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Monday, October 4, 2021

Soul Health LI (51)

Feast of St. Francis today, our Pope's chosen name; 
Opportunities this month for Couples, Youth, Men...

Starting tomorrow evening, monthly, for couples: Couch Talks


The Center for Marriage, Life and Family of our Diocese is hosting a marriage enrichment series.


Looking to rekindle your love?


Join us for 6 fun and interactive virtual meetings this year (8-9:30pm) where we will share our ideas on happiness, communication, parenting, intimacy, work life balance and holiness in marriage.

For more information and to register, please click here.
These sessions are free, but pre-registration is required.
 
Join us for the first session on Tuesday October 5!

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For Young adults -- in our parish!!




For more details, contact me. As a former Challenge chaplain, I highly recommend this day. Often great friendships are made. Did I say highly?

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A day for Men, also hosted by our parish October 30:


Catholic author and speaker Patrick Sullivan guides men through the Bible

 


I hope to see you there!

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Great article on today's Saint, Francis. It becomes clearer why our Pope chose to be the first Pope Francis.

St. Francis, pray for us.


Sung weeknight mass! That's right -- Wednesday 7pm at St. Willibrord's rectory chapel, with our impressive cantor Professor Brian.


Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, September 30, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Government of Canada has declared September 30 a day of Truth and Reconciliation with our indigenous sisters and brothers.


Participate:


1- Join a West Island parish livestream this evening, a Mass in solidarity with our fellow citizens from 7-8 pm, for adoration, music, readings and prayers with the participation of some indigenous parishioners.


2- Truth and reconciliation: A reflection by Connor Sarazin


What is the meaning behind Truth and Reconciliation? It is all about discovering and revealing governments’ past wrongdoings. With the truth revealed, repairing and establishing a respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada can move forward.


Many people say that it wasn’t them, their children or their parents who were responsible for the Residential Schools so why are they being made to feel guilty about it? I believe the point is being completely missed....(Read Connor's thoughts and check out the further resources.)


3- See this week’s Canadian Bishops’ “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples

4- The bishops are also pledging $30 million for healing and reconciliation initiatives.

5- This evening: Blessing of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Statue

Archbishop Christian Lépine will bless a new statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha to be erected in Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. The community is invited to pray to St. Kateri for truth and reconciliation this evening at 7:30 p.m. You may also follow the celebration live online.

6- Check out this beautiful and moving video, “Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism,” by the Knights of Columbus.

7- Our parish wardens have agreed to offer our space toward Healing and Reconciliation. The first event will be November 3 -- look for details in October on how to join.


Monday, September 27, 2021

Soul Health L


What's with the L? ... Roman numeral for 50

This is the 50th parish email. Soul Health began during the pandemic as a means of reaching out to parishioners. Do encourage others to sign up!


SINGING AT MASS


Diocesan Guideline now permits Congregational singing while masked!

Join in singing the parts of the mass with Paul and Angela -- let's join the angel's choirs and be heard in heaven.

"She who sings once, prays twice" -- St. Augustine

Sung weeknight mass! That's right -- Wednesday 7pm at St. Willibrord's rectory chapel, with our impressive cantor Professor Brian.

This week, the splendid music for the Feast of the Archangels!


We've hired a full-time PASTORAL ASSOCIATE!



We are pleased to announce that jointly with St. Willibrord's Parish the hiring of Angela Olaguera (our Sunday cantor) as our new Pastoral Associate. Angela is a young Mom and devoted Catholic. She will be responsible for Adult and Family Formation Education, as well as communication. Please pray for Angela as she begins her new ministry.


Speaking of which....


FAMILY FAITH FORMATION & SYCAMORE PROGRAM
start up again this week online

Sycamore Program will resume on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. All are welcome to join.

Family Faith Formation for Sacramental preparation will resume on Saturday at 10am

For more information please or to sign up contact the office or speak to Fr. Robert.

Diocesan events and information are available the Grapevine newsletter

May your Autumn be Blessed in Christ,


Father Robert+


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIX

The Holy Eucharist:


This weekend is the last of the Gospel from John 6 -- “The Bread of Life” discourse. And thus the last of our 4-part sermon series on The Eucharist.

You can watch the previous three at:

July 25, beginning at 14:30

August 1, beginning at 16:30

August 8, beginning at 30:00

Upcoming Funeral


This Saturday 21 August at 11:30am for Maureen Neville; visitation at 10:30am

We're Hiring...


