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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November17/18, 2018

Reading I                                        Daniel 12.1-3

Responsorial Psalm:            Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

Reading II                            Hebrews 10.11-14, 18

Gospel:                                Mark 13.24-32



                November 10:             $245.50                       Attendance:    21




          November 11:                $1371.00                     Attendance:     65



Sat. Nov. 17                  4:30 p.m.       (St. Columban) For Arlene Mary Greschuk by

Gail Burns

Sun. Nov. 18               11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Pat Lambert by Moe and Family

Wed. Nov. 21             8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. Nov. 23                 9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Nov. 24                4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Arlene Greschuk and Nora Foley by 

                                                           Margaret and Gary Burns and Family

Sun. Nov. 25               11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius)  Mass of Thanksgiving


ST. COLUMBAN'S LAST MASS OF 2018 will be the Christmas Eve Mass.  After consultation with the parishioners, it was agreed that the church would be closed following the Christmas Eve Mass and remain closed during the months of January and February 2019.  The first Mass of 2019 will be celebrated on March 2nd.



St. Al’s Annual Turkey supper will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the parish hall.  Tickets are Adults $14 and children (6-12) $6.  Get your tickets from our Social Warden, Ann Marie Plante or our parish secretary 819-663-5244.  There will be door prizes and 50/50 draw.





 In solidarity with the 68.5 million children, women, and men who have been forced to flee their homes, help us walk 40,075 kilometres, the equivalent of the Earth’s circumference, from now until August 31, 2019. Every step you take will send a strong message to the Canadian government that it must do more to end forced migration around the world.  Sign the Action card now!

ST. AL’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – December 9th following the 11 o’clock mass.  A light lunch will be served.



Parish consultation report – We have compiled the comments made in the five parish meetings and sent in our parish report.  Copies of this report are posted on the bulletin boards at the front and back doors of the church if you wish to consult them.  If you or anyone you know have other comments to make, you are strongly encouraged to send them at



The Synodal Process – statistical trends in the Archdiocese of Gatineau

     To help parishes get a better sense of their parish reality, the diocesan team has compiled a statistical profile for each parish with information on weddings, funerals, baptisms, confirmations, and first communion.  We also compiled these for the diocese as a whole.  While statistics are only one part of the picture of what we are living, the trends are quite notable.  Most notable is the dramatic drop in weddings over the past 30 years, from 746 in 1988 to only 114 in 2017.  Over the same period, the number funerals have been largely stable.

     A concerning trend is the dramatic drop in the sacraments of Christian initiation over the past twenty years.  Between 1998 and 2017, the number of baptisms and confirmations dropped in half (from 2075 to 994 baptisms; and from 994 to 453 confirmations), and first communions dropped even more dramatically (from 1660 to 686).  These statistics are not intended to discourage us, but to name the reality before us.  It is an essential step toward making good decisions for the future.

                                                Archdiocese of Gatineau



            The beautiful queen size quilt made by St. Al’s Sewing Group will be drawn at the Turkey Supper on December 1st.  All proceeds will be going to the parish.  If you would like to buy a ticket or sell a few books to your family and friends, please contact Carol Léonard, our parish secretary and she will get you some tickets.  Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 for $5.  Thank you for your support.  819-663-5244.


Registration preparation for sacraments:

     First Reconciliation, First Eucharist & Confirmation.  Children must be in grade 2 or 7 years old or more in 2019 for First Communion & Reconciliation and 15 years old for Confirmation.

     The preparation sessions for First Reconciliation & Communion will begin in Sunday January 20, 2018 – . An information session will be held Friday November 23, 2018 at 7 pm. Sessions are held Sundays after 11:00 AM mass and we are usually thru by 2:00 PM. First Eucharist will be Sunday May 5th 2019.  If you have any questions you may contact Louise MacMillan – 819-643-1156 or email or Louise Lortie.

Registration forms for sacraments are available at the back of the church or contact the secretary, Carol Leonard at the church office, 819-663-5244



A meeting will be held immediately after mass on Saturday, November 24, 2018 for the election of a warden to fill the position currently held by Martin Burns, as his term will end on December 31, 2018.  The term for the new warden position will be from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. Any parishioner who may be interested in serving as a warden is kindly asked to provide his/her name to any of the current wardens (Martin Burns, Paul Paiement, or Marc Maisonneuve).  You may also nominate a parishioner of your choice for this position.  In either case, please present name(s) to one of the wardens no later than Saturday, November 24, 2018.  A copy of Warden Duties will be available at the back of the church for review prior to the election.


Since our message to the parish last month regarding the financial concerns, our call for donations and increased collections has been answered.  So far, we have received donations totalling $6,500 from all of you.  Your generosity has been incredible, and we can all be thankful that this has helped relieve some of the pressures on our finances.  However, our shortfall is $10,000 and we still need to raise an additional $3,500 prior to the end of December while maintaining a healthy weekly collection.  Your support is still very much needed.  As mentioned last month, for those of you who are interested in setting up automatic bank withdrawal donations on a regular basis or on a one-time basis only, we had promised information on how to do this.  If you have access to the Internet, you simply need to go to the diocese web site at , click on the “Donate now” link on the top menu bar, select “Donations to Parishes” and follow the instructions based on the type of donation(s) you want to make.  You will need your bank information from the bottom of a blank cheque.  Should you require additional help to set this up, please contact Carol at the office for assistance.

Should you have any questions regarding our current finances or other administrative parish matters, 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 as well as the 2019 parish budget will be provided at the General Meeting on December 9th after mass. 

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

 St- AL’s Warden’s Board