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FOURTH SUNDAY

OF EASTER

 
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 O U G H T

Reading I Acts 4.7-12
Responsorial Psalm The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
Reading II 1 John 3.1-2
Gospel John 10.11-18
Food for Thought The infinitely deep relationship of Jesus with his Father is the measure for the relationship he wants with me! This merits much consideration. The shepherd calls each of his sheep by name. We are each one of his sheep.

MAY 7th, 2006


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.

MASS SCHEDULE
WED. May 10th - 9:00 a.m. OLV All parishioners of both parishes by the Pastor
SAT. May 13th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Mike Murphy Greg & Pat Lavell
Sarah Doherty by Brian Doherty & family
SUN. May 14th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Lyall Sicard (2nd anniversary) by Nan & family
The deceased members of the McFaul family by Hugh
Michael Morgan (14th anniversary) by Rose-Aimee & family

FIRST COMMUNION LAST SUNDAY:
Nine of our young parishioners joined us for the first time at the Table of the Lord to receive the Holy Eucharist. We welcome them as a parish and may the Lord Jesus welcome and bless them.

Philip Constant
Colton Ryan
Alysha Forcier
Trenten Ryan
Ryan Hewson
Westin Ryan
Megan McFaul
Brandon Valley
Nicholas Roos

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - WHAT IS THE POINT?
We have introduced this item to the bulletin in an attempt to get the Sunday Scripture readings out of the church. That way of putting it may need an explanation.

The bible is naturally an important book or collection of books for us as Christians. Most of us have a Bible at home, and may use it quite regularly to great benefit. It is obviously something to be recommended, even it is not always easy going.

For its liturgy, especially for Sunday Mass, the church presents its own selection of bible readings. It is a selection that is based on the make-up of the liturgical year with its high seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas and with what is called Ordinary Time. We hear these readings proclaimed at Mass, Could we not benefit more from them if we also went back to them during the following week? A similar benefit could be gained if in preparation for Sunday Mass we looked at the Scripture readings before Mass: we may hear the readings better.

We have in our church the Living with Christ Sunday Missal. There is no need to keep these in the church. Let us take them home so that we can go over the Sunday readings when we set some time aside for that. Many of us have so little religious or Church stuff at home. In this case we have a good faith resource readily available, not only for Sunday Scripture readings but for prayers too. Look at the latter part of the Sunday Missal: it is rich.

To help us in our reflection on the Sunday readings the bulletin also includes a few points. Would it not be marvelous if we used these points for ourselves or with family members (of all ages) or with friends. Wow! That would be a real at-home-faith -formation.

WHERE DO THESE POINTS OF REFLECTION COME FROM?
Let us be honest: some of these points of reflection have been helpful, some of them have not been helpful. It is also a matter of taste.

Lately they have been taken Sacred Space, a prayer guide inspired by the popular interactive website, www.sacredspace.ie It comes from the Jesuit Communication Centre in Ireland. The site has logged over thirteen million visits and is translated into sixteen languages. Imagine the number of people we are joining who are all wrestling with the same piece of Good News.

WE BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION:
What does it mean that Jesus is raised from the dead? It is the core of the Christian faith. Not easy to handle or to explain. But still essential. Last year, in Catholic update, Thomas H. Groome tried his hand on reflecting on it in such a way that it may speak to us. It will still take some struggling, but it is worth it. Here follows the fourth of five installments.

EASTER TALK

The quest has continued since Paul as the Church found itself having to name the assurance of Easter in different times and places. Three classic ways of talking about the change effected by the historical Jesus and Christ of faith are as Savior, Redeemer and Divinizer.

So in Christian faith, Christ saves us from all the powers of evil that threaten to destroy and redeems us by paying the price to release us from bondage of sin, canceling our debt and righting the scales of justice. A favorite metaphor of Eastern Catholicism is that Jesus Christ restores in us the divine image that was tarnished by Original Sin, enabling people to live into their divine potential. In the pithy summary of the great Father of the Church, St. Athanasius, writing in or near 360 A.D., “God became human so that humans could become more like God.”

As with human language about divine mysteries, these metaphors say something profoundly true; yet neither one nor all together say everything that could be said. Like all metaphors, as well, if taken too literally they begin to say what is not true. For example, to push the metaphor of Jesus as Redeemer too far is to make God sound like a vindictive parent who demanded and was pleased by the terrible suffering of God’s own son –what a terrible image of God! It’s helpful to remember that it was not God who caused this terrible death of Jesus, but human beings acting in direct opposition to God’s law.

A contemporary metaphor gaining ground to capture how he “changed utterly “our human estate is Jesus as Liberator. It reflects that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection amount to the catalyst that frees people from all that enslaves personal and social, and frees them for realizing God’s will of fullness of life for all --- the peace and justice of God’s reign. Or might we think of Jesus as the great humanizer, the one who enables us to become the best people that we can be.

Perhaps the title Son of Man, used repeatedly of Jesus throughout the Gospel which can be translated as “the human one,” hints at Jesus as the empowerment for all humanity to live more humanly. And we can be sure that new metaphors will emerge out of different cultures and as history unfolds.

THOSE FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEAUTIFUL:
Easter lilies are the favourite flowers for Easter. And they looked very good---- as long as they lasted. Unfortunately, they do not cover the entire 50-say Easter season. So we are very happy with the flower arrangements that you now find, the cross, the Easter candle, and the baptismal font. Many thanks to the generous donor.

SUNDAY JUNE 11th - AN INTERESTING PROPOSAL FROM ST. GREGOIRE AND ST. LUC:
The parishes of St. Gregoire and St. Luc are planning to have a joint celebration of the Eucharist followed by a number of social activities on that Sunday. They are inviting us and would be very pleased if our two parishes would join them in such a joint celebration. It would certainly be a beautiful expression of how around his table Jesus Christ brings us together thus transcending our linguistic differences.

Our joint Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and the two fabriques of our respective parishes have in principle accepted this invitation. Details of the project will follow.

OLV WARDENS MEETING:
- Thursday May 11, at 7:30 p.m.

SENIOR CITIZEN’S WEEK MAY 14th - 21st:
The opening day Card Party will be held at OLV Church hall at 1:00 p.m. on May 14. Coffee and cookies will be served. Everyone welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS:
- to Regis & Marjorie Butler who will celebrate their 52nd Wedding Anniversary on May 8th.

BIRTHDAY WISHES:
- to Roger Gauthier who celebrates his 84th birthday on May 7th.

SPRING AUCTION:
Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish will be holding a Spring Auction on Tuesday, May 9th at the Church Centre, 189 Archambault Street, (Hull Sector). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $1.00 and includes refreshments. Information, phone 771-4613 or 777-6416.



WEEKLY RECEIPTS
  Date Collection OLV St. Malachy

Apr. 30th Regular $ 652    $ 256   


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