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SECOND SUNDAY

OF

ADVENT

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


F O O D   F O R   T H O U G H T

Reading I Isaiah 11. 1 - 10 Responsorial Psalm Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.
Reading II Romans 15. 4 - 9 Gospel Matthew 3. 1 - 12
Food for Thought
  • Extraordinary how a mortified man draws people. They admire one whose needs are minimal, who is the master of his own appetites, who has a deep interior freedom. John the Baptist, with minimal clothes and minimal food, was a magnet. People trusted him because clearly he could not be bought.
  • Where are the chains on me, the appetites which I have not mastered, and that pull me in ways I do not want? Help me towards a freer heart and body Lord.

December 9th, 2007


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

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

SAT. Dec. 15th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Robert Garvey by Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lavell
George Roos & the Holy Souls by Linda Roos
SUN. Dec. 16th - 9:00 a.m. OLV James Austin Martin by the family
Nora Kane by the OLV Society
Elmer Delcourt, Ricky Laframboise, & Pearl Reid by the family



Second Sunday of Advent – YEAR ‘A’
TO WHAT?
Last week, during the first week of Advent in trying to ‘wake up’ and act like Jesus (explained in last week’s bulletin), we might often have asked ourselves, “Yes, but what are the Lord’s ways?” In other words: wake up to what? In the Scripture readings of this second Sunday of Advent, we have all kinds of words or expressions to help to answer that question: wisdom, insight, counsel, knowledge, does not judge by appearances, integrity, equity, faithfulness, no hurt, no harm, justice, peace, pity on the weak, saves the poor when they cry, tolerance with each other…
Get the picture? Isaiah gives us a symbol for all of this: the shoot that springs from the stock of Jesse. That shoot, he says, stands as a signal to the peoples; it is sought out by the nations (Is.11:10). It may seem very meek and fragile but it carries the power of new life.
May we allow that shoot to be quite visible through us today!

ADVENT SEASON “STUFF”
Signs of the Times: Did you notice the signs on the pillars (Mayo) and down the main aisle (B’ham) last week, with the words “Wake Up” on them? Did the readings and homily help give more meaning to these words? Did the signs encourage another look at the missal (the new missals are still for sale at $6 each – both the adult version and the children’s version are still available!) to reflect a little more on the message in the readings? If so, great! Hopefully, we can hang onto some of the words each week, in an attempt to focus on the Christian meaning and intent of this ‘pre-Christmas’ time. With the belief that the focus for Christmas is the coming of Christ (and not of Santa), we also see the need to be aware of what Jesus Christ has come for and, in many ways, still needs to come for. That’s why we take the time to include reflections in the bulletin and to create & display the images you see in the church.

Our Two Advent Banners: In addition to the advent wreath at the front of the church, our two Advent banners depict some major figures in the Church’s Advent season. They try to help capture what the Advent season intends:

  1. The one on your left has ‘Hagia Sophia’ – Lady Wisdom – at the center. She is surrounded by four Old Testament prophets who speak from the first Readings at Mass during the Advent season. Lady Wisdom inspires the prophets, in striking images, to articulate what the promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus is coming for: to strengthen our hope for his coming and especially for what he is coming for: God’s gift of peace, justice, reconciliation, renewal of humanity – things that are still far from being realized.


  2. The banner on your right holds an image of Mary: the Holy Spirit hovers over her and thus she conceives the Saviour of the world. If there is one who knows what it is to wait and to live Advent, it is obviously Mary.
The Kyrie Eleison: When we light the Advent candle(s) at the beginning of Mass, noteworthy are the words to the verses. They help us focus on the three-fold coming of Christ, a basic tenet of the Christian faith:
  1. Past: The first verse speaks of the first coming of Christ which took place some 2000 years ago and which we celebrate at Christmas: “Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s Kingdom”,


  2. Present: The second verse speaks of the present coming of Christ which – in faith – we are privileged to experience every time the word is proclaimed and a sacrament is celebrated (especially in Baptism and in Eucharist): “You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness.”; and


  3. Future: The third verse speaks to Christ’s coming in glory that with joy-filled hope we look forward to: “You will come in glory with salvation for your people.”
Our Advent Wreath at Home: If we choose to light the Advent candle(s) each day, we could also use that Kyrie hymn which we sing at Sunday Mass, or perhaps say out loud the Advent prayer that was included as an insert in last week’s bulletin (there are still copies available if you would like a copy to bring home). We would not want the observance of Advent to be limited to what we do or see or sing at Church.

ST. MALACHY WARDENS MEETING
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT - THE CHANTERELLE CHOIR
Tickets are still available for the Christmas Concert on December 19th at 7:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Victory Church Hall. Admission is $10.00 for adults. You may contact Raymond St.Jean or call the office at 986-8763.

CHRISTMAS TEA THANK YOU’S
I would like to thank everyone who donated and attended the tea. A special thank you to the ladies at the Craft table whom every year, make their special crafts and donate all the profit to the Church. With all this generous good will our tea made a profit of $1400.03. (Signed Monique)

LOAN OF WHEEL CHAIR
Agnes Ducharme has loaned OLV a wheelchair to be kept in the church, at the top of the chairlift, in the hallway to the Choir loft, (left side as you come In.) it is available to anyone needing it.

KNGHTS OF COLUMBUS
This Organization makes a generous donation to OLV annually. Tickets are still available for their raffle and can be obtained from Roger Gauthier. Please support them if you can.

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS
There are several ways of preparing for Christmas. Observing the Advent season is a uniquely Christian way of doing so. As we get ready for Christmas, we may want to give a special place to encounter Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We can do so in two ways:
  • The Advent Penitential Service: Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m.
    This is the communal way of celebrating what God offers us in Jesus.


  • Individual Confessions: Sunday, December 16th after Penitential Service
    The communal celebration does not exclude the possibility or the desirability of wanting to celebrate the same saving mystery in a more personal and individual way. The one does not cancel out the other.


MASS SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S

Date Time Place

Dec. 24th, Monday 6:45 PM OLV
Dec. 24th, Monday 9:00 PM St. Malachy
Dec. 25th, Tuesday 9:00 AM OLV
Dec. 31th, Monday 7:00 PM St. Malachy
Jan. 01st, Tuesday 9:00 AM OLV

The usual weekend mass schedule remains

OFFICE HOURS
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: galeandreggie@videotron.ca.


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

     Dec. 1st/2nd Sunday $   673.00    $   256.00   
     Dec. 1st/2nd Fuel    315.00       150.00   


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