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Ascension of the Lord

May 24, 2020

Reading I                                        Acts 1.1-11

Responsorial Psalm:                   God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Reading II                                       Ephesians 1.17-23

Gospel:                                           Matthew 28.19, 20

 

ST. ALOYSIUS COLLECTION

                Donations through the Diocese (April):  $970.00

                May 5:                                  $1355.00                                             

                May 19:                                $1350.00

 

 

VIRTUAL ZOOM SUNDAY MASS 10:00 am

Please join us for a virtual Sunday mass celebrated by Father Al. The mass is at 10:00 am via Zoom. Please contact Julie McCann by email at jdmccann@videotron.ca to obtain the link and password, and other information related to the mass. Let’s get together as a community again in the virtual world!

 

Sunday, May 24, 2020    For Maureen Dunning (OLV)

 

Sunday, May 31, 2020    For Maureen Dunning (OLV)

 

 

ASCENSION OF JESUS AND COMMISSIONING OF DISCIPLES

Today the Church in some parts of the world celebrates the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into His Heavenly glory. As scripture shows, the Ascension occurred after Jesus promised the disciples the Holy Spirit, their source of heavenly power and commanded them to bear witness to Him by their lives and by preaching the Goodnews throughout the world.  In the first reading, St Luke describes the scene of Jesus’ Ascension with the promise of the Holy Spirit. It also narrates the instruction given to the disciples by Jesus, to stay in Jerusalem until they had received the Holy Spirit, the power from above.  In the second reading, St Paul prays that the Holy Spirit may enliven the hope of Christ’s disciples in their future heavenly glory. The feast of Ascension teaches us a very undeniable truth: there are times when we, as individuals or as a group, must take action. Having received all the preparation for the task, the ball is in our court.

When a teacher teaches what he or she knows about a particular subject and examination comes, students are expected to write and show what they have learned. This is the case between Jesus and His disciples. In both His earthly and risen life Jesus has done everything possible to fit and train His followers to carry on His work.  This is exactly what Luke expresses in the first reading: “ ...I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen.”  Jesus has done His part. For Luke, we have our work cut out for us when Jesus says: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Paul, in the second reading, offers us an inspiring and encouraging prayer as we try to live up to the expectation of our task as missionary disciples.” I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation...so that with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which He has called you ...according to the working of His great power.”

The Gospel shows that Jesus completed His mission on earth with His return to the Father. In it the risen Lord gives His last words to the disciples and us: “Go therefore make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The disciples are invited to take to heart this great vision of a discipleship of all nations, and to let that vision shape their mission. Their mission includes all nations; disciples and strange friends, the poor, the blind, the crippled, the outcast, the strangers, the sick, the elderly and the legion of the overlooked. All are to be reached out to.  This was also the mission of Jesus. Long before His ascension Jesus took a lot of people to heart. He paid a price for it.  But He treasured them, in all their pettiness and lopsided resolve, with all their thin aspirations and crazy ambitions, with all their private preoccupations and hidden fears. With all of this, His heart began to look more like an emergency-ward than a treasure room (Unknown Author). Jesus challenges us to open our hearts to all these people. Matthew’s gospel which we read today does not really have Ascension account. However, it tells us that though ‘the ball is in our court,’ the risen Lord remains with us always (‘‘to the end of the age”).  He has not abandoned His own, not even in this present moment! With the help of the Holy Spirit we can fulfil the task He entrusted us. Happy Sunday!

FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH

                Please pray for the sick of our Parish: Louise Lortie, Adeline Gendron, Roger Seguin, Phyllis Seguin, and Jack Wiggins.

