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             TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
                                    August 31, 2014
       
        
      Today's Gospel continues the story that began in last
         week's Gospel. Simon Peter was called the “rock” upon
         which Jesus would build his Church, and yet Peter
         continues to show the limitations of his understanding of
         Jesus' identity. Now that the disciples have acknowledged
         that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus confides in them the
         outcome of his ministry: he must suffer and die in
         Jerusalem to be raised on the third day. Peter rejects this prediction,
         and Jesus rebukes him severely, calling him “Satan.”

      In opposing this aspect of Jesus' mission, Peter shows that he is no longer speaking based on the revelation from God but as a human being. Jesus then teaches all of the disciples about the difficult path of discipleship: to be Christ's disciple is to follow in his way of the cross. Peter could not yet understand what it meant to call Jesus the Messiah. It is unlikely that the other disciples understood any better. Messianic expectations were a common aspect of first century Judaism. Under Roman occupation, many in Israel hoped and prayed that God would send a Messiah to free the Jews from Roman oppression. The common view was that the Messiah would be a political figure, a king that would free Israel from Roman rule. This is perhaps what Peter envisioned when he was led to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

      In this passage, however, Jesus is beginning to teach his disciples that he would be the Messiah in a different way.Jesus would be more like the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah than the political liberator. Those who would be  Jesus' disciples would be called to a similar life of service. Perhaps this is what Peter feared most in Jesus' prediction of his Passion. He whom Jesus had called “rock”would also be called upon to offer himself in sacrifice and service to others. Christian leaders today are still called to sacrifice and serve others as Jesus did. 
           
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      Saturday, Aug 30: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
      4:00 PM Holy Rosary ** For the People
      4:00 PM St. Mary ** Lillian DeMerchant by Violet, Darlene & Janice
      4:00 PM St. Theresa ** David M. Raymond by Aunt Bella Michaud
      5:30 PM Sacred Heart ** Gerald Masse by Wife Carlene & Family
      6:00 PM St. Catherine ** Claude Guerrette (6th anniv.) by Wife Cecile & Family
      6:00 PM St. Joseph ** Edith Collins by Fern Albert Gauvin

      Sunday, Aug 31: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
      9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** Annmarie & Bernice Brescia by Cathie Welch
      9:00 AM Our Lady ** John Gagnon by His Loving Sister Barb
      9:00 AM St. Mary ** Neal & Marlene Kelley by Roger Soucy
      10:30 AM St. Mark ** Maurice Saucier by Thelma Saucier
      11:00 AM St. Denis ** Errol Faulkner (r/s) by Adrienne & David Bernard
      11:00 AM St. Louis ** Bernice St. Peter by Blanche Bouchard & Family

      Monday, Sep 1: LABOR DAY
      8:30 AM St. Mark ** Repose of All Souls in Purgatory
      8:30 AM St. Mary ** Lillian Roberts by Ken Akerley
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      Tuesday, Sep 2:
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      Wednesday, Sep 3:
      8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Vi Willard by Donna Hurley
      8:30 AM St. Mary ** Joshua Samulski by John & Johnnie Cancelarich

      Thursday, Sep 4:
      8:30 AM Sacred Heart ** Roland St. Peter by Conrad & April Caron
      8:30 AM St. Denis ** Pat Dorsey by David & Adrienne Bernard

      Friday, Sep 5:
      8:30 AM St. Mary ** Msgr. Leopold Nicknair by Mary H. Searles
      2:30 PM Rising Hill ** John Gervais by Rainald & Sandra Gervais

      Saturday, Sep 6: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
      4:00 PM Holy Rosary ** Greg Wark by His Mom Lou & Family
      4:00 PM St. Mary ** For the People
      4:00 PM St. Theresa ** Warren & Helena Raymond by Cindy
      5:30 PM Sacred Heart ** Albert, Conrad & Lisa Bouchard by Blanche
      6:00 PM St. Catherine ** Roy & Omerine Belanger by Earl & Lela
      6:00 PM St. Joseph ** Fr. Chanel Cyr by Kathy Dionne

      Sunday, Sep 7: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
      9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** James Moore by Janet, Ron & Family
      9:00 AM Our Lady ** Fr. Arthur A. Ouillette by His Family
      9:00 AM St. Mary ** Reta Mae Gallagher by Victor & Claudette Deeves
      10:30 AM St. Mark ** Grampa Rafford by Grandkids & Great Grandkids
      11:00 AM St. Denis ** John Gorman by Winnie Gorman & Family
      11:00 AM St. Louis ** Arline Wark (11th anniv.) by Her Sister Bea Beahm
      3:00 PM St. Mary ** Ida Koch by Sister-in-Law Marjorie Murchison

