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St. Joseph’s 2016 Christmas & New Year Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve: Saturday, Dec. 24
4:40 pm – Organ Prelude
5 pm – Christmas Eve Mass & Pageant
8 pm – Organ/Choral Prelude and Carol-sing
9 pm – Christmas Eve Mass
11 pm – Choral Prelude
12 am – Midnight Candlelight Mass

Christmas Day: Sunday, Dec. 25
6:45 am – Organ Prelude
7 am – Christmas Day Mass at Dawn
9:30 am & 11:30 am – Christmas Day Mass
*no 7 pm University Mass

Feast of Mary, Mother of God (New Year’s Eve)
Saturday, Dec. 31 – 5 pm Mass

Feast of Mary, Mother of God (New Year’s Day)
Sunday, Jan. 1 – 9:30 am and 11:30 am Mass

Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, Jan. 7 – 5 pm Mass
Sunday, Jan. 8 – 9:30 am and 11:30 am Mass

 

** University Mass resumes on Sunday, Jan 8th.

**The Parish Office is closed between Dec. 24th-Jan.2nd.  

 

Sunday Homily for November 6, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Often we need to know the rest of the story in order for the readings proclaimed at our celebration to speak to us in a meaningful way. What is the rest of the story in today’s readings, in particular the readings from Maccabees and the Gospel of Luke?

The story of the Maccabean Revolt, which is at the heart of today’s first reading, takes place about 200 years before the time of Jesus, but has roots even further back. With the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered Asia Minor, the Middle East and had even moved into India, the vast territory he conquered was divided among his generals, who established separate kingdoms. Israel came under the rule of the kingdom centred in Syria. The king at the time referred to in the first reading, Antiochus Epiphanes IV decided that his whole kingdom would become Hellenized – that all people would adopt Greek culture, the Greek language and Greek religion. His decree was enforced under pain of torture and death. While many tribes and peoples accepted the king’s decrees, there were many in Israel who chose to defy the king. They realized that adopting much of the trappings of Greek culture would require that they abandon many of the practices of their religious faith, especially around ritual purity, food and the other requirements of the law. Accepting the Greek religious beliefs and gods would require abandoning their faith and religious practice and breaking the covenant that God had made with Israel.

The seven brothers and their mother who are featured in this passage from Maccabees choose to remain faithful to the covenant with God – they will live their faith and their relationship with God even in the face of punishment or death. They do that because they believe in resurrection and eternal life. Those who joined in the revolt against the king and his new laws shared that belief in eternal life, which was a relatively new development in the faith of Israel. This belief in eternal life and resurrection continued to grow within Israel until the time of Jesus, and was held strongly by the Pharisees.

The Sadducees, who question Jesus in today’s Gospel passage did not have a belief in resurrection and eternal life. They held only the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture as authentic teaching, and that teaching does not include resurrection. Rather, they believed that a person lives on through one’s children. Hence the importance of having offspring, and the law that says that someone must marry one’s brother’s widow if the brother dies without children. To die without having children means that one’s existence simply and completely comes to an end. Jesus refutes that belief and affirms that the gift of life that God gives us does not end with death, but continues in God’s presence forever.

The Scripture passages today challenge us to reflect on our understanding of life, eternal life and resurrection. Do I really believe that life continues in God’s presence after death? Do I trust in Jesus’ promise that he will come and take me to be with him in the Father’s house?  This weekend we welcome a new member into our community of faith through baptism. What are we saying when we baptize? What is it that we want to hand on to this child? How do we demonstrate our belief in this gift of life that God has given us, and we now hand on? Certainly the example of the family in Maccabees challenges me to ask how serious I am about living out my relationship with God. What obstacles and opposition am I willing to face in living that faith? Am I trusting that God will give me the strength to endure opposition and remain faithful? Is my faith and the support I have from the community strong enough to endure? Jesus promises to be with always and to send the Spirit to help us in times of trial. We are called to trust in that promise.

