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First Sunday of Advent

December 2/3, 2017

Reading I                             Isaiah 63.16b-17; 64.1, 3-8

Responsorial Psalm:             Restore us O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

Reading II                            1 Corinthians 1.3-9

Gospel:                                Mark 13.33-37

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          Nov 25:              $456.70                                   Attendance: 34

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Nov 26:              $1009.00                     Attendance: 76

         

 

 

 

Fri. Dec. 1                     9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Dec. 2                     4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Jean-Paul Paiement by

                                                                Shirley Quinn

Sun. Dec. 3                    11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) 2nd Anniversary Mass for

                                                                Adalgisa Martire by The Bernier Family

Wed. Dec. 6                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Dec. 8                     9:00 AM:          Solemnity of Immaculate Conception

Sat. Dec. 9                     4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Jessie Foley by

                                                                Marty, Hannah and Amanda

Sun. Dec. 10                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Dick Butler by

                                                                The Family

 

 

The readings of the four Sundays of Advent call us to be vigilant and ready for the coming of our Lord. They tell us that Jesus has not come just once. He keeps coming. He comes and is present at all the events of our lives, the cheerful or sad ones. Jesus comes and is present in all that happens in our world and in our Church; in those who speak words of love, peace and reconciliation and in those who strive to build a new world.  Today’s liturgy sets the tone for the theme of being alert, watchful and prepared because Christ second coming (the end of the world) can occur at any time. In the first reading, the Prophet calls God “Father” and “redeemer”. As such, there is no situation that he cannot improve and no one is so enslaved by sin that s/he cannot be freed and redeemed. He, thus, prays for God’s active presence so that the Jewish community, returning from Babylonian exile may remain faithful to their God.  In the second reading, St Paul presents to us the Corinthian Christians as an example of vigilance, their shortcomings notwithstanding. God is not surprised at or shocked by our mistakes; we only need to open up our hearts to his gifts.

            In the Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the servants and gatekeeper  of the Master to instructs his followers to be alert and prepared so as not to be afraid of the end or the Second coming of Christ and judgement.  They are expected to be vigilant because the Master is sure to return and the time of His return is uncertain.  We should not be so foolish as to forget God and become immersed in worldly matters. “We are so future –oriented that we forget the present entirely. We spend too much time trying to protect ourselves against future misfortunes. We save for a rainy day, to get married, to buy a home, to send the children to college, to return in comfort and to protect ourselves against future misfortunes. But we need to be more spiritually wakeful and prepared for our eternal life because we can die any day and that is the end of the world for us.” (Fr Tony Kadavil).

            The Master of the house represents Jesus. While leaving this world, He entrusted His disciples with the many tasks in His house (the community). Every Christian is expected to exercise a ministry in the service of his neighbours according to his/her ability. The doorkeeper who is expected to be more vigilant than all represents those in the Christian communities who bear responsibility for more important services. These include the bishops, priests and community leaders/ministers who are expected more than anybody else to lead an irreproachable life. They must through their thoughts, words and actions, keep their weaker brothers and sisters awake when they are being tempted to adjust themselves to the views and ways of the world. On this first Sunday of Advent, may we take the right first steps as we prepare to celebrate the fond memory of Christ’s first coming 2000 years ago during this coming Christmas. Amen. Happy Sunday!

 

 

Victoria's Quilts Canada - Quilt Raffle tickets 2017

A big "Thank You" for your generosity in buying tickets for this year's Victoria's Quilts Canada "Quilt Raffle".  As a result, I was able to bring $150.00 to Ottawa this week.  I will let you know the names of the winners as soon as they are available after the December 9, 2017 draw.  Remember, if you need more information about a quilt, you can go online, or phone 613-843-9212 or call me, Ann Smits, 819-246-7376.

 

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.

OUR PRAYERS & CONGRATULATION:

We pray for, and congratulate Gord MacMillan who will be receiving the Holy Eucharist on 8th December, 2017, the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception. Gord before now was an active member of the United Church of Canada. 

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

 

Reconciliation Service/Confessions – Dec. 20th – 7:00 p.m. (St. Aloysius)

 


Christmas Eve, Dec. 24:         St. Aloysius                 11:00 a.m.

                                                                                     7:00 p.m.

                                                St. Columban              9:00 p.m.

 

Christmas Day, Dec. 25:         St. Aloysius                 11:00 a.m.

 

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE – St. Al’s and St. Columban

            The annual Christmas food drive has start.  Please feel free to donate canned food, pickles, pasta, rice, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc.  We will be collecting specifically for the Christmas food baskets up to December 10, but please continue to donate throughout the year.  Thank you for your cooperation in bringing a Merry Christmas to the less fortunate in our community.

                                                                        The Charitable Fund

 

ANGEL TREE CAMPAIGN

The Angel Tree was put up last Sunday and all angels have been taken.  Wow, great support from the parish.  Thank you.

Please wrap the gift and have it returned to the parish ASAP.  You may leave them at the back of the church until Dec. 10th or bring it to the office until the 14th.  Please do not include your name on the gift and make sure the angel tab is attached on the outside. Thank you again for your support.