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Friday, May 20, 2022

Soul Health LXXIX

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 

The First Communions of the children of the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun this weekend provides us all with an opportunity to unite in prayer with them, as well as to reflect on our own journeys since making our own First Communions.  How has the Eucharist already changed our lives?  Might we even dare to consider surrendering ourselves entirely to Jesus through the gift of his Body and Blood, so that he may well and truly dwell in us, and wholeheartedly live as his disciples?



Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, May 14 to May 20

Saturday, May 21:  Colleen Gelinas by Maureen Dearden
Sunday, May 22:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, May 24:  Fr James Morro by Trish
Thursday, May 26:   Msgr Gerald & Fr Peter McGlynn by Their Family

Sunday, May 29:  No Masses at St Thomas More and St Willibrord 
Saturday, June 4:  No Mass at St Thomas More 



Upcoming Special Weekend Masses!

First Communions **This Sunday** May 22 - 9:30am

For this year's First Communion class, the journey towards making this Sacrament began in the midst of the pandemic - but the faith and support of their families, our Catechist Team, and the parishes of St Thomas More and St Willibrord have helped these children grow in Christ and prepare to receive the Eucharist. 
 
Pray for: Santo, Rocco, Luca, Isla, Liam, Lucas, Matteo, Cristian 

 
Consider making this special Mass your Sunday Mass this weekend – families from both St Thomas More and St Willibrord have children in this program, and your continued support of their journey in Christ is most welcome and greatly appreciated! 
 
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Our Chief Pastor is coming! 
On Saturday, May 28th at 4:00pm Archbishop Christian Lépine will celebrate Mass at St Thomas More and the Sacrament of Confirmation, followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Hall until 6:00pm.  Let’s join together for this wonderful and unique occasion!
 
Please keep our Confirmation candidates, who come from both St Thomas More and St Willibrod, in your prayers this week! 

Pray for the children from our Family Faith Formation program:  Zoe, David, Noah, Emma, Bethany, Ryan, Alessia, Alex, Adrielle, and Adrienne

Pray for the two adults from our Adult Faith Formation program:  Gaël and Sergio.


Helping hands are needed for the Reception - please speak to Debbie Warren or call the parish office to offer your services!

**There will be no 9:30am Mass at St Thomas More and no 11:15am Mass at St Willibrord on Sunday, May 29**

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What kind of parish do you want to build?  Tell us at Pentecost during our first Parish Brunch!
On Sunday, June 5th we will have a Parish Meeting  following the 9:30am Mass to bring us  together to discern and make key decisions as a community not only as to what kind of parish we are now,  but also what kind of parish we want to be in the future.  This will include fellowship over brunch, and will end by 1pm.  
 
Helping hands are needed to make sure we all get fed – please contact Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com)  to sign up for the Pentecost Pancake Platoon!
 
**There will be no 4:00PM Mass on Saturday, June 4th**

Your life CAN make a difference – Discover how with CCO!
This June, share your experiences of life and faith with the next generation of Verdun Catholics through Discovery - three weeks of small group discussions run by student leaders from across the country.   They’re excited to meet you and these conversations will bring you even closer to Jesus and help you bring others to him! 

To get personally connected to the CCO Mission Team running Discovery, visit https://bit.ly/3wZwWhR and fill out the e-form!



Let all the nations praise him in their own languages!
If you speak another language apart from English and French, we'd love to have you read a small part of the Pentecost Readings in that language!  Don't be shy - speak to Fr Robert or call the parish office!

Jump back into The Chosen!
Information, including how to register:  https://bit.ly/3yB0ogy
Fr Raymond Lafontaine, known for his unique insights into film and television, returns on May 18th with the next instalment of his exploration of The Chosen. Journey with Catholics all over the Archdiocese to discover how the First Disciples can inspire change and reignite your faith!


Joyful noise for a good cause:  L’Air du Temps, a Cathedral Concert featuring Gregory Charles OC
Saturday, May 28th at 7:30pm ($50) – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Known for his stage presence, energy, creativity, and dedication to Canada’s performing arts and culture, musician Gregory Charles lends his talents to the Permanent Diaconite of Montreal with this benefit concert.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/37u939q


Update on Masking
As the province is no longer requiring masking indoors, it now becomes a personal choice to mask indoors.  We encourage all of you to continue acting with charity and compassion in order to protect our vulnerable parishioners, as you have done so far during the pandemic.

Individuals experiencing symptoms are strongly called upon to isolate themselves, to take a rapid test, and follow the instructions that apply in such cases.  