Reconciliation

Our Pastor, Fr. Richard Beaudette, offers Reconciliation by appointment or during the following times:

  • After Weekday Masses (Noon, Wed-Fri)
  • Between 4:00pm-4:45pm each Saturday
  • Between 8:00am-8:45am and 10:45am-11:15am each Sunday

To schedule Reconciliation, please contact Fr. Richard directly at rbeaudette(at)omilacombe.ca or Ext. 222

 

 

Sunday Homily for October 23rd, 2016

Sunday Homily for October 23rd, 2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We all have ideas about what humility is and what it looks like. An old Oblate often quoted the last line of today’s gospel thus “Those who humble themselves will be exhausted.” If humility means always being at everyone’s beck and call and being a doormat, that version would certainly apply!

In the gospel, Jesus portrays two attitudes and invites and challenges us to reflect on which attitude best describes our relationships with God and one another. When Jesus uses the example of the Pharisee, we must not stereotype the Pharisees and make them all bad. The Pharisees spirituality and faith response were probably more in line with Jesus’ thinking and teaching than that of many others in the society and culture of the time. The tax collector also gets a bum deal in our minds, because the tax collectors get lumped into the general category of degenerate and unredeemable.

So let’s look at the parable Jesus tells.

First of all, the Pharisee. Pharisees were concerned with living the commandments and being faithful to the covenant that God made with Israel. The issue is that often the Law became the be-all and end-all, and following the letter of the Law became more important and central than responding to the spirit of the Law which calls us to love God and our neighbour. So now this Pharisee comes to pray. What is the prayer? Really, it is a progress report. The Pharisee basically lectures God, reminding God how the Pharisee is so unlike most others, and that he not only avoids all those ugly sins, but also gives a tenth of his income and fasts twice a week. His prayer is basically him telling God how well he has done, and now he will have his gold star or A+, thank you very much. The message to God is that the Pharisee really doesn’t need God, he can do it all on his own. How can God work in such a person? God can only work in our lives when we welcome God to do so.

Then we have the contrast of the tax collector, who comes into the temple to pray, knowing that he probably hasn’t been there is quite some time, but feeling compelled to come before God. He recognizes his need of God’s help in his life if anything is to change. His prayer is simple; “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” With this openness, God is able to enter into this man’s heart and life and give new life. The tax collector is open to atonement and reconciliation, which are actions on God’s part in response to our request for these gifts. The tax collector knows in his heart that he is not worthless (which is often a definition we use for humility) and he trusts in God’s promise to love and care for him. He knows that God will work in him if he only allows God to do so and so he comes and asks. This is humility: to recognize that God has given us the gifts of life and faith and then gives us other gifts to help us live our lives and faith well and then to open ourselves to those gifts.

St. Paul gives us a wonderful example of that in his farewell letter to Timothy. He reminds Timothy that he is coming to the end of his life, he is facing execution and so he reflects on his life and mission. He says that he has “fought the good fight, he has run the race.” Then he goes on to remind Timothy that Jesus called Paul to this ministry of evangelization and that it was through the gifts that God gave him along the way that Paul was able to accomplish the mission. He may have made mistakes along the way and certainly wasn’t perfect, but he did the best he could and he can rest secure in the knowledge of God’s love for him, grateful for all that he was given during his lifetime.

Where am I in my relationship with God and with others? Am I totally self-reliant, trusting only in myself, in my ability to do things on my own, or am I like Paul and the tax-collector, knowing that God has given me all these gifts, beginning with life, and that God wants to continue to work in my heart and my life, leading me to fullness of life?

Remember that God cannot go where we do not allow God to go. God will not enter into our lives, if we tell God we have no need of God’s presence. But when we open ourselves, we are filled with gifts of love and grace and we can become great disciples.

Sunday Homily for October 9th, 2016

Sunday Homily for October 9th, 2016

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Often when we are presented with God’s Word, we latch on to the “obvious” message and do not take the time to dig deeper and discover more of the richness of the Word. Such is the case with today’s readings. It is Thanksgiving weekend, and in both the first reading and the Gospel, we have the stories of lepers who are healed and want to give thanks. The obvious message to us, therefore, is that we must be thankful for the blessings we have been given. That message is a true one, and important. It is good and right to be thankful and to express our gratitude; to God and to one another.

