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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time >br<>BR>July 27/28, 2019

Reading I                                        Genesis 18.20-32

Responsorial Psalm:            One the day I called, O Lord, you answered me.

Reading II                            Colossians 2.12-14

Gospel:                                Luke 11.1-13



          June 30:                         $710.00                                   Attendance:     45

          July 7:                             $1000.00                                                         53

          July 14:                           $669.85                                                           48

          July 21:                           $1320.10                                                         58







Fri. July 26                           9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. July 27                          4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Kay Murphy Maloney by Anne Bokovay

Sun. July 28                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For all parishioners

Wed. July 31                       8:00 a.m.             Eucharistic Adoration

                                                 9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Fri. Aug. 2                            9:15 a.m.             For all parishioners

Sat. Aug. 3                           4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Nora Ryan-Somers by her estate

Sun. Aug. 4                         11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Helen Laliberte by Susan Arnold




Praying with Persistence and Perseverance

This Sunday, our reflection is centered on the power of intercessory prayer and the necessity for persistence and perseverance in prayer with trusting faith and boldness.  We are also presented with the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father) as the ideal prayer.  The readings, in a word, teach us what to pray and how to pray.  The first reading from the Book of Genesis presents to us a model for intercessory prayer seen in the dialogue of Abraham with God.  There is a comical picture of Abraham as a shrewd and persistent bargain-hunter, a street-wise character who presses God for the best deal possible.  God is portrayed as a patient dealer, who is not as testy and difficult to deal with as people might imagine.  God is actually being moved to mercy by the goodness of a few innocent souls.  In the second reading, St. Paul (though not speaking directly about prayer), speaks of the need of perseverance in our living faith in Christ, which provides the basis for all Christian prayers.  This passage presents an equally generous picture of God.  God has forgiven us all our sins and cancelled every record of debt we had to pay.  He has nailed all our debts to the cross of Jesus.  In the cross of Christ all our sins, small and great, are forgiven.

In the Gospel, Jesus teaches His disciples a model prayer.  The Our Father is a synthesis of the whole Christian message.  It is like the compendium of all the instruction on God and on Christian life.  Jesus, in teaching them this, insists that they relate to God as Father, Abba, and approach Him in the confidence of children who know they are loved.  He instructs the disciples to pray to God their heavenly Father with the same boldness, daring intimacy, conviction, persistence and perseverance displayed by Abraham and friend in need in the parable.  This friend is up and about in the night hunting for a bread delivery and he argues his case until the sleeper-owner of the house eventually gives in to be rid of the midnight racket.  He is a model of the smart disciple who does not know when to quit, one who is very hard to get rid of!

Jesus believes and it is true that persistence in prayer is worthwhile precisely because our God is not some sultry, withdrawn figure unmoved by what He hears.  He is not an exacting master and lord, a severe judge that must be feared. He is not a king living in a faraway palace and approachable only by those who are sponsored by some powerful saint. He is a God who really does want to help and to save. Jesus believes in God as a loving Father; hence He believes we should relate to Him and talk to Him as a loving Father. It is still worthwhile to keep on asking, to keep on seeking, to keep on knocking because God is more than silence: He is also Word, and He will reply. Jesus, eventually, will stake His own life on that belief. His passion and death are the most powerful appeal to His Father for the sake of all of us” (Unknown; emphasis is mine).

It cannot be overemphasized that prayer is essential for Christians and their families. To remain faithful in marriage, spouses must pray not only individually but together. A family that prays together stays together. They must thank God and offer intercessory prayers for each other and their children. We need to accept others as children of God and so, our brothers and sisters: hence the Our Father. In this payer we have a new vision of human relationships:  that we all, irrespective of our colour, creed or social background, are children of the same God. More so, when we love each other and forgive each other’s failings, God will also love us and forgive us. Happy Sunday!



Our Lady of the Annunciation Annual Parish Indoor Yard Sale

189 Achambault St., Gatineau (Hull Sector)

Saturday, September 7th, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Household items, baking, jewellery, toys, Christmas items, plants and books. Hot dogs and drinks for sale outside.

To donate goods or for further information, please call: 819-771-4613 or 819-777-8825




            Come one, come all to the St. Columban Corn Roast, their annual fundraiser!  Great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  Tickets are $10 and you can get them from Paul, Marc, Maynard or Amanda. 

            Don`t forget your lawn chair.


65th Pilgrimage – Sunday, August 11th        

            At Our Lady of Knock Shrine at St. Malachy`s Church in Mayo, QC. Presider and Homilist will be our bishop, Mgr. Durocher.  Celebration of Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. For more information check Bulletin Boards.


St. Columban Cemetery Service

            St. Columban Cemetery Service will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at 2:30 p.m.


145th ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE to the Shrines of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré and Cap-de-la-Madeleine from the dioceses of Ottawa, Gatineau, Pembroke, Mont-Laurier, Alexandria/Cornwall and Kingston on August 10-11, 2019.  Our Weekend Celebrant is Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.  Information and reservation: Mike Budge: 613 224-8110.  Space is limited with regards to Motels therefore, it is recommended you reserve early.




Our Sympathy to the Lafrance family on the passing away of Gaston.  He was the grandfather of Matthew and David Lafrance and Father-in-law of Jo Anne Lambert.  His funeral was held at St. Al`s.

Our deepest sympathy to the Foley Family on the passing away of Jim Foley.  He was the father of Jamie and Peter Foley and brother of Blaise and Corny.  His funeral was held at St. Columban.

Also our sympathy to Shirley Quinn and the Quinn family on the passing away of their sister, Helen Laliberte.  Her funeral was held this week.

            May they all rest in peace.