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EIGHTH SUNDAY

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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 Hosea 2;18b, 17b, 21-22 (Israel’s restoration)
Reading II 2 Corinthians 3:1b-6 (ministers of the new covenant)
Gospel Mark 2:18-22 (the question of fasting)
Key Passage You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. ( 2 Corinthians 3:2)
Adult If you thought of your life as a letter of faith, what would it say?
 

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:
TUE. Feb. 28 - 7:00 p.m. ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE
WED. Mar. 01 - 9:00 a.m. NO MASS
SAT. Mar. 04 - 7:00 p.m. James Miller by Erma Smallian
SUN. Mar. 05 - 9:00 a.m. Lyall Sicard by Nan & family
Bernard Belter by Veronica & family

SANCTUARY LAMP - OLV :
February 26th to March 11th, for the intentions of Veronica Smith.

ASH WEDNESDAY - OUR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING TOWARDS EASTER BEGINS:
This coming Wednesday our church will look a little different; it will have a Lenten look. The cross, the burlap, the ashes, the banners, the purples. They underline the fact that as Christians we are signing up for renewal on the way to Easter when we will have our baptism renewed. The scripture readings and the music will sound different too as part of the Lenten repertoire.

On Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. (as explained in last Sunday’s bulletin) there will be a service at O.L.V. in which we receive the ashes,.The receiving of the ashes is a sign that we are serious about the upcoming season of renewal and conversion.

However, let us not lose sight of Easter We do not observe Lent for its own sake. It is meant to get us in shape to celebrate the central mystery of our faith: The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That core mystery will be celebrated right after Lent during the Three great Days of Holy Thursday evening, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

So this Wednesday we start our 40-day trek to Easter. We can mark the journey with the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Prayer: Our Sunday liturgies with their rich Bible readings, provide the basic orientation for Lent. How about making a special effort to use the Food for the week Item as found in the bulletin. And there is brief reflection for each day in Lent, and also the Stations of the Cross on Friday evening.
Fasting: During Lent we could refrain from some food, from a drink, from a party, from a video as a gesture of solidarity with those who have no choice in these matters for the simple reason that they do not have them. This sort of fasting can also be done to show that we can distance ourselves from so much of what our consumer society says we need.
Alms: This flows naturally from the previous two practices. Alms-giving says we care for others even to the point of depriving ourselves from something. How about making the money we save this way into our contribution to the special “Development and Peace” Lenten collection that will be held later on in Lent?

We pray that this 40-day Lenten period may be grace-filled for our parish, for ourselves; that it will prepare us well for the upcoming feast of Easter.

LENT - A PRIVILEDGED SEASON TO RE-CLAIM OUR CHRISTIAN IDENTITY:
Once again the season of Lent is upon us. Will it make a difference? I came upon a delightful tale that I may want to keep before me in the next forty days:

A Cherokee elder, telling his grandchild about a fight going on inside himself, said it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It is filled with anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good: It is filled with joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The grandchild thought about it for a minute and then asked the aged grandfather, “Which wolf wins?’’ The old Cherokee replied simply, “The one I feed,”

Which wolf do I feed? Surely, my belonging to Jesus Christ based on my having been baptized in his name has something to say about that.

GETTING TOGETHER WITH ST. ALOYSIUS FOR A LENTEN FAITH REFLECTION:
Pope Benedict‘s first encyclical letter God is love was really warmly received around the world both from religious and secular press. He really succeeded in having us focus on the centrality of God’s love for us and how that motivates us in turn to love others. Why not take the opportunity of the Lenten time of prayer and reflection to read and meditate on this document? To help us grasp key messages in it, the Pastoral Council has invited Joe Gunn, former Director of the Social Affairs office of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, to present the document and comment on its applications in our lives, on Monday, March 13 th, 7:30-9:00p.m . at St. Aloysius church hall. Please plan to attend and invite friends and neighbors!

LOOKING FOR LENTEN FOOD?
  • At Our lady of Annunciation in Hull , Teacher: Father Peter McKenna s.c.j. Saturday March 4 until Wednesday March 8. For details: 777-6931 and entrance to our church.

  • At St Mark’s in Aylmer . Teacher: Father Frank Morrissey O.M.I. Saturday March 4 until Monday March 6 . For details: 684-6926

NEXT SUNDAY MARCH 5TH AFTER MASS:
You are invited to view a ten minute video prepared by Development & Peace. Coffee/Tea will be served. (In keeping with the spirit of Lent there will only be food for thought).

LOOKING FOR A NEW WARDEN AT ST. MALACHY:
Terry Brennan has resigned from his position as Warden at St. Malachy in Mayo. We thank Terry for his services to our church. Terry still had one year to go of his three-year term. So we are looking for a parishioner to complete that one year. If interested or if you know of someone for that position, please contact Joan Teske (986-5962) this week.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:
Friday March 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church 45 Donaldson Road (near Chemical). Light refreshments will be served.

OLV CHOIR:
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.

OLV SOCIETY:
The Society is also looking for a Convener for the St. Patrick’s Day Tea. The tea will take place on March 18. For more information please contact Evelyn at 986-2477. New members are also needed for the Executive. All Parishioners are welcome.

OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS:
- To Jean Marc Gauthier and family on the loss of their wife and mother.

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
- Carmen Gauthier who will celebrate her birthday on February 28th.

INCOME TAX RECEIPTS (OLV):
Please drop a self-addressed envelope in the collection basket.

Weekly Receipts

O.L.V.

St. Malachy


Feb. 19 (Regular)

$   595

$   240


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