To discover a deeper message in the readings today, we need to have a little bit of background knowledge. Naaman, the Syrian, was a Gentile, not a Jew. He was a member of a foreign nation and people, and the commander of the army of a foreign power that was often a threat to the kingdom of Israel. The Samaritan leper in the Gospel was similar. While the Samaritans thought of themselves as God’s People, the Jews saw them as outsiders, not pure members of God’s chosen people, but as heretics. This was for a number of reasons: they were a mixed race, the result of intermarriage between the local people of the Northern Kingdom and the soldiers of the conquering army. They had their own temple on Mount Gerazim and did not worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.  So in both cases, the contemporaries of Jesus saw these men as outsiders, foreigners, and not worthy of God’s love or compassion. They were excluded, pushed to the margins.

It is seemingly part of human nature to have an us-and-them attitude. That plays out in our world in so many different ways. We see that in immigration policy in various nations. Think about some of the statements from the presidential race in the United States regarding immigrants, immigrant policy, and the need to guard the nation from being swamped by immigrants who do not share the values of the majority of the nation. We do the same thing when we set up organizations, clubs, fraternities or any kind of group in our society. There are rules and conditions for belonging, and if one cannot fit into those rules and conditions, then one is excluded. Certainly the Jews of Elisha’s time, and especially the Pharisees and lawyers of Jesus’ time had very clear rules about who belonged and who didn’t, who deserved God’s grace and who didn’t. In both readings, the people who asked for healing were disqualified because the not only were not Jews (only the Samaritan in the Gospel) but they were also lepers and so were very much pushed out to the margins of the community.

The readings today speak to us about inclusion and the scope of God’s love and the call to live in relationship with God. Naaman’s healing leads him, a Syrian, an outsider, to faith in God. He says he will no longer worship any God but the Lord. He has been welcomed into the experience of God’s love and begins a journey of faith. Part of Israel’s role as God’s Chosen People was to be a witness to God’s love to the nations around them. They gradually forgot that call and saw the gift of God’s love as exclusively their own, not to be shared with others. How often do we do the same thing. Jesus responds to the Samaritan who returns to give that to God by commending the Samaritan’s faith, which has made him well. The other nine, whom we assume were Jews, seemingly saw their healing a their due because they were part of God’s people They were probably delighted to be cured, but did not feel any great need to express gratitude or reflect on what that healing meant for their faith or their relationship with God.

As we gather as a faith community, we are challenged to look at our attitudes and actions. How do we see ourselves as church? Do we see our participation in the life of the church as our due, and have clear conditions for membership, or do we recognize, as Jesus reminds us, that God’s love is for all? Are we willing to open our arms and embrace and welcome all people into our midst or do we want an exclusive little “faith club”? Do we recognize that all people are made in God’s image and likeness, created by God, given life by God and called to be in relationship with God? Are we willing to reach out to those who are different from us and love them in the same way that we love other members of our faith community? Can we look beyond the boundaries and limits of race, colour, creed, orientation, ideology or any other difference and recognize that we are all God’s children and that God calls us to love one another equally?

God’s love is for all – just ask Jesus in the Gospel today!

Sunday Homily for October 2nd, 2016

Sunday Homily for October 2nd, 2016

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Anyone who enjoys gardening knows that plants have definite needs in order to thrive. Plants need good soil, enough nutrients, water, sunshine and heat in order to survive and thrive.

If a good friend gives me a gift of a plant, my response is to cherish that gift and keep it alive. I don’t rely on the friend who gave the gift to come over and water and fertilize it, making sure that it is in the right spot to fill the conditions of light and heat for that particular plant to thrive I do it myself, out of gratitude to the person who gave the gift and out of a desire for the gift to continue to grow and give pleasure.

In the Gospel today, the disciples ask Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus’ response reminds us that faith is a gift given to us by God and passed on to us by those who love us and want us to have this precious gift. Our parents who had us baptized as infants, or those people who inspired us by their faith and helped us choose to respond to God’s call to live as disciples of Jesus handed on a precious gift that they wanted us to have and to cherish. Once we accepted the gift as our own, then we took personal responsibility to help that gift grow and thrive, in the same way that the recipient of a plant would be responsible for the continuing life of that plant.

So, how do we help our faith to grow? Having given us the gift of faith, God gives us other gifts to help that faith grow. What are some of those gifts?

