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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

1st Sunday of Advent

Bulletin Reflection

It’s Time

 By Alice Camille

             Does time mean anything? Think about the difference between Monday and Friday: Apart from the significance we 1st Sunday of  Adventassign them as the traditional beginning and end of the work-week, is there an inherent “Monday-ness” or “Friday-ness” which are unique to those days? Is 2 o’clock really distinguishable from 3 o’clock? Does it matter to your cat whether it’s November or December? Is there such a thing as 2012, and if you stopped looking at a calendar, would you know instinctively that it’s 2013 in only a few weeks? Why do we have a thing we call time at all, and why take such care to measure it out in seconds and centuries and millennia and everything in between?
Of course weather is a huge factor in the meaning of time. Because weather changes, the environment changes, and the survival of all life-forms depends on those shifts, subtle or dramatic. Seasons most definitely matter, to farmers and everyone who likes to eat. But Mondays and Fridays, or 9 to 5, only mean what they mean if you have the kind of traditional job that fits inside that industrial box. Fewer of us do every year.
In the same way, Sunday is significantly distinct from Saturday only if you’re a churchgoing Christian—or vice versa if you’re Jewish. Day and night have peculiar textures for purely practical reasons: Until the invention of electricity, much activity stopped when the sun went down and darkness reigned. But in today’s cities where the night is ablaze with lights, the transition into night can be vague or even irrelevant. Ever spend time in a casino, where there are no windows? Time becomes seamless in such an environment.
Time is not simply an external event. The aging of our bodies tells time for us, too. We know our time is not unlimited: 70 years, or 90 for the strong, as Psalm 90 says. And that’s under optimum conditions, which for some of us will not apply. What all of this reminds us is that time is very real in some ways and yet a human construct in others. We ourselves put the “mortal” in mortality.
The meaning of time is most apparent in that we don’t have a lot of it. So we assign great significance to birthdays and anniversaries and annual events that record for us the passage of years. That is a bit of cheerleading on our part: “Hooray, we’re all still here!” It’s also a built-in opportunity to reflect: Make a wish for the future and blow out the candles. Consider the past year and leave an empty chair for those who won’t be joining you at the feast this time. Count the blessings and mourn the losses. A new church year begins. What does it mean, and what can it mean to tell our story of faith again?

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2011)

http://www.preparetheword.com

Announcements

Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion – schedules The new schedules and lists for Lectors and Ministers of Holy Communion are now available in the Sacristy. The schedules cover the period from December 1/2 (1st Sunday of Advent) to February 9/10, 2013 (5th 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

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 8, 2012 at 10:00AM in the upper room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

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

The gift that keeps giving: FacetoFace Ministries United

Conference:  Looking for Christmas present ideas? For only $30 to $50 you can send a friend or family member to the FacetoFace United Conference! FacetoFace Ministries is inviting people to register today.  The conference will be held on February 16 & 17 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall for all youth (grade 9 through 12) and adults of all ages.  The purpose of the United Conference is to unite, support, and challenge youth and adults in striving for holiness.  The conference includes meeting likeminded people, incredible fun, solid Catholic teaching, Eucharistic Adoration, and much more.  Registration forms and more information can be found online at http://www.f2f.ca or contact Jon Courchene at 306-381-7789; jon.courchene@f2f.ca

Stewardship Corner:  December 9, 2012 – Second Sunday of Advent  Advent is a season of waiting and readying our hearts and minds; preparing the way of the Lord as we wait for the Salvation of God.  How do we prepare?  We offer Him ourselves in gratitude thereby announcing His greatness.  We choose to live and serve in a way that proclaims to the world that Christ Jesus is Lord and Savior.

Saint Kateri T-Shirts for Sale:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish has a limited number of St. Kateri t-shirts for sale at $10.00 each. These are the beautiful t-shirts that we had made for our celebration of the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha – our first Aboriginal saint. T-shirts will be sold on a first come basis. Sizes range from adult small to extra large. They are white with black and red lettering. A perfect Christmas gift! Call 653-4945 or stop by the parish office – 426 Ave J South. T-shirts are sure to sell fast—so don’t hesitate to get yours today!

