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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 21/22, 2017

Reading I                             Isaiah 45.1, 4-6

Responsorial Psalm:             Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Reading II                            1 Thessalonians 1.1-5ab

Gospel:                                Matthew 22.15-21

 

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          Oct. 14:              $196.50                       Attendance:     19

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Oct. 15:              $610.15                       Attendance:     66

 

 

 

Fri. Oct. 20                    9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Oct. 21                    4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) 18th Anniversary Mass for

                                                                Guy Cyr by The Family

Sun. Oct. 22                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. Oct. 25                 9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Oct. 27                    9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Oct. 28                    4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Arthur and Violet Foley

                                                                by The Foley Family

Sun. Oct. 29                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

 

“Give to Caesar and to God”

Today’s reading speak of the nature of our obligations to God and to our country. They show us how, with God’s help, we can be ideal citizens of both earth and Heaven. In the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah foretells how, indirectly, the policies of the great Persian Emperor Cyrus will help God's saving plan for His chosen people. Enlightened by the Lord, the Prophet discovers beyond the political events that God has a plan for salvation. As he enters Babylon, Cyrus frees all prisoners and allows the slaves to return home. As a wise and generous King, he allows each person to practise his/her religion freely and even helps to reconstruct the temples destroyed by the Babylonian soldiers. Cyrus, according to the Prophet, is fulfilling the project of salvation prepared by the Lord. He is an instrument of salvation in the hands of the Lord. In the second reading, Paul praises the Thessalonian converts for their fidelity to God and to Christ His Son, and for their practice of the virtues of faith, hope and charity with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel presents the encounter between Jesus and the delegation of the Pharisees made up of their disciples and the Herodians. The question Jesus about the taxes paid to Caesar; a dangerous question. Any answer could bring Jesus trouble. If He denies the need to pay taxes to Caesar, He could be charged with treason before the Roman authorities. If He supports the taxes, he will attract the anger of the majority of His fellow countrymen. Beside the economic import of the question, it all has a religious implication. The coins used to pay the taxes bear the image of the emperor, violating for many pious Jews, the Mosaic prohibition against images. Aware of the trap and malice, Jesus does not answer the original question, but makes an announcement; “Give…to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”, one that has received varied interpretations.

One thing should be pointed out: faith cannot be lived in a way that is unrelated to the reality of this world. Religion affects all the options of the human person and all the moments of the person’s life; thus it necessarily influences political options and the fulfillment of duties as a citizens. Give back to Caesar: if one keeps in one’s pocket Caesar’s coin, it means that one uses it and thus recognize the Roman power. One cannot invoke religion only when it is time to pay taxes. It is a moral as well as a civil duty to contribute to the common good through the payment of just taxes (Fernando Armellini, Celebrating the Word, p. 281). Christians, as citizens of the country, ought to pay for the services and the privileges that government provides, like paved roads, police and fire departments, banks, schools and other necessities. The Christian has to be an exemplary citizen. Give back to God:  One may ask “what”. Is there anything that does not belong to Him? No. So we must give everything to Him. But how? Just as the coin has to be returned to his owner, the emperor, because it bears his image, so we must return to God the creature that bears His image. What creature? Man. Genesis says “God created man in the image of Himself, in the image of God He created him” (Gen. 1:27).  So man is the creature that cannot be under the ownership of anyone else but God. Nobody has a right to dominate us, enslave us and oppress us. We are sacred, we belong to God.

Since God has dominion over the whole of creation, Caesar’s relative power is subservient to the ultimate power of God. All authority and power have to be evaluated in the light of God’s plan. Jesus’ reply includes the fact that it is for the people to evaluate whether in demanding taxes, Caesar is reflecting the things of God. The political arena is not a territory protected from religious evaluation and criticism. If Caesar is subservient to God, then his laws are open to Christian evaluation. Christians should therefore rise up to criticize, contest, and discuss with whoever fails to respect the image of God in every person. Since everything is God’s, we must give ourselves to Him 100%, not just 10% on Sundays. We should be generous in fulfilling our Sunday obligations and find time every day for prayer and worship in the family, for the reading of the Bible and the proper training of our children in faith and morals. Our contribution to the parish Church   should be an expression of our gratitude to God, giving back to God all that He has given us. Active participation in the various ministries of the parish is an offering to God of our time and talents, yet another way of giving to God His due, our whole self.  Happy Sunday!

ST. COLUMBAN PARISHIONERS' MEETING TO ELECT A WARDEN - TO BE HELD AFTER MASS ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017

A meeting will be held immediately after mass on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for the election of a warden to fill the position previously held by John Stanyar who has submitted his resignation.  Any parishioner who may be interested in serving as a warden is kindly asked to provide his/her name to either of the current wardens (Martin Burns or Paul Paiement).  You may also nominate a parishioner of your choice for this position.  In either case, please present name(s) to one of the wardens no later than Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

A copy of Warden Duties will be available for review at the back of the church prior to the election.

We wish to thank John for his past service as warden and look forward to his continued participation as a valued member of our parish.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

Today, we celebrate World Mission Sunday! We are called to offer our prayers and generous financial support, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, for the worldwide mission of Christ. We are asked to reach out to the peripheries, people in remote villages, towns, and cities by using the witness and work of missionaries and local priests. Please keep all missionaries in your daily prayers.

SCARAMENTAL REGISTRATION

Registration is now being held for First Reconciliation, First Communion & Confirmation.  Children must be 7 years old or more in 2018 for First Communion & Reconciliation and 15 years old for Confirmation. The preparation sessions for First Reconciliation & Communion will begin in January 2018. An information session will be held in November. Last year we started a program for preteens & teenagers who wish to make their First Reconciliation & First Communion, which was well received by the participants. This program is given separate from the younger children.

Sessions are held Sundays after 11:00 AM mass and we are usually thru by 2:00 PM.

If you have any questions you may contact Louise Lortie at louise.lortie59@hotmail.com or Louise MacMillan at g_l_macmillan@sympatico.ca

To register for sacraments, you may pick a form available at the back of the church or contact Carol Leonard at the church office.

 

QUILT RAFFLE:  SEWING GROUP

St. Al’s Sewing Group is having a Raffle on a homemade queen size quilt.  Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 for $5.  Get your tickets from any member of the sewing group.  

 

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN OCTOBER

Phyllis Seguin                                                 2nd                   

Sabrina Léonard & Patrick Larouche 5th (15 yrs)

Mary Jane Champagne                                    13th

Michael McCann                                             19th

John Kehoe                                                     20th

Margaret Burns                                               21st

Ghislaine Cook                                               28th