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Body and Blood of Christ

June 2/3, 2018

Reading I                                        Exodus 24.3-8

Responsorial Psalm:            I will lift up the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.

Reading II                            Hebrews 9.11-15

Gospel:                                Mark 14.12-16, 22-26



             May 26:             $690                            Attendance:     47




          May 27:             $760.05                       Attendance:     63


Fri. May 25                          9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. May 26                         4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Eunice Murphy by William J. Murphy

Sun. May 27                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Sat. June 2                          4:30 p.m.             (St. Columban) For Kevin Burns by Gail

Sun. June 3                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) Anniversary Mass for Diane Price by Bob

                                                                                For Lorne Morey by Barbara and Family

Wed. June 6                         8:00 a.m.            Eucharist Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. June 8                            9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. June 9                          4:30 p.m.             (St. Columban) For Arthur and Violet Foley by

                                                                                The Family

Sun. June 10                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For the improved health of Nicholas Labonté                                                                          Therien battling a brain tumour by Claudette Arruda

5th Anniversary Mass for Tom O’Brien by Lina, Cathy and Connor

                                   Corpus et Sanguis Christi – Body and Blood of Christ

Today, we celebrate Christ’s gift of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our life together as the Church. Before Jesus left the world, He gave us as a precious gift and spiritual food, the Holy Eucharist. The feast of Corpus Christi is a celebration of the abiding presence of a loving God as Emmanuel - God with us. It is also an opportunity for us to learn more about the importance and value of the “Real Presence” of Jesus so as to better appreciate the sacrament of the Eucharist and receive maximum benefit from it. We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist (Jn.6; Mt. 26; Mk.14; Lk. 22; 1Cor.11). This happens through “Transubstantiation”. The term means that the entire substance of bread and wine is changed into the entire substance of the Risen and Glorified Body and Blood of Christ, retaining only the “accidents” (taste, colour, shape) of bread and wine. Our readings for today’s celebration emphasize the theme of covenant blood. The ancient peoples sealed covenants with the blood of ritually sacred animals. Jesus sealed His New Covenant with His own blood shed on Calvary. The first reading describes how Moses sprinkled the blood of a sacrificed animal on the altar and on the people as a sign of the covenant between God and His people.

In the second reading, St Paul affirms that Jesus sealed the New Covenant with His own blood, thereby putting an end to animal sacrifices. The Gospel describes how Jesus converted this ancient ritual into a Sacrament and Sacrifice. Instead of the blood of the lamb, Jesus offered His own Divine/Human Body and Blood; and instead of sprinkling us with blood, Jesus put it into our hands as food and drink. He said “ IS my Body which will be given up for you”. He also said “Take...drink....This IS my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many....” It has to be noted that Jesus did not say ‘This represents my body’ or ‘This represents my blood’. The Jewish Passover is transformed into the Eucharistic celebration. Jesus instituted the Eucharist in the context of the Passover meal, the annual feast of the Jews to commemorate their deliverance from slavery by God. Thus, the New and perfect Paschal Lamb accomplished for people of every nation what Mosaic sacrifices only imperfectly achieved for the Jews.

The Eucharist instituted by Jesus is both a sacramental banquet and a sacrificial offering. As a Sacrament, the Eucharist is the outward sign in and through we meet Jesus who shares His life of grace with us;  a visible sign that gives us God’s grace and God’s life. It is the meal that nourishes our souls. In it we do meet Jesus, the Risen Lord who comes to us under signs of Bread and Wine to nourish and strengthen us for our journey through life.  As a Sacrifice, the Eucharistic celebration is a re-presentation or re-enactment of Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, completed in His Resurrection. During the celebration of the Eucharist, we offer (bring to present) Jesus’ sacrifice to God the Father for the remission of our sins, using signs and symbols. It is the reliving in an un-bloody manner of Christ’s Death on Good Friday and of His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. By means of signs, symbols and prayers, we share in Christ’s passion, death and Resurrection made really present for us in an un-bloody manner. The re-enactment assures us of Jesus’ love for us and of his forgiveness of our sins. Through the sacrifice, the risen Jesus becomes present on the altar, offering Himself to the Father through the ministry of the priest.

The Eucharist gives us a message of unity and sacrificial love. It teaches us the importance of community, the bond that results from the sacrifice. Just as numerous grains of wheat are pounded together to make the host, and many grapes are crushed together to make the wine, so we become unified in this sacrifice. Christ is the Head and we are the Body. Together we are one. We need to always prepare properly to receive Holy Communion (ICor.11:27-29). We should receive communion with fervent love and respect – not merely as a matter of routine. Our outward piety towards the consecrated Bread and Wine cannot exist with rudeness, unkindness, slander, cruelty, gossiping or any other breach of charity toward our brothers and sisters. As we receive Holy Communion we become Christ bearers as Mary was, with the duty of conveying Christ to others at home and in the workplaces, as love, mercy, forgiveness and humble and sacrificial service. We pray with St. Thomas Aquinas this prayer of adoration: O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine! All Praise and Thanksgiving, be every moment Thine!


Finance Warden update

Please join us in welcoming our new Finance Warden Jim Brownrigg who was elected at our Parish meeting Sunday May 20th following mass.  We would like to thank Jim for accepting his nomination and joining St-AL’s Fabrique.  We would like to also thank every parishioner who was present at the ad-hoc meeting, your support and participation are always greatly appreciated.  Have a wonderful and safe summer!               Your Wardens Board

Last Saturday, our Old Fashioned Tea and Quilt Airing was a great success thanks to the many trusting folks who lent us their precious quilts (90 of them) and antique artifacts to display. A heartfelt thanks also goes out to our Sewing Group and many others within our church community who gave of their time, baking stills and patience. We received great reviews from everyone who was able to attend along with hopes that we will host another one next year.                    

                                    Anne-Marie, Social Warden



June Quinn                  5th 

Margaret Paiement    9th

Adeline Gendron         14th    

Kathy Amyot                17th   

Jane Pickering                       17th   

Carole Fraser              19th

 JoAnne Lambert 20th

Paulette & Ron Pearce – 24th (51st)

David Dumaresq         29th



A family ring was found at St. Columban.  To claim it, please speak with a member of St. Columban’s Wardens Board or call the office 819-663-5244.




Fritz Achuo

Jonah Butler

Vanessa Boyer

Jacob Lorrain-Adriano

Zachary Monette Maisonneuve

Kelly-Anne McDonnell

Steven Pouliotte

Cameron St-Amour



A special Thank you to Joanne Lambert, Shannon Lortie and Julie McCann, who prepared the candidates for this special day.