 

Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, May 13, 2022

Soul Health LXXVIII

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 

Father Robert’s Sermon Series on Discipleship continues this week!  

As we continue praying and discerning our calls to discipleship, this week’s readings speak of the first Disciples building up the Kingdom, of God making all things new, and of Jesus’ commandment for us to love one another.  How might we, here in Verdun 2000 years after the first Disciples, carry on the God-given mission to love, to serve, and to proclaim the Gospel?
 


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, May 14 to May 20

Saturday, May 14:  Anniversary of Mary McIver by Her Family
Sunday, May 15:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, May 17:  Fr. Murray McCrory the McIver Family
Thursday, May 19:  Mary Speer & Roger Lavigne by Their Family

 
Upcoming Special Masses!
Sunday, May 22 – 9:30am, St Thomas More Parish
This Mass includes the First Communions of the Children in our Family Faith Formation program.  Their   journey towards making this Sacrament began in the midst of the pandemic, but the faith and support of their families, our Catechist Team, and the parishes of St Thomas More and St Willibrord have helped these children grow in Christ and prepare to receive the Eucharist. 
 
Pray for: Santo, Rocco, Luca, Isla, Liam, Lucas, Matteo, Cristian, and Rosa

 
Consider making this special Mass your Sunday Mass next weekend – families from both St Thomas More and St Willibrord have children in this program, and your continued support of their journey in Christ is most welcome and greatly appreciated! 

 
Our Chief Pastor is coming! 
On Saturday, May 28 at 4:00pm Archbishop Christian Lépine will celebrate the 4:00pm Mass at St Thomas More and the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Let’s join together for this wonderful and unique occasion!
**There will be no 9:30am Mass at St Thomas More and no 11:15am Mass at St Willibrord on Sunday, May 29**
 



Update on Masking
As the province is no longer requiring masking indoors, it now becomes a personal choice to mask indoors.  We encourage all of you to continue acting with charity and compassion in order to protect our vulnerable parishioners, as you have done so far during the pandemic.

Individuals experiencing symptoms are strongly called upon to isolate themselves, to take a rapid test, and follow the instructions that apply in such cases.  
 



Look ahead to the parish’s future with the Visioning Committee!
If you have hopes, dreams, and expectations for the parish’s future, please speak to Fr Robert or send him an email to join the next meeting of the Parish Visioning Committee, which is happening on Thursday, May 19th at 7:00pm (location TBD).  


Jump back into The Chosen!
Information, including how to register:  https://bit.ly/3yB0ogy
Fr Raymond Lafontaine and his team at the Office of English Pastoral Services return on May 18th with the next instalment of Fr Raymond’s synodal exploration of The Chosen.  Journey with Catholics all over the Archdiocese to discover how the First Disciples can inspire change and reignite your faith!


Joyful noise for a good cause:  L’Air du Temps, a Cathedral Concert featuring Gregory Charles OC
Saturday, May 28th at 7:30pm ($50) – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Known for his stage presence, energy, creativity, and dedication to Canada’s performing arts and culture, musician Gregory Charles lends his talents to the Permanent Diaconite of Montreal with this benefit concert.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/37u939q



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Soul Health: Special Edition

 Dear Parishioners and Friends,


 

Parishioners of St Thomas More are invited to this event to see what a parish can look like when it takes the mission of discipleship to heart, and to learn how this unique, first-in-Canada Missionary Partnership, between St Ignatius and St Willibrord, might impact life at St Thomas More as mentioned by Fr Robert in Sunday’s homily. 

This is an excellent opportunity to witness the gifts of the Holy Spirit bearing fruit in humble, mission-oriented disciples – we look forward to seeing you there!

 


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Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly +

 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Soul Health LXXVII

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 

Father Robert’s Sermon Series on Discipleship continues this week!  

Last week, we kept in mind that our is a Living Faith, and to imagine what our parish could look like if we took that to heart and brought it into all we do here. This week, as we continue to discern how we are called to be disciples and the ways we might fulfil that calling, let’s also remember to surrender ourselves to Christ in the knowledge and trust of what has been promised to us through his Resurrection. 

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Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, May 7 to May 13:
Saturday, May 7:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, May 8:  For All Mothers, living and deceased
Tuesday, May 10:  John & Joan Purcell by Their Estate 
Thursday, May 12:  Maureen DesRoche by Maureen Dearden


There’s nothing like a mother’s love…
…so honor yours on Sunday, May 8!  As is our tradition, we will remember all our mothers, living and deceased, at the 9:30am Mass.  Those who wish to make a special donation in honor of their mothers can use the white envelopes available at the back of the church – please write your envelope number or name on yours, and drop it in the regular collection on May 8. 

