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4th Sunday of Lent March 25/26, 2017

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I                    1 Samuel 16.1b, 6-7, 10-13

Responsorial Psalm:    The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.

Reading II                   Ephesians 5.8-14

Gospel                         John 9.1-41

·         Jesus’ miracles cost him his life because he was claiming to be one with God.  The leaders – religious, political – only wanted a savoir on their terms.

·         After many a healing he disappeared, to get out of sight.  Maybe we can do the same; allow ourselves time for faith to grow, to be grateful for our spirituality, and be joyful that we can do something good in the love of our lives for others.

 

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

March 11:        $515.50                       Attendance: 31

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

          March 19:             $890.65                     Attendance:  96

              

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

                                       7:00 PM:           Stations of the Cross

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

Wed. Mar 29                   9:00 AM:         For Alma Prud’homme Miller by Shirley Quinn

Fri. Mar. 31                     9:00 AM:         For all parishioners

                                        7:00 PM:          Stations of the Cross

Sat. April. 1                     4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Jean-Paul Paiement by Shirley

                                                                And the Paiement families

Sun. April 2                   11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Norbert Daly by

                                                                Mr. & Mrs. Gary Burns

 

The fourth Sunday of Lent is known as “Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday,” expressing the Church's joy in anticipation of the Resurrection of our Lord. Today’s readings remind us that it is God who gives us proper vision in body as well as in soul and instruct us that we should be constantly on our guard against spiritual blindness. In the first reading, we are presented with the story of choice of a successor to King Saul. The Prophet Samuel is sent to Jesse of Bethlehem to anoint one of his eight sons as the future king. Impressed by the eldest son and his built, the prophet had no doubt about him being the choice. But no. After presenting seven of his sons Jesse has no idea that his youngest son David, in the hill tending the flock, might be the suitable one. The seven brothers are strong, handsome, capable, intelligent, and yet none of them is God’s choice.

 

We too may be astonished at the way God does certain things. But why does he behave that way? The reason is clear: whenever God has to choose someone for a great mission He seems to take pleasure at upsetting all the logical rules of common sense. God in setting the course for human salvation chose the Israelites, the small and weak, instead of more powerful and highly religious Egyptians and scientifically advanced Babylonians ( Deut.7:7-8). He also chose Gideon from the weak clan of Manasseh (Jdg 6:5). So here, in this story, the Lord sees in David something more than meets the eye. The young shepherd boy, David, is God’s eccentric choice for the future king. Jesus does the same: He chooses the small ones, the sinners, the poor, the shepherds, the ones who are despised and gives them the first places at the banquet of the kingdom. Why: God does not look at things and people through human eyes; man looks at appearances, the Lord looks at the heart. If we listen to the voice of the Lord and accept it in faith, then we learn to look at the world and humankind through the eyes of God.

 

In the Gospel we also see another example of God’s choice, one that amazes the religious leaders of the day. A beggar becomes a ‘teacher’ for them on the person of Jesus. The evangelist carefully tells us how a blind beggar comes to see the light in Jesus, both physically and spiritually. Despite their doubts, the man who has become new, thanks to his encounter with Jesus, becomes the one that displays the work of God and points to who Jesus really is. They drive him away but Jesus seeks him out and reveals Himself to him. The man, though rejected, is the only person in the community to see Jesus as the Son of God.

 

Brothers and sisters, both the story of David and the story of the blind man speak of God’s choices. God sees the heart and so chooses differently from the way that we do. God does not choose based on appearances. He sees the real! Despite our appearances, God has chosen us to display his works. By virtue of our baptism, we have been chosen to point to Jesus by the witness of our lives as Christians. To many people, including ourselves, we may seem an unlikely choice. Our greatness lies in the fact that we have been chosen, not in ourselves alone. We are still a work in God’s hands. We are not a “finished product” yet. Allowing God to work in us, we can keep alive the story of God’s eccentric choices! Happy Sunday!

 

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Marty Burns                            -2nd                              Fr. Al                           - 5th

Fr. Yves Mass                         25th                                       Anne-Marie Plante     - 7th

Diana Foley                             - 18th                            Carole Douaire            – 26th

Isabel Carolina St-Louis         - 20th                            Daphne Vachon          – 26th

Marie Cook                             - 29th                            Cornelius Foley           - 29th

 

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

            Our deepest sympathy to Susan Arnold and her family on the passed away of her aunt, Myrnah Steele.  Her funeral was held in Ottawa, this week.   May she rest in peace.

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 creating a future filled with hope in Syria

This week, open your heart to the reality of women living in a country at war. Listen to the voice of Hannan, a Syrian woman who tells us how our partner’s training centres are helping to change the female workforce and the financial autonomy of women in her region. “Through the training course, I personally evolved a lot as a person. Today, I dream of teaching sewing and running a learning centre.” Thanks to your support during Share Lent this year, 280 Syrians will have access to an 11-week training course in sewing and psychosocial services!

Next week is Solidarity Sunday and the Share Lent collection will take place. Please, be generous!

Did you know that in 1982, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada launched its first three-year mobilization and education campaign, entitled “Militarization: Obstacle to Development”?

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.