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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Soul Health LVIII (58)

Memorial Mass & Dedication of the Church Hall to Father George S. Oakes

Mass 6:00pm

Thank you to everyone who purchased dinner tickets! We look forward to welcoming you on Friday evening! Dinner and Auction: 7:00pm


Please observe all the usual public health and safety measures!

- Wear your facemasks (we have extras at the door)

- Sanitize your hands (when entering the church upstairs, and again before entering the hall downstairs)

- Respect social distancing measures (sit in the designated pews, and do not rearrange tables in the hall)

- Remain in your pews with your masks on at Communion (the Eucharist will be brought to you, and given to those who are standing)


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Enhance Your Advent Experience!

The Archdiocese of Montreal now has a page dedicated to the Season of Advent where you can find content specifically curated to enhance your Advent experience this year. Click here to explore it with your families, and grow in faith together!

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A little closer to home, our Family Faith Formation group extends an invitation to all parishioners to join us on this year’s Advent Field Trips! If you are interested in attending, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com by Friday, December 3rd 2021.


Sunday, December 5th: Saint Joseph's Oratory (3800 Queen Mary)

9:45am-1:15pm

This excursion includes a visit to the Creche Museum and a chance to explore the Oratory, as well as Mass in the Crypt Church at 11:15am. The vaccination passport is mandatory for all visitors aged 13 and over.

Parking is available at the Oratory, all the way up to the hill to the Basilica.

If you'd like to come to the Oratory and require a ride, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com.


Sunday, December 19th: Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs (4155 Wellington)

10:30am -2:00pm

This excursion includes Mass at St Willibrord at 11:15am with coffee and refreshments afterwards, before heading to Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs to view the Christmas display there.

Street parking is available around St Willibrord.

Notre Dame is within walking distance so we will go there on foot.


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Open Now: Pray More Advent Retreat - Online, self-paced, and flexible registration fees!

Featuring 19 presentations and reflection guides, the Pray More Advent Retreat is an online retreat that allows you to dive into Advent at your own pace. Following the guidance of 6 speakers including theologian, author, and speaker Dr Edward Sri, participants in the retreat can grow closer to Christ during this season of preparation. Registration fees are flexible – you can choose what you’d like to pay, and even if you can’t pay, you can still register for free and gain access to all 19 presentations! For more information and to register, visit https://praymoreretreat.org/


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This evocative 16th century prayer is offered daily at every mass during Advent in the Catholic Ordinariate Rite:

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness,

and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life,

in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;

that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty,

to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

Amen.


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Magnificat Subscriptions

Parishioners who are subscribed to Magnificat can now pick up their January editions at the back of the church.

If you’re looking for a faith-centered Christmas gift that keeps on giving, consider buying your loved ones (and yourself!) a yearly subscription to Magnificat for $64.00!

Magnificat is a monthly spiritual guide designed for daily use at home or at church, and is a useful tool in becoming more engaged in your faith life. It features daily readings, prayers, reflections, and short essays on our rich Catholic heritage in one pocket-sized publication to help you enliven and enrich your life in Christ.

Copies of the January 2022 edition of Magnificat are available for you to put under the tree to start your loved ones off the incredible year-long journey of growing in faith, hope, and love with Magnificat. Contact the parish office to get yours today!


Coffee Hour after the 9:30am Mass!

Volunteers are needed each week for Coffee Hour. Please call the parish office if you’re interested in contributing to this opportunity for fellowship and community building.


Altar Servers

If you have children aged 10 or over who would like to help at Sunday Mass, we invite you to encourage them to become Altar Servers! Please speak with Fr Robert after Mass or contact the Parish Office.


Family Faith Formation

If you are not yet enrolled in FFF and have been waiting for our return to in-person gatherings to register, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com.

