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Our Lady of Victory
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec
J8L 2K5
(819)986-3763
olv@videotron.ca

     
     
     
St. Malachy
3889 Route 315
Mayo, Québec
J8L 3Z8
(819)986-3763
olv@videotron.ca




UPCOMING MASS CELEBRATIONS

Date Day Time   Location



TRIDUUM - HOLY WEEK CELEBRATIONS

Occasion Date Time Location Comment

Holy Thursday March 28th 7:00 pm Our Lady of Victory  

Good Friday March 29th 2:00 pm
3:00 pm
St. Aloysius Stations of the Cross

Easter Vigil March 30th 7:00 pm Our Lady of Victory Incense will be used

Easter Sunday March 31st 9:00 am
11:00 am
Our Lady of Victory
St. Malachy
Incense will be used


   
The Three Fundamentals of Lent
   
Ash Wednesday (14 February) marks the beginning of Lent 2024. Far from being a time of sadness, it is in fact a time of discernment, hope and grace. The Gospel of Ash Wednesday helps us rediscover the three fundamentals of Lent: praying, sharing and fasting.
   
    Praying:  Breathing and living to the rhythm of the Father, the Son and the Spirit. It means letting yourself be seduced by the Word of God.
   
    Sharing:  Being attentive to others. Of course, we can share things like our time, our talents, our money, bread, useless leftovers that we get rid of... but sharing is fundamentally about putting ourselves at the service of others. There is more joy in giving than in receiving, as the Book of Acts reminds us (Acts 20:35).
   
    Fasting:  Why fast? To fast is to enter into the Spirit's impulse to detach ourselves, to free ourselves from everything that can hinder our relationship with the Lord, our listening to his word, his presence in our lives.
   
    First Sunday in Lent: "Lord, teach me your ways"
   
We are invited to take to the road alongside Jesus. It's a long journey that will take us, following him, to different places in our search for God: first in the desert, then in the Temple, and finally in the city of Jerusalem. So we are called to be vigilant, not to take ourselves for others, but to respect what we are: beloved children of God, sometimes strong and free, but also fragile.
   
Some questions for reflection:
  • In Jesus' temptations in the desert, what is it that sheds light on my own temptations?
  • At this point in my life, what desert could I go to in order to clarify my choices and refine my discernment?
  • What words and actions of Jesus in this story can inspire me to follow him to the end of my journey?
   
   
    Second Sunday in Lent: "Conversion of Vision"
   
After Jesus announced his passion for the first time, he went up a mountain with Peter, James, and John. The clouds, the transfiguration, the presence of Moses and Elijah, the heavenly voice... this strange scene would change the way they looked at him. At first, this situation frightened them. Strangely enough, despite this fright, the marvellous moment was so overwhelming that Peter wanted to prolong it and make it last forever. Clearly, he had not grasped that this event was in fact an invitation to change their view of Jesus: "This is my beloved Son: listen to him! The voice coming from the cloud cut short Peter's plan to settle into the marvellous. Instead, it invites him to listen to the Son.

Jesus also calls the three disciples to silence. Isn't Lent precisely the right time to be more silent, to listen and to renew our gaze on God? Finally, this story reminds us that the wonderful moments of faith do not exempt us from mission.

Food for thought...

During Lent, where is the voice of Christ being heard in my life? What is he calling me to today? How can I follow in his footsteps and reach out to people who are disfigured, in search of dignity, justice, love and peace? (Rodhain Kasuba)

   
   
    Third Sunday in Lent B - The Lord opens the way for us
   
One winter, on our way to Quebec City for Christmas, we were surprised by the snow that kept falling. Traffic got slower and slower, until we began to see the snowplow flashing in the distance. Inwardly, patience was beginning to gain ground, as we thought someone was there to clear the way for us.

My passenger and I witnessed two types of motorists: those who overtook and inevitably ended up in the ditch a few meters further on. And those who remained vigilant, hoping to reach their destination.

