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THIRD SUNDAY

OF

EASTER

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 Acts 2.14, 22b - 28 Responsorial Psalm Lord, you will show us the path of life.
Reading II 1 Peter 1.17 - 21 Gospel Luke 24.13 - 25
Food for Thought
  • Stay with us, because it is almost evening. The two disciples offer hospitality; they insist he stay without realizing that it was Jesus they were inviting to eat with them.
  • The guest becomes the host: he who receives hospitality from the disciples, in turn offers them the hospitality of God.
  • How am I open to the hospitality of God?

 


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

WED. Apr. 09th - 11:00 a.m. OLV Jack & Josephine Miller by Iris & Allen Delcourt
SAT. Apr. 12th - 07:00 p.m. St. Malachy Ann Smallian Sellers by Agnes Laurin & Family
SUN. Apr. 13th - 09:00 a.m. OLV Julia Martin (5th Anniversary) by the family
Joseph Doherty (26th Anniversary) by Mary & family
Albert Gauthier by Margaret & Rene Gauthier

REMINDER - The weekly Wednesday morning Mass has now resumed after the Easter Season. Mass is at 11:00 a.m. Rosary will begin at 10:30 before Mass.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSIONS
Our preparation for this sacrament will begin on Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at OLV.

ST. ALOYSIUS PARISH BIBLE STUDY
Are you interested in increasing your knowledge of the bible? St.Aloysius parish, 300 Abbe-Murray, Gatineau has organized a bible study, starting April 7th which will be on Mondays every two weeks at 7:30 in the church basement. Different presenters have agreed to participate. Bishop Gervais, retired Bishop of the Ottawa Diocese has agreed to lead the first two Mondays. Everyone is invited, bring a friend and your bible and join us for an interesting evening. For information, please call the parish at 819-663-5244.

FATHER GYAN
- will be at the rectory at OLV on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. You may contact him at 986-3763. In case of emergency you may contact him at St. Aloysius Parish at 663-5244.

BLESSING OF YOUR HOMES
As is the tradition in India, the water that is blessed at Easter, is taken by their parish priest to bless the homes of his parishioners during the Easter Season. For any families that are interested in having their homes blessed, please call the office at 819-986-3763, and leave your name, address and phone number and we will be in contact with you as to the day that Fr. Gyan will be in your area.

PRAYERS & SYMPATHY
- to the family of Violet (Dolly) Butler whose funeral service was yesterday. Please remember Violet and her family in your prayers.

OLV WARDENS MEETING
The next meeting will be on April 10, 7:00 p.m. in the Rectory.


BISHOP EBAUCHER’S LETTER TO PARISHIONERS


Easter: A path of a humanity renewed

For two thousand years, millions of people of all nations, races, peoples, languages and religions go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine). There, Jesus lived doing good, recognized as a good person, tender and merciful. The stories of healing and liberation from those evils that ruin the hearts, souls and bodies prove his fight against evil which harms humans from generation to generation. Every human being concerned about the destiny of his fellow human brothers and sisters lacking life, love, trust, peace, is able to recognize in Jesus an outstanding man and a model of humanity.

Many, haunted by the meaning of their lives and the destiny of the world, go further in acknowledging this man as a great prophet. Because Jesus has brought to light in the heart of our humanity deep aspirations for happiness and has laid out paths to reach them. For people who are capable of opening up their heart, of gentleness, of mercy, of sharing their pain and thirst for justice, he confirms that they are on the true path of a humanity renewed, and he encourages them to follow this path with courage and confidence. Arise! Go! The fruit will be good for humans.

I went on a pilgrimage in early March. I wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to see those landscapes that were his; to listen there to his Words to the stories of his life and his works. My goal was to better understand, in my Christian faith, the depths of God's love for us. Jesus, the Son of God made flesh, shared our destiny to make of us a humanity renewed by this divine, faithful, generous, tender and merciful love

But what a scandal was the end of his life! Is this not the dismal failure of a beautiful dream? Jesus is gradually abandoned by the crowds that wondered at his miracles, but are disappointed by his refusal to be their political and military leader. Those close to him, who lived with him for nearly three years, do not understand it. At the last minute, one of them betrays him, the others drop out, and their leader denies knowing him.

And there is this agony in the garden of Gethsemane. He who had always shown himself strong in word and deed, always able to thwart all the pitfalls, here he is crushed by his fate. He experiences the weakness of his own flesh, he knows the anguish of being abandoned and of having to face alone a very painful death. The malice of all humanity seems to have conspired against him: cowardice, fear, jealousy, neglect, betrayal, cynicism, complete solitude, unjust conviction of an innocent person.

Yet at the heart of this failure, he remains himself. Coming out of anguish by intense prayer, it is a peaceful man who consents to what he perceives to be the tortuous path willed by God to convince us of the extremes of his love. He prays for those who condemn him: "Father, forgive them…." He relies with confidence and abandonment on God knowing that he is loved by Him: "Father, into your hands I commend my life." The centurion, a pagan who saw many other desperate condemned convicted to the cross, is shocked at such a death: "This really is the Son of God." And, like every human being, Jesus returns to the earth. He is placed in the tomb.

But three days later, the tomb is found empty. His friends see him alive, but with a life over which death has no power. That means that even this absolute wall, which is death, where our dreams and projects collide, is defeated. And the message borne by his words, his life, and his death becomes clear to those who believe in him. God loves us that much. He did not want to stay far away from us. He came to share our miserable human destiny and our painful life so that he could support us by his faithful and merciful love.

This is what I want to celebrate in this Holy Week. For us, believers in the divinity of Jesus, this week is the religious summit of the year. Certainly, rabbits, flowers and spring can evoke as distant and pale symbols, the mystery of this celebration. But there is more and better: to delve into this mystery of love so that we may experience this divine love for every human being and extend it in our life choices.

I wish you a Holy week, a Good Easter Sunday. And a good spring, as it will come inevitably after this very snowy winter.

As indicated in a previous bulletin, the six area Catholic churches decided to go ahead with the planned Hunger Meal for Development and Peace on March 9th regardless of the snow storm. Everything considered, the organizers consider the event a huge success. A total of $452.12 was raised at this year’s Hunger Meal and the organizers are looking forward to repeating this event next year. Again, thank you to all who participated.

†Roger Ébacher
Archbishop of Gatineau
March 18, 2008

GRADUATES FOR A REUNION
Did you go to the Ecole Normale Chapeau aka St. Mary’s Teachers College between the years 1940 to 1969? We are having a Reunion on May 17 in Chapeau. For more information you may call Loma Venasse-Roel at 819-689-2129 or email Iorna.roel@yahoo.com or Bernadette Matte-Hendry at 819-689-5223.

As Sr. Mary Edwin said to the graduates in 1969, “I honestly feel that St. Mary’s Teachers College will not “cease to exist” in June 1969, but rather that it will live on in loving memory and in effective influence in the lives of its graduates and of all those whose dedication and sacrifice over the years have made possible its fine contribution to teacher-education in the province.” Hope to see you at the Reunion.

OFFICE HOURS
Monday and Thursday:   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday:   9:00 – 11:00 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 at olv@videotron.ca before Wednesday afternoon.


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

     Mar. 30th Sunday $   775.50    $   190.00   


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