...a full-time Pastoral Associate, jointly with St. Willibrord's, mostly for Adult and Family Faith Formation. Must have a love of Jesus Christ and a desire to share that. Email the office for a job description. Applications close Friday next week.


Take 30 seconds with St. John Eudes


Today is the feast of this 17th century priest who legacy includes this beautiful Prayer to the Sacred Heart, which expresses our aspiration to holiness:

O Heart all loveable and all loving of my Savior, be the Heart of my heart,

the Soul of my soul, the Spirit of my spirit, the Life of my life

and the sole principle of all my thoughts, words and actions,

of all the faculties of my soul and of all my senses, both interior and exterior. 

Amen.


A simple authentic formula for happiness...


...is found near the end of this brief, inspiring interview. (My quietly joyful brother Brian of beloved memory, suffered and died from the same disease).

Also:


1- Those in Family Faith Formation will be emailed shortly with re-starting date and details.

2- Get the latest Diocesan news and updates on Haiti

3- The September Magnificat is in for those who ordered it.

4- We are grateful to Notre-Dame de la Garde which has installed a stair lift at the Bannantyne entrance to make our Church accessible. It should be operational next week. Spread the news.

5- With more people able to return to mass, our livestream from St. Willibrord's will not continue after the end of this month.


May the rest of your August be Blessed in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Soul Health XXXXVIII

The Eucharist? Mass? Holy Communion?

Once again this weekend the Gospel is from John 6 -- “The Bread of Life” discourse. Come to understand The Eucharist, as we continue with the 3rd of our 4-part sermon series on The Eucharist. You might read John 6 (10 minutes) prior to each Mass to best prepare. You can watch the previous two at:

- July 25, beginning at 14:30

- August 1, beginning at 16:30


Wonderful Interruption of the Series!

The weekend after this, the sermon series will be wonderfully interrupted! The Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, 15 August, falls on a Sunday this year. The subsequent week concludes The Bread of Life series.


Upcoming Funerals

On Friday 13 August at 12:30pm for Adolf Schweighart; visitation at 11:30am

On Saturday 21 August at 11:30am for Maureen Neville; visitation at 10:30am


Summer greetings from The Pillars Trust...

...which has tangibly supported our parish. Past President Michael Kieran sits down for a 5-minute interview with new President Megan Marinos. Together they chat about the history of Pillars and our vision going forward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPZ1MeOp6iI


Also:

1- Sign up for a free virtual conference August 12-15 for catechists, but also for parents and anyone interested in transmitting the faith.

2- We are still working out details of autumn programming; we will continue to offer Sycamore and Family Faith Formation. Your thoughts are most welcome.

3- Check out the Grapevine newsletter summer edition

4- Your generosity continues to abound: despite the pandemic, your offerings came within 2% ($600) of the projected budget for the first 1/2 of 2021. Please keep up your givings during the summer so we don't fall behind.

May the rest of your summer be Blessed in Christ,

Father Robert+

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXXVII

Event tomorrow: As our parish emerges from the pandemic, we are called to pray and think about renewing our mission. An important next step:

Creating a culture of invitation and making missionary disciples

This is precisely the focus of tomorrow's webinar with Fr. Justin, an amazingly dynamic priest in Vancouver who has taught me quite a bit. Get on board -- Join me tomorrow afternoon:

Click here to register for the live event on Thursday, July 15 at 1pm

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Thanks to all who pitched to open our basement last month to refugees and the public to take whatever goods they could use. This was a tremendous service to those in need and the community at large.

By donations we also raised over $2500

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SACRAMENTS

Parishioners who have questions or would like information on the

Sacraments and preparation for:

Baptism

First Communion

Confirmation

Marriage

Reconciliation (Confession)

Are asked to speak to Fr. Robert or contact the parish office at 514-768-4741 or email: sttm1944@gamil.com

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- Read Catholic Action Montreal’s latest newsletter

- Take the 30-day Gospel Challenge with Jonathan Roumie (“The Chosen”).

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Upcoming concert in Verdun!