God opens a way for those who allow themselves to be guided by the "perfect" law that makes the simple wise. Jesus, God among us, embodies a wisdom that is astonishing in its deeds and words. His gesture in the Temple to restore its true meaning would later become a sign for his disciples. Jesus patiently paves the way by gradually opening our minds to the Scriptures. Jesus will reveal himself as the only Temple of God in his Body. In this Lenten season, let us open ourselves to the Word made flesh, so that his wisdom in his Church may open the way for the Gospel in our world. (André Inkel, Pastoral Worker)

   
   






 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR SENIORS IN BUCKINGHAM

Connexions is an important support organization for the English-speaking community of the Outaouais. Their mission is to promote the health, social wellbeing, and vitality of the English-speaking community through empowerment, participation and collaboration within the Outaouais.

Connexions has partnered with the local seniors’ centre, Centre Action Générations des Aînés, or CAGA as it is better known. Every other Monday morning at 10 am, Connexions will host one-hour activities offered in English at CAGA’s location, 390 avenue de Buckingham.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Date Event Audience Event Type


To register, go to centreconnexions.org or call at 819-557-0615.


 

DENOUNCING OIL POLLUTION IN NIGERIA

    Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and biggest oil producer. Despite oil exports worth billions of dollars, millions of Nigerians remain in poverty and face food insecurity. In the south, pollution and contamination by the oil industry are causing great hardship.

Development and Peace — Caritas Canada’s partner Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) defends farmers’ rights and helps protect their lands.

To learn more about the work of HOMEF, read our Mini-magazine and watch the video at devp.org/lent.


DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING – July 23-24, 2023
Dear priests, dear deacons, dear members of parish pastoral teams, liturgy and factory assemblies,

The Diocesan Pastoral Council met on July 23rd and 24th at the Shalom Center to pray, listen to the Word, listen to one another and discern the calls of the Holy Spirit for our local Church during the next pastoral year (2023-2024). Listening to the Word of God remains the primary call that runs through our pastoral priorities. We wish to place the new pastoral year in the continuity of the theme of welcoming under the sign of listening. Important themes such as the homily and co-responsibility (partnership) in the governance of our communities appeared as places of conversion and questioning. Give ourselves the means to listen through spiritual conversation, this authentic, living and transforming dialogue, to discern the aspirations of our contemporaries and find Gospel paths for today. Also give us the means to ensure that the homily nourishes our faith in Jesus Christ, that it resonates with people's experiences, and provides support and insight into the great social challenges of our time.

These, in a nutshell, are the main lines of the priorities that we have discerned, which will allow us to walk together during the pastoral year 2023-2024. To better deepen these priorities (these calls), we will experience the launch of the pastoral year in pastoral areas during the month of October. Bishop Paul-André's pastoral letter will provide rich and important details.

Diocesan Pastoral Animation Committee



POLICY FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE PERSONS

IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GATINEAU

For the sake of the little ones (Pr 31:9) …protect minors and vulnerable adults

Message from the Diocesan Coordinator for Establishing Safe Environments

Hello everyone, I have just about completed two visits of each French and English parish, presenting the Diocesan Guide for the implementation of measures to make our parishes safe for minors and vulnerable persons, and to protect them from other types of harm (theft, fraud, breach of confidentiality, harassment, etc.). These meetings also allowed for the presentation of concrete tools for putting these safety measures in place.

Just a reminder that this project is a diocesan priority and is compulsory, affecting both volunteers and paid staff, including priests.

As a Christian community we can be proud, to finally make this significant change, assuring all parishioners served by their parish, whether young, old, or vulnerable, that they can feel (fully) secure.
 
