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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

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Bulletin Reflection

It’s Time for a Fresh Start

 By Alice Camille

   There’s no intrinsic reason why a new year should be any different from an old one. While we’re conscious of having turned a page on a whole new calendar, New Year’s Day is really no more than just another sunrise. Still, we greet each new year with hope for the chance to be born again to new life and possibilities. We pray for a peaceful world. We anticipate new beginnings. We make resolutions to quit smoking, exercise more, eat better, make better decisions for ourselves and those we love. This could be the year we finally keep our promises.

If we look back at past years and former resolutions that began bravely and ended miserably, we might be discouraged. Starting over in a new town, we may wind up with the same old problems if we change only the outer circumstances and not the inner person. Newness of life is not achieved by rearranging the deck chairs while remaining aboard a ship bound for disaster. If we drink too much, we have to give up the booze, period. If we cheat, we have to come clean and go straight. If we’ve been tepid in our family life, we have to resolve to commit. If we’re morally lazy, we have to pledge to be ambitious for virtue. If we don’t pray, now’s the time to start. If we’re depressed or anxious, we should seek professional support and guidance. If our goals are fuzzy, we should seek spiritual direction and discernment. If we’re lonely, we can seek community in parish involvement, faith-sharing, or volunteer work.

Why today? Why not some other day? Precisely because we live in a human society that offers mutually established markers for the measurement of time and progress. Now is the time; now is always the time, if we understand anything about the magnificent present tense of the “I AM” God we worship. God blesses today because today is where we always find ourselves. Today is the most important day of our lives because it’s the day in which we live and move and have our being. Yesterday’s gone; tomorrow is no sure thing. Today is the only day in which you can make a difference.

So may the Lord bless us and keep us, shine the divine face on us, and be gracious to us this day and the coming year. And may Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the church, surround us with her nurturing love and guidance. We can follow her example, pondering our present circumstances in our hearts and seeking understanding of where we stand and where we might yet be led. Take time to determine today what needs changing and resolve to take that first step into a brave and blessed new future.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

Announcements

MITTEN TREE:  Many thanks to all who helped to “decorate” our mitten tree this year.  We were happy to deliver to St. Mary’s School 17 scarves, 3 toques, and 104 pairs of mittens!  Again, many thanks.

CWL:  The next CWL meeting will be held on February 1, 2012 following the 7:15pm Mass.  Please renew your CWL memberships as soon as possible.

K OF C BREAKFAST The next Knights of Columbus Breakfast will be held on Sunday January 8thfollowing the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Everyone is welcome!

 SODALITAS: Are you grieving and suffering the loss of a loved one?

Join us for SODALITAS; a safe caring group for reflecting and sharing for those who are experiencing grief.  Our next meeting is Saturday, January 14 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, January 7th, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

 FIRST COMMUNION PARENTS NIGHT:  Please note—the Parent/Guardian Meeting in preparation for First Eucharist and Confirmation will be held January 17th, 2012 in St. Mary’s upper hall at 7:00pm.  If you have any questions about this meeting please call Eileen Provost at 382-4821.  Your schedules will be sent out the first week of January 2012.

SUNDAY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES Are now available for pick up in the church.  If you do not see your name, or do not presently have a box and would like one, please print your name and address on the sign up sheets provided and we will issue you a set.

STEAK NIGHT:  The Knights of Columbus Council #1517 is hosting a steak night to be held Sunday, January 15th at St. Michael’s parish (to be held in St. Michael’s school gym) Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Supper at 5:30 p.m. Cost of ticket is $17.50 per person, children under 10 years of age $5.00. 50/50 draw; Silent Auction. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time (no reserved tickets) – either from members of the Knights of Columbus #1517 or through the parish office at 242-5150. Tickets are available after mass.

K C Charities Inc. presents its newest seniors residence – Columbian Place located at 1407 20th Street West.  Rental applications are now being accepted. Columbian Place offers affordable housing for seniors within a supportive community and is close to many amenities.  For more information or to receive an application form, please contact Cheryl Cole at 373-8160 (ext. 2).

 3rd Annual Western Canadian Divine Mercy Conference at St. Therese Institute  from Feb. 23/12 to Feb.26/12, The Little Way to Mercy, with guest speaker Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. Register at 369-2555 or at www.sttherese.ca

Theology of the Body study: Most people have heard the “whats” of Catholic teaching on sexuality, but very few have ever heard the “whys.” Come discover the teachings of Pope John Paul II on human love in the divine plan. Join us as we explore the “new sexual revolution” that is renewing marriages, awakening vocations, healing deep personal wounds, and setting people free to live the life of greatness for which they were created. This encounter is for all adults searching for their ultimate purpose in life. Each session will consist of a DVD presentation by Christopher West followed by small group discussion. This eight week study will run from Feb. 6 to April 2, 2011 and will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family on Monday nights from 8pm – 9:45pm. There will be no session on Feb. 20. Cost: $20 for purchase of study manuals. Please register by Jan. 18. Contact Diane Murza at 664-4779 or dmarchildon@hotmail.com.

 Youth Ministry

From the Youth Desk as 2012 Begins

Here are 6 gifts that we need to give and receive to make 2012 the best year ever……

1. We need to pay attention, both to ourselves and to each other. If we are mindful to the world around us, we have a greater chance of having stronger health.

2. We need to make sure that during 2012 our friends are close to our hearts.

3. 2012 gives all of us an opportunity to share gratitude.

4. 2012 also provides us the freedom to drop the grudges we might be holding

5. 2012 invites us to get off of the couch and move.

6. The most important part of 2012 is the new opportunity we all have to practice Kindness.

Home Ministry of Care

In ministry, each day is blessed with unexpected surprises that provide opportunities to be ever growing and developing.

When God calls us to ministry, we are given opportunities to be a blessing to others.  What greater joy can one have than the call to serve our Lord!

Happy & Blessed New Year to all!

 Mass Intentions

Monday, January 2  9:00 a.m  †Donald Lawrence

Tuesday, January 3  9:00 a.m  †Antonio Costa & †Manuel Soares

Wednesday, January 4    9:00 a.m  †Walter Stasiuk

7:15 p.m  †Louis Kolla

Thursday, January 5    9:00 a.m  †Agnes Kirzinger

Friday, January 6      9:00 a.m  †Emilia & Joao Moreira & Family

Saturday, January 7  9:00 a.m  Fabian Charles Maurice

7:00 p.m  †Michele Giannotta

Sunday, January 8  9:00 a.m  †Virginia Cabading

11:00 a.m  For the parish

 

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