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Easter Sunday

April 16, 2017

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I                             Acts 10.34a, 37-43

Responsorial Psalm:             This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Reading II                            Colossians 3.1-4

Gospel:                                John 20.1-18++

 

·         Wherever we share compassion, justice, reconciliation, faith and encourage each other to be people of hope, we are people of the Resurrection and ministers of the Resurrection.

·         Jesus is raised from death each time we live his way of life. We do this in our various ways by showing care and concern for the lives and troubles of others.

·         Lord, teach me to be a minister of the Resurrection.

 

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

April 8 :           $451.35                                                           Attendance :28

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

          April 9:     $796.65                                 Attendance:     104

         

Fri. April 14                   2:30 PM:           Stations of the Cross

                                       3:00 PM:           Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Sat. April 15                  8:00 PM:           Easter Vigil – Our Lady of Victory

Sun. April 16                 9:00 AM:          (St. Columban) For all parishioners

                                      11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. April 19                9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. April 21                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. April 22                  4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Alma Miller by Gail Burns

Sun. April 23                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Norbert Daly by

                                                                The Gatineau Friendship Club

 

It is Easter! Alleluia

Today, Easter Sunday, the Church celebrates the greatest and the most important of all her feasts: the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The importance of this feast in Christendom cannot be overemphasized. Firstly, it is the basis of our Christian Faith. As the greatest of all miracles, the Resurrection proves that Jesus is God. As St Paul writes, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without substance, and so is our faith”(1 Cor. 15:14). The central theme of the apostles’ preaching is “Jesus is Lord, He is risen!”(cf Rom. 10:9). Meanwhile, Jesus has prophesied His Resurrection as a sign of His divinity: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (Jn. 2:19). Secondly, the Resurrection of Jesus is the guarantee of our own resurrection. This is seen in the assurance given by Jesus. “I am the Resurrection. Anyone who believe in me even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (Jn. 11:25-26). In this world of pain, sorrow and tears Easter as a feast gives us hope and encouragement. Easter reminds us that life is worth living. We believe that God’s graciousness will be extended to us and that our death will not be the final word. The truth that God raised Jesus from the death gives hope and help to all those who want that miracle repeated in their lives.

Today's Gospel speaks about this most spectacular event that Easter morning. Mary Magdalene and the running apostles (Peter and John) were greeted with the sight, not of the Risen Lord, nor His crucified remains, but an empty tomb. No more. Christ has broken the death-barrier. The empty tomb explains it all; an empty womb after a new birth. Life is changed, not ended (vita mutatur non tollitur).  Birth and death has much in common. If the child is to grow to its full potential. It must die to be born. And birth like death is never easy. When we shake off our mortal bodies we will begin a new life, eternal life. An author writes: “Being a longtime dead is what God protests against today.When we celebrate Easter as the most important feast of our faith we rejoice in a God who faces death frankly, and who outstares it with the power of his own love. Resurrection is God’s protest against the finality of death; it is love outstaring violence; it is laughter in the tomb; it is the surprise of life overcoming the inevitability of death. Resurrection is God having the last laugh. In Easter, we exult in a God who refuses to leave the dead forever dead. The Father’s undying affection for Jesus sweeps death aside as he cleanses his beloved Son again. Nothing can come between them (Unknown author).

Brothers and sisters, we have to live like Resurrection people. That is the message of Easter. It means that we are not supposed to lie buried in the tomb of our sins, evil habits, dangerous addictions, despair, discouragement or doubt. We, on the contrary, are expected to live a joyful and peaceful life, constantly experiencing the living presence of the Risen Lord in all the events of our lives and amid the boredom, suffering, pain and tensions of our day-to-day life. As Christians we need to live new lives in the Risen Jesus. The all-pervading presence of the Risen Lord is in and around us. Our awareness of this presence and the strong conviction of our resurrection help us to control our thoughts, desires, words and behaviour. Our conviction about this presence in our neighbours and in all those with whom we come in contact should encourage us to respect them, and to render them loving, humble and selfless service. We are called to be transparent Christians showing others through our lives the love, mercy, compassion and spirit of self- sacrificing service of the Risen Jesus in our hearts.

We must recall that each time we try to practise Christian charity, mercy and forgiveness and each time we fight against temptations, we share in the Resurrection of Jesus. Easter reminds us that every good Friday in our lives will have an Easter Sunday. Whenever we display our love of others, face a betrayal of trust, and with God’s grace, forgive the betrayal, we share in the Resurrection of Christ. Each time we fail in our attempts to ward off temptations – but keep on trying to overcome them – we share in the Resurrection. The message is simply this: nothing can destroy us – not pain, sin, rejection, betrayal or death – because Christ has conquered all these, and we, too, can conquer them if we put our faith and trust in Him. We are to be bearers of the Good News of Resurrection.  Resurrection is Good News, but at the same time, it’s sometimes painful because it involves death. Before the power of the Resurrection can take hold in our own lives, we are called to die to sin, to die to self. We may even have to die to our own dreams, so that God can do what He wants to do with our lives. Happy Easter!

 

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Marty Burns                            -2nd                              Fr. Al                           - 5th

Glenn Harvey                          - 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

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. 

 

 

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

                Our deepest sympathy to Pauline Leduc and Mike Groulx on the passing away of Pauline’s brother Roger.  His funeral will be held in Cornwall.

                Also our deepest sympathy to Sheila Brisson on the passing away of her sister, Joanne Charette.  Her funeral was held last week.

May they rest in peace.

 

SPRING AUCTION – OLA - Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish will be holding a Spring Auction on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at the Church Centre, 189 Archambault Street, Gatineau (Hull Sector).  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing, bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission $2. Draws will be held for door prizes throughout the evening. For additional information, tel. 819-771-4613 or 819-777-8825.