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SECOND SUNDAY

OF

LENT

 
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 Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Responsorial Psalm I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living
Reading II Romans 8.31b-35,37
Gospel Mark 9.2-10
Adult
1.  Abraham was willing to do the unthinkable -to sacrifice his son in order to be faithful to God. What are some things that God has asked you to sacrifice? Are there limits on what you are willing to do to follow Christ?
2.  How vivid is your awareness of God’s love for you? Have there been times when it seemed as though God has abandoned you? How did you survive such times?
3.  Name some experiences you’ve had when the glory and joy of following Christ seemed obvious. How can you maintain that vision when you come down from the mountain?

 


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.

MASSES:
WED. Mar. 15 - 9:00 a.m. Kim Leduc by a Group of friends
FRI. Mar. 17 - 7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
SAT. Mar. 18 - 7:00 p.m. Millie Kearnan by Connie & Trudy Corrigan
Basil Dunnigan by Roland, Shirley & Philip Plouffe
SUN. Mar. 19 - 9:00 a.m. Frank & Lena Casey by Phil & Dorothy
Denis Roy (15th Anniversary) by Val & family
Georgette McDonnell by Fred & family

LENT - WE CLIMB THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF EASTER:
Lent does not exist for it self; we observe it for the sake of Easter, the Church’s celebration of Christ’s victory over death and sin. There would be no Lenten Season. If it was not for Jesus Christ having been crucified and having been raised from the dead for our sake, This is such an enormous event of faith that its celebration needs to be properly prepared. We do that in the Lenten Season.

The traditional Lenten practices can still play a significant role:

Prayer: Prayer, not to be restricted to church, but to be practiced at home as well. There is some reflection material at the entrance to the church. And taking the Living with Christ Sunday Missal home can be a helpful move too.
Fasting: Fasting in the form of refraining from some food, a drink, a party, a video or another form of entertainment can be a beautiful gesture of solidarity with the poor in our world. It can also be healthy for ourselves when it helps us to gain a certain freedom from things we depend on or are imprisoned by.
Alms: The alms-giving of Lent is best based on the Lenten fasting. We put the money we save from our Lenten fasting aside and gradually build up our contributions to the Development and Peace collection (Share Lent) at the end of Lent. That is a good way of our "giving up something" becoming beneficial to others.

GETTING TOGETHER WITH ST. ALOYSIUS FOR A LENTEN FAITH REFLECTION:
Pope Benedict‘s first encyclical letter God is love was really warmly received around the world both from religious and secular press. He really succeeded in having us focus on the centrality of God’s love for us and how that motivates us in turn to love others.

Why not take the opportunity of the Lenten time of prayer and reflection to read and meditate on this document? To help us grasp key messages in it, the Pastoral Council has invited Joe Gunn, former Director of the Social Affairs office of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops, to present the document and comment on its applications in our lives, on Monday, March 13th, 7:30-9:00p.m. at St. Aloysius church hall. Please plan to attend and invite friends and neighbors!

THIS SUNDAY’S MASS - A SLIGHT CHANGE - WHY?
Remember four weeks ago we handled the opening ritual of the Mass a bit differently. The purpose of it was to highlight the faith meaning of each routine action as” getting to church on Sunday. “We come together as Christians, we sign ourselves with the cross while using baptismal water, we sing praise and thanks to God, we know ourselves called by God to be God’s beloved people. We emphasized the aspects of our faith a bit more while we had our First Communion candidates in our midst.

They are with us again this Sunday. That gives us an opportunity to pay more attention to the first part of the Mass where the focus is on the Bible, the Book of God’s Word. So we take the liberty to rearrange that part of the Mass a bit.

Please note, this may give the impression that we made an attempt to make it more interesting for the kids. That is not really the point. We as adults must become more aware of the faith significance of what we do at church, and how that in turn is meant to nourish us in the places we go to after we have been at church. If, as a result, we are in a better position to pass that on to our children, so much the better. But we must first be convinced that what we are about is adult stuff, Otherwise, there is always the danger that it is all perceived as “stuff that is nice for kids”, but that as adults we sort of graduate away from. What a disaster!

“GIFT BEARERS” NOT ON THE LIST OF MINISTRIES?
That is right. The Liturgy Committee looked at that aspect of the Ministries list. We would like to see a bit more flexibility and variety in those who bring up the bread and wine during Mass on Sunday. Yes, it asks for the cooperation and willingness on the part of other parishioners to come forward. We count on that.

Why do we bring up the bread and wine? What does it mean? Is it not easier to simply have them on the altar right from the beginning of Mass? Fair questions.----

On the other hand, there is something in that ritual action. The bread and wine are more than “bread and wine we need for Mass. At this point in Mass the bread and wine embody ourselves, our world, our human condition as we stand before God. In the bread and wine we present ourselves to God with our achievements and our failures; we present our world with its exciting, it’s trying its terrifying features.

We bring them, we bring ourselves to that all-important event that is being celebrated in the Eucharistic prayer: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In that all-important event God has begun the re-creation of our wounded humanity. That does not leave the bread and wine untouched. In fact, through the power of the Spirit this bread and wine are transformed so that they now become the bearers of Christ’s self-giving on which we are privileged to feed at Communion.

So there is a lot in that simple gesture of bringing up the bread and wine. We want to honour its true meaning. ----

GETTING READY FOR BAPTISM - PREPARATION STARTS MARCH 22nd:
We celebrate baptism for children five times a year. (Adults can only be baptized at the Easter Vigil). Some suggest that we do it more frequently. But that suggestion usually comes from looking at the celebration of baptism itself.

However, the celebration of baptism is always preceded by a preparation. The form that we have given to that preparation is three evenings of reflection with the parents who have requested that their son/daughter be baptized. In other words, we need a fair bit of time to get ready for the baptisms.

The next time we celebrate baptism at OLV will most likely be Sunday April 23rd or 30th. The preparation for it begins on Tuesday March 22nd, followed by sessions on March 29th and April 5th. That is a fair distance between the preparation sessions and the actual baptism. The reason for that is the celebration of Easter and the celebration of baptism at St, Al’s in Gatineau.

OLV SOCIETY:
St. Patrick’s Day Tea will take place on March 18th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm . For more information please contact Evelyn at 986-2477.

OUR SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS:
- To the Teske & Miller families on the loss of their mother and sister Dorothy.

BIRTHDAY WISHES TO:
- Irene Cosgrove who celebrated her birthday on March 8th.

CEREAL BARS:
The basket will be at the entrance of the church for your donations of cereal bards for the Buckingham Elementary School.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE:
Friday, March 17th 8:30pm – 1:00am. (Sponsored by the Canada Day Committee) Centre Recreatif, Julie Chantal, Mayo Road.

ST. COLUMBAN ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY:
Saturday, March 18th, 8;30 pm - 1:00 am Gatineau Legion, Maloney Blvd.

Weekly Receipts

O.L.V.

St. Malachy


Mar. 05 (Regular)

$   639

$   269

Mar. 05 (Support)

     390

      142


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