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SECOND 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 12.1-4 Responsorial Psalm Let your love be upon us, Lord, even as we hope in you.
Reading II 2 Timothy 1.8b-10 Gospel Matthew 17.1-9
Food for Thought

Transfiguration is about Jesus and about us. When we are with him, we are with the divine. When his is with us, he is with the human. His love, grace, sacraments, peace, and compassion can transfigure us.

May we be present in prayer to light and brightness, allow light to invade us, and know that the light of Jesus given in baptism is never extinguished.

 


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. 23rd - 11:00 a.m. OLV Pearl French by Velma & Richard
SAT. Mar. 26th - 07:00 p.m. St. Malachy Pearl French by Vivian, Lorraine & Verginia
Andy Dunlop by Kay Roos & Family
SUN. Mar. 27th - 09:00 a.m. OLV Doris & Ed Lemieux by the Family
Muriel Preston (3rd anniversary) by Gail & Neil
Kenneth Sarto & Collette Cameron by Estate of Irene Gendron Cameron


2ND SUNDAY LENT

Imitating the service given by Jesus, the supreme example of humility and dedication to others.

Jesus is the supreme example of humility and dedication to others. No one has ever had a greater dignity than He, and no one has served other men so diligently: I am in your midst as one who serves. This continuous to be his approach towards each one of us. He is always ready to serve us, to help us, to lift us up from our falls. Do we make a point of serving others, in the family, at work, through those ``anonymous`` favours for which in all probability we will never be thanked? Through the prophet Isaiah`s lips, the Lord tells us: Discite benefacere. Learn to do good … and we will only learn if we concentrate on Jesus, our Model, and if we meditate frequently on his example and his teachings.

The Liturgical Committee

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…

Location:  St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, 160 rue Principale, Gatineau (Aylmer sector), Québec
Time:   6:00p.m March 25th – 8:30p.m March 26th (Ending meal will follow the 7:00p.m mass on Saturday evening. This will be a pot luck supper)

For more information, or to register, please contact Chris Santillán: (819) 684-6374 / chris-santillan@hotmail.com or Bob Rutter: (819) 685-1968. Participants will be encouraged to raise a minimum of $25 through pledges for the event.

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE - BUILDING A WORLD OF JUSTICE
In many countries elections are either peaceful or violent. Development & Peace helps to ensure that electrons are conducted in a peaceful manner by organising work-shops and monitoring elections across the country. An interfaith project in Guinea supported by D & P allowed the first democratically – elected president to take office without any violent confrontations.

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)


UPCOMING EVENTS

  • LEGION BINGO - The ladies auxiliary will be hosting a "Bingo" on Sunday, March 27th starting at 7:00 p.m. at our Legion Hall. All are welcome.

  • 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 and Soul Gospel Choir Spring Concert – Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 pm

  • Spring Supper and Balloon Auction – Friday, May 20th at 6:30 pm. Ticket price will be $15.00 per person and will go on sale late April.


THE RELAY FOR LIFE FOR CANCER
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

PATRICK OF IRELAND

Much of Patrick’s life is shrouded in mystery and historians differ on the probable chronology of the saint’s life. Fortunately, he has left behind two documents, his Confessions and his Letter to Coroticus, which describe some of his experiences. He was not the first Christian missionary to reach Ireland, but the principal credit for converting the pagan island and establishing the Celtic Church belongs to him.

He was the son of a Roman official, Calpurnius, living probably in Wales. As a boy of sixteen, Patrick was captured by raiders and sold to an Irish chieftain, Milchu. He spent years in slavery, herding sheep on Slemish Mountain in Co. Antrim. He escaped following a dream in which a voice told him a ship would be waiting to take him to his own country.

One night, in a dream, he heard voices calling him back to Ireland. It is thought that he studied under St. Germanus at Auxerre, France, and that his mission to Ireland was approved due to the early death of saint Palladus, who had been sent as a bishop to the Irish “believing in Christ” in 431. Consequently, 432 is the traditional date for St. Patrick’s voyage to Ireland, which ended on the shores of Strangford Lough. He quickly made a convert of a local chief named Dichu, who gave him a barn in Saul, Co. Down, for his first church.

Before long, Patrick made his way to the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, and seat of the high king of Ireland. Arriving on the eve of Easter, he lit a paschal fire on the nearby Hill of Slane. At that time of the year, it was pagan practice to put out all fires before a new one was lit at Tara. When the Druids of Tara saw the light from Slane, they warned King Laoghaire that he must extinguish it or it would burn forever. Patrick was summoned to Tara, and on the way he and his followers chanted the hymn known as “The Lorica” or “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate”. Although Laoghaire remained a pagan, he was so impressed by the saint that he gave him permission to make converts throughout his realm. Muirchu’s “Life of Patrick”, written two centuries later, describes a contest of magic in which Laoghaire’s Druids had to concede victory to the saint.

Patrick traveled widely in Ireland, making converts and establishing new churches, though he eventually made his headquarters at Armagh. On one occasion he spent forty days of Lent on a mountain in Co. Mayo which is now called Croagh Patrick. He was harassed by demons in the form of blackbirds, clustered so densely that the sky was black, but he continued to pray and rang his bell to disperse the assailants. An angel then appeared to tell the saint that all his petitions for the Irish people would be granted, and that they would retain their Christian faith until judgement day. There are many legends about Patrick, not least that he banished snakes from Ireland and that he adopted the shamrock as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.

Patrick’s writings belong to the latter part of his life and confirm that he was less learned as a writer than he was persuasive as a speaker. Nonetheless, the Confessions, a response to criticisms of his mission in Ireland, is a moving revelation of his vocation and of the divine guidance he received in dreams. Irish annals give the date of Patrick’s death as 493, but an earlier date of 461 seems more likely. Tradition says he died at Saul and was buried a t nearby Downpatrick.

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. 12/13 Sunday $   777.00 $   396.00


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