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Friday, January 21, 2022

Soul Health LXII (62)

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As churches continue to remain closed, we continue to come together for Mass in the open air!

Indeed, -20 degrees could not even separate us from one another after Mass -- I was watching you continue after Mass socializing and conversing with one another despite the weather.

"One of the biggest gifts of these outdoor Masses... is a restoration of the parish communal bond."

 



Thank you to Eileen Devlin and Maria Olaguera for the photos from Saint Thomas More on January 9th (where Fr Robert was in white vestments for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord) and January 15th! (green vestments for Ordinary Time and a fur cap for the cold)!



Bundle up this Sunday and joyfully join us!

- St. Thomas More: Mass at 10:00am on the church steps; Communion at 10:25am

- St. Willibrord: Mass at 11:15am in front of the Rectory; Communion at 11:40am

Masks and 1m physical distancing required. Communion will be brought to you in place.

If you take any photos and are open to having them included in upcoming editions of Soul Health), please send the pictures along with your consent for us to share to Fr Robert (vicarofverdun@gmail.com) and Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com)!

Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +



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Keep your faith alive while churches are closed!

All are welcome to the open-air Masses, even those who are not parishioners of St Thomas More or St Willibrord! And, if you choose to attend Mass online or on television, consider completing your Sunday with Communion at either church.


Attend Mass online with:

- Saint Ignatius of Loyola https://stig.ca/live-stream/

- Saint Thomas à Becket https://www.becket.ca/

- Saint Joseph’s Oratory https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/keep-in-touch-with-the-oratory/

- On TV, the Salt & Light channel is also a great option for attending Mass virtually.

Sacraments can also be brought to your front steps! If you are unable to get to the church to receive Communion or to go to Confession, please contact the parish office to request a visit from Father Robert.


Collection Envelopes and Making Online Contributions

Parishioners who use envelopes for their Sunday offerings can drop off their envelopes at the parish office while the church is closed. 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. 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.


New **Online** Course: The Bible and the Virgin Mary


Parishioners and friends of the parish who are seeking to gain more knowledge of Catholicism and deepen their faith are invited to join Father Robert on a new online course!

Developed by the Saint Paul Center and based on Dr Scott Hahn’s book Hail, Holy Queen, participants will rediscover Mother Mary through Sacred Scripture during this course. From the newly confirmed to the fully engaged, this study has something for all Catholics!

The Bible and the Virgin Mary is accessible through the following Zoom link: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/j/91966291246. More information on this program can be found on the Saint Paul Center website here.

Each gathering for this study begins with 30 minutes of prayer with the Rosary, followed by a video, discussions, and teaching with Father Robert. For more information, including a list of session topics, please contact Angela or Father Robert.


Father Mike Schmitz: A Pep Talk for difficult times, and Bible In A Year

We continue to live in unprecedented times and as the pandemic presses it, it’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless. If this resonates with you, take courage from this message from Father Mike Schmitz.


Speaking of Father Mike, have you heard of Bible In A Year? In just about 20 minutes a day, this podcast will take you on a journey through Scripture that not only shares the Word of God, but helps you “understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!” Join Father Mike and Jeff Cavins on YouTube, or on your favourite podcast app. For more information, visit https://ascensionpress.com/pages/biy-registration.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Soul Health LXII (62)

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Praise the Lord for His gift of great Faith! Archbishop Lépine's inspiring initiative 3 weeks ago to hold outdoor masses has borne much fruit. Due to the growing numbers in the Cathedral parking lot, he has added another Sunday mass. And he has inspired us to do the same -- an estimated 4 dozen braved the chill last Sunday in Verdun!

 
Thanks to Christina Parsons for this photo from the Rectory at Saint Willibrord!


One parishioner said she was uplifted by the words from the Book of Daniel recited in Sunday Morning Prayer: “Ice and snow, bless the Lord!" Another observed, the participants' sacrifice joined to Christ's for the life of the world is all the greater and more powerful in enduring such weather.


Anticipating even deeper cold this Sunday, bundle up and joyfully join us:

- St. Thomas More: Mass at 10:00am on the church steps; Communion at 10:25am

- St. Willibrord: Communion at 11:40am in front of the Rectory; Mass at 11:15am

Masks and 1m physical distancing required. Communion will be brought to you in place.

Yours in Christ,

Father Robert Assaly +



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Keep your faith alive while churches are closed!

