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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

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

“Hello!”

“Hi.”

“How are you?”

“Fine.”

 How many times do we find ourselves going through the routine of this mini dialogue with our co-workers and people that we meet during the course of our day? While it is efficient and polite, it is not very deep and is unlikely to gain us any real insight into the person with whom we speaking. Sometimes we come to Sunday mass with a similar disposition. Another Sunday, another mass, we find ourselves going through the motions. “The Lord be with you.” “And also with you.”

 The greeting for the new translation is meant to stir us to a new awareness that the Eucharist is not just another routine moment in our week. It is not a superficial conversation but one of depth and transcendence. “The Lord be with you!”, the priest says.  “And with your spirit”, the people reply.

 It might sound a little strange at first even as it flows easily from our lips. “And with your spirit” implies that this is not another mundane conversation. This dialogue is going to lead us to depths of the human heart that often does not get to see the light of day in our work-a-day lives.

 We move quickly into something else extra-ordinary, the penitential rite. We are normally quite guarded about our true disposition, hence the “Fine” in the dialogue above. The penitential rite allows us to personally and communally state that; maybe we are not always fine, that perhaps there are things about ourselves that we are not happy with, that we are not perfect people. We own up to the fact that “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault” I have sinned. But we trust in God’s mercy and humbly ask for forgiveness knowing that with help of the saints and angels we can be better people.

  Our introductory rite includes giving Glory to God in a familiar song of praise, the Gloria. There have been some changes to this hymn in order to magnify our deep love of God. “We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory.” Picture a child on Christmas morning  opening that one present that they have been longing for all year. “Mommy and Daddy, Thank you, thank you, thank you.” This in our response in the presence of God as unselfconsciously we cry out in praise and thanksgiving.

  Then we pray. Our opening prayer is now called a “Collect”. All the prayers have been rewritten with a clear emphasis that we are praying to God who is a Trinity of persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Like our Mass, the Collects are deep and filled with meaning. If you have a personal Sunday Missal take the time to reflect with the prayers before Mass and let them stir your heart toward God.

 Fr. Jon

 Bulletin Announcement

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 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.

 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.

 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.

 St. Mary’s Parish Nurse’s Auction:  The Auction Committee and the staff of St. Mary’s Parish wish to congratulate and thank all the parishioners of St. Mary’s, the volunteer workers, the CWL, the K of C, those who attended the sale and the many businesses and individuals who support this event through very generous donations.  This year, our Auction raised $20,068.90.  The proceeds of the event helps support St. Mary’s Parish Nurse Ministry (Sr. Carol) and shows your appreciation for the work that the program does.  Thank you from the Parish Auction Committee:  Joyce Walker, Emile Lalonde, Steve Pisio, Bill Riley, Deb Edighoffer, Jim Penna, Deb and Owen Fortosky, Fr. Steve Morrisey C.Ss.R., and Fr. Jon Hansen C.Ss.R

 K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday November 13th following the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

 CWL:  Please plan to attend the CWL general meting on November 2 after the 7:15pm Mass.  We will be remembering our deceased members.  Also, we will be planning the Christmas Party and Christmas Tea.

 SODALITAS: Are you grieving and suffering from a loss?  Join us for SODALITAS; a safe caring group for reflecting and sharing for those who are experiencing grief.  Our next meeting is Saturday, November 12 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

 ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Please join fellow parishioners for this valuable way of prayer on Saturday, November 5th, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

 In just a few short weeks, our parish has raised approximately $20,000.00 for the 2011 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  The need of our communities grows and the assistance provided by the Appeal is needed more than ever.  If you have not yet made a pledge to the Appeal, please consider doing so in the next few weeks.  Your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal will help continue the vital ministries and programs offered throughout the Diocese. 

 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.

 Memorial Mass

Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m.

 Please join our parish community for the annual Mass in memory of our deceased loved ones here at St. Mary’s Church.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the hall.

LIGHTING A FIRE: UNPACKING OUR CATHOLIC TREASURES OF FAITH

Presented by Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers. Marie-Louise’s presentation will answer the following: “In this pluralistic world, and as the largest member of the Christian family of churches, what makes us uniquely Catholic?  With a contemporary hunger for ‘soul-food’ in society at large and the challenge to evangelize through attraction, what do we need to learn in order to articulate the tenets of our Catholic faith with clarity and joy? This talk will take a look at seven ‘pillars’ of our Catholic faith, which shape our very being and which respond to universal longings.”  Marie-Louise is a gifted presenter.  Plan on attending this very informative foundations session on Monday Nov.7th at St. Anne’s Parish, 217 Lenore Dr., Saskatoon, 7:00pm. Cost is $5.00. Call Sr. Dianne @ 931-4700 or email stannesparish@sasktel.net to register. All are welcome.

 Fr. Steve’s Corner

The first piece of youth news as Halloween comes close is a huge thank you to the members of St. Mary’s Parish CWL and the Altar Servers who made the first fun day a huge success.  10 young people came out for an afternoon of games and upon returning to St. Mary’s they were met by members of CWL with Pizza and pop for a social.  The weekend of November 19 is the next practise in the Church – check back here next weekend for details.

 The next DYG – Diocese Youth Gathering – Friday November 18 at Holy Family Parish an evening set aside for fun, prayer & Laughter.  Friday November 18 promises to be a great evening check back here next weekend for more details.

 Th Bishop’s Cup was a great evening of fun.  Young people, local clergy & pizza and basketball.  The youth All Stars narrowly beat out the bishop and the clergy, it was a great night!!!  Next year it is time for the clergy to shine, we are getting closer. 

 Ministry of Care

A group of ladies meet every Tuesday afternoon to create prayer shawls and enjoy coffee and fellowship.  A prayer shawl is a lovingly and prayerfully knit or crotcheted wrap, blessed, and presented to someone who needs the sort of comfort, warmth and love it can provide.  Anyone can join us on a Tuesday afternoon, 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the upper meeting room of St. Mary’s Hall.  If you have any soft washable yarn you no longer have need for, we would gladly accept it and turn it into the blessing of a shawl.  Thank you.

Iris 

244-2983

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