First of all, we have God’s Word. The Word is proclaimed every time we gather as a faith community to celebrate our faith and particularly when we celebrate the sacraments. The Word is given to us to help us grow in our faith. In the Word, God speaks to us, reminding us of God’s love, of the call to live as disciples, of the way of life expected of a disciple. God’s speaks to each of us in the depths of our hearts, helping us to understand who we are, how we fit into our world and our church, how we can continue to build the reign of God in our world. We listen to the Word, but we must also take the Word and reflect on it, pray with it, seek understanding and insight, asking for the gift of discernment and openness to the work of the Holy Spirit as we respond to the Word.

The sacraments are also gifts that God gives us to help us grow in our faith. Regular participation in the Eucharist, receiving communion, nourishes and strengthens our faith. As we are nourished, as we hear the Word and have a better understanding of our mission, then we are sent forth to live that gift of faith and share the gift of God’s love with others.  Regular celebration of Reconciliation helps us grow in our faith as well. In sitting down with the minister of the sacrament and taking the time to reflect together with him on our lives, choices, actions and attitudes, we come to a clearer understanding of who we are as disciples of Jesus. We grow in our faith response to the call to discipleship and to a deeper relationship with God and others.

The faith community is another gift that God gives to help us grow in our faith. In gathering as community, we share our faith with one another, receive the support and encouragement we need to continue to live out the gift that God has given us. Faith sharing is a powerful way to come to a deeper appreciation of that gift and to help us grow as Christians. Prayer together and alone is also a necessary element in our faith growth.

The wonder of God’s love is that God gives us the gift of faith and then also gives us many gifts to help us grow in that faith. The disciples ask Jesus: “Increase our faith.” Jesus response reminds us that we have everything necessary within us and around us to help our faith increase. It is up to us to take advantage of those gifts. As we use those gifts, we express our gratitude to God for all the gifts we have been given, just as caring for or using a gift someone has given us is an expression of gratitude to the giver of that gift.

Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time 2016

Schedule of Reflections and Readings: January 2016 – May 2016

 

Date Liturgical Date Readings Reflector

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

 

First Reading:   Nehemiah 8. 2-4a, 5-6, 8-10

Psalm 19

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 12. 12-30

Gospel Acclamation:  Luke 4. 18-19

Gospel:  Luke 1.1-4; 4.14-21

 

Mike Britton

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sunday, January, 31, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13

Gospel Acclamation: Luke 4:18-19

Gospel: Luke 4:21-30

John Rietschlin

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Gospel Acclamation: Matthew 4:19

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

12:00pm & 7:30pm

Ash Wednesday

First Reading: Joel 2. 12-18

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5.20 – 6.2

Gospel Acclamation: Psalm 95. 7-8

Gospel: Matthew 6. 1-6, 16-18

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

First Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Deuteronomy 26. 4-10

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 91

Second Reading: Romans 10. 8-13

Gospel Acclamation: Matthew 4.4

Gospel: Luke 4. 1-13

Justin Clark  (Guest Reflector)  & Donna Rietschlin

 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Second Sunday of Lent

 

(Children’s Liturgy at 9:30am)

First Reading: Genesis 15. 5-12, 17-18

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27

Second Reading: Philippians 3. 17 – 4.1

Gospel Acclamation: Luke 9. 35

Gospel: Luke 9. 28b-36

 

5pm & 11:30am:

Bob Part

 

9:30am: Marina Lamont

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Exodus 3. 1-8a, 13-15

Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 103

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10. 1-6, 10-12

Gospel Acclamation: Matthew 4. 17

Gospel: Luke 13. 1-9

Ewelina Frackowiak

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Lent

First Reading: Joshua 5. 9a, 10-12

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5. 17-21

Gospel Acclamation: Luke 15. 18

Gospel: Luke 15. 1-3, 11-32

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Solidarity Sunday – National Collection for Development and Peace

First Reading: Isaiah 43. 16-21

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126

Second Reading: Philippians 3. 8-14

Gospel Acclamation: Joel 2. 12-13

Gospel: John 8. 1-11

Members of St. Joe’s Development and Peace Committee

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Passion (Palm) Sunday

World day of Youth

 

(Children’s Liturgy at 9:30am)

