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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 14/15, 2017

Reading I                             Isaiah 25.6-10a

Responsorial Psalm:             I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Reading II                            Philippians 4.12-14, 19-20

Gospel:                                Matthew 22.1-14


ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          Oct. 7:                $304.20                       Attendance:     26

         

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Oct. 8:                $810.75                       Attendance:     58

 

 

 

Fri. Oct. 13                    9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Oct. 14                    4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Lorraine Paiement by

                                                                Darlene Murphy

Sun. Oct. 15                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. Oct. 18                 9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Oct. 20                    9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Oct. 21                    4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) 18th Anniversary Mass for

                                                                Guy Cyr by The Family

Sun. Oct. 22                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

 

Invitation to A Banquet

Today we are being presented with the theme of Banquet in both the first reading and the Gospel. The banquet in the biblical terms is the symbol of the happiness and joy of the Messianic times. Whoever accepts God will experience the most profound and real joy. In the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah describes the Messianic banquet on the Lord’s mountain in the Holy City of Jerusalem, which God is preparing for His people. It is a great feast of “rich food and choice wines.” The enemy that has been defeated in the prophecy is Death. It is not just physical death but all that for humans is defeat and death; it includes a meaningless life, derision, failure, pain and sorrow, hunger, disease, marginalization. At the Messianic times, every “death” situation will be transformed. Whatever is “non-life” will be wiped out. There will be only cheerfulness and happiness for all. It will be a time of feast, the banquet of the kingdom. In the second reading, St. Paul advises the Philippians to put their trust in the power and goodness of a provident God, Who, in Jesus, has given His Church everything needed to enable His followers to participate in the Heavenly banquet.

 

The Gospel presents two parables, the parable of the wedding feast and that of the wedding garment. The king invites guests to the wedding feast of his son. With everything ready, the king sends his servants to inform the invitees but they refuse to come. The king is the figure of God. The first and second groups of servants stand for the prophets of the Old Testament up to John the Baptist and the first apostles. The invitees who refuse to come represent the chosen people of Israel. The original invitation speaks of God’s gracious call to His chosen people; the second shows the patience of God: even when all is ready, God still hopes there will be a change of heart. The consequence of the refusal is huge. The armies sent by the king represent the Roman armies which besieged and captured Jerusalem in AD 70. They demolished the Temple and burnt the city. The extension of the invitation to the high ways and byways represents the carrying of the Gospel to the Gentiles, after the chosen people have rejected it.

Despite the various symbols, the central image of the Gospel is that of a God who as a gracious host hopes that everyone will come to His banquet. The wedding garment, the condition for entering the banquet, is readiness, that is, conversion. “We need to keep wearing the wedding garment of holiness and righteousness, the state of grace, all the time and appreciate and make use of the provision for God’s graces in the Church: we received the “wedding garment” of sanctifying grace in Baptism, and we receive additional graces to retain it through the other Sacraments. Our participation in the Eucharistic celebration and in personal and family prayers helps us to recharge our spiritual batteries and enables us to lead Spirit-filled lives. Jesus nourishes us in the Church through the proclamation of word of God and through His own body and blood in the Holy Communion.  We need to participate in the Eucharistic banquet with proper preparation by repenting of our sins and by actively participating in the prayers and singing during the Holy Mass. Participating in Holy Mass is the best preparation and source of power for our future participation in the Heavenly banquet” (Fr Kadavil). Happy Sunday!

ST. COLUMBAN PARISHIONERS' MEETING TO ELECT A WARDEN - TO BE HELD AFTER MASS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

A meeting will be held immediately after mass on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for the election of a warden to fill the position previously held by John Stanyar who has submitted his resignation.  Any parishioner who may be interested in serving as a warden is kindly asked to provide his/her name to either of the current wardens (Martin Burns or Paul Paiement).  You may also nominate a parishioner of your choice for this position.  In either case, please present name(s) to one of the wardens no later than Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

A copy of Warden Duties will be available for review at the back of the church prior to the election.

We wish to thank John for his past service as warden and look forward to his continued participation as a valued member of our parish.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION:  St. Aloysius Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction will be held Saturday, October 21st at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Tickets are Adults: $10, Children $5 (6 to 12).  For tickets see our Social Warden, Susan Arnold.

 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

Next Sunday our parish will celebrate World Mission Sunday. It represents a global sign of the universal Church and Mission. We are invited to reach out and help build the Church in the most remote areas across our world. Your prayers and donations will support churches, hospitals, schools, and vocations to priesthood and religious life. Please show your generosity as much as possible during this collection, because it provides assistance to the young dioceses in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands.

SCARAMENTAL REGISTRATION

Registration is now being held for First Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation.  Children must be 7 years old or more in 2018 for First Communion & Reconciliation and 15 years old for Confirmation. The preparation sessions for First Reconciliation & Communion will begin in January 2018. An information session will be held in November. Last year we started a program for preteens & teenagers who wish to make their First Reconciliation & First Communion, which was well received by the participants. This program is given separate from the younger children.

Sessions are held Sundays after 11:00 AM mass and we are usually thru by 2:00 PM.

If you have any questions you may contact Louise Lortie at louise.lortie59@hotmail.com or Louise MacMillan at g_l_macmillan@sympatico.ca

To register for sacraments, you may pick a form available at the back of the church or contact Carol Leonard at the church office.

 

QUILT RAFFLE:  SEWING GROUP

St. Al’s Sewing Group is having a Raffle on a homemade queen size quilt.  Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 for $5.  Get your tickets from any member of the sewing group.  

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN OCTOBER

Phyllis Seguin                                                 2nd                   

Sabrina Léonard & Patrick Larouche 5th (15 yrs)

Mary Jane Champagne                                    13th

Michael McCann                                             19th

John Kehoe                                                     20th

Margaret Burns                                               21st

Ghislaine Cook                                               28th