Friday, February 3, 2023

Soul Health CXVI

 

Soul Health CXVI

 
Come and See:  Joint Mass & Fellowship at St Willibrord's
Sunday, February 5th 2023
Mass at 10:30am followed by Coffee 

**No Masses at St Thomas More
Saturday February 4th & Sunday February 5th**


What happens on a typical Sunday at a missional parish?

Since the launch of its Missionary Partnership, St. Willibrord's has already started to see fruits of its recommitment to the Mission. The community has seen growth, not only in numbers, but in meaningful Christian fellowship and increased engagement in the life and mission of the church.

 With our parish at a crossroads and the future uncertain, this Sunday's Joint Mass is so important for us that a mini-bus has been arranged to help us all get to St Willibrord's!
We will leave from the front stairs of the church at 10am, and return together after Coffee Hour.  To reserve a seat on the bus please call the parish office by 3:30pm on Friday afternoon (February 3rd).  

On Saturday, February 11th at 2:30pm we will meet again as a community in the Mary Room to discern together the future of our parish.

 
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, February 4th - February 10th
Saturday, February 4h: No Mass -- See you on the 5th at St Willibrord's!
Sunday, February 5 - 10:30am at St Willibrord: For All Parishioners of Saint Thomas More & St Willibrord
Tuesday, February 7th: Joanne Brodrick Poile by Kathie & Tony Fargnoli
Thursday, February 9th:  Evelyn Gilchrist by Maureen Dearden

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Mr & Mrs Patrick McIver by Their Children 

Mother Teresa:  No Greater Love
The English version of this inspiring film enters its second week on the big screens at Cinéma Guzzo Méga-Plex Sphèretech 14 (3500 Boulevard Cote Vertu Ouest, Saint-Laurent).  A detailed list of showtimes from this weekend up to February 9th is available on CinemasGuzzo.com and we encourage you all to encounter Jesus through the work of Mother Teresa!

A true saint of the 20th Century, Mother Teresa's work with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society was well-covered in mainstream media.  She was beatified in 2003 by Pope Saint John Paul II only 6 years after her death, and canonized in 2016 by Pope Francis. 

Featuring unprecedented access to institutional archives and the apostolates of the Missionaries of Charity, this documentary reveals how Mother Teresa's vision to serve Christ in the poor continues to be realized through the Missionaries of Charity today.  
 



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, January 27, 2023

Soul Health CXV

 

Soul Health CXV 

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As St Paul writes in his letter to the Church this week, "Consider your own call...not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth."  Yet we have all been called to discipleship by God, who knows all of our weaknesses shortcomings and still calls us to do His Work anyway because it is through our flaws that His Perfect Love can be shown in the world.

To underscore this point, the Gospel this Sunday gives us the Beatitudes - a set of eight powerful statements focused on love, humility, and compassion taught by Jesus during the Sermon on the Mount.  

Picking up on the Old Testament's teachings on what constitutes a righteous and godly individual, the Beatitudes give us the New Testament's description of a disciple transformed by a personal relationship with God.  Such a transformation begins deep in the heart, with the acknowledgement of the disciple's own brokenness, sinfulness, and need for God; it then spreads outward as the disciple learns to recognize the needs of the world and the importance of meeting those needs with actions that imitate Jesus' mercy, peace, and gentleness.


Have you allowed this transformation to take place in your own heart and to continue growing outwards by following Jesus in wholehearted discipleship?  Or has complacency kept you standing still at the side of the road while Christ is passing by?
 
Come and See:  Joint Mass & Fellowship at St Willibrord's
Sunday, February 5th 2023
Mass at 10:30am followed by Coffee 

**No Masses at St Thomas More
Saturday February 4th & Sunday February 5th**


What does a parish on mission look like?
What happens on a normal Sunday in a parish that's committed to discipleship?
What difference can it make in your life to celebrate, worship, and pray in a community that's engaged in meaningful Christian fellowship?

Come and see at St Willibrord's on February 5th! 