All are welcome to the open-air Masses, even those who are not parishioners of St Thomas More or St Willibrord! And, if you choose to attend Mass online or on television, consider completing your Sunday with Communion at either church.


Attend Mass online with:

- Saint Ignatius of Loyola https://stig.ca/live-stream/

- Saint Thomas à Becket https://www.becket.ca/

- Saint Joseph’s Oratory https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/keep-in-touch-with-the-oratory/

- On TV, the Salt & Light channel is also a great option for attending Mass virtually.

Sacraments can also be brought to your front steps! If you are unable to get to the church to receive Communion or to go to Confession, please contact the parish office to request a visit from Father Robert.


Collection Envelopes and Making Online Contributions

Parishioners who use envelopes for their Sunday offerings can drop off their envelopes at the parish office while the church is closed. 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. 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.


New **Online** Course: The Bible and the Virgin Mary (January 13th – April 7th)

Parishioners and friends of the parish who are seeking to gain more knowledge of Catholicism and deepen their faith are invited to join Father Robert on a new online course!


Developed by the Saint Paul Center and based on Dr Scott Hahn’s book Hail, Holy Queen, participants will rediscover Mother Mary through Sacred Scripture during this course. From the newly confirmed to the fully engaged, this study has something for all Catholics!


The Bible and the Virgin Mary begins on Thursday January 13th at 7:00pm and is accessible through the following Zoom link: https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/j/91966291246. More information on this program can be found on the Saint Paul Center website here.


Each gathering for this study begins with 30 minutes of prayer with the Rosary, followed by a video, discussions, and teaching with Father Robert.


For more information, including a list of session topics, please contact Angela or Father Robert.


From the Desk of Pope Francis


Click here to read Pope Francis’ letter to married couples -- His words in this brief letter can be a source of encouragement, hope, and renewed faith for all who have discerned the vocations of marriage and parenthood, from grandparents to parents in different seasons of family life to couples preparing to be married.


Friday, January 7, 2022

Soul Health LXI (61)

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Thomas More,

Last Friday on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 2 hours after the provincial closure of our churches, I was treated to a wonderful experience overcoming the pandemic.

Hours earlier in a quick pivot responding to the closure announced the day before, we circulated emails inviting you to receive communion outside at the originally scheduled mass time. Expecting only a couple of individuals waiting in the snow, when I flung the door open at 7pm, there were about 30 of you ringed around the steps on the sidewalk, joyously anticipating communion!

The power and grace of the Sacrament was palpably felt, and neatly summed up in the stipulated Prayer after Communion:

We have received this heavenly Sacrament with joy, O Lord:

grant, we pray,

that it may lead us to eternal life,

for we rejoice to proclaim the blessed ever-Virgin Mary

Mother of your Son and Mother of the Church.

Through Christ our Lord.


Our Lady blessed ever-Virgin Mary, indeed "Mother of the Church," has us under her protection and in her prayers!

Don't let the pandemic get the better of you: Join us for outdoor Mass this Sunday, or at least Communion (in which case you should watch an online mass beforehand; see below), trusting in the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrament to lead you through this dark valley.


- St. Thomas More: Mass at 10:00am on the church steps; Communion at 10:25am

- St. Willibrord's: Mass at 11:15am in front of the Rectory; Communion at 11:40am


And for further inspiration --

Follow the links below to other parishes in the Archdiocese who are providing online Masses, and to some extra content for your continued spiritual enrichment:

- Saint Ignatius of Loyola https://stig.ca/live-stream/

- Saint Thomas à Becket https://www.becket.ca/

- Saint Joseph’s Oratory https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/keep-in-touch-with-the-oratory/

- On TV, the Salt & Light channel is also a great option for attending Mass virtually.

- On gratitude in the midst of loss and suffering (think pandemic), read Tom's 3-sentence reflection

- Read Pope Francis' new year's message on that same Solemnity, explaining faith and "spiritual fruitfulness..born of trials and testing."


Other News

Sacraments on *your* front steps


Parishioners who are unable to get to the church to receive Communion or to go to Confession are invited to contact the parish office to request a visit from Father Robert.


Collection Envelopes and Making Online Contributions

Parishioners who use envelopes for their Sunday offerings can drop off their envelopes at the parish office while the church is closed. 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. 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.

