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Christ the King Sunday

A Pastoral Letter on the Liturgy

Bishop Don Bolen

Diocese of Saskatoon

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

On November 27th, the first Sunday of Advent, along with English speaking (Latin Rite) Catholics the world over, we will begin using a new English translation of the Roman Missal.  We will also implement the changes called forth in the new General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM). Your Pastors and Parish Life Directors will lead you through this transition, but as they do so, I want to send this brief message to you.

The Eucharist is at the heart of our Christian lives.  As the new GIRM states, “all the activities of the Christian life… are bound up with it, flow from it, and are ordered to it” (§16).  We are beginning the season of Advent, a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God Incarnate who comes to dwell among us.  It is in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus that God ultimately redeems us, reveals to us His Face, and summons us into the very life of the Triune God.  Just as in the Incarnation Christ draws near to us, so too in the Eucharist the Lord continues to come to where we are, to invite us into life with God.  In the Mass, we are drawn into the paschal mystery, the saving death and resurrection of Christ, and we receive what we are called to become, the body of Christ.  The Eucharist instructs and refreshes us, so that we might learn to offer our very selves, as faithful disciples of the One who gave himself that we might have life (cf. GIRM §§28, 95).

In recounting the events of the Last Supper, St. Paul tells us he is passing on to us what he himself received (1 Cor. 11:23).  Likewise, the new Missal is seeking to pass on the faith in its integrity, to pass on to next generations that which we have received (cf. GIRM, §397).  While there will be many changes which come with the new Missal – changes in the wording of prayers, in the responses of the congregation, in the sung parts of the Mass, and in posture – what we are doing in celebrating the Mass has not changed, nor has the basic structure and content of the Eucharist changed.  As Church, we continue to pass on that which we have received from the Lord.

Yet most changes present difficulties and challenges, especially when they pertain to that which is most dear to us.  So this period of transition is going to require effort, patience, and a willingness to work together, in order to maintain our unity in the Spirit.  But this period of transition also offers an opportunity for enrichment and deeper understanding of the treasure we have in the Eucharist.  The new GIRM states:  “The Bishop should therefore be determined that the Priests, the Deacons, and the lay Christian faithful grasp ever more deeply the genuine significance of the rites and liturgical texts, and thereby be led to the active and fruitful celebration of the Eucharist” (§22).

I would like to highlight briefly some aspects of the new Instruction, to supplement what you will receive from the leadership in your parishes.

¨               Faithful to the liturgical renewal brought about by the Second Vatican Council, the new GIRM notes that each Eucharist is to be celebrated “in such a way that it leads to a conscious, active, and full participation of the faithful, namely in body and in mind, a participation fervent with faith, hope, and charity” (§18; cf. §5).

¨               We are invited to strive for “the greatest reverence and adoration” in our Eucharistic celebrations (§3).  In several places, the GIRM stresses that our liturgies should be characterized by beauty, dignity, and a ‘noble simplicity’.

¨               A heightened attentiveness to the Word of God is called for, since “in the readings, as explained by the Homily, God speaks to his people, opening up to them the mystery of redemption and salvation, and offering spiritual nourishment (§55; cf. §29).

¨               We are invited into a deep reverence during the Eucharistic Prayer, which “is the highpoint of the whole celebration” of the Mass (§30).  All of life “is sanctified by the divine grace that flows from the Paschal Mystery” (§368), hence we are to celebrate the Eucharist in such a way that we are drawn deeply into the life-giving and saving mystery.

¨               As changes in gesture and posture are introduced, we are invited into a deeper understanding of how each movement and posture expresses something of our relationship with God.  “The gestures and bodily posture of both the Priest, the Deacon, and the ministers, and also of the people, must be conducive to making the entire celebration resplendent with beauty and noble simplicity, to making clear the true and full meaning of its different parts, and to fostering the participation of all”  (§42).

¨               The GIRM calls for brief periods of silence (in the penitential rite, after each invitation to pray, after the readings and homily, and after communion) in order to foster an inner quiet and prayerfulness in our celebration of the Eucharist.

¨               Finally, while there is room for great diversity in the Church, the GIRM stresses that we are united under one God, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, our liturgies are to reflect that unity.  Gathered for the Eucharist, the faithful “are to form one body, whether in hearing the Word of God, or in taking part in the prayers and in the singing, or above all by the common offering of the Sacrifice and by participating together at the Lord’s table. This unity is beautifully apparent from the gestures and bodily postures observed together by the faithful.” (§96).  To the extent that it is possible, therefore, we are invited to be united – in the Spirit, and in our words, gestures and posture – as we begin using the new Missal and implementing the new GIRM.

