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THIRD SUNDAY

OF

ADVENT

 
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 Isaiah 61:1-2,10-11 (the mission to the afflicted)
Reading II 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24(Christian conduct; blessing)
Gospel John1:6-8,19-28(John as witness to the light)
Key Passage

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation. (Isaiah 61:10)

Adult What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?
 

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.

MASSES:
WED. Dec. 14 - 9:00 a.m. Winnifred Pelletier by Aurele
SAT. Dec. 17 - 7:00 p.m. Gordon Butler (25th Anniversary) by his Nieces & Nephews
SUN. Dec. 18 - 9:00 a.m. James Austin Martin by the family
Ray Belter by Beverley Belter
Deceased Members of the McFaul Family and friends by Hugh

ADVENT PENETENTIAL/RECONCILLIATION SERVICE - SUNDAY DECEMBER 18th, 7:00P.M.:
It is entirely in line with Advent to come together as a parish community to say explicitly that we, personally stand in need of what God offers us in Jesus Christ: forgiveness of our sins.

Yes, we are sinful people. That is not a put-down. It is an acknowledgement that there are dark corners of various kinds in our individual hearts and in us as a community. It could also be expressed as “being out of joint” or ‘missing the mark” compared to the holy and godly lives that God summons us to. And only a gracious and forgiving God can handle these dark corners of ours, this “being out of joint”, this missing the mark”. God does so by extending his mercy, his forgiveness to us. Surely, we want to yield to and give ourselves over to such a God; we do so with a contrite heart.

That is what December 18th’s service is all about. It is a good way of preparing for Christmas. It is one of the ways in which we can grow in holiness. That is what God wants for us. Deep down, we also want that for ourselves.

INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS:
What we celebrate in the communal service mentioned above can also be celebrated in a more personal way in “individual confession”. One form des not cancel out the other. Having God’s forgiveness spoken over us in a more personal way can complement significantly the more general communal way of celebrating that same forgiveness. In fact, in some instances it may even be of a greater benefit.

A few specific time slots are set aside for that in the hope that everyone can be accommodated who wants to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the individual confession:

  • Saturday, December 17th, 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 (noon)
  • Sunday, December 18th, after the Penitential Service

TIMES FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES AND FOR NEW YEAR’S:
It is relatively easy this year as Christmas and New Year’s fall on a Sunday:

Date
Day
Time
Location
Dec. 24
Christmas Eve
6:45 P.M.
O.L.V.
Dec. 24
Christmas Eve
9:30 P.M.
St. Malachy
Dec. 25
Christmas Day
9:00 A.M.
O.L.V.
Dec. 31
New Year's Eve
7:00 P.M.
St. Malachy
Jan. 01
New Year's Day
9:00 A.M.
O.L.V.

AN INTERESTING REFLECTION ON ADVENT FROM THE TABLET:
“No one who waits for you is ever put to shame”. Entrance Antiphon, First Sunday of Advent.

Advent means “The Coming”. We remember God’s historic coming in Jesus; we also pray to stay awake and on guard for his second Coming at the end of time. In the very early Church, this second Coming was thought imminent and most likely to happen on a Sunday at dawn, when Jesus rose from the dead. Consequently, Sunday liturgies began with an all night vigil on Saturday evening, so that the congregation would be awake and ready for the final Coming on Sunday. As we have now been waiting more than 2000 years, the second Coming has lost something of its urgency. We are now in the gap between the first and the final coming.

Time in itself, I learned in philosophy, does not exist. What, then, is eternity? We think of it as time stretching forwards and backwards without limit, a very boring prospect: but eternity does not stretch in that way.

Eternity is the now, the present moment; eternity like God, is an eternal NOW. What an astonishing difference it makes to our lives when we think of eternity as an eternal NOW, creation as a sacrament of the present moment.

The God who holds us now in being every second of our lives is the God who manifested Godself to us in Jesus 2,000 plus years ago. We are not living in an in between two comings; We are living in the same NOW as we remembered 2,000 years ago, and the second Coming will be in the same NOW. God is as near to us at this moment as God was present to Mary 2,000 years ago. If this leaves your head spinning, let it spin; just hear God calling you by name and telling you “ I am with you always, even till the end of time.”

During Advent, it is good to keep reminding ourselves “God is come”. If that jars grammatically, try “God has come and is now here, where ever and however I happen to be”. “The Spirit, who lived in Jesus and raised him from the dead, now lives in me”. Just keep listening to the phrase being spoken to you. Don’t argue with it Tell God your felt reactions; God who, in St. Augustine’s word“, is nearer to me than I am to myself”.

In this way you are allowing yourself to meet God in God’s continuous Coming and letting God be your teacher. “He who is your teacher will hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Whether you turn to right or to left you will hear this voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, follow it’”. (Isaiah 30:21)

And God is come not only to me, but is present in every single human being. The way we relate to one another is the way we meet God in his Coming. (Gerry W. Hughes is the author of God of Surprises and God in all Things)

OLV SOCIETY:
The Society Executive wishes to thank everyone who came to the tea and supported us as well as everyone who helped to make the tea a success. The proceeds from “The Tea” were $1109.60.

MEETINGS:
O.L.V. Wardens meeting Tuesday, December 13 th at 7:00 p.m. in the Rectory

CEREAL BARS:
The collection of cereal bars for the Buckingham Elementary School will take place next Sunday December 18 th.

SUNDAY ENVELOPES:
Sunday Envelopes are available at the entrance of the Church. If you do not presently use envelopes and wish to do so, please take a blank box and write your name on the first envelope that you use, or you may contact the Rectory. You may continue to use your 2005 envelopes until the end of this year.

OUR LADY OF ANNUNCIATION ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT:
Wednesday, December 14th, 7:15 P.M. featuring the Castenchel Choir of Chelsea . There will be a very special visitor from the North Pole, door prizes and a reception following the concert. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For further information, call 778-2827.

WARDENS NEEDED:
We are still looking for two new wardens. Please contact Susan Limoux at 281-5487 or the rectory at 986-3763 , if you wish to volunteer to become a warden.

Weekly Receipts

O.L.V.

St. Malachy

Dec. 04, Regular

$ 755

$ 314

Dec. 04, Support

$ 605

$ 135

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