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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Soul Health XXXXV

The recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School


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

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

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


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

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


 

You are invited to a discussion:

Amplifying the voice of the
Jerusalem Church and Palestinian Christians

Facilitated by Catholic Action

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


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

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



Parish basement clearout this Saturday

take everything and make a donation

9am - 3pm; Bring your friends!



Solemnity of Corpus Christi -- The Body of Christ

Last weekend of 4 Masses



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



Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered

30 minutes prior to each mass



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

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


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

which binds us together as one people across many nations.

Father Robert+


Friday, May 21, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIV

4 days left to sign up for our exciting new

Adult Faith enrichment series:

The acclaimed Sycamore programme

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

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

- for 7 weeks

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

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

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


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

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

 


PARISH VOLUNTEER NEEDED

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

Find other opportunities and Diocesan English sector events in


Our Masses this weekend:


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


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


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


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


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


Father Robert+


The Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 14: 15-21
 



Friday, May 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIII

Jerusalem needs you;

and an exciting new parish programme...



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

(First and foremost)


 

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

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

- Latin Patriarchate Reacts to Escalating Violence

- A great news source from Jerusalem Christians

- A good news source from progressive Israelis


Adult Faith Enrichment -- the acclaimed Sycamore programme!


- for anyone wishing to grow in their Catholic faith.

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

- for 7 weeks

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


COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER


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

 first ever Virtual Comedy Night!


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

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

Register at www.pillarstrust.org


A Mini-Garage Sale open only to all parishioners

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



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


PARISH VOLUNTEER NEEDED


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

VACCINATION CLINIC


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

Masses

Volunteer for FEAST OF PENTECOST – Special Readings


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

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


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

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

The only mass not fully registered for this Ascension Sunday:

Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


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


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

Father Robert+



Friday, May 7, 2021

Opportunities in the parish in May -- Soul Health XXXXII

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


1. Faith and Spirituality:

REMINDER: HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT

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

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

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

Adult Faith Formation -- the acclaimed Sycamore programme!  

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

May: Month of Mary


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

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


2. Events:

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER


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

 first ever Virtual Comedy Night!


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

A Mini-Garage Sale open only to all parishioners 

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


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


3. Masses

Volunteer for FEAST OF PENTECOST – Special Readings


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

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

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

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

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


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

Father Robert+



Friday, April 30, 2021

Soul Health XXXXI

Three new spirituality opportunities in the parish in May

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


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


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


2. ALPHA COURSE HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Jesus together!

Father Robert+



Friday, April 23, 2021

Soul Health XXXX

Adult Confirmation Preparation


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

ALPHA COURSE

HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT


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

Schedule:

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

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


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

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

Latest Issue


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

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

- Please state which mass and the number in your party


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


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


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

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


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

Father Robert+


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXIX

LAST CHANCE to register...

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


7 Deadly Sins & 7 Lively Virtues

Email me or call the parish office


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

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

- Please state which mass and the number in your party


The only masses not fully registered are:

Saturday: 515pm

Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy

Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Lord together!

Father Robert+


Thursday, April 8, 2021

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

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

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

- by phone tomorrow 514-768-4741, or

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

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

This mass schedule will accommodate all who might register:


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

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


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

Father Robert+


Update: Soul Health XXXVII -- Easter

With the capacity limitation, we'll add a mass Saturday at 5:15pm.

Three weekend masses with capacity added in the sacristy will accommodate all who come, as before

This programme is postponed until next week, so do register... 


for Thursday's online Bishop Barron course I'm leading for the parish 
Beginning April 15, 7pm-8:15pm

7 Deadly Sins & 7 Lively Virtues

Email me or call the office

This is a great opportunity to enter the period of Mystagogy: unpacking the great Mysteries of Easter which we have just celebrated, during this 50-day season

Praying for you:

I am renewing my 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


Updated Easter Season Mass Schedule (if no changes required after this evening's news conference)

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the Feast!

Weekends: 4:00 pm Saturday
                    5:15 pm Saturday
                    9:30 am Sunday


Weekdays: 11:00 am Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Sacristy chapel

With my prayers for a Most Blessed Easter Season for you,

Father Robert+


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Soul Health XXXVII -- Easter

LAST CHANCE to register...

for this Thursday's online Bishop Barron course I'm leading for the the parish

7 Deadly Sins & 7 Lively Virtues

Email me or call the office

This is a great opportunity to enter the period of Mystagogy: unpacking the great Mysteries of Easter which we have just celebrated, during this 50-day season


Thanks to all of you, with a special thanks to Deacon Bernie and Bishop Alain Faubert, who pitched in make for a splendid Holy Week and Easter celebrations.
 

Easter Season Mass Schedule (if no changes required after this evening's news conference)

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the Feast!

Weekends: 4:00 pm Saturday

                    9:30 am Sunday


Weekdays: 11:00 am Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Sacristy chapel

With my heartfelt wishes for a Most Blessed Easter Season for you,

Father Robert+


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Soul Health XXXVI

The Holy Triduum and Easter Week

Prayer and Study:

1- Thanks to the over 50 parishioners who participated in Saturday's Retreat, making it a meaningful preparation for this Holy Week.

2- Become a Prayer Partner during the Easter Octave from this Sunday through next. Contact the office.

3- I will lead an online Bishop Barron course -- 7 Deadly Sins & 7 Lively Virtues -- starting next week, Thursdays 7pm through the Easter Season if there is enough interest. Email me or call the office.
 
