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FIRST SUNDAY

IN

LENT

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 Genesis 2.7-9, 16-18, 25; 3.1-7++ Responsorial Psalm Have mercy, O Lord, for we have sinned
Reading II Romans 5.12-19 Gospel Matthew 4.1-10
Food for Thought

In our desire to follow Jesus, there will be temptations, as there were for him. He was tempted to abandon his chosen mission, to use all his power for himself, to trust in himself alone.

Our temptations may be different, but the reality is the same. Attractions other than the way of Jesus will make demand on us.

What are some of the temptations I often face? How do I respond to them? Can I ask for strength as I pray today, and each day?

 


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. Mar. 16th - 07:00 p.m. OLV Iris Butler by Regis Lemieiux
All Parishioners of OLV & St. Malachy
SAT. Mar. 19th - 07:00 p.m. St. Malachy Veronica Belter by Tim & Maxine Doherty
Carole Lavell by Reginald & Nancy Lavell
SUN. Mar. 20th - 09:00 a.m. OLV Gaston Deschatelets (1st anniversary) by the Family
Denis Roy (20th anniversary) by Val, Lewis & Family
Patricia Burke by Evelyn & Jean Paul Robitaille


SUNDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY

God allows us to be tempted so that we may grow in virtue

Jesus wanted to teach us by his example that no one should consider himself exempt from any type of trial. Ronald Knox has the following to say: The temptations of Our Lord are also the temptations of his servants individually. But the scale of them, naturally, is different; the devil is not going to offer you and me all the kingdoms of the world. He knows his market; offers, like a good salesman, just as much as he thinks his customer will take. I suppose he thinks, with some justice, that most of us could be had for five thousand a year, and a great many of us for much less. Nor does he, to us, propose his conditions so openly; his offer comes to us wrapped up in all sorts of plausible shapes. But, if he sees the chance he is not slow to point out to you and to me how we could get the thing we want if we would untrue to our better selves, and not infrequently if we would be untrue to our Catholic loyalties.

Blessed is the man who endures trial, says the Apostle St. James, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.

The Liturgical Committee

LENT - OUR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING TOWARDS EASTER HAS BEGUN
We have been in Ordinary Time after the Advent-Christmas Season for quite a while this year. It is due to the fact that Easter is very late, almost as late as you can get it. But last Wednesday we began our journey to Easter with Ash Wednesday. The church has taken on a Lenten look: the Cross, the ashes, the banners, the purple.

How will we mark our 40-day trek to Easter? The traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are aiming to get us in shape for Easter.

Prayer: Our Sunday liturgies, with their rich Bible readings, provide the basic orientation for Lent.
Fasting: We diet; we cut down on food and drink for a variety of reasons. During Lent we could refrain from some food, from a drink, from a party, from a video or movie as a gesture of solidarity with so many of those in our world who have no choice in these matters for the simple reason that they do not have them. Almsgiving: This flows naturally from the previous two practices. Almsgiving says we care for others even to the point of depriving ourselves from something. How about if we put the money that we save by some form of fasting aside and make it into our contribution to the special Development and Peace Lenten collection that will be held later in Lent?

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (D. & P.) SHARE LENT 2011

A Unique Lenten Opportunity for Youth: THINKfast 2011 at St. Mark’s in Aylmer

Think Fast 2011 is the Lenten activity that Development and Peace organizes especially, but not exclusively, for youth. It is a 25-hour fast together with a sleep-over at the church. It is a fun way for youth and young adults to learn and help those in the global south build a better life. And it is a way of familiarizing ourselves with justice and development issues. This year it will be held March 25th and 26th (Friday evening and Saturday).

