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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 29/30, 2019

Reading I                                        1 Kings 19.16b, 19-21

Responsorial Psalm:            You are my chosen portion, O Lord.

Reading II                            Galatians 5.1, 13-18

Gospel:                                Luke 9.51-62



          June 23:                         $804.00                                   Attendance:     50



June 22:                          $387.00                                                          31                                           


Sat. June 29                        4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Mary Murphy and her son, Kevin by

                                                                                Brian Murphy

Sun. June 30                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Ron Paiement by

                                                                                The Gatineau Friendship Club

Wed. July 3                         8:00 a.m.             Eucharist Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. July 5                              9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. July 6                            4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Nora Ryan-Somers and deceased

                                                                                Members of the Ryan and Somers families by her estate.

Sun. July 7                           11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Ann Melvin by her family

Wed. July 10                       8:00 a.m.             Eucharist Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. July 12                           9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. July 13                          4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For John and Ethel Connolly by

                                                                                Phyllis Mulcahey

Sun. July 14                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Willy Assad by his estate

Wed. July 17                       8:00 a.m.             Eucharist Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. July 19                           9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. July 20                          4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Helen Forsyth by Cathy Forsyth Smith

Sun. July 21                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. July 24                       8:00 a.m.             Eucharist Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. July 26                           9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. July 27                          4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Kay Murphy Maloney by Anne Bokovay

Sun. July 28                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners



Call and Commitment

Today's reading speak about vocation (God’s call) and human commitment in answer to that call. God’s call demands total commitment in total freedom with the spirit of patient love; it demands an unconditional “yes” to Jesus and to the Christian life from true disciples of Jesus.

Elisha, the prophet, in the first reading committed himself wholeheartedly to answer God’s call, in spite of his initial hesitation when God called him through the prophet Elijah. Elisha left everything behind him and committed himself to his prophetic role. The responsorial Psalm also speaks about commitment: the refrain, “you are my chosen portion, Oh Lord,” exemplifies commitment to the ordained ministry or to religious profession. In the second reading, St. Paul reinforces this message of commitment. He reminds all ministers of the Good news that the criterion by which they are to measure themselves is the very spirit of God. We begin to be free when we begin the process of commitment. That freedom is realized only when we give ourselves away in love; only when we accept a ministry of service that is rooted in loving our neighbours as ourselves. Christian freedom may be defined like this: “I am my commitment to God. I will live my commitment, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, until I die.” (Kadavil, T). Living the new life of freedom, Paul emphasizes, means abandoning the old ways of sin. The “ desires of the flesh” mentioned in this second reading should be understood not only in a sexual sense, but as referring to all worldly impulses that are opposed to the love of neighbour.

In the gospel, Jesus touches on two important things: first, Christian tolerance. Having observed the anger of two of his disciples (James and John) toward the Samaritans, Jesus teaches them that he was not a destroyer but a saviour with a message of mercy and love. The second part of the gospel describes the call of some of Jesus’ potential disciples and their lame excuses. Jesus’ response to this would-be followers exemplifies the wholehearted constancy and sacrificial ministry that the Christian mission requires. We, too, are required to follow Jesus, totally and immediately, without any reservation both by giving priority to him and his cause and by surrendering our lives to God in humble and dedicated service to others.

In the Church, the ministry of prophecy is not reserved to a few but is a commission for all those who are reborn into Christ. When at Baptism the priest anoints those to be baptized, he announces: "I anoint you as priest, prophet, and king." This is to remind us that our prophetic mission consists in our becoming God's voice in our community and in our society.    We are to be the conscience of the community.  Where we see injustice in our community, in our society, in our families and especially in our own selves, we are compelled by our Baptism to change our own conduct, and if necessary, to raise our voice in God's Name, so that God's word may be made present at every moment.

Happy Sunday!


Your warden’s board met on May 22, 2019 and unanimously voted to have a suggestion form be made available to parishioners; to be able to make their opinions, questions and/or suggestions known to the board when it is not convenient to reach them. Completed forms will make it easier for the board member(s) to act upon before or during the planned monthly meetings. It is not always possible to remember a conversation that has occurred in passing and as such, a question and or suggestion may not be actioned. You, the parishioners voted for your board members and we want to reassure you we are doing everything possible to meet your expectations.  Thank you.








            It is the 81st annual Pilgrimage to Shrine of St. Ann on Sunday, July 28th, with Archbishop Michael Mulhall and Father Brian J.T. Clarke.  Main Mass at 11 a.m. and Healing Mass at 2 p.m.  Food and refreshments will be available. Everyone welcome!  For more information,



St. Columban Cemetery Service

            St. Columban Cemetery Service will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at 2:30 p.m.


145th ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE to the Shrines of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and Cap-de-la-Madeleine from the dioceses of Ottawa, Gatineau, Pembroke, Mont-Laurier, Alexandria/Cornwall and Kingston on August 10-11, 2019.  Our Weekend Celebrant is Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.  Information and reservation: Mike Budge: 613 224-8110.  Space is limited with regards to Motels therefore, it is recommended you reserve early.



            Carol will be on vacation from July 2 to the 22nd. If you have an emergency or need to speak to Father Al, please call the office and leave a message and someone will get back to you.  Enjoy your summer!