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TWENTY-SEVENTH

SUNDAY IN

ORDINARY TIME

 
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 Genesis 2.7ab, 8b, 18-24
Responsorial Psalm May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
Reading II Hebrews 2.9 - 11
Gospel Mark 10.2 -16
Food for Thought
  • When people bring along their little children, we see two contrasting reactions. The disciples get annoyed, Jesus delights in seeing them.
  • What does Jesus see that the disciples miss?
  • What is this childlike quality prized so highly by Jesus?
  • What reaction does this scene evoke in me? Whatever it is, I can speak to Jesus about it.

October 8th, 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.


M A S S       S C H E D U L E

WED. Oct. 11th - 9:00 a.m. OLV NO MASS
SAT. Oct. 14th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Dorothy Teske by Erma Smallian
SUN. Oct. 15th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Huguette Kane by Connie & family
Winnifred Pelletier (2nd Anniversary) by Aurele
Margaret Dunlop by Phil & Dorothy Casey

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO MASS ON WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK

ANY CANDIDATES FOR CONFIRMATION, FOR FIRST COMMUNION?
I feel a bit uncomfortable with the above title. Why? Our Bishop urges us to move from the practice of preparing for sacraments towards the practice of forming to the Christian life. What does our Bishop have in mind?

In some way, preparing for sacraments is relatively easy. But that is only true when they are practically separated or isolated from the Christian life, when they have become the stuff of which we say “been there, done that”. And there is the hub. The proper celebration of sacraments presupposes a fair bit. The first that comes to mind is love for Jesus Christ. Of course, the sacraments make no sense apart from Jesus Christ, who Jesus is, what he lived for, what he gave his life for, why he was raised from the dead, and what that means. That love for and knowledge of Jesus Christ will translate in our cultivating a taste for and identifying with what matters to Jesus Christ. And that is what formation to the Christian life is all about. Quite a challenge today!

It would already be quite something if we were all convinced that formation to the Christian life is not first for children, but for us as adults. Formation to the Christian life is first and foremost an “adult affair” and it is an “ongoing affair” only completed when we finally come in God Father, Son and Spirit. It is really a matter of having Christ grow on us. It does not mean that we would want to withhold that from our children. The point is that if Jesus Christ and what he stands for are important to us (myself included), then our children will want to develop a taste for Jesus Christ too. And then preparing for sacraments becomes easy in the good sense.

Back to the question! We would like to hear from parents who want to have their children make their first communion. Similarly, we would like to hear from parishioners who are 15 years and up who have not been confirmed if they are interested in being confirmed. Please, contact us before November 12th.

It would be helpful if you would draw this item to the attention of those who might be interested. Thank you.

DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE SING AT MASS?
Singing/Music at Sunday Mass in the R.C. church has seen an interesting evolution over the last 50 years or so.

When the Mass was still in Latin, Gregorian Chant and polyphonic music (for Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) were the norm. When Latin, Gregorian Chant, polyphonic music slowly disappeared in most places, we “imported” from the Reformation Churches a few hymns in the vernacular before Catholic composers caught up with them. That led to what is called the four-hymn-syndrome: a hymn at the beginning, at what used to be called the offertory, at communion, and at the end. That was (and still is?) sort of standard practice. Of course, added to that were/are the Alleluia, the Holy, Holy…, the Lamb of God, but the emphasis remained on the four hymns.

In the meantime, some people that were very much involved in the liturgical reform (mandated by Vatican II) of the Catholic Church began to take a second look at where song/music belongs in R.C. worship. Much of their work has recently been put together in a publication from the CCCB: A Companion to the Catholic Book of Worship 111 Guidelines for Liturgical Music. It is those guidelines which matter the most, because they have to be observed whether one uses CBW III, Glory and Praise, or another hymnal.

One of the clearest guidelines is the following: “Music is an integral part of every Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.” That is to say, music is not optional for Sunday Mass. There is not much argument about that any more. Does everything have to be sung? Not quite. A distinction has to be made between what may be sung and what ought to be sung. The elements or texts of Sunday Mass that ought to be sung are the following:

  • Entrance song
  • Glory to God
  • Responsorial psalm
  • Gospel acclamation
  • Acclamations during the Eucharistic Prayer: Holy, Holy,…… Christ has died…(or the equivalent)…… Amen.
  • Communion processional song

It is interesting what the guidelines have to say about the practice of only singing the four hymns and then reciting the various responses and acclamations. “That does not respect the distinctive nature of each part of the eucharistic celebration.”

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH, 7:30 P.M. AT ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL (HULL SECTOR):
Mary, Mother of the Church, is the patroness of our Diocese. That feast is celebrated on October 11th. Most of those who work as pastoral agents - lay or ordained - in the parishes spend the day together for the purpose of study and formation.

In the evening, at 7:30 p.m. the Bishop will preside over a celebration of the Eucharist to which all are invited. That will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral.

OLV & ST.MALACHY’S HARVEST SUPPER:
Sponsored by both parishes on Friday Oct. 20th 2006. Cocktails will be from 5 to 6:30, p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 in OLV church hall. The cost is $12.00 per person, Children 6-12, $6:00 and under six is free. Parishioners, please get your tickets early as this event is open to the public. Raffle tickets will be going on sale for a Painting and Needlepoint Tapestry.

CHURCH WARDENS MEETING - October 12th, 7:00 p.m.
Meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month in the future unless advised otherwise.

A NEW COOKBOOK PROJECT:
This will be a fund raising project by the parish with proceeds going towards the roof & furnace repairs. Everyone is invited to submit their favorite recipes with their origin and history to make it more interesting. Sales will begin around St. Patrick’s Day.

GET TOGETHER FOR LEADERS IN ENGLISH PARISHES - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4TH
The English Zone pastoral Council has opted for a new formula. A few representatives from the English parishes used to meet 6 or 7 times a year to discuss issues that pertain to our English parishes. That formula has run its course.

Now the plan is to have those in leadership positions in our English parishes meet twice a year. That will be more representative, and it may help all those in leadership positions “to play from the same book.” That is especially important if we continue to work with the document of our bishop: Discovering Jesus Christ: The Path to Freedom.

So, PPC members, wardens, members of parish committees, all parish ministries, interested parishioners! We count on you!

      When: Saturday November 4th, 9:00 a.m. – 12th noon.
     Where: Our Lady of Annunciation, 189 rue Archambault (Hull sector).

CONCERT:
The Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Eireann 2006 North American Tour Concert, Echoes of Erin, will be presented at Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa on Monday, October16th at 8:00 p.m. This colourful and exciting show features a group of Ireland’s best traditional musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers. Tickets are $20 (including surcharge) and may be obtained from Centrepointe theatre, tel. 613-580-2700. For more information, contact Pat Cassidy at 819-778-2827.

CONGRATULATIONS TO:
- Vera D’Aoust who will celebrate her 94th Birthday on October 12th.
- Ruby & Dennis Butler who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on October 6th.


W E E K L Y     R E C E I P T S
  Date Collection OLV St. Malachy

Oct. 1st Regular $ 579    $ 254   
Oct. 1st Support  350     111   
Oct. 1st Needs of the Canadian Churches  36     


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