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Second Sunday of Advent

December 8/9, 2018

Reading I                                        Baruch 5.1-9

Responsorial Psalm:            The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading II                            Philippians 1.3-6, -11

Gospel:                                Luke 3.1-6

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

                December 1:                $244                            Attendance:    20

            

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

 

          December 2:                  $1825                          Attendance:     55

 

 

 

Sat. Dec. 8                   4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) First Anniversary Mass for

Joe Connolly by Phyllis Mulcahey

Sun. Dec. 9                  11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Dick Butler by Nancy and Family

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

                                     9:15 a.m.        For Lenard & Helen Forsyth by Cathy Forsyth Smith

Fri. Dec. 14                  9:15 a.m.        For Ann Melvin by her Estate

Sat. Dec. 15                 4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Larry and Alma Miller by

                                                            Gary Miller

Sun. Dec. 16                11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Ivka and Henry Zawadka by

                                                            The Zawadka Family

Prepare the way for the Lord.

The Second Sunday of Advent presents to us a challenge: prepare a way for the Lord in our hearts so that we may receive Him as our saviour during this Christmas. We have four voices (Baruch, the Psalmist, Paul, and John the Baptist) speaking to us this Sunday, encouraging us to imagine a good future that God has in store for us. They all invite us to imagine the best and then act accordingly. In the first reading, the Prophet Baruch speaks of the Lord, the God of Israel, preparing the way for, and leading, the Babylonian exiles, to Jerusalem.  He asks the people to change their wardrobe, to throw away the dress of sorrow and distress and wrap the cloak of God’s integrity around them, to ‘stand upon the height’ to watch the return of the exiles. The Psalmist asks the people to imagine a time when they will no longer be in bondage sowing in tears but will come home with shouts of joy carrying a harvest of goods. In the second reading Paul compliments the Philippians for helping him in his work, tells them how much he loves them, and invites them to prepare themselves for Christ’s Second Coming by practising Christian love and by leading pure and blameless lives. In the Gospel, John the Baptist challenges the Jews to prepare their lives for receiving their long-awaited Messiah. They ought to repent of their sins, renew their lives and express their repentance. John is traveling around the Jordan district announcing the great day to come when ‘all flesh’ shall see the salvation of God.

The forgoing shows that none of these voices assaults people with the bare truth, which could serve only to deepen their helplessness; people are not just asked to dwell with the worst in them.  There is always in each of them a voice of hope encouraging people to change their ways and grow because good things will come of it. People are thus invited to imagine the best there is in God and in themselves and give that best the opportunity to take charge of their lives. During this Advent, we all need help and encouragement to abandon our familiar ways which have become destructive. We need help in imagining ourselves differently, and imagining the good effect that will have on others. We have to take time to reflect what kind of person God wants us to be, what His plan is for us. We need faith in the future, to see the power of God working in the change; to have Paul’s certainty that God will not abandon us in our halting efforts, but “that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished”  (Unknown Author and Book).

Advent, though a time of joyous anticipation, is also a penitential time. As a penitential time we are invited to change. To change, we need each other’s help and encouragement; we need others prodding us on. We need to call out the best in each other like Paul does with his converts, and rejoice with people in the changes they had made for the better. Paul himself also had to make big changes in his own life. If our community is to be constantly converted to the Lord we all have to breathe in encouragement and breathe it out. What does this change entail? We have to fill in the “valleys” of our souls, formed from our shallow prayer life and a minimalist way of living our faith. We have to straighten out whatever crooked paths we have been walking, clear away all the debris in our lives, overcome our unwillingness to forgive, dishonesty in our dealing with others. We have to level the “mountain” of our pride and egocentricism by practicing the true humility of rendering humble service to others. We need to repent and seek forgiveness from God and fellow human beings. John calls us to confront and confess our sins. We need to turn away from them in sincere repentance and receive God’s forgiveness. We need to forgive others who have offended us and ask forgiveness for our offenses. Happy Sunday!

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.

 

CLEANING BEE AT ST. COLUMBAN’S

We will be holding a Cleaning Bee at St. Columban immediately after Saturday Mass on December 15, 2018.  Anyone wishing to lend a hand with this task would be most welcome

QUILT WINNER

The winner of this year’s quilt draw was Penelope Van Dine.  Thank you to everyone for your support.

PREPARATION FOR SACRAMENTS:

First Reconciliation, First Eucharist:  Children must be in grade 2 or 7 years old or more in 2019

Confirmation: 15 years old

The preparation sessions for First Reconciliation & Communion will begin on Sundays in January, 2019.    Registration forms for sacraments are available on the wall at the back of the church or contact the secretary, Carol Leonard at the church office, 819-663-5244

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY  to Shirley Daly on the passing away of her sister, Betty Carroll.  Her funeral and burial were held at Holy Cross Church and Cemetery in Fieldville, QC on Saturday.  May she rest in peace.


CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

 

Reconciliation Service/Confessions – Dec. 20th – 7:00 p.m. (St. Aloysius)

 

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24:         St. Aloysius                 7:00 p.m.

                                                St. Columban              9:00 p.m.

 


Christmas Day, Dec. 25:         St. Aloysius                 11:00 a.m.

 

NEW YEARS

 

January 1st                               St. Aloysius                 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE – St. Al’s and St. Columban

            The annual Christmas food drive has started.  Please feel free to donate canned food, pickles, pasta, rice, toothpaste, laundry detergent, etc.  We will be collecting specifically for the Christmas food baskets up to December 22, but please continue to donate throughout the year.  Thank you for your cooperation in bringing a Merry Christmas to the less fortunate in our community.

                                                                        The Charitable Fund

 

 

Our annual Turkey Supper was a GREAT SUCCESS because of  YOU !!

Those who worked on the hall set up and decorating, those who peeled, chopped, mashed, baked and served the food;  Everyone who donated pies and other goodies and articles for the sale tables; our musicians; our Sewing Ladies for the lovely quilt and finally for Santa’ s visit. Every one of you had a part in our success. Thank You.

Our Sincere Thanks goes out, as well, to all of you who supported our Parish by buying tickets and came to share our supper with us.

Hope to see you again.