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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 9, 2020

Reading I                                        Isaiah 58.6-10

Responsorial Psalm:            Light rises in the darkness for the upright.

Reading II                            1 Corinthians 2.1-5

Gospel:                                Matthew 5.13-16

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

          February 3:                                $1023.40                                 Attendance:     51

         

 

                               

 

 

 

 

Sun. Feb 9                    11:00 a.m.       For Doris Lemieux by George and Family.

Wed. Feb. 12               8:00 a.m.        Eurcharistic Adoration

                                     9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Fri. Feb. 14                  9:15 a.m.        For all parishioners

Sun. Feb. 16                 11:00 a.m.       For Suzanne Paquette by Christine Lemieux

                                                            And André Savard

 

 

FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH

            Please pray for the sick of our Parish:  Loretta Michon, Ron Lortie, Roger Seguin, Phyllis Seguin, Jack Wiggins, and Dave Whitworth.

 

Be the Salt! Share the Light!

Can a person have an identity separate from their Christian identity?  Have you ever met a person who has one identity on Sunday but a different identity during the week?  I believe our true self, when we are most authentic,  is when we are rooted in Christ.  Who we are, is who we are in Christ; and the readings this Sunday encourage that authenticity. They speak about our two-fold mission to the world, to be the Salt and to be the Light. The first reading from the prophet Isaiah stresses the importance of sharing the light. The Israeli exiles have returned but they have a complaint against God: “Why have we fasted if you did not see, why mortify if you never notice?”(Is.58:3). Isaiah tells them that genuine fasting is related not only to God but to their neighbour. Their fasting should include sharing their food with the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and clothing the naked. When they do these “Then your light will shine like the dawn and your wound will be quickly healed over.” The practice of religion, therefore, must include God and their neighbour.

The message of sharing the light is also echoed in the Gospel of the Sermon on the Mount. In this Gospel, Jesus continues to instruct His disciples.  Discipleship is not only about a right relationship with God but also about a relationship with other people. Discipleship is not a personal privilege; it is for the benefit of others and the glory of God. Firstly,He calls them the Salt of the earth. In Jesus’ time Salt was connected with purity, because it was white and it came from the purest of all things, the sun and the sea. Salt was the commonest of all preservatives in the ancient times when there was no fridges and freezers. Salt lends flavour to food. As the salt of the earth, the Christian must be an example of purity in words, in conduct and in thought. As salt, the  Christian is called to preserve the Faith which he/she has received and pass it on intact to others. The Christian as the salt , should lend flavour to the earth. In a worried and depressed world,the Christian should be the one who remains full of joy, conveying it to others. He/she should make the world palatable, not just to others but also to God. Christians should preserve the cultural values and moral principles Jesus has given us and so contribute to the development of cultural and social life. As salt seasons and preserves food, the Christian should help to improve the tone of the society, preserve the Faith and extend the fire of the Spirit through evangelization efforts. If a Christian fails in this regard then they become like flat insipid salt that is wholly useless.

Secondly, Jesus calls His disciples the Light of the world. By this, He tells them to be like Him, the One who is the Light of the world. The disciples and Christians should be luminaries reflecting the One True Light, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun. Jesus is confident that His disciples have something which is worth showing and sharing. Light is not a private energy; it is not for hiding or hoarding. As Christians we must not hide the light which God has lit in our lives. A light is meant to be seen. Christians must be visible like a “city” on a hilltop and a lamp on a “lamp stand.” Our Christianity should be visible in the ordinary activities of the world. As the light, the Christians must make the way clear to others; they must be an example. They should be a warning light to others to halt when there is danger ahead. As light the Christian should expose everything hidden by darkness.  When we share our Light with others, another Christian is born! Are we Christians who are carrying the Light which can be seen, the Light which warns, the Light which guides?Happy Sunday!

ST. COLUMBAN Closed for January and February

St. Columban will close during the months of January and February 2020.

During this time you are encouraged to celebrate mass with other local parishes.

The first Mass of 2020 will be celebrated on March 7th.

 

ENVELOPES – FOR TAX PURPOSES

            If you are interested in having collections envelopes for either parish, please contact the office or one of your Wardens.  Envelopes are a convenient way to make your contribution to support your church and at the same time receive an Income tax receipt.  Receipts are issued at the end of the year in time for your tax return.

 

The 2019 tax receipts are now available. Please see Jim Brownrigg after mass or other member of the wardens board.”

BIRTHDAYS FOR FEBRUARY

 

 

Julie McCann                - 10th 

Charlie Long                 - 11th                               

Maynard Robinson      - 12th

David Whitworth          - 21st

Louise D’Entremont     - 21st

Hannah Burns              - 22nd

Dan Ford                      - 29th  

 

 

PANCAKE SUPPER:  On Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall for our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.  As usual, the meal will be free, however we ask that you get a ticket, so we can better calculate the quantities needed and have no shortage.  Get your ticket from our Social Warden, Ann Marie Plante 663-0295, Susan Arnold or Carol.  We will accept donations at the door.  Please note:  The Ash Wednesday service will follow at 7:30 p.m.