Tchaikovsky and others by candlelight

At L’église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs

Details: https://feverup.com/m/100763

Also, they have 3 free photo exhibits this summer in the church, including:

Verdun vu par des Verdunois

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Soul Health XXXXVI

"Renewing fellowship with Indigenous peoples"

I offer this special invitation to join me this evening online at 7pm

-- giving of yourself by simply listening --

toward reconciliation and healing with the Indigenous peoples of this land


This presentation will be hosted by our friends at St. Thomas à Becket Parish, who'll be welcoming David Acco, a member of Métis Nation, and his wife, Julie Lepage, member of the Nipissing-Ojibway First Nation. David and Julie are long-time faithful parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Laval.

This presentation will include a Q & A period, as well as a time for prayer.

To join at 7pm this eve, click Zoom presentation

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** I am renewing my summer prayer list **


Please send me or the Office first names of those you would like me to either newly or continue to pray for daily.

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Check out Two minute video: Bishop Barron on returning to Mass.

As we look towards renewed commitment to Jesus Christ in the Mass,some wisdom from another Montreal parish: Drive-up Communion on Sunday is now suspended, as there is no reason virtually everybody cannot return to Mass in person. There is almost no COVID in the province at present, almost everyone in church is partially or fully vaccinated, and we are very meticulous in our precautions. May we take to heart the words we have been saying every week in the prayer for an end to the pandemic: “Let us not be afraid, but rather entrust our life into the care of our Divine Physician.” Attending Mass are very elderly people, some fighting cancer, immunocompromised people, and they all feel safe because of our protocols.

For individual special cases, call us as always to arrange pastoral home care.

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Upcoming concert in Verdun! 
 
Tchaikovsky and others by candlelight 
 
At L’église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 
 


Also, they have 3 free photo exhibits this summer in the church, including:


Verdun vu par des Verdunois
 
 
Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Soul Health XXXXV

The recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School


of 215 unmarked child graves should horrify us as Canadians and as Christian believers:

- Statement from the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
 
- The 50 Catholic Religious Organizations and Dioceses responsible for the Residential Schools: 1991 Apology reported on the Aboriginal Peoples TV Network: why "it’s not appropriate" for either the CCCB or the Pope to issue and apology (concurred with by the current AFN National Chief, and former Chief Phil Fontaine, himself a residential school survivor)

Pray for the children who lost their lives at the Kamloops school, for the aboriginal peoples of this their land, and that we may be ministers of healing and reconciliation.


PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM (Psalm 122:2)

Join me next week in looking at the root causes of the conflict:


 

You are invited to a discussion:

Amplifying the voice of the
Jerusalem Church and Palestinian Christians

Facilitated by Catholic Action

When: Jun 10, 2021 07:00-8:15 PM Eastern Time


https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldO2vrDMiHdR7xiqqDt1QsA8uvZi9vpbd

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing info about joining the meeting.



Parish basement clearout this Saturday

take everything and make a donation

9am - 3pm; Bring your friends!



Solemnity of Corpus Christi -- The Body of Christ

Last weekend of 4 Masses



- The weekend of June 12/13 we will return to our former schedule: 4pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday masses only
 
- As 100 people will be permitted, no pre-registration will be required



Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered

30 minutes prior to each mass



Weekday Masses continue to be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am

in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us together give thanks for the Gift of the Holy Eucharist,

which binds us together as one people across many nations.

Father Robert+


Friday, May 21, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIV

4 days left to sign up for our exciting new

Adult Faith enrichment series:

The acclaimed Sycamore programme

- is for adults wishing to grow in their Catholic faith.

- starts this coming Tuesday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., on ZOOM

- for 7 weeks

- to register or for info, contact Sam Farrugia, our PCL, at farrugia.samuel@gmail.com

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM (Psalm 122:2) tomorrow...

With Fr. Robert, who is co-leading an International Interfaith prayer service with an Imam, an Archbishop of Jerusalem and 2 rabbis


Please register here: http://bit.ly/faith4palestine 

To watch on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1rcSSNz54

 


PARISH VOLUNTEER NEEDED

The Parish Wardens are seeking a Volunteer to oversee the Building Maintenance. Please speak to any of the Wardens or Fr. Robert if you would like more information.

Find other opportunities and Diocesan English sector events in


Our Masses this weekend:


For this weekend's Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9:30am masses, to follow the first reading in English, pick up a bulletin upon entering the church


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered 30 minutes prior to each mass


Space is still available at all masses this Pentecost Sunday for required pre-registration 
 
 
- by phone 514-768-4741 
 
- or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us together give thanks for the Gift and gifts of the Holy Spirit!


