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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 Jeremiah 1.4 – 5, 17 - 19 Responsorial Psalm I will sing of your salvation
Reading II 1 Corinthians 12.31 – 13.13 Gospel Luke 4.21 - 30
Food for Thought
  • We are in the synagogue in Jesus’ home town. He makes a huge impression on his local congregation – a fresh young rabbi. Then he challenges them in a way that questions narrow parochial attitudes…
  • Warmth and welcome turns quickly to resentment and rejection.
  • Is there something here for me to learn from?

January 28th, 2007

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. Jan. 31st - 9:00 a.m. OLV All parishioners by the pastor
SAT. Feb. 03rd - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy M.E, Byrne by the estate
Carmel Ryan by Cliff & Jean Monaghan
SUN. Feb. 04th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Bill Cameron (35th Ann.) and Mally Cameron (20th Ann.) By Nan Sicard
Edward & Doris Lemieux by Regis
Gary Simpson (2nd Ann). by Ken & Monique
Deceased members of the McFaul family by Hugh

It is taken from the January issue of Today’s Parish Minister. Some of the examples are American, but it is not difficult to get beyond that. It shows that faith formation or formation to the Christian life is much closer to home than we often make it out to be; and it is also about more than teaching the catechism.


Is there life after baptism? REV. PAUL BOUDREAU

Q. We have many parents bring­ing their babies for baptism, but few of them continue as regular members of the church. Do you have any suggestions for how we can better serve these families?

A . What name do you give your child?” Okay, so I’ve asked that question maybe 10,000 times over the years, and I admit to becoming a little jaded by the answers. I’ve ceased being surprised by the range of respons­es. After all, we’re now into the second generation of not-a-saint names. The proud parents in this family were Tyler and Melissa. So I was expecting maybe Destiny or Jasmine, or perhaps Kayla.


Since the advent of face-to-face con­fessions, we priests have developed a certain control over the movement of our eyebrows. Even so, it was all I could do to hold ‘em down. Where on earth, I said to myself, did they come up.... Then I remembered that cute little movie star who was fabulous opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam, carried Tom Cruise all the way from New York to Boston in War of the Worlds, and was disarm­ingly creepy as Emily in Hide and Seek. Now Emily — that’s a nice name. Why can’t they name this poor kid Emily? But the rules say only that the name can’t be offensive to Christianity So if the Sioux Indians don’t mind, I guess I don’t mind either. But what will they call the next one if it’s a boy? Sitting Bull?

I moved on: “What do you ask of God’s church for, um Dakota?”

No response. I glanced up to find Melissa fussing with Dakota’s bonnet, and Tyler was mugging for the video guy. Clearly, these folks were out of their ele­ment. Just a few moments before when they came in from the foyer, I could tell by their upward scan of the ceiling and the pursing of their lips into the begin­nings of a “wow” that this was their inaugural trip through those doors. And the godmother had the apprehensive look of one who might be expecting that widely rumored bolt of lightning to strike at any moment. I “ahemed” softly to get their attention, gave them the look, and repeated the question.

“Um, baptism.”

Then I rattled off the thing about them accepting responsibility for training Dakota in the practice of the faith and how it will be their duty to bring her up to keep God’s com­mandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. I fin­ished with, “Do you clearly under­stand what you are undertaking?”

I’m not sure Tyler was clear because he was on his cell phone. Melissa was rummaging through the diaper bag in search of Dakota’s binky because the little papoose was starting to get antsy in anticipation of chow time. Godmommy and goddaddy? He was doubling as the video guy, and she was having trouble with her lip gloss. If there was a Department of Homeland Security for the Ecclesia Domestica, these folks wouldn’t make it past the ticket counter. But I wasn’t wor­ried. We’d get them down the road.

You see, that parish had a real crackerjack director of faith forma­tion. She had instituted an at-home catechetical program for the parents of the kids we baptized. Over the next few years, teams would be stopping by periodically with age-appropriate presents for little Dakota and materials to help Tyler and Melissa fulfill their Christian responsibility as parents. The program concentrated on three areas:

Teaching social justice

Kids aren’t born prejudiced. Nor are they brought forth in bigotry. Racial slurs and ethnic epithets are learned grow­ing up. Sexism and intolerance toward the poor, the lowly, and the stranger are taught first in the home. By the same token, when parents realize their re­sponsibility to embrace and teach the sacred dignity of all human life, some of that has got to rub off on their kids. Sure, we’re not going to get everybody onboard with this, but we’ll get some.

Teaching stewardship

Imagine the impact on children if every month they were invited to sit down with their parents and go over the allocation of resources. Paying the bills can be a family affair. This is how much money we took in. This is how much was taken out for taxes, Social Security, medical insurance, and savings. This is how much goes to the mortgage, the car payments, the electric bill, and so on. This is how much we give to the church, Catholic Charities, CRS , Food for the Hungry, World Wildlife Federation, and so on. This is how much time we are given. This is how much we give to work, to leisure, to learning, and in service to the commu­nity volunteering for the school, the soup kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, church organizations, and so on. Dad is good at fixing things, and he maintains the boiler at church. Mom is bilingual and teaches English as a Second Language at the community center. The traditions of sharing time, abilities, and money are learned at the dining room table.

Teaching evangelization

Catholic identity is learned in the home. Kids can be taught the meaning of the crucifix hanging on the wall, the image of the Madonna on the table in the corner, the Saint Christopher medal pinned to the visor of the car. Kids are fascinated by those big, full color pictures in the family Bible and can be told the stories they represent. Grace before meals, celebrated meaningfully with no pressure on the kids, imparts a world of meaning to the kids. Getting reading for Sunday Mass, done leisurely and joyfully, helps children embrace their family religion. And a trip to the ice cream parlor or donut shop after church creates memories that children will hold dear.

Post-baptism family catechesis not only builds community for a growing household, it also invites parents to take that big step toward becoming responsi­ble Christian men and women who will form the next generation in faith.

At a recent Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) meeting, it was decided that it would be helpful to produce monthly liturgical calendars for insertion in the bulletins at the beginning of every month. The calendar will include all parish activities for both OLV and St. Malachy.

It would be appreciated if all group spokespersons could send dates and descriptions of activities to the PPC Secretary, Linda Cameron, as soon as possible, so that calendars can be available prior to the events.

The next session in the preparation program will be on Sunday, February 4th, 9:00 am. at which time the children and parents join in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist of the parish. Focus on our being called by God to which we respond by coming together as God’s people.

Raymond St Jean has accepted a three year term as our new warden and Philip D’Aoust has renewed his term for three years. We thank them for accepting and wish them well. We thank Roland Plouffe for his dedication and contribution to the parish during his term as warden.

Special thanks to the OLV Society for their generous contribution of $ 1,200.00 to the parish towards fuel costs.

Please drop off a self-addressed stamped envelope in the collection basket or at the rectory, if you wish to receive an Income Tax Receipt for 2006.

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

     Jan. 21st Sunday $   492.00    $   254.00   

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