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FEAST

OF THE

ASCENSION

 
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 O U G H T

Reading I Acts1.1-11 As the disciples were watching, Jesus was lifted up.
Responsorial Psalm God mounts the throne to shouts of Joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
Reading II Ephesians 4.1-13 We build up the body of Christ, until we come to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
Gospel Mark 16. 15-20 The Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and sits at the right hand of God
Food for Thought
  • These are the men who have walked with Jesus for three years. Yet here on the mountain of revelation, their faith and worship is mixed with questioning and doubt. We know how it feels.
  • To the same shaky, ambivalent men, Jesus gave his mandate to preach to all nations. To them, and to us, he says: I am with you. I need you to e with me, Lord.

MAY 28th, 2006


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.

MASS SCHEDULE
WED. May 31st - 9:00 a.m. OLV Mildred Kearnan by Tom & Isabel Laframboise
Georgette McDonnell by John & Wilma Fraser
SAT. Jun 03rd - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy James Miller by Mr.& Mrs. Richard Lavell
SUN. Jun 04th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Bill Weir by the Family
Art Campbell (9th anniversary) & Eileen Campbell (4th anniversary) by the family
Terry Charbonneau (21st anniversary) by Nicole
Fred Jeror (1st anniversary) by Aggie & family

SUNDAY JUNE 11th - OUR GETTING TOGETHER WITH OTHER PARISHES:
All parishioners of O.L.V., St. Malachy St. Gregoire and St. Luc are invited to get together at the Community Center (180 Joseph Street). That is where we will celebrate our Sunday Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. What better way to show our shared faith around the Table of Our Lord!

Following the Mass there will be a Pot Luck Meal. For that to work each family or participant bring enough food to be shared according to the number of participants in their group.

As for the collection envelopes they will be passed on to the respective Churches. Change will be divided among the four parishes.

The plan is to have this event take place outside. So, please bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets. In case of rain (we had enough of that by now), we will go inside.

Let us make it work!

For those who cannot make it that Sunday morning, the Saturday evening Mass at Mayo (7:00 p.m.) will take place as usual, In this case, it won’t matter if we are only a handful.

SHRINE COMMITTEE MEETING - TUESDAY MAY 30th, 7:30 P.M.
We are getting closer to our annual Our Lady of Knock Pilgrimage, Sunday August 13th. So we have to get things in place. A Meeting for that purpose will be held this Tuesday at St. Malachy church.

AT THE CHURCH’S FUNERAL LITURGY - WHAT IS THE WHITE CLOTH DRAPED OVER THE COFFIN?

It is called the funeral pall, and it marks the dignity of the person and the equality of all before God in death and resurrection. The way the church’s official liturgical book puts it, it is “a reminder of the garment given in baptism and therefore signifying life in Christ.” In other words, it shows how important baptism is for us as Christians, especially when we are faced with the reality of death. In baptism we are made one with Jesus Christ. That covers our entire life-span, and it has something crucial to say when we die. The Christian dies with Christ so as to be raised in and through Jesus Christ to fullness of life with God. What more could we wish for those who have died.

The New Dictionary of Sacramental Worship explains the use of the funeral pall as follows: “Standing at the door of the church, the members of the community welcome the deceased as their own. In the name of the community the priest greets the company of mourners. National flags and/or insignia of other associations are removed before the body of the deceased is brought into the church. The priest sprinkles the body with holy water, recalling the waters of baptism, and covers the coffin with a pall, again recalling the garment with which the deceased had been clothed in baptism.”

Here again, the emphasis is on baptism. That makes the placing of the funeral pall over the coffin into a baptismal gesture. If at any time we need to appeal to our baptism, it is at the time of death. Yes, death claims us all, but in faith we know of another, an even more important claim: the claim which our life-giving God made on us when we were baptized in Jesus’ name. That claim of God on us is so full of love and life that it overrides and conquers death.

A little while ago, I had the honour of presiding at the funeral of a mother of six children. I knew the family fairly well. Together we discussed how we would handle the funeral service. I explained the significance of the funeral pall. I reminded them of the many times their mother had clothed them when they were young. Could not the placing of the funeral pall on their mother’s casket be interpreted as their way of clothing their mother now with Jesus Christ for eternal life? So, the six of them together draped the funeral pall over the coffin. You should have seen the care, the love, the faith with which the adult children said their à-Dieu over their mother.

THE PERMANENT DIACONATE RESTORED IN OUT DIOCESE - WHAT SHAPE/ORIENTATION WILL WE GIVE IT?
You may have heard of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. There are three layers or steps in it: bishop, priest, deacon. Up until recently the diaconate would be a temporary step (3-6 months) for those who were going to be priests. Since Vatican 11 steps have been taken to have the diaconate be a permanent order, still for men only but in this case men could be married.

Several dioceses have gone that path (for example, Ottawa); others were not prepared to jump into that. In our diocese we have had a moratorium on it since the early 90”s. Now, at the request of our bishop, the diocesan pastoral council has lifted that moratorium and has decided to accept permanent deacons in our diocese.

What will these permanent deacons be doing? There’s the hub. On the more popular level it is said “the deacons can do everything the priest does except for saying Mass and hearing confessions.” That is rather a minimalistic way of putting it. Can we be more creative?

BIRTHDAY WISHES TO:
- Evelyn Robitaille who will celebrate her birthday on June 2nd. Congratulations!

SHRINE COMMITTEE MEETING:
- TUESDAY MAY 30th, 7:30 P.M. at St. Malachy Church.



WEEKLY RECEIPTS
  Date Collection OLV St. Malachy

May Regular $ 765    $ 273   


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