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5TH Sunday of Easter

April 28/29, 2018

Reading I                             Acts 9.26-31

Responsorial Psalm:            Lord, from you comes my praise in the great congregation.

Reading II                           1 John 3.18-24

Gospel:                                John 15.1-8

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

          April 21: $461.50                       Attendance:    31

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          April 22: $602.10                       Attendance:    69

 

 

 

Fri. April 27                 9:00 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. April 28                4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Stefan Roy by Carol and Carolyn Roy

Sun. April 29               11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. May 2                  9:00 a.m.       For all parishioners

Fri. May 4                                NO MASS

Sat. May 5                   4:30 p.m St. Columban For Joseph Connolly by Gail Burns

Sun. May 6                  11:00 a.m.     (St. Aloysius) For Eugene and Alain Joanisse 

                                                            by Diane and Jim Brownrigg & Family

                                                            For Roger Gauthier and Phyllis Gorzka by

                                                            Shannon and Louise Lortie

Abiding in Christ

Today, the 5th Sunday of Easter, our readings emphasize the need for Christians to abide in Christ as a condition for producing fruits of kindness, mercy, charity and holiness. The first reading testifies to the abundance of spiritual fruits yielded by the apostles because of their close bond with the risen Lord. It describes the aftermath of his transformation from an enemy of the early Christian movement to a God-chosen instrument bringing the Gospel to non-Jews. It tells us how the Lord pruned the former Pharisee, Saul of Tarsus, a fanatic who had persecuted the Church, to produce a fruit-bearing branch called Paul, the zealous Apostle to the Gentiles, entirely dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel.  Even Paul’s forced return to Tarsus for a brief period is an example of God’s pruning of the vine to bring forth a greater harvest, namely, the mission to the Gentiles. St John in the second reading explains that only if we remain united to Christ by putting our Faith in him and drawing our spiritual strength from him, will we be able to obey God’s commandments, especially the commandment of love. The Gospel is taken from the Last Supper discourse.  Jesus uses His favourite image of the vine and branches to help His disciples understand the closeness of their relationship with him and the necessity of their maintaining it.

There are many passages in the Old Testament that refer to Israel as the vine (Ps 80:8-16, Is 5:1-7, Jer 2:21, Ez. 15:1-8, 17:5-10, 19:10-14, and Hos. 10:1). Since the original chosen people has become a degenerate vine producing wild and bitter grapes, Jesus makes the unique claim that He is the true and ideal Vine and His disciples are the living and fruit-producing branches and His Heavenly Father is the Vine-grower, He (Christ) is the Vine, His disciples are branches and those who do not abide in Him are useless branches, suitable only to be cut away and thrown into the fire. Jesus is the true Vine, because the old vine, the original chosen people, was succeeded by the new Vine, the Church, the Mystical Body whose Head is Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 3:9).  To be fruitful, one must be joined to the new, true Vine, Christ.  It is living the life of Christ, the life of grace, which gives the believer the nourishment which enables him or her to yield the fruits of eternal life.  This image of the Vine also helps us to understand the unity of the Church. St. Paul explains that we are Christ's Mystical Body in which all the members are intimately united with the Head and united to one another (1 Cor. 12:12-26; Rom 12:4-5; Eph 4: 15-16).

Pruning is mentioned in the Gospel today. Pruning is an essential part of growing fruit-producing branches. Dead branches are cut away to save the vine. Other branches are pruned so that they would bear more grapes than leaves in the next growing season. Here, John describes God as the Vine-grower who has planted a vine, Jesus.  He removes every branch that bears no fruit and prunes the other branches, so they may bear more fruits. Jesus tells His apostles that they have already been pruned by the words He has spoken to them. We need to abide in Jesus as a condition for fertility. Through His word, God brings to light our limitations, our defects, all that keeps us from producing fruits of love. Jesus tells us that we cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Him just as He abides in us. Abiding in Christ means that God has to be inside us and we have to be inside God. We abide in Christ by drawing near to God and by experiencing His being near to us; that is, by living every moment as He has commanded us to do, with radiant presence of Christ all around us.

