Bulletin for the weeks of October 1st, 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.
ANY CANDIDATES FOR CONFIRMATION, FOR FIRST COMMUNION?
In some way, preparing for sacraments is relatively easy. But that is only true when they are practically separated or isolated from the Christian life, when they have become the stuff of which we say “been there, done that”. And there is the hub. The proper celebration of sacraments presupposes a fair bit. The first that comes to mind is love for Jesus Christ. Of course, the sacraments make no sense apart from Jesus Christ, who Jesus is, what he lived for, what he gave his life for, why he was raised from the dead, and what that means. That love for and knowledge of Jesus Christ will translate in our cultivating a taste for and identifying with what matters to Jesus Christ. And that is what formation to the Christian life is all about. Quite a challenge today!
It would already be quite something if we were all convinced that formation to the Christian life is not first for children, but for us as adults. Formation to the Christian life is first and foremost an “adult affair” and it is an “ongoing affair” only completed when we finally come in God Father, Son and Spirit. It is really a matter of having Christ grow on us. It does not mean that we would want to withhold that from our children. The point is that if Jesus Christ and what he stands for are important to us (myself included), then our children will want to develop a taste for Jesus Christ too. And then preparing for sacraments becomes easy in the good sense.
Back to the question! We would like to hear from parents who want to have their children make their first communion. Similarly, we would like to hear from parishioners who are 15 years and up who have not been confirmed if they are interested in being confirmed. Please, contact us before November 12th.
It would be helpful if you would draw this item to the attention of those who might be interested. Thank you.
A SONG TO OR ABOUT MARY AT SUNDAY MASS:
However, Sunday is the Day of the Lord, a special day o[the resurrection, focused first of all on the paschal mystery of Christ, and that focus always takes priority in any celebration of a Sunday liturgy (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, no 106). Therefore, those who prepare the music for Sundays in their parish must keep in mind that no element of the Lord’s Day celebration may be replaced by any devotional practices, such as Marian hymns during the month of October. Hymns to Mary do not have a place in the Sunday liturgy. One or two Marian hymns may be used at a Eucharist during the week when a feast of Mary is celebrated, but even then a Marian hymn is absolutely inappropriate as a communion song. These hymns do have a place in Marian devotions that are scheduled at a special time separate from any celebration of the Eucharist, such as the public recitation of the rosary including singing and scriptural readings.
That pastoral note of Zita Maier raises a number of issues:
It is interesting to see that such a seemingly simple question (the one mentioned above) leads to what may look like a rather complicated response. The reason for that is that the question is not as simple as it looks. A number of significant issues are affected and raised by that question, such as:
That also suggests that a simple yes or no to the question raised is not enough. There may, in fact, be a good explanation for the yes or no. However, it takes time and a willingness to articulate and to hear that explanation.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH, 7:30 P.M. AT ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL (HULL SECTOR):
In the evening, at 7:30 p.m. the Bishop will preside over a celebration of the Eucharist to which all are invited. That will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral.
OLV & ST.MALACHY’S HARVEST SUPPER:
OLV SOCIETY IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS:
NEW CHURCH WARDENS ARE NEEDED:
A NEW COOKBOOK PROJECT:
JOINT PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (PPC):
The Council, as a consultative body to the Pastor and in co-responsibility with the Pastor, provides leadership, direction, education, resources and encouragement in the parishes’ accomplishment of their mission as expressed under the four poles of church life: liturgy, faith formation, fellowship and transformation (service/outreach) in accordance with the vision of the Church of Gatineau-Hull. The Council consists of 6 to 8 elected lay Council members and the term of office is 3 years.
We are presently looking for new membership. Please take some time to reflect on how you can participate more fully in the life of our parish and do not hesitate to contact any one of us for more information.
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