Saying Goodbye to one of the Greats 
Click here to read the Archbishop’s homily from the State Funeral of Guy Lafleur earlier this week:  https://bit.ly/37jnnRP

It includes this memory of Guy Lafleur as a joyful giver: "St. Paul tells us: “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Guy had received much, and his joy was to give in return and to share joy with fans and the general public. His humility made him a team player, always close to the people, accessible and attentive."  Doesn't this sound like the same kind of generosity we are called to extend to others as followers of Christ?

Christ in every mind that googles him:  Have you met Blessed Carlo Acutis?
Travelling Exhibition:  The Eucharistic Miracles of the World
April 25 – May 13 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
More info, including a schedule of the exhibit and guided tours, is available at  
https://bit.ly/3K0nEX7


If you’re a young person in the Church who's ever felt like the Saints are unrelatable individuals from the distant past, Carlo Acutis might just change your mind based on this small fact:  he’s on the path to sainthood and knew how to use the Internet!  In fact, if Blessed Carlo Acutis was still alive today he would be 31 years old – which makes him a saint not just for our times, but truly of our times!  His love for Christ and his desire for to bring Christ to others through the Eucharist formed the foundation of his life’s work:  an online catalog of Eucharistic Miracles compiled through his internet research, and a travelling exhibit of these miracles to bring the world face to face with the real presence of Christ, currently on display in Montreal at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral.  

Still not sure if he’s really such an important Saint for the Church of today?  This article has some thought-provoking insights from Louise Normandeau, who is responsible for the exhibit in Quebec: https://bit.ly/3L1QPd7 

Unite in prayer with Youth on retreat!
The Montreal Catholic Challenge Movement is coming to Verdun this weekend.  From Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8, offer up your prayers for these young people to have encounters with Christ and with living faith! 

Learn more about the Challenge Movement and keep an eye out for future retreats and events at  https://www.montrealchallenge.ca/



Joyful noise for a good cause:  L’Air du Temps, a Cathedral Concert featuring Gregory Charles OC
Saturday, May 28th at 7:30pm ($50) – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Known for his stage presence, energy, creativity, and dedication to Canada’s performing arts and culture, musician Gregory Charles lends his talents to the Permanent Diaconite of Montreal with this benefit concert.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/37u939q


"Wash your sins, not just your face"…
…is the translation of a quirky Greek inscription on a holy water font outside the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (see below)!  Blessing yourself with holy water upon entering and exiting a church is an old tradition in our faith, and it’s finally returned to our parish at all the church entrances!  If you’d like to have holy water at home, you can fill a small container from the metal holy water font by the doors heading down to the Hall. 


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Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, April 29, 2022

Soul Health LXXVI

Dear Parishioners and Friends,


Starting next Sunday and continuing throughout the Easter Season, Father Robert will be doing a Sermon Series on the topic of Discipleship. This month's hymn selections will also pick up on this theme, and you are encouraged to sing along! More so than singing, though, you are also encouraged to intentionally reflect on all that you hear through the homilies and hymns this month, and to listen intently for God's call to you.

As we progress through Eastertide towards Pentecost, consider the ways in which your spiritual growth can help our parish bear more fruit. After all, ours is a Living Faith – imagine what our parish could look like if we took that to heart and brought it into all we do here!


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Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, April 30 to May 7:

Saturday, April 30: Gaetan Berube by Maureen Dearden

Sunday, May 1st: For All Parishioners, followed by Coffee Hour in the Hall

Tuesday, May 3rd: Anniversary of Kenneth Warren by Bill & Denise

Thursday, May 5th: For the intentions of Jasper Corcoran by His Parents


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Calling All Parish Youth!

The Montreal Catholic Challenge Movement is coming to Verdun next weekend! Fr. Robert encourages others to join some of our parish young people taking up this great opportunity. Speak to him for more info!

You can also earn more about Challenge and register for the retreat at https://www.montrealchallenge.ca/


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Father Stu packs a cinematic and spiritual punch

Mark Wahlberg’s latest movie, Father Stu, is now in theatres! With a 95% audience rating, the true story of boxer-turned-priest Father Stuart Long is a powerful film of providence and redemption. You are invited to join Fr. Robert and Nancy and friends this Sunday at 4:30pm downtown for the movie followed by dinner out afterwards. Please speak to them for details by calling the Saint Thomas More parish office (514-768-4741).


