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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 Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 (parable of the shepherds)
Reading II

1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (Christ, the first fruits)

Gospel Matthew 25;31-46 (the last judgment)
Key Passage {The Son of Man} will answer them, ”Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to tost one of the lea one of the least of these, you did not do it to me,” (Matthew 25;45)
Adult If you were to be judged today by God, what would be your greatest regret? What is one thing you could do to change that?

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


WED. Nov. 23 - 9:00 a.m. NO MASS
SAT. Nov. 26 - 7:00 p.m. Deceased Members of the Burns, Smallian & Laurin families by Agnes, Erma & families
SUN. Nov. 27 - 9:00 a.m. Julia Martin by the family
Dorothy Garvey Miller by the family
Gerry Cullen by Madeleine Gauthier

Since the creation of the new city of Gatineau , the archdiocese undertook a process of reflexion and consultation to change its official name of the organization and to reconsider the fact of having a cathedral in the Gatineau sector, that is the St. Jean Marie Vianney church, and a co-cathedral in the Hull sector, that is the St. Joseph church. This step led to the publication of a document, on October 28, 2005 , by the Congregation of the Vatican for the Bishops, declaring that the archdiocese of Gatineau/Hull will bear from now on the name of the archdiocese of Gatineau and that St. Joseph becomes the cathedral church of the archdiocese.

How to use them? That is the question which Bishop Raymond Lahey addresses in the missal on pages 521-523.

As a general rule, their use during mass should be very limited. It is not a good practice to follow the presider and the reader in their prayers and readings. Imagine, going to a play where everybody brought a copy of the play and followed the actors.

Of course, that presupposes that the presider and the reader speak their text clearly and audibly. Let us work on that instead of bringing out the missals during Mass. Naturally, for those who have difficulty hearing, it is entirely appropriate to use the Missals. But for the rest of us, let us leave the Missals aside and listen attentively, that makes for better participation. And that is what we are aiming for.

So why do we have Missals at all? Precisely for the purposes that Bishop Lahey suggests. We encourage that you buy one for ($5.00) and that you use it at home. In that case you can prepare for Sunday Mass, go back over last Sunday’s readings and--what’s more--you find a rich selection of prayers ( starting on page 527) that can be used for prayer time at home. So there is lots of use for it.

The church will look a bit different next Sunday, and the music, prayers, and Scripture readings will be of a different tone as well compared to what we have experienced for the last 5-6 months. We are moving out of “Ordinary Time” into the Advent season. But Advent is about more than a change of colour and different music. The insert in this Sunday’s bulletin tries to capture that '‘move”. We hope you find time to read it and, even better, to discuss it with family members, neighbours, friends. That is a form of faith formation so readily available, yet so little used.

What sort of discussion could be part of our parish advent experience? That is what our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) would like to see happen. Instead of keeping Advent neatly locked up in the church-building Advent is meant to be an important element of our Christian life. And obviously we live most of our Christian life not in a church- building, but at home, at work, at places of entertainment.

Reading and discussing this Sunday’s bulletin insert may help us discover new perspectives. Give it a try.

At the November 9th meeting, the Transformation Committee agreed to continue our participation in the annual Lions Club Telethon. This year our two parishes will take a more active role in this community endeavour during the Christmas season. All the money collected from the two parishes will be presented to the Lions Club during the Telethon which will be held and broadcast on our local cable station on Sunday, December 4th.

We are asking parishioners of OLV and St. Malachy to participate by placing your donation (cash or cheque made out to the Lions Club) in an envelope and adding it to the weekend collection basket either next weekend (November 26-27) or the following week (December 3-4). If you wish to have a tax reciept from the Lions Club, please ensure that your name and address are included with your donation so that a receipt can be returned to you.

The Lions Club uses the funds collected to assist in the following:
  • distribution of over 200 Christmas baskets to the needy
  • distribution of gifts at Christmas time to residents of senior homes
  • distribution of small gifts at Christmas time to patients in the hospital
  • distribution of food baskets for special needs during the year
  • support of the local soup kitchen, La Table de Bethlehem
  • support to the local food bank
  • support to the local school breakfast

Christmas is a time of giving, of thanking God for all we have. It is also an opportune time to reach out and help those less fortunate than ourselves. Please give generously.

I imagine that pretty well everyone knows the official formula the Church uses in the sacrament of baptism when the baptized is bathed in the water or has some water poured over his/her head: “…, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

But who knows the prayer that is proclaimed over the water? What is being said in the prayer is at least as important as the official baptismal formula. So it deserves some attention, because it says a lot about how we understand baptism. As with any typically Jewish - Christian prayer it is made up of two parts: thanksgiving and intercession. In the thanksgiving part, some major events in God’s salvific dealings with us are recalled and proclaimed because they have an important link with what baptism means to us.

In this case, three events of the Old Testament are recalled, and three events of the New Testament. This is why we find these events in the prayer:

At the very dawn of creation your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness.

The waters of the great flood you made a sign of the waters of baptism that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness. Through the waters of the Red Seayou led Israel out of slavery to be an image of God’s holy people, set free from sin by baptism.

In the waters of the Jordan your Son Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. Your Son Jesus willed that the water and blood should flow from his side as he hung upon the cross. After his resurrection Jesus told his disciples: “Go out and teach all nations, baptizing them “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The three great events of the Old Testament (creation, the Flood, the Exodus) and the three incidents of the New Testament (Jesus baptized by John, the water flowing from his side as he hung upon the cross, and the words of the risen Jesus), they all in their own way shed some light on the significance of baptism.

Once we have praised and thanked God for what he has done for our salvation, we move to the part of intercession where the Church asks God to fill the water with the power of the Holy Spirit so that those bathed in this water may be born of God or may die and be raised to new life in and through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father, look now with love upon your church and unseal for it the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son Jesus, so that in the Sacrament of Baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. We ask you, heavenly Father, with your son Jesus to send the Holy Spirit upon the waters of this font. May all who are buried with Christ in the death of baptism rise also with him to newness of life? We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen

St. Malachy Wardens will meet on Thursday November 24, at 7:30 p.m.

OLV Society is looking for a convener for the Christmas tea. Please contact Theresa at 281-3241 or Evelyn at 986-2477 , if you can help.

If you would like to join and help us out, please let us know.

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