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FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
May 6/7, 2017

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I                    Acts 2.14a, 36b-41

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

Reading II                   1 Peter 2.20b-25

Gospel                         John 10.1-10

 

·         Jesus talks a lot about giving life and about the fullness of life.  It’s not just for hereafterEternal life is our faith in him and in his word.

·         We are called to be life-givers, to facilitate the full life of justice, compassion and peaceWe are called to be ministers of life, serving the God who loves all life.

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

April 29 :         $468.70                                   Attendance:     22

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

             April 30:          $964.00                                   Attendance:     95

         

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

                                                                2nd Anniversary Mass for Ken Daly by

                                                                Mary and Family

Sat. May 13                   4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) 2nd Anniversary Mass for Ron Cyr by

                                                                The Cyr Family

                                                                For Alma Prud’homme by Margaret and Gary Burns

                                                                and Family

Sun. May 14                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius)

                                                                For Norbert Daly by Moe and Nancy Lambert

 

THERE WILL BE NO WEEKDAY MASSES UNTIL MAY 29TH

AS FATHER AL WILL BE AWAY FOR HIS FATHER’S FUNERAL

 

The Good Shepherd

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. The Church invites us all to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life and reminds us of our vocation to be good shepherds of God’s flock and good sheep of His sheepfold. Scripture uses the image of the Shepherd and His flock to describe the unique relationship of God with Israel and of Christ with Christians. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter on the Pentecost, reminds his Jewish listeners how they crucified Jesus, their true Shepherd. He, therefore, urges them to embrace baptism in the name of Jesus so as to receive the forgiveness of their sins and also to acknowledge the Risen Christ as their Lord and saviour. The popular Psalm 23 sung today speaks of God as the Good Shepherd of Israel who cares for us, His sheep, providing for our needs. In the second reading, Peter again encourages the suffering Christians to follow in the footsteps of their Good Shepherd, Jesus, who though innocent suffered. Jesus, he states, was a model of patience and trust in God and His suffering enabled us to become more fully children of God. His way of the cross speaks of the Shepherd willing to die for his sheep.

            In the Gospel, Jesus addresses the Pharisees who were accusing Him of being from the devil just because He healed a blind man on the Sabbath day. In response, Jesus tells them he is the Good Shepherd. He is not like the hired hands who collect their pay for watching the sheep but who abandon the sheep in their time of need because they do not really care about the sheep. The Good Shepherd shows fondness for His sheep. He knows them and calls each of them by name. He does not own an anonymous collection. On the contrary, there are thieves and brigands. They come up with promises of security, happiness and health for the sheep. They pose as shepherds, but they are not. They are like some leaders who maintain that they are concerned with the good of the people, but are instead looking only after their own interest; their goal is power and the means to attain it are violence and deceit. In our own times, we hear many people talking to us; the radio, TVs, newspapers, other media, politicians, leaders, advertisement etc., are talking to us. They promise security, happiness, health and pleasure. They all sound like shepherds who want to lead us into rich pastures; but not always true. We need to train our hearing so that we recognize the shepherd from his voice.

Jesus also tells us twice in this Gospel that he is the gate of the sheepfold. A gate has a double purpose: to let one in or to prevent one from entering. Jesus is the gate: He is the one to decide who should enter and who should not enter to see the sheep. He will allow entrance only to the true shepherd, the one who is like Him and cares about the sheep, the one who is ready to give up his/her life for the sheep as He does. There are religious and political leaders of His own time who are exploiting the people and causing suffering to them.  Some are revolutionaries who went about promising a better future gained through the use of arms and violence; people who do not harbour the sentiments and attitudes of Jesus. The shepherds want life, the thieves and brigands advocate death. Jesus say “I come that they may have life and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10). We have people who pose as shepherds but do not enter through the gate, who are not on the side of life.

Brothers and sisters, we are asked to be good shepherds, and good leaders. Everyone entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd. Not only the pastors; parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, government officials, caregivers are also shepherds. We need to be good sheep in the sheepfold of Christ the Good Shepherd. As good sheep, we should listen to and follow the voice of our shepherds, receive the spiritual food given by our pastors by regular participation in the Holy Mass, by frequenting the Sacraments and participating in other programs of our parishes. We should cooperate with our shepherds by proffering positive suggestions, encouraging them in their duties, and lovingly and constructively correcting them when they are found misbehaving or failing in their duties, and always praying for them, and by actively participating in various ministries. We are also urged to pray for good shepherds and vocations in various areas of church’s life. Happy Good Shepherd Sunday!

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. 

 

 

 

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)             Nora Prud’homme – 28th

FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES

Shawn Cannon

Faith MacDonell-Gearey

Noah MacDonell-Gearey

Sage MacDonell-Gearey

Reece Miller

Kaleb Potter

 

 

 

A special Thank you to Louise MacMillan, Louise Lortie and Shannon Lortie, who prepared the candidates for this special day.