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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 29/30, 2018

Reading I                                        Numbers 11.25-29

Responsorial Psalm:            The precepts of the Lord are right and give joy to the heart.

Reading II                            James 5.1-6

Gospel:                                Mark 9.38-43, 45, 47-48

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

                Sept 22                        $358.00                       Attendance:    21

            

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

 

          Sept 23:                          $765.15                       Attendance:     56

 

                       

Wed. Sept 26              8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. Sept 28                 9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Sept 29                 4:30 p.m.         (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Sept. 30               11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Ann Melvin by

                                                            The Gatineau Friendship Club

Wed. Oct 3                 8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. Oct 5                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Oct 6                    4:30 p.m.         (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Oct 7                   11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

 

True Goodness and Actions Come from the Spirit of God"

Today’s readings warn us against jealousy, intolerance and scandal.  We see in the first reading from the book of Numbers jealousy in its destructive form of envy manifested in the attitude of Joshua, the assistant and successor of Moses.  Due to the complaints and demands and rebellious attitude of the Israelites, Moses spoke to God who decided to find him help in the men to be chosen. Seventy men came to the tent of meeting and two were absent. The seventy received God’s Spirit and prophesied and the two absentees (who were still in the camp) were also seen prophesying. This attracted the green eyed jealousy of Joshua.  Moses however instructed him to be tolerant. This passage prepares us for the Gospel where the same kind of jealousy is noticed in the apostles. In the second reading St James warns the rich against giving scandal by their denial of social justice to their workers. No one condemns the rich as he does in this reading. His warning borders on their refusal to give the workers a living wage, ignoring the needs of others and condemning and murdering of the innocent and the righteous. James is not criticizing material wealth nor is he expressing a wish that it be destroyed. He is merely condemning those who fail to share it with their brothers and sisters, those who fill up all their stores and use everything for themselves, to satisfy their whims and fancies.

The Gospel shows the intolerance among the apostles of Christ. The apostles, led by John, are getting annoyed because somebody is helping them. They are now in charge of judging what is good or not. They are worried and annoyed because somebody is able to do good without being part of ‘their group.’ They consider that chasing away devils in the name of Jesus is their prerogative; nobody can do that without their consent. Jesus responds by giving them lessons in this kind of tolerance and in the reward to be given to outsiders for good deeds they have done for the disciples. What can we say about this behaviour of the apostles in the Gospel and that of Joshua in the first reading? Are we behaving any differently? It is possible that we have sometime expressed disapproval of somebody because he or she was not ‘one of us.’ We have a lot to learn from other people’s generosity and hospitality. The name of Jesus does not belong only to the baptized. It belongs to whoever is moved by the Spirit and follows the Master and tries to conform his/her life to His. We should not be ‘fanatic’ for Jesus!  In the light of the first reading, it should have been a source of great joy that the spirit had chosen to descend also on some who did not belong to the ‘establishment,’ the council of elders.

Jesus tells us who pride in being his disciples and think that we are the only ones moved by the Spirit, that whoever works in favour of humankind is one of us. The Spirit is not the exclusive preserve of the structured Church. It works outside it also and is manifested in the good deeds done by other who do not ‘belong.’ We should not envy those who are doing the good that we are unable to do and should open our eyes and hearts  and see the good deeds done by ‘others’ and rejoice over it. In our communities we need to take interest in the works being well done and as effectively as possible instead of chasing away anybody coming too close. Jesus also speaks on hospitality and against scandalizing the little ones. Offering someone a glass of water, no matter how insignificant it may seem, cannot go unnoticed by God, since love is the fruit of the Spirit. The “little ones” here are not only the children but also and especially those whose faith is weak. Causing the alienation of one such frail person from Christ incurs one a great and serious responsibility and requires a person “to be drowned”, a death the Jews considered so shameful that they forbade the burial of the corpse. We should not be responsible for the fact that so many people fail to approach Christ. Ours should not be a community where people for any reason should be rejected, where “little ones” are “scandalized.” Jesus also warns us against another form of scandal, one that comes from our own hands, feet and eyes.  These organs in the Jewish culture manifest the evil instincts, lusts and all dispositions that lead us away from God and induce us to immoral actions. We must have the courage to “amputate” our attitudes that are wrong and our ideas that are incompatible with the Christian option, even when it causes pain and heart-rending suffering. We should be ready to cut away pointed finger of arrogance, trying to impose our will, the hand that steals, the eyes full of envy, the suspicions that lead to unbearable situations and may even prevent brothers and sisters from speaking to one another, and the feet that run to seek vengeance. Happy Sunday!

 

MAINTENANCE WARDEN NEEDED

            We currently have an open position on the Wardens board for a person to complete the term for the Maintenance Warden position. The remaining length of the term is one year.  Should you feel you or know of someone that could fill the Maintenance Warden position, please bring your nomination to any of our warden’s board members or contact Carol at the office. The primary duty is to ensure and coordinate the upkeep of the church and the church property. The initial time commitment is a monthly evening meeting at the church, usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month. An Ad-hoc Parish meeting to elect our next Maintenance Warden will be held October 21st, 2018 following our regular Sunday mass.

We greatly appreciate your support to assist us in filling this position.            Yours truly, St- AL’s Warden’s Board


SPAGHETTI SUPPER AND SILENT AUCTION

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13TH AT 6:00 PM

In St. Al’s Parish Hall.  Auction opens at 5:30pm.  Supper starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 for children (6-12 years).  There will be door prizes.  Get your tickets from our Social Warden, Ann Marie Plante 819-663-0295 or our Parish Secretary, Carol.

 

ST-AL’S FINANCIAL UPDATE - YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED

With Summer now behind us and as promised back in July, the Warden’s Board wants to provide an update on our current financial situation.  Jim Brownrigg has assumed the position of Finance Warden and has assessed our finances.  Most of the unforeseen expenses described in July have been addressed but have come at a cost.  The Summer months typically see smaller attendance numbers which results in reduced revenue from the Sunday collections.  This past Summer has been particularly lean in regards to attendance and contributions.  As a result, our expenses have exceeded our revenues during this timeframe.  Although the Fall months normally see an increase in collections, an overall significant shortfall is projected (currently about $10,000).  In order to avoid this situation, we are asking parishioners to review their current means of supporting the parish in a hope that additional contributions can be provided in the form of increased weekly collections or a one time donation. 

            The Wardens are actively looking to reduce our expenses and identify ways to raise revenues.  As we prepare the 2019 parish budget, we will need to scrutinize our current realities in order to create a balanced and achievable budget next year.  In the meantime, we need to collectively address our current situation over the remaining months of the year.

If not at mass on Sundays, we encourage you to drop off your donation weekdays during our office hours or donate on-line through your financial institution (more information will be provided on how to set this up).  If you have any questions, please contact one of our Warden’s Board members; Father Al - Pastoral, Mirella Bernier - Secretary, Jim Brownrigg - Finance,  Mike Groulx - Hall, Shannon Lortie - PR, Anne-Marie Plante - Social and Marie Desmarais - Chairperson.  A more detailed financial summary will be provided at the General Meeting in December.

            Your continued support is greatly appreciated and very much needed at this time!”

 St- AL’s Warden’s Board