Our Easter celebration begins with a proclamation of
joy. ?Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven?let the trumpet of
salvation sound aloud our mighty King?s triumph! Be glad, let earth be
God?s plan was to rescue people from sin, restoring
us to friendship with himself. This has taken place in the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ! God has come to us in the Incarnate Son
to give us hope of eternal life and to bless us with Easter joy.
the Lord comes to share with us his joy and peace, his Holy Spirit and
the special gift of himself ?in the breaking of the bread??Holy
Our new life in Christ was proclaimed by the
apostles to whom our Risen Lord appeared. The Church continues to
repeat with amazement the apostles? message that Jesus, the crucified
one, is risen from the dead and remains with his people.
his recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium (?The Joy of the
Gospel?), Pope Francis reminds us of the joy God and his Son Jesus wish
to share with us through the Holy Spirit: ?The joy of the gospel fills
the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his
offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and
loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew? (EG #1).
and alive, Jesus comes to us in the Easter Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Today, in our churches, we recognize him ?in the breaking of the bread?
This explains the importance of the Sunday
Eucharist in feeding our spiritual life. We endanger our faith if we
neglect the Eucharist and undervalue at Mass the victory Christ has
gained for us.
as the Church celebrates our victory with Christ, we invite you to
renew your commitment to sharing in Sunday Mass?the little Easter?every
Sunday without fail. This is the sure path to the holiness that God
wishes for you.
Pope Francis encourages the whole Church?our
diocese, our parishes and groups, all of us?to become disciples who are
also missionaries. Disciples learn from Jesus Christ every day.
Missionaries share this Good News with others: your family members,
fellow students, and associates at work and at recreation.
bless you and Happy Easter!
+ Terrence Prendergast,
OLV's Annual Charity Auction is Saturday, April 26 ! Live and silent
auctions plus a bargain table and, new this year, a costume jewellery
table. Many framed works of art as well. Donations still
accepted. Enjoy a KOC prepared breakfast and lunch. Please share this
news on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Info call 613-822-1777 or
Way Campaign 2013:
you work for a federal government department/agency or a
company/organization that offers payroll deductions, you can designate
your United Way donations to the building fund at Our Lady of the
Visitation. Simply complete your donation card with: Our Lady of the
Visitation - CCRA number 128967353RR0116 Please advise the
office of your donation 613-822-2197. Thank you.
Care Center - Eucharistic
Team Needs You: Father Brian is seeking parishioners who
are interested in becoming part of the Osgoode Care Center -
Eucharistic Team. The Team should
consists of volunteers from OLV and St. Catherine's (Metcalfe) who work
in concert to bring Communion to Care Ctr residents on a rotational
basis. This is an extremely satisfying ministry.
Your help is needed! INFO: Pls contact Sandra at 613-443-1453.
are looking for interested
parishioners to help as
lectors, readers, ushers, and Eucharistic Ministers at Masses. It is a
way to get involved, any training is provided, and the commitment is
only one or two Masses per month. Take it to prayer. Contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 613-248-9284 for
Updated schedules for the readers, etc. can
be found by clicking "Schedules" found on the left side of this
of Columbus is organizing teams (males and females) for BINGO sessions
at the Rideau Carleton Raceway on Albion Rd. The sessions are
from 12:00 noon until 3:00pm every Saturday. Your commitment would be
approximately one Saturday (more or less) per month. Please
it to prayer. WE NEED YOUR HELP! It is a great and guaranteed way to
raise funds for the Church. For more information, contact Peter at email@example.com.
is in need of volunteers to host our Sunday Coffee Social Time, after
each Sunday Mass. Please contact the office for more
your information: Please help us update the Parish
information. Fill in the form on the hardcopy bulletin at church or
send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
(for internal church use only): Surname, Given Name, Email, Phone
(cell, business, residence), Sunday Envelope #, Spouse's Name (if
applicable), Email, Phone (cell, business,
# of children at home (infant-4, 5-13, 14-21, young adult,
and your address.