We’re also looking for more Catechists! If you are searching for more joy and fulfilment in your life, please consider joining our team of volunteer Catechists! No experience teaching (Catechism or otherwise) necessary – all we require from you is a love for Christ and for families, and a commitment to the future of the English Catholic Parishes of Verdun! Please contact Angela or Father Robert if you would like more information.


Celebrate and pray with Fr Robert this month!

Milestone: 30 Years of Celebrating Mass

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th marks the 30th Anniversary of the first Mass Fr Robert celebrated! A special invitation is extended to all parishioners to join him at the 7:00pm weekday evening Mass at the Saint Willibrord’s Rectory to celebrate this special day. If you would like to sponsor the Mass for Fr Robert's intentions and for his future works as our pastor, please contact the parish office.


Fr Robert’s Induction as Pastor of Saint Thomas More

Saturday, December 11th at the 4:00pm Mass


Saint Thomas More parishioners who usually come to the 9:30am Mass on Sundays encouraged to attend on Saturday at 4:00pm to support Father Robert during his Induction as the pastor of our parish.


Annual Canned Goods Collection

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets is underway and continues until the weekend of December 18th – 19th.

We are accepting donations of non-expired canned or boxed goods and non-perishable food items. We especially need the appropriate foods associated with meals during the Christmas Season (example: canned fruits and puddings, cookies and treats for children).

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards meat and other perishables are asked to place their offering in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes on the walls at the back of the church.


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


**Free Weekend Concerts** in Old Montreal throughout December!

Notre Dame des Bon Secours (400 Saint-Paul Street East)

Saturdays and Sundays from December 4th-19th 1:30pm *or* 3:00pm


Les Choralies returns this year offering free concerts for the holiday season at Notre Dame des Bon Secours, Montreal’s oldest chapel. Featuring a diverse selection of traditional holiday carols performed by guest choirs, these free concerts will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, with show times at 1:30pm and 3:00pm. For more details, visit: https://margueritebourgeoys.org/les-choralies/


December 7th, 2021

Couch Talks for Couples: Rekindle Your Love! – Tuesday, Dec 7th from 8:00pm-9:30pm


The Archdiocese of Montreal’s Couch Talk series continues with a session focusing on “The Hidden Lives of Men & Women – Communication.” Facilitated by Bridget Bagshaw and Karl Sataguida, the Couch Talk Series invites couples to come together in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to share ideas on happiness, communication, parenting, intimacy, work life balance and holiness in marriage. All the events in the series are free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register for this and future Couch Talk sessions.

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Blessings in Christ, the King who is to come,

Father Robert+


Friday, November 26, 2021

Soul Health LVI (56)

Memorial Mass and Dedication of the Church Hall to Father George

**This is the last weekend to purchase dinner tickets.**

Dinner tickets will not be available at the door the night of the event.


Join us on Friday, December 3rd to commemorate Father George S. Oakes, who served our parish from 1989 until his passing in 2018, with a Memorial Mass followed by dinner, dedication of the parish hall, and an auction.

Mass: 6:00pm

Dinner and Auction: 7:00pm

Tickets: $15.00 each (includes a chicken meal and dessert)

Dinner tickets are available for purchase after the weekend Masses,

or by contacting the parish office at sttm1944@gmail.com.

 

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Enhance Your Advent Experience!

The Archdiocese of Montreal now has a page dedicated to the Season of Advent where you can find content specifically curated to enhance your Advent experience this year.

Click here to explore it with your families, and grow in faith together!


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A little closer to home, our Family Faith Formation group extends an invitation to all parishioners with children to join us on this year’s Advent Field Trips! If you are interested in attending, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com by Thursday, December 2nd 2021.

Sunday, December 5th: Saint Joseph's Oratory (3800 Queen Mary)

9:45am-1:15pm

This excursion includes a visit to the Creche Museum and a chance to explore the Oratory, as well as Mass in the Crypt Church at 11:15am. The vaccination passport is mandatory for all visitors aged 13 and over. Parking is available at the Oratory, all the way up to the hill to the Basilica.

