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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 14, 2018

Reading I                             1 Samuel 3.3b-10, 19

Responsorial Psalm:             Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.

Reading II                            1 Corinthians 6.13c-15a, 17-20

Gospel:                                Luke 1.35-42

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          Dec 23:              $400.00                                   Attendance:     28

          Dec. 24:             $1,142.55                                            106

          Dec. 30:             $303.00                                                           23

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Dec. 24:             $627.60                                   Attendance:     71

          Dec. 25              $2,068.25                                            31

          Dec. 31:             $766.35                                                           66

          Jan. 1:                $277.00                                                           25

          Jan. 9:                $1,113.77                                            77

         

 

CLOSURE OF ST. COLUMBAN MISSION DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2018

Following a recent consultation with the parishioners of St. Columban Mission, it was decided that the church would be closed again this January in order to save on heating costs.  The last mass of 2017 was held on December 30th and the first mass of 2018 will be held on February 3rd.

 

 

Fri. Jan. 12                    9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sun. Jan. 14                   11:00AM:          (St. Aloysius) For Lynne Schryburt by The Gatineau

                                                                Friendship Club

Wed. Jan. 17                 9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Jan. 19                    9:00 AM:          For the deceased members of the MacMillan family by

                                                                Gord and Louise MacMillan

Sun. Jan. 21                   11:00AM:          (St. Aloysius) For Roger Gauthier by Shannon Lortie

                                                                Anniversary Mass for Edna Branden by

                                                                Diane and Dan Ford

 

The Christian Vocation

Today readings speak of Divine vocation. Each of us is called by God to be a witness for Christ by doing something for others with our unique gifts and blessings. They, therefore, remind us of our personal and corporate call to become witnesses for Jesus, the Lamb of God, by leading lives of holiness and purity.  The first reading describes the call of Samuel. It tells us how Yahweh called Samuel to His service and how the boy Samuel responded to Him, saying, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”  Samuel was called to communicate the will of God to the people as they were going through a difficult and uneasy period. God blessed him in the mission entrusted to him, and Samuel became an illustrious figure, ranking with Moses and David as a man of God. The Responsorial Psalm (Ps 40), says, “Here am I Lord, I come to do Your will,” indicating that our vocation is to obey, to do what God commands us to do. In the second reading, St. Paul explains to the Corinthians that their Divine call is a call to holiness. They, thus, need to keep their bodies pure and souls holy because by Baptism they have become parts of Christ’s Body and the temples of the Holy Spirit. Sexual corruption, according to St Paul therefore, is totally incompatible with the life of the baptized because they are now united to Christ and are one with Him. The thoughts, words and actions of the call (baptized) have to be those of Christ.

The Gospel of Today describes the meeting that every person is invited to have with Christ. Christ has the message of eternal life and many can meet Him only if someone tells them about Him. In it, John the Baptist claims that his vocation is to introduce Jesus to two of his disciples as the “Lamb of God,” an expression that recalls the Paschal Lamb, whose blood was smeared on the doorposts of the Jews to save them from death (Ex 12:13). The expression also suggests Jesus’ vocation to become a sacrificial lamb to atone for our sins. Every time we celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus is presented to us with the words of the Baptist “Behold, the Lamb of God.’’ The disciples followed Jesus to his residence, accepting his invitation to “come and see.”  They stayed with him that day. They called Him “Rabbi” which means ‘master,’ or ‘teacher.’ Then Andrew brought his brother Simon to Jesus, introducing Jesus to him as the Messiah.

This Gospel describing the call or vocation of the first apostles challenges us to invite others to Christ by our Christian witnessing. Our Christian vocation is to live and die like the Lamb of God.  We do that by leading pure, innocent, humble, selfless lives, obeying Christ’s commandment of love; by appreciating the loving providence and protecting care of the Good Shepherd in his Church; by partaking of the Body and Blood of the Good Shepherd in the Holy Eucharist and deriving spiritual strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the Sacraments. We are called to die like the Lamb of God by sharing sacrificially our blessings of health, wealth and talents with others in the family, parish and community; by bearing witness to Christ in our illness, pain and suffering through our graceful acceptance of all of it; by offering our sufferings for God’s glory, as penance for our sins and for the conversion of sinners. Bearing witness to the Lamb of God requires a personal experience of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. We get this personal of experience of Jesus in our daily lives through the meditative reading and study of the Bible, through personal and family prayers and through our active participation in the Eucharistic celebration. Once we have experienced the personal presence of Jesus in our daily lives, we will start sharing with others the Good News of love, peace, justice, tolerance, mercy and forgiveness preached and lived by Jesus. This is what John the Baptist did. It is what Andrew did. Philip (Jn. 1: 45-51) and the rest of the Apostles also did that. We are all called to do the same. Happy Sunday  

 

A special thank you to all who participated in the fund raising for our needy families this Christmas Season.  Because of your generosity we were able to give each of our families a bit extra on their food vouchers with the hampers.  Thanks to your response, we felt it easier to give 22 families, with 45 children the assistance to make their Christmas more enjoyable.  We particularly want to thank the School Children and Staff; The Canadian Legion, to our anonymous donors and you our Parishioners for your generous response.  Thanks, also, to all those who helped make up the hampers and deliver a few.   Nancy Grenier, Chairman.

BIRTHDAYS IN JANUARY

Alice Burich    - 19th                                                                  Paulette Pearce – 26th

John Cook       - 20th                                            Adèle Larouche – 27th

Georgina Robert – 25th                                        Mary Daly – 31st

 

 

HELP NEEDED FOR Sacristans, to open up and set up at Sunday Masses, approx. once a month.  For more information speak to Julie McCann or call the office.

ENVELOPES – FOR TAX PURPOSES

            If you are interested in having collections envelopes for either parish, please contact the office or one of your Wardens.  Envelopes are a convenient way to make your contribution to support your church and at the same time receive an Income tax receipt.  Receipts are issued at the end of the year in time for your tax return.