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Past bulletins

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 11/12, 2018

Reading I                                        1 Kings 19.4-8

Responsorial Psalm:            Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Reading II                            Ephesians 4.30-5.2

Gospel:                                John 6.41-51



             Aug 4:                n/a                               Attendance:    





          Aug 5:                $760.90                       Attendance:     42



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

Wed. Aug. 15              8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fri. Aug. 17                  9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Aug. 18                 4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Aug. 19                11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Patrick Lavelle by his wife, Rolande.



The Bread from Heaven 2

This Sunday we continue our reflections on the Bread from Heaven. Our world and its people and creeds hunger more for spiritual sustenance than for physical food. In response to the spiritual hunger of the people of His time and to us as well, Jesus proclaims Himself to be “the Bread of Life that came down from Heaven.” The first reading from the First Book of Kings anticipates the Gospel of today. It describes the physical and spiritual hungers experienced by the prophet Elijah.  It narrates the miraculous food with which the angel nourished the Prophet Elijah in the desert while he was fleeing from the soldiers of Queen Jezebel, a prefigure of the Bread of Life that Jesus speaks about in the Gospel. After being nourished by the Lord, Elijah was strengthened for the long journey of forty days to Mount Horeb where God instructed him to continue his prophetic work. The second reading presents Christ Jesus, the “Bread of Life” as a ‘sacrificial offering’ to God, a fragrant aroma.  Paul reminds the Ephesians and us that, instead of seeking satisfaction in stale food of anger, slander, bitterness and malice, we are to nourish one another with the spiritual food of compassion, kindness and mutual forgiveness. Thus, there is huge difference between those who feed on the Bread of Life and those who reject Him.

The desert that the prophet Elijah crossed is the symbol and image of our lives. We Christians, at times, find ourselves in great difficulty; even religion and life of our communities seem to be letting us down. We are saddened by conflicts, envies, meanness, gossiping and inconsistencies. We may be depressed as to give in to despair and bitter words like those of the prophet.  Like the prophet, we should understand that God does not abandon His prophet. He rather accompanies him in time of despair. He prepares him food so that he may recover his strength. However, God does not exempt His prophet from the test; does not stop him from going on with his hard journey or send His angels to transport him miraculously. The prophet has to keep walking farther and farther into the desert with all its dangers and difficulties.

Today’s Gospel describes Jesus’ discourse in the Synagogue of Capernaum on His return after the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. Jesus reveals Himself as the true “Bread of Life that came down from Heaven” to give life to the world. He proclaims Himself as the new and perfect manna, the Incarnate Son of God literally “come down from Heaven.” We see the reaction of the people to Jesus’ claim. They think they know him so well and so they oppose him strongly in what they considered provocative and scandalous claims.  God, they believe is in heaven, far from the world and manifests His majesty through powerful deeds, certainly not through the son of a carpenter they know very well. While Jesus’ humanity is for us a means to rise to God, it is a hindrance for the unbelieving hearts.  Like the Jews of Jesus’ time, some people close their hearts and refuse the bread of life. Happy Sunday!



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.



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