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Third Sunday of Advent

December 15/16, 2018

Reading I                                        Zephaniah 3.14-18a

Responsorial Psalm:            Shout aloud and sing for joy: great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Reading II                            Philippians 4.4-7

Gospel:                                Luke 3.10-18

 

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

                December 8:                $391                            Attendance:    25

            

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

 

          December 9:                  $1146.75                     Attendance:     58

 

 

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

Wed. Dec. 19              8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For Lenard and Helen Forsyth by

                                                            Cathy Forsyth Smith

Thurs. Dec. 20             7:00 p.m.        Reconciliation Service/Confessions

Fri. Dec. 21                  9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. Dec. 22                 4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Jessie Foley by

                                                            Amanda, Marty and Hannah Burns

Sun. Dec. 23                11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Helen and Lenard Forsyth

                                                            By Cathy Forsyth Smith

 

Joy beyond worry, Light beyond darkness, Hope beyond despair!

 

Today, the third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday. The introductory antiphon of today’s Liturgy is, “Gaudete in Domino semper” (Rejoice in the Lord always) and the rose candle is lighted as an expression of our joy as the coming of Jesus, our saviour, is near. The Liturgy bids us to be happy rather than be locked into an environment of despair and worry. The readings of this Sunday echo this sentiment of joy we are called to have. The Prophet Zephaniah, in the first reading, calls through the slums of a defeated Jerusalem, for a grand party to celebrate the real fortune of the people. He encourages Jerusalem and Israel to shout out for the joy of expecting her deliverance from the Lord. The responsorial psalm (Is 12:6) instructs us to shout and sing for joy for “great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” St Paul, from the prison, writes to cheer others up with an echo of joy: ‘rejoice in the Lord....’ In the Gospel, John the Baptist – a wilderness voice in occupied territory – announces Good News to his country people and us.

These people all shared one belief: that the Lord was very near. God’s nearness generated in them radical joy that no one could steal from them. Their joy in the nearness of God gave them a vision to see the far side of disaster and so moved them to draw others into that sense of joy. The picture of John the Baptist as a man who moves into deep joy is something a bit surprising. Why? John is usually seen as austere, lonesome figure, with a weird wardrobe and diet; a man who rants and raves at anyone. But in the passage today, John was a magnetic character who intrigued people to seek him out and follow him. In his person, people could catch something of God’s way. Therefore people ask him: “What must we do? In no uncertain terms, John explains the secret of Christian joy as our wholehearted commitment to God’s way by doing His will. Happiness according to him comes from doing our duties faithfully, doing good for others and sharing our blessing with others. He preaches repentance: a change in the purpose and direction of our lives.

John challenges people’s generosity and sense of fairness so that others may have reason to rejoice. We ought to give bread to the hungry and clothes to those who have none. John has answer for each group of persons. The tax-collectors have to be just and keep to the going rate without overtaxing people to enrich themselves.  The soldiers should not use their position as a weapon for their own reward but have to be content with their pay and stop extorting the poor and the weak.  John’s life and words make great impression on the people that they think he might be the Christ. He does not claim to know who the Messiah is; all he knows is that he is not. That role is for someone else, one greater and more powerful than him.

Both John and Paul were executed. However, their shared radical sense of God’s nearness was a power in them through their times of horror and difficulty, through the opposition determined to destroy them. Their trust and belief in God’s nearness encouraged them beyond the reality of imprisonment and execution. During this Advent, we need such a power, a power of hope in God’s abiding presence and nearness to carry out through difficult times, a power that prods us on when we face the reality of our weakness and limitation. Belief in the abiding presence of God who cares gives us a deep sense of joy in the midst of our stops and starts. That presence of God always challenges our generosity and calls on our sense of justice. It enables us to continue living even when our ‘expectation’ (Christmas) is yet to come. 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

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

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

 

 

ANGEL TREE CAMPAIGN

 

You may have seen a tree at the back of the church with pink and boy angels on it.  This tree represents the children that are helped with our Christmas Baskets.   Each angel is a child that we help, showing their age on the back.  We include a gift for each of them in our food baskets. We would appreciate if you would take one or two angels home and buy a gift for them.  Please wrap the gift and have it returned to the parish by December 20th.  You may leave them at the back of the church or bring them to the office.  Please do not include your name on the gift and make sure the angel tab is attached on the outside. Thank you for your support.