Sunday, December 19th: Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs (4155 Wellington)

10:30am -2:00pm

This excursion includes Mass at St Willibrord at 11:15am with coffee and refreshments afterwards, before heading to Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs to view the Christmas display there.

Street parking is available around St Willibrord.

Notre Dame is within walking distance so we will go there on foot.


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This evocative 16th century prayer is offered daily at every mass during Advent in the Catholic Ordinariate Rite:

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and ever. 
 
Amen.


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Coffee Hour after the 9:30am Mass!

Coffee Hour begins this Sunday after Mass, downstairs in the Mary Room! Also, volunteers are needed each week for Coffee Hour. Please call the parish office if you’re interested in contributing to this opportunity for fellowship and community building.


Altar Servers

If you have children aged 10 or over who would like to help at Sunday Mass, we invite you to encourage them to become Altar Servers! Please speak with Fr Robert after Mass or contact the Parish Office.


Visioning Team

Parishioners who are interested in attending a Visioning Team meeting on Wednesday evening next week, please speak to Fr Robert either after Mass or by email at vicarofverdun@gmail.com.


Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve Mass will be at 8pm and Christmas Morning Mass will be at 9:30am. More info to come, so keep an eye on your inbox!


Family Faith Formation

We are very excited to announce that Family Faith Formation is returning to in-person gatherings on Sunday, November 28th 2021!

Our November 28th Gathering is mandatory for all current participants. Please arrive at Saint Thomas More (980 Moffat Ave) in time for the 9:30am Mass.


If you are not yet enrolled in FFF and have been waiting for our return to in-person gatherings to register, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 23rd.

We’re also looking for one more Catechist! If you are searching for more joy and fulfilment in your life, please consider joining our team of volunteer Catechists! No experience teaching (Catechism or otherwise) necessary – all we require from you is a love for Christ and for families, and a commitment to the future of the English Catholic Parishes of Verdun! Please contact Angela or Father Robert if you would like more information.


Magnificat – December 2021 issue now available

Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat may pick up their December issue on the shelves at the back of the church. There are a couple of extra copies at a cost of $5.00 each.


Annual Canned Goods Collection begins!

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets is underway and continues until the weekend of December 18th – 19th.

We are accepting donations of non-expired canned or boxed goods and non-perishable food items. We especially need the appropriate foods associated with meals during the Christmas Season (example: canned fruits and puddings, cookies and treats for children).

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards meat and other perishables are asked to place their offering in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes on the walls at the back of the church.


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


November 27th, 2021

**Free** Mini Retreat for People who are Separated or Divorced - Saint Angèle Parish, 1:30pm-3:30pm


On behalf of the Archdiocese, the parish of Saint Angèle is hosting a free mini retreat for people who are separated or divorced. Doors open at 1:00pm; parking available on site. For more information please visit https://bit.ly/3cGjQfH.

You can also contact the organizers by phone at 514-925-4300, ext. 206 and by email at centreDMVF@diocesemontreal.org


**Free Weekend Concerts** in Old Montreal throughout December!

Notre Dame des Bon Secours (400 Saint-Paul Street East)

Saturdays and Sundays from December 4th-19th 1:30pm *or* 3:00pm


Les Choralies returns this year offering free concerts for the holiday season at Notre Dame des Bon Secours, Montreal’s oldest chapel. Featuring a diverse selection of traditional holiday carols performed by guest choirs, these free concerts will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, with show times at 1:30pm and 3:00pm. 
 
For more details, visit: https://margueritebourgeoys.org/les-choralies


December 7th, 2021

Couch Talks for Couples: Rekindle Your Love! – Tuesday, Dec 7th from 8:00pm-9:30pm


The Archdiocese of Montreal’s Couch Talk series continues with a session focusing on “The Hidden Lives of Men & Women – Communication.” Facilitated by Bridget Bagshaw and Karl Sataguida, the Couch Talk Series invites couples to come together in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to share ideas on happiness, communication, parenting, intimacy, work life balance and holiness in marriage. All the events in the series are free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register for this and future Couch Talk sessions.
 
