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TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

September 24/25, 2016

READINGS FOR THE WEEK

 

Reading I                             Amos 6.1a, 4-7

Responsorial Psalm:             Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Reading II                            1 Timothy 6.11-16

Gospel:                                Luke 16.19-31

 

·         This powerful prophecy of Amos, and the parable of Dives and Lazarus in today’s gospel, are about thoughtless luxury, the enjoyment of riches without any sense of responsibility towards those who have little.

·         Lord, keep me mindful of those that I can help. Keep me alert to the needs around me and save me from the indifference of “those who feel secure”.

 

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

Sept. 18:            $762.85                                   Attendance:    68

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION :

       Sept 17:                  $441.50                     Attendance:  27         

 

Good Stewardship 2

Today’s readings warn that the selfish and extravagant use of God’s blessings, like wealth, without sharing them with the poor and the needy is a serious sin that has consequence for eternal destiny. They stress the Covenant responsibility of the rich for the poor, and remind us of the truth that wealth without active mercy for the poor is great wickedness. Amos, the prophet, continues where he stopped last Sunday and in today's first reading, issues a powerful warning to those who seek wealth at the expense of the poor and who spend their time and their money on themselves alone. He prophesies that those rich and self-indulgent people will be punished by God with exile because they don’t care for their poor and suffering brothers. The Psalm praises Yahweh, who cares for the poor. In the second reading, St. Paul advises us to "pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness" – noble goals in an age of disillusionment – rather than riches.

 

In the Gospel Jesus tell the story of two men, dives (a rich man) and Lazarus, the poor man. The rich man dresses in purple and fine linen; feasts magnificently and is engaged in massive self-indulgence; is rich also in the privilege and in the freedom he enjoys. But all these blind him from his responsibilities, and to the poor Lazarus who lies at his own gate. In contrast is the poor Lazarus who is covered in sores; who lies at the gate of the rich man's house. Expecting to be invited at the rich man's table would be a lofty unrealizable hope. He only wishes for the crumbs that fall from the table of the dives meant for the dogs (cf. Mt 15:27). Instead, he has his sores licked by the rich man’s dogs. Lazarus dies and there is no mention of his funeral. Later, “the rich man also died and was buried.”

 

The second scene of the story presents a reversal of fortunes. While Lazarus goes to be with Abraham in the place of honour in the heavenly banquet, the rich man goes into agony and is surrounded by flames. The new agony of the dives awakens in him a compassion for his brothers and he wishes that Lazarus can return to earth to warn them. His regret and compassion are too late to be enough. He is different from the shrewd manager of last Sunday's Gospel who uses his resourcefulness to guarantee his future. Contrary to his demands, no one will go from the dead to warn his brothers as they have the scripture and other Lazaruses to listen to.

 

We all have a lot of things given to us in custody. Not to share them is a crime. The rich man did nothing to Lazarus, but he was not innocent. Sometimes however, our crime could be our innocence. Innocence is not enough as glaring need stares at us. We are all rich enough to share our blessings with others. The parable invites us to share what we have been given with others in various ways instead of using everything exclusively for selfish gains. Our choices here determine the kind of eternity we will have.  Where we will arrive depends on what road we travel. We will get what we choose, what we live for. We are shaping our moral character to fit in one of two places. May the grace of God be with us as we make our choice. Happy Sunday!

 

Fri. Sept. 23                  9:00 AM:          To St. Joseph by Kathy Amyot

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

Wed. Sept. 28               9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Sept. 30                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Oct. 1                     4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Gail Powers by Shirley Quinn

Sun. Oct. 2                    11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Adalgisa Martire by

                                                                The Bernier Family

 

 

THANK YOU – CORN ROAST – ST. COLUMBAN

Thank you to all who contributed in any and all ways, from set up, to making salads or desserts. And it wouldn't be the success it was if not for all who came out and enjoyed the corn roast.  Special thank you to our social champion Maynard Robinson who spearheads the activity and contributes countless energy. A little over $900 was raised and will be put towards the bell fund.

                                                               

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. 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

            Our deepest sympathy to The Amyot and Malone Family on the passing away of Kathy’s mother, Susan Malone.  Her funeral will be held in New Brunswick next week.

            May she rest in peace.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN OCTOBER

Phyllis Seguin                                                 2nd                   

Sabrina Léonard & Patrick Larouche 5th (14 yrs)

Norbert & Shirley Daly                                   6th (65 years)

Mary Jane Champagne                                    13th

Marc Savoie                                                    15th

Michael McCann                                             19th

John Kehoe                                                     20th

Margaret Burns                                               21st

Jean Ryan                                                        26th

Ghislaine Cook                                               28th