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TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

September 17/18, 2016

READINGS FOR THE WEEK

 

Reading I                             Amos 8.4-7

Responsorial Psalm:             Praise the Lord who lifts up the needy..

Reading II                            1 Timothy 2.1-7

Gospel:                                Luke 16.1-13

 

·         There are practical lessons here: first, that whatever the value of our worldly goods, we must be faithful in our stewardship; and second, that the Christian should take the long-term view of this world, with an eye always on the “true riches” of the kingdom.

·         The only things we take with us from our life on earth are those which we have given away.

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

Sept. 11:            $818.85                                   Attendance:    77

Book Sale:         $63.60

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION : unavailable

 

Good Stewardship

Today’s readings remind us that we are God’s stewards and that God expects faithful and prudent stewardship from us. They challenge us to use our God-given talents and blessings wisely to attain Heavenly joy. In the first reading, the Prophet speaking around the 8th Century BC condemns the crooked commercial practices of the Jewish merchants. He, therefore, reminds the Israelites and us to be faithful to our covenant with God by practicing justice and mercy as God’s faithful stewards. We should not make the goal of our life the acquisition of money by whatever means. St. Paul, in the second reading instructs Christians to become the stewards of the Gospel of Jesus. He admonishes them, like himself, to preach the Gospel to their leaders and offer intercessory prayers on their behalf.

 

In the Gospel, Jesus challenges us to use our blessings – time, talents, health and wealth – wisely. We humans, are naturally concerned about our future, like the man in the Gospel.  That may have led the man to be dishonest in the first place. It is understandable that this man was street-wise and he applied his shrewdness to provide for his future. He had to alter the books and the transaction deals with his debtors in order to acquire some future security. Jesus, here, is not trying to exonerate the dishonest steward for his misappropriation of his master's money. He rather draws our attention to this man's astuteness, intelligence and intuition. These are qualities, good in themselves, but here, are channeled in the wrong direction. What Jesus is saying is: if only Christians would emulate the qualities of the steward and apply themselves purposefully for the service of God’s kingdom.

 

We need to use our spiritual resources wisely. The manager in Jesus’ story used all his resources to secure his future. We must be no less resourceful. We have at our disposal the Holy Mass and the Seven Sacraments as sources of Divine grace, the Holy Bible as the word of God for daily meditation and practice, and the teaching authority of the Spirit-guided Church to direct us in our Christian life. We need to use these resources. We need to be prepared to give an account of our stewardship. We insure our houses against fire, storms, flood and thieves and insure our lives by taking life insurance and car insurance. In the same way, let us insure ourselves for the one thing that most certainly will happen, namely, our meeting God to give Him an account of our lives. What really matters, at that time of our encounter with God and at the moment of our death, is how wisely we have used our blessings during our life, lovingly and generously sharing them with others in need.

 

Happy Sunday! Have a wonderful week!

 

 

Fri. Sept. 16                  9:00 AM:          All parishioners

Sat, Sept. 17                 4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Stefan Roy by

                                                                Marty, Amanda and Hannah  Burns

Sun. Sept. 18                11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Diane Price by

                                                                The Gatineau Friendship Club

Wed. Sept. 21               9:00 AM:          To St. Joseph by Kathy Amyot

Fri. Sept. 23                  9:00 AM:          All parishioners

Sat. Sept. 24                 4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Kenny Daly by

                                                                Helen and Fern Laliberte

Sun. Sept. 25                11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Diane Price by Moe and Nancy

                                                                For Eugene Joanisse by The Brownrigg Family

 

 

                                                               

BIRTHDAYS AND WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES IS SEPTEMBER

Carol & Pierre Léonard – 1st (37th)                  Dan & Diane Ford – 5th (18th)

Paul Paiement (5th)                                           Dennis Butt (7th)                                             

Amanda & Marty Burns – 6th (13th)                             Maurice Savage – 10th

Nancy & Moe Lambert – 8th (9th)                    Susan Arnold – 9th

George Avon – 14th                                         Gaby & Mike McCann – 20th (47th)

Pierre Léonard – 21st                                                    Irene Lalonde – 22nd                           

William J. Murphy – 29th

 

 

 

On Friday, September 23rd, families and children – all ages - are invited for a sing-along and other activities….  Join in the fun and bring a friend, at St. Aloysius Parish at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU BOOK SALE

            Thank you to everyone who donated books or bought some.  We made a profit of $63.60.  Thank you again.                           Diane Ford

ST. AL’s SPAGETTI SUPPER

            Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. in the parish hall.  Tickets are Adults: $10 (17+), Children 7 to 16: $5, Children 6 and under are Free.  For tickets please see Susan Arnold 819-663-3619. 

 

 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

Thank you for your help in filling the food cupboard, we can always count on St. Aloysius and St. Columban for their support..                   

                                                                        The Charitable Fund

 

 

 

 

 

ANNUAL CEMETERY SERVICE

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St-Jean-Marie Vianney – blvd. Labrosse, Gatineau – Sept 18 at 11 a.m.

St-Paul – Route 148, Aylmer – September 18 at 2 p.m.

Quinnville Cemetery – Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. (if rain, will be at the church)

 

 

 

7th ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO ST-JOSEPH’S ORATORY from the Dioceses of Ottawa, Gatineau, Pembroke, Mont Laurier, Alexandria/Cornwall and Kingston and for the YEAR OF MERCY a special visit and prayer ceremony to the Divine Mercy of Jesus Shrine in Montreal on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Together let us celebrate one last opportunity to participate in Pope Frances’ request of making a pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy which ends on the feast of Christ the King.  Information :  Mike Budge 613 224-8110.