 
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Blessings in Christ the King,

Father Robert+


Thursday, November 18, 2021

Soul Health LVI (56)

Annual Parishioners Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting last Sunday. Your thoughts and input are always a greatly appreciated contribution, and we look forward to incorporating them into the future of our parish.


As requested by you, Fr Robert discussed the issue of parish boundaries and Wardens with the Episcopal Vicar. A potential solution was presented, which Fr Robert will look into with our Wardens.

Speaking of Wardens, a warm welcome to Paul Lafontaine, Raymond LaRouche, and Rosario Tapia, who were all elected as new Wardens at the meeting! Their work officially begins on January 1st 2022, and we thank them for coming forward to serve our parish.

There was enthusiasm regarding a Visioning Team. Anyone interested in contributing their time and ideas to the first meeting of a Visioning Team is invited to speak to Fr Robert after the weekend Masses. This meeting will take place in the next couple of weeks.

You expressed your thoughts on our music. We invite all who are interested in sharing their thoughts about music for the Advent and Christmas seasons to a meeting with Fr Robert after the 11am Mass on Tuesday, November 23rd.


Family Faith Formation

We are very excited to announce that Family Faith Formation is returning to in-person gatherings on Sunday, November 28th 2021!

Our November 28th Gathering is mandatory for all current participants. Please arrive at Saint Thomas More (980 Moffat Ave) in time for the 9:30am Mass.


If you are not yet enrolled in FFF and have been waiting for our return to in-person gatherings to register, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 23rd.

We’re also looking for one more Catechist! If you are searching for more joy and fulfilment in your life, please consider joining our team of volunteer Catechists! No experience teaching (Catechism or otherwise) necessary – all we require from you is a love for Christ and for families, and a commitment to the future of the English Catholic Parishes of Verdun! Please contact Angela or Father Robert if you would like more information.


Magnificat – December 2021 issue now available

Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat may pick up their December issue on the shelves at the back of the church. There are a couple of extra copies at a cost of $5.00 each.


Annual Canned Goods Collection begins!

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets is underway and continues until the weekend of December 18th – 19th.

We are accepting donations of non-expired canned or boxed goods and non-perishable food items. We especially need the appropriate foods associated with meals during the Christmas Season (example: canned fruits and puddings, cookies and treats for children).

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards meat and other perishables are asked to place their offering in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes on the walls at the back of the church.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!


November 20th, 2021

Teen Fest with Montreal Youth Mission/Mission Jeunesse Montréal, 12:00pm-5:00pm


Join the Montreal Youth Mission in person or virtually in a lively and joyful experience for teens, aged 13-17, on November 20th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Sacred Heart School. Connect with other teens who have a desire to grow in faith, and come together in fellowship to experience this abridged celebration that fully embodies World Youth Day Montréal through a half-day of engaging talks, authentic testimonies, creative presentations, and dynamic activities. For more information visit their website.


November 27th, 2021

**Free** Mini Retreat for People who are Separated or Divorced - Saint Angèle Parish, 1:30pm-3:30pm


On behalf of the Archdiocese, the parish of Saint Angèle is hosting a free mini retreat for people who are separated or divorced. Doors open at 1:00pm; parking available on site. For more information please visit https://bit.ly/3cGjQfH.

You can also contact the organizers by phone at 514-925-4300, ext. 206 and by email at centreDMVF@diocesemontreal.org


December 3rd, 2021

Memorial Mass and Dedication of the Church Hall to Father George


Join us on Friday, December 3rd to commemorate Father George S. Oakes, who served our parish from 1989 until his passing in 2018, with a Memorial Mass followed by dinner, dedication of the parish hall, and an auction.

