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Past bulletins


THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

April 29/30, 2017

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I                    Acts 2.14, 22b-28

Responsorial Psalm:    Lord, you will show me the path of life.

Reading II                   1 Peter 1.17-21

Gospel                         Luke 24.13-35

 

·         Every table of the Eucharist is Emmaus; every moment of hearing the Scriptures is the road to Emmaus. We are always on that road, as Jesus speaks hi s word and breaks the bread of his love.

·         The word and the bread sent them to the community and into the world with their story of how they had recognized himMaybe the daily word and the daily bread can do the same for us.

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

April 22 :         $921.25                                   Attendance :    29

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

             April 23:          $886.80                                   Attendance:     80

         

Fri. April 28                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. April 29                  4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Mildred Foley by Gail Burns

Sun. April 30                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Jean Ryan by

                                                                The Gatineau Friendship Club

Wed. May 3                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. May 5                      9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. May 6                     4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. May 7                    11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Raymond Quenneville by

                                                                Aurelle and Veronica Amyotte

 

Today’s readings encourage us that the Risen Lord is always with us despite what happens in our lives. God is always near to those who seek Him and want to live in His presence, doing his will. The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes the beginning of Peter’s first public proclamation about Jesus, the Resurrected. He states that Jesus’ Resurrection was part of the plan of God. What in the eyes of humans is humiliation and infamy is for God a victory. The same Peter in the second reading exhorts the early Christians to place their faith and hope in this God who has saved them through the Precious Blood of Jesus, His Resurrected Son. As part of God’s plan, the Resurrection is the root of our Faith. Peter therefore argues that it is important for everyone in the Christian community to have the experience of the Risen Jesus in His or her life.

Today's Gospel is arguably one of the best passages in the whole of the four Gospels. This Emmaus Gospel is a beautiful theological dramatization of one of the encounters between Jesus and disciples. The exposition of the Gospel is done in such a way as to convey a message to disciples of all times. Two disciples are sad because of what they have witnessed, what happened to Jesus. They are struggling to make sense of all that event: the death of Jesus. They have dreamed of the glorious and powerful king, a victor, and found instead that they have backed a loser. All their hopes have crumbled. Jesus approaches them along the way and they share their disappointment. They cannot hold the two things together: their hope in Jesus and death. Jesus’ death cancels out their hope. They feel hopeless and helpless. Jesus’ death, for them, cannot be anything more than a tragedy. 

The Emmaus story is also our story. We too experience this same kind of discouragement as we watch the triumph of evil and death, we witness the victory of injustice over honesty, when falsehood is accepted as the official truth, when we see the prophets silenced or even killed. We too stop short, our faces downcast; we resign to the fact that the new world proclaimed by Jesus would never be a reality and are convinced that evil people would be getting the upper hand. But as people of faith, should we just remain in counting the exterior events or historical events about Jesus. We need to go beyond this to the resurrection of Jesus which cannot be verified and proved scientifically. Aren't we victims of incomplete knowledge of Jesus which results in sadness? Without faith in the resurrection, the life of humans will end in death and this is really a meaningless tragedy.

As the disciples in the Gospel finish their own story, the “stranger” begins his own. He invites them to look at the past again, this time in the light of the scripture. The stranger explains that Christ’s death was an event which was essential for his glory; it was an achievement of his mission, not the collapse of it. The disciples invite him to stay with them. At the breaking of the bread, their eyes are opened. He is the Risen Jesus! Their hearts burn. Beyond helping them interpret the past, in their new experience of him as Lord He gives them a new future. They can now return to Jerusalem even in the dark. They are bold enough to share the story with others.

Brothers and sisters, let us remember that Jesus meets us on our Emmaus road in the ordinary experiences of our lives and the places we retreat when life is too much for us. Jesus would always come to us in unfamiliar guises to support and strengthen us when we least expect Him. We meet the Risen Christ on our life's journey through rough times. Jesus, the Risen desires that we walk with Him and with one another. Jesus waits to join us in our travels of life. We need to hear Jesus on a daily basis through faithful reading of, and meditation on, the Bible and experience Him through our participation in the Eucharistic celebration where Jesus gives Himself to us and through our personal and family prayers. We should be disposed to let our hearts burn as we listen to the Risen Lord in the scripture. The study of the scripture is one of the primary ways of meeting God. It helps us to have a deep, intimate, loving, caring, long term relationship with Jesus Christ. As the Gospel shows us today, we find Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. When we gather every week to celebrate the Eucharist, we too listen to the word of God and break bread together. Jesus comes to us in word and Sacrament to give us new hope to face the future with faith in him. Happy Easter!

 

MEMORIAL MASS

A memorial mass for Fr. Al’s father, Augustine Ogowuihe Okafor will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 7 p.m. at St. Aloysius.  It is being organized by the Igbo Catholic Community of the Ottawa region.  All parishioners St. Aloysius, St. Columban, Our Lady of Victory and St. Malachy are also welcome to come. There will be some refreshment after the mass in the hall.

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.

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. 

 

Portes ouvertes chez deux communautés religieuses dans l'Archidiocèse de Gatineau. 

 

Il y aura dans l'Archidiocèse de Gatineau une activité spéciale le dimanche 30 avril (style les journées de la culture du Québec)

« Au-delà des murs.» Un regard sur la vie consacrée.  Deux communautés religieuses feront des visites guidées de leur lieu d'apostolat de 13h30 à 15h30: les Soeurs de la Sainte Famille de Bordeaux au Centre de Prière Béthel, 1, rue Donat St-Amour à Masson et Les Frères du Sacré-Coeur à la Maison Hôte, 45, rue Prévost, Hull. C'est gratuit et ouvert à tout le monde.

 

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY

            Our deepest sympathy to Father Al and his family on the passing away of his father, Augustine Ogowuihe Okafor last week.

            Our deepest sympathy to Shirley Daly and her family on the passing away of Shirley’s brother, Phillip Brennan on last Friday.

            Also our deepest sympathy to the Family of Eva Somers, who passed last Saturday.

            May they all rest in peace.

BIRTHDAYS AND WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR MAY

 

Moe Lambert – 2nd                                           Jim Brownrigg -  5th

Blaise Foley – 10th                                           Avery Miller – 12th 

Barbara Morey – 12th                                       Moe Amyot – 13th      

Judy Grandmaison – 13th                                 Shirley Daly – 14th

Louise & Gord MacMillian – 15th                    Pauline Leduc – 16th

Gail Nadeau – 17th                                           Donald  Richard – 18th           

Ron Pearce – 18th                                                   

Pauline Leduc & Mike Groulx – 18th (27th)

Robert & Irene Lalonde – 21st                                     Donna Escander – 26th

Pat Prud’homme – 27th                                                John O’Farrell – 28th

Paul Paiement Jr. – 28th    

David and Lorraine Whitworth – 28th (57th)

Margaret and Gary Burns – 30th (25th)