mass:  To help prepare ourselves for the changes to the Mass, St. Mary’s will be hosting a 1 hour presentation on the New Roman Missal next Saturday afternoon (October 29) from 4-5pm.  This presentation will take place in the Church and will be led by trained facilitators from the Diocese. This will be an opportunity to hear about the changes and what they will mean for you, a member of the worshiping congregation.  Please take the time to come to this presentation.

 In preparation for our move to the new Catholic Pastoral Centre, the library has been weeding books from the collection. These books have been moved to the lounge on the main floor where they are free for the taking (and on a first come-first served basis). There are simply too many titles for us to provide a list of what is available so…if you are interested, please come by anytime Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to Noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and take whatever you like!

 St. Anne’s Parish is hosting a Family Retreat led by the National Evangelization Team Ministry. Enjoy a day filled with skits, games, music and prayer with the whole family, whether young or young at heart! To be held Nov. 27 starting at 11 a.m. with Sunday Mass and ending at 7 p.m. This retreat is open to all families of the diocese, and there is no age limit! Registration information to come. For more information on NET please visit their website www.netcanada.ca Contact Colm Leyne of the diocesan Youth Ministry Office at 242-1500 Ext. 225, for more information on the retreat.

SERENA Saskatchewan invites you to a Steak Night Fundraiser on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at the Odeon Event Centre (241-2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon).  The evening includes a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment, and a wonderful meal (choice of chicken or steak, lemon roasted potatoes, Caesar salad, bun, chocolate praline cake or a gluten and lactose free Quinoa chocolate cake upon request; beverages not included).  Tickets $20 or kids’ meal (chicken fingers) $10. All are welcome!  For tickets, call 651-3606 by Thursday, October 27th. SERENA is dedicated to helping couples enhance their marriage by providing couple-to-couple instruction in Natural Family Planning.  The method is safe, natural, inexpensive, and highly effective in achieving or avoiding a pregnancy.  Please come out to support SERENA so we can guide more couples to enjoy healthier marriages.

FOUNDATIONS – EXPLORING OUR FAITH TOGETHER:  Prayer: “Exploring our Images of God as found in the Scriptures” This session will be presented at St. Michael’s on Tuesday, Nov. 8th at 7:00 p.m. Presenter: Sr. Dianne Sehn. Cost: $5.00 per person. We will discover the images of each person of the Trinity as found in the Scriptures, and explore our response to these images. Please bring your bible. Everyone welcome. Please call Myrna at 242-5150 to register.

 Minstry of Care

What is the Ministry of Care?  It is basically a MINISTRY OF PRESENCE.  It is not so much what we do, but the fact that we come and that we care.  This caring relationship is mostly communicated by simply listening and letting the visited person lead the visit.  The visitor listens to the stories and the pain.  We never give advice.  Ministry of Care is an effort to help others by words, acts and companionship to experience the reality of God’s presence.

Please note:  Please consider being a visitor.  Call Iris 244-2983 ext 234


Youth Ministry

The joys of thanksgiving continue next weekend with two great events –

the second annual Bishop’s Cup will be held at Bethlehem High School in Saskatoon the evening of Sunday, October 23 from  5:00pm. until 9:00 pm, with youth playing basketball against a team of priests led by Bishop Don Bolen. Includes Mass and socializing.  For more information on these events: call Colm Leyne at 242-1500, Ext. 225 or e-mail: youthmin@saskatoonrcdiocese.com


Have you ever thought about…..

Have you ever thought about these simple questions….

Where God might be calling you?

       –     Are we listening to the call which is meant for us?

Our Call might come through the voice of the person sitting in front of us.  We need to open our ears and our hearts to listen.  It might come from the voice of the person who welcomed us as we came in this weekend. Again we need to put ourselves in a place to listen.  God calls to each of us through a couple of simple questions which lie at the heart of today’s Gospel—do we hear those questions as OUR questions?

He calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves and to Love God above all things.  www.PlugintoChrist.ca is a great place to ask those questions with others, it is a great place to share with others who are also asking about “the call”.  Talk to any Redemptorist for a supportive and listening ear to help with where God might be leading YOU!  Altar servers, Youth Group members, the Knights and the CWL are fantastic places to hear God voice, – listen!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, October 24  9:00 a.m  Holy Cross High School Staff

Tuesday, October 25  9:00 a.m  †Doris Lengert

Wednesday, October 26  9:00 a.m  All souls in purgatory

  7:15 p.m  †Daniel Murphy

Thursday, October 27    9:00 a.m  Fideles Matarong

Friday, October 28    9:00 a.m  †Tecla & Marcello Frassetto

Saturday, October 29  9:00 a.m  †Flavia & Tolomeo Buates

  7:00 p.m  †Jean Bilorosuk

Sunday, October 30  9:00 a.m  †Asuncion, Sheila & Pastor Matarong

  11:00 a.m  For the Parish


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