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Our Lady of Victory
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 2 Maccabees 7. 1 – 2, 9 - 14 Responsorial Psalm Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full
Reading II 2 Thessalonians 2.16 - 3.5 Gospel Luke 20.27 - 38
Food for Thought
  • Jesus was being hassled by a trick question from someone who denies the resurrection of the Lord.
  • How should I deal with this situation?
  • Do I hear Jesus’ strong affirmation of eternal life? How am I moved by it?

November 11th, 2007

490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec J8L 2K5
Monday and Thursday - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
(819) 986-3763
(819) 961-3159

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

SAT. Nov. 17th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy All parishioners of both parishes by the Pastor
SUN. Nov. 18th - 9:00 a.m. OLV The Cameron & Pichette families by Lorraine Cameron
Dorothy Garvey Miller ( 5th Anniversary) by her family
Larry Miller by Larry & Diane Cameron

This is Part two in our little series (continued from last week) on how we pray together at Sunday Eucharist, especially reflecting on our body posture. We ended last week with the note that at Sunday Eucharist, we walk together, sit together, stand together, sing the Great Amen together, offer the sign of peace together. This is group prayer, vocal prayer, body prayer. And we are invited to do more than this!

Body prayer is part of our spiritual heritage. There are many things we can do through our bodies that can enhance or restrict our prayers. For instance, simply sitting still is an art which helps us be attentive to God. Our bodies are part of our prayer lives.

Non-verbal body language greatly affects our prayers. Consider our hands. Look at them during prayer. We may be praying with our hands open or closed, relaxed or clenched fists. Our hand positions make an enormous difference in our prayers. A very simple body prayer can begin by relaxing our hands when we pray. Hold them open and gently raised.

When we offer the sign of Peace, Christ’s peace, we do so with our whole body as we turn to our neighbour. When we stand together with the priest we pray with our whole body, in solidarity with one another, in unity, in communion, one with Christ.

When the priest begins the Eucharist prayer and extends the blessing “The Lord be with you”, we could certainly extend our arms to him as we say “And also with you”. When we pray the Our Father we could certainly raise our hands upwards, open to receive God’s free gift of grace and love. When we sing the response “Oh God Hear Us, Hear our Prayer” to each intention during the Prayers of the Faithful, we could certainly raise our eyes and our hands along with the choir leader.

Why? Because our bodies are physical and take space and are called "temples" of God in New Testament scriptures. Our bodies are gifts, made of real flesh and blood. What better place than at Sunday Eucharist to accept God’s gifts of grace and love by offering all that we are back to Him, helping us to be wholly present as we approach God.

The month of November is traditionally the month in which we give more attention to the remembrance of the dead. Christians do so in a unique way based on what is central to our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Part of that is The Book of Life where parishioners are invited to write the names of their deceased relatives. You find it during the month of November next to the Paschal Candle up front.

The ceremony at the (Buckingham) Cenotaph will take place at 2 pm on November 11th following the march from the Legion, Branch 54.

The rite of Baptism will be celebrated on November 18th at 2:00 p.m .at OLV. Over the years we have developed a series of three evenings of reflection in preparation for the celebration of Baptism. This format gives the parents the opportunity to take a second look at their own baptism and why they want to have their daughter/son baptized. Baptism should not be taken for granted; nor is Baptism something you do around the birth of a child. There is so much more to it.

We would like to hear from parents who would like to have their children make their first communion and from parishioners who are 15 years and up who are interested in being confirmed. Please contact us before November 18th. It would be helpful if you would draw this item to the attention of those who might me interested. Thank you.

On Saturday, November 17th, those who have a leadership position in our English parishes and all other interested parishioners are urged to once again come together to continue the journey. The session will again take place from 9 am to noon at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Hull.

If you are considering participating at the zone workshop, please note that a few of us got together last Sunday to name all the things we ‘do’ and all that we ‘are’ as a two-parish community, Be sure to get your copy from Alma, Gale or Ellen prior to the workshop so we can all get the most out of the workshop.

That is the way Bishop Raymond Lahey begins his observations. You find them on pages 528-530. As a general rule, their use during Mass should be very limited. It is not a good practice to follow the presider and the reader in their prayers and readings. Imagine, going to a play where everybody brought a copy of the play and followed the actors….

Of course, that presupposes that the presider and the reader speak their texts clearly and audibly. Let us work on that instead of bringing out the Missals. Naturally, for those who have difficulty hearing it is entirely appropriate that they use the Missals. But for the rest of us, leave the Missals aside and listen attentively. That makes for better participation. And that is what we are aiming for. So why have the Missals at all? Precisely for the purposes that Bishop Lahey suggests. We encourage that you buy one (for $5.00) and that you use it at home.

- To the Lawlis family for the loss of their brother & uncle Peter whose funeral was here yesterday.
- To the family of Steven Desaulniers whose funeral will be held here on Monday. Please remember them in your prayers.

Two wardens will be completing their term this year. That means that we will need two new wardens to replace them for the next term starting in January. If you would like to volunteer to help out by becoming a warden call the office to give your name. If you know of any parishioners who might want to be a warden, speak to them about it and have them call the office. The deadline for nominations is December 9. If there are more than two names we will have an election.

Our Christmas Tea will be on Saturday, December 1st. Circle this date on your calendar. This will be a great day to socialize, buy food and gifts for the upcoming Christmas season. Please join us for the fun. Any person(s) wishing to help at the food table, front door, novelty table or as servers for the Christmas tea, please contact Monique Simpson at 819-986-3166.

Are you 80 years and older? Would you like to be acknowledged on your Birthday? Please fill out the form below and put it in the collection basket or call the office and give the information to Alma. THIS APPLIES TO BOTH PARISHES.

NOTE: As a parish community this is our way of acknowledging your special day and offering you our best wishes and good health.

Please put an X where appropriate

  Name: _______________________________________________
Age :_________________________________( date of birth)
_____ I would like to have my name printed in the church bulletin
_____ I would like to have my name, age & birthday printed in the church bulletin
_____ I would like to have only my name & birthday printed in the church bulletin
_____ I do not wish to be acknowledged

Monday and Thursday:   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday:   9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Telephone messages are picked up on a regular basis throughout the week.

If you have any items for the bulletin, please send them to Alma before Wednesday afternoon
or email Gale directly by end of day Wednesday:

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

     Nov. 4/5 Regular $   893.00    $   250.00   
     Nov. 4/5 Support    358.00       123.00   
     Nov. 4/5 Missionary Bishops & Societies    187.00       89.00   

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