Bishop Robert Barron also sat down with Mark Wahlberg to discuss the film, and you can join the conversation at https://youtu.be/4tcaz3Xo_2c!


"Wash your sins, not just your face"…

…is the translation of a quirky Greek inscription on a holy water font outside the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (see below)! Blessing yourself with holy water upon entering and exiting a church is an old tradition in our faith, and it’s finally returned to our parish. Holy water is available at all the church entrances. If you’d like to have holy water at home, you can fill a small container from the metal holy water font by the doors heading down to the Hall.



There’s nothing like a mother’s love…

…so honor yours on Sunday, May 8th! As is our tradition, we will remember all our mothers, living and deceased, at the 9:30am Mass. Those who wish to make a special donation in honor of their mothers can use the white envelopes available at the back of the church – please write your envelope number or name on yours, and drop it in the regular collection on May 8th.


Praying for you!

Fr Robert is renewing his prayer list! Parishioners are invited to send the first names of up to six of their nearest and dearest to have them added to Fr Robert’s daily prayers. Lists can be sent to Fr Robert or to the parish office.


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The Life’s Work of the First Millennial Saint is coming to Montreal!

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

April 25 – May 13 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral


Blessed Carlo Acutis (May 3rd 1991 – October 12th 2006) was an amateur programmer best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles on his website before his death from leukemia. Beatified in October 2020, he is the first person of the Millennial generation to be on the path to Sainthood, and is the patron of programmers and youth. The travelling exhibition of his life’s work - which will be of particular interest to youth! - will be on display at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral from April 25 to May 13, with opportunities for guided tours and presentations as well as a special Mass to venerate Blessed Carlo’s relic. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3K0nEX7


Joyful noise for a good cause: L’Air du Temps, a Cathedral Concert featuring Gregory Charles OC

Saturday, May 28th at 7:30pm ($50) – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral


Known for his stage presence, energy, creativity, and dedication to Canada’s performing arts and culture, musician Gregory Charles lends his talents to the Permanent Diaconite of Montreal with this benefit concert. For more information visit https://bit.ly/37u939q


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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly+



Friday, April 22, 2022

Soul Health LXXV

Dear Parishioners and Friends,


The Holy Triduum of 2022 was a beautiful experience for our parish, sharing liturgies with Saint Willibrord and Notre Dame de la Garde. Father Raymond Lafontaine, Episcopal Vicar, presided at our Easter Vigil, where we also welcomed a new sister in Christ through Baptism, and then celebrated three adult First Communions and five adult Confirmations.


Starting next Sunday and continuing throughout the Easter Season, Father Robert will be doing a Sermon Series on the topic of Discipleship. As we move through the Easter Season towards Pentecost, let us not abandon the spiritual efforts we made throughout Lent. Instead, let’s reflect on what we cultivated during our Lenten Disciplines – what’s taken root and what can bear more fruit throughout this joyful Eastertide? How can we follow the Risen Lord through this season and truly live in him?


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Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, April 9 to April 15:

Saturday, April 23rd – 4:00pm: Communion Service

Sunday, April 24th – 9:30am: For All Parishioners

Tuesday, April 26th – 11:00am: Anniversary of Dave & Eileen Watson by Bil & Dense

Thursday, April 28th – 11:00am: Florence Douglas by Ann Foran


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The Life’s Work of the First Millennial Saint is coming to Montreal!

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Exhibition: The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

April 25 – May 13 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral


Blessed Carlo Acutis (May 3rd 1991 – October 12th 2006) was an amateur programmer best known for documenting Eucharistic miracles on his website before his death from leukemia. Beatified in October 2020, he is the first person of the Millennial generation to be on the path to Sainthood, and is the patron of programmers and youth. The travelling exhibition of his life’s work - which will be of particular interest to youth! - will be on display at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral from April 25 to May 13, with opportunities for guided tours and presentations as well as a special Mass to venerate Blessed Carlo’s relic. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3K0nEX7


Calling All Parish Youth!

