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THIRD SUNDAY

OF EASTER

 
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
Our Lady of Victory   St. Malachy
Sunday - 9:00 A.M.   Saturday - 7:00 P.M.


F O O D   F O R   T H E   W E E K

Reading I Acts 2:14,22-28 (Peter's discourse)
Reading II 1 Peter 1:17-21 (filial obedience)
Gospel

Luke 24:13-35 (Emmaus)

Key Passage

When he was at the table with the disciples, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. (Luke 24:30-31)

Can I / we recognize myself / ourselves in the two disciples who were walking away confused and disillusioned? Could someone be joining us, opening the Scriptures to us, turning things around for us?
 

Pastor
William Marrevee s.c.j.
Email
Rectory
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec J8L 2K5
Secretary
Monday and Thursday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone
(819) 986-3763
Fax
(819) 986-9889

A sincere welcome to those who are new among us. We hope you find a warm and welcoming faith-home with us. Please introduce yourself after Mass and call the Rectory to register.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) APRIL 10, 2005

WED. 13 - 9:00 a.m.
Ann Quible by Isabel & Tom Laframboise
SAT. 16 - 7:00 p.m. Esther Lavell by Greg & Pat
SUN. 17 - 9:00 a.m. Julia Martin (2nd ann) and Bill Weir (1st ann) by Barbara, Scott & Kerry

FIRST COMMUNION TO BE CELEBRATED APRIL 24th:
It is quite a challenge today to prepare younger members of our parish for their first communion. What this preparation consists of is for most of them far too little. That is one of the difficulties: the expectations of the families and the expectations of the church are so very different in many instances and it is very difficult to bring them a little closer together.

There are sufficient indications that things have to be done differently, but it is not yet clear how to go about it. In the document on the diocesan catechetical project our bishop writes: "We must now have the humble courage to journey forth from the practice of preparing for sacraments to the practice of learning to live a Christian life." What this suggests is that formation to Christian life is much broader than and in no way to be limited to preparation for some sacraments. But has it in practice not been reduced to that in many instances?

DOROTHY CASEY IS RETIRING FROM THE POSITION OF PARISH SECRETARY:
Dorothy has held that position for thirteen and a half years. She has worked for the parish (and she has also provided secretarial services for St. Malachy parish) with six different priests, even during one year without a priest. So she has been a real rock of stability, and our parishes are most appreciative of her reliable and effective service during all those years.

Now we must get ready to see that position filled with a new person. It is a part-time position which made Dorothy work at the parish Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Anyone interested in providing this service to our parishes is invited to submit an application not later than April 17. We hope to have the position filled by June 1, 2005 .

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT THE COLLECTION (O.L.V.):
Considering the size of our parish it is not a big job, but it is one of those jobs where confidentiality, accuracy and reliability are most important. It would be ideal if we could get two or three teams of two or three persons to look after this. May we hear from you?

A SUMMARY PRESENTATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH - THE CHURCH'S LITURGY (2):
That applies especially to the liturgies of the Three Great Days, starting on Holy Thursday and concluding on Easter Sunday. Those liturgies belong together. In fact, it is no exaggeration to suggest that they are actually one liturgy in different stages. What holds these liturgies together is the central figure in them all: the crucified, buried and risen Christ.

Once we have established them as one liturgy in different stages we may want to pay closer attention to the individual parts. We begin with the liturgy of Holy Thursday evening. The entrance antiphon sets the tone for what we are really about in these Three Great Days: "We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through him we are saved and set free."

Indeed, it is the feast of deliverance that we are introduced to. The Christian feast of deliverance is foreshadowed in Israel 's deliverance from Egypt through God's servant Moses; it is an event that the Jewish people memorialize by means of their Passover meal (first reading). This Jewish Passover meal has been "christianized" in the eucharist, in which Jesus Christ is the Paschal Lamb (second reading). How Jesus became the new Paschal Lamb through which God seals the covenant with us is uniquely captured in the scene of the foot washing (Gospel reading). Strange as this action is, it epitomized Christ's life of service made concrete in his limitless self-giving on the cross, where Christ becomes the source of our salvation.

It is all summed up in the celebration of the eucharist of this Holy Thursday evening which serves as the beginning of the Three Great Days. There is no final blessing in this service, a good indication that this Holy Thursday service needs to be completed by the celebration of the Lord's Passion (on Good Friday) and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday). The scene has been set.

MASSES FOR THE ELECTION OF A NEW POPE OVER WHICH OUR BISHOP WILL PRESIDE:
Tuesday April 12th - 7:00 p.m. St. Gregoire, Buckingham - French
Friday April 15th - 7:30 p.m. St. Paul , Aylmer - French
Saturday April 16th - 7:30 p.m. St. Stephen, Chelsea - English

FOR THOSE WHO HANDLE FRENCH - A DIOCESAN LITURGY FORMATION SESSION ON THE EUCHARIST:
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For those interested, a good formation session on the Sunday Eucharist is being held at the Diocesan Center . The resource person is Gaetan Baillargeon, the director of the National Office of Liturgy (French sector). Please phone 771-8391, if you plan to go.

CEREAL BAR COLLECTION:
Sunday, April 17th.

SPRING DANCE:
St. Aloysius Parish, 300 Murray, Gatineau, April 30th, 8:30 p.m.
Music by WRD (Country - Western Band). Bar. Light lunch will be served.
Admission: $8.00.
For tickets call Carol at 663-5244.

FUND RAISING EVENING (CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY):
Saturday, May 14, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m., Buckingham Knights of Columbus Hall.
Music by Country Hill.
Admission: $5.00.
For tickets call Regis - 986-2497; Alma - 986-3534; Sue or Edward - 281-5487.

TVC 22, BLITZ 2005, 33 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP...AND IT KEEPS ON GOING!
Blitz 2005: March 28th - May 17th. Membership card: $10 which includes two sheets of three cards each. Each additional card: $5. Existing members will be solicited by phone. To become a TVC 22 member, please call us at 281-8250 and we will be pleased to pick up your donation. Thank you for your generosity.

ARTISTS:
A group of artists meets Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in O.L.V. Hall. Some painting experience is preferable as there is no teacher. Cost is $2.00 per evening.

Weekly Receipts O.L.V. St. Malachy  
Regular
$  1,010

$  252

THANK YOU!
Support
$    660

$  117

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