Introduction to the Liturgy – Power of the Resurrection – Second Isaiah sees the impressive events of the original exodus as but a prelude to the Jews’ repatriation after the exile. It is God’s creative power that is at work in both events. Paul summarizes the meaning of his life in being identified with the dead and risen Christ. The power of God which effected the resurrection is now brought to bear in the life of every Christian through the work of the Spirit. Nowhere is God’s saving power more evident than in the forgiveness of sins. In today’s gospel Jesus forgives the sinful woman and restores her friendship with God.
From the Church Fathers – St. Athanasius – “True joy, genuine festival, means the casting out of wickedness. To achieve this one must live a life of perfect goodness and, in the serenity of the fear of God, practice contemplation in one’s heart.
This was the way of the saints, who in their lifetime and at every stage rejoiced as at a feast. Blessed David, for example, not once but seven times rose at night to win God’s favour through prayer. The great Moses was full of joy as he sang God’s praises in hymns of victory for the defeat of Pharaoh and the oppressors of the Hebrew people. Other had hearts filled always with gladness as they performed their sacred duty of worship, like the great Samuel and the blessed Elijah. Because of their holy lives they gained freedom, and now keep festival in heaven. They rejoice after their pilgrimage in shadows, and now distinguish the reality from the promise.” (From an Easter Letter, Matins – 5th Sunday of Lent)
|Announced Parish Masses|
|Monday, April 4th to Sunday, April 10th|
|Saint Isidore (Bishop & Doctor of the Church) – Optional Memorial|
|Monday||7:45 a.m.||Egon Conrad – St. Vincent de Paul Society|
|APRIL 4||Ellen McCool – Family|
|Saint Vincent Ferrer (Priest) – Optional Memorial|
|Tuesday||7:45 a.m.||Special Intentions of Margaret Rabishaw – CWL|
|APRIL 5||Special Intentions of Sheridan Dombroskie – Ed & Judy Dombroskie|
|Fifth Week of Lent – Ferial|
|Wednesday||6 – 7 p.m.||Adoration & Benediction|
|APRIL 6||7:15 p.m.||Mary & Carman Sandrelli – Trudi & John Wren|
|Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Morris – Carmel & Jim Harrington|
|Saint John Baptist de la Salle (Priest) – Optional Memorial|
|Thursday||7:45 a.m.||Heidi Recoski (ann) – Parents Barb & Ken Recoski|
|APRIL 7||Msgr. Jon Bosco Panakal – Rose Marie Docherty|
|Fifth Week of Lent – Ferial|
|April 8||7:00 p.m.||Stations of the Cross|
|Vigil of Palm Sunday|
|Saturday||7:15 p.m.||Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim|
|Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord|
|Sunday||10:30 a.m.||Special Intentions of Cathedral Parishioners – Fr. Jim|
|April 10||5:15 p.m.||For the Sick – Fr. Jim|
In your prayers kindly remember the sick and those who care for them, the lonely, the handicapped, those isolated, and those who have died, especially Antoinette Lair, Ronald Rabishaw, & Annsofy Bastien
HAVE A BLESSED AND HOLY WEEK
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Thank you for your generosity and support
In your kindness, please remember St. Columbkille’s Cathedral Parish in your bequests and wills
Give me justice, O God, and please my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength.
Entrance Antiphon – 5th Sunday of Lent
|Fifth Sunday of Lent|
|Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd|
|Saturday, April 2nd||7:15pm||Fred Sinclair|
|Sunday, April 3rd||10:30am||Mike O’Grady|
|Sunday, April 3rd||5:15pm||Maria C. Doherty|
|Palm Sunday (Passion Narrative)|
|Saturday, April 9TH & Sunday, April 10th|
|Saturday, April 10th||7:15pm||Lance Patriquin|
|Sunday, April 10th||10:30am||Bishop & Deacon|
|Sunday, April 10th||5:15pm||Fr. Jim & Deacon|
STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Stations of the Cross will take place at 7:00 p.m. every Friday throughout Lent.
SAINT MICHAEL PRAYER – Please join us in a few weeks when we start reciting the Prayer to St. Michael at the end of each Mass. Prayer cards will be made available in all the pews, and we will pray for the sake of this parish and the world.
LOOKING FOR SACRISTANS – We are currently looking for active members of the parish to join the Sacristan Team. Duties would include – setting up before each Mass, cleaning up after Mass, changing linens as required and preparing the Cathedral for special celebrations throughout the year. Please contact Lance Patriquin at 613-633-1108 if you can help.
CHRISM MASS AT ST. COLUMBKILLE CATHEDRAL – The Chrism Mass will be held at St. Columbkille Cathedral on Tuesday, April 12th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception at Cathedral Hall. All are welcome.
SUNDAY OBLIGATION TO BE RESTORED APRIL 9TH – The Most. Rev. Guy Desrochers has decreed that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for Catholics will be restored beginning the Vigil of Palm Sunday, Saturday, April 9th. https://pembrokediocese.com/article/sunday-obligation-to-be-restored-effective-april-9/
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION – If you would like to make it to confession before Easter, there will be confessions available at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Wednesday April 13th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm, and from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Several priests will be available to hear confessions during those times. Confessions are also heard before every Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes.
REPENTANCE – The early church took seriously the call to unity, expressed in a love between Christians that was striking to those from the outside looking in. The first church collections were for widows and the poor, not for the maintenance of buildings. Martyrs would embrace one another in the arena before their execution and cause the spectators to remark, “See how they love one another.” But like us, Christians of the first centuries sometimes lost their perspective. Sins against unity were considered among the most serious of spiritual offenses. When young members of the Church of Corinth tore the community in two, seizing leadership from the elders appointed by the apostles, Pope Clement of Rome intervened. He did not issue a bureaucratic decree to resolve the problem, but rather a long and beautiful teaching on the root of disunity and the nature of true repentance. What is the cause of disunity and dissension, he asked. Is it not pride? Rivalry, bitter criticism of others, the dwelling on others’ faults, refusal to forgive shortcomings — don’t these come from a perverse passion to exalt and justify ourselves? Ultimately the pride that disrupts unity among people is the very thing that drives a wedge between us and God. For pride exalts itself against everyone, even God. In the tradition of the Fathers of the Church, picked up and developed by the medieval monks, seven deadly sins are identified from which all other sins flow. The deadliest of these seven is pride. Therefore, according to the early Fathers of the Church, all true repentance must begin with humility. To take our eyes off others’ sins and instead to admit our own — this is only possible through humility. To take our eyes off ourselves and look to God is also an act of humility. “Humility” is closely related to the word “humus,” the component of earth that makes it fertile. When we get too big for our britches and our life becomes spiritual sterile, we need to recall that we came from the earth and will return to the earth. We need to get grounded once again. Perhaps this is why the season of Lent begins with the sign of the cross traced on our forehead with ashes. “Remember, man, that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” https://catholiccourier.com/articles/repentance/