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FIFTH 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 14.21b -27 Responsorial Psalm I will praise your name for ever, my King and my God.
Reading II Revelation 21.1 – 5a Gospel John 13.1,31 -33a, 34 – 35
Food for Thought
  • The scene is set for something truly dramatic. The betrayer has just left and the end is very close.
  • In these final precious moments what does Jesus want to say?
  • Can I give these words the serious response that Jesus wants for them?

May 6th, 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. May 09th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Larry Miller (1st Anniversary) by Alma & family
SAT. May 12th - 7:00 p.m. St. Malachy Kurtis Corrigan by his family
SUN. May 13th - 9:00 a.m. OLV Julia Marin & Marion Hewson by the family
Clayton Lacelle by Tom & Isabel Laframboise
Lyall Sicard (3rd Anniversary) by Nan & family

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 6th - FIRST COMMUNION CELEBRATION
This Sunday a number of our younger parishioners joined us at the Table of the Lord for the first time. Naturally, that is an important event in their faith journey, but it is equally important for their families and for us as a parish community. We welcome the following as a parish and may the Lord Jesus welcome and bless them:

Devin Burke
Jaydon Burke
Dominik Carle
Shannon Cook
Alyssa Laframboise
Brendan Laframboise
Angie McNamara
Mikayla Payette
Paris Perreault
Torrance Perreault
Harley Somers

DIOCEAN LAUNCH FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - MONDAY, MAY 28th, 7:30 p.m. IN ST. MARK'S CHURCH IN AYLMER
As mentioned in last week’s bulletin, Quebec City will be hosting the International Eucharistic Congress next year, June 15-22. An event like that must be prepared in the local churches. That preparation is what our diocese, the Church of Gatineau, plans to begin with the launch of the Congress. The launch will take place on Pentecost weekend and it will consist of a celebration presided over by Archbishop Roger Ebacher in three different locations, one in Thurso (May 26, 8:00 p.m.), one in St. Joseph Cathedral in Hull (May 27, 7:30 p.m.), and one specifically designed for the English speaking Catholics of our Diocese in St. Mark’s in Aylmer: Monday, May 28th, 7:30 p.m. Let us make sure we have a good representation from our parishes there.

THE ZONE PASTORAL COUNCIL OF APRIL 28th:
A good number of us went to Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Hull last Saturday for the Zone Pastoral Council (ZPC) meeting. The topic was Becoming Communities that are Schools of Catechesis. That is one of the key notions in the diocesan document of 2004 Discovering Jesus Christ: the Path to Freedom which has set the basic pastoral orientation for our diocese.

That document is admittedly not an easy document; it spells out the vision. And it is based on the 12-15 years of study of the situation of the church in our diocese and in all of Quebec.

The topic we wrestled with last Saturday followed the topic we worked on in November of last year: Moving from the practice of preparation for sacraments to the practice of formation to the Christian life. What both topics refer to is the dangerous situation we find ourselves in today: all faith formation or religious instruction tends to be reduced to preparing for one or the other sacrament. That is disastrous, because that also implies that it is something for children, something that we as adults are no longer in need of. While all sacraments are important, the Christian life is much bigger than sacraments. How do we get formed in that Christian life? Just recently someone wrote on precisely that issue: The task of training others in the Christian life belongs to the entire Christian community. This challenges the long-standing practice in many parishes of assigning the task of initiating new members to a select group while everyone else carries on with other matters. Initiation is the work of the entire community of the baptized. In that case how do we all become convinced of that and how do we as a parish community act accordingly?

A SONG TO OR ABOUT MARY AT SUNDAY MASS IN THE MONTH OF MAY?
Every so often, especially during the month of May or October, the question is asked: “Why can we not have a hymn to or about Mary at Mass?” Here is the way that question is handled in a pastoral note in the Prairie Messenger by Zita Maier who used to work at the National Liturgy Office of the CCCB:

Many Roman Catholics observe May as a “Marian month” “, with special devotion in honour of Mary, the mother of God. Those who prepare for the Sunday liturgy must keep in mind, however, that on Sunday the celebration of the Sunday liturgy takes priority in every way (Constitution on the Liturgy, no. 106). Sunday is always focused on the paschal mystery; it is always the day of the resurrection and that is true especially during the Easter season. Therefore, no element of the Lord’s Day celebration may be superseded by any devotional practices, such as the observance of a Marian month. Hymns dedicated to Mary do not have a place in the Sunday liturgy. Hymns to Mary need to have their own time and place; they are appropriate for Marian devotions scheduled separately from the Eucharistic liturgies, such as a public recitation of the rosary. The priority of Sunday, the Lord’s Day, applies also to Mother’s Day, which is first of all a secular celebration.

THE ABOVE IS A GOOD ILLUSTRATION OF THE FACT THAT IT MATTERS WHAT WE SING!
An, at first sight, simple question (the one mentioned above) is not as simple as it looks. A number of significant issues are affected and raised by that question, such as:

  • Sunday as the Day of the Lord;
  • The central place on that day of the Church’s Eucharist where the Paschal Mystery of Christ (his death and resurrection) is celebrated as the source of our Christian identity;
  • Where and how singing-music fits in that celebration;
  • How devotional practices such as Marian devotions (too easily neglected?) relate to the church’s official liturgy, such as Mass.
All this suggests is that a simple yes or no to the question is not enough. There may, in fact, be a good explanation for the yes or no. However, it takes time and a willingness to articulate and to hear that explanation.

TO THOSE INTERESTED IN THE FUTURE OF OUR LADY OF THE LIGHT CHURCH
The Mayor of the Municipality of Mulgrave and Derry, Mr. Michael Kane, has approached the Fabrique of St. Malachy church in Mayo concerning the possibility of transferring Our Lady of Light church to the Municipality of Mulgrave and Derry. The Mayor is interested in preserving the site for historical purposes as well as its possible use as a municipal hall. Please note the exploratory nature of this contact. No formal proposal has been made.

Before proceeding any further on this issue, the Fabrique of St. Malachy church is of the opinion that those interested in the future of Our Lady of Light church should have the opportunity to express their views on this possible transfer. The Fabrique would like to invite all those interested to an open meeting to be held in St. Malachy church on May 15th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

OLV WARDENS MEETING - MONDAY MAY 7th, 7:00 PM, CONFERENCE ROOM

THAT WAS A FUN EVENING, FRIDAY, APRIL 27th - GOOD COMPANY, GOOD FOOD, GOOD SPIRIT
The spaghetti supper and the silent auction were the main attractions of the evening, and they were enjoyed and participated in by a good number of our parishioners and their friends or guests. The evening was planned as a fund raiser, and from that perspective it was a success as well: some $2200 was raised.

Many thanks to those who put it all together (lots of work!), and many thanks to all those who participated!

COOKBOOK UPDATE
The goal was to sell 250 and to date we have sold 162. For those wanting a copy of the 88 remaining cookbooks you can call: Alma (during office hours), Evelyn at 986-2477 and Monique at 986-3166. Will continue to keep you informed on a regular basis.

OUR LADY OF ANNUNCIATION PARISH SPRING AUCTION - MAY 8th 6:00 - 10:00 PM.


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

     Apr. 29th Regular $   652.50    $   173.00   
     Apr. 27th Spaghetti Supper    2253.55     


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