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Past bulletins


January 14/15, 2012



Reading I                             1 Samuel 3.3b-10, 19

Responsorial Psalm:             Here I am, Lord; come to do your will.

Reading II                            1 Corinthians 6.13c-15a, 17-20

Gospel:                                John 1.35-42


·         Jesus looked hard at the disciples – looked right into them – and called them.  They were affirmed and loved in that look.  Prayer can start with you looking at God looking at you.  Take in the look; allow the look to warm you and invite you.  The look of Jesus says in its own way, “Come and see.”

·         Prayer is time to come and see who the Lord is, and who were are ourselves.








December 17:                $484.51                       Attendance:    35

December 24:                $909.50                                               139

December 31:                $464.00                                               24

January 7:                      $267.75                                               25



      December 18:                $1,546.35                    Attendance:    81

          December 24/25:           $2,898.19

          January 1:                      $1,060.06                                            70

          January 8:                      $840.50                                               80


Fri. Jan. 13             9:00 AM:      For the souls in purgatory by a friend

Sat. Jan. 14            4:30 PM:       (St. Columban) For Kevin Burns by Gail

Sun. Jan 15          11:00 AM:      (St. Aloysius) For Ken Prud’homme by

                                                     Tom & Lina O’Brien

                               4:00 PM:      Eucharistic Adoration

Fri. Jan 20               9:00 AM:     For Michael Murphy (Mary’s nephew) by

                                                    Mary Daly

Sat. Jan. 21             4:30 PM:      (St. Columban) For Ken Prud’homme by

                                                    Mary Daly

Sun. Jan. 22         11:00 AM:      (St. Aloysius) For David Kolesar by Larry,

                                                    John Kolesar and Family

                              4:00 PM:       Eucharistic Adoration                                            



All parishioners of the English Zone of the Gatineau Diocese are invited to meet our new Archbishop Paul-André Durocher. The “Meet and Greet” over wine and cheese will take place on Monday, January 23rd from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Our Lady of the Annunciation parish, 189 Archambault Street in the Hull Sector. Everyone is welcome.





Our two parishes are in the process of preparation for Reconciliation/First Communion as well as Confirmation. In order to better plan for these sessions, parents should register with the Secretary no later than January 30th 2012 for both sacraments. Once registrations are received, we will determine what and when these sessions will be offered.





            It was Christmas Eve; I was seven years old and so excited that I could not sleep. For the first time, I was to attend midnight mass with my parents. In addition, for the first time, I was to sing solo with the parish children’s choir. To calm me down, my father had given me a teaspoon of whiskey but that had no effect whatsoever. I was so anxious about so many things: to go to church in the middle of the night; to sing before the congregation; to return home and celebrate Christmas with my family; and of course, open my gifts. It was to be a magical night.

            This memory, as a young boy, is possibly the reason why I have always been in love with traditional Christmas music. These ancient hymns, based on our traditional beliefs, tell us about the birth of Christ, in a way that touches our very being. Today, there are many charming songs that refer to the fable of Santa Claus, his reindeer, sleigh bells ringing and the joys of a winter wonderland. But the traditional Christmas hymns bring us to a different place, a place which is less superficial and based more on the majesty and seriousness of the birth of the Christ child. These traditional hymns tell us a simple but eloquent story of the birth of a saviour, a man who would change the world. A humble birth in an obscure stable under a star-filled sky, to a Blessed Virgin. These hymns convey his message of respect for one another, living a simple life, compassion for both the poor and God, faith, hope and love.

            It has been fifty years since I performed my solo. I was so proud because I did not forget one word. Later, I was told that I had hit a few false notes. At that age I didn’t quite understand what was being said but I surmised it wasn’t a compliment. Today, I tell myself no matter if one’s voice is off key, the heart is always in tune as it rejoices in hearing these hymns that are so simple, yet also so profound.

            I invite you this year, in the midst of all the stress that impacts our daily lives, to take a moment to stop and really listen to the words of these traditional hymns. Take the time to listen, to savor their meaning and to spend some quiet time in reflection. Sing these songs alone in a moment of solitude, with your family or in a group. Take the time to attend a school concert, or to listen to a children or adult choir. Allow these wonderful words which are so eloquent, yet simple to move and inspire us. And please don’t stop listening on the 26th of December. The Christian church does not celebrate Christmas time as a single event but a series of feasts that include the Nativity, the Baptism of Jesus, the feast of Mary Mother of God and the Epiphany. We have all the time in the world to listen to these hymns which reflect our religious beliefs and traditions. And we have the rest of the year to live the message. “Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains: Gloria in excelsis Deo”


                                    Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau



            A special thank you to all who participated in the fund raising for our needy families this Christmas Season.  Because of your generosity, we were able to give each of our families a bit extra on their food vouchers with the hampers.  Thanks to your response, we felt it easier to give 28 families the assistance to make their Christmas more enjoyable.  These 33 families included 59 children. We particularly want to thank the School Children and Staff of West Quebec School Board; St. Aloysius Campus; St. Columban’s Parish; The Canadian Legion Norris Branch and you our Parishioners for your generous response.  Thanks, also, to all those who helped make up the hampers and deliver them. 

                                                                         Nancy Grenier, Chairman.





            On Friday, February 17th and on Saturday, February 18th St. Aloysius parishioners will be performing in a Murder Mystery Play at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  We will be serving a light snack, dessert and coffee/tea BYOB  Admission is $10 each.  Tickets can be purchased on Sundays after Mass or by calling Carol at the office. 819-663-5244. Come out and support our Parish and have a fun evening.




            We are in need of someone (a person or persons) who would be willing to share responsibility for music at Sunday Mass (every second Sunday) and for other liturgical celebrations throughout the year. (eg. Holy Week, Christmas, etc) This would involve choosing the hymns   (from the CBW and G&P and leading the congregation in song from the microphone at the front of the church. Although playing a musical instrument (piano/organ, guitar) is not absolutely essential, obviously it is desirable, and it sounds nicer too. There is some urgency to this appeal. In the medium to long term, there is the possibility that on some Sundays, we would have no singing at all.

            So…if you have some musical or singing skill, and are willing to assist in this important service to our parish, please phone or E-Mail the parish office or Mike Groulx/Pauline Leduc (819-663-1121).