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert +


Thursday, December 30, 2021

Updates to Parish Schedule Under the Latest Pandemic Regulations

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Thomas More,

Following the new pandemic regulations announced yesterday by the provincial government and health authorities, in-person Mass and parish faith formation activities are suspended until further notice.


For the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm, we encourage you to attend Mass virtually to observe this Holy Day of Obligation. The parish of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is offering a livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYzkHuPlTis

Father Robert will be offering Communion on the steps at the following times this weekend, and **all are welcome**

- December 31st, 7:00pm at Saint Thomas More

- January 2nd, 9:30am at Saint Thomas More

- January 2nd, 11:15am at Saint Willibrord (on the Rectory steps)


Follow the links below to parishes in the Archdiocese who are providing online Masses:

- Saint Ignatius of Loyola https://stig.ca/live-stream/

- Saint Thomas à Becket https://www.becket.ca/

- Saint Joseph’s Oratory https://www.saint-joseph.org/en/keep-in-touch-with-the-oratory/


On TV, the Salt & Light channel is also a great option for attending Mass virtually.


In the Kingdom, all is well. The apostles and most centuries since faced worse, and we’re still here to tell about it. Together, we are united and strengthened in prayer.

Father Robert is praying daily for the parishes of Saint Thomas More and Saint Willibrord, and all who call these parishes home, and encourages all parishioners to pray for one another as well during these times.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

In the Incarnate Word,

Father Robert+

and the Staff of Saint Thomas More


Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Important Information for Christmas Eve Mass

Dear Parishioners,

We are looking forward to seeing you at Christmas Mass!

- Saint Willibrord: December 24th - Carols at 5:15pm; Mass at 5:30pm

- Saint Thomas More: December 24th - Carols at 7:45pm, Mass at 8:00pm

- Saint Thomas More: December 25th – 9:30am (Joint Mass for both parishes)

The complete Holiday Mass schedules for both parishes are included at the bottom of this email

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Everyone is welcome to attend Mass and receive Communion. We ask that everyone attending Christmas Eve Mass is aware of the following pandemic protocols:

- Vaccine passports are required for all attendees over the age of 14

- We will have volunteers at the door to check vaccine passports, sanitize everyone’s hands upon entry, and provide masks to anyone who needs one

- Wear your masks at all times while inside the church

- Follow social distancing rules while inside the church, including sitting only in the designated pews


We understand that for various reasons, some parishioners might not be double-vaccinated. If this is your situation and you would still like to come for Christmas, this may be possible by contacting Fr Robert either by phoning the parish offices or by email.

- Phone: 514-768-4741

- Email: vicarofverdun@gmail.com


If you’re unable to attend Christmas Eve Mass in person and will instead watch a Mass online or on TV, you are welcome to receive Communion on the church steps:

- Saint Willibrord: 6:45pm to 7:00pm

- Saint Thomas More: 9:15pm to 9:30pm

Fr Robert is also available by appointment for home visits to bring Communion and hear Confessions at your front doors.


If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the parish offices by phone or by emailing the Pastoral Associate, Angela (pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com).

Stay safe and blessings to all in the name of Jesus, the King who is very soon to come,

Fr Robert Assaly +

and the Staff Members of the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun




Thursday, December 16, 2021

Soul Health LX (60)

**Television Special Tonight at 8:00pm!**

Witnesses of Hope: The Greatest of All Gifts


Highlighting the lives and works of Christians in the Middle East, this TV special airs Thursday, Dec 16th 2021 on Salt & Light TV. You can also stream it on a special Facebook live event through CNEWA Canada’s Facebook page by clicking here.

The hour-long program will be hosted by Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann and Mary Rose Bacani and will include a panel discussion on the reality and challenges that these Christians are facing, musical performances in Arabic, Aramaic and English from a children’s choir from Good Shepherd Chaldean Cathedral in Toronto, and reports and updates from Holy Land Christian communities.


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The Third Commandment:

"Remember to keep holy (to set apart) the Sabbath Day"


As Catholics, we are called to observe all Sundays and specific feast days as Holy Days of Obligation. These are days in the Church calendar when we are meant to set apart time for God by attending Mass and spending more time in prayerful, contemplative rest than we would on any other normal day. In addition to Sundays, Canada’s only two Holy Days of Obligation are Christmas (either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day) and the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Our human nature has a tendency towards making our daily work the focus of our lives, sometimes to the point where our jobs and other activities take precedence over our relationship with God and the spiritual work that we need to do to prepare for eternal life with Him. Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation are the days we set apart from all other days to keep God at the center of our lives and to develop our faith.


