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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 10/11, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent

Reading I                             Isaiah 35.1-6a, 10

Responsorial Psalm:             Lord, come and save us

Reading II                            James 5.7-10

Gospel:                                Matthew 11.2-11

 

·         There is real comfort in this story.  John the Baptist had his moments of darkness.  Imprisoned in Herod’s dungeon, he wondered, “Am I a fool? Was I wrong about Jesus?”  He does not just brood on the question but sends messengers to Jesus.  And Jesus does not send back reassurances; he just asks the messengers to open their eyes and see the evidence of Jesus’ life.

·         Lord, in my moments of doubt and darkness, may I fill my eyes with you.

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

Dec. 4:               $1857.65                                 Attendance:    86

                                                               

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

         Dec. 3:                 $352.00                                 Attendance:    23       

         

Fri. Dec. 9                     9:00 AM:          For Father Lomer by Norbert and Shirley Daly

Sat. Dec. 10                  4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Kevin Burns by Gail Burns

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

                                                                The Bernier Family

Wed. Dec. 14                9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Dec. 16                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

                                       7:00 PM:          Reconciliation Service

Sat. Dec. 17                  4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Jessie Foley by Marty,

                                                                Amanda and Hannah Burns

Sun. Dec. 18                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Ivka & Henry Zawadka by

                                                                The Zawadka Family

 

Advent: Rejoice

On the third Sunday of Advent, the Liturgy invites us to rejoice at the coming of Jesus as we prepare for the Christmas. This Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday following the Entrance Antiphon of today's liturgy:” Gudete in Domino Semper (Rejoice in the Lord always)”(Phil. 4,4). We light the rose candle of the Advent wreath to express our joy in the coming of our Saviour in our hearts and lives. The first reading is a message of joy. The Prophet Isaiah encourages the exiled Jews in Babylon to rejoice because their God is coming to free them from slavery and lead them safely to their homeland. The second reading echoes the same message of joy. St James encourages the early Christians to rejoice and wait with patience for the second coming of Jesus just as the farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth. The former does not just sit back looking at the field to yield crop by itself. S/he sits back only when s/he has done all s/he can and waits patiently for God to do His part. S/he never loses heart even if s/he has to wait for months before the crop is ripe. We have to cherish the hope that God will intervene in our lives and that ‘His advent’ is close at hand.

            In the Gospel, the message of joy is also expressed, though indirectly. Jesus urges John the Baptist (in prison) to rejoice by casting away his wrong expectations about the Messiah and simply accept Him and His ministry as the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah. In last Sunday’s Gospel John has spoken of the Messiah as one coming as a strict judge with his fiery judgement: “His winnowing fork is in His hand…”; also, “Even now the axe is lying at the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” John is in prison and hears what Jesus is doing, a far cry from what he expects. Hence, he questions through his disciples, “are you the One who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” In reply Jesus tells them to tell John what they have seen: “the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have Good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.” Thus, Jesus presents Himself as fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah in today's reading and in 29,19 and 61,1. Jesus’ works fulfill all these prophecies; what He does and says, says who He is.These are all signs of salvation and not of condemnation.  It is left for everyone, including John to make the decision to work out from what He does and says who He is, a decision of faith.

To experience true joy of this time, we need to eliminate our wrong expectations and images of Jesus. Like John the Baptist, we sometimes experience crises of faith. Jesus’ way of doing things scandalizes John and may scandalize us too. The question of John could be our question too: ‘Is He the Christ? Is Jesus good enough for us? Is His Gospel good enough? Does Jesus as He presents Himself satisfy our longings? The God revealed by Jesus is very different from us and cannot correspond to our way of thinking. He loves everyone, good and bad, and makes the sun rise and the rain fall on each one of us, the honest and dishonest one alike, because we are all His children (Mt. 5,45). A God such as this, who is good to everybody, does not fit our ideas nor fulfil our expectations. Isn't such a God a scandal to us?(Armellini, F,SCI  1995).

We rejoice that Jesus is to be reborn into in our lives. Thus Jesus says to us today as he commands John’s disciples: Go and tell others what you hear and see. It means that we have to share with others our experience of the rebirth of Jesus within us. What signs can we offer people today to convince them that Jesus is among them? We have to keep on being signs of what our Master did: help our brothers and sisters, feed the hungry, cure the sick, fight for the oppressed and be enemies of sin. During this Advent we must prepare our hearts to recognize and welcome Jesus by going through a metánoia – a change of thinking about God, ourselves and the world.

 

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

DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS

            On Sunday, December 18th after the 11:00 am Mass, we will be decorating the Church for the Christmas season. You are all invited to come and participate in this community event. Help us to bring the holiday spirit to life in our Church. 

            If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help out more with decorating for the Christmas season, please contact Jo Anne Lambert at (819) 663-9620.

ANGEL TREE CAMPAIGN

 

You may have seen a tree at the back of the church with pink and boy angels on it.  This tree represents the children that are helped with our Christmas Baskets.   Each angel is a child that we help, showing their age on the back.  We include a gift for each of them in our food baskets. We would appreciate if you would take one or two angels home and buy a gift for them.  Please wrap the gift and have it returned to the parish by December 16th.  You may leave them at the back of the church or bring them to the office.  Please do not include your name on the gift and make sure the angel tab is attached on the outside. Thank you for your support.

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN DECEMBER

George Lemieux -      4th                                           Bob Nadeau    -           5th

Mike Groulx -            8th                                           Carol Léonard -           16th

Bradley Burke -         20th                                        Lina O’Brien  -            23rd

Paul & Adeline Gendron , 28th   -- 51st

 

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

            It is important to register for First Communion, First Reconciliation and Confirmation Preparation so that a schedule can be set up. 

 

The ages for First Communion and First Reconciliation is 7 years old. Confirmation is at the age of 15.  Registration forms are at the main entrance to the church.

 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

 

Reconciliation Service/Confessions – Dec. 16th – 7:00 p.m. (St. Aloysius)

 

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24:         St. Aloysius                 7:00 p.m.

                                                St. Columban              9:00 p.m.

 

Christmas Day, Dec. 25:         St. Aloysius                 11:00 a.m.

                          Dec. 26:         St. Aloysius                 9:00 a.m.

  

NO MASS AT ST. COLUMBAN FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY