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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 4/5, 2017

Reading I                             Malachi 1.14-2.2, 8-10

Responsorial Psalm:             In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

Reading II                            1 Thessalonians 2.7-9, 13

Gospel:                                Matthew 23.1-12

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          Oct. 28:              $366.00                       Attendance:     28

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Oct. 29:              $907.00                       Attendance:     n/a

         

 

 

 

Fri. Nov. 3                     9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

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

Sun. Nov. 5                   11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. Nov. 8                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Nov. 10                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Nov. 11                  4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Bennett and May Quinn

                                                                By Shirley Quinn

Sun. Nov. 12                 11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Fr. Egan, Fr. Norm and Fr. Lomer

                                                                By Shirley Quinn

 

The Word of God today should cause everyone to reflect, especially those in the positions of authority in our Christian communities. The readings invite and challenge us to render humble, selfless, diligent, committed and loving service to others in the community without expecting honour or rewards. The Gospel warns us too against hypocrisy and status seeking. In the first reading, the Prophet Malachi condemns the irresponsible, proud and lazy priests of his own day. He pours out God’s curses on the unfaithful priests of his time. This was around 450 BC, after Judah’s return from exile in Babylon and the rebuilding of the Temple. The priests of the day were indifferent to the rituals and their teaching responsibilities and were often unfair in their judgement of others. God in this prophecy condemns the temple priests for not teaching His message and carrying out His commands. This serves as a prelude to the full force of Jesus’ warning in today’s Gospel. In the second reading, St Paul emphasizes his unique leadership in contrast with the itinerant teachers of religion in those days who had reputation for avarice and pride. Unlike them, Paul behaves fully according to the Gospel, does not ask for self-interest and his own glory. Rather than dominate, he serves and practises the message he preaches, a message which he assures the Thessalonians was not just human thinking, but rather the Word of God.

In the Gospel, the scribes and Pharisees come in for heavy flak. Jesus vividly exposes their hypocrisy, conceit, self-self-seeking pride and their unbridled exploitation of the weak in the name of religion. The Gospel pointedly mentions three sins of the Pharisees and scribes that attracted heavy criticisms from Christ. First, they do not practice what they teach because they lack integrity. They create double standard – they say one thing and do another. Secondly, they overburden ordinary people by imposing on them the heavy obligations that were difficult to obey. They split the laws of the Torah into thousands of rules and regulations which are too heavy for the people. Thirdly, they do all their deeds to be seen by others: religion should not be perverted to gain personal honour, glory and power. Jesus accuses the Pharisees and scribes of seeking the glory that rightly belongs to God.

The Pharisees and scribes hold the seat of Moses, the duty to interpret for the people the true meaning and application of the written and oral tradition, providing link to Moses the official law-giver. The scribes in the time of Jesus were like today’s religious intellectuals, theologians and professional lawyer who are adept in applying the law to everyday life. The Pharisees on their own formed a fraternity of highly religious laymen who joined together to observe Mosaic law meticulously. Some of our religious leaders of today may not be very different from the Jewish religious teachers of Jesus’ time. Real religious leadership is humble work in the service of the Gospel. The true style of any Christian leader must reflect the style of Christ, the servant of God. If Christian leadership is not humble service, it is fake.

We may today feel very outraged by the scandalous behaviour of some of our religious leaders. While we must be critical and constructively so, in order that we, as a Church, may progress, we must not push it to a point that it becomes destructive. Thus, Jesus is quick not to dismiss the authority of the scribes and Pharisees. He made a distinction between precept and practice: ‘...therefore do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do....’ Every church member who loves the church will also be deeply pained by it. This does not, however, call for discarding the church, but for reforming and renewing it (David Bosch). Happy Sunday!

 

 Together, let’s take action for peace! In June 2017, the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie presented Canada’s new International Assistance Policy. Canada therefore committed to ensuring that women and girls have the opportunity to take active roles in establishing and maintaining peace in their communities. Despite its remarks in support of women and peace, the government did not increase the international aid budget and chose instead to increase the military budget by 70% over 10 years.

Please read the Development and Peace Action sheet included with your bulletin, last week.

The Action Sheet summarizes the key thematic issues of our campaign and calls for action to recognize the importance of including women in peace processes. To illustrate the courageous peace work done by women around the world, we present portraits of three women building peace in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Syria.

 

UPGRADE OF SECURITY SYSTEM

We are in the process of upgrading the security system at the church. Part of the preparation in this upgrade will be to input all the current security codes being used. We would ask anyone that uses a code to activate/deactivate the alarm system to please contact the office by phone or email or see Dennis Butt to give your name and the code you are using. These will be entered in the new system and ensure you have access to the church. A prompt response is appreciated.

PIES NEEDED

            Our Annual Turkey Supper is fastly approaching and if it is possible could each family make a pie for this event.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Susan Arnold, Social Warden

 

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN NOVEMBER

Ann Smits                               - 2nd                       Reece Miller                                  - 12th

Rita Lacelle                             - 2nd                              Kathryn and Maurice Amyot      – 14th

Gabrielle McCann                   - 3rd                                    Marie Desmarais                         - 15th

Joe McCarthy                          - 4th                                    Nicole Paiement                        - 15th

Maximilian McMackin           - 4th                           Roger Seguin                                - 23rd         

Michael Lalonde                     - 23rd                                 Diane Cyr & Keith May           - 28th

Paul Luc Lalonde                   - 30th  

 

ANNUAL TURKEY SUPPER

St. Al’s Turkey Supper will be held on Saturday, November 18th at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Tickets are Adults $12, Children (6 to 12) $7. BYOB See Susan Arnold or call Carol at the office for tickets.

 

 

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.