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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 10/11. 2019 & AUGUST 17/18

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 10/11. 2019


Reading I                                        Wisdom 18.6-9

Responsorial Psalm:            Blessed the people the Lord has chosen as his heritage.

Reading II                            Hebrews 11.1-2, 8-19

Gospel:                                Luke 12.32-48


20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 17/18. 2019


Reading I                                        Jeremiah 38.4-6, 8-10

Responsorial Psalm:            Lord, make haste to help me!

Reading II                            Hebrews 12.1-4

Gospel:                                Luke 12.49-53




          August 4:                        $718.15                                   Attendance:     58




          August 3:                        $420.90                                   Attendance:     27


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

Sat. Aug. 10                        4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For Jimmy Foley by

Robert and Irene Lalonde

Sun. Aug. 11                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Louise Burke by

                                                                                The Family

Sat. Aug. 17                        4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Aug. 18                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Patrick Lavelle by Rollande Lavelle

Fri. Aug. 23                          9:15 a.m.             All parishioners

Sat. Aug. 24                        4:30 p.m.            (St. Columban) For all parishioners

Sun. Aug. 25                       11:00 a.m.           (St. Aloysius) For Ann Melvin by her family


Trusting Against the Odds and Being Watchful

Today’s readings deal with the necessity for trusting faith in God and vigilant preparedness among the followers of Christ. The first reading from the book of Wisdom speaks about the faith-filled preparedness of the ancient Hebrew slaves in Egypt before their mass exodus to the Promised Land. Looking back at their history, they discovered how God has always been faithful to His promises. This fact (their trusting faith in God) gave them courage and hope. In the secondary reading, the author of Hebrews defined faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” He tried to bolster the faith of the Jewish Christians by appealing to the example of their ancestors.

            At 75, Abraham still put his faith in the promises of God and did as God asked him; and Sarah, who has passed childbearing years, believed against all human logic that she would have a child. Both believed that God would be faithful and would keep the promise of making their descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the grains of sand on the seashore. Their faith in God enabled them to believe in what they cannot see, to build up a vision of what the future will be like. They both saw a little sign, a beginning of the realization of the promises: a frail child and a land seen from afar, but they believed all the same. That is, they acted on that visions of faith and they were rewarded with a son; they set out for their promised land “without knowing where they are going.” Their map is their faith in God.

The Gospel continues the echo on trusting faith. Jesus here challenges His disciples to trust the Father’s promise to give them eternal happiness in His kingdom.  The kingdom will certainly come since it is not a human work but the gift of the Father. But they are to be prepared at all times, because the Son of Man will come at an unexpected hour either at the moment of their death or at the end of the world whichever is earlier. Jesus tells us how to avoid such an inglorious end of the rich farmer of last Sunday’s gospel.  One becomes rich in the sight of God this way: “sell your possessions and give alms.”  Whoever gives to the poor is lending to God, they say! This is undeniable. If one hoards goods for oneself they will be either spoiled by moths or divided out by one’s heirs, who perhaps will squander everything without even a thought for the one who gathered them. Jesus tells a series of parables teaching us to avoid being caught up by surprise. The life of the disciples must therefore be a watchful wait, ready to serve.  The disciple, like Abraham, must always do the will of God by obeying Jesus’ commandment of love, offering humble and sacrificial service to others. In this way we will be prepared to meet Him at our death. The date and time of our death are unknown to us, and we should be ready to give him an account of our lives. Jesus wants to see that we have kept our personal relationship with Him by growing in holiness.

We grow in this holiness by daily talking to Him and listening to Him in the Scripture, by asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit every day, by recharging our spiritual batteries through offering our lives on the altar and getting spiritual nourishment in Holy Communion during Holy Mass, by getting reconciled with God every day, asking for His pardon and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation for serious sins, by seeing the face of Jesus in everyone  and by serving all people around us, sacrificially sharing our blessings with them (Kadavil, A).


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.


St. Columban Cemetery Service

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




August 25       11 h cimetière Notre-Dame-des-Neiges

14 h cimetière Saint-Fidèle de Fassett

September 1    9 h 30 L’Ange-Gardien

                                 14 h Saint-Jean-Marie-Vianney


September 8    9 h Saint-Louis-de-France (Poltimore)

11 h Saint-François-de-Sales

14 h Saint-Rédempteur


September 15 14 h Notre-Dame (75, boulevard Fournier)


September 22  12 h 30 Saint-Alexandre

                        14 h Saint-Paul