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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 40.1- 5; 9 - 11 Responsorial Psalm Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation
Reading II 2 Peter 3.8 -15 Gospel Mark 1.1 - 8
Food for Thought
  • There was a time of retribution and punishment, but now is the time for reconciliation. God comes to me in mercy and tenderness.
  • How can I prepare the way of the Lord to enter more into my life?
  • Is there uneven ground or rough places in my life, where I don’t really want to let God in. Listen to the first couple of sentences again. God comes to me in mercy and tenderness.

 


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. Dec. 10th - 11:00 a.m. OLV NO MASS
SAT. Dec. 13th - 07:00 p.m. St. Malachy Mike McDonnell by Lil Chartrand
Huguette Kane by Connie Kane
James Miller (4th Anniversary) by the family
SUN. Dec. 14th - 09:00 a.m. OLV James Austin Martin (42 Anniversary) by the family
Lena McFaul by Hugh
Mr. & Mrs. Marshall French and deceased members of the family by Pearl

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE MASS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING THIS WEEK

CHRISTMAS MASSES
WED. Dec. 24th - 07:00 p.m. OLV  
WED. Dec. 24th - 09:00 p.m. St. Malachy  
THU. Dec. 25th - 09:00 a.m. OLV  

GENERAL ABSOLUTION WITHDRAWN
At the beginning of the month of November, Mgr Ebacher visited the pastoral regions of the diocese to meet with all the priests and to present to them the pastoral orientation of the diocese in what concerns the celebration of the sacrament of confession and the general absolution.

In his letter dated 22 October 2008, the archbishop confirms that after serious considerations, discussions with the ''Conseil Presbyteral” and prayers, he considers, at this present time, that the conditions required by the “Mottu Proprio” of John Paul II and accepted by the decree of the “CECC” so that a third form of the sacrament of confessions (community celebration with general absolution) will no longer be optional in our diocese. Therefore, the Archbishop asked that all Parishes cease the practice of the confession of its third form (general absolution) beginning the first Sunday of Advent (30 November 2008).

On the 12th of November 1974, Mgr Adolph Proulx had authorized the general absolution as described in the ritual of Paul VI, The diocese official Web site contains all the appropriate references, including the letter from Mgr Ebadcher.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
The PENITENTIAL SERVICE has taken place at OLV, followed by INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS. However, Fr. Gyan will be available for the sacrament of reconciliation, one half hour before mass (6:30 p.m. at St. Malachy & 8:30 a.m. at OLV) during each of the weekends of Advent.

ADVENT REFLECTION
The following article is taken from a recent edition of the Prairie Messenger, a Catholic Journal.


Families Can Turn Darkness Into Light
By Mary Jo Pedersen

What can we do this Advent season to wake up to Christ’s enduring presence with us and his promise of coming again? Ideal for Advent and Christmas, when we celebrate the Prince of Peace, is a favorite prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, which asks God for the grace to become an instrument of God’s peace:
“Where there is hatred, let me sow love / Where there is injury, pardon / Where there is despair, hope / Where there is sadness, joy…”

When we do not carry the light of Christ within us, hatred, injury, doubt, despair and sadness are cultivated in the darkness.

Advent is a time to recognize where hatred has darkened the landscape of our homes. We look at broken relationships between spouses, between parents and children, between siblings and those who irritate us. We see how love is lost when anger and injury is unresolved. In this season of light, ask yourself: Where have I hardened my heart and dimmed the light of Christ’s love in a situation or relationship?

Advent is a time to ignite the light of Christ in our homes by granting or seeking pardon where there has been injury, whether the injury was intentional or not. It is a time to repair broken relationships, to send a card or note, make a reconciliatory phone call or invite an estranged friend to coffee. Love and pardon eradicate the darkness, allowing the light of Christ, which is always with us, to be revealed. When we light an Advent or Christmas candle in our home, we can pledge ourselves to the spiritual work of enflaming Christ’s light which that candle symbolizes.

Advent is a time to expose the face of doubt and the despair it brings with it. Ask: Do I doubt that God loves us unconditionally and dwells with us in our home? Do I doubt that forgiveness is possible and that we can always start anew with God and with one another? Do I doubt that all of God’s word in Scripture is true?

If doubt has cast its shadow on your life, Advent is a time to seek out the company of Jesus in the Scriptures, to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation or perhaps to seek spiritual counsel to dispel the darkness that doubt brings. Does all that sound like too much to accomplish in the midst of shopping, baking, planning and decorating for Christmas?

If so, start small. Reconcile a difference with a child or console a grieving relative. Through words of consolation or kindness, bring a moment of joy to someone who is sad.

Buy a small pamphlet of Advent prayers and pray them daily at home. Light one little candle. Christ’s love will shine in that small flame.

THE NEW “LIVING WITH CHRIST” SUNDAY MISSALS FOR 2009
The Sunday Missals & the Sunday Missals for Young Catholics are available and will be sold at the entrance of the Church. The cost is $6:00.

THANK YOU
The Parish of St. Malachy would hereby like to gratefully acknowledge generous donations from the estate of Susan Burke to the Committee responsible for the management of the Parish, as well as to the committees which manage the Cemetery and the Shrine to Our Lady of Knock. Her kindness will long be remembered by members of this community.

OLV WARDEN VACANCIES
Please note that 2 wardens are required at OLV for full terms and there will be one vacancy for a one year term. If you wish to become a warden you may call the office at 986-3763 or contact one of the wardens. If you know someone who might like to become a warden and help his/her parish in that capacity, you may nominate that person, but please have their acceptance prior to the nomination.

ST. MALACHY VACANCIES
Please note that 2 wardens are also required at St.Malachy for a three year term and there will be one vacancy for a one year term. If you wish to become a warden you may call the office at (819)986-3763 or contact one of the wardens. If you know someone who might like to become a warden and help his/her parish in that capacity, you may nominate that person, but please have their acceptance prior to the nomination.

COOK BOOKS
Running out of ideas for Christmas Gifts? How about giving our Parish Cookbook! Contact Monique at 819-986-3166 or the office at 819-986-3763 to purchase a book for $10:00.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
If you wish to donate for Christmas Flowers a basket will be at the top of the stairs for your donations.

LIONS CLUB TELETHON
As indicated in last week’s bulletin, members of our Transformation Committee will be presenting the funds raised at OLV and St. Malachy to the Lions Club. This presentation will be made during the annual telethon which will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday, December 7th from noon until 9:00 p.m. and broadcast live on our local cable station, Channel 22. There will be live music, entertainment for the kids (Santa Clause) and much more. If you requested an income tax receipt for your donation, please contact Linda Cameron following the telethon.

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.



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