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FEAST OF

CHRIST THE KING

 
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 Daniel 7. 13 - 14
Responsorial Psalm The Lord is King; He is robed in majesty
Reading II Revelation 1. 5 - 8
Gospel John 18. 33b-37
Food for Thought
  • We see two men standing side by side. One is obviously in authority and has control. Te other man is in chains. Which of them is the King?
  • Jesus says,“ My Kingdom is not from this world.” What does he mean? How might his understanding of his kingdom affect what is important or unimportant for me?
  • Can I stand and look at the King in chains? What do I want to say to him? What is he saying to me?

November 26th, 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. Nov. 29th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Helen Ladue by Tom & Isabel Laframboise
SAT. Dec. 01st - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Mary Elizabeth Byrne by her Estate
George Roos by Alvin & Ellen Butler
SUN. Dec.. 02nd - 9:00 a.m. OLV Cathy Dube by Bob & Maureen Dunning
Alex Bordeleau by Len. & Suzanne Enright
Paul Lemieux Terrie & Andre

THE ADVENT SEASON BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY:
The church will look a bit different next Sunday; and the music, prayers and Scripture readings will be of a different tone as well compared to what we have experienced for the last 5-6 months. We are moving out of “Ordinary Time” into the Advent season, the beginning of the Church’s New Year, which is a little different from the calendar year.

But Advent is about more than a change of colour and different music. Next Sunday’s church bulletin will include an insert that tries to capture that “more”. We hope you find time to read it and, even better, to discuss it with family members, neighbours, friends. That is a form of faith formation so readily available, yet so little used.

That sort of discussion could be part of our parish advent experience. That is what our Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) would like to see happen. Instead of keeping Advent neatly locked up in the church-building Advent is meant to be an important element of our Christian life. And obviously we live most of our Christian life not in a church building, but at home, at work, at places of entertainment.

Is it important to observe Advent? If we want to keep Christmas really Christian, then the best thing may be to keep the lid on “Christmassy things” in the next few weeks and observe the Advent season the best we can. Of course, society’s pressure to jump the gun on Christmas is immense. But we can give it a try to keep things in perspective.

This year Advent is short. The fourth Sunday of Advent is December 24, coinciding with Christmas Eve. That causes some problems for the scheduling of Masses for December 23, 24, 25. More about that later.

ADVENT WREATH / CANDLES:
It is a very simple thing, but it is a concrete way of being reminded at home that as Christians we are in the Advent season. We put the Advent wreath candles in a prominent place, lighting them as we take a few moments to reflect on the Scripture readings of the day may help. Again, the better we observe Advent the richer our celebration of Christmas may be.

Material to make an Advent wreath will be available at church next Sunday. So will the Advent wreath candles. Take some extra time at church next Sunday to get into the Advent mood.

THE NEW “LIVING WITH CHRIST” SUNDAY MISSALS:
How to use them? That is the question which Bishop Raymond Lahey addresses in the missal on pages 552-554.

As a general rule, their use during mass should be very limited. It is not a good practice to follow the presider and the reader in their prayers and readings. Imagine, going to a play where everybody brought a copy of the play and followed the actors.

Of course, that presupposes that the presider and the reader speak their text clearly and audibly. Let us work on that instead of bringing out the missals during Mass. Naturally, for those who have difficulty hearing, it is entirely appropriate to use the Missals. But for the rest of us, let us leave the Missals aside and listen attentively, that makes for better participation. And that is what we are aiming for.

So why do we have Missals at all? Precisely for the purposes that Bishop Lahey suggests. We encourage that you buy one for ($5.00) and that you use it at home. In that case you can prepare for Sunday Mass, go back over last Sunday’s readings and--what’s more--you find a rich selection of prayers (starting on page 527) that can be used for prayer time at home. So there is lots of use for it.

SOME INTERESTING REFLECTIONS IN THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS S AN INSERT TO THE BULLETIN:
The Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is a difficult book to read. And it does not help that many commentators use it for purposes for which it was not intended. So it is encouraging when you stumble upon some helpful reflections as I did this week when reading a bi-weekly publication The Christian Century. These reflections come in the form of an interview with Barbara R. Rossing. It may take some effort to plow through it, but then it is not an easy topic she deals with. The format of the interview is a bit difficult. The reason for that is that it is simply copied from the periodical.

HAVE A SAY IN OUR PARISH…….LET’S TAKE IT:
A parish is not run by a priest or by a few faceless individuals. We all have an opportunity to contribute to its life. That contribution of us all must be coordinated and channeled. Two important bodies in the parish are the forum in which that coordination and guidance take place. One of these bodies is for pastoral issues: The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC); the other is for administrative and financial aspects: The Fabrique or The Wardens.

We have a joint PPC for both O.L.V. and St. Malachy. Each of our two parishes has its own 6 Wardens.

This year, for both parishes we need two nominations to fill the two vacancies. Please let us hear from you if you are willing or if you know of someone capable and willing to serve either O.L.V. or St. Malachy parishes in this capacity.

WE ARE RUNNING LOW ON SERVERS OR ASSISTANTS TO THE PRESIDER:
Servers are still needed. See last week’s bulletin for more details. Could you help, please?

MUCH WORK DONE IN THE HALL; AND WELL DONE:
It all began with “fixing up” the area between the conference room and the kitchen, the stairwell. That was in a deplorable state due to water collecting in that area which affected the walls. After the roof was done this summer and proper down spouts were installed we have had no leaks -- and that after all the rain we have had this fall!

So Lewis and Raymond went to work (it was more work than was anticipated at first), and they fixed it all up nicely. But that made the hall look so pitiful compared to the corner they had worked on that they figured they might as well do the entire hall. So they did. And it looks great! Many thanks to our two experts for their initiative and work. Much appreciated.

COOKBOOK FUND RAISER - DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31st TO SUBMIT YOUR RECIPES

OLV CHRISTMAS TEA WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 02nd, FROM 2:00 TO 4:00 PM:
All are welcome.

PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY:
Please pray for Alex Bordeleau, brother of Suzanne Enright, who died recently. Our sympathy to the family.

KIDS, DO YOU LIKE TO SING?
Are you 7 years old and over? We are looking for at least 10 kids to get the choir started. Practices would take place at OLV church once a week for an hour. Possibility of putting on plays and having lots of fun. If you can make this commitment please phone Sandra at 819 986-1185.


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

Nov. 19th Regular $ 534.00     


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