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3rd Sunday of Lent

March 23/24, 2019

Reading I                                        Exodus 3.1-8a, 13-15

Responsorial Psalm:            The Lord is merciful and gracious.

Reading II                            1 Corinthians 10.1-6, 10-12

Gospel:                                Luke 13.1-9

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

 

          March 17:                      $546.70                       Attendance:     70

          Pancake Supper:            $525.00

         

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

            March 16:                   $393.80                                               30

         

         

 

Fri. March 22              9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

                                    7:00 p.m.         Stations of the Cross

Sat. March 23             4:30 p.m.         (St. Columban) For Jim Mulcahey by

                                                            Phyllis Mulcahey

Sun. March 24             11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. March 27           8:00 a.m.        Eucharistic Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. March 29              9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

                                     7:00 p.m.        Stations of the Cross

Sat. March 30             4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. March 31             11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

 

During this Lenten period, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to participate.

 

On-line Lenten retreat as part of the synodal process

During Lent, we invite you to walk with your brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Gatineau. Together, we will deepen our conviction that the Christian community helps us grow in our relationship to Christ. Written by people throughout the diocese, these reflections will allow us to pray with the theme presented each Sunday of Lent. We invite you to register for this on-line retreat by providing your email in the sign-up box at  https://synodretreat.home.blog/ . You will receive an e-mail every day during Lent with a reflection and a prayer. Paper versions of this retreat have been sent to each parish for those who do not have easy computer access.  Also we have the retreat on our Facebook Community Page. Welcome to this retreat!

Anyone wishing to discuss their reactions, prayers, insights, from the on-line retreat can meet in the parish hall at 2 :30 Tuesday afternoons.

 

 

3rd Sunday in Lent (from the Synod Process)

 

Have you ever noticed how two similar words can have two very different meanings?

For example, « to expose » and to « repose ». To expose is to make (something) visible by uncovering it; whereas to repose is a state of rest or tranquility.

Another example: emigration and immigration. The emigrant leaves his country, while the immigrant enters a new country.

A third example: avert and convert. To avert is to prevent or ward off an undesirable occurance. To convert is to turn away from a dangerous thing in order to orient oneself to the good. 

This third pair of words is key to understanding the second reading and the gospel of today. Paul tells his readers that the Old Testament describes the tragedies that afflicted the Hebrew people to warn us ... and to invite us to convert. In the gospel, Jesus uses the accidents of innocent people to warn his disciples and invite them to convert.

The warning serves to awaken us to the fatal consequences that await us if we continue on our way. Conversion is the decision to turn away from this path to avoid death, to move safely towards life and joy.

The fundamental sacrament of Christian conversion is baptism. By baptism, we are stripped of the old man and we put on Christ. We leave the darkness of sin to advance in the light of the Spirit. We break our solidarity with the first man, sinner, to adhere to Christ, savior.

In today's world we hear a lot of warnings. If you continue smoking, you will have cancer. If you continue over-eating, you will have heart problems. If you continue consuming fossil fuels, the planet will warm up. If you continue over-consuming, the environment will degrade.

Faced with these warnings, we seek to convert: to quit smoking, to eat less and exercise more, to use less energy, to reduce and recycle what we consume.

It is much easier to convert when we do it with others. Friends who decide to quit encourage each other. A family that decides to revisit their way of eating is moving forward with more courage and determination. A whole country that decides to consume less energy creates a mass movement that encourages all citizens in the same direction. A city that gives itself the means to reduce and recycle creates a wave of commitment and community solidarity.

It is the same in the spiritual life. To convert alone to follow the Gospel is not easy. So many obstacles stand in our way, starting with our old habits, our fatigues and our indifferences. The world itself, which seems to turn a deaf ear to the calls of the Gospel, leads us along paths where we risk forgetting the voice of the Lord. What to do?

It is then that we discover the Christian community as an incredible resource. As brothers and sisters in the faith, we encourage each other, we support each other. The best of us stimulate and lead by example: that is why we love hearing about saints, reading their stories, invoking them to help us. Our voices are raised in a common prayer, in a harmonious song, to praise the Lord and to implore his help. Isn’t it is so much more beautiful when we sing together?

How many young people return from World Youth Day saying, "How good it feels to be with thousands of other young people like us who share our faith. We do not feel alone anymore. "

Baptism is a personal adventure. But this is not an adventure that is lived out in solitude. It is lived out in community. Together we change our lives. Together, we walk with Christ. Together we form this community of disciples who live in fellowship. Together, we can change and change the world.

 

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Share the journey with the Rohingyas of Myanmar

Facing persecution and violence, 723,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar since August 2017 and taken refuge across the border, in neighbouring Bangladesh. Development and Peace’s long-time partner Caritas Bangladesh is working hard to restore some dignity to these people who simply yearn to live in peace. Thanks to your  shelters, access to clean water, safe latrines and showers for women and girls, and hygiene kits, and to raise awareness among refugees about safety issues.

Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of the Rohingya! devp.org/give

 

WANTED        

            We are looking for a gently used double bed and mattress for the rectory.  If you have one please let a member of the wardens board know or leave a message at the parish office.

            Thank you to the MacMillan Family for the donation of one bed and mattress.