 This is important enough for the future of our parish that a mini-bus has been arranged to help us all get there!  We will leave from the front stairs of the church at 10am, and return together after Coffee Hour.  To reserve a seat on the bus please call the parish office.

On Saturday, February 11th at 2:30pm we will meet again as a community in the Mary Room to then discern a future for our parish.

 
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, January 28 - February 5
Saturday, January 28:  Mrs Kay Cavanagh by Her Family 
Sunday, January 29: For All Parishioners 
Tuesday, January 31 (St John Bosco): Jimmy Whelton by Caroline & Peter 
Thursday, February 2 (The Presentaton of the Lord):  Hazel Boyce by Wally & Rose Gregory
Sunday, February 5 - 10:30am at St Willibrord: For All Parishioners of Saint Thomas More & St Willibrord

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Andy Thompson Sr by His Wife & Family 
 

Mother Teresa:  No Greater Love
This film is currently showing in English at Cinéma Guzzo Méga-Plex Sphèretech 14 (3500 Boulevard Cote Vertu Ouest, Saint-Laurent).  A detailed list of showtimes from this weekend up to February 2nd is available on CinemasGuzzo.com and we encourage you all to encounter Jesus through the work of Mother Teresa on the big screen!  

A true saint of the 20th Century, Mother Teresa's work with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society was well-covered in mainstream media.  She was beatified in 2003 by Pope Saint John Paul II only 6 years after her death, and canonized in 2016 by Pope Francis. 

Featuring unprecedented access to institutional archives and the apostolates of the Missionaries of Charity, this documentary reveals how Mother Teresa's vision to serve Christ in the poor continues to be realized through the Missionaries of Charity today.  

Coffee Break Catechesis
In honour of the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, which was this past Wednesday, enjoy a cuppa with Scott Hahn in this video about the Saint's journey from Persecutor to Apostle.

Spiritual Support for Separated or Divorced Persons
If you have been wounded in your experience of marriage, heal yourself and rebuild yourself in Christ through the welcoming and supportive community for separated and divorced persons led by Deacon Francis Joannette and his wife Jackie. 



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, January 20, 2023

Soul Health CXIV 

 

Soul Health CXIV 

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

"The people of darkness have seen a great light," proclaims the prophet Isaiah in this Sunday's First Reading.  He's followed by the Psalmist who identifies that light as the Lord, and by St Paul who is swift to remind us that we should be united in the divine sacrifice of the Cross instead of taking sides in the human hierarchy the Church. 

Light and unity are woven into these readings as common threads, and we too are woven in with them. All of humanity is brought out of the darkness of sin by the light of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the infinite love of the Father.  Heaven isn't only a select few who decide to follow one leader instead of another.

Finally, we're also reminded is weekend that Kingdom is built up not only through our works alone, but rather our works offered up to the transformative power of God's love for all of us.  The longer version of the Gospel reading this weekend includes Matthew's account of Simon Peter, Andrew, James, and John meeting Jesus and immediately deciding to follow him. 

By their example, we are reminded that is our response to His call that allows God to work in us and through us for the greater glory of the Kingdom.  Most of us may not be called to quit our jobs and leave our families to do God's work, but that only means our mission field is the familiar territory of our daily lives.  That's half the battle won -- winning the other half requires that we commit to building up our faith from something we do for an hour once a week into something we truly live as we go about our daily business.
 
Come and See:  Joint Mass & Fellowship at St Willibrord's
February 5th 2023
Mass at 10:30am followed by Coffee 

**No Masses at St Thomas More
Saturday February 4th & Sunday February 5th**


A Mini-bus will leave from the front stairs of the church at 10am to take us to St Willibrord and will return us back to St Thomas More.  To reserve a seat on the bus please call the parish office.

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, January 21-27
Saturday, January 21:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, January 22: Anniversary of Andrew Thompson Sr by His Wife & Family
Tuesday, January 24 (St Francis de Sales): Hazel Boyce by Eileen Ford
Thursday, January 26 (St Timothy & St Titus):  Anniversary of Peter McGlynn by His Family

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Deceased Members of the Gomez & Olaguera Families by Agnes Olaguera

Requiescat In Pace 
The funeral Mass for Julie Boulet will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 11:00am.
 

