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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Reflection

Preparation for the New Missal Part Two

Liturgy of the Word

 “Once upon a time” and “In the Beginning” may seem like the same kind of opening to a grand story but the word of God is meant to do far more then just stir the imagination like a fairy tale would. The Holy Scriptures are proclaimed as the living word of God. That means that they are not just meant to be heard with our ears but with our whole being; our minds, our hearts and our spirits.

  The book of the Gospels (we use our Lectionary) is part of the opening procession of the Mass. This is to assert its importance in what is about to take place. In fact, this is part of the Mass where we will spend the most time as we listen to the Word of God proclaimed and then reflect on the word broken open as the Priest interprets the readings in his homily. Interpreting means that they are described with story and image in a way that makes them relevant for us today, and that they not just remain interesting “fairytales” that happened a long time ago.

  The only change during the proclamation of the Word is in the greeting at the Gospel when the priest says “The Lord be with you.” As at the beginning of the mass the people’s response will be, “And with your spirit”.

  The response to God’s word is nothing less then an assent of our faith. We do this using one of two Creeds. These are essentially statements of belief which were developed by our ancestors in faith during various points in the history of the Church, usually in response to some kind of outside pressure forcing the faithful to clarify exactly what it was in which they believed. In Canada we have received permission to use the Apostle’s creed on a regular basis and this will continue.

  There are minor wording changes in both of the creeds but the one which may raise some eyebrows is that the Apostle’s creed now declares that Jesus descended into Hell where before it said he descended to the dead. While this new wording does adhere closer to the original Latin text, its meaning has not changed. We believe the love which Jesus poured out on the cross has no bounds even descending to the deepest darkest pits where light had never before shone.

  The Liturgy of the Word is concluded with the Prayers of the Faithful. In these we offer our prayers for our life on earth. We pray in descending order for; the world, the church, for local concerns, for the sick and for those who have died.

 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 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.

 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!

 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.  The topic for our meeting will be

 In just a few short weeks, our parish has raised approximately $22,000.00 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.

 PEANUT BUTTER SUNDAY Due to the increasing cost in peanuts and peanut products, the Christmas Hamper Committee is asking all parishioners to prayerfully consider purchasing a jar of peanut butter to be included in this year’s Christmas Hampers. Please bring your peanut butter donations to any Mass during the November 27/28 weekend. Thank you for your continuing compassion and generosity to the less fortunate families in our area.

 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.


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.

 SUNDAY MISSALS will be available for purchase. These handy resources contain the readings for each Sunday and some special feasts. Missals are intended to be used for home study, to read the readings before you come to church. The new missals begin with the new liturgical year, the first Sunday of Advent. They will be available for purchase during office hours at the rectory as well as after all the Masses the weekends of November 12/13 and November 19/20. Cost is $5.00 each.

 ST. GEORGES SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB (1235 20th Street West) will be hosting their Christmas Tea and Bake Sale on Saturday November 26th from 1:00 to 3:00pm.  Admission is $3.00.

 THANK YOU:  A special thank you to all parishioners who donated garden produce these past few months.  The fruits (or veggies) of your labour were most appreciated and enjoyed by the Redemptorists.

 A neighborhood man is looking for a good home for two Border Collie dogs (3 and 6 years old). If you have a farm or acreage and would like to give a home to these beautiful animals please call Dick at 979-4608

 Home Ministry of Care

Presenting a prayer shawl is one way we attempt to bring comfort and support to those who are ill and yearn for healing, those who face challenges, and those who are grieving.

 A group of ladies meet every Tuesday afternoon to create shawls and enjoy fellowship.  We always welcome new comers.

 We pray that the shawls we present bind us together in one community of love.

 PS.  If anyone has any yarn that you no longer have use for, we will gladly accept it and ut it to good use.


 Youth Ministry

November 18/19 – looks to be an exciting opportunity for the younger members of St. Mary’s…..

 Friday November 18 from 7:00 to 11:00 PM @ Holy Family parish the Youth have been invited to make a ‘Pot of Soup’ for the L’ Arche community of Saskatoon.  We are also invited to bring donations of food as well as donations of Baby Food, Tooth Brushes & Tooth paste.

 On Saturday November 19 at 10:30 AM the Altar servers are having a simple practise.  It will be for about an hour or so.  This Saturday practise is the perfect opportunity for new Altar Servers to learn about this great ministry.

 Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish have challenged the youth/altar servers of St. Mary’s to a volleyball game.  This sounds really exciting – talk to Fr. Steve for more details.