In closing, I want to express my confidence and trust in the Priests and Parish Life Directors of the Diocese, who will explain the changes to you in greater detail, and (with the help of pew cards and other resources) assist your communities in this period of transition.  I ask your patience and cooperation in this whole process, and encourage you to see it as an invitation and opportunity to ponder and understand more deeply the rich treasure which we have been given in the Eucharist.

Yours in Christ,

Donald Bolen

Bishop of Saskatoon

 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 have begun the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). If you know someone who is interested in becoming a Catholic, encourage them to call the parish office(244-2983).

Called to the Single Life gatherings have started and will be held twice a month at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, upcoming dates include 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.

 PEANUT BUTTER SUNDAY The registration for Christmas Hampers is well underway. The Christmas Hamper committee again invites all parishioners to donate a jar of Peanut Butter to be included in this year’s Christmas Hampers. Please bring your Peanut Butter donations to any Mass next weekend (November 26/27). Thank you for your compassion and generosity to those who are less fortunate than we are.

 SUNDAY MISSALS are 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 there are only a few copies left. Cost is $5.00 each.

CHURCH CLEANING  To prepare our church for the Christmas season, we will have a cleaning bee on Monday, November 28 following the morning Mass.  We will be finished before noon.

 Donations of rosaries are being requested by Restorative Justice to present to inmates as part of the prison outreach.  Our Prayer Shawl Team will be presenting the Coordinator of Prison Ministry with various articles for this cause on December 13.  If you have any rosaries you can donate please place them into the collection basket before December 11 and we will include them with our other presentation.

 SUNDAY MISSALS:  It has been brought to our attention that a small number of the 2012 Sunday Missals are missing pages 48—96.  If you happened to received one of the defective missals, please return them to the parish office and we will replace it.

 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.

 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.

ST GEORGES SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB (1235 20th Street West) will be hosting their Christmas Supper on Wednesday December 7th.  Doors open at 4:30pm with cocktails starting at 5:00pm.  The cost of this event is $15.00/person by advanced tickets only.  The last day to purchase tickets is December 1st.  To purchase tickets please contact Natalie at 382-0443.

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

 FEEL: FAMILIES EXPERIENCING EXCEPTIONAL LOSS:  Are you grieving the loss of a family member with a disability who has died?  Do you feel that your loss is unique?  FEEL understands.  FEEL is a support group for bereaved survivors of people with disabilities to ensure they do not stand alone or feel isolated.  If you or someone you know wants to contact FEEL, call the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living or Sr. Carol at the St. John Bosco Parish Office 652-1045.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church (1405 – 31st Street West) is holding their annual NATIVITY DISPLAY OPEN HOUSE on Saturday December 3rd from 10 am – 3 pm  We displayed over 100 last year so COME!! Bring your friends!  Enjoy the Displays, Live Entertainment and Goodies! We also invite you to display your favourite Nativity Scene or Christmas Globes (especially ones with angels or biblical scenes) with ours.  We would love to display them as well. To make arrangements for your display please contact Donna (Church Office) 382-0544.

 LECTORS AND MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION:  The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from November 26/27 (1st Sunday of Advent) to February 18/19, 2012 (7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – last Sunday before Ash Wednesday). Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are reminded to please contact another minister to take your place if you are unable to attend the assigned Mass.   All Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion, except those who have received the schedules by email, are asked to pick up the  new schedules as soon as possible from the Sacristy after Mass. A special thanks to the new Lectors. Your willingness to serve in these important liturgical ministries is very much appreciated.

Youth Ministry

As Ordinary Time Comes to an End

November is moving along and soon it will be Advent.  Advent is a time of expectation and longing. Advent is a time of hoping and waiting for all that will come our way.  It is a time of darkness giving way to Christ’s light which burns for all of us.  Over the final weeks of Ordinary Time we have been invited to keep awake for we know neither the day or the hour when the Lord will come.  We don’t know when the Lord will return into our midst but we do know that we need to be ready for when that day comes.

We prepare our hearts to meet the Lord through acts of prayer and putting our neighbour first.  The Lord asks many things of us and we need to be ready.  The Redemptorist Web Page – ‘Plug Into Christ.ca’ gives us more tools to ready our lives to reap a plentiful harvest and greet the Lord.  Over the next weeks and months this space will remind us of how we can learn about the harvest we are called to reap for the Lord.

Information for events like SERVE, Come and See Weekends and information about the Canadian Youth Ministry Certificate program will be available here.  Ask one of the Redemptorists here at St. Mary’s how we can continue to reap a plentiful harvest.

 Home Ministry of Care

Attention volunteers who bring communion to the homebound:

Please check AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if those you visit wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or the Sacrament of the Sick during Advent.

Also, if you know of anyone who is homebound and not visited by a volunteer, please advise Iris by calling 244-2983.