APRIL 4th & 11th, 2021
Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn
Copyright 2021 www.salvationhistory.com
The tomb was empty. In the early morning darkness of that first Easter, there was only confusion for Mary Magdalene and the other disciples. But as the daylight spread, they saw the dawning of a new creation.
At first they didn’t understand the Scripture, today’s Gospel tells us. We don’t know which precise Scripture texts they were supposed to understand. Perhaps it was the sign of Jonah, who rose from the belly of the great fish after three days (see Jonah 1:17). Or maybe Hosea’s prophecy of Israel’s restoration from exile (see Hosea 6:2). Perhaps it was the psalmist who rejoiced that God had not abandoned him to the netherworld (see Psalm 16:9–10).
Whichever Scripture it was, as the disciples bent down into the tomb, they saw and they believed. What did they see? Burial shrouds in an empty tomb. The stone removed from the tomb. Seven times
in nine verses we hear that word—“tomb.”
What they saw and believed they bore witness to, as today’s First Reading tells us. Peter’s speech is a summary of the gospels—from Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan t His hanging on a tree (see Deuteronomy 21:22–23), to His rising from the dead.
We are children of the apostles, born into the new world of their witness. Our lives are now “hidden with Christ in God,” as today’s Epistle says. Like them, we gather in the morning on the first day of the week —to celebrate the Eucharist, the feast of the empty tomb.
We rejoice that the stones have been rolled away from our tombs, too. Each of us can shout, as we do in today’s Psalm: “I shall not die, but live.” They saw and believed. And we await the day they promised would come—when we, too, “will appear with Him in glory.”
INCOME TAX RECEIPTS
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
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.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA ONLINE MINISTRIES
Emil & Iria Tirona will be hosting an online
Mondays at 7:30pm.
For those interested, kindly send an email to Emil and Irah (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
Divine Mercy Weekend
Confession: In addition to the usual availability for confession, Fr. Jason will be available for confession on Saturday, Apirl 10th – 10:30am to 12pm
YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
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
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: email@example.com