Bulletin for the week of May 1st - 7th, 2005.
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.
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) MAY 01, 2005
OUR CHURCH'S PRAYERFUL A-DIEU AND WELCOME TO TWO SUCCESSORS OF PETER:
More than "assessment" is called for from us as Christians. We have prayed that Pope John Paul II may - in the words of the 2nd reading of the 2nd Sunday of Easter -"receive the outcome of his faith." For Pope Benedict XVI we pray that the Spirit promised by Jesus Christ may strengthen and enlighten him now that he is called to confirm us as his sisters and brothers in the faith we cherish.
TWO HELPFUL SUMMER INSTITUTES AT ST. PAUL UNIVERSITY:
In two of these areas St Paul University in Ottawa offers a two-week Summer Institute July 4-15. One is in the area of Pastoral Liturgy, the other in the area of Religious Education. There are brochures at the entrance to the church that give you some indication of what these two Summer Institutes offer.
It would be encouraging if some of our parishioners would take advantage of what is being offered so close to home.
A SUMMARY PRESENTATION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH - THE CHURCH'S LITURGY (4):
That we begin in the dark of the night does not belong to the category of special effects. The darkness of the night evokes the forces of evil, sin and death that Jesus Christ took on in his dying out of love for us and he has been victorious by being raised from the dead. That is the significance of lighting the Easter Candle: a gesture of hope anchored in the Crucified and Risen Jesus. The choreography of bringing in the newly lit Easter Candle is beautiful. We stop at the same three places where yesterday we stopped while bringing in the Cross: The Cross has become a beacon of light, a tree of life. Jesus won that victory of life over death for us; so we have our own candles lit from the Easter Candle as a sign that it is our privilege to share in the new life that Jesus gained for us. The people that walk in darkness are led home from their exile. The Lord leads them, providing an opening for all who, without him, see no future.
Now we turn to our Scriptures, our family album and we turn to some of our favourite stories and let the risen Jesus interpret them. In the light of the risen Christ, layers of meaning that are now immediately evident become visible. We let the risen Jesus open up the Scriptures for us. What he helps his Church see is then articulated in the presidential prayers that accompany the Scripture readings.
Now that the Lord has opened up the Scriptures for us, we are ready to resume our Easter song: "Alleluia!" We hear the story of this night, the resurrection narrative, in the presence of the Cross and the Paschal Candle: the one who was put to death has become our source of light.
THE BISHOP'S EASTER MESSAGE:
BEST WISHES to Roger Gauthier whose birthday is this week.WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT THE COLLECTION (O.L.V.):
This is not a big job, but requires confidentiality, accuracy and reliability. 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?
FUND RAISING EVENING (CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY):
THE SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE wishes to thank all who so generously contributed $3,191. to D. & P. (O.L.V. - $2,570 and St. Malachy $621) during the Lenten season. Your generosity will help make other lives better. Sincere thanks to all.
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