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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 8/9, 2018

Reading I                                        Isaiah 35.4-7

Responsorial Psalm:            Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Reading II                            James 2.1-5

Gospel:                                Mark 7.31-37



                August 25th     $866.50                       Attendance:    100

             Sept 1st:           $522.05                                              29



          Sept 2:                $838.60                       Attendance:     59




Fri. Sept 7                   9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Sept. 8                  4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Martin and Annie Burke by

                                                            Their daughter Gail Burns

Sun. Sept. 9                 11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. Sept 12              8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. Sept 14                 9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Sept 15                 4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) for Val Gagnon by Marty,

                                                            Amanda and Hannah Burns

Sun. Sept. 16               11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners


He Heals our Spiritual Deafness and Muteness

In today’s readings we are offered God’s invitation to become humble instruments of healing in Jesus hands by giving voice to the voiceless and caring love to the needy and those at the fringe of our society. We are also invited to open our ear to hear the word of God and to let our tongues be loosened by the Holy Spirit to convey the message of God’s love and salvation to others. The first reading from the Prophet Isaiah reminds us that God’s eyes are constantly focused on the helpless. God cares especially for the frightened, the blind, the deaf, the lame, the mute, and encourages the powerless to be strong and fearless.  The Psalmist sings of God who gives sight to the blind, raises those who are bowed down and welcomes strangers. In the same vein, St James, in the second reading gives us some basic and challenging principles of social justice. He advises Christians to show no partiality based on external appearance and to practise God’s preferential option for the poor. He warns the faithful against scorning or shaming the poor while showing special consideration to the rich. The Gospel narrates the miracle of the healing of the deaf-mute man. This story is more than a miracle story. It shows that Jesus is the fulfilment of the Old Testament promises, especially the one in Isaiah in the first reading.

Isaiah says: “The eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” Our ever faithful God will open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf; the lame will leap like a stag and the tongue of the mute will sing. Jesus, in the gospel, is God acting in our midst. The ailments mentioned above are symbolic of our interior illnesses: the blindness to the needs of our neighbour, unwillingness to hear God’s voice and inability to speak words of praise and gratitude. We live at a time when our society is highly noise-polluted. We are being constantly attacked by the multi-pronged noise of the media, leaving us deaf and insensitive to what is happening around us. The word of God does not seem to make any impression on us. Like the man in the Gospel, we need a face-to-face encounter with Jesus. That is why Jesus takes the deaf-mute away from the crowd, a gesture that has a profound meaning. Like the deaf-mute, we too need to come out of our familiar environment to encounter Jesus personally.

Jesus also puts His finger into the man’s ears and his sense of hearing is restored and He touches the tongue of the man and he never ceases to praise the Lord in His goodness to him. Hence, our conversion too begins with our ability to listen to the word of God anew; and as we listen to the word of God and let it transform us, we cannot but proclaim the wonderful deeds of the Lord as this man does.  We see in this story God’s love in action; we see a concrete sign of the transforming power of God’s love. The power of God’s love is working in our lives to transform sorrow into joy, sickness into health, death into new life. The miracle points to the opening of a person’s ears so that s/ he may hear the word of God and the loosening of his/her tongue so that s/he may profess the faith in Jesus. A person may have perfect hearing and yet not hear the word of God, and perfect speech, and yet unable to make an act of faith. Jesus therefore invites us to give Him our hearts so that He may touch the lives of people in our days through us. We need to allow Him to heal our spiritual deafness and muteness. 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.




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




Carol & Pierre Léonard – 1st (39th

Dan & Diane Ford – 5th (20th)

Paul Paiement – 5th

Maurice Savage – 10th    

Amanda & Marty Burns – 6th (15th)  

Susan Arnold – 9th  

Nancy & Moe Lambert – 8th (10th)

George Avon – 14th  

Gaby & Mike McCann – 20th (49th)

Pierre Léonard – 21st   

Irene Lalonde – 22nd  

William J. Murphy – 29th                              



Food Pantry is very low and we need your help.  We have pasta but no sauce to go with it.  Soups, vegetables, beans, peanut butter, chez whiz, juice boxes, cereal etc. would be greatly appreciated.



St. Columban’s 2018 Corn Roast – Thank you

We could like to thank everyone who attended our corn roast.  Your participation, food donations and all other acts of kindness made this a truly memorable event.  It was such a pleasure seeing old friends and new friends coming together and enjoying themselves.

St. Columban Wardens