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Second Sunday of Advent

December 9/10, 2017

Reading I                             Isaiah 40.1-5, 9-11

Responsorial Psalm:             Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation..

Reading II                            2 Peter 3.8-14

Gospel:                                Mark 1.1-8

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION:

          Dec 2:                $418.00                                   Attendance: 30

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          Dec. 3:               $718.00                                   Attendance: na

         

 

 

 

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

Wed. Dec. 13                9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. Dec. 15                   9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. Dec. 16                   4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Jessie & Mark Foley

                                                                By Shirley Quinn

Sun. Dec. 17                  11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) Anniversary Mass for Ivka (5th) and

                                                                Henry (25th) Zawadka by

                                                                The Zawadka Family

 

The theme of Advent is always vigilance and readiness as we wait for the coming of the Lord. Today’s readings, in the context of this vigilance, speak about homecoming. They focus on the importance of getting ready for the homecoming of Christ into our hearts and lives by true repentance, prayers and the renewal of our lives.  They remind us that the comings of Jesus are in fulfilment of God’s saving plan for us, a plan He has from all eternity. In the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah speaks about the hope that the slavery of the Babylonian exiles (the Israelites) is about to end and the exiles may soon return to the land of their ancestors, Judah and their holy city of Jerusalem. He urges them that the Lord will lead them in a grand procession to their homeland and take care of them as the shepherd takes care of his sheep.

In the second reading, St Peter invites us to get ready to go home to Heaven with Jesus at His second coming.  The early Christians were under the impression that Jesus would return to this world soon and so were discouraged by the seeming delay in His return.  Thus, Peter  explains that God’s way of measuring  time is different from ours and that God has His own reasons for  ‘delaying’ Christ’s second coming. He says; “...with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.” (v8). Again, God wants all people to be given a chance and time to convert and be served.  It is therefore useless to make calculation (as some do) in order to foresee the coming of the Lord for He will come suddenly like a thief. So Christians should not lose heart, but should keep up their commitment so that “new heavens and a new earth” may finally come.

The Gospel tells us, through John the Baptist, how we should prepare to receive Jesus our Saviour’s “coming home” into our lives during the Advent by repentance and renewal of life. Mark presents in this passage the mission of the John the Baptist. John dressed in a strange way and lived an austere life. By this Mark is telling us that John is a new Elijah, preparing the way for the Messiah. John too lived in a desert like the Israelites and ate wild food. John was inviting everyone to join him in that desert in order to repeat the experience of Exodus and start a new people that would be led by the new Moses – the Messiah.  He preached that the appropriate behaviour for those preparing “the way of the Lord” was to be baptized “as they confessed their sins.”  He wanted the Jews to prepare their lives for the Messiah by filling in the valleys of prejudice, levelling the mountains of pride and straightening out their crooked paths of injustice and immorality. John the Baptist is saying the same things to us today. We are invited to review our lifestyles, to break away from a style of life that is irreconcilable with a new world where peace is to be the fruit of justice. Let us use these days of preparation for Christmas to ready ourselves for Christ’s daily coming and second coming, remembering that the second coming will occur for each one of us on the day of our death, or on the Day of the Lord, whichever comes first.

 

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.

Decorating for Christmas – St. Al’s

Decorating for Christmas will take place on Saturday, December 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Once the decorating is completed, we plan to go for brunch. 

If you are able to help, please contact Jo Anne Lambert, jlambert204@hotmail.com or 819-663-9620.

Thank you.

NOMINATION(S) FOR ST. COLUMBAN WARDEN POSITION

St. Columban wardens are once again seeking nominations to fill a vacant position. 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).  Should you wish, you may also nominate a parishioner of your choice for this position.

Please note that the vacant position will be filled by the first person expressing his/her interest.  No election will be taking place prior to an appointment to the vacant position.

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES IN DECEMBER

George Lemieux -      4th                                           Bob Nadeau    -           5th

Mike Groulx -            8th                                           Carol Léonard -           16th

Bradley Burke -         20th                                        Lina O’Brien  -            23rd

Paul & Adeline Gendron , 28th   - 52nd          Gloria Cyr -                 30th

 

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 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.

 

Thank you AGM-   Thank you to all those who helped set up, clean up and brought food to our AGM.  Your support is greatly appreciated.