Your browser does not support CSS. If images appear below, please disregard them.

Past bulletins


Third Sunday of Lent

March 14/15, 2009

FOOD FOR THE WEEK

Reading I  Exodus 20.1-17
Responsorial Psalm: Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
Reading II    1 Corinthians 1.18, 22-25++
Gospel:  John 2.13-25

• What was it that roused Jesus’ fury? Not just that money changed hands and animals were sold for sacrifice in the Temple; but the fact that the merchants were selling animals at a far higher price in the Temple than would be paid outside and changing money at a rate that brought undue profit to the money changers.
• The hucksters and money changers were profiteering from people’s piety, exercising a kind of monopoly that battened on the good will of the worshippers. Trade had taken over from prayer.


ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION:
   March 8:   $793.50  Attendance: 76

    
ST. COLUMBAN'S MISSION COLLECTION:

   Envelopes          $393.70  Attendance: 34 

  
Fri. Mar 13   9:00 AM: For Cathy Daly by her parents, Norbert and Shirley
                     7:00 PM: PARISH RETREAT starting with Stations of the Cross
Sat. Mar 14   9:00 AM: PARISH RETREAT
                      4:30 PM: (St. Columban)
                                     7th Anniversary Mass for Brian Prud’homme by The  Family.
Sun. Mar 15 11:00 AM: (St. Aloysius) For Blanche Fraser by Mary Daly.
                       4:00 PM: Eucharistic Adoration
Fri. Mar 20   9:00 AM: For all parishioners of St. Aloysius and St. Columban
Sat. Mar 21   4:30 PM: (St. Columban)
                                     For Kevin Burns by Gail Whetstone
Sun. Mar 22   4:00 PM (St. Aloysius)
                                     For Bernadette Arnold by Susan Arnold

NOTE:
 On Sunday, March 22nd Mass at St. Aloysius will be held at 4:00 p.m. because of the Bishop’s visit to Buckingham and no availability for a replacement priest for Fr. Gyan.

BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Come and learn more about those prominent women of the bible: Msgr Gervais will lead us in this discovery. Starts at 7:30 in the Parish Hall – invite your friends, not to be missed!
March 17: Ruth: The Book of Ruth – A love story
March 24: Bathsheba: 2 Sam 11:3-12; 1 K 1:15-21; 2:13-25 ‘A woman more sinned against than sinning’

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE’s Partners in Action flyer highlights the work of one of its more than 200 partners. This year we focus on Cambodia, where our partners accompany the poorest of the poor as they begin to earn a better livelihood and develop their own innate leadership skills. These skills will prove useful as they begin to tackle the increasing impacts of climate change on their communities. This is the kind of work our partners do throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Why not take a Partners in Action flyer home with you when you leave.

 

MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the parents of children wanting to prepare for the sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation.  Classes will be starting on Saturday, April 4th at 10 a.m.  If you have not registered your child, please do so by calling the parish office at 663-5244.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Confirmation classes will be starting on Monday, March 30th at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  For those who have already registered someone will be calling you shortly.  And for those wishing to attend but have not yet registered, please call the parish office at 663-5244.

PRAY FOR
Please keep our candidates in your prayers as they prepare for their Sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation.

FLOWERS FOR OUR CHURCHES: Easter decorations
You could do it in two ways:
1. You could make a financial donation in the baskets designated for this purpose at the main and side entrances.
2. You could bring a flower to the church yourself in memory of a deceased relative with card with their name on. At Easter time our deceased loved ones are very much on our minds and in our hearts.  Bringing a flower to church would be an expression of our faith and hope that they are welcomed home in the life-giving embrace of God’s love. If possible bring your flowers of Holy Thursday or Good Friday service (St. Al’s) or on Easter Sunday morning (St. Columban).

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Foley who will celebrate on March 16th their 46th wedding anniversary.


LENT and FASTING

“Then Jesus was led into the desert to be temped by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1)

For forty days and forty nights, Jesus fasted. Why did Our Saviour need to fast? Good question! Was it because He needed to be strengthened in His Spirit, knowing the great trial looming ahead with horrific clarity: the sacrifice of His life demanded by the Father for our salvation?

When Satan came to tempt Him saying: “If you are the Son of God, order that these stones become loaves of bread” (Matthew 4:3). What did Jesus do?  Having strengthened His Spirit, He confronted the evil one: “One does not live on bread alone but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”

Lent is a time of purification, of strengthening our spirit so as to be more equipped and imbued by the Presence of Jesus enabling us to rebuke the temper who is forever busy trying to capture our soul and our life. Fasting in the example of Jesus along with earnest prayer and almsgiving, will help us to draw near to our Saviour who will grant us the necessary willingness and spiritual power to recognize and rebuke Satan and his subtle deceitfulness.

Now, it is also written: “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you they have received their reward” (Matthew 6:16) Jesus went on to say that: “When you fast, anoint your head, wash your feet”. Be hopeful, be joyful! So fasting is a state of mind, hidden in our secret chamber where our Father in Heaven knows and appreciates our sincerity and our solidarity. Fasting need not be a painful and health destroying affair, on the contrary, each and everyone of us can put aside during lent these unnecessary foodstuffs, all according to each one. It may be sweet stuff or food that we relish or even cherished activities like going to the restaurant, watching TV; in a few words, giving up what pleases our senses so as to strengthen our spirit. And, doing it all with Our Lord who will show us the proper balance, preventing us to be deceived by the evil one who is banking on our own fallen nature, inciting us to give in to his oh, so clever arguments.

Walking with Our Lord through the desert of our life will prove to be a meaningful way to live our lent time, something pleasing to our Father in Heaven. May the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love and Care; the Spirit of Salvation, lead the way to the empty tomb where lies our hope and complete redemption; the everlasting Light of Easter morn so much alive and actual and true.

                                           The quotes are taken from the Catholic Bible “Fireside”, the large print edition.
                                                           Marie-Hermance Cook