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4th Sunday of Lent

March 10/11, 2018

Reading I                             2 Chronicles 36.14-17a, 19-23

Responsorial Psalm:            Let my tongue cling to my mouth if I do not remember you.

Reading II                           Ephesians 2.4-10

Gospel:                                John 3.14-21

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

          March 3: $335.10                                   Attendance:    24       

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          March 4: $832.15                                   Attendance:    64

 

 

Fri. March 9                  9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. March 10               4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Brian Prud’homme by

                                                                Nora, Marlene and Pat

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

Wed. March 14             9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Fri. March 16                9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. March 17               4:30 PM:          (St. Columban) For Johnnie Prud’homme by        

                                                               Nora, Marlene and Pat

Sun. March 18              11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Henry Mack and Ron Latraille

                                                                By Rita Lacelle

 

During this Lenten period, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to participate.

 

God So Loved the World

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent is referred to as Laetare (Rejoice) Sunday taken from the first words of today’s liturgy introit. It is in the middle of Lenten period and as in Advent, this Sunday reminds us of the Event we look forward to at the end of the penitential season. The Church celebrates today with a sentiment of joy in anticipation of the Resurrection. The readings teach us that our salvation is the free gift of a merciful God given to us in Jesus, His Son. They emphasize God’s mercy and compassion and remind us of the great love, kindness and grace extended to us in Christ. The first reading speaks about the compassion and patience of God. This reading from 2nd Chronicles contains the lament about the chosen people. It shows how the infidelities of the people caused them to lose the Temple and their homeland, and how God arranged through the Persian King to return them to their homeland and to help them rebuild His Temple there.  God allowed Cyrus the Great, a pagan conqueror, to become instrument of His mercy and salvation for His Chosen People who were exiled in Babylon. Thus, the history of love between God and human beings never ends in condemnation. Like the unfaithful people of Israel in this reading, as soon as people leave God, they find themselves in trouble. But there is no prison or dark place that cannot be reached by God. No chains can resist the strength of His all-powerful love.

The second reading echoes the same theme as the first reading. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us to focus on the mystery of salvation as a gift to sinners. Although we don’t deserve anything from God on our own merits, God chose to love, save and give life to us because of His great mercy and love. Salvation is not given to people because of their merits; it is a gratuitous gift from the Father. All our goodness, such as it may be, is His goodness shining through us. Though we are saved ‘through faith’, this faith itself is the gift of God. Today’s Gospel has a parallel theme with more emphasis: Jesus, the Son of God, became the agent of God’s salvation. It recalls a dramatic event that took place during the crossing of the desert at the time of the Exodus (Num.21:4-9). Nichodemus learns that, like Moses’ bronze serpent, Jesus too must be ‘lifted up’, and that the act of His being ‘lifted up’ will also bring about salvation. The ‘lifting up’ here was a contemporary euphemism for ‘being crucified’ (see also Jn.8:28; 12:32-34). The reference in this Gospel pericope specifically foreshadows the crucifixion of Jesus who carried with Him the burden of the sins of the world. When humans turn their thoughts to the crucified Saviour and believe in Him, they too will find eternal life.

The rabbis (referring to the Exodus event) used to teach that the Jews were healed, not because they looked up at the serpent, but because they raised their hearts to God. The Saviour was the Lord, not the bronze serpent (Wis. 16:7). Jesus makes reference to this passage in the Gospel and states that it is the symbol of what is to happen to Him. He will also be lifted up on the cross, and all who will look up at Him will be saved. Thus, just as the cross was the way to glory for Jesus, so it is for us. It is an unchangeable law of human life, however, that without the cross, there is no crown. To look at Jesus ‘lifted up’ here therefore, means to ‘believe in Him’, that is, to accept in faith the message that addresses to all of us from the cross. “God so loved the world....” is the summary of the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ.  It is the very essence of the Gospel. It tells us that God takes the initiative in all salvation because of His love for humanity. St Augustine puts it even more emphatically that ‘God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.’ The love of God is universal. His motive is love and His objective is salvation. Those who actually receive eternal life must believe in the Son and walk according to His teaching. That means walking in the Light. Opposing Christ’s teaching means opposing Christ Himself, hence walking in darkness. There are many dark corners in our world. Our Lord wants us to stop hiding our sin in the dark and demands that we expose every dark corner to His Light of life. His Light will ‘enlighten’ us and clean our dirt (sin) away. Lent is the acceptable time, the time of salvation! Happy Sunday!

 

THANKSGIVING LENTEN PRAYER – ‘’Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me.’’(Ps. 50)  On Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. you are all invited to a prayer/reflection time in the church where we will consider the multiple gifts distributed to us by God and give thanks.  Hope you can free yourselves for that hour.     

 

English Lenten retreat/workshop

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish

189 Archambault, Gatineau

 Archbishop Paul-André Durocher will speak about The Triduum: the summit of the liturgical year. This reflection will focus on the role of Lent, the Triduum and the Easter season in helping us grow ever deeper into our baptism. 

CHRISM MASS:

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher is pleased to invite ALL PARISHIONERS to gather for the CHRISM MASS during which the Oils for the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed and the Holy Chrism consecrated on Holy Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Saint-Joseph Cathedral 245 Saint-Joseph Boulevard, Gatineau Free parking available behind the church and on the nearby streets.

 

BIRTHDAYS FOR MARCH

 

John Stanyar                - 6th        

Katy Brownrigg           - 15th

Diane Ford                   -10th                                      

Anthony Lalonde         - 19th

Mary Connelly             -10th

Janice Nadeau             - 14th

Anne Bokovay `           -15th

 

in Peru

For the fourth week of Lent, let’s go to Peru and discover one of Development and Peace’s partners, the Bartolomé de Las Casas Institute! It runs the Hugo Echegaray leadership school, where students strengthen their capacity for dialogue, consensus, participation, and consultation in order to exercise ethical and responsible civic leadership in their communities. 

The Solidarity Sunday collection will be celebrated in all Canadian parishes next week. We will appeal to your generosity in support of our sisters and brothers in the Global South who fight every day for peace, human dignity, and social justice.

 

SERVICE CONTRACT – CUSTODIAN

  The St. Al’s Warden Board has signed a service contract for 2017 and 2018 with Joe McCarthy for the custodian duties for our Parish.

  Thank you Joe for your voluntary service in the past.