2023 Wardens
At last weekend’s Annual Meeting of Parishioners, Debbie Warren & Derek Mott were elected as Wardens.  Claudette Asselin & Raymond LaRouche were re-elected for a second term.  Along with Louise Dorais & Paul Lafontaine, they will be our Wardens for 2023. 

We thank all of these individuals for standing for election and agreeing to fill this vital role in our parish. 

Coffee Break Catechesis
Bishop Barron faces the challenge of growing the Church head-on and invites all Catholics to do the same through four realistic, accessible, and practical ways.

Add a bit of brightness to tax season
Parishioners wishing a receipt for income tax purposes are asked to fill out the card in their envelope sets or email the parish office with their name, address, postal code, and envelope number.  Receipts will be ready in a few weeks.



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, January 13, 2023

Soul Health CXIII

 

Soul Health CXIII


 

Annual Parishioners' Meeting:
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at 3pm in the Mary Room

If you are a frequent, regular mass attender, your participation is anticipated, as it is your commitment and input that will shape this critical discussion.

With the parish at a crossroads, the outcome of your participation may well determine the future of the parish.

 
 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Particularly keen readers using personal copies of the Sunday missals will notice that this weekend's Second Reading is, in fact, simply the opening of St Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians.  This is not a part of the epistle that contains direction, advice, or insight -- at least, not at first glance. 

As part of his greetings, St Paul addresses the Church in Corinth as "those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints."  In these words, the Apostle reminds us of both our Christian identity and our Christian vocation:  we are set apart for God and for holiness.  We are saved and made new by the sacrifice of Jesus, and our salvation and renewal are meant to be shared with others in daily, ordinary life. 

Reflecting on this, then, do our present lives align to this?  Does our practice of faith currently include sharing our faith, as well as our hope and love, with others as part of our regular day-to-day routine, or is it limited to our presence at Mass or any other time we may happen to be inside a church?  How might our lives and the lives of countless unknown others be changed if we truly embraced our call to the mission of building up the kingdom and making disciples not just of ourselves, but of all others?
 
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, January 14-20
Saturday, January 14:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, January 15: Fr Ken Martin by the Estate
Tuesday, January 17: Carmel Goguen by Anne Foran 
Thursday, January 19:  Theresa Zizzi by Rose & Wally Gregory 

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Mr & Mrs Russell Biffin by Priscilla & Ken McGuire 
 

New Office Hours
Starting this week, the Parish Office will be closed on Wednesdays.  Regular office hours will be Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm.

Magnificat Subscriptions for 2023
Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat are reminded that it is time to renew their subscription for $70.00, please contact the parish office.  We encourage our parishioners to take out a subscription which would begin in February of this wonderful publication which includes readings, reflections and prayers.

Add a bit of brightness to tax season
Parishioners wishing a receipt for income tax purposes are asked to fill out the card in their envelope sets or email the parish office with their name, address, postal code, and envelope number.  Receipts will be ready in a few weeks.

Increase your spiritual strength in 2023 with a daily dose of the Catechism
Following the huge success of "The Bible in a Year," Father Mike Schmitz is launching "The Catechism in a Year" in 2023.  With a new episode set to be released every day in 2023, this podcast is a deep dive into the the Catechism of the Catholic Church that complements the content of its predecessor. 

As Father Mike told Aleteia in a recent interview"The Bible in a Year was all about learning to see our lives through the lens of Scripture. With The Catechism in a Year, I hope that we will allow the truths of the Catholic faith to shape our lives. God’s story in our lives doesn’t end with the Bible, but God’s story continues with the Church, and the life of the Church."



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, January 6, 2023

Soul Health CXII

 

Soul Health CXII


 

Annual Parishioners' Meeting:
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at 3pm

If you are a frequent, regular mass attender, your participation is anticipated, as it is your commitment and input that will shape this critical discussion.

With the parish at a crossroads, the outcome of your participation may well determine the future of the parish and even whether we continue.

