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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 9/10, 2018

Reading I                                        Genesis 3.8-15

Responsorial Psalm:            With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

Reading II                            2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1

Gospel:                                Mark 3.20-35

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

             June 2:               $308.50                       Attendance:     27

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          June 3:               $777.05                       Attendance:     120

 

Fri. June 8                            9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. June 9                          4:30 p.m.             (St. Columban) For Arthur and Violet Foley by

                                                                                The Family

Sun. June 10                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For the improved health of Nicholas Labonté                                                                          Therien battling a brain tumour by Claudette Arruda

5th Anniversary Mass for Tom O’Brien by Lina, Cathy and Connor

 

No weekday Masses

 

Sat. June 16                        4:30 p.m.             (St. Columban) For Deceased members of the Burns and

                                                                                Connelly Families by Mary Connelly

                                                                                For Jessie Foley by Corney, Diana, Paul, Paul Jr. and Nicole

Sun. June 17                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Jack Brazeau by Margaret and Family

 

Sin Separates

                        The readings of this tenth Sunday in ordinary time speak of sin as an offense against God. Evil, they shows, does not come from God but from humans. He has made everything good. Human beings spoiled creation by being attracted to a crazy idea that they would be happier following their own whims and passions instead of trusting in God, an insidious idea symbolized by the snake in the first reading from the book of Genesis. When we sin, we distance ourselves from God. When we refuse or fear to admit our sins, we deny ourselves God’s freely offered pardon and forgiveness. The passage describes the disobedience of Adam and Eve. It serves as the beginning of evil in the world with its destructive consequences. Sin separates the sinner from God. Like Adam and Eve, the sinners do not consider God a friend anymore, but someone to fear and the cause of evil present in the world. Sin also separates the sinner from their brothers and sisters. We see in the reading the “blame game” that allowed each of them to avoid taking personal responsibility for their joint choice. Adam accuses Eve who in turn accuses the snake. Those who sin blame each other and lay the responsibility for their falls and misfortunes on others; they attack and hate each other. Sin leads to the destruction of the sinner. It breaks up all harmony, friendliness and cooperation with the rest of creation. Sinners not only ruin themselves but spoil nature which rebels against them. But the story ends with hope: that the fight between the “snake” and the human beings will continue to the end of time; but the offspring of woman will finally prevail and will crush the head of the “snake.” The Gospel will tell us who among those born of a woman will do this.

                        In the second reading, St Paul reflects on his present situation to the Corinthians: that the many adversities of his missionary work were God’s plan for his spiritual growth. His sufferings offered with Jesus for the salvation of the world would result to a glorious reward for him and for all believers who did the same. He advises us to stop looking at visible things and concentrate on the invisible ones. He advises us to give material things their proper value. They must in no way be turned into idols; they must not be our aim in life. That leads to sin. People must use them to live and not live to accumulate them.  Our life here has a beginning and an end; we should wisely plan our life here as a preparation for eternity.  The Gospel reveals how Jesus was misunderstood by His own relatives. Many came to think that He was “out of His mind.” He was also criticized, slandered and rejected by the Scribes.  Jesus’ experience and sufferings give courage to us when we face unfair treatment and criticism in our lives.  Not everyone listened to Him when he said that we must love even our enemies; when he asked us to share our goods with the poor; when He told us to help those in need, whoever  they may be; when He told us not to seek revenge for whatever reason. The accusing Scribes represent those who even today fight and discredit anyone who wants to announce the Gospel. The message of Christ “disturbs” their plans, endangers their interests, threatens their power and so they resent it and are ready to strike by any means. The Gospel also tells us that it is not enough to be a physical member of the “Christian family”; our baptismal certificate is not enough. There is need for us to listen to our pastors and animators and put their words into practice even when in the eyes of many this seems to be madness.

                        Jesus was accused of being in league with the devil.  But he argued that it is not possible that the devil be divided against himself, because the devil, by his nature is an enemy of people, a killer. Whatever he does is against the life and happiness of the people. But the works of Jesus are the exact opposite; He helps people, cures them and gives them life. His actions, therefore, cannot be from the evil spirit. Anyone who does good to the people, gives food to the hungry and clothes to the naked and helps the sick, therefore, does the works of God.  Jesus also warns against “sins against the Holy Spirit.” There is of course a true possibility that Christians may blaspheme against the Spirit: those who commit the sins are those who oppose the good works of others, speak evil of them, or condemn them because they themselves are unwilling to do the same good deeds. It is difficult to admit one’s errors and mistakes, but it is more dangerous or wicked to deny the good done by those we do not like. We hope to achieve our full life when the evil in each of us is completely defeated. Happy Sunday!

 

Finance Warden update

Please join us in welcoming our new Finance Warden Jim Brownrigg who was elected at our Parish meeting Sunday May 20th following mass.  We would like to thank Jim for accepting his nomination and joining St-AL’s Fabrique.  We would like to also thank every parishioner who was present at the ad-hoc meeting, your support and participation are always greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful and safe summer!               Your Wardens Board

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

 

June Quinn                  5th  

Margaret Paiement    9th

Adeline Gendron         14th  

Kathy Amyot                17th    

Jane Pickering                       17th 

Carole Fraser              19th   

JoAnne Lambert 20th

Paulette & Ron Pearce – 24th (51st)    

David Dumaresq         29th

 

RING FOUND

A family ring was found at St. Columban.  To claim it, please speak with a member of St. Columban’s Wardens Board or call the office 819-663-5244.