Opening Gospel: Luke 19. 28-40

First Reading: Isaiah 50. 4-7

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22

Second Reading: Philippians 2. 6-11

Gospel Acclamation: Philippians 2. 8-9

Gospel: Luke 22. 14 – 23. 56

Fr. Richard Beaudette

(including 9:30am)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

7:30pm

Holy Thursday

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

First Reading:   Exodus 12. 1-8, 11-14

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 11. 23-26

Gospel Acclamation:  John 13. 34

Gospel:  John 13. 1-15

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Friday, March 25, 2016

3:00pm

Good Friday

Celebration of the Pass of the Lord

First Reading:   Isaiah 52. 13 – 53.12

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31

Second Reading:  Hebrews 4. 14-16; 5. 7-9

Gospel Acclamation:  Philippians 2. 8-9

Gospel:  John 18. 1 – 19. 42

 

Fr. Richard Beaudette
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Vigil

Resurrection of the Lord

 

Note: no baptisms or confirmations this year

First Reading:   Genesis 1.1 – 2.2 (Accompanied Version – Genesis Reading for the Great Vigil – Rory Cooney)

Psalm 33

Second Reading:  Genesis 22. 1-18 (long version)

Psalm 16

Third Reading: Exodus 14. 15-31; 15.20, 1

Responsorial Canticle: Exodus 15

Fourth Reading: Isaiah 54. 5- 14

Psalm 30

Fifth Reading: Isaiah 55. 1-11

Responsorial Canticle: Isaiah 12

Sixth Reading: Baruch 3. 9-15, 32 – 4.4

Psalm 19

Seventh Reading: Ezekiel 36. 16-17a, 18-28

Psalm 42; 43

Epistle: Romans 6. 3-11

Solemn Alleluia: Psalm 118

Gospel:  He is Risen Alleluia (sung Gospel)

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Sunday, March 27, 2016

9:30am & 11:30am

Easter Sunday

Resurrection of the Lord

 

First Reading:   Acts 10. 34a, 37-43

Psalm  118

Second Reading:  Colossians 3. 1-4 OR 1 Corinthians 5.6b-8

Gospel Acclamation:  1 Corinthians 5. 7-8

Gospel:  He is Risen Alleluia (sung Gospel)

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Second Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

First Reading: Acts 5. 12-16

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118

Second Reading:  Revelation 1. 2-11a, 12-13, 17-19

Gospel Acclamation:  John 20. 29

Gospel: John 20. 19-31

 

 

 

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Third Sunday of Easter

 

First Reading: Acts 5. 28-32, 40b-41

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 30

Second Reading: Revelation 5. 11-14

Gospel Acclamation: see Missal

Gospel: John 21. 1-19

John Mark Keyes

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

(Children’s Liturgy at 9:30am)

First Reading: Acts 13. 14, 43-52

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100

Second Reading: Revelation 7.9, 14b-17

Gospel Acclamation:  John 10. 14

Gospel: John 10. 27-30

5pm & 11:30am:

Marc Caissey

 

9:30am: TBD

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 14. 21b-27

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 145

Second Reading: Revelation 21. 1-5a

Gospel Acclamation: John 13. 34

Gospel: John 13. 1, 31-33a, 34-35

Raphael Amato

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sunday May 1, 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 15. 1-2, 22-29

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67

Second Reading: Revelation 21. 10-14, 22-23

Gospel Acclamation: John 14. 23

Gospel: John 14. 23-29

Fr. Richard Beaudette

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ascension of the Lord

World communications Day

First Reading: Acts 1. 1-11

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 47

Second Reading: Ephesians 1. 17-23

Gospel Acclamation: Matthew 28. 19, 20

Gospel: Luke 24. 46-53

Eleanor Rabnett

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday

 

(Children’s Liturgy at 9:30am)

First Reading: Acts 2. 1-11

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 104

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12. 3b-7, 12-13 OR Romans 8. 8-17

Gospel Acclamation: see Missal

Gospel: John 20. 19-23 OR John 14. 15-16, 23b-26

 

 

 

Fr. Richard Beaudette

(including 9:30am)

Saturday May 21, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Trinity Sunday

First Reading: Proverbs 8. 22-31

Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 8

Second Reading: Romans 5. 1-5

Gospel Acclamation: see Missal

Gospel: John 16. 12-15

David Perry

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Body and Blood of Christ

First Reading: Genesis 14. 18-20

Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 110

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11. 23-26

Gospel Acclamation: John 6. 51

Gospel: Luke 9. 11b-17

Mike Britton