Code of Ethics and Conduct

The diocese and parishes have adopted a code of ethics and conduct. Why? Remember what Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”. (John 13:34-35). Are our attitudes and actions toward others always in keeping with the values of the Gospel? Working and being of service in a parish means being attentive and concerned for others, especially when relating to those who are most vulnerable. Adopting a code of ethics and conduct means adopting values that help us remember and live Jesus’ message to, “Love one another”.

Our First Value - Human dignity

To behave towards others with courtesy, and kindness. It means helping each other and listening. When we disrespect, belittle, harass, or humiliate another person with words and gestures, we deeply wound them in their dignity. Be attentive so that our relationships are healthy and respectful.

Our Second Value - Autonomy and Self determination

No matter where we come from, how we were brought up, or what we are capable of, each one of us has the right to express themselves, to make their own choices, to act and think for themselves. This is what the value of autonomy and self-determination in our Code of ethics means. Encourage your peers to express themselves and discuss their opinions. It is not always easy to accept having our ideas questioned by people whose opinions or experiences are different from our own. Of course, this needs to be done respectfully, that is, in consideration of others’ existence, ideas, and opinions. Maintaining prejudices, violating the right to speak, seeking to control others are just some examples of not living up to this value. “Love one another with mutual affection” (Romans 12:10). With the people we serve and in our relationships with volunteers and employees, let’s encourage one another to express ourselves and share our points of view.

Our Third Value - Personal safety

The 3rd value in our Code of Ethics and Conduct, mentions the importance of adopting physical contact that respects people's comfort level, especially if they are minors or vulnerable. How do we approach others? Are we still in the era of hugs? We have to have personal limits. These are influenced in particular by our culture and upbringing, and also, for priests, by an awareness of their authority in the Church. Jesus himself exercised authority: "Jesus spoke with authority", as the Scriptures say. The healthy authority that priests must exercise in their ministry is that of Jesus: an authority that empowers others, that listens, that inspires trust and action, that makes people want to follow, that gives them responsibility and makes them aware of their own resources. Jesus did not condemn or judge; his authority was to serve, to lift up, to liberate. Let us be mindful of the distances we need to take from people who are living in a vulnerable situation. Let's behave safely with them. I'll come back to this in a future article.

Our Fourth Value - Confidentiality

We don’t always realize how much damage is done when there is a breach of confidentiality. In this time of social media when financial institutions lose personal information, the protection of an individual’s private information is paramount. Discretion goes beyond being a good quality, it is now an obligation. A person who speaks with the secretary, with the priest, who confides in a volunteer, expects that what she/he has shared will be respected and remain confidential. What if the secretary discovers in the baptismal records that a child’s parents are not the ones, she/he thought they were, and he/she reveals that information! What if a person confides in a volunteer that they were abused as a child and that information gets out to the group of volunteers! Even the simplest type of personal data is confidential. If the person hasn’t given permission to share it, it should not be communicated to others. During committee meetings when an individual parishioner or volunteer is being discussed, always ask yourself, is it necessary to name the person? To share their personal information? To reveal all the information we have? If it is absolutely necessary, share as little as possible. A breach of confidentiality is potentially very damaging. Think about it!

Our Fifth Value - Loyalty and Integrity

“You shall not steal”, God’s 7th commandment. In a way, you might say that this commandment summarizes the 5th and last value in our Code of Ethics and Conduct: Loyalty and Integrity! Being honest and loyal. Do what is right. This last value seems to touch on all the expected behaviours included in our Code of ethics: act with respect, honesty, justice, fairness, confidentiality, etc. The parish must be able to place its trust in its employees and volunteers.

To have integrity is to rigorously observe, in all one's actions, the principles of justice and morality. Big words to say what exactly? They can trust me, I am a responsible person and I own the choices and decisions I make, I show gratitude towards others, I admit my mistakes, I don't take parish donations for myself, I don't use social networks to post malicious criticisms or insinuations about my parish or its employees and volunteers. A person of integrity is also someone who willingly offers to help, who is sincere in both words and actions. Finally, it also means that I will denounce any inappropriate behaviour, abusive language or gestures, especially when made towards minors or vulnerable persons.