Tickets are available for purchase after the weekend Masses or by contacting the parish office at sttm1944@gmail.com

Mass: 6:00pm
Dinner and Auction: 7:00pm
Tickets: $15.00 each (includes a chicken meal and dessert)


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“Sometimes all it takes to save a life is the willingness to talk, to listen, and to offer the kind of support that Jesus already enjoined upon us in the Gospel: to love others as He did, and share our own material and spiritual gifts with generosity."

In September this year, the Spanish Diocese of Alcalá de Henares celebrated the Baptisms of fourteen children saved from abortion through the work and love of the John Paul II Rescuers Association. Read the stories of some of their mothers at https://bit.ly/3x3pvFY


Wondering how to check in with yourself in a meaningful and productive way?

Father Robert recommends the Examen app, available on IOS and Android/Google Play. Based on Reimagining the Ignatian Examen by Fr Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, the Examen app invites you to discover God in daily life and develop the habit of daily prayer from where you are, wherever you are. For more information, click here https://jcapsj.org/blog/2016/04/25/new-app-inspired-examen/

 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Life is Messy by Matthew Kelly, click on the photo above.

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Blessings in Christ the King,

Father Robert+


Friday, November 12, 2021

Soul Health LV (55)

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners – **This Weekend**

Sunday, November 14th after the 9:30am Mass


We would like most of you to come, as we have two main tasks to accomplish as a parish community:

- Discussing the future directions of or parish, which will be shaped by your input

- Electing 3 new Wardens, whose efforts in managing parish funds and maintaining facilities will help keep our parish going in the right direction

Snacks and beverages will be provided!

If you would like to contribute your time, knowledge, and skills to the parish, please consider standing for election.

For more information, please contact Father Robert by email or by calling the parish office at 514-768-4741.


Family Faith Formation

We are very excited to announce that Family Faith Formation will be returning to in-person gatherings on Sunday, November 28th 2021!



If you are not yet enrolled in FFF or if you were waiting for our return to in-person gatherings to register, please contact Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 23rd.


Further details will be provided to all current participants at our next Gathering, and will be available by request via email.

We’re also looking for more Catechists! If you are searching for more joy and fulfilment in your life, please consider joining our team of volunteer Catechists! No experience teaching (Catechism or otherwise) necessary – all we require from you is a love for Christ and for families, and a commitment to the future of the English Catholic Parishes of Verdun! Please contact Angela or Father Robert if you would like more information.


Magnificat – December 2021 issue now available


Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat may pick up their December issue on the shelves at the back of the church. There are a couple of extra copies at a cost of $5.00 each.


Annual Canned Goods Collection begins!

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets will begin on the weekend of November 13th – 14th, and continue until the weekend of December 18th – 19th.


We are accepting donations of non-expired canned or boxed goods and non-perishable food items. We especially need the appropriate foods associated with meals during the Christmas Season (example: canned fruits and puddings, cookies and treats for children).

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards meat and other perishables are asked to place their offering in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes on the walls at the back of the church.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

November 14th, 2021

**Free** Concert with Montreal Polyphonic Choir: Requiem, 2:30pm

The Montreal Polyphonic Choir will be performing a free concert at Marie Reine du Monde/Mary Queen of the World on Sunday, November 14th at 2:30pm. They will be performing the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré, and the performance is dedicated to the memory of the victims of all conflicts and pandemics. For more information, check out their website here.


November 20th, 2021

Teen Fest with Montreal Youth Mission/Mission Jeunesse Montréal, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Join the Montreal Youth Mission in person or virtually in a lively and joyful experience for teens, aged 13-17, on November 20th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Sacred Heart School. Connect with other teens who have a desire to grow in faith, and come together in fellowship to experience this abridged celebration that fully embodies World Youth Day Montréal through a half-day of engaging talks, authentic testimonies, creative presentations, and dynamic activities. For more information visit their website.


