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3rd Sunday of Lent

March 18/19, 2017

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I                    Exodus 17.3-7

Responsorial Psalm:    O that today you would listen to the voice of the Lord.

                                    Do not harden your hearts!

Reading II                   Romans 5.1-2, 5-8

Gospel                         John  4.5-42

·         The Samaritan woman might have been angry or fled from this man who broke all the rules by speaking to her.  Instead, she was astonished – and answered Jesus with a question of her own.

·         She may not yet have come to belief, but by her response she laid herself open to something new which might change her life.

·         Am I open to such a confronting, personal encounter with Jesus?

 

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

March 11:        $287.50                                   Attendance: 22

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

          March 12:             $896.50                     Attendance:  94

              

Fri. Mar. 17                   9:00 AM:          For Norbert Daly by Barry and Gloria Burns

Sat. Mar. 18                   4:30 PM:                     (St. Columban) For Marc Savoie

                                                                By Maurice and Kathy Amyot

Sun. Mar. 19                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Richard Butler by

                                                                Ron and Paulette Pearce

Wed. Mar. 22                9:00 AM:          For Norbert Daly by Lorne and Louisa Milani

Fri. Mar. 24                   9:00 AM:          For Jim Mulcahey by Phyllis Mulcahey

Sat. Mar. 25                   4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) Anniversary Mass for

                                                                Brian and Johnnie Prud’homme by

                                                                Nora, Pat and Marlene

Sun. Mar. 26                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Henry Mack and Ron Latraille

                                                                By Rita and Family

 

The Living Water

Living water represents God’s Spirit Who comes to us in Baptism, penetrating every aspect of our lives and quenching our spiritual thirst. The Holy Spirit of God, the Word of God and the Sacraments of God in the Church are the primary sources of the living water of Divine Grace. We are assembled here in the Church to drink this water of eternal life and salvation.   Washed in it at Baptism, renewed by its abundance at each Eucharist, invited to it in every proclamation of the Word and daily empowered by the anointing of the Spirit, we are challenged by today’s Gospel to remain thirsty for the living water, which only God can give (Tony Kadavil).The first reading taken from Exodus tells the story of the Jews complaining about the thirst, a figure of human longing for God and spiritual satisfaction.The Israelites doubted God’s faithfulness and promises. The rock which Moses strikes represents God who gives the water (God’s own life) essential for our spiritual life. The reading shows us a time when God’s people literally thirsted, and God satisfied them. In the second reading St Paul states that as the Saviour of mankind, Jesus poured the living water, or the gift of the Holy Spirit, into our hearts. We need the Holy Spirit to sustain us spiritually, just as we need water to sustain us physically.  Paul realized that he and all the Jews who kept the Law of Moses were trying to become justified on their own.  But keeping the Law is not an adequate means of justification because we are unable to make ourselves worthy of God's favor, whether by by good works, keeping the Commandments, rituals or prayers.  Grace means the gratuitous, unearned, undeserved love and favor of God for us.

The Gospel presents the detailed dialogue between Jesus and an ostracized Samaritan woman. In revealing himself as the Messiah to the woman, Jesus speaks to her of the fountain of water. He will give her the life giving water. The water that Jesus promises is closely linked to, conversion and forgiveness of sin.  Jesus wants to get personal with us, especially during this Lenten season.  Jesus wants to get into our “private” lives.  We have a “private” personal life which is contrary to the will of God.  Christ wishes to come into that “private” life, not to embarrass us, not to judge or condemn us, not to be unkind or malicious to us.  Rather, Christ comes into our “private” personal life to free us, to change us and to offer us what we really need: living water.  The living water is God the Holy Spirit Who enters the soul of the woman through Jesus and his love.  We human beings are composed of four parts: mind, body, emotions and spirit.  When we let God the Holy Spirit come into us and take control of our thinking, our physical activity, our emotions and our spirit, He can bring harmony to the way we live with all four parts of our humanity. We can find this living water in the Sacraments, in prayer and in the Holy Bible.

This Gospel also teaches us how to get along with those who are different, sharing with them the love of God. Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well shows how free and independent His behaviour is, something that should make us reflect. He is not bound by restrictive customs that discriminate and are based on suspicion. Furthermore, He recognizes the gifts and ministries of women in His future Church. This Gospel is also a narrative about God wooing the outsider or, as Paul will say, “the godless”. The Jewish man of that time would not have anything to do with the Samaritan, not definitely with the woman. The woman would be as surprised about it as anybody. When she just met Jesus, she was surprised that even he talked to her. Once converted, she became an evangelist, authoritatively introducing Jesus to her fellow villagers. Her past did not hinder her from being a messenger of the Good News. She did not keep her experience a secret. She turned her experience of Jesus into a message for others.

BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH

 

John Stanyar                - 6th                                        Katy Brownrigg           - 15th

Diane Ford                   -10th                                Anthony Lalonde         - 19th

Mary Connelly             -10th                                      Janice Nadeau             - 14th                                                                                                                                

Anne Bokovay `           -15th

EUCHARIST MINISTER

            We need someone to arrange the schedule for the Eucharist Ministers at St. Aloysius.  We would like to thank Rita Lacelle for her years of service in this position.

            For more information, please contact Rita Lacelle or Carol at the office.

 

Women are breaking the chains of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This week, we meet with Cécile Kazadi, a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who explains why community radio is an essential tool for women denouncing sexual violence. “Thanks to RCK radio, our lives have changed a lot. We are now aware of our rights.”

This year, why not share year-round by joining Development and Peace – Caritas Canada’s monthly donor program? More information can be found online at devp.org/shareyearround.

Development and Peace has been working with the Congolese Catholic Church to encourage citizen participation and ensure a fair electoral process since the first democratic elections in the DRC in 2006.

 

MURDER MYSTERY EVENT

 

The St. Aloysius Theatre Group will be presenting two performances of “Eat, Drink And Be Murdered” on Friday, April 21st, and Saturday April 22nd, at 7 p.m.  Seats are limited to 100 per evening so get your tickets early.  Tickets are $12 each. Don't miss the fun, you will be representing either the McFadden or the O'Reilly, two Irish families who are feuding again!!  BYOB. Dessert, coffee and tea will be served. For tickets please see Diane Brownrigg after mass or Carol Léonard (819)663-5244.

 

PAINTING RAFFLE

Members of the St. Al’s Sewing Group will have Raffle tickets available for a painting by Anne-Marie Plante.  All proceeds will go to the repair of a crack in the Parish Hall foundation.  The draw will be take place on June 18th after Mass.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  See Carol, Pauline, Ann, Gaby, Louise L. or any other member of the Sewing Group.  Thank you for your support of this much needed repair.