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Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday

April 1, 2018

 

Reading I                             Acts 10.34a, 37-43

Responsorial Psalm:            This is the day the Lord has made;

                                             Let us rejoice and be glad.

Reading II                           Colossians 3.1-4 (1 Corinthians 5.6b-8)

Gospel:                                John 20.1-18 (Luke 24.13-35)

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

          March 24:          $ 383.60                                  Attendance:    29

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          March 25:          $751.95                                   Attendance:    80

 

Easter Sunday (1st)         9:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at St. Columban

                                      9:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at OLV

                                    11:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at St. Aloysius

                                    11:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at St. Malachy

Wed. April 4                  9:00 am.        For all parishioners

Fri. April 6                     9:00 am.        For all parishioners

Sat. April 7                  4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) In Thanksgiving by

                                                            June Quinn

Sun. April 8                 11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

 

He has Risen!

Today is Easter Sunday! Easter is the greatest and most important feast in the Church. The Resurrection is the basis of our Christian faith (I Cor. 15:14). It proves that Jesus is God. It is the greatest of the miracles.  It is the central theme of the preaching of the Apostles. Jesus prophesied His Resurrection as a sign of His Divinity (Jn. 2:19). It is because of their conviction about Jesus’ Resurrection that the Apostles and early Christians could face martyrdom. They would not have done that for a dead leader lying in the tomb. Easter is the assurance of our own resurrection (Jn.11:25-26). It is a feast that gives us hope and encouragement in this world of pain, sorrows and tears; it reminds us that life is worth living. Our belief in the Real Presence of the Risen Jesus in our souls, in the Church, in the Blessed Sacrament, and in Heaven gives meaning to our personal as well as our communal prayer and gives us strength to fight against temptations and freedom from unnecessary worries and fears. Today’s readings all speak about this greatest miracle.

The first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, is taken from one of the speeches of St. Peter. He is speaking to a group of newly baptized members of Cornelius’ family. In it, St Peter shares his own experience of Christ’s Resurrection and its joy. He summarises the whole Christian message in a few words: Jesus was a real man who went around doing good and healing the sick; they killed Him by nailing Him on the Cross. God reacted to the wickedness of humans by not leaving His Faithful Servant in the grip of death and raising Him from the dead. Peter also speaks of the mission of the disciples as witnesses to all this. He therefore calls us to reflect on the fundamental truth of our faith: the Resurrection of Christ. He also reminds us of our mission as witnesses to the Resurrection. The Apostles were witnesses because they had been with Jesus after His Resurrection, eaten and drunk with Him, heard His teaching, and had seen His miracles. We may not have really seen or heard all these, but we can still be witnesses to Christ.  After our baptism, we should no longer harbour hate, violence, grudges, envy, addictions etc, all the deeds of death.  All these must disappear. We must live like risen people and this will give us the right to witness that Christ is alive. Our testimony will be indubitable as it is founded on verifiable facts and events. St Paul reminds the Colossians (in the second reading) that by virtue of their baptism, they were born to a new life, a life that will reach perfection and total fulfillment not in this world but in the world of God. Good works and deeds are the marks and indicators of this new life in us.

The Gospel explains the empty-tomb-experience of Mary Magdalene, Peter and the other Apostle. The experience stirs Mary back to life and shakes the apostles out of their slumber and gets them all excited. On that Easter day, life flares up once again; God has intervened and bursts open the tomb! Alleluia! Our world still has places and situations where death reigns unchallenged and stillness proclaims victory. Power, force, discrimination, injustice, guile, seem at times to rout the forces of life and people feel paralysed and powerless to oppose evil. We need to avoid discouragement and passivity in the face of evil as this is incompatible with faith in the resurrection of Christ. Easter is the beginning of new things. Contrary to the mentality of the time it is through a woman that God first announces to the world that death has been given a blow. Resurrection is about seeing our world in a new way: Mary did not find what she was looking for, the dead body of Jesus; but she found something better than she could have imagined, the Risen Jesus. Sometimes, the things we want most are not granted to us. What we get instead is an experience of God’s new ways of working in our world. The unnamed disciple ‘saw and believed.’ Each of us is expected to be this disciple and act in the same faith of this disciple. The message of Easter is: the life we give up for our brothers and sisters does not end in death or destruction. It does not end with death but leads to the fullness of life in God. Do we see only the signs of death or do we recognize the signs of resurrection like the unnamed disciple? Happy Easter!

 

 

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD

What is it?

Liturgy of the Word for Children is a program in which the Sunday scripture readings are proclaimed and explained on a level appropriate to children from age 6 to 12 during most Sunday Masses from September through June. Any child in this age group may participate - no registration is necessary.  Visitors can participate too.



What exactly do they do?  No, it isn’t Sunday school.

The children gather with the leaders in the front of the altar just before the first reading and are sent forth by the presider. They process to the sacristy/rectory with the lit candle and the ‘Children’s Lectionary’.  After a brief Welcome and Opening Prayer, they listen to the First Reading proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. They are then led through the Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. Next, the Gospel is proclaimed by one of the adult leaders. We share age-appropriate reflection on the Word rough stories, discussions, or pictures - whatever the leader finds most appropriate to conveying the meaning of the scriptures. The children are then invited to share their own thoughts and ideas. Following this, the children profess a simple Act of Faith, pray their Prayers of Intercession, and finally return to their families at the time of the Presentation of the Gift.

 

Leaders needed.  Ideally we should have a different leader each Sunday.  Please consider sharing your gift of service with the children.  Training provided.

Contact Carol Leonard at 819-663-5244

SPRING AUCTION

Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish will be holding a Spring Auction on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at the Church Centre, 189 Archambault Street, Gatineau (Hull Sector).  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing, bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission $2. Draws will be held for door prizes throughout the evening. For additional information, tel. 819-771-4613 or 819-777-8825.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Marty Burns                            -2nd                               Fr. Al                          - 5th

Fr. Yves Mass                         25th                                       Anne-Marie Plante     - 7th

Diana Foley                             - 18th                            Carole Douaire            – 26th

Isabel Carolina St-Louis         - 20th                            Daphne Vachon          – 26th

Marie Cook                             - 29th                            Cornelius Foley           - 29th