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SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

ASCENSION OF THE LORD

 
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 1:1-11 (Jesus' final instructions and ascension)
Reading II

Ephesians 1:17-23 (exaltation of Christ)

Gospel

Matthew 28:16-20 (I am with you always)

Key Passage

Acts 1:8 (power to proclaim the good news)

What sort of authority would Jesus have been talking about? Would it have something to do with what shapes my life? After all, I hear his name; I am Christian.
 

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.

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (A) MAY 08, 2005

WED. 11 - 9:00 a.m.
All parishioners/both parishes by Pastor
SAT. 14 - 7:00 p.m. Alice Cosgrove by Greg & Pat Lavell
SUN. 15 - 9:00 a.m. Lyall Sicard (1st) by Nan & family
Joseph & Bernard McFaul by Hugh
Special intentions of the donor

SANCTUARY LAMP - O.L.V.:
May 8-21 for the intentions of Veronica Smith.

ALMA MILLER WILL BE THE NEW SECRETARY:
Starting June 1st our two parishes will be served by a new secretary: Alma Miller. Alma is no stranger to our area; on the contrary. Still, it will take a bit of time to get used to a new person in the position that Dorothy Casey has filled for more than 13 years with such great care and devotion. Welcome to Alma.

WE NEED A NEW WARDEN:
Now that Alma Miller has become the new secretary she must let go of the position of Warden she has held since January of this year. Anyone interested? The Wardens (or Fabrique) look after the financial and administrative features of parish life. That is different from the Parish Pastoral Council; which together with the Pastor looks after the pastoral side of Parish life.

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.

OUR FOLLOW-UP SESSION TO "FIRST COMMUNION":
Last Saturday most of our First Communicants got together one more time after the actual First Communion. Call it a de-briefing, if you wish. But it is more than that. In preparing for First Communion we focused on three themes:

  1. "Come!" It refers to our coming together on the Day of the Lord, Sunday, for Mass. This is in response to Jesus calling us together to be here in this place, his Body, his Church. We don't come as individuals to fulfil an obligation. Rather we come as members of Christ's Body. And we come to huddle around the twofold Table of the Lord: the Table of the Word and the Table of the bread and wine.


  2. "Listen!" The Bible as the story of God's love for the human family has a prominent place among us when we come together as God's family. So we open our ears, and above all our hearts, for God's gracious work in us individually and in us as a community.


  3. "Eat and Drink! Yes, we bring bread and wine, symbols of who we are when we stand before God. But, then, the Church's prayer of praise and thanks is said over them. Praise and thanks for who God is, for what he has done for us above all in Jesus Christ who is the truest manifestation of God's love for us even to the point of laying down his life for us. With that gift of self of Jesus the bread and wine are imbued through the power of God's Spirit.

When we now receive the Spirit-empowered bread and wine we are privileged to feed on God's limitless love for us embodied in Jesus.

What we focused on in last Saturday's session is the impact or effect which our being nourished by Christ's self-giving intends to have on us. "We become what we eat" is an old saying in reference to what we are about. When we are nourished at God's Table, we become Christ's Body and we are empowered to continue Christ's mission. Yes, at the end of Mass we are sent forth: "Go in the peace of Christ....to love and serve the Lord." Or as a line of one of our hymns has it: "To fill each human house with love, it is the sacrament of care; the work that Christ began to do we humbly pledge ourselves to share." That is why the last session around First Communion has the title "Go!" Obviously, not in the sense of "get out of this place", but in the sense that there is still much to be done if Jesus Christ wants to see his mission fulfilled. It is a mission he now accomplishes through us.

Do our kids get all this? Most likely not. At the most, small pieces of it. That is O.K. The more important question is whether we as adults look at our Sunday Mass this way. If our appreciation of our Sunday Mass goes along these lines, then our kids will eventually get it too.

CONGRATULATIONS to Marjorie & Regis Butler who celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary, Sunday, May 8.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Norah Renwick whose 80th birthday is on Saturday, May 14.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all mothers, and a special thought for those who are no longer with us.

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all our veterans during this special week.:

CEREAL BAR COLLECTION:
Sunday, May 15th.
These cereal bars are donated to Buckingham Elementary School to be given to children who come to school hungry, for whatever reason. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT THE COLLECTION (O.L.V.):
This is not a big job, but it is a job 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?

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.

Weekly Receipts O.L.V. St. Malachy  
Regular
$  741

$  315

THANK YOU!
Support
$  490
$  186

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