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SECOND SUNDAY

OF

LENT

Our Lady of Victory
Sunday - 9:00 A.M.
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST St. Malachy
Saturday - 7:00 P.M.


F O O D   F O R   T H O U G H T

Reading I Genesis 22. 1- 2, 9 – 13, 15 - 18 Responsorial Psalm Psalm 22: How deep the peace, the confidence, of those whose wrongs are forgiven. How deep the peace, the confidence, of those whose hearts are healed.
Reading II Romans 8.31b-35, 37 Gospel Mark 9.2 - 10
Food for Thought
  • In our journey to God we have peak moments, when the ground is holy. Like Peter, we want them to last forever.
  • But Jesus ‘’only Jesus” brings us down the mountain and prepares us for the hard times ahead, sustained by the memory of brief transfiguration.
  • Can I recall any of my peak moments

 


Pastor
Rectory
490 Charles Street
Gatineau, Québec J8L 2K5
Secretary
Monday and Thursday - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Email
Telephone
(819) 986-3763
Fax
(819) 961-3159

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. Mar. 11th - 07:00 p.m. OLV Iris Butler by Lyall, Wayne & Elaine
All deceased Parishioners of OLV and St. Malachy
SAT. Mar. 14th - 07:00 p.m. St. Malachy Agathe Somers (9th Anniversary) by Wilbert & family
SUN. Mar. 15th - 09:00 a.m. OLV Mr. & Mrs. John Laluck by Mary Doherty & family
Larry Miller by Alma & family
Vic Cossette (3rd Anniversary) by his wife Ruby

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
(Fr. Gyan read the following text to parishioners on the February 21-22 weekend. It is reproduced here for the convenience of all parishioners, especially those who were unable to hear the message or who were away that weekend)

The purpose of the PPC is to: act as a consultative body to the Pastor and in co-responsibility with the Pastor, provide leadership, direction, education, resources and encouragement in the parishes’ accomplishment of their mission as expressed under the four poles of church life: liturgy, faith formation, fellowship and transformation in accordance with the vision of the Church of Gatineau. Over these past 6 years “The Parish Pastoral Council of the Parishes of Our Lady of Victory and St. Malachy” has strived to meet and support the spiritual needs of its faith community, as laid out in these guidelines.

However, the current PPC finds itself in need of reexamining its current structure as well as the scope of its mandate so that its original purpose can be best supported. This comes about in the wake of our community’s committees and councils continuous struggle to both attract new blood and to establish open and ongoing dialogue so that the operational & spiritual needs of our 2-parish community are best met.

To be specific, in the 6 years since the re-establishment of the joint-PPC, only one or the original members of the committee has been replaced. Also, while past meetings to discuss the financial and spiritual needs of the community have drawn attendance and interest, attempts to gain feedback about tried faith initiatives have gathered little or no response.

The reexamination of the current PPC structure and mandate will attempt to address:

  1. What is needed to attract individuals to lend their talents in a manner that best suits their time commitments, while addressing the spiritual needs of our faith community;


  2. How to best support on-going dialogue within our faith community so that spiritual needs are best represented and acted on;


  3. What the core spiritual needs of our community actually are; and


  4. Given the current demographics and general interest of this 2-parish community, determine whether there is there a need for a body that supports initiatives beyond the core needs?

We encourage anyone who has any thoughts or ideas on how these issues can be best addressed to contact any one of the current PPC members. Make a phone call, send an e-mail, and grab somebody by the ear. Remember, in order for your faith needs and the needs of our community to be addressed accurately, we rely on each of you to express your opinions and suggestions

ST. AL’S RETREAT
St. Aloysius Parish, 300 Abbe-Murray in Gatineau will be holding a Retreat on Friday evening, March 13th starting with the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. and all day Saturday, March 14th from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Please bring your lunch. The Theme of our retreat is “Walking with our Lord Jesus”. Guest speaker will be Fr. Poole. Cost: Voluntary contribution. Come join us.