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    • Fr. Kyle's Homily - August 31, 2014
      The Cross
       A Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
         Rev. Fr. Kyle L. Doustou    
      August 31, 2014






       
      The Cross. It’s the predominant symbol of Christianity. It appears on church walls and steeples…it hangs over our beds and over our hearts. It appears in our hospitals and is peppered  throughout our cemeteries. It might
      be made out of wood or stone, maybe even gold
      or silver…it   might be very plain or very elaborate, it might be beautiful or maybe even grotesque. It could be big…it could be small. It could be calming or it could be gut-wrenching. Whatever form it might take, however it might make us feel, wherever we might encounter it…that simple intersection of vertical and horizontal beams has affected the entire world.

      Once the torture device of ancient peoples, the means by which criminals were executed, the cross has waded its way through time to become a symbol of peace and love. And why? Jesus Christ picked it up and placed it on His shoulders. Jesus Christ fell under its weight. Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be nailed to it. Jesus Christ hung on it in agony. Jesus Christ literally bathed it in His own sweat and blood. Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, died on it. It is only because of His sacrifice, only because of His self-denial, only because of His unbelievably infinite love that those two ridiculous and wretched beams have any significance.
       
      This is not some fairy tale or well-crafted story, and yet how easy it is for us to reduce it to just that. The cross, almost omnipresent in our lives serving as a reminder of the great act of love of the God-man, is so easily forgotten about and missed, or even worse, belittled. When Jesus is reduced to a peace-loving hippie…the cross of Christ is belittled. When the gospel is reduced to a story about love and tolerance, devoid of any substance or challenge…the cross of Christ is belittled. When we take our Christian faith for granted, limiting it to the hour we spend in church on Sundays (if we even do that much!); when we care more about “fitting in” with and pleasing others than we care about Christ; when we endeavor to secure for ourselves human respect, human acceptance, and human admiration, at the expense of our relationship with God…the cross of Christ is belittled. That sign of pure sacrifice, pure self-denial, and pure love is reduced to a charming little lawn ornament, a pretty piece of jewelry, or an antiquated church decoration when we fail to allow its power and glory to saturate the whole of our lives.
       
        In our Gospel today, Jesus clearly articulates
        the cost of being His disciple: “whoever wishes
        to come after me must deny himself, take up his
        cross, and follow me.” The cost of discipleship
        is no less than what the Master Himself has
        paid…His very life. When He exhorts us to take
        up our crosses, He’s not referring to a wall
        ornament or a necklace, but the heavy intersected beams of   self-sacrifice and self-denial. The Christian life is defined by this cross and no other. And it is for this reason, and this reason alone, that the cross is represented all around us: to be a constant reminder of the price of God’s intense love for us and the response that we owe. If we are not willing to lay down our lives as He did, then what right or reason have we to even gaze upon its representation? It becomes a silly and meaningless symbol.
       
      All around you, at any given moment, there is a world in desperate need of you. It doesn’t need you to be wonderful and smart…it doesn’t need you to be beautiful and popular and successful…it doesn’t need you to “be yourself” or to “be unique.” It needs you to be what the cross symbolizes: a living embodiment of love, self-sacrifice, and self-denial. By His cross, Christ made known His great love for us and offered His salvation to the world…and by the cross that He asks each and every one of us to take up, He continues to make this love and salvation known. If we don’t take up our crosses, we can’t do this…truth will not spread; the hungry will not be fed; the sick will not be cared for; the poor will be ignored; the marginalized will be forgotten. There is no “happy medium” between selfishness and selflessness…our Lord exhorts us to be hot or cold, all in or all out. We need His cross to do this…we need the power of His cross to transform us and make us willing to carry and die on our own crosses for the sake of others.
       
      The power and glory of the cross comes to us every time we celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Christ makes known to us, in giving us His own flesh and blood, that it is only through death that we can ever hope to have life. Look to the cross today in this Holy Mass and ask Christ to make you ready and willing to embrace it. Don’t let the cross fade into the background of your life…don’t let it be belittled by your own complacency. Accept that you were made for love and for nothing else, and then like your God, pour out your love on your own cross of self-sacrifice and self-denial. Live for God and live for others…die to yourself, and you will have everlasting life.
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