Bulletin for the week of November 20th - 26th, 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.
CHRIST THE KING - NOVEMBER 20TH, 2005
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GATINEAU-HULL CHANGES ITS NAME:
THE NEW “LIVING WITH CHRIST” SUNDAY MISSALS:
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 ADVENT SEASON BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY:
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.
LIONS CLUB ANNUAL TELETHON:
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:
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.
BAPTISM IN JESUS’ NAME:
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 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.
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