The Montreal Catholic Challenge Movement is coming to St Willibrord Parish, Friday May 6th to Sunday May 8th and invites parish youth between the ages of 18 to 30 to join them for an encounter with Christ alongside other young people journeying in faith! Learn more about Challenge and register for the retreat at https://www.montrealchallenge.ca/

 


Joyful noise for a good cause: L’Air du Temps, a Cathedral Concert featuring Gregory Charles OC

Saturday, May 28th at 7:30pm ($50) – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral


Known for his stage presence, energy, creativity, and dedication to Canada’s performing arts and culture, musician Gregory Charles lends his talents to the Permanent Diaconite of Montreal with this benefit concert. For more information visit https://bit.ly/37u939q


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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly+



Friday, April 15, 2022

Soul Health: Good Friday & Easter From the Foot of the Cross to the Empty Tomb

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The Holy Triduum has begun. After a beautiful Mass of the Lord's Supper yesterday, celebrated with Saint Willibrord and Notre Dame de la Garde, we journey today to stand in sorrow at the foot of the Cross. Our faith, hope, and love will bring us to rejoice at Christ's empty tomb at Easter.


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Today: Good Friday

Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

- 1:00pm at Saint Thomas More

- 3:00pm at Saint Willibrord followed by the Way of the Sorrowful Mother at 4:00pm


Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence

Fasting: One full meal during the day. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but their combined amount should not be equal to that of a full meal. The norms of fasting are obligatory for Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59, unless exempted due to medical circumstances.


Abstinence: No meat may be consumed. Seafood, dairy, and eggs are permitted. The norms of abstinence are obligatory for Catholics above the age of 14.


Easter Vigil

Saturday, 8:00pm at Saint Willibrord Parish (351 Willibrord, Verdun)

Joint Mass for St Thomas More and St Willibrord with Father Raymond Lafontaine, Episcopal Vicar, presiding


Over the last year, including during the season of Lent, seven adults from the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun have been preparing to receive Sacraments of Initiation this Easter! Please keep them in your prayers this weekend and all through the Easter season: Jennifer, Yvonne, Joey, Jessica, Sara, Gael, and Sergio.


Easter Sunday Mass

9:30am - Offered for all parishioners


The Octave of Easter

Monday, April 18: 11:00am - John & Joan Purcell by Their Estate

Tuesday, April 19: Communion Service

Thursday, April 21: 11:00am - Linda De Paolo by Wally & Rose Gregory

Saturday, April 22: 4:00pm - Communion Service


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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +



Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Soul Health, Special Edition: Immerse Yourselves in Holy Week!

Dear Parishioners and Friends,


As Our Lord enters the Holy City, let us enter with him and journey through Holy Week to the foot of the Cross. Our full Holy Week schedule is below, so you can plan a fruitful and grace-filled week!


Tonight at Saint Willibrord Parish: Reconcile yourself to God through Confession, and follow Christ into the tomb through Tenebrae


351 Willibrord, Verdun - 7:30pm


You can learn more about Tenebrae by reading this article: https://bit.ly/3O6bXS4 -- but why stop there? After the Reconciliation Liturgy at 7:30pm, join fellow parishioners of the English Roman


Catholic Parishes of Verdun tonight to experience Tenebrae yourself, where all will be led in prayer by Professor Brian Butcher through this ancient and beautiful liturgy.


To help prepare for Confession before Easter, the USCCB has a selection of Examinations of Conscience available here: https://bit.ly/35tOaKe


Listen to a parishioner’s testimony of the impact the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the St Willibrord homepage (scroll down to the section “Why go to Confession?” and hit play): https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/



Tonight: Religious Roots of the War in Ukraine, by our very own Professor Brian Butcher This free event at the McGill School of Religious Studies focuses on East Slavic history with special attention given to the determinative role that the Orthodox and Byzantine-Rite Catholic communities have played therein. All are welcome to join Dr Brian Butcher and Rev Dr Ihor Sutash to pray, learn and discuss. A collection will be taken to support relief efforts in the war zone.



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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +



Friday, April 8, 2022

Soul Health LXXIV

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As Our Lord enters the Holy City, let us enter with him and journey through Holy Week to the foot of the Cross. A full Holy Week schedule is included below to help you plan a fruitful and grace-filled week!


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Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, April 9 to April 15:


Saturday, April 9 – 2:00pm: Stations of the Cross;  2:30pm: Reconciliation Liturgy and Confessions; 4:00pm: Mass, offered for all Parishioners

Sunday, April 10 (Palm Sunday) – 9:30am: Brendan Stephen Abraham by John Abraham

Tuesday, April 12 – 11:00am: Anniversary of Mary Cameron by Bill & Denise

Thursday, April 14 – There is no 11:00am Mass on Thursday, April 15




To help prepare for Confession before Easter, the USCCB has a selection of Examinations of Conscience available here: https://bit.ly/35tOaKe


Listen to a parishioner’s testimony of the impact the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the St Willibrord homepage (scroll down to the section “Why go to Confession?” and hit play): https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/


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Support & Solidarity


A thousand words of thanks!