 
 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.  Traditionally taking place twelve days after Christmas, Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of the first stretch of Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar.  This feast day even has a presence in popular secular culture:  it lends its name to Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, and the twelve-day stretch from Christmas to Epiphany is the of origin the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” 

But why is this specific moment in Jesus’ early infancy, when “Three Wise Men came from country afar," so important as to merit its own feast day in the Church? 

Read More 
 

 
Christmas Tidings from Father Robert
In case you missed Father Robert's Christmas letter, you can read it here!
 

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, January 7-13
Saturday, January 7 (The Epiphany of the Lord):  For All Parishioners
Sunday, January 8 (The Epiphany of the Lord): For the Intentions of Doreen Zdyb by her Husband & Family
Tuesday, January 10: Hazel Boyce by Maureen Dearden
Thursday, January 12 (St Marguerite Bourgeoys):  Theresa Zizzi by Her Husband, Martino

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Brian Assaly by his mother, Gloria Assaly

Requiescat In Pace
There will be a Funeral Mass for Michael McSharry on Tuesday, January 10th  at 1:30pm.
 

New Office Hours
Starting this week, the Parish Office will be closed on Wednesdays.  Regular office hours will be Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm.

Thank You from the St Vincent de Paul Society
Our Christmas Basket Campaign at Christmas was once again extremely successful.  May God bless all of you for your compassion and generosity which allowed fulfilling all Christmas Basket request.

We are extremely grateful to IGA Champagne and Marche Tondreau for their kindness towards the Christmas Baskets, and also LaSalle Comprehensive High School.

Thanks as well to all parishioners who brought presents to the crèche at Christmas.  St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute them next year with the Christmas Baskets.

"Give something, however small, to the one in need.  For it is not small to one who has nothing.  Neither is it small to God, if we have given what we could." - St. Gregory Nazianzen

Magnificat Subscriptions for 2023
Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat are reminded that it is time to renew their subscription for $70.00, please contact the parish office.  We encourage our parishioners to take out a subscription which would begin in February of this wonderful publication which includes readings, reflections and prayers.

Add a bit of brightness to tax season
Parishioners wishing a receipt for income tax purposes are asked to fill out the card in their envelope sets or email the parish office with their name, address, postal code, and envelope number.  Receipts will be ready in a few weeks.

Increase your spiritual strength in 2023 with a daily dose of the Catechism
Following the huge success of "The Bible in a Year," Father Mike Schmitz is launching "The Catechism in a Year" in 2023.  With a new episode set to be released every day in 2023, this podcast is a deep dive into the the Catechism of the Catholic Church that complements the content of its predecessor. 

As Father Mike told Aleteia in a recent interview"The Bible in a Year was all about learning to see our lives through the lens of Scripture. With The Catechism in a Year, I hope that we will allow the truths of the Catholic faith to shape our lives. God’s story in our lives doesn’t end with the Bible, but God’s story continues with the Church, and the life of the Church."



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Soul Health CXI

 

Soul Health CXI



Holiday Mass Schedule

Mary, Mother of God
**This Solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation**
Saturday, December 31st:  4:30pm
Sunday, January 1st:  8:30am

Father Robert is celebrating a private Mass at 9:00am on Sunday, offered for the parishes of St Thomas More and St Willibrord. 


Annual Parishioners' Meeting:
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at 3pm

If you are a frequent, regular mass attender, your participation is anticipated, as it is your commitment and input that will shape this critical discussion.

With the parish at a crossroads, the outcome of your participation may well determine the future of the parish and even whether we continue.

 
 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This weekend, we celebrate the great solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  Of the many Marian Feasts in the liturgical calendar, this is the only one that is a Holy Day of Obligation in Canada.

Falling between the feasts of the Nativity and Epiphany, and also on the New Year, Pope Paul VI wrote in 1974 that this solemnity " ...is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in this mystery of salvation. It is meant also to exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the Holy Mother...through whom we were found worthy to receive the Author of life. It is likewise a fitting occasion for renewing adoration of the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels, and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace."

