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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 19/20, 2017

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 19/20, 2017

 

Reading I                             Isaiah 56.1, 6-7

Responsorial Psalm:             Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you.

Reading II                            Romans 11.13-15, 29-32

Gospel:                                Matthew 15.21-28

 

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 26/27, 2017

 

Reading I                             Isaiah 22.15, 19-23

Responsorial Psalm:             Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.  Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Reading II                            Romans 11.33-36

Gospel:                                Matthew 16.13-20

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          n/a

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

          August 6:                        $720.30                       Attendance:     66

          August 13:          $525.00                                               59

 

Fri. Aug. 18                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Aug. 19                   4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Mr. & Mrs. Angus Cameron

                                                                By Stuart Cameron

Sun. Aug. 20                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Wilfrid Kehoe by

                                                                Herald & Anita Robert

Wed. Aug. 23                9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Aug. 25                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners                                  

Sat. Aug. 26                   1:30 PM:           (St. Aloysius) 25th Anniversary Mass for

                                                                Richard Nelson and Anita Lair

                                       4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Agnes Foley by

                                                                Marty, Amanda and Hannah

Sun. Aug. 27                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For May, Ernie and Dave Quinn

                                                                By Shirley and Family

Wed. Aug 30                 9:00 AM:          For Réal Plante by Annie Marie and Family

Fri. Sept. 1                     9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Sept. 2                    4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Marc Savoie by

                                                                Shirley Quinn and Family

Sun. Sept. 3                   11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Gerald Horan by Shirley Quinn

 

Universality of Salvation

Today’s readings speak of the universal nature of the Kingdom of God. God set the Hebrew people apart as His chosen race, but He included all nations in His plan for salvation. In Abraham God has blessed all families of the earth (Gen. 12:1-3). The Hebrews were aware of their special place. Hence, following the instructions of Deuteronomy (7:2-5) they excluded foreigners from their communities and from taking part in their prayers and sacrifice in the temple. They wanted to avoid the danger of being drawn away from Yahweh. With their exile in Babylon, however, they began to correct their mentality and many of their prejudices.

 

 It was during this period that the Prophet Isaiah lived. The exile opened up his heart to universality and he was now able to detect the positive and good things of other peoples.  There should not be any more barriers between peoples: whatever their tribe, race or nation, they all share the same right to consider themselves members of God’s people. So in this first reading, the Prophet declares “my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” By this message, God reveals the truth that in His eyes, there is no distinction among human beings on the basis of race, caste or colour. The long- expected Messianic kingdom was intended not only for the Jews but for all nations as well. Thus, the Psalm says “… let all the peoples praise You” (Ps. 67).

 

Up till the time of Jesus, the Jews were sure of being the only holy and pure human beings uncontaminated by others. Pagans were looked at as ‘dogs’ because they did not know the law of God. Israel was the delight of God. The issue of admitting foreigners into the early Church was huge. Moreover, Jesus has earlier told the Apostles “do not make your way to Gentile territory and do not enter a Samaritan town; go instead to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (10:5-6). Had Jesus not come to bring salvation to all mankind? No. The Good News certainly is meant for all the world. However, God wished that salvation was first to be announced to the people of Israel, who, for many years had been prepared to understand and receive it. They would then become the light for all the other peoples on earth. Jesus even restricted mostly his activity to the people of Israel. But in the Gospel today, he makes clear that His Gospel is for all the world.

 

The pagan (Canaanite) woman comes to Him hoping to get mercy for herself and her daughter. She represents all those who are regarded as unclean by the Hebrews. Jesus treats the woman very harshly. He starts by not paying attention to her. Even when the apostles calls his attention, he rudely answers “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” and continues that “it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” However, the rest of the story shows how it was all a show to lead His apostles to a radical change of mind.  At the end Jesus exclaims “woman great is your faith.” No Israelite was ever praised by Jesus like this. Jesus cures the daughter of the woman.

 

With the cure, Jesus shows that the time has come to pull down all barriers dividing peoples. The new People of God is open to all, as promised by the Prophet in the first reading. Very often we set up walls which separate us from God and from one another. Today's Gospel reminds us that God's love and mercy are extended to all who call on him in Faith and trust, no matter who they are. In other words, God’s care extends beyond the boundaries of race and nation to the hearts of all who live, and God’s House should become a House of prayer for all peoples. It is therefore fitting that we should pray that the walls which our pride, intolerance and prejudice have raised, may crumble. Asking with fervour and perseverance proves that we have great faith we need to receive what Christ wants to grant us in response to our request. The woman refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer. She matches Jesus quip for quip and is not offended at these rather harsh statements made against her. To get angry or be offended would have defeated her cause. If Jesus treats us like a dog, we can remember, there are still some crumbles for us on the master’s table. Like the Canaanite woman when the odds are against us and the situation seems absolutely hopeless, we must not give up. We must continue to storm heaven with our prayers. We must realize and remember that we do not always get exactly what we ask for, but rather what God knows we need, what He wants for us and what is really best for us.  Happy Sunday!

 

REPAIR & MAINTENANCE WARDEN

Due to personal obligations, Glenn Harvey will no longer be our R&M warden.  If you are, or you know a skilled and committed Parishioner who would like to assist the Parish in its upkeep and maintenance, please contact anyone of our Warden's Board members or leave your contact information with our Secretary Carol during office hours.  Sunday, August 27th after mass we will convey a quick AD-HOC meeting to present the nominees and elect our next R&M warden.  

 Have a great week, your Warden's Board!  

OUR LADY OF THE ANNUNCIATION ANNUAL PARISH INDOOR GARAGE SALE, 189 Achambault St., Gatineau (Hull Sector).  Saturday, September 9th, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Household items, baking, jewellery, toys, Christmas items, plants and books. Hot dogs and drinks for sale outside. To donate goods or for further information, please call: 819-771-4613 or 819-777-8825

WELCOME BACK BRUNCH

                On Sunday, September 10 after the 11 o’clock Mass St. Aloysius Wardens Board will be hosting a brunch in the parish hall to welcome everyone back after the summer.  All are welcome. If you plan on attending, please get your ticket from Susan Arnold, so that we can determine how much food is needed.  The deadline is September 3.  Tickets are free, we are just asking for a donation.

 

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.

CEMETERY SERVICE:

                St. Elizabeth, Cantley:  September 17th at 2 p.m.

St. Columban: September 24th at 2 p.m.

 

''THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD HAS SENT ME TO BRING GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR.''   This is something that each one of us could and indeed should say every day!  Pope Francis invites us to this realization in his text ''The Joy of the Gospel''.  The Bishops of Quebec and our own Bishop Durocher prompt us to become a ''Church of mission''.  On Saturday, September 16th, 9:30-11:30, here in St. Al's church hall, we will put our heads and hearts together to read the Bishop's text, react to it, try to identify specific objectives which we, here at St. Al's could attain.  ALL ARE INVITED, IN FACT, URGED to mark this date on their calendars and plan to attend.   

 

                                            

ANNIVERSARIES & BIRTHDAY FOR AUGUST

Cassandra Burns                                                 22nd        

Christopher McMackin                                     21st

Rita Savoie                                                           25th

Cole Dumaresz                                                    26th

Charlie and Hilary Long                                    27th (married 40 yrs.)

Hilary Long                                                          29th        

Dick Pickering                                                      29th

Erma Avon                                                           31st