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Our Lady of Victory / St. Malachy
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Our Lady of Victory
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec
J8L 2K5
St. Malachy
3889 Route 315
Mayo, Québec
J8L 3Z8

Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land

Sanitary Guidelines for Places of Worship
Update from the Diocese - 14 November 2021
  • A discreet change was made to the sanitary rules for places of worship by the ministerial decree of November 14, which comes into effect on November 15th.

  • In the event that the health passport is not required, people must now wear their face covering at all times, even while remaining at their seat. The other rules do not change:
  • maximum capacity of 250 people

  • distance of one metre between people or family bubbles.
    Note, however, that it is now permissible for members of the congregation to join in the hymns, as they are all wearing face coverings. Obviously, ministers can remove their face coverings when intervening in the liturgy. Choir members can remove their masks to sing if they can keep a distance of 2 m between themselves.
    To justify this change, Public Health relies on three arguments:
  • The time when these various relaxations were authorized coincided with the arrival of autumn and the massive return of the population to interior places, more conducive to the spread of the virus. Wearing a mask in this context makes it possible to mitigate this risk while allowing a gradual return to normality.

  • Wearing a mask in public places remains a health measure to be maintained. This obligation could be revised, in particular when the population aged between 5 and 11 years will have had access to the COVID-19 vaccination and will have had the opportunity to be adequately protected.

  • It is necessary to maintain consistency with all other settings where public gatherings are permitted.

    + Paul-André Durocher

Continuing our Path to Normalcy at Our Lady of Victory Church
15 August 2021
  • Over the past few weeks, you will have noticed changes as we inch towards normalcy.

  • Seating spaces are now 1 meter apart instead of 2 meters, in compliance with the new protocol. This allows for an increase in seating capacity to 78 which includes volunteers.

  • As a result of the new seating arrangements, parishioners will no longer be required to reserve a seat by advising the secretary and will be able to choose their own seating upon arrival. There will no longer be a plan allocating seating for attendees.

  • The spots to sit in the pews are still marked with a white ribbon. However, a single person can only choose to sit at a single ribbon and a couple can only choose to sit at a double ribbon. Triples would sit in the chairs for three persons.

  • Another notable change is we now have a Cantor. Linda Raby has graciously accepted the role of Cantor. Under the new protocol, only Linda is permitted to sing.

  • In the short-term, Ushers and Greeters will be available to provide information on the new seating arrangements and to ensure compliance with masking, sanitation and contact tracing requirements.


Location    Day    Date    Time*    Comments

St. Malachy    Saturday    Nov. 27th    7:00 p.m.      
Our Lady of Victory    Sunday    Nov. 28th    9:00 a.m.    See OLV Zoom meeting invitation below
Our Lady of Victory    Thursday    Dec. 02nd    9:00 a.m.      
St. Malachy    Saturday    Dec. 04th    7:00 p.m.      
Our Lady of Victory    Sunday    Dec. 05th    9:00 a.m.    See OLV Zoom meeting invitation below

* Eastern Standard Time.


Meeting ID: 322 068 2713
Passcode: 046463

The link will be open 15 minutes before the celebration begins.


Many have expressed deep concern following the news of the discovery of the bodies of 215 Indian children buried near a residential school in British Columbia.

The Jesuit Forum in Toronto recently published a book Listening to Indigenous Voices. In its presentation it states:
"To engage in this process, we need to listen deeply to what Indigenous Peoples are saying, open ourselves to be transformed by their words, and act based on what they are telling us so that we can begin to address injustices, heal relationships, and bring about a post-colonial Canada."

The book provides a method for 11 group sessions to do just that: listen, open ourselves, act.

If you would like to participate in these group sessions, please register at this link:

Please also invite others, especially friends and neighbors who feel that their culture is not respected, who could add a lot to the discussions.

There will be an initial Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. to decide on a calendar for meetings. In the meantime, you can order the book at

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - November 28th

First Reading:
Second Reading:
Jeremiah 33.14-16
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul
1 Thessalonians 3.12 - 4.2
Luke 21.25-28, 34-36


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