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BODY AND BLOOD

OF CHRIST

 
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

Reading I Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 (God's care)
Reading II

1 Corinthians 10:16 -17(the Eucharist vs.pagan sacrifices)

Gospel

John 6:51-58 (the living bread)

Key Passage

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. (John 6:51)

A line from St Augustine: "- - - When we eat and drink the God-given food and drink that Jesus is,then we become what we eat and drink". If that is true, what would be the implications?
 

Pastor
William Marrevee s.c.j.
Email
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.

BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (A) MAY 29, 2005

WED. 01 - 9:00 a.m.
Carole McNamara by Terry Laluck
SAT. 04 - 7:00 p.m. Mike Murphy by Richard Lavell
SUN. 05 - 9:00 a.m. Bill Weir by Barbara, Scott & Kerri

OPPORTUNITY TO SAY "THANK YOU" TO DOROTHY CASEY:
After more than 14 years of faithful service to our two parishes as secretary Dorothy Casey has submitted her resignation from that position. We would not want to let that go unnoticed. The June 5th Coffee Sunday gives us a good opportunity for that. So, after Mass on Sunday June 5, our PPC and our two Fabriques and many of our parishioners will gather to say a more formal "thank you" to Dorothy. That is no doubt very well deserved.

A FEW BUSINESS ITEMS ON JUNE 5TH AS WELL:
As we may expect a good number of parishioners to be part of that special June 5th Coffee Sunday Gathering, our PPC and Fabriques would like to deal with a few business items. These will be easily dealt with and will not overshadow our thanks to Dorothy.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL (PPC) CONSTITUTION TO BE RATIFIED:
For most of this year our PPC has been working under a temporary Constitution. We had been thinking of making the June Coffee Sunday (June 5th) into our Parishes' General Assembly for this year. That would be a good occasion to have the Constitution ratified so that we are fully legitimate. To that end you can see the Constitution posted at the entrance to the church. For those who are inclined to examine it in more detail, some extra copies are available at request. If you like to make changes or need clarification, please, let us know before June 5. If no major changes are called for by then, the ratification on June 5 can go rather quickly.

YOUTH ACTIVITY (FINAL ONE PRIOR TO SUMMER VACATION):
We would like all children to join us after Mass starting next Sunday May 29th for another Youth activity.

We will be teaching the children a song about St. Francis. With the words of the song our budding young artists will design and paint a mural for presentation to the congregation. We figure that it will take two Sundays (May 29 and June 5th) to complete the mural and learn the words of the new song. Presentation of the mural and song will take place during Mass on Sunday, June 12th. All ages are welcome(from the very young to the not so young) as we know that everyone has something to contribute!

ABOUT "BELIEVING WITHOUT BELONGING"
That is the way Timothy Radcliffe in a recent article in The Tablet describes the religious scene in Europe today but what he has to say does not only apply to Europe. Much of it we experience here as well. So I take the liberty to quote from his reflections. It may help us think or give some orientation "to our thinking", and who knows, it may even lead to a fruitful discussion.

"There is a deep hunger for God. People do not look to Christianity alone but to all the great religions. The young especially are interested in spirituality rather than doctrine. They are interested in God more than in the Church. A 1999 survey showed an increase in the number of people who describe themselves as religious and with a belief in the afterlife, especially among the young. But attendance at religious ceremonies are continuing to drop. So Europe has been described as believing without belonging".

"Clearly a big challenge for christianity is how to remain in contact with the millions of people who look for God but do not come to Church. At the centre of Christianity is community; we are gathered by the Lord around the altar. How can we attract people to belong as well as believe?. "We Christians should accompany people on their pilgrimages. Specifically we should travel with people as they search for the good, the truth and the beautiful. According to traditional Catholic theology, human beings are made for these. Every human being hungers for the good, the true and the beautiful, these are desires that are part of our hard-wiring. Our contribution is to remind people of these deepest desires, which are rooted in our nature like the migratory urges of salmon or terns, making us restless until we arrive. We should be with people as they search for good, the beautiful and the true".

Rather than standing in judgment over people, the church must reflect on what it means to teach the way to goodness, seeking the good is not primarily about rules and commandments. It is not about what one is obliged or forbidden to do. Morality is primarily about making a journey towards God and happiness. What is central in this journey is not the commandments but the virtues, the virtues help one to be a pilgrim".(more to come)

WE NEED A NEW WARDEN:
Now that Alma Miller has become the new secretary she must let go of the position of Warden she has held since January of this year. Anyone interested? The Wardens (or Fabrique) look after the financial and administrative features of parish life. That is different from the Parish Pastoral Council, which together with the Pastor looks after the pastoral side of Parish life.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COUNT THE COLLECTION (O.L.V.):
This is not a big job, but it is a job where confidentiality, accuracy and reliability are most important. It would be ideal if we could get two or three teams of two or three persons to look after this. May we hear from you?

OUR SYMPATHY to Hugh McFaul on the death of his sister Hilda.

BIRTHDAY WISHES to Evelyn Robitaille who will celebrate her 80th birthday on June 2nd.

BUCKINGHAM ElEMENTARY SCHOOL:
Parents and students will be holding a barbecue at the Maxi Store on Lepine Street on Saturday June 4, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (rain or shine). There will also be a raffle for a patio set (11 pieces). Please help support the Buckingham Elementary School .

OUR LADY OF KNOCK SHRINE MEETING:
OLK shrine meeting on Monday May 30th, at 7:00pm

Weekly Receipts O.L.V. St. Malachy  
Regular
$  600

$  247

THANK YOU!
Fuel Charities
$  465

$  186

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