Bulletin for the week of April 2nd - 8th, 2006.
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.
40/3/50 - THE PASCAL SEASON
THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF EASTER IS IN SIGHT:
Yes, these coming two weeks are very intense. Our participation in what we do as Church is not just optional or desirable, but a must. At least, it is hoped that we can find a way to set other things aside and to give priority to what makes us as Christians.
We keep our focus on the upcoming Three Great Days, starting on Holy Thursday evening, including Good Friday ad Holy Saturday and concluding on Easter Sunday. Where ever possible, let us observe these important days of our Christian faith. Just this one weekend of the year doing other things than we normally do on weekends, just because we are Christians. The Muslims can do it, the Jews can do it. Surely, as Christians we can do it too.
Yes, these principal services are all being held at O.L.V., but they are meant to include St. Malachy too. If at any time our two parishes should be together it is at these services which define us as Christians. After all, does not the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ have everything to do with transcending and breaking through differences and barriers?
GOOD FRIDAY: 3:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M. - ANY DIFFERENCE?
Please Note: No individual confessions are scheduled during the Three Great Days. The reason for that is that Lent ends on Holy Thursday evening just before the Triduum starts. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, whether celebrated individually or communally, is a Lenten practice. In this way we keep the Three Great Days free for celebrating the immense mystery of faith that defines us as Christians.
THE ARCHBISHOP INVITES US TO THE CHRISM MASS, WEDNESDAY APRIL 12th, 7:30 PM.
It will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church which from now on is the Cathedral of our Gatineau Diocese (yes, the “ Hull “has been dropped). So the bishop will take “his seat” for the first time at the Chrism Mass.
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