A heartfelt thank you to all who contributed to Annual Development and Peace Collection last weekend! Through your generosity, our parish's contribution amounted to $1,016.50 for Development & Peace. You can still make a contribution using in the blue maintenance envelope for April and dropping it in the regular collection.


Religious Roots of the War in Ukraine, by our very own Professor Brian Butcher


This free event at the McGill School of Religious Studies, focuses on East Slavic history with special attention given to the determinative role that the Orthodox and Byzantine-Rite Catholic communities have played therein. All are welcome to join Dr Brian Butcher and Rev Dr Ihor Sutash to pray, learn and discuss. A collection will be taken to support relief efforts in the war zone.



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Do Some Good on Good Friday!


Annual Holy Land Collection

The Good Friday Collection is requested by the Holy See to help maintain the Christian sites of the Holy Land and to support the Church in the pastoral, educational, and social works that contribute to a sustained Christian presence in the land where Jesus the Christ once walked. Envelope users are asked to use the envelope in their set.


Roll up a sleeve and give blood with the Archbishop

Help the Archdiocese achieve its goal of 50 donors at the Good Friday Blood Drive! For more information, including how to check your eligibility as a potential donor, click here: https://bit.ly/3v3nYz9


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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +



Friday, April 1, 2022

Soul Health LXXIII

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

It's a new month, and the end of Lent is fast approaching! As we welcome spring, let's also prepare ourselves to welcome the Lord in just a couple of weeks by continuing our Lenten Disciplines and giving ourselves joyfully in service to those around us.


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Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, April 2 to April 9:

Saturday, April 2nd – 4:00pm: For all Parishioners

Sunday, April 3rd – 9:30am: Adolf Scweighart by Ione Thompson

Tuesday, April 5th – 11:00am: Anniversary of Mr Vincenzo Nudo by His Family

Thursday, April 7th – 11:00am: Anniversary of Elphege Poirier by Bill & Denise


Liturgy Schedule for Saturday, April 9th:

- 2:00pm: Stations of the Cross

- 2:30pm: Reconciliation Liturgy

- 4:00pm: Mass - Offered for all Parishioners

            A full Holy Week schedule is at the bottom of this email

Last week on the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This will be the subject of this week's homily, so you are encouraged to read or listen to the Pope's Consecration Prayer before Mass this weekend.

- Read the Consecration Prayer here: https://bit.ly/37RqqAy

- Watch Pope Francis pray it here: https://youtu.be/D01YrVweSMk


To help prepare for Confession before Easter, the USCCB has a selection of Examinations of Conscience available here: https://bit.ly/35tOaKe


Listen to a parishioner’s testimony of the impact the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the St Willbrord homepage (scroll down to the section “Why go to Confession?” and hit play): https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/


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For the People and the Planet: Upcoming Special Collection

The annual Development & Peace collection for Share Lent will be taken up as a Second Collection this weekend using the blue Maintenance envelopes in the boxed sets. If you don’t use boxed sets, extra envelopes are available at the back of the church for you to make a contribution.

The Share Lent theme this year is “People & Planet First” and for more information, visit the Share Lent 2022 Campaign page.


Make a gift of yourself to others!

Sharing your time, talent, and treasure, and contribute to the needs of God’s people. Contact the Parish Office to let us know how you can help, and let your light shine!


Time: If you’re already attending Mass, why not take a small leap of faith into volunteering? Make a gift of your time by volunteering for Coffee Hour, taking up the collection, or greeting at the door.


Talent: Combine the gift of time with something you love doing, and contribute your talent to our parish! These could be: reading at Mass, assisting with various technological needs, or baking something delicious to share at Coffee Hour!


Treasure: The weekly collection is an incredibly important resource for the parish, and your contributions to it support our various programs and efforts to serve our parish and our community.


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Spiritual Support & Solidarity

The Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican had its final meeting with Pope Francis today, wrapping up a week of working towards reconciliation. Watch the replay here: https://youtu.be/jroi4ATEEjU


Free Concert! A Harmonious Evening with Harmonie

Harmonie Richelieu de Verdun is performing a free concert at St Thomas More on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm. A goodwill offering is most welcome, and will be taken up at the concert.


