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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 Genesis 14. 18-20 Responsorial Psalm You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.
Reading II 1 Corinthians 11.23 - 26 Gospel Luke 9, 11b - 17
Food for Thought
  • Can I imagine myself in this scene? Am I one of disciples? Am I one of the crowd, watching to see what will happen next?
  • What do I see and hear?
  • How do I feel about it?
  • If I see God’s great bounty in this scene, what about my own life?

June 10th, 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. Jun 13th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Kevin & Ghislaine Burke by Peter & Marjorie Burke
SAT. Jun 16th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy John & Sarah Doherty & their deceased descendants by Tim & Maxime Doherty
Bernadette Woods by Ginny Roos
SUN. Jun 17th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Lena McFaul (8th Anniversary) by Hugh
James Austin Martin & Bill Weir by the family
Janet Lanthier by Betty Filiatreault
Gerald Limmer (1st Anniversary) by Carmen & family

We normally celebrate baptism 5 times a year. One is usually towards the end of June. This one is delayed a little. The baptism does not stand on its own. Our normal practice is to have three evenings of reflection in preparation for the baptism. For this one, we still have to settle on the dates for the preparation sessions.

In last Sunday’s bulletin mention was made of how the Bishop, in his reflections on the Eucharist, drew attention to one of the two parts of the Mass that perhaps needs to be given more care: the Liturgy of the Word. The way that part of the Mass deals with the Bible presupposes a fair degree of familiarity with the Bible, which is not always present; hence, some difficulties are inevitable. That part of the Mass also operates from the faith conviction that God communicates with us when, in the context of the celebration of the Eucharist, a few small pieces of the Bible are proclaimed to us. How much faith conviction goes into our “Thanks be to God” in response to the reader’s way of concluding the reading with “the Word of the Lord”?

The Bishop also drew attention to a crucial element in the second part of the Mass. It has to do with the way we handle the notion of the Body of Christ. We have a tendency to apply that notion of the Body of Christ narrowly to the consecrated bread. Yes, of course, the consecrated bread is the Body of Christ, but we do the mystery of the Eucharist a great disservice when we sort of stall there.

We who have come together in Jesus’ name are the Body of Christ too! We celebrate the Eucharist in order to be nourished by the self-giving of Jesus contained in the bread we share so that we may become more what we are. In that context, the Bishop referred to a favourite text of St. Augustine: “If you are the Body of Christ and His members, your mystery has been placed on the Lord’s table, you receive your mystery. You reply ‘Amen’ to that which you are, and by replying you consent. For you hear ‘the Body of Christ’, and you reply ‘Amen’. Be a member of Christ so that your ‘Amen’ may be true.” In other words, there is a lot in that simple exchange between the communion minister and ourselves: “the Body of Christ” to which we reply “Amen

That same St. Augustine had another way of illustrating that aspect of the celebration of the Eucharist. It goes something like this: the food we normally eat becomes sort of part of us through the digestive processes. But when it comes to the Eucharist where we are nourished with the Body of Christ the opposite occurs: We become what we eat, the Body of Christ. That is powerful, but also serious stuff!

You see it done in many churches: the priest or a minister of communion goes to the tabernacle before distribution of communion begins, takes the ciborium from the tabernacle, places it on the altar and it is used for the distribution. It sounds and it looks very practical, but it is also wrong. We are not supposed to do that. Why not? Here is what the official directives say about it: “It is most desirable that the faithful, just as the priest himself is bound to do, receive the Lord’s Body from hosts consecrated at the same Mass ... so that... communion will stand out more clearly as a participation in the sacrifice actually being celebrated.” It has to do with holding on to communion being an integral part of the Mass. Communion does not stand on its own. Nor is it proper to take consecrated hosts from a previous Mass and add them to this Mass (unless we run out).

Why is it not proper? The Mass, especially the second part of the Mass (what we do around the altar) has an integrity of its own that needs to be respected. The best way to respect that integrity is to start with taking the Eucharistic Prayer very seriously. And there may be the problem. For centuries we have neglected or sort of ignored the Eucharistic Prayer; it is the prayer that starts with “the Lord be with you”... “Lift up your hearts” and concludes with “the Great Amen.”

If anything, we need to rediscover the importance of that prayer. It is not ‘just the priest’s prayer’. It is the church’s prayer; it is our prayer which the priest proclaims in our name. We say our Amen to it at the end. What do we say Amen to? To the praise and thanksgiving that is proclaimed to God for what God has done for us above all in Jesus Christ, in him giving himself for our salvation. This central mystery of faith, Christ’s dying and rising, is made present among us in the power of God’s Spirit so that we may enter it and find our home in it. That is what we consent to by means of “the Great Amen” at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer.

The Communion Rite which then follows is really a ritual elaboration of that “Great Amen “. It is our way of entering into the sacrifice of Christ so that as Christ’s Body we may give glory to God and contribute to the salvation of the world. In other words, it is because of the inner link between what we are about in the Eucharistic Prayer and what we do in the Communion Rite that it is only normal that we receive communion by means of the bread and wine consecrated at this particular Mass. We must not allow bad practices to obscure that inner link.

Some may argue we don’t need all that complicated theological talk. It is not really that complicated if we respect and follow the basic flow of the ritual itself. It has a lot of good stuff to teach us. We need a fair amount of theological gymnastics when we try to justify a bad practice such as bringing hosts to the altar from the tabernacle before Communion begins.

We will not be collecting cereal bars next Sunday, June 17th. We will again be asking you for your support starting on September 16th. We thank you for your generosity in helping the school and children with this project.

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

     Jun. 03rd Regular $   612.00    $   338.00   
     Jun. 03rd Support    438.00       129.00   

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