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6TH Sunday of Easter

May 5/6, 2018

Reading I                             Acts 10.25-26, 34-35, 44-48

Responsorial Psalm:            The Lord has revealed his victory in the sight of the nations.

Reading II                           1 John 4.7-10

Gospel:                                John 14.23

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

          April 28: $384.50                       Attendance:    32

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

         

          April 29: $884.10                       Attendance:    79

 

 

 

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

Wed. May 9                             NO MASS

Fri. May 11                              NO MASS

Sat. May 12                 4:30 p.m.         (St. Columban) 3rd Anniversary Mass for Ron Cyr

                                                            By the Cyr Family

Sun. May 13                11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) All parishioners

 

From Wednesday the 23rd of May, 2018, our weekday Masses will be at 9:15 a.m. instead of 9:00 a.m.

                From that day too, we will start to have Holy Hour and Eucharist Adoration every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. after which is followed the Mass at 9:15 a.m.

                Thank you for your understanding.                         Fr. Al

 

God is Love

The scriptural readings of this Sunday speak with emphasis about love and the truth that those who believe in Christ are to obey His commandment of love. Jesus says “Love others as I have loved you”. In the first reading, St Peter teaches us that God shows no partiality in His love. God loves everyone, both Jews and Gentiles, and He wants all to be saved through His Son, Jesus. The decision to yoke the Jews and the Gentiles was a tough one for the early Church. Thus, the story of the baptism of Cornelius is a response to the difficulty the early Christians had about admitting the Gentiles into the Church. Peter is in Jaffa and the Lord invites him to go to Caesarea and enter the house of Cornelius without fear of contamination because all are pure in the eyes of the Lord. The descent of the Holy Spirit on Cornelius and his family even before baptism is a pointer to the irresistible freedom and universality of the love of God. God shows Peter that there are no pure or impure people; anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to Him.

In the second reading, the apostle of love, John, defines God as love. God is Love is the greatest single statement about God in the whole Bible. St John explains that God expressed His love for mankind by sending His Son to die for all as expiation for sins. This divine love gives us the command as well as a duty to love our brothers and sisters as we have been loved by God. Love has its origin in God (I John 4:7); to be like Him, we must also love. Love comes from God and leads back to God. It is by love that God is known, and the best demonstration of God comes, not from argument, but from a life of love. God’s love is demonstrated in Jesus Christ (I Jn. 4:9). It is a love without reservation; a love that is totally undeserved because God loves poor and disobedient creatures like us. God created us out of love, gave us freewill out of love, and follows His creating act by His constant care. Out of love, God continues to save His creation and provides remedy for our sin. The love of God too explains the life beyond; the chances and changes do not have the last answer as He, out of love, continues to readjust the balance of this life. We, His children, should be like Him and love as He does. The thread of love continues in the Gospel where the word “love” is used eleven times.

Today’s Gospel passage narrates the after-dinner table-talk of Jesus with His disciples. In this heart-to-heart discourse, Jesus reminds the apostles (and us too) that the ultimate expression of Christian love lies in self-sacrifice for others. This pericope speaks about the love of God for Jesus, the love of Jesus for His disciples and the love of the disciples for Jesus. Though this love is steadfast and sure, it is also a love that may be lost. Thus, Jesus urges His disciples to “abide” or “remain” in His love. The condition for receiving and keeping this unconditional love is to keep the commandments: if you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love. Therefore, the disciples must receive, and respond to Jesus’ love by keeping his commandment if they are to be able to continue receiving Jesus’ love. Jesus urges the disciples to choose obedience and to experience His abiding love so as to experience total joy as He does, thanks to His total obedience to His Father. His joy comes from a relationship of perfect obedience to the Father and the unity that the Father and the Son share. This joy can be extended and complete when Jesus’ disciples enter into the obedient, loving relationship between the Father and the Son by their own loving obedience.

Jesus also calls us to be His friends and the friends of the Father. He has given us this intimacy with God so that He is no longer a distant stranger but our close friend. He speaks further about discipleship by divine selection. This divine friendship is unmerited. Discipleship comes about by divine choice, not by human merits and actions. The outcome of this choice is the disciples’ ability now to go out and bear fruit, bear abiding fruit. The love, the friendship that comes from Christ is concretely manifested in the disciples’ lives. As friends of Jesus, the disciples have access to virtually unlimited powers. They only need to invoke His name and God will respond. Invoking Jesus’ name makes manifest the very presence of Jesus Himself. Therefore, as his disciples, we have to cultivate an abiding and loving relationship with Jesus. In that lies our effectiveness. Happy Sunday!

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.

 

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.

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 – 1                                                      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)

FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES

Ella Dawe

Cole Dumaresq

Daphnée Jetté

Abigail Proulx

Connor Wert

 

 

 

A special Thank you to Louise MacMillan, Louise Lortie and Shannon Lortie, who prepared the candidates for this special day.