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SIXTH 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 8:5-8,14-17 (Philip in Samaria)
Reading II

1 Peter 3:15-18 (on Christian suffering)

Gospel

John 14:15-21 (promise of the Paraclete)

Key Passage

Jesus said, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever." (John 14:16)

The outpouring of the Spirit is not limited to a one-day huge Pentecost event. How open and attentive am I to little Pentecosts that occur daily?
 

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.

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) MAY 01, 2005

WED. 04 - 9:00 a.m.
Joseph & Bernard McFaul by Hugh
SAT. 07 - 7:00 p.m. Drew Dunlop by Ellen & Alvin
Jack & Josephine Miller by Dorothy & Iris
SUN. 08 - 9:00 a.m. Garry Simpson by Barbara Weir
Martin Cullen by Frances Costello

OUR CHURCH'S PRAYERFUL A-DIEU AND WELCOME TO TWO SUCCESSORS OF PETER:
This year's Easter season has been remarkable on account of the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Both servants of the mystery that defines us as Christians: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both Popes have ben "assessed" in a variety of ways for the ministry they have performed and, in the case of Pope Benedict XVI, hopes are expressed for the way he will serve as Successor 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 today's context the Church needs more and more lay people to continue the mission that Jesus Christ has given to his Church. In some areas we need a good formation to take on the different tasks that are part of fulfilling that mission.

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):
What we began on Holy Thursday evening, what we celebrated and reflected on at the Good Friday service now reaches its climax in the Easter Vigil to be celebrated in the darkness of the night. It all centers around the Crucified and Risen Jesus. But how do we capture in human notions something so utterly godly as the Crucified Jesus being raised from the dead?

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:
In his Easter message 2005 our bishop urges us to reflect on our pastoral year to see whether we can detect some promising developments that give us hope for the future. The Easter season is a good time for that. With the help of the Acts of the Apostles which describe the life of the very early church are we able to discern signs of renewal?

  1. Do we cherish and love our faith, our being together Christ's Church? What are our fundamental faith convictions that we love to support each other in and pass on to others? Is the Gospel good news for us? As believers what do we talk about with each other? About our fears? About our material and financial concerns? What about the beauty of the Gospel? The need our world has for it? Are we proud of the faith we treasure?


  2. Do we get together with others, with fellow believers to reflect on the Scripture readings, especially the ones we hear on Sundays? How else will we stay alive as church and can the Spirit work in us? Do we ever get together with two or three other believers to reflect on the Scripture readings? Do we feel comfortable doing it?


  3. As church do we reach out to the 18-35 age group and to young families? Do we only lament their absence? Do we make room for them? Do we have any projects that may serve their needs? Do we know their needs?

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?

SPRING AUCTION:
Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Centre, 189 Archambault, Hull, May 3rd, viewing 6:00 p.m., auction 7:00-10:00 p.m. Adm.: $1.00 (includes refreshments). To donate goods or for info. call 771-4613 or 777-6416.

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.

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.

Weekly Receipts O.L.V. St. Malachy  
Regular
$  787

$  503

THANK YOU!
Fuel
$  450
$  173

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