Fruit-bearing in Christian life is not of our own independent and unaided making. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us trims and prunes us, teaching us Himself and reminding us of what Jesus taught. We also need to prune ourselves, cutting out of own lives everything that is contrary to the Spirit of Jesus and renewing our commitment to the Christian ideals in our lives every day is the first type of self-pruning expected of us. We also prune ourselves by practising self-control over our evil inclinations, sinful addictions and aberrations. We have to prune ourselves of our selfish and prejudicial tendencies toward people who are different and treat others with charity and openness. Jesus prunes, purifies and strengthens us by allowing us to face pain and suffering, contradictions and difficulties with courage of our Christian conviction. We unite ourselves to Christ, the Vine, by personal and liturgical prayers, by frequenting the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation; through daily and meditative reading of the Scripture. Selfless, loving acts of kindness and mercy and forgiveness enable us to abide in Jesus, the true Vine, as fruit-bearing branches. Happy Sunday!

 

USHERS NEEDED

We are in great need throughout the year, and especially during the summer months, as some regular ushers are away during these months.

It would appreciated if any parishioners, especially any new parishioners, would come forward and volunteer to help in this ministry.

Be informed that, the usher’s schedule is always made around your preferences throughout the year.

            If anyone is interested, please call, Michael McCann at 819-669-1687 or call the office and leave your name and phone number, thank you.

 

Thank you!  

On behalf of Mgr. Durocher and everyone at the Archdiocese of Gatineau, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your generous contribution in time and energy.

Your commitment is essential to ensure the continuation of our pastoral and parish activities as well as the church’s mission.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and administrative employees.

                                                                             Chantal Belleau, BAA, MGP

 

Finance Warden position reopened

Due to a review of our process and direction from our Diocese, the Finance Warden’s position has been reopened.  We will be accepting nominations for the next three weeks and elections will be held at the Ad-Hoc Parish Assembly taking place Sunday, May 20th following mass.  If you would like to contribute your Financial experience, skills and time to assist and serve on our Warden’s Board, or would like to nominate someone, please contact anyone of our Warden’s Board members or call Carol during office hours.


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.

BIRTHDAYS AND WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR MAY

 

Moe Lambert – 2nd                                           Jim Brownrigg -  5th

Blaise Foley – 10th                                           Avery Miller – 12th 

Barbara Morey – 12th                                       Moe Amyot – 13th      

Judy Grandmaison – 13th                                 Shirley Daly – 14th

Louise & Gord MacMillian – 15th                    Pauline Leduc – 16th

Gail Nadeau – 17th                                           Donald  Richard – 18th           

Ron Pearce – 18th                                        Pauline Leduc & Mike Groulx – 18th (28th)

Robert & Irene Lalonde – 21st                                     Donna Escander – 26th

Pat Prud’homme – 27th                                                John O’Farrell – 28th

Paul Paiement Jr. – 28th                            David and Lorraine Whitworth – 28th (58th)

Nora Prud’homme – 28th

Margaret and Gary Burns – 30th (26th)

OLD FASHIONED TEA AND QUILT AIRING

The Saint Aloysius Sewing Group will be hosting an OLD FASHIONED TEA AND QUILT AIRING and would like to invite each of you. This luncheon and quilt display will be held in the Church hall on Saturday, May 26th from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm.  All proceeds with go to the Parish.

We have searched the cupboards and found some lovely china cups and tea pots and are now on the look-out for old and new quilts.  If you have any heirloom, well-loved or fairly new quilts to lend us for the display (and maybe a bit of history on the quilt), we would very much appreciate it and will take very good care of your quilts.

This event will feature sewing implements from the past as well as a quilting display, home-made goodies and crafts for sale as well as many prizes.

The tickets will sell for $ 8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10 years. This price includes your lunch.  Tickets will be sold at the door but as seating will be limited please get your tickets early.

For tickets or to let us know that you have a quilt(s) please contact Carol at the church office or Social Warden, Ann Marie Plante 819-663-0295.