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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 Isaiah, 50. 4 - 7 Responsorial Psalm My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?
Reading II Philippians 2.6 - 11 Gospel Luke 22 – 14 -23.56
Food for Thought
As Holy Week begins, I fix my eyes on Jesus. Simply mulling over the words of this beautiful early Christian hymn can help me appreciate the mystery of it.

April 1st, 2007


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

ARE YOU NEW TO OUR PARISH? WELCOME!
Welcome to those who want to make our parish their faith home. You may have come from other places. You may have been “away for a while”. Be assured that we love to have you among us. We would appreciate it very much if you identified yourself at Mass. It would also help if you would take the time to fill out a registration form. The next time you are with us, you may leave it in the collection basket or give it to one of the ushers or to the priest. Thank you and welcome.


M A S S       S C H E D U L E

WED. Apr. 04th - 9:00 a.m. OLV NO MASS
THU. Apr. 05th - 7:30 P.m. OLV Mass of the Lord’s Supper
FRI. Apr. 06th - 3:00 P.m. OLV Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
FRI. Apr. 06th - 7:00 P.m. St. Malachy Reflection/Meditation
SAT. Apr. 07th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy NO MASS
SUN. Apr. 08th - 9:00 a.m. St. Malachy Eucharist (All Parishioners)
SUN. Apr. 08th - 11:00 a.m. OLV Eucharist (All Parishioners)

OUR FORTY-DAY LENTEN JOURNEY REACHES ITS GOAL
This coming week, on Thursday evening, Lent comes to an end, or better it reaches its intended goal: the celebration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus in the annual Three Great Days. The special services that mark these special days are indicated on the extra sheet that is part of this Sunday’s bulletin.

Yes, these special services are being held at O.L.V., but they are meant to include St. Malachy. It would be impossible to hold them at both places.

It is highly recommended that we participate in all three of them. Really, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil belong together. If you look at them a little closer, they are one service in three stages with some lengthy “intermissions”.

FROM DEATH TO LIFE, FROM SIN TO GRACE - GOD’S FORGIVENESS
The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated in the Church’s sacraments, especially first of all in Baptism and in the Eucharist. These are the primary sacraments. But the church celebrates that same saving mystery of God’s life and grace in what we could call “spin-offs” from Baptism and Eucharist; in this case, in the sacrament of Reconciliation. We can celebrate it in preparation for Easter in two ways, communally and more individually:

AS PART OF PREPARATION FOR EASTER
RECONCILIATION/CONFESSION

Individual Confessions
Sunday
April 01st After Penitential Service
Tuesday
April 02nd 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Communal Penitential /Reconciliation Service
Sunday
April 01st 7:00 p.m.

CHRISM MASS - THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4TH, 7:30 P.M.
The Archbishop invites us to participate in the Chrism Mass. That is the Mass, celebrated once a year, during which the Bishop consecrates and blesses the oils used for Baptism and Confirmation, and for the anointing of the sick.

At the end of the Mass, the Bishop will distribute the oils to the representatives from the parishes and institutions where they will be used in the course of the year....

The Chrism Mass will take place in St. Joseph Cathedral 245 St. Joseph Street in the Hull sector.

WASHING OF THE FEET ON HOLY THURSDAY
This is very much part of the Holy Thursday service. In this, at first sight, embarrassing gesture the basic thrust of what we celebrate in the Three Great Days is summed up: God’s love for us, God’s becoming the servant of us all in Jesus. It is a notion of God so very unique to the Christian faith!

If we feel uneasy about this strange gesture, we are in good company. The apostle Peter did not want to hear of it either when Jesus approached him. In Peter’s estimation it was not God-like enough. Imagine God doing a think like that! But, then, Peter had enough sense to give in.

In Jesus, God chooses to be servant of us all. Hence, all should feel free to be part of this strange, but powerful gesture. It is so much part of this Holy Evening.

FASTING ON GOOD FRIDAY AND, IF POSSIBLE, ON HOLY SATURDAY
It is a good practice to observe a fast on Good Friday and, where possible, on Holy Saturday as well. It is a fasting in anticipation of the feast of Easter. As such it is Different from a fast we may be observing during Lent. Eating less is one form of fasting. But there are other forms - abstaining from going out, from having a drink, from watching a movie, from shopping or other distractions that often fill our lives.

The challenge is to keep these days special, to keep them indeed holy (so that they do not turn out to be another holiday), to keep ourselves focused on the Lord Jesus and on what we are given in Him. Let us give it a try. Our faith can only benefit from it.

EASTER VIGIL - PARTICIPATION MORE THAN DESIRABLE
If there is one service that gives a good display of the Christian faith, it is the Easer Vigil. But it is strange and unfortunate that many Catholics have never participated in it. Or if they have, all they remember is that it was long.

In an attempt to familiarize us with the lay-out and orientation of the services of the Three Great Days (which, of course, include the Easter Vigil) an insert was added to the bulletin a few Sundays ago. Was it of any use? There are still some available at the entrance to the church. There is even an addition to it in the form of dealing more specifically with the symbols of those services. Highly recommended for adults and youth!

As for the actual Easter Vigil, some say “It is too long”. Really? A good movie or a hockey game takes about the same amount of time; and there is less at stake in that (I think).

At the Easter Vigil, we gather around the primary symbols of our faith: our assembling, the cross, the Easter Candle, the Scriptures, the baptismal water, and the bread and wine of the Eucharist. All this to celebrate the new light and life with which God graces us in the Crucified and Risen Lord.

AT THE EASTER VIGIL AND AT THE EASTER MASSES - OUR BAPTISM RENEWED
Our sharing in Christ’s victory over death and darkness and sin began at our Baptism. But it takes a lifetime for Baptism “to take”. Easter is the best time to have it renewed so that the new life that Jesus won for us in his Death and Resurrection may progressively grow on us.

THE STRIPS OF BURLAP TO BE REMOVED AND REPLACED
Since Ash Wednesday many of us have had a piece of burlap in our homes. It was to remind us at home that as Christians we were in the Lenten season. Otherwise, the danger is that we only think of Lent when we are at church. That is not very helpful; in fact, it would be rather useless. Lent is part of the Christian journey wherever we are. We cannot keep it to an in-church activity.

Lent is finished on Holy Thursday evening. So that is a good time to remove the strips of burlap. You may want to bring them to church where you can place them in a box at the entrance of the church. Thank you.

OLV SPAGHETTI SUPPER FUNDRAISER APRIL 27TH
Please reserve that date, more information to follow.

PRAYERS & SYPMATHY
- to Alma Miller on the death of her brother John Prud’homme. May John rest in peace.


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

     Mar. 25th Regular $   665.00    $   192.00   
     Mar. 25th Fuel    515.00       144.00   


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