Your browser does not support CSS. If images appear below, please disregard them.

Current bulletin

5th Sunday of Lent

March 17/18, 2018

Reading I                             Jeremiah 31.31-34

Responsorial Psalm:            Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Reading II                           Hebrews 5.7-9

Gospel:                                John 12.26



          March 10:          $272.50                                   Attendance:    25       




          March 11:          $758.00                                   Attendance:    67



Fri. March 16                 9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. March 17                4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) For Johnnie Prud’homme by                                                                         Nora, Marlene and Pat

Sun. March 18               11:00 AM:         (St. Aloysius) For Henry Mack and Ron Latraille

                                                                By Rita Lacelle

Wed. March 21              9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Thurs. March 22            7:00 PM:           Penitential Service and Individual Confessions

Fri. March 23                 9:00 AM:          For all parishioners

Sat. March 24                4:30 PM:           (St. Columban) 20th Anniversary Mass for

                                                                Jim Mulcahey by Phyllis Mulcahey

Sun. March 25               11:00 AM:         For Mike, Mary and John Kopil by

                                                                Ann Melvin


During this Lenten period, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to participate.


Lent: Dying out of Love to Live for Ever

Today’s liturgy focuses on the approaching death of Jesus in which He offered His life for others. We are reminded that we too must possess heaven by dying to self and spending our lives in self-giving, sacrificial service. In the first reading, the Prophet Jeremiah announces that God would replace our Covenant of Judgement with a New Covenant of Forgiveness of sins. The people of God failed to keep the old covenant made at the foot of Mount Sinai contrary to their promise of fidelity to God. Instead, history showed a succession of betrayals; and the consequence was ruin at the hand of their enemies. God will make a new Covenant to cope with their infidelity, a Covenant that will be different from the first. The old Covenant was founded on beautiful laws; the commandments of God were written on stones and only served as road signs and never penetrated the people. They gave the people direction but did not give them the power to move in the required direction. The people were too weak to keep the beautiful laws. Signs and strong words are of no use when there is no strength. In the New Covenant, the commandments would be engraved in the most intimate part of humans, in their hearts. The laws would no longer be an external imposition but a “felt interior need to behave well, a desire, and resolve to speed along God’s way, without need for anybody to teach anyone else” (Armelini, F vol. B, p.93). The Spirit of God in the person’s heart would be the guiding force, to give the strength to overcome all temptations, even the seemingly insurmountable ones.

This prophecy of the New Covenant began to be realized at Easter, when Jesus, by dying and entering into the glory of the Father, gave us His Spirit, His strength. When the Spirit of God which has been planted in us like a small seed grows to maturity, then the kingdom of God will be fully with us. The Letter to the Hebrews, our second reading, speaks about the dual nature of Christ: He is both God and man. The author tells us that it is by His suffering and death, in obedience to His Father’s will, that Jesus established this new and better Covenant as prophesied by Jeremiah (Jer. 31:31-34). Today’s passage stresses the reaction of Jesus to suffering and death. As man, Jesus felt what every person feels in these circumstances. He went through all the difficulties and temptations we all experience. The only difference is that He was never overcome by evil and was always faithful to the Father unlike us. The Gospel echoes the same message: Jesus uses the metaphors of the “sown wheat grain” and the “spent life” to teach the same message. In nature, nothing is produced without passing first through death. The grain of wheat, before turning into a wheat stalk, must first disappear under soil. It is by His suffering and death that Jesus is bringing life and liberation to the sinful world, just as the grain of wheat sown in the field ceases to remain itself alone by germinating and then growing into a plant which produces many new grains.

The Gospel has a lot of implication for us all:  it is by self sacrificial lives of holy men and women that life and salvation come to humankind. When we “die” to our selfishness, we “rise” to new life in Jesus Christ. To be “buried in the earth” means avoiding sin, accepting suffering and living for others. Again, all those who want to save their lives, to bring about the birth of a new world, must first have the courage to die. That is, they must give themselves up in love. Jesus says: “The person who loves their life loses it, and the person who hates their life in this life will keep it for eternal life”. Like Christ, we reach the utmost fulfillment of our lives when we give ourselves up to death for love of our brothers and sisters. Only life spent for others will be glorified here and hereafter. It is better to burn out than to rust out (cf Mark 8:35; Mt 16:25; 10:39; Lk 9:24). Lent is a time to take a decision to “die”. Happy Sunday!


English Lenten retreat/workshop


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish

189 Archambault, Gatineau

 Archbishop Paul-André Durocher will speak about The Triduum: the summit of the liturgical year. This reflection will focus on the role of Lent, the Triduum and the Easter season in helping us grow ever deeper into our baptism. 

Easter Schedule


Thursday, March 22nd           7:00 p.m. Penitential Service and Individual Confessions


Holy Wednesday (28th)            7:00 p.m.         Chrism Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral

Holy Thursday (29th)    8:00 p.m.         Celebration of the Lord’s Supper (OLV)


            Good Friday (30th)       2:30 p.m.         Stations of the Cross

                                                3:00 p.m.         Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

            Holy Saturday (31st)    8:00 p.m.         Easter Vigil      (OLV)


            Easter Sunday (1st)         9:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at St. Columban

                                                  9:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at OLV

                                                11:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at St. Aloysius

                                                11:00 a.m.       Eucharist          at St. Malachy

As there will be NO Mass on Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil at St. Aloysius this year, we suggest that you join Our Lady of Victory in Buckingham at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and at 8:00 p.m. for the Easter Vigil on Saturday and celebrate with them.

Solidarity Sunday 

We wish to thank you for your generosity on this Development and Peace Solidarity Sunday. Your donation will be used to help our sisters and brothers all over the world — from Lebanon to Cambodia, to Nigeria and beyond! The theme of our Share Lent campaign Together for Peace, invites us to build peace through dialogue and reconciliation and to consider mercy as a source of hope for the future. This is what Pope Francis underlined on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy: “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” Thank you for helping us create a future filled with hope!





What is it?

Liturgy of the Word for Children is a program in which the Sunday scripture readings are proclaimed and explained on a level appropriate to children from age 6 to 12 during most Sunday Masses from September through June. Any child in this age group may participate - no registration is necessary.  Visitors can participate too.

What exactly do they do?  No, it isn’t Sunday school.

The children gather with the leaders in the front of the altar just before the first reading and are sent forth by the presider. They process to the sacristy/rectory with the lit candle and the ‘Children’s Lectionary’.  After a brief Welcome and Opening Prayer, they listen to the First Reading proclaimed from the Children’s Lectionary. They are then led through the Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. Next, the Gospel is proclaimed by one of the adult leaders. We share age-appropriate reflection on the Word rough stories, discussions, or pictures - whatever the leader finds most appropriate to conveying the meaning of the scriptures. The children are then invited to share their own thoughts and ideas. Following this, the children profess a simple Act of Faith, pray their Prayers of Intercession, and finally return to their families at the time of the Presentation of the Gift.


Leaders needed.  Ideally we should have a different leader each Sunday.  Please consider sharing your gift of service with the children.  Training provided.

Contact Carol Leonard at 819-663-5244