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EASTER SUNDAY

 
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
Our Lady of Victory   St. Malachy
Sunday - 9:00 A.M.   Saturday - 7:00 P.M.


E A S T E R


They nailed him to a tree
but he is the victor on the cross
death can only hide its face,
it no longer has power.
Now life has a meaning.
The conqueror triumphantly stands
at the head of those who put their trust in him.
Plunged into water and the Spirit,
we live with him.

And if one day death should lie in wait for us,

God is faithful enough
to make of us
what he made of his Son:
the first-born of a multitude of brothers and sisters.
It's Easter, the great crossing over, Passover.
It's Easter, day of triumph.
Alleluia, death is dead.
Alleluia, God is alive
And leads us to life.

A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL!

 


F O O D   F O R   T H O U G H T

Reading I Acts 10.34a, 36-43 Responsorial Psalm This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad.
Reading II Colossians 3. 1-4 Gospel John 20: 1 - 18
Food for Thought
  • Can I imagine myself standing near to the tomb on the morning in question, before first light? I observe the comings and goings.
  • How do the people look? First, the woman: can I see her face? What does she do next? Then two men…
  • What has happened here?

April 8th, 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. Apr. 11th - 9:00 a.m. OLV NO MASS
SAT. Apr. 14th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Jack & Josephine Miller by Iris Delcourt & John Miller
Esther & John Lavell by Greg & Patricia Lavell
SUN. Apr. 15th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Julia Martin (4th Anniversary) by the family
Bernadette Woods by Rita & Clyde Horton
Louis Weatherdon by Tom & Isabel Laframboise

OUR EASTER FAITH DISPLAYED IN THE BANNERS
The set of banners you see in the front of the church will be with us for the next 50 days, covering the entire Easter season. They are more than a piece of decoration. In vivid images, they try to capture what as church we are about in the 50-day Easter season.

Quite significantly, the banners hang above or serve as a backdrop to the two focal points of our celebration of the Eucharist: 1.) the lectern from which God’s life-giving Word is proclaimed and 2.) The altar around which we share the life-giving bread and wine of the new creation, the Body and Blood of Christ. These are the two principal means of the church by which the new life we have received in Baptism is nourished and sustained on a regular basis.

THE WHITE RIBBON ATTACHED TO THE BULLETIN
At the beginning of Lent a piece of burlap was attached to the bulletin. It was meant to be given a prominent place in our homes so that it would remind us of the season we are observing as Christians. But now Lent is over. So the burlap can be removed; you may want to bring it to church and leave in a box there.

Now it is time for the white ribbon to be given an equally prominent place in our homes for the next 50 days. It can remind us of the Easter festival we are now celebrating.

THE ASHES — SAND REPLACED BY THE LIFE-GIVING WATER OF EASTER
In the beginning of Lent many of us received the ashes as part of the summons to repent and be converted, so characteristic of the Lenten season. The ashes-sand at the entrance of the church during the Lenten season were meant to be a reminder of that. After the 40 days of Lent it is time to have the baptismal water come over us again and to give the life-giving water of Easter its rightful place. It is another typically Catholic way of speaking the faith we cherish.

EASTER TODAY
God’s Passover! The Lord’s Passover! Christ is brought back to life!
That’s wonderful!
But you: what about your Passover?
The everyday one, all those daily “passages”:
the passage from power to service, from revenge to forgiveness, from lies to the truth,
from violence to peace, from pride to humility, from hatred to love.
Tell me, my friend, you and I, where have we got to?
Words? Dreams? Resolutions?
Passover: it is easy to say, but when it comes to making the passage
from insulting words to kindly gestures, from clenched fists to open hands
to where the Lord is waiting for us...
Tell me, my friend, where have we got to?
Some passages occur in bouts of madness; others happen slowly —
one small step after another.

REMEMBER WHAT DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE ASKED US TO SIGN IN THE FALL AND WHAT MUCH OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE LENTEN MATERIAL WAS ABOUT?
Here follows the petition we were asked to sign in the fall:

Canada is the world’s leading mineral exploration nation. Some Canadian mining companies have been implicated in cases of human rights violations and major environmental degradation in countries of the Global South, jeopardizing the health, security and well-being of entire communities. Too often, the voice of those affected is not respected when decisions about mining operations are made.

Canadian mining companies must be transparent in their overseas activities and must conduct them in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. They must be called to account by our government. Therefore, I support Development and Peace in asking the Canadian government to:

  • refuse Canadian government support to mining companies that do not respect international environmental and human rights standards;
  • develop legal mechanisms that ensure mining companies are held accountable/or their actions in the Global South./li>

Why mention that here? Last week, the newspapers reported on a series of recommendations that a government-led roundtable process has produced and that call on Canadian mining companies to act in an environmentally and socially responsible way. If those recommendations get accepted, then the above-mentioned petition we signed in the fall will have achieved its goal. That is Easter faith at work too!

PRAYERS & SYMPATHY
- to Rose Lorrain & family on the death of her son Bernard. Please remember Bernard in your prayers

OLV WARDENS MEETING
Thursday, April 12th, 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room

OLV SPAGHETTI SUPPER FUNDRAISER APRIL 27TH
OLV Parish Church Hall, April 27th, 2007, Cocktails: 4:00 pm; Supper: 6:30 pm. Silent Auction: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost: Adults: $10.00, Children (7-14) $5.00 “Little Ones” (0-6) FREE, Please reserve that date.


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

     Apr. 01st Regular $   757.00     
     Apr. 01st Support    457.00     


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