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THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

November 12/13, 2016

OCTOBER 19/20

 

Reading I                             Malachi 4.1-2

Responsorial Psalm:             The Lord is coming to judge the peoples with equity.

Reading II                            2 Thessalonians 3.7-12

Gospel:                                Luke 21.5-19

 

·         The temple was not just the centre of the Jews’ civilization: it was the place where God lived among them. Jesus told them that it was all going to fall apart!

·         Is there any way in which my secure center – either personal or national – threatens to collapse? The key words from Jesus in all of this are, “Do not be terrified.”

·         Can I allow Jesus, the Consoler, to speak to me, wherever I am?

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

Nov 6:                $1058.95                                 Attendance:    84

                                     

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

         Nov. 5:                 $544.50                                 Attendance:    34       

         

Fri. Nov. 11                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Nov. 12                  4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Susan Malone by

                                                                Gail Burns

Sun. Nov. 13                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. Nov. 16               9:00 AM:          For Stefan Roy by Pat Lotan

Fri. Nov. 18                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Nov. 19                  4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Marc Savoie by

                                                                Gail Burns

Sun. Nov. 20                 11:00AM:          (St. Aloysius) For Pat Lambert by

                                                                Moe and Family

 

 

The End

Today's readings continue the eschatological themes. The speak about “The Day of the Lord” or the “Second Coming” of Jesus in glory, as Judge, at the end of the world. They warn us about the final days of the world, our own death and the final judgment. Malachi, in the first reading, foretells this Day, which will bring healing and reward for the just and punishment for the “proud and all evil doers.” St. Paul cautions the Thessalonians, in the second reading, against idleness in anticipating the end of the world. He advises Thessalonians that the best preparation for welcoming Jesus in his “Second Coming” is to keep working and doing one’s duties faithfully, as he did. Today’s Gospel passage clarifies that the date of the end of the world is uncertain.

 

The Jews cherish the Temple of Jerusalem not only as a place of worship but also as a symbol of their achievements for which they feel justifiably proud. Gazing at the Temple, Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple to the great surprise and consternation of the bystanders. Just like the Jerusalem Temple, our world today boasts of scientific and technological wonders, products of human inventiveness and skills. Like the Jews, we could rightly feel proud of these. The sin of the Jews here is that they identify themselves too closely with the temple and not sufficiently with the God of the temple. The sin of our times too is that we not only identify ourselves with the products of our human inventiveness and skills, but also are enamoured with them, forgetting the true God, our Creator and Lord.

 

Jesus also speaks about the end of time. Signs and portents, he says, will precede the end.  When the world will end, we do not know. We should be more personally and more importantly be concerned about when our lives on earth will come to an end. Jesus’ promise of the new heavens and a new earth should overshadow any fear we have of the end of the world. We need to attain permanence in a passing world by leading exemplary lives. We must remember that our homes, our Churches and even our own lives are temporary. Our greatness is judged by God, not on our worldly achievements, but on our fidelity to our Faith and its practice in our loving service of others. How our faithfulness is expressed each day is the most important thing. 

 

Jesus also speak about the persecution that awaits his disciples. They will have to suffer much. They, he says, will be called upon to testify before kings and governors. But their hour of persecution will be their finest hour because it will be an opportunity for them to witness more powerfully for the sake of the Gospel. History of Christianity testifies that times of great sufferings and trials have always had a purifying effect on Christianity. Christianity has always come out stronger and Christians more authentic disciples of Christ. We are,therefore, to persevere in our Faith, in spite of worldly temptations, attacks on religion and moral values by the atheistic or agnostic media, threats of social isolation, and direct or indirect persecution because of our religious beliefs. Let us conclude this Church year by praying for the grace to endure patiently any trials, for they are essential to our affirmation of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE – St. Al’s and St. Columban

            The annual Christmas food drive has start.  Please feel free to donate canned food, pickles, pasta, rice, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc.  We will be collecting specifically for the Christmas food baskets up to December 16, but please continue to donate throughout the year.  Thank you for your cooperation in bringing a Merry Christmas to the less fortunate in our community.

                                                                        The Charitable Fund

 

CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE AND LUNCH – November 26th

For our Christmas Craft Sale, we will be renting approx. 10 tables, the cost of these tables will be $15 each or two for $25, if you or someone you know is interested in renting please contact Susan Arnold at 819-663-3619.

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN NOVEMBER

Ann Smits                               - 2nd                       Reece Miller                           - 12th

Rita Lacelle                             - 2nd                              Kathryn and Maurice Amyot – 14th

Gabrielle McCann                   - 3rd                                    Marie Desmarais                       - 15th

Joe McCarthy                          - 4th                                    Nicole Paiement                        - 15th

Maximilian McMackin           - 4th                           Roger Seguin                            - 23rd         

Dan Daly                                 - 10th               

Michael Lalonde             -      23rd                                      Diane Cyr & Keith May           - 28th

Paul Luc Lalonde                   - 30th  

 

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION by November 18th

            It is important to register for First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation Preparation before November 18, so schedules can be set up.  Registration forms are at the main entrance to the church.

 

 

JAZZ CONCERT WITH CAROLINE COOK & FRIENDS

You may not know that Caroline is a jazz singer.  She and some friends are offering a cabaret jazz concert with bar service as a fundraiser for St-René-Goupil's ministry for immigrants on Saturday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of St-René church.  Tickets are $10 advance purchase at 819-663-4240 ext. 101 or $15 at the door.