Chantale Duguay, Diocesan Coordinator for Establishing Safe Environments


OVERVIEW OF ARCHBISHOP’S VISIT

On Saturday, January 28th, Archbishop Paul-André Durocher met with the OLV Wardens and OLV representatives on the Inter-Parish Planning Committee. It was a very positive meeting with open and honest dialogue presented by the individuals at the meeting.

It is important to note that the discussion and the Archbishop’s intention was about addressing issues to ensure Parish sustainability and not about closing the parish’s doors. In fact, the Archbishop indicated that the responsibility for closing parishes was up to Parishioners, not the Archbishop.

It was pointed out to the Archbishop that we had a very strong core of volunteers that keep the parish going. For now, it is a stable core that has been volunteering for quite a while. We told him that this volunteer core totalled approximately 17 individuals and we are having a difficult time obtaining new blood. It was pointed out to him that the average age of parishioners was 75 plus and that typically, we have between 30 to 40 individuals attending Sunday mass celebrations. So this is a challenge that was identified.

On the pastoral front, the Archbishop mentioned that our partnering with St. Malachy through the Inter-Parish Planning Committee was a very important pastoral tool. We provided an overview of the Committee whose key elements are:
  • Provide leadership, information sharing and content planning
  • Respond to pastoral requests from the Diocese
  • Develop special pastoral projects
With respect to partnerships, the Archbishop suggested that the Parishes in the English Pastoral Zone get together to discuss pastoral issues, challenges, and possible solutions. He will follow up on this proposal.

A proposal for a Bible Study session was raised and the Archbishop mentioned he has a colleague who could facilitate such sessions - he will follow up. The study sessions would be open to all parishioners of the Diocese.

Archbishop Durocher commented positively on our use of Zoom technology during the pandemic to broadcast our mass celebrations. He mentioned that many activities are happening over the internet such as retreats and Lenten projects, etc. He is urging everyone to explore the possibilities of the internet.

With respect to the social environment, the Archbishop is very impressed with our involvement in the community at large. In particular, he was impressed with the current initiative where we invite community organizations to attend our fellowship and coffee gatherings and present their organization’s mandate and mission. The Archbishop sees this as an example of what it means to be an outgoing church.

We discussed the Parish’s financial situation and presented him with a chart that indicated that our financial position was solid. We did identify two areas of concern: one is a leakage of water in the basement, and the second, the fact that the wood paneling in the basement may not meet the city’s fire code. We also advised him that our properties (Rectory and Church) were in good shape.

In closing, due to illness, the Archbishop was unable to preside at Sunday’s mass celebration. We look forward to his returning to celebrate mass at Our Lady of Victory Parish once his tour of diocesan parishes will be completed.


DECREE OF THE BISHOP
 
Paul-André Durocher
Archbishop of Gatineau
Decree

Implementation of the policy for the protection of children and
vulnerable persons in the Archdiocese of Gatineau (2022 edition)




NEW FROM THE DIOCESE

A FACEBOOK PAGE AND BLOG ADDRESSED TO OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PARISHIONERS

The archdiocese has launched a new Facebook page specifically addressed to our English-language parishioners. You don't need to have an account to see posts, only if you want to comment, share and like them.
See the internet link: https://www.facebook.com/archgat

We also launched a new English-language blog entitled "Together on the Way". We'll be posting longer articles here, reflections and testimonies. If you want to share a story about something going on in your parish, please feel free to contact our communications team at the diocese.

See the internet link: https://archgatblog.blogspot.com/



FOOD FOR THOUGHT

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT – March 3rd, 2024

First Reading:
Responsorial Psalm
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Second Reading
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Gospel
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Exodus 20.1-17
Lord, you have the words of eternal life.
1 Corinthians 1.18, 22-25
John 2.13-25

 



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