Celebrating a Decade of the Archbishop's Dedication and Service


In case you missed the celebration of the Archbishop’s 10th Anniversary, you can read the address from the Papal Representative here: https://bit.ly/3K0ds1B


Roll up a sleeve and give blood with the Archbishop!

Help the Archdiocese achieve its goal of 50 donors at the Good Friday Blood Drive! For more information, including how to check your eligibility as a potential donor, click here: https://bit.ly/3v3nYz9


Calling All Youth!

The next Challenge Retreat is a month away, but we know your schedules fill up quickly so we wanted to let you know all about it now!

 



Do any of these photos ring a bell for you?

Montreal has seemingly countless churches, and we invite you to explore La Ville au Cent Clochers (the City of 100 Belltowers) on Facebook to make their virtual acquaintance: https://www.facebook.com/LaVilleAuxCentClochers/


Perhaps, you might even consider visiting a new church in person as part of a Lenten pilgrimage within the city!

 
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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +




Friday, March 25, 2022

Soul Health LXXI

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We passed the halfway mark for Lent this week! Have you encountered the Lord on your journey to Easter yet, or do you still feel like you are wandering?

In the last half of the Lenten Season, we encourage you all to continue your Lenten Disciplines and to explore the opportunities below to continue cultivating your holy ground so that at Easter you may harvest the fruits of Lent, and truly taste and see that the Lord is good!


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Regular Mass Schedule & Intentions for the week of March 26 – April 1, 2022:

Saturday, March 26th – 4:00pm: For all Parishioners

Sunday, March 27th – 9:30am: Andy Thompson, Sr., by His Wife & Family

Tuesday, March 29th – 11:00am: Tom Hendricks by Eileen Ford

Thursday, March 31st – 11:00am: Beatrice & Reg Gilhuly by Ann Foran


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For the People and the Planet: Upcoming Special Collection

The annual Development & Peace collection for Share Lent will be taken up as a Second Collection next weekend (April 2nd-3rd) using the blue Maintenance envelopes in the boxed sets. If you don’t use boxed sets, extra envelopes are available at the back of the church for you to make a contribution.

The Share Lent theme this year is “People & Planet First” and for more information, visit the Share Lent 2022 Campaign page.


Support the parish with your time, talent, and treasure!

Time: If you’re already attending Mass, why not take a small leap of faith into volunteering? Make a gift of your time by volunteering for Coffee Hour, taking up the collection, or greeting at the door.

Talent: Combine the gift of time with something you love doing, and contribute your talent to our parish! These could be: reading at Mass, assisting with various technological needs, or baking something delicious to share at Coffee Hour!

Sharing your time and talent contributes to the needs of God’s people so contact the Parish Office to let us know how you can help, and let your light shine!

Treasure: The weekly collection is an incredibly important resource for the parish, and your contributions to it support our various programs and efforts to serve our parish and our community.

For parishioners who prefer to be paperless, regular or one-time donations can also be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/50630. Canada Helps is a secure online platform that’s a good alternative to envelopes for parishioners who cannot easily get to the parish to drop off their donations, or even for those who wish to go paperless.


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Spiritual Support & Solidarity: Ways to Unite in Prayer with the Church Worldwide

From the Vatican: Act of Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to Our Lady

Click here for Pope Francis' Act of Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to Our Lady, shared to unite the world in prayer today on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.


A Conversation with Sr Marie-Laure Simon, CND


In-person event at the Newman Centre – March 26th 2022, 2:30pm-4:00pm

Come to the Newman Centre at McGill (3484 Peel) and learn from 94-year-old Mohawk CND Sister Marie-Laure Simon, who founded and ran the Wampum Centre for over 25 years to provide a space for discussion and learning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Register by emailing francois.lepine-cossette@mail.mcgill.ca


Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See

In solidarity with the Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle has developed two resources to help Canadian Catholics unite in prayer for reconciliation and for the members of the Delegation meeting with Pope Francis from March 28th – April 1st.

Download the prayer card for the intercessions of Our Lady of Guadalupe here, and read more about the Sacred Fire prayer initiative here.


Click here for more information on the Delegation to the Holy See.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.


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Our Lord did retreats too – consider doing one this Lent!

Lenten Encounters: A Day Retreat at Mission Marie Auxilatrice, March 26th 2022 from 10:30am-4:30pm ($20 registration)

8555 boul Maurice Duplessis, Rivière des Prairies H1E 4C3


Led by Jesuit priest Father Kevin Kelly SJ and Spiritual Director Dina Amicone, this day retreat on March 26th 2022 at Mission Marie Auxiliatrice will provide you an opportunity to explore how God meets us in our isolation to lead us into renewal and hope. Register at https://bit.ly/3wAV6ka and bring your Bible, notepad, pen, and a packed lunch!


