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TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

October 1 and 2, 2016

 

READINGS FOR THE WEEK

 

Reading I                             Habakkuk 1.2-3; 2.2-4

Responsorial Psalm:             O that today you will listen to the voice of the Lord!

Reading II                            2 Timothy 1.6-8, 13-14

Gospel:                                Luke 17.5-10

 

·         “Increase our faith,” begged the apostles. For most of us, said Francis Thompson, God is a belief; for the saints, a touch.

·         Lord, let me feel your touch in prayer.

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

Sept. 25:            $1407.80                                 Attendance:    80

Special Collection:  $172.65

         50/50 Draw winner:  Shirley Quinn - $35         

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION :

       Sept 24:                  $297.50                     Attendance:  20         

Having a Bold Faith

Today's readings speaks to us about faith and how it works in our lives. Faith is a theological virtue which enables us to believe something to be true and therefore worthy of trust because God revealed it to us. St Paul defines faith as “the assurance of a things hoped for.” In his letter to Timothy which we read today, Paul shows it as a believing, trusting and loving relationship with Christ. Christian Faith is that trusting faith in God in action, expressed by steadfast loyalty, fidelity and total commitment to Him, which results in our offering to Him and those we encounter our humble and loving service. Faith as trusting God and living with fidelity to the covenant is seen in the first reading. The prophet Habbakuk (c.600 BC) screams at God. He asks God how long He is going to ignore the cries of his suffering people and accuses Him of simply looking on while tyranny and violence flourish. The prophet is angry because he believes (faith). His is not a cry of despair but one that is rooted in faith in God. He believes God will do something and his faith is proved right (cf. Ps 76:10). Psalm 95 which we read today characterizes God as a sturdy rock and a caring shepherd, surely worthy of our trusting faith.

 

St. Paul demonstrated this prophetic boldness in his life too even in the face of adversity. He therefore encourages Timothy in the second reading to be not only a guardian of the faith he has received  but also a master of boldness. He tells him that God’s gift of ministry is not a spirit of timidity but that of power and love. Paul presents faith as our acceptance of Jesus as the fulfilment of the promises of God. He stresses the need for a living faith in, and loyalty to, Christ's teachings handed down to us by the Church. Faith is therefore belief in, and acceptance of, revealed truths based on the authority and veracity of God.

 

In the Gospel, the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. Hence, Jesus teaches them that faith is sharing in God’s power. He uses the mustard seed to describe the power of faith. Our faith even in small quantities, allows God to work miracles in our lives and in the lives of others. That faith is strong enough to uproot the mulberry and plant in the ocean – a bold thing. So it is not the quantity of faith ( as requested by the apostles) that matters but the quality of faith. A faith that is rooted in God is capable of boldness that is awesome. Jesus lived out that boldness and so encourages us all his followers to do the same. His boldness ( deep rooted faith in God) enabled him to accuse God of forsaking him, to see through suffering and face the cross.

 

Boldness with God is always something necessary. Ours is a God who really encourages boldness. Ours is a God who does not get nervous at his children screaming at him and coaxing him towards justice. He is the God of Habbakuk and the apostle Paul. He is our God!

Brothers and sisters, we need to thank God for our wellbeing. We sometimes are inclined to forget God’s providence when our earthly affairs are going well. We often pray to him only when trouble strikes. Stronger faith enables us to accept the adversities and the trials of life asking God, “increase our faith, Lord” at all times. We need to increase our faith by becoming dutiful servants of God.   We grow in faith as we act in faith. A sincere Christian can find many ways to help to make Christ known to his neighbor.  A quiet word, a charitable gesture, an unselfish interest in a neighbor’s troubles can do more good than a series of sermons given by some renowned theologian. We need to grow in faith by using the means Christ has given us in his Church.  We must cultivate our faith through prayer, Bible study, participation in the Holy Mass (‘the mystery of of faith”) and leading a well-disciplined spiritual life.

Happy Sunday and have a good week!

 

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

Wed. Oct 5                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Oct. 7                     9:00 AM:          Mass of Thanksgiving on the 65th Wedding Anniversary of Norbert and Shirley Daly

Sat. |Oct. 8                    4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Martin & Annie Burke by

                                                                Gail Burns

Sun. Oct. 9                    11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Diane Price by

                                                                Carole Fraser

A reflection for this Year of Mercy

“Merciful like the Father… is the ‘motto’ of this Holy Year. This is a shortened version of the verse in Scripture, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). The Pope wrote, “In mercy, we find proof of how God loves us. He gives his entire self, always, freely, asking nothing in return. He comes to our aid whenever we call upon him. What a beautiful thing that the Church begins her daily prayer with the words, “O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me” (Ps 70:2)! The assistance we ask for is already the first step of God’s mercy toward us. He comes to assist us in our weakness. And his help consists in helping us accept his presence and closeness to us. Day after day, touched by his compassion, we also can become compassionate towards others” (Pope Francis). Like all other dioceses throughout the world, the Archdiocese of Gatineau has opened up Holy Doors in our cathedral. The Holy Door symbolizes the extraordinary way that we can open ourselves up to God.

A special invitation to two diocesan events: Mark your calendars

Diocesan celebration of our Feast Day: October 11 is the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, principal patron of the Archdiocese of Gatineau.  Every year, we are invited to join our brothers and sisters from the other parishes in the archdiocese at a Mass at the cathedral to celebrate this feast day.  Please join us at the Cathedral (245, boul. Saint-Joseph) for this Mass at 7:00 PM on October 11. During the celebration of this Eucharist in this Year of Mercy, we will ask the Lord forgiveness for our occasional lack of mercy, both as individuals and as a church.

Year of Mercy pilgrimage for English parishes: One of the central components of the Jubilee of Mercy is that the Holy Doors throughout the world will be opened during this Jubilee year.  When they are opened at the beginning of the year, "the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope." (Pope Francis) The English parishes of the diocese will be coming together on Saturday, October 15 to make a pilgrimage to go through the Holy Door at the Cathedral.  There will be a 14-km pilgrimage leaving from St. Mark’s at 9:00 AM on October 15, and a shorter pilgrimage (about 2 km) leaving from Our Lady of the Annunciation at 1:00 on the same day.  We will come together at St. Joseph’s Cathedral (245, boul. Saint-Joseph) to go through the Holy Door and celebrate Mass at 2:00.  Please see our Web site for more information and to register for the pilgrimage.  Please invite friends and family members to join us!

 

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

            Our deepest sympathy to The Savoie Family on the passing away of Marc.             May he 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

Michael McCann                                             19th

John Kehoe                                                     20th

Margaret Burns                                               21st

Jean Ryan                                                        26th

Ghislaine Cook                                               28th