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FIFTH SUNDAY

IN

LENT

 
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 Isaiah, 43.16 - 21 Responsorial Psalm The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with Joy.
Reading II Philippians 3. 8 -14 Gospel John 8.1 - 11
Food for Thought
  • I try to imagine this scene in the temple area with people coming and going. Suddenly there is a commotion. An angry crowd comes to Jesus, parading a solitary woman in front of him.
  • What is happening? Do I identify with any of the characters in the scene? Which one?
  • How does Jesus react? How does his reaction touch me?

March 25th, 2007


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

ARE YOU NEW TO OUR PARISH? WELCOME!
Welcome to those who want to make our parish their faith home. You may have come from other places. You may have been “away for a while”. Be assured that we love to have you among us. We would appreciate it very much if you identified yourself at Mass. It would also help if you would take the time to fill out a registration form. The next time you are with us, you may leave it in the collection basket or give it to one of the ushers or to the priest. Thank you and welcome.


M A S S       S C H E D U L E

WED. Mar. 28th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Larry Miller by Gerald Miller
SAT. Mar. 31st - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Dorothy Teske by Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lavell
SUN. Apr. 01st - 9:00 a.m. OLV Joseph Doherty (25th Anniversary) by Mary & family
Marion Hewson by the family

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF EASTER IS IN SIGHT
We are getting things in place to celebrate the great event that the season of Lent aims at - The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is the source of our Christian identity. The Christian life is unrecognizable without it. 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 marks us as Christians.

We keep our focus on the upcoming Three Great Days, starting on Holy Thursday evening, including Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and concluding on Easter Sunday. Wherever 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. We have a tendency to admire them for it. Surely, as Christians we can do it too!

Holy Thursday:
April 05th OLV
7:30 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday:
April 06th OLV
3:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
  OLV
7:00 p.m.
Reflection/Mediation
Holy Saturday:
April 07th OLV
9:00 p.m.
Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday:
April 08th St. Malachy
9:00 a.m.
Eucharist
  OLV
11:00 a.m.
Eucharist

Yes, these principal services are 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. So, you may consider this as a plea to come and be part of what as Christians we love and have to celebrate, even if it is not “in our own church”.

NATURALLY, IT IS NOT THE SERVICES THEMSELVES, BUT JESUS CHRIST
Yes, the services must be emphasized, but it is for the sake of the one who stands at the center of them all - The Crucified, Buried, and Risen Christ. Faith draws us into this Jesus and into the saving action of God embodied in Jesus. That is what the services are all about, and therefore not to be missed.

GOOD FRIDAY, 3:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M.: ANY DIFFERENCE?
There sure is. The service at 3:00 p.m. is the official liturgy of the Church. Ideally, the whole parish is there; or, in our case, our two parishes are there. What we do at 7:00 p.m. is an optional, devotional practice that can vary from place to place. You may call it an extra for these special days.

AS PART OF PREPARATION FOR EASTER
RECONCILIATION/CONFESSION

Individual Confessions
Sunday
April 01st After Penitential Service
Tuesday
April 02nd 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Communal Penitential /Reconciliation Service
Sunday
April 01st 7:00 p.m.

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 4, 7:30 P.M.
That is the annual Mass held during Holy Week in which the bishop consecrates and blesses the holy oils that are used for Baptism and Confirmation and for the Anointing of the Sick. It puts in focus that as baptized-confirmed people we have become a consecrated people filled with the Spirit of God’s holiness.

The Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Cathedral at 245 St. Joseph Blvd (Hull sector), at 7:30 p.m. This is a diocesan celebration, so it would be good if a good number of our parishioners could participate in it.

TOO MUCH DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE DURING LENT?
On the contrary! Working with the projects that Development and Peace presents to us is a very contemporary way of observing Lent. Sometimes we may wish that our church were a bit more “with the times”. When it comes to trying to give a more contemporary form to observing Lent, it is hard to think of something more contemporary than what Development and Peace asks from us. It does so in two ways: 1) familiarizing ourselves with mining practices of Canadian companies in the developing countries; 2) asking us to fast during Lent as a gesture of solidarity with the poor in our world, and then contributing the money we save with our fasting to the Share Lent collection so that Development and Peace will be in the position to contribute to development projects, a very effective way of promoting peace in our world.

BE CAREFUL WITH PARKING ON CHARLES
The city has taken away some parking spots on Charles, close to the church, for whatever reason. Last Sunday, three parishioners had a parking ticket on their windshield when they came from Mass!! Can you imagine!! Could they not have been given a warning instead? Getting a ticket is never pleasant, but this strikes me as especially distasteful.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS DURING LENT
Stations of the Cross will be Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING POPULATION
In October 2005, a few of our parishioners took part in a focus group on health and social services to determine the needs specific to the English-speaking population in the Buckingham/Papineau area and to ascertain the level of satisfaction and knowledge of existing public and community services. This focus group was organized by the Outaouais Health and Social Services Network for the English- speaking population, or OHSSN.

Since that focus group meeting, the Transformation Committee members have been attempting to coordinate with the CLSC in order to hold a public health and social services Information Session for English-speaking residents. A meeting was held last week with CLSC, OHSSN and Transformation Committee participation and it appears as if such an Information Session will finally be held - in June — more information will be available soon.

In the meantime, the OHSSN have produced a Newsletter, copies of which are available at the entrance of the church.

ST. PATRICK’S TEA & COOK BOOK
A heartfelt thanks to all whom contributed to the tea, either with their presence or donations. Also to the number of people who came forward and lent their support in making our St. Pat’s tea a $902.60 success. My hat is off to all of you.

Our Cookbook will be available at the Church entrance doors on Sundays and also through our parish secretary. Call Alma on Monday or Thursday between 1-4 PM at 819-986-3763 to pick up copy. Also call Monique at 819-986-3166. The goal is to sell the 250 copies that we have printed. Please help us reach this! Thanks, (Signed Monique)

OLV SPAGHETTI SUPPER FUNDRAISER APRIL 27TH
Please reserve that date, more information to follow.


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

     Mar. 18th Regular $   536.00    $   241.00   


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