IF YOU NEED HELP

                There are volunteers ready to help out anyone needing assistance with groceries, picking up church envelopes or other tasks.  Call the office for more information

BIRTHDAYS AND WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES FOR MAY

 

Moe Lambert – 2nd                                                          Jim Brownrigg -  5th

Blaise Foley – 10th                                                            Avery Miller – 12th 

Barbara Morey – 12th                                                      Moe Amyot – 13th           

Judy Grandmaison – 13th                                              Shirley Daly – 14th

Louise & Gord MacMillian – 15th                                Pauline Leduc – 16th

Gail Nadeau – 17th                                                           Donald  Richard – 18th    

Ron Pearce – 18th                                                                                            Pauline Leduc & Mike Groulx – 18th (30th)

Robert & Irene Lalonde – 21st                                     Donna Escander – 26th    

Pat Prud’homme – 27th                                                 John O’Farrell – 28th

Paul Paiement Jr. – 28th                                                                          Nora Prud’homme – 28th

Margaret and Gary Burns – 30th (28th)

 

 

FROM ARCHBISHOP DUROCHER: (Published 2020-05-16)

Why I'm not opening churches yet...

Over the past days, I’ve received a few messages asking me to reopen the churches of our diocese as soon as possible so that people can have access to the sacraments. Someone suggested I write a note to explain my reluctance.

My response is quite simple. It rests on the words of Jesus: “Love one another as I have loved you.” If I choose not to open our churches quickly, it's out of love for my brothers and sisters. I don't want to expose them to the terrible disease that is COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve isolated myself, I’ve followed government instructions, I’ve been doubly attentive to my hygiene. Why? It’s not so much because I’m afraid of getting sick. It’s mainly because of the older priests I live with. There’s no way I’d want them to get sick because of me. What worries me more is that I could be carrying this virus without having any its symptoms. So, even though I feel perfectly healthy, I choose to limit my outings, to avoid groups, to work from my room and to spend many hours alone. Such is the price of love.

I would not want the reopening of our churches to give this virus a chance to spread and infect more people than it already has, especially our older and more vulnerable parishioners. The most recent statistics tell us that the number of mortalities in Quebec increased by 30% in April compared to last year. That’s huge. We can’t continue with this mortality rate. And so, I wait.

With other bishops, I’m working on a protocol which, once approved by government authorities, will allow us to gradually open our churches while ensuring the safety of those who attend. The speed of its implementation will depend on the evolution of the disease in each area. It will require many precautions. New practices will have to be put in place. It will not be business as usual for a long time.

In the meantime, I remember that the Lord is present to me and makes me grow in his grace each time I open the Scriptures to meditate on them, each time I take a few moments to pray, each time I forget myself to help another. I use modern means of communication to maintain relationships with my Church community, to stay in touch with others, to live fraternity. And I rejoice that so many parish communities remain active in creative and fruitful ways, in spite of closed buildings.

So I invite you to be patient with me and to accept the limits of this moment simply out of love for others. Remember that patience is a gift of the Spirit, as is love. May the Spirit help us transform this experience of deprivation into a sign of love for our brothers and our sisters. In this way, we will grow closer to Jesus and become more like him.

+ Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau

 

INVITATION TO THE DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE VIGIL OF PENTECOST BY ZOOM

We have been socially isolated through Lent, the Easter triduum, and soon the 50 days of Easter. In the desire to celebrate Pentecost together with the diocesan church, we have organized an online vigil of Pentecost on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.  It will be a celebration that will bring together our diocesan community as a whole, parishioners, families and various movements united by the Holy Spirit.

 

The celebration will be largely in French, however some of the songs, prayers and readings will be done in English.

 

To join this celebration by Zoom, please use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/5368388443?pwd=OVhJZkhRR1J0VHNyWnF2SVdHUC9Hdz09

 

Meeting ID: 536 838 8443

Password : 287971

 

It is also possible to join the celebration by phone by dialling 1-438-809-7799 (long distance charges may apply, depending on your plan).

To get ready for the celebration

During the time of the celebration, you may wish to light two lamps or candles: one near you, and the other in a window of your home.

Please share this good news with the people around you. For more information, please contact Julie Cool at coolj@diocesegatineau.org.. If you would like to receive a booklet with the English translation of the French prayers and readings, please check our web site on May 29.

Blessings!

Julie Cool