Father Robert+


The Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 14: 15-21
 



Friday, May 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIII

Jerusalem needs you;

and an exciting new parish programme...



PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM (Psalm 122:2)...

(First and foremost)


 

- Click for the Mother Church of Jerusalem statement on the violence engulfing the Holy City and all of Palestine

- Click for a Canadian Catholic statement (which I was involved in)

- Latin Patriarchate Reacts to Escalating Violence

- A great news source from Jerusalem Christians

- A good news source from progressive Israelis


Adult Faith Enrichment -- the acclaimed Sycamore programme!


- for anyone wishing to grow in their Catholic faith.

- starting Tuesday, May 25 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on ZOOM

- for 7 weeks

- to register or for info, contact Sam Farrugia, PCL at farrugia.samuel@gmail.com


COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER


You are warmly invited to join me at the Pillars Trust Fund

 first ever Virtual Comedy Night!


It will be taking place on next Thursday 20 May 7pm-8:30pm.

Cost: Household: $25.00. All proceeds going to support all the many good works -- including support of our parish through the pandemic -- funded by Pillars Trust! 

Register at www.pillarstrust.org


A Mini-Garage Sale open only to all parishioners

at weekend mass will take place: tommorow, Saturday at 3pm and on Sunday at 10:30am.



Come down to the parish hall, take what you want and make a donation. You must keep social distance and wear a mask. Volunteers are needed: please speak to Wally Gregory or Fr. Robert


PARISH VOLUNTEER NEEDED


The Parish Wardens are seeking a Volunteer to oversee the Building Maintenance. Please speak to any of the Wardens or Fr. Robert if you would like more information.

VACCINATION CLINIC


At MARCEL GIROUX CENTRE (Bannantyne Ave) May 18th-19th and at DAWSON (Woodland Ave) on May 25th-26th between 9:30am-3pm. Interested people are asked to call Clic Sante 514-644-4545.

Masses

Volunteer for FEAST OF PENTECOST – Special Readings


At the Saturday 4pm & Sunday 9:30am Masses in two weeks, we would like to have several volunteers who can read in any language other than French and English for Pentecost.

Don’t be shy! Please speak to Fr. Robert or call the office.


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered 30 minutes prior to each mass

Pre-registration for weekend mass is required by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com

The only mass not fully registered for this Ascension Sunday:

Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us celebrate and rejoice together in the Risen and Ascended Jesus !

Father Robert+



Friday, May 7, 2021

Opportunities in the parish in May -- Soul Health XXXXII

Plug in to a variety of activities at St. TM this month:


1. Faith and Spirituality:

REMINDER: HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT

Everyone is welcome to participate with me in this online retreat. It is NOT necessary to have followed the Alpha Course.

Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 May 2021 (1:00-4:00p.m. both days)

For more information & to register for the Zoom link, contact our staff member Sam Farrugia at 438-397-5233; farrugia.samuel@gmail.com

Adult Faith Formation -- the acclaimed Sycamore programme!  

I will lead this online beginning on Tuesday, May 25th. You are most encouraged to join, supporting one another and the parish in our faith development. All interested parishioners in this educational opportunity should speak to Fr. Robert or call the office.

May: Month of Mary


Each Tuesdays in May, beginning at 7:30 online, we will pray the Rosary, followed by a reflection I will offer based on Our Lady's Magnificat followed by group discussion. To participate, email Danielle Morin

Also, Pope Francis invites us all to pray for an end of pandemic, as tomorrow he launches a 30-day May Rosary relay led by 30 Marian shrines around the globe, for end of pandemic. Join daily at Noon here or on Facebook here.


2. Events:

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER


You are warmly invited to join me at the Pillars Trust Fund

 first ever Virtual Comedy Night!


It will be taking place on Thursday 20 May 7pm-8:30pm. Cost: Household: $25.00. All proceeds going to support all the many good works -- including support of our parish through the pandemic -- funded by Pillars Trust! Register at www.pillarstrust.org

A Mini-Garage Sale open only to all parishioners 

at weekend mass will take place: next Saturday 15 May at 3pm and on Sunday at 10:30am.


Come down to the parish hall, take what you want and make a donation. You must keep social distance and wear a mask. Volunteers are needed: please speak to Wally Gregory or Fr. Robert


3. Masses

Volunteer for FEAST OF PENTECOST – Special Readings


At the Saturday 4pm & Sunday 9:30am Masses in two weeks, we would like to have several volunteers who can read in any language other than French and English for Pentecost. Don’t be shy! Please speak to Fr. Robert or call the office.

