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Past bulletins


3rd Sunday of Easter

May 4/5, 2019

Reading I                                        Acts 5.28-32, 40b-41

Responsorial Psalm:            I will extol you, Lord, for you have raised me up.

Reading II                            Revelation 5.11-14

Gospel:                                John 21.1-19

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

 

          April 28:                   $997.95                             Attendance:     76

         

ST. COLUMBAN COLLECTION

            April 27:                $250.00                                                     19

         

 

 

Fri. May 3                    9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. May 4                   4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Nora Somers and deceased

                                                            Members of the Ryan and Somers families by

                                                            Her estate

Sun. May 5                  11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For Ann Melvin by her family

Wed. May 8                8:00 a.m.        Eucharist Adoration

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

                        Cathy Forsyth Smith

Fri. May 10                  9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sat. May 11                 4:30 p.m.        (St. Columban) For Alma and Larry Miller

                                                            By Gary Miller

Sun. May 12                11:00 a.m.       (St. Aloysius) For John Burich by Susan Arnold

 

 

The Word of the Risen Lord is the Guide

Today’s Scriptural readings tell us that the Word of the Risen Lord guides the Christian community. Christ, now risen, lives with the Father, but He has not abandoned His disciples. He continues to be present and direct their lives and work through His Word. Whenever the Christian communities follow His indication, then the results are extraordinary. The first reading tells us how the Holy Spirit transformed Peter, from a man fearful of the authorities into a brave witness to the Resurrection. Peter stands before the Sanhedrin boldly announcing that he and others must obey God rather than men. In the second reading we are presented with John’s vision of the Risen Lord as the glorified “Lamb of God,” enthroned in heaven. The whole of the Revelation is an expression of Christian hope in the Risen Lord. The Gospel presents the story of the large quantity of fish caught by the disciples, thanks to the guidance of the Risen Lord.

 

In this Gospel, we have the post-Resurrection story of our merciful Saviour who goes in search of His disappointed and dejected disciples. The incident proves that Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances were not mere hallucinations. Jesus appears to His disciples and gives them a symbol of their mission in a miraculous catch of fish followed by a breakfast prepared by Jesus Himself. This story described with a clear catechetical intention shows that only the presence of the Risen Jesus can make the evangelizing works of His disciples effective. Without Jesus, it is not possible. The disciples went out fishing, but they did not set out listening to Jesus’ call, but following Simon Peter’s intention. They worked all night and caught nothing. In the language of the evangelist, the “night” signifies the absence of Jesus who is Light. Without His presence, without His encouragement and His guiding Word, there is no fruitful evangelization. When morning appeared, Jesus appeared. The disciples did not know it was Jesus, and they only recognized Him when they obediently followed His direction and ended up with a surprising haul.

 

The experience of the first Christian communities is similar to ours now. We too have to understand that Jesus, though standing on the “shore”, that is, in the glory of His Father, is still and always with us, everyday and always up to the end of time. Sometimes in our efforts, things seem not to be going well. We think we need to double our efforts and seek progress at any price. But what we need to do is to stop and take better care of the living presence of the Risen One in our work. We may have all kinds of meetings, but what is decisive is what gathers us together to celebrate the Lord’s supper: Jesus Himself. Only in Him is our evangelizing energy nourished. Faith in His abiding presence is important. Faith gives us the certainty that He continues to talk to us. He calls us and shows us what we should do. But we must listen to, and be guided by, His voice. The later part of the Gospel narrates the rehabilitation of Peter. Peter, we recall, denied Jesus three times. The man chosen by Jesus to exercise primacy of authority is the one who was caught out by a servant girl as he lied insistently. He is the one who was arrested by a cock crowing in the dark. But Jesus now demands from Peter an unconditional capacity to love, a greater capacity than anybody else. He asks him three times, a correspondence with Peter’s triple denial.

 

Jesus demands agape love from Peter. But Peter can only offer philia. So He accepts Peter the way he is; even his friendship (philia) is good enough. Fullness of agape can come later. Peter is like saying: “ I love you Lord; help my lack of love”. Jesus asks him to “look after the sheep”, not to impose his will on others, but to give up his life for the others. To be a leader of the followers of Jesus is to be of service to others. Every disciple like Peter is called to “look after” the sheep and lambs of Christ. The story of Peter’s denial of Jesus and Jesus’ acceptance of Peter has an important lesson for us: there is a part of us that does not love, that denies the Lord when our lives or our wellbeing is at stake. Peter’s example invites us to bring this negative experience to God for healing. So, today, let us join Peter in His confession: “I love you Lord; help my lack of love.” He is always there and willing to accept us where He finds us. His grace will help us like Peter to offer Him unconditional love (agape) at the end.  Happy Easter!

 

SPRING AUCTION:  Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish will be holding a Spring Auction on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 at the Church Centre, 189 Archambault Street, Gatineau (Hull Sector). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for viewing, bidding starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission $2. Draws will be held for door prizes throughout the evening. For additional information, tel. 819-771-4613 or 819-777-8825.

FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES

Avery Miller

Bradley Burke

 

 

 

A special Thank you to Louise MacMillan, Louise Lortie and Shannon Lortie, who prepared the candidates for this special day.

 

 

 

 

TRIVIA NIGHT

SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019 AT 7:30 P.M.

ST. ALOYSIUS PARISH HALL

COME OUT AND TRY SOMETHING NEW!!

$10.00 PER PERSON or $40 PER TABLE

(tickets will NOT be sold at the door) PRIZES TO BE WON

B.Y.O.B.   -  snacks will be provided.

  See Ann Marie for tickets

 

 

 

Send D & P your used stamps!

Each year, members of Development and Peace who are philatelists organize used stamp sales in Quebec to raise money for Development and Peace. Simply cut off stamps from your envelopes without damaging perforations and send them to Development and Peace:

Development and Peace | STAMP PROJECT 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, 3rd  Floor Montreal (Quebec) H3G 1T7