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Father Robert's Installation as Pastor of Saint Thomas More

Last Saturday the Episcopal Vicar, Father Raymond Lafontaine, came to celebrate Mass and install Father Robert as our pastor. Thank you to all parishioners who came to support Father Robert's vocation and mission amongst us, and to all who showed their support from home through their prayers!
 

Special thanks to John Davidson for the photograph!

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To our parishioners who have not yet returned due to the pandemic:

We miss you!


Many thanks to our volunteers for our recent Advent Call-Around, which has helped us stay in touch with our parishioners who haven't been able to rejoin us yet at the parish for Mass and other activities.

If you a parishioner who has not yet returned due to the pandemic and did not receive a call, please email Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com or call the parish office.

As he did last year, Fr Robert is happy to bring Communion to any parishioners who are unable to rejoin us at the church, and to hear Confessions at your front doors. Call the parish office if you would like a home visit!


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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 are renewing your subscription for 2022, please contact the parish office.

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!


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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.

 
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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Annual Canned Goods Collection

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets is underway, but ends this weekend (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.


Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour will resume in January 2022. Volunteers are needed each week to help make Coffee Hour a success. 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.

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.


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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/



Benefit Concert: The En Route Foundation & Conversations Cultural Centre presents the Communion & Liberation Choir

Saturday, December 18th 2021 - 7:00-8:30pm; $25 for adults and $10 for students


La Chapelle du Grand Séminaire de Montréal

2065 rue Sherbrooke Ouest | West

Montréal, QC, H3H 1G6


All proceeds of this benefit concert will go to Le Pont, a charitable organization of the Catholic Church of Montreal whose mission is to support, without regard to their religion, families who are seeking asylum and whose circumstances are often extremely precarious. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://conta.cc/3m8MxqC.


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Blessings in Christ, the King who is to come,

Father Robert+


Friday, December 10, 2021

Soul Health LIX (59)

Father Robert's Induction as Pastor of Saint Thomas More

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

Fr Raymond Lafontaine, the Episcopal Vicar, is presiding at this Mass to install Fr Robert as our pastor.


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's vocation and mission amongst us.


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To our parishioners who have not yet returned due to the pandemic: We miss you!

Many thanks to our volunteers for our Advent Call-Around, which has helped us stay in touch with our parishioners who haven't been able to rejoin us yet at the parish for Mass and other activities.

If you a parishioner who has not yet returned due to the pandemic and did not receive a call, please email Angela at pa.englishparishes.verdun@gmail.com or call the parish office.

As he did last year, Fr Robert is happy to bring Communion to any parishioners who are unable to rejoin us at the church, and to hear Confessions at your front doors. Call the parish office if you would like a home visit!


***


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!


***


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.


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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**Free** online retreat: Walking and bearing witness together… in HOPE and in JOY

Saturday December 11th, 9:30am-11:00am


Both Fr Robert and Angela are unable to participate in this mini online retreat, but if you decide to join it please let us know how you found it!


As this pandemic persists, it feels like we will have to wait yet longer to celebrate Christmas in the manner to which we are accustomed. Yet, our challenge during Advent is to walk together: in hope, in solidarity, in joy at the greatest Gift we have received: Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.


On the weekend of the third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete” (Rejoice) Sunday, the Office for English Pastoral Services (OEPS) invites you to a guided morning retreat.

This retreat will incorporate two elements:

1) On Friday evening (or at a time convenient for you), the viewing of “The Shepherd”, the pilot episode of the award-winning multi-season miniseries on the life of Jesus and his disciples, "The Chosen," followed by some questions to guide your prayer and personal reflection; 
 
2) On Saturday morning, time together online (via Zoom) to share our response to this unique perspective on the Christmas story, and to explore its impact on our personal mission, and on our shared mission as we “walk together” (synodos!) as Church.


Click here for more information and to register.


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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.


***


Magnificat Subscriptions

Parishioners who are subscribed to Magnificat can now pick up their January editions at the back of the church. If you are renewing your subscription for 2022, please contact the parish office.

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!


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.


Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour will resume in January 2022. Volunteers are needed each week to help make Coffee Hour a success. 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.

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.


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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/


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Blessings in Christ, the King who is to come,

Father Robert+



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!


***


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+