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

    Phone: 306 244 2983
    Fax: 306 242 6461

  • 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
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2nd Sunday in Advent

Bulletin Reflection

Comfort My People

The prophet Isaiah, in the reading for the first Sunday of Advent, raised his eyes to God and prayed, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence”. Isaiah waited in hope and prayed in a land that no longer called upon the name of God. Today we hear God’s answer to Isaiah’s plea. The God of the covenant, the God who brought Israel out of slavery now calls out to the people in exile. The message of God is this, “Comfort, O comfort my people, speak tenderly to them and tell them that their debt is paid.”

There are different kinds of comfort. There are the simple pleasures that make life enjoyable like good food that reminds you of home, warm snuggly clothes on a cold winter day, the arms of a good friend giving you a hug. But this is not the comfort that God offers. The comfort of which Isaiah speaks is of a different kind. It evokes more serious images of consolation in the midst of difficult circumstances over which we have no control; like hearing your child’s voice on the phone telling you that they are alright when you have been worried about their late arrival, or hearing the doctor say that your test results show that nothing is wrong or of having someone you love hold your hand when there is nothing that words can do to make the hurt go away.

We sometimes have to face our own personal exiles, times when we feel alone and without hope. Often we feel that we have to get through the tough parts of life all by ourselves; to be strong in the face of adversity. The words of Isaiah are meant to remind us that we are not alone in our struggles, that God is always present to those who have faith.

As we continue our journey toward Christmas, we are reminded by a voice in the wilderness, John the Baptist, that God’s comfort took the form of a human being. Jesus came to be with us, and like us, to share the words of God’s comfort, the “Good News” of God’s great love for all creation; that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.

Fr. Jon


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, December 10 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

 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.

Bethlehem Catholic High School Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.  December 7th, 8th, and 9th; box office opens at 6:30, doors open at 7:00, show begins at 7:30.  (Rush seating.)  Adults $8, Students $5, children under 6 free.  For more information or to reserve tickets in advance, please call 659-7900.

 Harp to Heart–a L’Arche Saskatoon benefit concert by classical harpist, Martha Cowie: Friday, December 9th at 7:00 pm. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 10 Grosvenor Cres. (first block south of Taylor St.), Saskatoon. Tickets at the door: adults: $15, students: $10, children 12 and under: $5. For a concert poster or information about L’Arche Saskatoon, contact Wyndham at 262-7243, or go to: http://larchesaskatoon.org/.  ~ L’Arche — Changing the world, one heart at a time!

St. George’s Senior Residence (201 Ave M South) is accepting applications for Bachelor, 1 bed suite and 2 bed suite. Presently a 1 bed suite is available. Call Bernie at 934-6555.

 CHRISTMAS CAKES AND CARDS  Campaign Life Coalition Sask. is selling Christmas fruitcakes and Christmas cards.  The regular bar cake (680 grams) sells for $16 and is filled with choice finest fruits soaked in brandy, pecans and creamery butter.  The round cake (900 grams) sells for $23 (limited supply).  The Christmas cards come 10 in a package and sell for $8 a package or 3 for $20.  The cards all have a scriptural verse and are a totally new assortment.  To order, please call Denise at 249-2764.  Thank you for your support of pro-life.

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

 A big thank you to those who helped with cleaning the church.  We had a record number of people out to help, 17 people including five men and five parishioners from Guadalupe Parish.

CWL Christmas party will be held on Tuesday December 6th at 6:00pm at the parish hall.  The Christmas supper will be catered.  The cost will be $15.00 per person.  All CWL members and Knights of Columbus members and guests are invited to attend.  Tickets are available at the rectory until December 1.  There will be no tickets sold at the door.

Home Ministry of Care

The tinsel, the jingle bells, the carols and the hustle and bustle that the Christmas season brings do not help the lonely, the depressed, the bereaved, or the homebound feel festive.  Instead, this can be a very difficult time for many.

Christmas is a season of love and giving.  We encourage everyone to take time from your busy schedule and reach out to someone with a visit, a card or a phone call.  To be remembered in this special way helps to bring the message that “God is with us!”

 Youth Ministry

VIP & prayerful waiting are the 2 keys from last weekend’s workshop title CATHSASK, a simple introduction for Youth Ministers in Saskatoon and area.  The next few lines will outline how all of us are VIP’s and together we can all continue to make St. Mary’s a very enthusiastic and life-giving place to share our faith

Volunteer…We are all called to volunteer our time talents and treasures.  The Knights of Columbus do it, the Catholic Women’s League does it, we can all do it, we can all give a little and share what we have received.  Christ has given to us and so we all need to give to others.  Emmanuel is always with us, we need to tell each other that by what we say and by what we do.

Important & Intentional…Every single one of us, made in the image and likeness of God matters, we are all important and we all have a reason to be – let’s share that reason with each other – Christ is always with us – shouldn’t we always be for each other?

Programming….Each one of us shares in the great Program that Christ has given to us and so as recipients in what Christ gives to us we need to give to each.  The Diocese gives to us and teaches us how we can give to each other.

We are all VIPs!!!!

Mass Intentions

Monday, December 5  9:00a.m.  †Alex Dekovic

Tuesday, December 6  9:00a.m.  Stan & Jenny Delainey

Wednesday, December 7  9:00a.m.  †Rod Muth

7:15p.m.  †Elisio Cabading

Thursday, December 1  9:00 a.m  †Joe Moreira & †Natalie Melo

Friday, December 2  9:00a.m.  Souls in Purgatory

Saturday, December 3  9:00a.m.  Michael Prystupa

7:00p.m.  †Michele Giannotta

Sunday, December 4  9:00a.m.  †Laurent Briere

11:00a.m.  For the Parish