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5th Sunday of Lent

April 1/2, 2017

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I                    Ezekiel 37.12-14

Responsorial Psalm:    With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

Reading II                   Romans 8.8-11

Gospel                         John 11.1-45

 

·         Prayer brings us in touch with the body of Christ, of Jesus risen from death, and of Jesus present in all his people.  Prayer affects the lives of others; in that way it is political, affecting how we live together, asking to be unbound and live in freedom like Lazarus.

·         Knowing that others pray with Sacred Space can help my life of prayer.

 

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

March 25:        n/a

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

          March 26:             $1,365.30                  Attendance:  81

              

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

Wed. April 5                  9:00 AM:          For Norbert Daly by

                                                                Irene and Robert Lalonde

Thurs. April 6               7:00 PM:           Penitential Service

Fri. April 7                     9:00 AM:           For all parishioners

                                      7:00 PM:                     Stations of the Cross

Sat. April 8                    4:30  PM:           (St. Columban) For Norbert Daly by

                                                                Steve Paiement and Shirley Quinn

Sun. April 9                   11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Raymond Quenneville by

                                                                Lorraine Crites

 

Jesus is the Lord of Life

This Sunday Liturgy speaks about death with hope in the resurrection. The Prophet Ezekiel feels that his people have lost all hope of liberation; hey have become like a body without a head, like a corpse in the tomb. God sends him to proclaim to his people (the Israelites) the miracle He is about to accomplish in their favour. He will raise them to new life. The Prophet speaks of God opening their graves and bringing them up from their graves, that is; returning the deportees to their homeland from Babylon, the land of their exile. This message also applies to us. We could be said to be in “exile”, in “death” when our lives are short of what God expect them to be.  St. Paul, in the second reading, assures the early Roman Christians who were facing death by persecution, and us who are surrounded by a culture of death, that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead and Who dwells within us, thanks to our Baptism,  will give life to our mortal bodies. Our lives in this world will end, but it will not be the end of everything.

 

Today's Gospel is a rather long one, though the actual “resurrection” of Lazarus comes in only two verses. All the rest is to explain the deep meaning of the sign performed by Jesus. When a loved one dies, it creates a vacuum in our lives and our world. This Gospel presents the story of how the death of Lazarus leaves a large absence in the lives of those who loved him. Jesus, instead of going earlier to cure Lazarus of his sickness, remains where he is for two more days giving the impression that He wants to let him die. Of course He says “Whoever believes in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die”(vs 25&26). But Jesus’ attitude - His absence -is essential to the story. By letting Lazarus die, He is telling us that He has not come to prevent physical death. Just as the blindness of the man in the last week’s Gospel served as the opportunity to show Jesus as the Light, so the death of Lazarus will serve to show Him as the Life. Jesus’ task is not to break up the natural course of the life of man. This life has an end; it cannot last for ever.

 

This Gospel shows a great truth about Jesus proclaimed earlier in it: “All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overcome (Jn. 1:4-5). The darkness of the tomb is not too dark for Jesus; the death of Lazarus does not mean that it is too late for Jesus to be his life. The great miracle is that while he is dead Lazarus hears the voice of the Son of God and obeys it and lives, fulfilling the prophetic word of Jesus (5:25). Hence, the disciple of Jesus does not die at all, s/he is only born into new life and enters the world of God to share in the life without limit.

 

Brothers and sisters, the story of the raising of Lazarus proclaims the great truth that Jesus is the Lord of life. He has power to call us out of our tombs, for the Christian life only begins when we, even though we are dead, hear the word of God and obey it. It is true that we don't have to be dead physically to be in need of being raised up. Even though we are alive, we could bind ourselves with chains of addictions, sexual deviations, gossips, envy, prejudices, hatred and uncontrollable anger, worry, resentment and guilt, name them.. We seem to live in a world that is filled with death. Our world is full of the culture of death in different shades. Thus, we can be dead in the midst of life. We need to listen to the word of God and put ourselves together again. Here at this Lenten Eucharist, we celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. We proclaim it as we do His coming in glory when we too shall rise from the dead. Happy Sunday!

 

CHRISM MASS:  Archbishop Paul-André Durocher is pleased to invite ALL PARISHIONERS to gather for the CHRISM MASS during which the Oils for the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed and the Holy Chrism consecrated on Holy Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Saint-Joseph Cathedral 245 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, Gatineau Free parking available behind the church and on the streets nearby

 

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

Solidarity Sunday!

Thank you for your generosity! Each donation is used to help our sisters and brothers all over the world — from Paraguay to Syria, to Indonesia and beyond! We conclude this Share Lent with the words of Pope Francis, offered on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy: “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” Thank you for helping us create a future filled with hope!

Did you know that in 1992, Rigoberta Menchú, a friend of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work defending the rights of Indigenous peoples? To learn more about this inspiring woman, visit devp.org/insp-women#rigoberta.

It is not too late! You may bring your donation for the Development and Peace share lent campaign in the envelope provided or your blue envelope. Place it in the collection basket next week.  

You can also donate online.

https://www.devp.org/en/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=17 

Thank you for your generosity.

 

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.