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT – March 8th, 2009
On International Women’s Day, Development and Peace calls your attention to the extraordinary work of its partners. They are all dedicated to building a more just world, especially for the most marginalized, many of whom are women. To learn more about the work of Development and Peace partners, take another look at the Share Lent Mini Magazine you received last week with the bulletin. There, you can read about the work of a partner in Burundi, Africa that helps women benefit from a more just income when selling their coffee; and a partner in Bolivia that has found innovative ways to improve women’s health and safety. The Mini Magazine also includes Development and Peace’s financial statements for 2008/09. Enjoy reading the Mini Magazine today with a cup of Fair Trade coffee!

THINKfast 2009
There are Warden Positions available yet for the new term. If you wish to volunteer, please contact one of the wardens or call the office at (819) 986-3763.

St. Mark the Evangelist parish in Aylmer is once again hosting a THINKfast, a 25-hour famine for the English youth of our diocese, beginning on Friday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m. and ending on Saturday, March 14th with a meal followed by 7:00 p.m. mass. Throughout the event, there will be many activities, movies and lots of fun while learning about world issues, development projects and peace initiatives. Participants will be encouraged to raise a minimum of $25 through pledges for the event. For more information, please contact Chris Santillan at 819-684-6374.

Transformation Committee

SYMPATHY & PRAYERS
Please pray for Marcelline Rowe Strati, who died this week. She is the sister of Lewis Rowe. Our prayers and sympathy are with Lewis and his family.

OLV WARDENS MEETING
The next wardens meeting will be on Thursday March 12 at 7:00 p.m.

WARDEN VACANCIES
There are Warden Positions available yet for the new term. If you wish to volunteer, please contact one of the wardens or call the office at (819) 986-3763.

ST. PATRICK’S TEA
Just a reminder that the St. Patrick’s Tea will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. If you have not been contacted to donate food for the bake table or the tea, please feel free to do so. All donations are appreciated.

ST. PATRICK’S PARTY
Reminder: St. Columban Mission is holding their annual St. Patrick's Party on Saturday March 14th at the Royal Canadian Legion, 231 Maloney Blvd in Gatineau. Live Country band, refreshments, spot dances and door prizes. Tickets are $8. For tickets or information please call (613)-859-5380 or (819)561-3352.

SPIRIT OF PENANCE IN ORDINARY LIFE

We practise a spirit of penance and of sacrifice in our daily lives, in the ordinary events of the day, without having to wait for extraordinary occasions. Penance is fulfilling exactly the timetable you have fixed for yourself even though your body resists or your mind tries to avoid it by dreaming up useless fantasies. Penance is getting up on time and also not leaving for later, without any real reason, that particular job that you find harder or most difficult to do;

Penance is knowng how to reconcile your duties to God; to others and to yourself by making demands on yourself so that you find enough time for each of your tasks. You are practising penance when you lovingly keep to your schedule of prayer, despite feeling worn out listless or cold

Penance means being very charitable at all times towards those around you starting with the members of your own family. It is to be full of tenderness and kindness towards the suffering the sick and the infirm. It is to give patient answers to people who are boring and annoying. It means interacting our work or changing our plans, when circumstances make this necessary, above all when the just and rightful needs of others are involved.

Penance consists in putting up good-humouredly, with the thousand and one little pinpricks of each day; in not abandoning your job, although you have momentarily lost the enthusiasm with which you started it; in eating gladly whatever is served; without being fussy.

For parents and; in general, for those whose work involves supervision or teaching penance is to correct whenever it is necessary. This should be done bearing in mind the type of fault committed and the situation of the person who needs to be so helped; not letting oneself be swayed by subjective viewpoints, which are often cowardly and sentimental.

A spirit of penance keeps us from becoming too attached to the vast imaginative blueprints we have made for our future projects, where we have already foreseen our master strokes and brilliant successes. What joy we give to God when we are happy to lay aside our third-rate painting efforts and let him put in the features and colours of his choice!

Liturgy Committee

OFFICE HOURS
Monday and Thursday:   1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday:   9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Telephone messages are picked up on a regular basis throughout the week.

If you have any items for the bulletin, please send them to Alma at olv@videotron.ca before Wednesday afternoon.



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