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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
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    Monday to Friday
    8:30am to 12 Noon
    12:30pm to 4:00pm
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3rd Sunday in Advent

Bulletin Reflection

Even The Desert Will Bloom

By Alice Camille

 I learned one valuable liturgical lesson living in the southern California desert for nine years: Deserts do bloom! It’s not 3rd Sunday in Adventa miracle but a fact of nature. A desert is geologically defined as a place that is very short on water, so some years spring comes and there is no bloom. You have to wait for the flowers. You have to be patient. You have to believe in the colors and soft textures that seem impossible to produce out of brown sticks and sand.

But when there’s enough water, maybe in two years or three, the desert will bloom. Cactuses, shrubs, trees of many arid varieties will summon up purples, pinks, yellows, golds, and scarlets you can hardly imagine. Soft, gentle petals out of prickly, uninviting places! With only a little water, and a lot of patience, a barren land becomes a riot of beauty.

The same is true of every human heart. We’ve all been hurt. Some of us carry deep wounds and scars that the people sitting next to us do not suspect. Some of us wait long years for love, for something to relieve the pain and loneliness and barrenness of time. We may wait through seasons of boredom, purposelessness, illness, recuperation from some terrible loss or difficult betrayal. We wait through times of anxiety. We drift. We rage. We feel nothing at all. And nothing blooms in us during these lost seasons. It’s as if we’re sleepwalking through our lives and not really living them.

I’ve had seasons like that—I had a decade like that once! The desert was inside me, swallowing up hope as months passed and nothing on the landscape changed. It’s hard to believe in the blooming time when you don’t seem to give or receive love; when kind words are not heard, tender touch is not felt, and soft eyes are never turned your way. The desert may seem stagnant, but it isn’t. It continues to encroach and engulf all terrain along its borders, battling even the towns with wind and sand, trying to claim more territory. The inner desert threatens faith, hope, and love. It tells you to stop waiting, nothing is coming, no one is listening.

John the Baptist, a man of the wilderness, understood the desert very well, so he came bearing the gift of water and watched as desert people all around him burst into bloom. Jesus praises John for being a prophet, for seeing what the rest of us might have missed. Then Jesus astounds us by saying we can see farther than John if we accept his invitation to see with Kingdom eyes. From the Kingdom perspective, we’ll perceive the bloom hiding in every desert and rejoice as we await its bursting through.

Reprinted with permission

Prepare the Word (©2013)


Bulletin Announcements

THE MONASTERY—AN ADVENT RETREAT FOR WOMEN will continue every Sunday until December 15 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  This retreat will include viewing of a DVD, time for prayer, and Lectio Divina meditations.

 ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE:  Please join us on Wednesday, December 18 at 7pm for our Advent reconciliation service. This opportunity to renew our hearts in God’s grace and forgiveness is an excellent preparation for Christmas.

 GUEST REDEMPTORIST FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON:  As has been our custom for the past few years, the Redemptorists are once again volunteering to help in small communities that don’t ordinarily have a priest for Christmas. Fr. Steve will be helping Deacon Bob and Joan Williston in Fox Valley and Leader while Fr. Jon will be heading north to the aboriginal community of Black Lake, SK. Fr. Jack Kingsbury, the co-ordinator for the North American Conference of Redemptorists, will be coming to Saskatoon during that time to give Fr. Mick and Fr. Ciro a hand.  Fr. Jack is very much looking forward to his visit to Saskatoon, please make him feel welcome.

Thanks to all members of the PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY who meet every Tuesday afternoon sharing their gifts of friendship, prayer, knitting and crocheting.  Last Tuesday at their Christmas luncheon Diane Anderson, diocesan Restorative Ministry coordinator, received 50 pairs of mitts, 41 toques, 41 pairs of slippers, and 24 rosaries.  Thank you ladies for all of your hard work.  Prayer Shawl Ministry is taking a well deserved break and will start again on January 14, 2014.

