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PASSION

(PALM)

SUNDAY

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


F O O D   F O R   T H E   W E E K

PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY           Obedience and humility

Processional Gospel Matthew 21:1-11 (triumphal entry into Jerusalem)
Reading I Isaiah 50:4-7 (salvation only through the Lord's servant)
Reading II Philippians 2:6-11 (imitating Christ's humility)
Gospel 26:14-27:66 (the Passion of Jesus)
Key Passage

Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8)

We call this week holy, because the obedient, humble, self-giving Christ is at the center of it. In many ways a loser, but where it really counts the winner.

 

Pastor
William Marrevee s.c.j.
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Rectory
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec J8L 2K5
Secretary
Monday and Thursday 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone
(819) 986-3763
Fax
(819) 986-9889

A sincere welcome to those who are new among us. We hope you find a warm and welcoming faith-home with us. Please introduce yourself after Mass and call the Rectory to register.

PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY IN LENT (A) MARCH 20, 2005

SUN. 20 - 7:00 p.m. O.L.V. Communal Penitential/Reconciliation Service
WED. 23
  NO MASS
THU. 24 - 7:30 p.m. O.L.V.

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Nell McGurn by Maureen & Bob Dunning

FRI. 25 - 3:00 p.m. O.L.V. Celebration of Lord's Passion
          7:30 p.m. St. Malachy Reflection/meditation
SAT. 26 - 8:30 p.m. O.L.V. Easter Vigil
Bill Weir by his Aunt Lil
SUN. 27 - 9:00 a.m. St. Malachy James Miller by Pearl French
        11:00 a.m. O.L.V. Douglas Dunning (8th ann) by Lenora
Leona Raymond (5th) & Louis-Denis
Roy (14th) by Val, Lewis & family

SANCTUARY LAMP - O.L.V.:
March 13 - 26 - intentions of donor.

INDIVIDUAL CONFESSIONS - O.L.V:
Sunday, March 20th following Communal penitential/reconciliation service.
Tuesday, March 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

OUR FORTY-DAY LENTEN JOURNEY REACHES ITS GOAL:
This coming week, on Holy Thursday evening, Lent comes to an end, or better it reaches its intended goal: the celebration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus in the annual Three Great Days. The special services that mark these special days are indicated on the extra sheet that is part of this Sunday's bulletin.

Yes, these special services are being held at Our Lady of Victory, but they are meant to include St. Malachy. It would be so good if we decided to participate in all three of them. Really, Holy Thursday-Good Friday-Easter Vigil belong together. If you look at them a little closer they are one Service in three stages.

CHRISM MASS THIS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 7:30 P.M.:
The Archbishop invites us to participate in the Chrism Mass over which he presides at the Cathedral. That is the Mass during which he will consecrate and bless the oils used for Baptism and Confirmation and for the Anointing of the Sick. At the end of the Mass the Bishop will distribute the oils to representatives from the parishes and institutions where they will be used in the course of the year.

WASHING FEET ON HOLY THURSDAY:
This is very much part of the Holy Thursday service. In this, at first light, embarrassing gesture the basic thrust of what we celebrate in the Three Great Days is summed up: God's love for us, God's becoming the servant of us all.

If we feel uneasy about this strange gesture, we are in good company. The apostle Peter did not want to hear of it either when Jesus approached him. In Peter's estimation that was not god-like enough. It is a good thing that Peter consented after some objections.

In Jesus, God chooses to be servant of us all. Hence, all should feel free to be part of this strange, but powerful gesture. So we can have a good number of our parishioners who are willing to have their feet washed. It is so much part of this Holy Evening.

FASTING ON GOOD FRIDAY AND, IF POSSIBLE, ON HOLY SATURDAY:
The church encourages us to observe a fast on Good Friday and, where possible, on Holy Saturday as well. It is a fasting in anticipation of the Feast of Easter and, as such, it is different from a fast we may be observing during Lent. Eating less is one form of fasting. But a very appropriate form of fasting is to abstain from going out, from having a drink, from watching a movie, from shopping or other distractions that often fill our lives.

The challenge is to keep these days special, to keep them indeed holy, to keep ourselves focused on the Lord Jesus and on what we are given in Him. Let us give it a try. Our faith can only benefit from it.

EASTER VIGIL - PARTICIPATION MORE THAN DESIRABLE:
If there is one service that gives a good display of the Christian faith, it is the Easter Vigil. But it is strange and unfortunate that many Catholics have never participated in it. "It is too long", some say. Really? a good movie or a hockey game takes about the same amount of time, and there is less at stake in it.

At the Easter Vigil we gather around the primary symbols of our faith: our assembling, the cross, the Easter candle, the Scriptures, the baptismal water and the bread and wine of the Eucharist. All this to celebrate the new light and life with which God graces us in the Crucified and Risen Lord. Not to be missed! 8:30 p.m.

AT THE EASTER VIGIL AND AT THE EASTER MASSES - OUR BAPTISM RENEWED:
Our sharing in Christ's victory over death and darkness and sin began at our baptism. But it takes a lifetime for baptism "to take". Easter is the best time to have it renewed so that the new life that Jesus won for us in his death and resurrection may progressively grow on us.

THE STRIPS OF BURLAP TO BE REMOVED:
Since Ash Wednesday many of us have had a piece of burlap in our homes. It was to remind us at home that as christians we were in the Lenten season. Otherwise, the danger is that we only think of Lent when we are at church. That is not very helpful. Lent is part of the Christian journey wherever we are. We cannot keep it to an in-church activity.

Lent is finished on Holy Thursday evening. So that is a good time to remove the strips of burlap. You may want to bring them to church where you can place them in a box at the entrance of the church. Thank you.

PLEASE PRAY for Alice Cosgrove and Estelle Cullen who died recently. May they rest in the peace of Christ.

ARTISTS:
A group of artists meets Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in O.L.V. Hall. Some painting experience is preferable as there is no teacher. Cost is $2.00 per evening.

Weekly Receipts O.L.V. St. Malachy  
Regular
$   605

$ 273

THANK YOU!
Development and Peace
$1,525

$ 303


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