Why fast? Fasting helps us to:

* Remember to care for others;
* Raise awareness of injustices;
* Experience hunger felt by others;
* Link faith with action.
We extend an invitation to all young people 11 years of age or older to participate in this THINKfast 2011. If you are interested in joining the St. Mark’s group, please contact Chris Santillan at 819-684-6374. Anyone 11 years of age or older may safely fast for 25 hours provided they are in good health and drink plenty of water and fluids. Fasting in a limited and controlled environment such as THINKfast does not promote eating disorders. On the contrary, it is an ideal time to discuss food, security, health, social justice…

BUILDING A WORLD OF JUSTICE
Today with the help of the communion candidates, the ``Symbols of solidarity`` were presented and will remain on display at the foot of our Lenten Cross throughout Lent. This year, the symbols help us reflect on the experience of a tiny nation of Timor-Leste, located in southeast Asia.

Enclosed with this weeks bulletin is the ``Share Lent Magazine`` a wealth of stories to be told about D. & P. partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY
April 2nd, 2011, King Pin Bowling Lanes, Buckingham, QC. Organized by members of Development and Peace from Our Lady of Victory, St. Malachy; St. Gregoire; St. Luc and Notre Dames de Neiges Parishes. The day is divided in 3 parts:

  1. Bowling to be enjoyed by families & friends.
  2. D & P Exhibit to be interesting for all.
  3. Spaghetti Supper, the Heart & Soul Choir and a Guest Speaker from Columbia.
More information to be found on posters at entrance of our church. (Jean, Shirley, Diane & Linda, Transformation Committee)

OLV WARDENS MEETING
- is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th at 7 p.m. in the church rectory.

PARISH MISSION 2011
Where:   St. Elizabeth Parish, Cantley
For:   Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, Gatineau
 St. Elizabeth Parish, Cantley
 St. Stephen Parish, Chelsea
 Other Parishes who may be interested
When:   Monday, March 14th, 7:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, March 15th, 7:30 p.m.
 Wednesday, March 16th, 7:30 p.m.
Director:   Father Dan Kelly
Theme:   "Called to Holiness"


ST-GRÉGOIRE CEMETERY

As our parishioners are aware, we have been working closely with the wardens of St-Grégoire to try to find families for gravesites where there is no family contact on record. Our partnership has been very successful, as the cemetery manager has received numerous calls from our parishioners and other English-speaking families.

However, they are concerned about the persistent rumours that monuments will be removed if there is no family contact. This rumour is false, as we have been assured that there is no plan to remove monuments. In fact, the cemetery manager is planning to work with the Buckingham Historical Society to start to identify historical gravesites. We have been asked to reassure our parishioners that monuments will remain in place.




UPCOMING EVENTS

ST. PATRICK’S TEA - Our St. Pat’s Tea will be held on Saturday, March 19th– please reserve this date for an afternoon of fun and friendship. Those wishing to donate to the bake sale or for the tea can bring their goodies Friday, March 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon

GOSPEL MATTERS CONCERT - Concert at OLV Church on Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 pm with Lyoness Woodstock and the Gospel Matters Band, featuring Judy Woodstock and Russ Orange. Also joining the concert will be Randy McDermid.

HEART & SOUL GOSPEL CHOIR SPRING CONCERT - Concert at OLV Church on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm.

SPRING SUPPER AND BALLOON AUCTION - To be held in OLV Hall on Friday, May 20th – more information to follow.


CANCER FOR THE RELAY FOR LIFE
At the St. Pat’s Tea, there will be a table set up to purchase Salsa and butter tarts and a few handmade items. All proceeds from that table will go to Cancer for the Relay for Life. The Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 10, 2011 under the Brady Bridge. All are invited to attend this event either as walkers or visitors. Please note that soft drink cans, beer and soft drink bottles are still being collected by Monique and all money raised goes to this event.

MILK BAG PROJECT FOR HAITI
I am asking people to save milk bags (the outer printed bag) . These bags are cut into strips and put together to make sleeping mats for the people of Haiti, they are used as packing material to ship products and therefore there is no cost to ship the mats to Haiti. Insects and poisonous spiders do not like the plastic and will not hide in the mat. It takes 300 to 500 bags to make one mat. If you are interested in helping out please leave the bags at the entrance of the Church for pick up.

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. 05/06 Sunday $   674.00 $   219.00
     Mar. 05/06 Support    270.00    127.00


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