HOLY TRIDUUM

HOLY THURSDAY: Mass of the Last Supper:  7:00PM, St. Willibrord Parish  
                                                                               Joint Parish Mass

GOOD FRIDAY:  Confessions: Noon
                                The Lord’s Passion 1:00PM
                                Way of the Cross 7:00PM

Saturday, Easter Vigil:  6:30PM
                                         Bishop Alain Faubert presiding

EASTER SUNDAY
:  9:30AM

 
**Good Friday is a Day of Fast & Abstinence from meat. 1 small meal & 2 snacks may be taken. This should be observed from Holy Thursday mass ideally until after the Easter Vigil. Join Fr. Robert in this 48 hour fast.

**Pray for the adult candidates who are being prepared for Baptism at the Easter Vigil: Ayden, Tristan, Talia; and the Confirmand: Douglas

**The government is now mandating the blue-and-white style procedural masks (rather than cloth masks) in church. If you are unable to bring one, we can provide one.

May you have a Faithful Truduum leading to a Joyous Easter,

Father Robert+


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Holy Week at St. Thomas More

Palm Sunday:

4 pm Saturday: Mass 

**NOTE: There will be no 5:15 mass Curbside 

Distribution of Palms & Communion at 5:15pm

9:30am Sunday: Mass

11am Monday & Tuesday: Mass in the sacristy chapel

6:30pm Wednesday: Diocesan Chrism Mass online - Archdiocese of Montreal

7pm Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper at St. Willibrord's Parish and Vigil at the Altar of Repose until 9pm (joint Mass of both parishes)

1pm Good Friday

6:30 (Saturday) Easter Vigil: Holy Fire with Adult Baptisms and Mass

Celebrant: Bishop Alain Faubert

This is a unique privilege to have a bishop celebrate the most profound liturgy of the year for us

9:30am Easter Sunday : Mass

Flowers & Donations

As tradition, the sanctuary is decorated in flowers for Easter Sunday. Flowers or donations for flowers are greatly appreciated.

You may bring your flowers during Holy Week.

Note: Collection for Good Friday will be postponed until Fall according to the rules of the Archdiocese.

With my prayers for a transformational Holy Week,

Father Robert+

Friday, March 26, 2021

SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK


Monday March 29:     11:00AM Mass

Tuesday March 30:     11:00AM Mass

Wednesday March 31  6:30PM Diocesan Chrism Mass online

Thursday April 1         7:00PM Holy Thursday Service at St. Willibrord Parish**

Friday April 2              1:00PM Good Friday the Lord's Passion

                                    7:00PM Way of the Cross (to be continued)

Saturday April 3          6:30PM Easter Vigil with all 3 Sacraments of Initiation

Sunday April 4            9:30AM Easter Morning Mass

 

**All loose collection will be split between the 2 parishes**

We ask our parishioners to pray for the adult candidates who are being prepared for Baptism at the Easter Vigil: Ayden, Tristan, Talia, and Confirmand: Douglas



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Soul Health XXXV – Re-opening for Holy Week!!

This Weekend the parish will be re-opening for Mass!

Parish Retreat:

"Making the most of Life...by making the most of Holy Week"


I invite you this Saturday, 10am - Noon, to prepare for Holy Week with our retreat:

- To join on Zoom, click here by Friday

- To attend in person, register with Trish 514-768-4741



Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday masses this weekend:


Saturday: 4:00pm & 5:15pm

Sunday: 9:30am


- Confession will be offered before all masses

- For those unable to come inside, Palms and communion will be distributed curbside on Moffat St. Saturday only, 6:15-6:30pm

Click here to join our Sunday 11am livestream Mass with Spiritual Communion. This is now a high quality broadcast.

- The rest of the Holy Week schedule will be posted Friday.

- The government is now mandating the blue-and-white style procedural masks (rather than cloth masks) in church. If you are unable to bring one, we can provide one.

And finally, this Thursday's 11am mass in the Sacristy is for the great Solemnity of the Annunciation of our Lord to Mary.

With my prayers for a transformational Holy Week,

Father Robert+


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Soul Health XXXIV

Remembering Victims of COVID-19

As today, 11 March 2021 is one year since the declaration of the pandemic, it is the National Day of Observance to honour lives lost from Covid-19.

We pray for the souls who have died and and for all those who have been affected by the impact of this virus.


Representatives of Verdun show their support

Take a few minutes to watch some of Verdun’s representatives, including me, speak on the National Day of Observance: https://exploreverdunids.com/



Ceremonies from The Archdiocese of Montreal

- Archbishop Lépine will preside at a commemorative Mass on March 11 at 5:00 p.m. at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. The Mass will be broadcast on the diocesan YouTube channel.

During this Mass, Archbishop Lépine will offer special prayers for the deceased persons named in the IN MEMORIAM list created for this purpose.

Pray that the Quebec government allows us to fully celebrate Holy Week.

Until then see our current Parish opening times here.

And join Online, for our livestreamed 11am Sunday mass with Spiritual Communion: Click Here

 The Archdiocese of Montreal invites parishes and all who so wish to pray the novena to St. Joseph from March 10 to 18, in preparation for his feast day on March 19, in communion with the Oratory.

Accordingly, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal will be saying the prayer prepared by the Oratory every day after each Mass*, from March 10 to 18.

The Oratory will also offer online sermons every day of the novena, on the theme: Joseph, Strength and Tenderness of the Father, found on this page dedicated to the year of St. Joseph by clicking here.


Reminder

Sunday, March 14 at 2 am is Daylight Savings. Don’t forget to forward your clocks to an hour!

May your Lent continue to be Faithful and Joyous,

Father Robert+