November 7st & 21st, 2021

Hope in Tribulation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

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First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3 |Psalm 16:5,8-11

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14,18 | Gospel: Mark 13:24-32

In this, the second-to-last week of the Church year, Jesus has finally made it to Jerusalem.

Near to His passion and death, He gives us a teaching of hope—telling us how it will be when He returns again in glory.

Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of a long discourse in which He describes tribulations the likes of which haven’t been seen “since the beginning of God’s creation” (see Mark 13:9). He describes what amounts to a dissolution of God’s creation, a “devolution” of the world to its original state of formlessness and void.

First, human community—nations and kingdoms—will break down (see Mark 13:7–8). Then the earth will stop yielding food and begin to shake apart (13:8). Next, the family will be torn apart from within and the last faithful individuals will be persecuted (13:9–13). Finally, the Temple will be desecrated, the earth emptied of God’s presence (13:14).

In today’s reading, God is described putting out the lights that He established in the sky in the very beginning—the sun, the moon and the stars (see also Isaiah 13:1034:4). Into this “uncreated” darkness, the Son of Man, in whom all things were made, will come.

Jesus has already told us that the Son of Man must be humiliated and killed (see Mark 8:31). Here He describes His ultimate victory, using royal-divine images drawn from the Old Testament—clouds, glory, and angels (see Daniel 7:13). He shows Himself to be the fulfillment of all God’s promises to save “the elect,” the faithful remnant (see Isaiah 43:6Jeremiah 32:37).

As today’s First Reading tells us, this salvation will include the bodily resurrection of those who sleep in the dust.

We are to watch for this day, when His enemies are finally made His footstool, as today’s Epistle envisions. We can wait in confidence knowing, as we pray in today’s Psalm, that we will one day delight at His right hand forever.


The Rosary

Emil & Iria Tirona will be hosting an online interactive rosary,
Mondays at 7:30pm.

For those interested, kindly send an email to Emil and Irah (irahtirona@gmail.com), so you may be added to the online invitation. Please call 514-617-4021 if you need any online technical assistance or have questions.

PARISH WEBSITE: Homilies & Reflections

During the current COVID restrictions, while the parish is either closed to the public or limited in the number of those who can gather for mass, from time to time Fr. Jason will post on the parish website a homily or reflection on various faith related subjects. You can find the homilies at the following link: http://www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca/homilies/


The Church is OPEN!

All areas of our diocese are classified as green zone as of June 28. Maximum numbers of participants are as follows: no more than 250 persons at Sunday or weekday Masses; a maximum of 250 persons may attend weddings and funerals, as always not including liturgical servers.

With respect to weddings and funerals, please note that people in the congregation are required to remain seated throughout the service

Now that Montreal is a “Green Zone”, places of worship will still keep the protocols of: sanitizing hands when entering the building, wearing a mask, keeping a six foot distance from those outside your “bubble”. Following the protocols, we can receive around 110-120 in the church & choir loft, and around other 50 in the Hall if needed.

Therefore, because we are able to accommodate a much greater number of people, until further notice: NO MORE RESERVATIONS will be required. It will be first come first serve in the church, and if it fills up, we will have a place for you in the Hall.

You can check regularly our parish website for updates:


The Archdiocese of Montreal has set up a webpage where they will post diocesan updates and information, regarding the actions taken by the Archdiocese, in response to the coronavirus as things unfold: www.diocesemontreal.org/en/covid-19

During these difficult days be assured of my prayers for you, and together let us pray for all those effected by this virus, and for its swift end! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me: fatherjpiper@gmail.com


The Saints on St. Joseph:

“Those who invoke him [Saint Joseph], shall obtain from God, by his intercession, the gift of chastity, and shall not be conquered by the temptations of the senses.”
Venerable Mary of Agreda 


The new 2022 Sunday missals have arrived. They go into effect the first Sunday of Advent (November 28th). Five dollars ($5) each.


Envelopes for 2022 Sunday offerings are at the front of the Church. PLEASE TAKE ONLY THE BOX WITH YOUR NAME AND NUMBER ON IT. If you have never used the envelopes and wish to start, please ask for a new box at the Office or call 514-747-4226 during office hours (9am to 2pm), to register. We request all users to please put your name and address on the first few envelopes for the New Year to ensure proper recording. Thank you.


Yellow envelopes are available at the Main Entrance for anyone who wishes to fill them in remembrance for the souls of their departed family members and friends. These envelopes will be kept in the Sanctuary throughout November, the month of prayers for the dead. Mass will be offered for all souls on Tuesday, November 2nd, at 7 pm.


DEADLINE for returning the filled boxes is Sunday, November 14th.Thank you to ALL parishioners for your continued generosity


Is your weekend too busy to attend your usual celebration of mass, reflect with Jesus on your past week and start the new week with peace and joy? Please consider Catholic Acton’s Late Sunday Mass; 7:00pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. It is never too late to celebrate the Eucharist (www.catholicaction.ca).


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