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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
20 September 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS
Know the Sheep & Know the Shepherd is the ‘Pastoral reach out program’ to get to know the parishioners. As the COVID 19 restrictions are now being slowly lifted up, Fr. Joy would like to reach out to the families, and individuals of the Three Churches under Holy Name Parish. So, if you would like to schedule a friendly Visit/House blessing/prayer at your house, please call the Parish Office during office hours or contact Fr. Joy by the Website ‘Contact Form’ or in person. (Office Hours: Mon -Fri. 9am-2:30pm. (Call.780.853.5161) Website: holyname.caedm.ca
 
Sunday Missals  - The 2020 Liturgical Year comes to a close at the end of November. Unfortunately we will not have it available at the church for this year. Please make a direct order at 1-800-387-7164 Mon to Fri between 8:30 am and 5 pm Quebec time and  mention Promo Code SM20V  to obtain the price of $3.00 per copy (regular price is $6).
 
Bishops offer reflection on COVID and the call to Christian renewal - The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on all us, but what’s been the effect on us as a Catholic community?
    On Sept. 14, the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories released a pastoral statement, called On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal. (read the letter at tinyurl.com/yy9f27cq). In particular, the Bishops are inviting Catholics to review the impact of COVID-19 within their homes, schools, workplaces, and society in general, in light of the gospel and the social teaching of the Church.
 
A thank-you video from the Alberta and Northwest Territories Bishops to the many volunteers in parishes, at https://vimeo.com/458253521
 

 
 
MASSES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY,  September 19
25th Sunday in OT

5:00 PM (V) - Jude 
                      Laurence
                Confirmation
7:15 PM (C) - Hope Helmer
                Confirmation

SUNDAY, September 20
25th Sunday in OT

9:00 AM (V) - +Stanley
                       Myshak
                Confirmation
11:00 AM (V) - Parishioners
                Confirmation

MONDAY,  September 21
NO MASS

TUESDAY, September 22
7:00 PM (V) - +Clarisa
                & Hartmut Skibba

WEDNESDAY, September 23
9:00 AM (V) - +Albert
                      Kalynchuk

THURSDAY, September 24
9:00 AM (V) - Violet Van Dyk

FRIDAY, September 25
9:00 AM (V) - Marie Herzog

SATURDAY, September 26
26th Sunday in OT

5:00 PM (V) - Tamara Breau
7:15 PM (C) - +Lynn
                       McCormack

SUNDAY, September 27
26th Sunday in OT

9:00 AM (V) - Jim & Mary
                       Ganton
11:00 AM (V) - Parishioners
             Confirmation
 
Find livestream Masses link on the Parish website: “Masses & Calendar” or  follow our Facebook: @CatholicVermilion for news and livestream events.
PASTOR’S MESSAGE
"A Logic Beyond Human Comprehension"
 
Dear friends, Greetings of peace and joy of Christ!
 
Last Sunday’s Gospel made us to reflect on the question how often do we forgive our brothers or sisters who offend us? Where as this Sunday we have yet another question to reflect upon that is ‘how much love do we give to our Christian duties? While reflecting it let us keep this fact in our mind that what is the top is not the amount of service that we render but the love in which the service is carried out. In God’s eyes, all services, no matter big or small are important and accounted for. So when we hear the parable of the landlord or labors in the vineyard we get quite a bit perplexed, it seemed that what the landowner had done is unfair, unjust or uncharitable to the early comers. Are those who labor longer deserving higher pay? It becomes unfair because those latecomers also get the same wages with those who come earlier. This is the basic reason why many think that the applied logic in the parable is illogical or incomprehensible to human reasoning.  But it seemed that for the landowner, who is God Himself, the meaning of justice is give what is due to each one.

We know that how the faces of the workers were lighted up when the landowner called them at sunrise and offered the usual wages for a day’s work in his vineyard. They were so grateful to the landowner for giving them the job so that their children or family could sleep at night with proper meals or dinner. They had no complaints or arguments at that time! Interestingly, those laborers who were hired late in the afternoon also were happy but I do not think that they had expected a full day’s wages. Indeed, they were not lazy for sure but may be less lucky to have some one to call them for work.  Therefore, they just stayed in the market since nobody hired them. But this landowner found them and realized the need for their daily sustenance and therefore paid them with a day’s wage, which unfortunately was the same wage of those who came in the early hours. This is what made the early comers to grumble against the landowner and accuse him saying that he is not doing justice to them.
 
The parable can be in many ways just reminders of our own ingratitude to God. Essentially, the main focus of the parable is not on the hired laborers, (in fact, we are those laborers) but on the landowner who is God Himself. It means that our God is a just God to everyone no matter when, where or whom he called to his vineyard. He never counts how much we did but He always counts ‘with what attitude we do serve Him.’ He always prefers to do what He likes to do and give to everyone what is due to everyone. He is always so generous beyond all expectations to those who love and serve Him with sincerity of heart and truthfulness in life. His Kingdom is open, not only to those who seem most undeserving, but also to many who to us seem utterly undeserving. This is the logic of God, which seems to be illogical, unjust or unfair for many of us, unfortunately! Therefore, dear friends, let us always remember that for God all are equal and all services of love whether big or small are important and accounted for at all times.
 

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