Enhance & enliven your golden years with the Pillars Trust Fund!

Last summer and fall, the Pillars Trust Fund and the English-Speaking Catholic Council hosted a series of in-person information and social sessions for older Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. Facilitated by knowledgeable and engaging experts, these workshops provided a safe and supportive space for seniors to learn more about topics such as Mental Health & Aging, Navigating the Health & Social Service System, and Re-location.

Pillars and the ESCC would now like to expand the number of parishes where workshops are offered and plan for events to be hosted in the spring 2022.

To gauge the level of interest and to ensure that the topics are of interest to our community, please take few minutes to complete this questionnaire.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna Farrow at escc@bellnet.ca or 514-937-2301 ex. 256


Do any of these photos ring a bell for you?

Montreal has seemingly countless churches, and we invite you to explore La Ville au Cent Clochers (the City of 100 Belltowers) on Facebook to make their virtual acquaintance: https://www.facebook.com/LaVilleAuxCentClochers/

Perhaps, you might even consider visiting a new church in person as part of a Lenten pilgrimage within the city!


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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +



Friday, March 18, 2022

Soul Health LXXI

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

During the season of Lent, Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving help us cultivate holy ground within our hearts - the spiritual ground in which the seeds of Faith, Hope, and Charity are planted, so that we may bear much fruit for God.

Although giving during the Lenten season is often talked about in terms of donating money, remember that we are all called to give not just of our treasure, but of our time and talent as well. Consider making a gift of your time and talent by contributing to Coffee Hour either by setting up or by bringing goodies to share with your fellow parishioners!


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Regular Mass Schedule & Intentions for the week of March 19-25, 2022

Saturday, March 19th – 4:00pm: For all Parishioners

Sunday, March 20th – 9:30am: Adolf Schweighart by Mr & Mrs Denis Hebert

Tuesday, March 22nd – 11:00am: Anniversary of William Warren by Bill & Denise

Thursday, March 24th – 11:00am: Anniversary of Hugh McGlynn by His Family


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Help Wanted

The parish is in need of a part-time skilled handyman to help with maintenance and small repairs. This position will provide occasional work with compensation based on skills. For more information, please contact Father Robert by calling the parish office or emailing him at vicarofverdun@gmail.com


Ways to Give: The Weekly Collection!

The weekly collection is an incredibly important resource for the parish, and your contributions to it support our various programs and efforts to serve our parish and our community.

For parishioners who prefer to be paperless, regular or one-time donations can also be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/50630. Canada Helps is a secure online platform that’s a good alternative to envelopes for parishioners who cannot easily get to the parish to drop off their donations, or even for those who wish to go paperless.


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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Archbishop Christian Lépine!

Sunday March 20th, 2:00pm at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral


On this milestone anniversary of Most Rev. Christian Lépine’s appointment as Archbishop, the Archdiocese of Montreal extends an invitation to all to a Mass of Thanksgiving at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (downtown, at the intersection of Mansfield and René-Lévesque).


Unite in Prayer! Supporting the Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See

Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

In solidarity with the Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle has developed two resources to help Canadian Catholics unite in prayer for reconciliation and for the members of the Delegation meeting with Pope Francis between March 28th and April 1st, 2022.

Download the prayer card for the intercessions of Our Lady of Guadalupe here, and read more about the Sacred Fire prayer initiative here.

Click here for more information on the Delegation to the Holy See.


Just how many church belltowers does Montreal have, anyway?

Certainly more than 100 - but we invite you to explore La Ville au Cent Clochers (the City of 100 Belltowers) all the same! Consider visiting a new church as part of a Lenten pilgrimage, and with all the churches in Montreal you don’t have to go far, either! Check out La Ville au Cent Clochers on Facebook to make their virtual acquaintance: https://www.facebook.com/LaVilleAuxCentClochers/


Called to be peacemakers: Messages from the Pope & the Archbishop

Click here for Pope Francis' latest address and prayer for peace in Ukraine, from his General Audience this Wednesday.

Click here to read the Archbishop’s letter to the Catholics of Montreal, in which he invites each one of us to “fast and pray for peace in Ukraine, for victims of the attacks, the soldiers, the civilians, and the bereaved families.”


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Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +