March 7th & 14th, 2021

Spiritual Sacrifice: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn Copyright 2020 www.salvationhistory.com

First Reading: Exodus 20:1–17 | Psalm 19:8–11

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22–25 |Gospel: John 2:13–259

Jesus does not come to destroy the temple, but to fulfill it (see Matthew 5:17)—to reveal its true purpose in God’s saving plan.

He is the Lord the prophets said would come—to purify the temple, banish the merchants, and make it a house of prayer for all peoples (see Zechariah 14:21Malachi 3:1–5Isaiah 56:7).

The God who made the heavens and the earth, who brought Israel out of slavery, does not dwell in sanctuaries made by human hands (see Acts 7:482 Samuel 7:5).

Nor does He need offerings of oxen, sheep, or doves (see Psalm 50:7–13).

Notice in today’s First Reading that God did not originally command animal sacrifices—only that Israel heed His commandments (see Jeremiah 7:21–23Amos 5:25).

His law was a gift of divine wisdom, as we sing in today’s Psalm. It was a law of love (see Matthew 22:36–40), perfectly expressed in Christ’s self-offering on the Cross (see John 15:13).

This is the “sign” Jesus offers in the Gospel today—the sign that caused Jewish leaders to stumble, as Paul tells us in the Epistle.

Jesus’ body—destroyed on the Cross and raised up three days later—is the new and true sanctuary. From the temple of His body, rivers of living water flow, the Spirit of grace that makes each of us a temple (see 1 Corinthians 3:16) and together builds us into a dwelling place of God (see Ephesians 2:22).

In the Eucharist we participate in His offering of His body and blood. This is the worship in Spirit and in truth that the Father desires (see John 4:23–24).

We are to offer praise as our sacrifice (see Psalm 50:1423). This means imitating Christ—offering our bodies—all our intentions and actions in every circumstance, for the love of God and the love of others (see Hebrews 10:5–7Romans 12:11 Peter 2:5).


To our dear parishioners who used the envelope system for the weekly donation to the Parish in 2020, your income tax receipts are ready. If you wish to pick up your tax receipts, please contact the secretary to arrange a time for you to come get them. Thank you.


Envelopes for 2021 Sunday offerings are now available.Because we are closed to the public (including the parish office) until February 8th, if you wish to pick up your box of envelopes, please contact the sectary to arrange a time for you to come get them. 


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 lockdown, while the parish is closed to the public, from time to time Fr. Jason will post on the parish website a Sunday homily or reflection on various faith related subjects. We are working out the fine-tuning of this on the website, but currently you can find the homilies at the following link: http://www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca/homilies/

Way of the Cross: Every Friday at 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm) during Lent. Due to the current Covid restrictions, reservations are required. Keep an eye out for the links to register sent via e-mail or posted on the website.


Confession: In addition to the usual availability for confession, Fr. Jason will be available for your Lent confessions & Divine Mercy confessions on the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 27th – 10am to 12pm (Palm Sunday weekend)
  • Friday, April 2nd – 5pm to 7pm (Good Friday)
  • Saturday, Apirl 10th – 10:30am to 12pm (Divine Mercy weekend)

Holy Week Celebrations: Due to the current curfew in the Montreal area, we are waiting to see if and when we can celebrate the Holy Thursday

(Last Supper) and the Easter Vigil with the public, which are to be celebrated in the evening. The Good Friday liturgy will be at the usual 3pm.

The Easter Sunday mass: we are planning on having our usual Sunday morning mass schedule (mass at 9am & 11am), however,again due to Corvid restrictions, some modifications might be required and those times could change.

** We hope to finalize our Holy week & Easter schedule by mid-March.


The Saints on St. Joseph:

“Let us love Jesus above all, let us love Mary as our mother; but then, how could we keep from loving Joseph, who was so intimately united to both Jesus and Mary? And how can we honour him better than by imitating his virtues? Now, what else did he do in all his life but contemplate, study, and adore Jesus, even in the midst of his daily labours? Behold, therefore, our model.”
Saint Madaleine Sophie Barat


The Church is OPEN!

Due to the pandemic, the Quebec government has placed many restrictions that effect all Quebecers. Currently places of worship are limited to 10 per gathering. Therefore, because of the lower number of places available, reservations are required to attend our Sunday liturgies (Saturday 4:30pm, Sunday 9am & 11am). To reserve a place(s), visit our parish website. However, weekday masses are first come – first serve, no reservations required.

You can check regularly our parish website for updates:www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca

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


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