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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 Acts 2.1-11 Responsorial Psalm Lord send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
Reading II Romans 8. 8- 17 Gospel John 14.15 – 16, 23b - 26
Food for Thought
  • The power comes: By no effort of their own, those present are remade as persons of faith and deep, lasting conviction The Spirit is surprising, elusive, free
  • The Holy Spirit is the thorn in the side for the Christian, and for the Church. How open am I to this Spirit?

May 27th, 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

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. May 30th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Lewis Weatherdon by Noreen Morin
SAT. Jun 01st - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Connie, Bobby & Brian Doherty by Tim & Maxime Doherty
Harold & Annie Burns by Erma Smallian, Agnes Laurin & families
Larry Miller by Agnes Laurin & Erma Smallian
SUN. Jun 02nd - 9:00 a.m. OLV Siobhan Burke by Evelyn & Jean Paul Robitaille
Elmer Delcourt by Tom & Isabel Laframboise
The intentions of Ethel Sellers

The 40-3-50 that has marked our Sunday bulletin since the beginning of Lent (February 21) will no longer appear until next year. What do the numbers refer to? The numbers together make up the church’s Paschal or Easter season. The 3 is at the center as it stands for the Three Great Days starting on Holy Thursday evening, including Good Friday and Easter Saturday-Sunday. During those Three Great Days we celebrate the central mystery of the Christian faith: Christ’s being put to death and his being raised from the dead, all for our sake! It is so important that we “sit on it” for 50 days; that is the so-called 50-day Easter season which concludes today on this Pentecost (which means fiftieth) Sunday. But those 3 central days referred to earlier are also so important that they need to be prepared for properly. We do so in the 40-day Lenten season starting on Ash Wednesday. Now we are getting back to - what in church language is called - Ordinary Time. There is where the changing power of what we celebrate in the high season is being tested.

A number of times we have made reference already to the International Eucharistic Congress next year, June 15th - 22nd. An event like that must be prepared in the local churches. That preparation is what our diocese, the Church of Gatineau, plans to begin with the launch of the Congress. The launch will take place on Pentecost weekend and it will consist of a celebration presided over by Archbishop Roger Ebacher in three different locations, one in Thurso (May 26, 8:00 p.m.), one in St. Joseph Cathedral in Hull (May 27, 7:30 p.m.), and one specifically designed for the English speaking Catholics of our Diocese in St. Mark’s in Aylmer: Monday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. Let us make sure we have a good representation from our parishes there.

Putting together an International Congress of any kind incurs considerable expense. That applies as well to a Eucharistic Congress. The Congress operating budget has been set at close to $10 million. To date, over $5 million has been raised by generous contributions from the Knights of Columbus, Canadian religious communities, Caisses Populaires Desjardins, the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the City of Quebec. These contributions are not sufficient to cover the operating budget. That is why the Bishops of Canada have decided to have a national collection in all Catholic parish churches on June 10 of this year. That is the Sunday on which the Church celebrates the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord.

Special envelopes for that collection will be attached to next Sunday’s bulletin. If you are a regular envelope user, make sure to indicate your normal envelope number in the space provided for this purpose. Then you can receive an income tax receipt for whatever you contribute. If you are not a regular envelope user and want to receive an income tax receipt, please make sure to fill in your name and address at the appropriate place.

Cheques are to be made out to our parish, and we will pass it on to the diocese.

The next meeting of OLK Shrine will be held on Thursday May 31st, at 7:30 P.M.

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

     May. 13th Regular $   700.00    $   347.00   
     May. 20th Regular    515.00       306.00   
  Papal Charities    334.50       113.00   


All of our explanations about the Virginia Tech tradegy seem inadequate
HUMANS ARE meaning-seeking creatures. We want to make sense of life. After the Massacre at Virginia Tech, we want to know why it happened and whether something could have been done to stop it. And many of us ask: where was God in all of this?

It’s as troubling to wrestle with the question of why some people were spared as With why 32 were killed (plus the assailant himself). To say that God had something special in mind for those who escaped would seem to suggest that God had no plans for those who were killed. What kind of God is that?

Where was God on that fateful morning on the campus of Virginia Tech? We could say that God is present now in the way the Virginia Tech students and community have rallied to support one another, present in the countless vigils and memorial services held around the country to remember the dead and celebrate their lives. We could say that God is present in the survivors and loved ones who don’t want this horrendous event to define their lives and who believe that good does prevail over evil in the long run.

Yet the questions linger. All of our explanations about the horror and randomness of the murders seem inadequate. In fact, to try to explain it merely trivializes it. We’re left with a mystery. Silence may be the best response of all. Sometimes God’s presence comes to us seeming like absence. And in such moments we’re left to abandon ourselves to the One who abandoned himself for us, the One who also got caught in the cross-hairs of violence and in his moment of abandonment cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” After such a massacre, silence is one appropriate response, lament is another.

There are two mysteries, says British theologian David Ford: one is the mystery of evil, the other the mystery of goodness. We have no adequate account of either. But we do have a narrative, the story of Jesus Christ, in whom the two mysteries of good and evil converge in the deepest way. Jesus Christ is One who “engages evil at its worst,” says Ford, and “can be trusted in any situation no matter how terrible.” After events like the one at Virginia Tech, we can perhaps do nothing more than ponder again the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. For in the story of how God’s own Son engaged evil and found a way through we can find our own story...

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