55th Annual Knights of Columbus Carol Festival 2012:  “Faith, Commitment, and Joy”:  Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6 – TCU Place 7:30 p.m. – Rush Seating Only. Tickets available at participating schools and at TCU Place  www.tcutickets.com  – Adults $10 / Children 5-14 years $2 / Under 5 years Free.  More information at www.gscs.sk.ca/arts

CWL News

CWL Christmas Tea & Bake Sale  Saturday, Dec. 8th – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. admission $3.00.  Please share some of your favorite baking towards the bake table  (squares, cookies, buns, etc. etc.)  Baking can be dropped off on Friday December 7 after 7:00pm or on Saturday December 8 in the morning.  A suitable item or monetary donation towards the Raffle Table would be greatly appreciated, items may be brought to the parish office by Dec. 1st.  If you are bringing items for the “grab bag” table, please ensure that they are wrapped and valued at $1.00 or more.  Grab bag items can be dropped off at the same time as your baking.  Thank You!

Annual CWL Christmas Party  – Tuesday, December 11th – 6:00 p.m.  Catered supper and entertainment – Cost – $15.00 @ person – Advance tickets ONLY.    Tickets will be sold at the back of the church weekend of Dec. 2nd.

CWL UPDATE:  Membership fees  are due December 31st.  PLEASE place your fee( $22.00) in an envelope marked CWL and place in the Sunday collection.

PLEASE NOTE:  CWL MEETINGS will not be held during the months of December and January.

Youth Ministry

Youth ministry is all about relationships, the relationships we have with each other, especially the relationships we have with those brought together through Christ.  It is amazing how our relationships, here at St. Mary’s, right here in Pleasant Hill, invites families from the South, Aboriginal families, Asian families, Caucasian families, African families, Hispanic families and so many others  to share life and grow as Christian Community.  We are all growing together and preparing life together, our relationships with each other and our relationship with Christ is only growing stronger.  Growth does not just happen, it takes work and time.  For growth to come into our lives we need to be open and receptive to something, we need to be ready to trust and a live with a great desire for relationships.

The season of Advent is all about our relationship with Christmas.  We need to get prepared.  Lent is given to us to prepare for Easter while Advent is given to us to prepare for Christmas.  We don’t get prepared alone, we prepare as community.  We prepare to welcome Christ as brothers and sisters welcome new life into their homes.

I will never forget when new life came to my home.  My sister came to us and Joy filled our lives.  Advent is given to us so that when Jesus is born, His Joy will fill our lives.  We all need someone, we all need Jesus and Advent allows us to be ready to welcome him.  Advent invites us to put Christ first!  Work, government, and education all matter.  Family, friends, and relatives also matter, but nothing matters more than LOVE, and how we receive that love from Christ and then in turn offer it to others really matters.  These Advent Days have to really matter!

1st Sunday of  Advent2Ministry 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.

CHRISTMAS  SCHEDULE ST. MARY’S CHRUCH 2012

Wednesday December 12 (Parish Penitential Service)                     7:00pm

Monday December 24 (Christmas Eve)                                     Mass at 9:00am

7:00pm

Midnight

Tuesday December 25 (Christmas Day)                         Mass at 10:00am only

Wednesday December 26 (Boxing Day)                                     Mass at 9:00am

7:15pm

Monday  December 31 (New Year’s Eve)                                   Mass at 9:00am

7:00pm

Tuesday January 1 (New Year’s Day)                                    Mass at 10:00am only

Mass Intentions

Monday, December 3               9:00 a.m                       †Bibiana & Jose Barut

Tuesday, December 4               9:00a.m.                       †Natalie Melo

Wednesday, December 5         9:00a.m.                       †Franesco Eufemia

7:15p.m.                       †Ken Gruza

Thursday, December6              9:00 a.m                       †Emmanuel Beauchamp

Friday, December 7                  9:00 a.m                       †Camile & Emily Demeester & Family

Saturday, December 8              9:00 a.m                       Steve & Fern Pisio

7:00 p.m                       †Jaromir Zalesak

Sunday, December 9                9:00a.m.                       †Reg Hatchen

11:00a.m.                     For the Parish

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