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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
Job 7:1-4, 6-7 (Job’s first reply)
Reading II 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 (Paul’s recompense)
Gospel Mark 1:29-39 (cure of Peter’s mother-in-law and other miracles)
Key Passage That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons, And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. ( Mark 1:32-34a)
AdultWhen have you felt the sadness of Job? When have you felt the joy of those who witnessed the healing works of Jesus?

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. Feb. 08 - 9:00 a.m. Andre Perron
SAT. Feb. 11 - 7:00 p.m. Harvey Weatherdon (26th Anniversary) by Shirley, Rolly & Philip
SUN. Feb. 12 - 9:00 a.m. Deceased members of the McFaul family and friends by Hugh
Jack & Josephine Miller by Iris Delcourt & Dorothy Teske
Bea & Ed Dunlop by the family

Sanctuary Lamp, St. Malachy:
February 5 to February 26 for the intentions of Mrs. Kay Roos & family

Coming into church on Sundays, signing ourselves with water from the baptismal font, and starting the mass are very routine activities for us. So routine, in fact, that we easily overlook how significant these ordinary activities really are.

Next Sunday we will have our first Communion candidates with us. Together with them we will reflect on and pay close attention to what we are actually doing in faith when we come together for Sunday Mass. Part of that will be that what we normally do at the beginning of Mass we will do a bit more deliberately.

The candidates for first communion begin their journey to joining us at the Table of the Lord in the Easter season. That concerns us all. They are not going to do something that “is nice for them”. They are getting ready to join us in what we as a Christian community do on Sunday, the Day of the Lord. At least, that is the ideal----

Included in the bulletin this Sunday you find a letter from our bishop about his forthcoming pilgrimage to Rome (May 1015). He will make that pilgrimage together with all the other bishops of Quebec, Technically, it is called the Ad limina visit. It would be unfortunate if such a visit were to be understood as a reporting to headquarters,” Rather, it has to do with an important aspect of our catholic faith, it is really a “church event.”

This is the way the Encyclopedia of Catholicism describes it: Ad limina visit, the visit each diocesan bishop regularly requires to make to Rome, where he meets personally with the pope and with various officials of the Roman Curia, the Church’s central administration. It originated in pilgrimages made by bishops of the Roman province to the threshold of the tombs of the two great apostles, Peter and Paul, for their veneration.

Currently it is a canonical obligation for every bishop who presides over a particular diocese and is to be fulfilled personally by the bishop. The visit is considered as strengthening the bond of hierarchical communion and a witnessing to the catholicity of the church and the unity of the Episcopal college, while providing an opportunity for bishops to discuss personally with the pope any particular matters of concern in their own dioceses. Six months prior to his ad limina visit, the diocesan bishop submits to the Holy See a report on the state of the diocese.

In November of last year some 60 representatives of the English speaking parishes of our diocese met. The purpose of the meeting was to get more familiar with a little document “Discovering Jesus Christ the Path to freedom.” This document is important because it outlines the pastoral orientation for our diocese in the face of new challenges.

Four concepts were pulled from the document and developed a bit to facilitate the reading of the document (not a substitute for reading it). Here follows the fourth of those concepts:

Catechesis of the Journey
Catechesis”: to think like him, to judge like him and to live as he lived”: we understand this as having something to do with our belief that Jesus Christ is our Path to freedom, or said in another way. We profess Jesus Christ as the one to bring us to full human life and happiness. If we dare to say that out loud, then we also need to be prepared to let him in where we live, in all our life experience, from birth to death. It’s a love story about many journeys with ultimately one destination. Those stories we hear every Sunday are our stories. Our lives are meant to be read and reflected within those pages and nourished by them.

We have different life experiences and are at all different stages of life too. A healthy 20 year old won’t reflect on death the same way any 90 year old would. So when they listen to the retelling of the Easter story, there is a very high improbability that they’ll experience it in the same way! The 90 year possibly yearning with hope for the other side of death. The twenty year impressed with how death is conquered without power. So we share the insights. We lean on each other, support each other and thereby grow together. We are meant to walk together as a community of older and younger men and women, girls and boys.

This is transmission of faith – an act of love, an act of openness to others, a concern for the sharing of this treasure (of making 5 or 2 more of those Talents we heard about in the Gospel reading earlier this morning), this gift that is to be accepted and passed on, entrusted to us to be responsible for – for the world to receive that it may have life and have it to the full. Dr Phil has no place here! Nor do horoscopes or some of those seminars out there.

That’s why our priority is with adults. Pages 12 and 14 have strong words to this effect – but they are wise words. Through the quality of our community life, our enthusiasm for life, our celebrations are how we live our faith, will people nearby hear us proclaim ‘in their language’ that great message that God is acting among us, that he is tenderness, faithfulness, mercy and forgiveness. That’s where Jesus the Path to freedom leads us.

Focus Questions

So we start at the beginning - on page iv, we can reflect more on this path that we are now called to walk on with the humble courage to journey forth from the practice of preparing the sacraments to the practice of learning to live a Christian life, where all the life-focus of families and communities and different generations from grandparents to little ones come together. The risen Lord will, walk with us along this path!” How will it be? Well, let’s start with Page 11 here and continue with the rest of the document at our parishes. Include in your reflections here, not only the newly baptized but all of us who need continuous nourishment in and throughout all the stages of our lives.

For their generous donation of $1,200. to OLV. This gesture is much appreciated by the parish.

Pancake Breakfast after Mass at OLV. Breakfast will be served at 10:30 AM. . No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets will be on sale until February 20. The cost is - Adults: $8:00, Children: $5.00 Under Six: Free.

New members are welcome. If you would like to join, please contact Betty at 986-2378, or Evelyn at 986-2477. Choir practices will now be held on Thursday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.

New members are needed for the Executive. All Parishioners are welcome. For more information please contact Evelyn at 986-2477 The Society is also looking for a Convener for the St. Patrick’s Day Tea.

Please drop a self-addressed envelope in the collection basket.

Weekly Receipts


St. Malachy

Jan. 29th (Regular)

$   638

$   364

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