December 3rd, 2021

Memorial Mass and Dedication of the Church Hall to Father George


Join us on Friday, December 3rd to commemorate Father George S. Oakes, who served our parish from 1989 until his passing in 2018, with a Memorial Mass followed by dinner, dedication of the parish hall, and an auction.

Tickets are available for purchase after the weekend Masses or by contacting the parish office at
sttm1944@gmail.com

Mass: 6:00pm

Dinner and Auction: 7:00pm

Tickets: $15.00 each (includes a chicken meal and dessert)


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Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Friday, November 5, 2021

Soul Health LIV (54)

Daylight Savings - Clocks fall back 1 hour on Sunday, November 7th!


The Annual Meeting of Parishioners

Sunday, November 14th after the 9:30am Mass

We would like most of you to come, as we have two main tasks to accomplish as a parish community: 

- Discussing the future directions of our parish, which will be shaped by your input

- Electing 3 new Wardens, whose efforts in managing parish funds and maintaining facilities will help keep our parish going in the right direction

Snacks and beverages will be provided!


What does a Warden do?

The Parish Wardens meet every few weeks to discuss practical matters related to managing parish finances as well as the use and upkeep of parish buildings. Their role is vital in making sure our funds and facilities are used in ways that contribute to the growth and well-being of our parish.


How is a Warden chosen?

Wardens are elected to their position at the Annual Meeting of Parishioners. Nominations can be submitted to the parish office prior to the meeting, or from the floor during the meeting.

If you live in Verdun west of Desmarchais and would like to contribute your time, knowledge, and skills to the parish, please consider standing for election. For more information, please connect with Father Robert by email or by calling the parish office.


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November 6th - 7th, 2021

A Second Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend for maintenance. Please use the blue envelopes if you would like to contribute.


November 11th, 2021

Remembrance Day Mass, 10:55am at Saint Willibrord (351 rue Willibrord)

A special joint Mass will be celebrated for Remembrance Day, and parishioners from both Saint Willibrord and Saint Thomas More are invited to attend. We will commemorate our faithful departed whose love for our country helped them make, undaunted, the greatest sacrifice of their lives for the freedom we live in today. Beverages and snacks will be served afterwards.

There will not be a weekday mass at Saint Thomas More on this day.


The White Poppy Campaign

The Office of Social Action for the Archdiocese of Montreal supports the White Poppy Campaign and its mission to commemorate all victims of war, including civilian casualties who are the most numerous. Wearing the White Poppy alongside the Red Poppy for military victims encourages us to broaden social discussions about war by including civilian victims of war and working towards peace in our conversations.

Further information can be found at: https://www.diocesemontreal.org/en/news-and-info/latest-news/disarmament-week-and-white-poppy-campaign


November 13th, 2021

Annual Canned Goods Collection begins!

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets will begin on the weekend of November 13th – 14th, and continue until the weekend of December 18th – 19th . We are accepting donations of non-expired canned or boxed goods and non-perishable food items. We especially need the appropriate foods associated with meals during the Christmas Season (example: canned fruits and puddings, cookies and treats for children).

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards meat and other perishables are asked to place their offering in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes on the walls at the back of the church.


November 20th, 2021

Teen Fest with Montreal Youth Mission/Mission Jeunesse Montréal, 12:00pm-5:00pm
Join the Montreal Youth Mission in person or virtually in a lively and joyful experience for teens, aged 13-17, on November 20th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Sacred Heart School. Connect with other teens who have a desire to grow in faith, and come together in fellowship to experience this abridged celebration that fully embodies World Youth Day Montréal through a half-day of engaging talks, authentic testimonies, creative presentations, and dynamic activities. For more information visit https://microsites.diocesemontreal.org/microsites/missionjeunesse-mtl/en/teens-festival/ 


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Family Faith Formation

Our Family Faith Formation program has started! If you are seeking to prepare your child for First Communion or Confirmation and would like more information about Family Faith Formation, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) for more information.


