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Past bulletins

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 7/8, 2009


Reading I                 Job 7.1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm: Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
Reading II               1 Corinthians 9.16-19, 22-23
Gospel:                    Mark 1.29-39

• Jesus liked physical contact. He lifted the sick woman by the hand. He put his fingers into the ears of the deaf mute and touched his tongue with spittle. He touched lepers. Jairus begged him: Lay your hand on my daughter to make her better.
• Lord, let me not fear to touch, to bless, and to come close to others as you did.

  February 1:    $788.00   Attendance: 96


   Jan 31 Sunday Offering:
   Envelopes          $251
   Cash Offering     $    5   Attendance: 23   

Fri. Feb 6      9:00 AM: For all parishioners of St. Aloysius and St. Columban
Sat. Feb 7     4:30 PM: (St. Columban) For Kevin Burns by Mary Daly
Sun. Feb. 8 11:00 AM: (St. Aloysius) Anniversary Mass for Roch Paquette by Marie Paquette and Family
                     4:00 PM: Eucharistic Adoration
Fri. Feb 13    9:00 AM: For all parishioners of St. Aloysius and St. Columban
Sat. Feb 14   4:30 PM: (St. Columban) For Ruth Prud’homme by Mary Daly
Sun. Feb 15 11:00 AM: (St. Aloysius) For Brian Berrea and Mae Covey by Sheila And Family
                                      For Amy Durant by Marie & Joe McCarthy
                      4:00 PM:  Eucharistic Adoration

 Tickets are on sale for a Valentine Gift Basket. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Draw will be held on Feb. 8th after Mass.  For tickets see Phyllis Seguin or Susan Arnold. 
 St. Al’s will be holding a Pancake Breakfast (pancakes, ham, eggs, toast) on February 22, following the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass.  Tickets are $7 for Adults and $5 for Children.  Deadline to buy tickets is February 20th. For tickets see Susan Arnold or call the office at 663-5244.

BIBLE STUDY GROUP -  Study Group on February 10th with Fr. Poole.  Look forward to seeing you there.

PASTORAL TEAM MEETING – Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.

ST. AL’S WARDENS MEETING – Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Be not afraid; from now on you will be catching men (Luke 5:10)

Jesus accepts to embark on Simon’s fishing boat. Jesus needs the one who will become His servant to spread His Good News.

Does our everyday work seem tedious, boring? Have we not forgotten that the Lord Jesus can embark on our boat and associate Himself with our work? Not only can He do it, but He wants to: He wants to be beside us to lighten up by the glory of His Presence, what has become in our life a tiresome and boring routine. Let us invite Him to come in our boat and we will experience His Presence! If every morning we would leave for work or start our day with such a spirit, our life would brighten up and positive changes would occur.

Moreover, the Lord brings Peter to confess his lack of success: “We have worked all night without success, we haven’t caught any fish.” Are we discouraged because we have so little fruit despite all the effort we put forth? Let us admit it openly and let us learn to cast our nets according to His word. There lies the secret of a powerful kind of work. Instead of relying on our own efforts, we will be inspired by the authority of His word and our thoughts and actions will be captivated by the obedience to Christ Jesus. The results will soon be evident. For Peter the change was so amazing that it created a great fright in him when he saw the overflowing amount of fish caught in their nets.

May the Lord and His word take the lead in our lives and in our actions and a radical change will take place. What was dead or about to die will be vivified; what is sterile will become fruitful; our discouragement will be replaced by hope; what seemed impossible will become possible. Our life boat will become the springboard on which our Divine Master will accomplish His marvelous work!

When we put away our own personal glory and when our self-serving trust abates, we will be in a position to let our Master guide us according to His call and His purpose for our success. His call will have been heard and answered. And so the Lord will say finally these magnificent words: “From now on….do not be afraid, trust Me and all will be well.” He waits for us on the shore of the lake of Gennesaraet. May these words be part of our every day life and part of our experiences, here and now.

Inspired by a text in the book “Manne du matin” by H.E. Alexander
        Marie-Hermance Cook

 Our deepest sympathy to the Kopil Family on the pasting away of Gerald Kopil.  His funeral was held at St. Al’s this week.  May he rest in peace.

 Welcome to those who want to make our parish their faith home. You may have come from other places.  You may have been “away for a while”.  Be assured that we love to have you among us.  We would appreciate it very much if you identified yourself at Mass. It would also help if you would take the time to fill out a registration form. The next time you are with us, you may leave it in the collection basket or give it to one of the ushers or to the priest.  Thank you and welcome.