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EASTER SUNDAY

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


E A S T E R


They nailed him to a tree
but he is the victor on the cross
death can only hide its face,
it no longer has power.
Now life has a meaning.
The conqueror triumphantly stands
at the head of those who put their trust in him.
Plunged into water and the Spirit,
we live with him.

And if one day death should lie in wait for us,

God is faithful enough
to make of us
what he made of his Son:
the first-born of a multitude of brothers and sisters.
It's Easter, the great crossing over, Passover.
It's Easter, day of triumph.
Alleluia, death is dead.
Alleluia, God is alive
And leads us to life.

A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL!

 

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.

EASTER SUNDAY (A) MARCH 27, 2005

WED. 30 - 9:00.a.m.
Martin Cullen by Shirley & Bernard Costello
SAT. 02 - 7:00 p.m. Deceased members of Thomas Garvey family by Brother Matt Garvey
Eleanor Kane by Gerald Kane
SUN. 03 - 9:00 a.m. Joseph Doherty (23rd) by his wife & family
Mike Murphy by Guy & Shirley Roussel

 

NB: Don't forget to move your clocks ahead next weekend!

SANCTUARY LAMP - O.L.V.:
March 27 - April 9 for the special intentions of Veronica Smith.

OUR EASTER FAITH DISPLAYED IN THE BANNERS:
The set of banners you see in the front of the church will be with us for the next 50 days, covering the entire Easter season. They are more than a piece of decoration. In vivid images, they capture what as church we are about in the Easter season.

The cross, which on its own is an instrument of torture and shame, has been transformed into the tree of life (remember what we sang during Lent!). That is what the resurrection of Jesus makes possible. The sun of the new creation has dawned and the roots of the cross, of the tree of life reach into the darkest corners of our human existence to bring life. Part of that new creation is that the risen Christ shares his life-giving Spirit with us; that is captured in the red banner with its flames of fire. The lower banner shows us how in the waters of baptism we have got our feet in the new creation of the risen Jesus.

Quite significantly, the banners hang above or serve as a backdrop to the two focal points of our celebration of the eucharist: the lectern from which God's life-giving Word is proclaimed and the altar around which we share the life-giving bread and wine of the new creation, the Body and Blood of Christ. These are the two principal means of the church by which the new life we have received in baptism is nourished and sustained on a regular basis.

THE WHITE RIBBON ATTACHED TO THE BULLETIN:
At the beginning of Lent a piece of burlap was attached to the bulletin. It was meant to be given a prominent place in our homes so that it would remind us of the season we are observing as Christians. But now Lent is over. So the burlap can be remoVed: you may want to bring it to church and leave it in a box there.

Now it is time for the white ribbon to be given an equally prominent place in our homes for the next 50 days to remind us of the Easter festival we are now celebrating.

THE ASHES/SAND REPLACED BY THE LIFE-GIVING WATER OF EASTER:
In the beginning of Lent many of us received the ashes as part of the summons to repent and be converted, so characteristic of the Lenten season. The ashes/sand at the entrance of the church were meant to be a reminder of that. After the 40 days of Lent it is time to have the baptismal water come over us again and to give the life-giving water of Easter its rightful place. It is another typically Catholic way of speaking the faith we cherish.

AT THE EASTER VIGIL AND AT THE EASTER MASSES - OUR BAPTISM RENEWED:
Baptism inserts us into Christ's victory over death and sin. But it takes a life time for baptism "to take". Easter is a privileged 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.

DISCOVERING JESUS CHRIST - THE PATH TO FREEDOM (9):
On page 7 the diocesan catechetical project document speaks of a catechesis of the journey as the sort of catechesis that is called for in our time. On page 11 it mentions some of the characteristics of that sort of catechesis and it speaks of a catechesis that is inspired by the baptismal catechumenate. You may wonder what for heaven's sake they are talking about now: what is a baptismal catechumenate?

We have to be serious about our present situation. As the document puts it: "The Gospel no longer seems pertinent to today's social, cultural and religious context." (page 5 of the document) That is a nice way of saying that for many (also for those baptised in infancy and perhaps even having made their first communion) the Gospel has nothing of significance to say to what they figure life is all about for them.

That situation forces us to ask how do you become a Christian, how do you become a follower of Jesus Christ? Perhaps the first centuries of Christianity, when the Gospel was still a novelty, may have something to teach us on that. That was the time when it was sort of dangerous to become a Christian.

In that period the emphasis was not on "getting a sacrament", but on conversion to Jesus Christ and on learning the Christian way. The first candidates were not children and youth, but adults, who felt turned on by Jesus Christ and his Gospel. So they began a long journey (2-3 years) on which they learned to pray (not just saying some prayers), developed a taste for the kingdom values that Jesus lived to the full, gave their life, their hearts over to Jesus Christ. They did not do that on their own, but they knew themselves supported by the Christian community. All along the way they would be tested to make sure that their conversion to Jesus Christ was authentic and had staying power. And then at last they would be baptised, confirmed and take part in the community's eucharist, preferably at the Easter Vigil.

It is that long journey which is the baptismal catechumenate mentioned above. In our time we cannot simply copy that pattern, but it may have something to teach us. That is why the document speaks of a catechesis that is inspired by the baptismal catechumenate.

ST. PATRICK'S TEA:
Sincere thanks to all who made this event such a success, those who organized and worked at the tea, those who donated and those who attended. A profit of $1001.00 was realized.

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
$   705

$ 256

THANK YOU!
Development and Peace
$   210

$ 193


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