Catechist Wanted – Could it be you?


If you are searching for joy and fulfilment, please consider joining our team of Catechists. No experience teaching Catechism required – all we need is for you to have love for Christ and for families! Contact Father Robert (vicarofverdun@gmail.com) or Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com)


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Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Friday, October 29, 2021

Soul Health LIII (53)

October 30th, 2021

Men’s Retreat

If you are a Catholic man seeking to enrich your faith, join Patrick Sullivan, a renowned speaker from Ontario, Corey Jolly, and your brothers in Christ on a journey through the Bible on a day that includes Adoration, the Rosary, and 3 talks on Mary. For more information, check out https://bit.ly/3E7kNJn You can also contact host and organizer Corey Jolly by email (cjolly@diocesemontreal.org) or by phone (514-559-1833).

One more volunteer is needed between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, October 30th for the Men’s Retreat. If interested, please contact the parish office or Father Robert.

During the retreat, three priests will be available to hear Confessions between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Even if you are not attending the Men’s Retreat, consider coming for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and a few quiet moments with Our Lord!


October 31st, 2021

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord at Mass! Congregational singing is now permitted by Archdiocese pandemic guidelines, and encouraged at our parish! Hymn books will be in the pews for you to follow along.


November 1st, 2021

Feast of All Saints

Celebrate the lives of our wonderful friends in Heaven, the Saints! Bishop Barron, as always, has some great insights into the Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6qCBNHCZkc

A Chanted Mass will be celebrated at Saint Willibrord's at 7:00pm for the Feast of All Saints, and all parishioners are welcome to attend. Sheets to write down the names of your deceased loved ones will be available for you fill out at the church, or you can download and print a copy of your own and bring it with you. If you have photos of your loved ones, you are also encouraged to bring them with you for a special blessing from Father Robert at the end of Mass. https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/news


November 2nd, 2021

Feast of All Souls

This Tuesday, Father Robert will be celebrating two Masses for the Feast of All Souls: 11:00am at Saint Thomas More, and 6:00pm at the Birks Heritage Chapel on the McGill Campus (3520 University Street, Birks Building).

We will have a Book of Remembrance during the month of November for us to remember our deceased loved ones as a community. If you would like to have the names of your deceased family members and friends included in it, sheets will be provided at the back of the church for you to fill out after Mass over the next two weekends. You can also contact the parish office.


November 3rd, 2021

The Blanket Exercise – An Exercise of Healing and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Saint Thomas More on behalf of the Diocese will be hosting the Blanket Exercise, an education event that explores the complex history and dynamics between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons in Canada/ You are invited to revisit Canadian colonial history and learn more about effective allyship and pathways of healing and reconciliation. The session will be led by Ms. Rose-Anne Gosselin, a member of the Timiskaming Algonquin First Nation, who works as advisor for the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec, focusing on the First Nations population living with a disability.


November 11th, 2021

Remembrance Day Mass, 11:00am

A special joint Mass will be celebrated for Remembrance Day at Saint Willibrord's. Parishioners from both Saint Willibrord and Saint Thomas More are invited to attend. We will commemorate our faithful departed whose love for our country helped them make, undaunted, the greatest sacrifice of their lives for the freedom we live in today.


November 14th, 2021

Annual Meeting of Parishioners

The Annual Meeting of Parishioners will be held following the 9:30 Mass on Sunday November 14th. We would like most of you to come. We will be discussing the future of our parish which will be shaped by your input. This year we need to elect 3 new Wardens. Please seriously consider letting your name stand for election if you live in Verdun west of Desmarchais.


