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SIXTH SUNDAY

IN

ORDINARY TIME

 
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 Leviticus 13:1-2,44-66 (on leprosy)
Reading II 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1(imitation of Christ)
Gospel Mark 1:40-45(healing of a leper)
Key Passage Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
AdultWould you have the courage to tell others to do as you do in order to be a Christian ? Why or why not?
 

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. Feb. 15 - 9:00 a.m. Winnifred Pelletier by Aurele
SAT. Feb. 18 - 7:00 p.m. Julia Butler (17th Anniversary) & Leo Butler (5th Anniversary) by the family
Mildred Scott Murphy by Ellen, Alvin & family
SUN. Feb. 19 - 9:00 a.m. Jeannine Girard by Bob & Maureen Dunning
Helen Desjardins by Lynn Laforce & family
Gerry Cullen by OLV Wardens

SANCTUARY LAMP - ST. MALACHY:
February 5th to February 26th, for the intentions of George Roos, Jody Leach & Diana Aiello requested by Kathleen Roos & family.

THE SUNDAY MISSALS ARE MORE USEFUL AT HOME:
It is funny thing that we keep such a valuable faith resource as the Sunday Missals locked up in the church instead of taking them home. If we keep them in the church it means that we can only use them for one hour a week; if we take them home we can prepare for Sunday Mass, we can go back to last Sunday’s readings, we can use the rich collection of prayers starting on p.527.

In other words, you are encouraged to take them home, because that is where we live.

WHAT DID IT SAY ON PAGE 12 AND 14?
This refers to an observation in last week’s bulletin with reference to the need for the faith formation of adults rather than exclusively of children. That is the orientation in the diocesan document Discovering Jesus Christ: The path to Freedom: On page 12: “Not so long ago, the word catechesis only brought to mind childhood and adolescence. But we are aware today that our whole lives are one crossed with moments of catechesis:

  • Times of awakening, imitation and training;
  • Times of questioning and new beginnings;
  • Times to recharge one’s battery and to grow.

If we continue to compartmentalize to childhood, faith will be further and further removed from the time challenges of life and from the important issues of becoming fully human.”

On page 14: “We can no longer consider catechesis as the domain of children. This may leave them with no future.” 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:

POPE BENEDICT’S FIRST ENYCYCLICAL:
There is no question that Pope Benedict XV1 is quite different from Pope John Paul 11.

We still have to get used to the fact that he exercises his ministry to the universal church very differently from the way his predecessor did it. One gets a taste of that from his first encyclical entitled “God is love.” Those who want to make the effort to read it could go to the web site of the CCCB.

To whet your appetite here follows the editorial in the tablet on the Encyclical:


THE TRUE FACE OF CATHOLICISM

POPE BENEDICT XV1’s first encyclical confirms him as a man of humour, warmth, humility and compassion, eager to share the love that God “lavishes” on humanity and display it as the answer to the world’s deepest needs. On his election last spring, the former Cardinal Ratzinger was widely assumed to have as his papal agenda the hammering of heretics and a war on secularist relativism, subjects with which he was associated as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Instead he has produced a profound, lucid, poignant and at times witty discussion of the relationship between sexual love and the love of God, the fruit no doubt of a lifetime’s meditation. This is a document that presents thee most attractive face of the Catholic faith and could be put without hesitation into the hands of any inquirer.

Unlike his predecessor, Benedict is not instantly comfortable as the focus of a huge crowd. But John Paul 11, so charismatic in the flesh, was often hard to follow when he turned to the word, His encyclicals were wonderful intellectual journeys that repaid the great effort needed to understand them. Benedict’s Deus Caritas Est is by comparison an easy read, full of well-turned arresting sentences. “The epicure Gassendi used to offer Descartes the humorous greeting: O, Soul!’ And Descartes would reply: O, Flesh!” the Pope remarks.“ Yet it is neither the spirit alone nor the body alone that loves: it is man, the person, a unified creature composed of body and soul, who loves. Only when both dimensions are truly united, does man attain his full stature.”

About the only flaw in the English text, indeed, is its non-use of inclusive language: for “man” read “man and woman”. But he makes no other sexist point; there is no attempt to distinguish female sexual love from the male version, no flirting with the Madonna-whore dichotomy, no judgemental talk of what sexual love is ordained for; nor even if exploitation and sexual sin. Men and women who leave eros in the domain of their animal natures, without regard to the spiritual, are simply told that they are missing the true greatness that God intended for them; a lost opportunity rather than the road to perdition. The second part of the encyclical, which is said to owe something to an unfinished project of the previous Pope, ties up a loose end in Catholic social teaching by addressing the question how, in a world seeking social justice, there is still room for charity. The answer is a compelling one. But this is still Ratzinger rather than Wojtyla, with his warning that it is not for the Church to take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. “She cannot and must not replace the state,” he insists. Yet at the same time she must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.

Thus is a careful line drawn with regard to the efforts by Catholic prelates, most notably in the United States in the last presidential elections, to tell politicians which laws they may or may not pass.

This is a remarkable, enjoyable and even endearing product of Pope Benedict’s first few months. If first encyclicals set the tone for a new papacy, then this one has begun quite brilliantly.

ROLHEISER HELPS US REFLECT ON DIFFICULT ISSUES:
Father Ron Rolheiser writes a weekly column in the Prairie Messenger. I am often tempted to copy his reflections and add them to our bulletins. This time I’ll give into that temptation, because he explains so well why we struggle with some issues. In addition he opens up some helpful perspectives, even if they are challenging.

FUND RAISER FOR OLV & ST. MALACHY - FEBRUARY 26th:
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.

OLV SOCIETY:
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.

MEETINGS:
Wardens Meeting Thursday February 16th at 7:00 p.m.

CEREAL BARS:
The basket will be at the entrance of the Church to collect your donations of cereal bars for the Buckingham Elementary School. Thank You.

CELEBRATIONS:
Birthday wishes to Huberte Berndt who will celebrate her birthday on February 16th.

THE PAINTING SESSION GROUP:
invites anyone who would like to join them on Monday afternoons, 1:00 to 3:00p.m. to enjoy time to work on the craft of your choice. It is $2:00 per session and everyone is welcome.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE:
Friday, March 17th, 8:30pm – 1:00am. To be held at the Centre Recreatif Julie/Chantal (Charlie’s) on Route 315. Admission is $6:00. Irish and Country Music will be provided by Country Hill Band. Sponsored by the Buckingham Canada Day Committee.

Weekly Receipts

O.L.V.

St. Malachy


Feb. 05 (Regular)

$   633

$   263

Support

     943

     154

Brazil Missions

     225

       75


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