Our lives can become truly magnificent and meaningful by saying yes to God's plans for us, as Mary did.  Let's start 2023 off on the right foot by following Our Lady's example in her love for Jesus, her openness to God's will, and her acceptance of the Holy Spirit's gifts as she took her rightful place in the Church.

 

 
Christmas Tidings from Father Robert
In case you missed last week's Special Edition with Father Robert's Christmas letter, you can read it here!

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, December 31 - January 6
Saturday, December 31:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, January 1: For All Parishioners
Tuesday, January 3 (The Most Holy Name of Jesus): Deceased Members of the Purcell & Gallagher Families by Their Estate
Thursday, January 5:  Brian Foran by His Wife Ann 

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Gerald C. Gummersell by his sister Allanna
 


Farewell to Benedict XVI
The Holy See Press Office confirms that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away on Saturday morning in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery.  Please join us in praying for the repose of his soul, and read the highlights of his life and career in this article from The Catholic Register.
 



Thank you!
We wish to thank Fr. Lou Cerulli for celebrating our New Year’s Masses. 

We would also thank Fr George Zacharias for saying Mass this past Tuesday &Thursday.

Fr. Robert will be back for Mass next Thursday.

Magnificat Subscriptions for 2023
Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat are reminded that it is time to renew their subscription for $70.00, please contact the parish office.  We encourage our parishioners to take out a subscription which would begin in February of this wonderful publication which includes readings, reflections and prayers.

Increase your spiritual strength in 2023 with a daily dose of the Catechism
Following the huge success of "The Bible in a Year," Father Mike Schmitz is launching "The Catechism in a Year" in 2023.  With a new episode set to be released every day in 2023, this podcast is a deep dive into the the Catechism of the Catholic Church that complements the content of its predecessor. 

As Father Mike told Aleteia in a recent interview"The Bible in a Year was all about learning to see our lives through the lens of Scripture. With The Catechism in a Year, I hope that we will allow the truths of the Catholic faith to shape our lives. God’s story in our lives doesn’t end with the Bible, but God’s story continues with the Church, and the life of the Church."
 



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, December 23, 2022

Soul Health CX

 

Soul Health CX



Holiday Mass Schedule

Christmas
Saturday, December 24th:  Carols - 7:30pm -- Mass - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 25th:  Mass - 9:00am

Mary, Mother of God
**This Solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation**
Saturday, December 31st:  4:30pm
Sunday, January 1st:  8:30am

 
Christmas Tidings from Father Robert
In case you missed yesterday's Soul Health: Special Edition with Father Robert's Christmas letter, you can read it here!

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, December 24 - December 30
Saturday, December 24:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, December 25: For All Parishioners
Tuesday, December 27 (St John the Apostle): John & Joan Purcell by Their Estate
Thursday, December 29:  Deceased Members of the Alguire & Robidoux Families by The Estate

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Diane Chesnel Cox by her husband Robert & Family
 

Thank you!
We wish to thank Fr Donbosco and Fr George for celebrating our weekday Masses this week. 

Please also join us in thanking Fr Lou Cerulli who will be celebrating our Christmas Masses this weekend, as Fr Robert continues to recover from COVID-19.  

Toys for the Christ Child
 Once again this year at Christmas, we encourage children to bring gifts to Jesus at the Crib.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents to teach their child a valuable lesson of sharing.  It would be appreciated if the gifts are marked boy or girl and the age.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Soul Health: Special Edition

 

Soul Health:  Special Edition
 

Holiday Mass Schedule

Christmas
Saturday, December 24th:  Carols - 7:30pm;  Mass - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 25th:  Mass - 9:00am

Mary, Mother of God
**This Solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation**
Saturday, December 31st:  4:30pm
Sunday, January 1st:  8:30am


 

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

“Rejoice! Emmanuel has come: God with us!”
 
During these 12 Holy Days of Christmas we may rejoice gathering with family, simply being with one another again bridging long distances.
 
Because I’m still recovering from COVID, I will not exactly be able to be with my primary family to celebrate Christmas – that is, at the altar with you, my beloved parishioners. I’m deeply grateful to Fr. Lou Cerulli for celebrating with you in my stead.
 