And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers) Pre-registration for weekend mass is required

by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com The only masses not fully registered for this 6th Sunday of Easter are:

Saturday: 515pm, in the Sacristy         Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy

Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us celebrate and rejoice together with Our Lady in the Risen Jesus !

Father Robert+



Friday, April 30, 2021

Soul Health XXXXI

Three new spirituality opportunities in the parish in May

May is the month of Mary (thus the Marian blue font colour). It always begins with the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and ends with the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth.


1. The four Tuesdays in May, beginning at 7:30 online, we will pray the Rosary, followed by a reflection I will offer based on Our Lady's Magnificat which she proclaimed at the Visitation, followed by group discussion. To participate, email Danielle Morin.


Also, Pope Francis invites us all to pray for an end of pandemic, as tomorrow he launches a 30-day May Rosary relay led by 30 Marian shrines around the globe, for end of pandemic. Join daily at Noon here or on Facebook here.


2. ALPHA COURSE HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT


Everyone is welcome to participate with me in this online retreat. It is NOT necessary to have followed the Alpha Course.


Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 May 2021 (1:00-4:00p.m. both days)


For more information & to register for the Zoom link, contact our staff member Sam Farrugia at 438-397-5233; farrugia.samuel@gmail.com


3. Adult Catechesis -- You don't need to be a Confirmand to join -- open to all!


I will offer an Adult Confirmation Preparation program, beginning in May. If you or someone you know hasn’t yet received this Sacrament, or is interested in this educational opportunity, please contact Fr. Robert or the parish office.


And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers), Pre-registration for weekend mass is required -- spread the word: 
 
- by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com 
 
- Please state which mass and the number in your party


The only masses not fully registered for this 5th Sunday of Easter are:

Saturday: 515pm, in the Sacristy                     Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.

Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Jesus together!

Father Robert+



Friday, April 23, 2021

Soul Health XXXX

Adult Confirmation Preparation


It has come to my attention that some of you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation. I would like to offer an Adult Confirmation Preparation program, if there is enough interest. If you or someone you know hasn’t yet received this Sacrament please speak to Fr. Robert or contact the parish office.

ALPHA COURSE

HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT


Everyone is welcome to participate in this online retreat. It is NOT necessary to have followed the Alpha Course.

Schedule:

. Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 May 2021 (1:00-4:00p.m. both days)

. Platform: THE Zoom link will be emailed to all who register.


For more information & to register, please contact our staff member Sam Farrugia at 438-397-5233; farrugia.samuel@gmail.com

For interesting activities and events upcoming, check out the Archdiocese’s English sector e-newsletter, the Grapevine

Latest Issue


And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers), Pre-registration for weekend mass is required -- spread the word:

- by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com

- Please state which mass and the number in your party


The only masses not fully registered for this Good Shepherd Sunday are:


Saturday: 515pm, in the Sacristy                         Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am 

in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Jesus, our Good Shepherd, together!

Father Robert+


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXIX

LAST CHANCE to register...

for this Thursday's online Bishop Barron course I'm leading for the parish, 730-845pm


7 Deadly Sins & 7 Lively Virtues

Email me or call the parish office


And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers), Pre-registration for mass is required -- spread the word:

- by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com

- Please state which mass and the number in your party


The only masses not fully registered are:

Saturday: 515pm

Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy

Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Lord together!

Father Robert+


Thursday, April 8, 2021

New gov't rules, new masses Changes to Update for this weekend

Good evening, the church capacity announcement released a couple of hours ago is now 25 in the building -- noone in the sacristy. Therefore,

Pre-registration for mass this weekend is required -- spread the word:

- by phone tomorrow 514-768-4741, or

- email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com. This is the preferred option as Trish will be on the phone enough tomorrow. Please state which mass and the number in your party

- except for volunteers for any role -- just show up without registration as you are not counted in the 25

This mass schedule will accommodate all who might register:


Saturday:
230pm -- Said Mass with baptism
400pm -- Sung Mass
515pm -- Sung Mass

Sunday:
930am -- Sung Mass
500pm -- Said Mass


I give thanks for your patience and enthusiasm to celebrate the Risen Lord together!

Father Robert+