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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 Isaiah 53.4, 10 - 11
Responsorial Psalm Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
Reading II Hebrews 4. 14 - 16
Gospel Mark 10. 35 - 45
Food for Thought
  • If God had not given his only son where would I be?
  • Can I get in touch with my need to be saved? If not, I might ask for light and guidance.
  • If I am in touch with my need for a savior, then I can converse with the One who has given his life for me.

October 22nd, 2006

William Marrevee s.c.j.
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec J8L 2K5
Monday and Thursday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(819) 986-3763
(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.

M A S S       S C H E D U L E

WED. Oct. 25th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Frances Costello by Ed & Susan Lemieux
SAT. Oct. 28th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Dorothy Teske by Mrs. Reginald Lavell & Curtis
SUN. Oct. 29th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Denis Tremblay, by Betty Filiatreault
Edward Cameron by Lorraine & family
Margaret Dunlop by Bob & Maureen Dunning

Development and Peace is the Canadian Catholic organization that alerts us to social justice issues in our own country, but also on the international scene. Twice a year it tries to enter our churches and our homes to remind us that the Christian faith we cherish is also a faith that seeks and does justice. This dimension of our faith is not optional; it is constitutive of it.

During Lent we are familiar with Development and Peace’s Share Lent campaign. Yes, its aim in Lent is to raise funds, but there is a twist to it. It tries to make our traditional Lenten practice of fasting beneficial to others. The money we save by our fasting becomes our contribution to support various projects in developing countries. Our effort to deny ourselves becomes a source of life for others.

In the fall, usually in the month of October, Development and Peace knocks on our door again with its education campaign. This time its aim is not to raise funds, but to raise our awareness to practices and developments in our world where the dignity and life of fellow human beings are being threatened. It applies the principles of the Church’s social teachings to more concrete situations. For this year’s fall campaign Development and Peace has selected mining practices of Canadian companies. That choice may surprise us. However, it is well known that Canadian mining companies are experts in their field all over the world.

Do their practices always honour both the earth and its inhabitants? That, too, is a faith issue.

The little blurb on the inappropriateness of Marian hymns at Sunday Mass during the month of October (and May) has triggered some interesting discussions. The issue has to do with Sunday as the Day of the Lord and with Jesus Christ as the center of the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. The reform of our church’s liturgy mandated by Vatican II had a lot to do with removing from our Sunday Eucharist a number of devotional practices (among which Marian hymns) that had crept in over the last century and that had tended to obscure the centrality of Jesus Christ.

So, do we leave Mary totally out of the picture in our Catholic faith? That is impossible. Mary has too important a role to play in the mystery of salvation. We can give expression to that in other forms of Catholic practice apart from the Sunday Eucharist. It is true that we experience difficulties with that. Could it be that we try to link too much with the Sunday Eucharist and that we have difficulty developing other forms of worship and devotion that can very legitimately stand on their own feet? It would be interesting to re­read Pope Paul VT’s encyclical on the veneration of Mary on that.

Including Mary in our Sunday is not out of the picture. There is a readily available means for that. How? For, example, by singing Mary’s own song, the Magnificat or the Canticle of Mary, at the end of Mass every so often. The Magnificat is not a hymn to or about Mary, but it is Mary’s own powerful way of praising God. I cannot think of one who can better lead us in singing the praises of God. She is, in the words of Pope Paul VI, “the first and most perfect of Christ’s disciples”. And Disciples of Christ we are all trying to be.

Canadian mining called to account!

Last weekend’s bulletin introduced Development and Peace’s theme for the education and action program for the next five years: The promotion of sustainable human development through participatory management, democratic control and equitable distribution of resources and included the first two principles, which are at the core of the 5-year program. The other four principles are:
All people have the right to participate fully in and have control over decisions that affect their lives and communities.

In the interests of solidarity and the common good, decisions made for the benefit of one community must not violate the rights of other communities.

The importance of the Earth’s resources to the common good takes priority over any possible commercial value.

In the extraction, management, and use of resources, human rights must be respected. Preference must be given to the rights of indigenous peoples and those who are marginalized by poverty or because of race and gender.
Included with this weekend’s bulletin is an Action Sheet produced by Development and Peace – please take some time to read and reflect on this Action Sheet. Next weekend, parishioners will have an opportunity to take action by signing an Action Letter addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

If you wish to know more about Mining and Resources, two Development and Peace documents can be found at the entrances to both Our Lady of Victory and St. Malachy churches. Or you can visit the Development and Peace website at:

We would like to hear from parents who want to have their children make their first communion. The children would normally be about eight years old and up. 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.

Our Christian communities welcome the following children today. May the Lord of love bless and keep you:

Kyle Butler, son of Curtis Butler and Warner (St. Malachy)
Dany Cadieux, son Marc Cadieux and Anne Lemieux (OLV)
Samantha Cameron, daughter of Brian Cameron and Tracy Middleton (St. Malachy)
Spencer Lavigne, son of Huey Lavigne and Pamela Roos (OLV)
Leena Ladue, daughter of James Ladue and Jennifer Pinkos (OLV)

The English Zone pastoral Council has opted for a new formula. A few representatives from the English parishes used to meet 6 or 7 times a year to discuss issues that pertain to our English parishes. That formula has run its course.

Now the plan is to have those in leadership positions in our English parishes meet twice a year. That will be more representative, and it may help all those in leadership positions “to play from the same book.” That is especially important if we continue to work with the document of our bishop: Discovering Jesus Christ: The Path to Freedom.

So, PPC members, wardens, members of parish committees, all parish ministries, interested parishioners! We count on you!

      When: Saturday November 4th, 9:00 a.m. – 12th noon.
     Where: Our Lady of Annunciation, 189 rue Archambault (Hull sector).

On Saturday October 28th there will be a Spaghetti Supper and Dance in St. Al’s parish hall. The musical group is WRD (Country-Western). Cost is $15 for dinner and dance (deadline for dinner ticket is October 21st). For dance only $8.00 at the door. Any questions or for tickets call Susan Arnold (819) 663-3619. We have great prizes.

W E E K L Y     R E C E I P T S
  Date Collection OLV St. Malachy

Oct. 15th Regular $ 576.00    $ 300.00   
Oct. 15th Propagation of the Faith 217.00    123.00   

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