 GRATITUDE—THANK YOU:  As you know, to bring off an event it takes many giving hands of service.  The children of our parish have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on December 14, 2013.  Thank you to Fr. Jon and our Parish Priests;  to our dedicated CWL, Molly Garchinski and her teams;  to our Knights of Columbus, Counsel 9538;  to our office team;  to Brendan, our caretaker;  to the music team, Valerie and Christine, and to all you, our supportive parishioners who prayed for the children during their preparations.  Last but not least, to the children’s parents, families and friends for you dedication, commitment and example in preparing them.  Not one of us is as great as all of us.  Deeply grateful, Eileen Provost, program coordinator.

Natural Family Planning with the Creighton Model System: My name is Elizabeth Roth, and I am a Fertility Care Practitioner.  I am currently taking any new clients interested in learning more about this method of Natural Family Planning.  It is a great system that allows you to learn more about your fertility and overall genealogical health.  My job is to teach and support you in any situation you are in, whether you are engaged, married, struggling with a miscarriage, postpartum, single, or even in the religious life!  You can contact me via email at: stilwell.e@gmail.com or by phone at:  306-717-4502. You can also check out my Facebook page at: Naturally Yours Fertility Services.

 MITTEN TREE:  Please drop off your donation of warm and woolies for this year’s mitten tree by the start of the December 19th’s morning Mass.  If you are unable to make it to any of the morning Masses before the 19th, please drop off your donations at the parish office during office hours.

 Home Ministry of Care

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village.  Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

Mark 6:7

Update with Covenant of Care:  We have been advertising in the bulletin for some time now that we have come to a new manner of doing things in Ministry of Care.  The diocese of Saskatoon has asked that at least two adults are to be present for any pastoral care outreach in private homes.  This doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go out by twos but it does mean that if we are going to see a vulnerable person in a private residence we need to try to have at least one other person present.  This can be an attendant, a family member to the person receiving, or it may be we always go visiting as a dynamic duo.  This includes rest rooms, dressing facilities, or other closed rooms or areas, or rides in private vehicles. It does not include visits in a hospital, care home, or any other public setting.

Many of our volunteers are already doing this because it is easier when we have back up.  We need to take care of each other and this gives us an opportunity to do just that.  It’s a safer sharing of the tasks at hand although it will make for more work in the planning of the caretaking.  At this point I’m only asking that we all consider this prayerfully, with trust, and an open mind.  Please pray on it.  I will be sending out more information in following weeks and I look forward to hearing from you, my dedicated volunteers, with any of your concerns.

Carrie Witzel

Ministry of Care Co-ordinator

 3rd Sunday in Advent2Youth Ministry

Third week of Advent – JOY

 Advent anticipation leads to Christmas joy and excitement! This week the pink candle on the Advent wreath is lit!  Christ’s birth is almost upon us and we need to celebrate.

  • Rejoice for the Lord is good and his love is everlasting.
  • We can use these Advent days to take time and rejoice for the Lord is the giver, of all that is good.  The Lord’s creation is beautiful to behold.
  • The Lord is the Creator of life and nature, He is the source of love and Goodness.
  • May we always recognize the great blessings the Lord provides,

and may we be a people who is invited to rejoice in the Lord.

The Knights of Columbus of Our Mother of Perpetual help Council (St. Mary`s parish) keeps the great reminder before our eyes – KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS! (ask a Knight about a magnet.)

We all need to keep praying for each other.  High school students call out for prayer as the semester nears an end.  Let’s pray for Peace and Safety!

 2013 Christmas Mass Schedule

Wednesday December 18 (Parish Penitential Service)  7:00pm

Tuesday December 24 (Christmas Eve)  Mass at 9:00am, 7:00pm and Midnight

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

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

Tuesday December 31 (New Year’s Eve)  Mass at 9:00am and 7:00pm

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

 Mass Intentions

Monday, December 16  9:00 a.m  †Jose Antonio Sousa

Tuesday, December 17  9:00a.m.  †Elaine Boyle

Wednesday, December 18  9:00a.m.  †Eliseo Cabading

7:15p.m.  Reconciliation Serivce

Thursday, December19  9:00 a.m  †Lynn Quinn & †Lorne Shirley

Friday, December 20  9:00 a.m  †Peter & †Mary Selsky

Saturday, December 21  9:00 a.m  †Maria Fontes Andrade

7:00 p.m  †Pasquale Santomauro

Sunday, December 22  9:00a.m.  †Joe Bairos and Family

11:00a.m.  For the Parish