November 20th, 2021

Teen Fest with Montreal Youth Mission/Mission Jeunesse Montréal, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Join the Montreal Youth Mission in person or virtually in a lively and joyful experience for teens, aged 13-17, on November 20th from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Sacred Heart School. Connect with other teens who have a desire to grow in faith, and come together in fellowship to experience this abridged celebration that fully embodies World Youth Day Montréal through a half-day of engaging talks, authentic testimonies, creative presentations, and dynamic activities. For more information visit https://microsites.diocesemontreal.org/microsites/missionjeunesse-mtl/en/teens-festival/ 

 

Family Faith Formation

Our Family Faith Formation program has started! If you are seeking to prepare your child for First Communion or Confirmation and would like more information about Family Faith Formation, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) for more information. 

 

Catechist Wanted – Could it be you?

If you are searching for joy and fulfilment, please consider joining our team of Catechists. No experience teaching Catechism required – all we need is for you to have love for Christ and for families! Contact Father Robert (vicarofverdun@gmail.com) or Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com)

 

 Blessings in Christ, 

 Father Robert+

Friday, October 22, 2021

Soul Health LII (52)

Men’s Retreat, October 30th 2021

We are blessed to host a Men’s Retreat at Saint Thomas More on Saturday, October 30th!

If you are a Catholic man seeking to enrich your faith, join Patrick Sullivan, a renowned speaker from Ontario, Corey Jolly, and your brothers in Christ on a journey through the Bible on a day that includes Adoration, the Rosary, and 3 talks on Mary. For more information, check out https://bit.ly/3E7kNJn

You can also contact host and organizer Corey Jolly by email (cjolly@diocesemontreal.org) or by phone (514-559-1833).

Two volunteers are needed between 11am and 2pm on Saturday, October 30th for the Men’s Retreat!

If interested, please contact the parish office or Father Robert.


Family Faith Formation

Our Family Faith Formation program has started! If you are seeking to prepare your child for First Communion or Confirmation and would like more information about Family Faith Formation, please contact our Pastoral Associate, Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com) for more information.


Catechist Wanted – Could it be you?

If you are searching for joy and fulfilment, please consider joining our team of Catechists. No experience teaching Catechism required – all we need is for you to have love for Christ and for families! Contact Father Robert or Angela.



The Blanket Exercise – An Exercise of Healing and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

On Wednesday, November 3rd from 7:00pm-9:30pm, Saint Thomas More on behalf of the Dioceses will be hosting the Blanket Exercise, an education event that explores the complex history and dynamics between Indigenous and non-Indigenous persons in Canada/ You are invited to revisit Canadian colonial history and learn more about effective allyship and pathways of healing and reconciliation. The session will be led by Ms. Rose-Anne Gosselin, a member of the Timiskaming Algonquin First Nation, who works as advisor for the First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec, focusing on the First Nations population living with a disability.

Registration is required for this event and is limited – please contact the parish office.


Congregational Singing

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord and join our cantors, Paul and Angela, in singing at Mass! Our greeters will provide you with hymnals when you arrive – please be sure to take one as well as a copy of the bulletin, which will have hymn numbers and Responsorial Psalm printed in them.


Month of Remembrance

We will have a Book of Remembrance during the month of November for us to remember our deceased loved ones as a community. If you would like to have the names of your deceased family members and friends included in it, sheets will be provided at the back of the church for you to fill out after Mass over the next two weekends. You can also contact the parish office.

Launch of the Synod, 2021-2023 – The focus of this weekend’s homily and the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit

“By deepening our communion, through the active and prayerful participation of all God’s faithful people, we will be able to more fully embrace our mission: to make God’s love in Jesus Christ known in the world through our teaching, our witness, and our example.”

Pope Francis has declared 2021-2023 to be a Synod of the Universal Church, with a focus on themes of Communion, Participation, and Mission to help the Church on Earth transform into a global community “that responds with Jesus to the challenge of today: the hopes and dreams, the joys and sorrows carried by the world around us.” Read more at https://bit.ly/3C9jgBZ and https://bit.ly/3vJl02v

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


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+