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Past bulletins

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time,

August 4/5, 2018

Responsorial Psalm:            The Lord gave them the bread of heaven.

Reading II                            Ephesians 4.17, 20-24

Gospel:                                John 6.24-35



             July 28:               $414.00                       Attendance:     30





          July 29:               $1048.10                     Attendance:     43



Friday, Aug. 3                     9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. Aug. 4                           4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Aug. 5                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Louise Burke by her family

Wed. Aug. 8                       8:00 a.m.             Eucharistic Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. Aug. 10                          9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. Aug. 11                        4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Aug. 12                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners


The Bread from Heaven

Today’s readings challenge us to trust in the providence of God who is loving and caring. They also urge us to hunger and thirst for the bread of eternal life. Only God can satisfy our various forms of spiritual hunger. The first reading from the Book of Exodus teaches us to see in all that happens the guiding hand of Gods providence that leads us through life. It shows how God satisfied the hunger of His chosen people in the desert by giving them manna and quail. The Israelites after the first enthusiasm for their regained freedom, began to feel a sentimental yearning for Egypt. Hunger made them dream of an abundance of food that they could seldom have tasted there. God, instead of anger, gave them more signs of His love. He however imposed restrictions for the collection of manna; that which reminded them to acknowledge humbly their total dependence on God and to trust that He will always provide for what they needed. As Christians, we sometimes feel like going back to our our old life and habits. But God will continue to be closer to us as He was to Israel.


St Paul, in the second reading, also deals with the same issue of desire to go back to the old self. He advises the Christians not to forget they are now new creatures. He uses the images of the ‘old man’ and the ‘new man’ to explain that their acceptance of Jesus as the real source of our life and the nourishment of our souls effects a total transformation in us. The old man is the life of sin, the avidity and miseries of one who is seduced by his deceitful passions while the new man is the new creature born from the waters of baptism and transformed in his/her moral behaviour. Christians, he advises, should avoid succumbing to the temptation of going back to the old life.


In the Gospel, Jesus makes a unique and bold claim, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” After the multiplication of loaves (last Sunday), Jesus was misunderstood as the people wanted to make Him king. But He slips away to the mountain to gain time and more probably, to pray. Today’s Gospel shows the crowd looking for Him for reason we can easily guess – to be fed again. He rather offers them the Bread from heaven, Bread that nourishes for eternal life, Bread available to people who have faith in Him. When He invited them some accepted the nourishment, but others turned away, disappointed because Jesus’ challenge required a commitment that they were unwilling to make. Does our longing for God hinge only on the hope to get some favours or some extraordinary miracle? Faith in Jesus cannot be reduced to a set of reasons. It requires joining one’s life to His and choosing to give it up with Him for the brothers and sisters. The only bread that can satisfy the need for happiness and peace is the Word of Christ. But this Word cannot be effective if it remains something of the past. It must be assimilated by us day after day, like the bread which, once eaten, becomes part of the person. Happy Sunday!


64th Pilgrimage – OUR LADY OF KNOCK SHRINE:

            Sunday, August 12 at St. Malachy’s Church, Mayo, QC. 

Celebration of Holy Eucharist is at 11 a.m., 

Dinner at the Food Booths – 12:30

Rosary Procession to the Cemetery – 1:30

Marian Hymns – 2:30

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Healing Service at 2:45

For information:


St-Al’s financial update - your assistance is needed


As discussed at our last AGM, parishioners would like to be made aware throughout the year of significant repairs made to our beloved St-Al’s as many of you have shared with us that you would like to assist financially with these unforeseen expenses.  During the Spring and into early Summer, we have had a number of church repairs come to our attention.  Several wind storms damaged our roof and a number of shingles have had to be replaced ($800), major foundation repairs were needed to fix two cracks ($2,817), one on the East wall and one on the West wall, and the replacement of our office printer ($404).  Our next set of expenses will be to cut down the dead tree on the front East side of our property and to comply with our recent insurance provider assessment report.  These unforeseen items will cost the Parish approximately $5,000+ and any financial contribution to assist with these expenses would be greatly appreciated.  We also received quotes to install a ramp at the East side Church and Hall entrance from the parking lot which will cost several thousands of dollars.  As well, we know that many of our parishioners are away on vacation enjoying the beautiful weather and your Warden’s Board would like to send a friendly reminder to continue supporting our Parish community in your weekly donations.  If not at mass on Sundays, you can drop off your donation weekdays during our office hours or donate on-line through your financial institution.  If you have any questions please contact one of our Warden’s Board members; Father Al Pastoral, Mirella Bernier Secretary, Jim Brownrigg Finance, Dennis Butt Maintenance, Mike Groulx Hall, Shannon Lortie PR, Anne-Marie Plante Social and Marie Desmarais Chairperson.  A more detailed financial summary will be provided in September.


Your continued support is greatly appreciated and have a wonderful and safe summer!


St. Al’s Sewing Group is having a Raffle on a homemade queen size quilt.  Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 for $5.  Get your tickets from any member of the sewing group.   OR if you would like to sell some tickets, please see Carol 819-663-5244.



The 7th Annual Archbishop Golf Tournament is officially launched! The event will take place on Thursday, September 6th at the Kingsway Park Golf and Country Club.


We warmly invite you to join us at this event. All proceeds raised will go towards diocesan ministries.


Saint Columban Mission will be holding the 2018 Annual Corn Roast on Saturday, August 25th, after the 4:30 Mass.  It will be a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends.

Corn, hot dogs, salads, dessert, coffee and tea.

Anyone who wishes to bring a salad or dessert is more than welcome to do so.

Tickets are $10.  Children 12 years and under – free. They are available from Marty Burns (819-561-3352), Paul Paiement (819-663-9457) or Marc Maisonneuve (819-246-0116). 

We hope you can join us.  Bring your lawn chairs.



St. Columban will be holding this year’s Cemetery Service on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 2:00 pm.



Shirley Quinn                          6th  

Paul and Diana Paiement          6th (married 30 yrs.)

Gail Burns                               13th     

Fr. Al’s Ordination                      15th (20 yrs.)

Cassandra Burns                      22nd     

Rita Savoie                              25th

Cole Dumaresz                                    26th     

Charlie and Hilary Long          27th (married 41 yrs.)

Hilary Long                             29th      

Dick Pickering                         29th

Erma Avon                              31st