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FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

March 21/22, 2009

Reading I 2 Chronicles 36.14-17a, 19-23++
Responsorial Psalm: Let my tongued be silenced, if I ever forget you!
Reading II    Ephesians 2.4-10
Gospel:  John 3.14-21

• Jesus is lifted up on the cross, and it is the same lifting that carries him into glory.
• As I look back on the bad times in my life, I can see how they brought me closer to you, Lord. No cross, no crown.

 


ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION:
   March 15:   $991.40                           Attendance: 82

   
ST. COLUMBAN'S MISSION COLLECTION: March 14th

  Envelopes    $242.00
  Cash     $  30.00
  Candles    $    8.01
    Total:   $280.01                                 Attendance: 28 
  

Fri. Mar 20    9:00 AM: For all parishioners of St. Aloysius and St. Columban
                      7:00 PM: Stations of the Cross
Sat. Mar 21   4:30 PM: (St. Columban)
                                     For Kevin Burns by Gail Whetstone
Sun. Mar 22   4:00 PM (St. Aloysius)
                                     For Bernadette Arnold by Susan Arnold
Fri. Mar 27   9:00 AM: Mass of Thanksgiving by Shirley Quinn
Sat. Mar 28   4:30 PM: (St. Columban)
                                     For all parishioners of St. Columban and St. Aloysius
Sun. Mar 29 11:00 AM: (St. Aloysius)
                                      For Blanche Fraser by Maureen & Gary Corbett
                                      8th Ann. Mass for Ronald Latrielle by Rita Lacelle & Girls
                       4:00 PM: Eucharistic Adoration


BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Come and learn more about those prominent women of the bible: Msgr Gervais will lead us in this discovery. Starts at 7:30 in the Parish Hall – invite your friends, not to be missed!
March 24: Bathsheba: 2 Sam 11:3-12; 1 K 1:15-21; 2:13-25 ‘A woman more sinned against than sinning’


ST. AL’S RETREAT
 I would like to thank everyone who attended our Retreat and for their generosity with our freewill offering ($170).  Special thanks to Fr. Bob Poole who lead our retreat and to Caroline for the great hymns she selected.  I would also like to thank Fr. Gyan for his encouragement. The retreat truly lit a fire under us! The feedback from the retreat was “Wonderful, Wonderful”.
                                         Pat Nicholas

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
Next Sunday, March 29, 2009, is Solidarity Sunday, the annual DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE Share Lent collection.  We hope that you and your family have found the Lifestyle Awareness Calendar and the other DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE materials to be inspiring. Your donations support groups that are struggling for human dignity and to improve lives in the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. This year you can take one more important step in supporting this important work. Join Share Year-Round, the monthly giving program of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE. Find out more by talking to Louise MacMillan or Pauline Leduc, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE members today, after Mass.

FIRST COMMUNION AND FIRST RECONCILIATION MEETING
 A meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the parents of children wanting to prepare for the sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation.  Classes will be starting on Saturday, April 4th at 10 a.m.  If you have not registered your child, please do so by calling the parish office at 663-5244.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES
 Confirmation classes will be starting on Monday, March 30th at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Candidates must be 15 years of age or older. For those who have already registered someone will be calling you shortly.  And for those wishing to attend but have not yet registered, please call the parish office at 663-5244.

PRAY FOR
 Please keep our candidates in your prayers as they prepare for their Sacraments of First Communion, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation.

NEED FOR FOOD
 We are in need of donations of non-perishable food to help with our support of the poor in our community, as our cupboard is getting low.  There is a basket for this purpose at the main entrance to the church. Thank you for your support.

ST. PATRICK’S DANCE – ST. COLUMBAN
 St. Columban’s St. Patrick’s Dance was a tremendous success raising $2,586.05.  We would like to thank everyone who helped decorating, brought food, attended and helped in anyway.  A special thank you to Maynard Robinson who dedicated so much time and energy to make this annual event a great success.  Your parish support is greatly appreciated.

FLOWERS FOR OUR CHURCHES: Easter decorations
You could do it in two ways:
1. You could make a financial donation in the baskets designated for this purpose at the main and side entrances.
2. You could bring a flower to the church yourself in memory of a deceased relative with card with their name on. At Easter time our deceased loved ones are very much on our minds and in our hearts.  Bringing a flower to church would be an expression of our faith and hope that they are welcomed home in the life-giving embrace of God’s love. If possible bring your flowers of Holy Thursday or Good Friday service (St. Al’s) or on Easter Sunday morning (St. Columban).


LENT and ALMSGIVING

Jesus said: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me…” (Matthew 25:42-43)

Is not Lent a time to remember our solidarity with the people in need of our care and love? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto yourself” This golden rule is never to be forgotten for it is on it that we will be accounted for. The Lord will say to those on His right: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34).

Is not almsgiving putting into practice these words from our Lord Jesus who, before going to His destiny – martyrdom and death for our salvation – reminded His disciples to care and love those in need? Lent is a perfect time for us to do so.

Because of Christ’s death and resurrection, we who have been baptized in His Holy Name are called saints – that is, holy ones. As, during this time of reflection, we review our lives, we must admit that we have failed at times to care and love as we ought. This Lenten season, we must rededicate ourselves to this loving Saviour and give our heart and our lives and our love to Him in service and sacrifice. That all may know that we belong to Jesus, that we follow in His steps, that we put into practice what He continues to remind us or if we are willing to listen; not only our lives eternal depend on it but the life of the whole world. That is our mandate, that is our call, a call to service in almsgiving; to share our time, our means, our love with others especially the ones most in need.

Gracious Saviour, in this time of Lent, let your light shine in our hearts, dwell evermore in our hearts and our homes that we may be more aware of your brothers’ and sisters’ needs so pressing around us: in our families, in our communities and abroad and forever more. And, dear Lord, bless all who take care of the poor among us. Amen.

    Marie-Hermance Cook