This prompts me to realize perhaps I have taken for granted the privilege of being together as Christian family on Christmas Eve. It’s only Thursday and I’m missing the masses already!
 
And it impresses upon me why Christmas happens at all: God so yearned out of pure love to be with us, whom He created out of pure love. So He sent His Son to humbly come among us in poverty and suffering, under military occupation, as Christ and Savior. He comes amidst fear and brokenness as the Prince of Peace, with the Angels choirs declaring, “Peace to be people of goodwill.”  What an amazing God! And then He invites us to extend His peace with our needy world.
 

A Christmas Gospel (Matthew 1:23) declares the fulfilment of that prophesied centuries earlier (Isaiah 7:14), “Behold. A virgin shall bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means, God with us.

My favorite icon is a representation based on this prophecy, depicting the very purpose of God with us. Jesus, the Word made flesh, comes in silence and humility with his right hand blessing from the womb all who are created through Him. Mary, Mother of the Church, obedient to the Father’s will, yearns for His visible coming at His birth.

Indeed God’s desire is mirrored in the deepest longing of the human heart, in all our joys and sorrows, in our celebrations and our brokenness to have God come to be with us.  It’s picked up in a translation of the popular Advent hymn ("Wake, O Wake!”, Wachet Auf, music by J.S. Bach), where Zion symbolizes Mary as the Church:

 

 


On Saturday I actually will be together with you:  fulfilled in communion, “Where in thy supper we may share,” through the Word made Flesh.  In the late afternoon I will privately offer Christmas mass with special intention for you, my family - for St. Thomas More and St. Willibrord. As I call Jesus down onto the altar, body, blood, soul and divinity, really present where he longs to be with us and for us, I anticipate hearing over my shoulder the angels choirs singing, “Heaven and earth are full of your glory.”

 
Emmanuel, God with us, is fulfilled at Christmas. In His goodness, Jesus extends His presence to us every Sunday mass. This Christmas, may you re-discover this yearning in your hearts, and find it fulfilled every mass. May Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, thus constantly enrich, sustain and enliven you each Sunday in the mass and in every way, that you may be a witness of His peace to the world.
 

Emmanuel, God with us!! Glory to Him in the highest!


Yours in Christ, the new-born King,
Father Robert Assaly+

 

Friday, December 16, 2022

Soul Health CIX

 

Soul Health CIX
 

***The annual Parishioners' Meeting is postponed until January 14th 2023, as Fr Robert has tested positive for COVID-19***

If you are a frequent, regular mass attender, your participation is anticipated for the new meeting date, as it is your commitment and input that will shape this critical discussion.

With the parish at a crossroads, the outcome of your participation may well determine the future of the parish and even whether we continue.

 


Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The Gospel Reading for this Fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on Joseph learning of Mary’s pregnancy and being visited by the Angel of the Lord in a dream to direct him to not dismiss Mary, but to take her as his wife and her child as his own.  Although we’re told at the end of the Gospel Reading that Joseph awakens in full acceptance of God's will for him, it’s easy for us to wonder:  how did Joseph really feel?  After all, Joseph is spoken of in the New Testament, but isn’t actually recorded as speaking for himself in any part of Scripture. 

And so, what we know of the adoptive, earthly father of Jesus comes from what others have written about him and about the actions he took as the leader of the Holy Family.  Matthew tells us outright that Joseph was a righteous man, and we can glean from this Gospel Reading that prior to the Angel’s visit, Joseph had a great sense of compassion. He still held Mary in high enough regard to not dismiss her publicly and expose her to shame.  It certainly would have been easy enough for him to do so, and well within his right - but Joseph's desire to uphold Mary's dignity provided a window of opportunity for the Angel of the Lord to come to him.
 
From this one passage - essentially our introduction to him in Scripture - we see in Joseph an example of how we are called by God to hear His word, know His will, and act upon it in our lives. As Advent draws to a close and Jesus, our Emmanuel, draws ever closer to us, let us keep in mind that the faith, hope, and love of both Mary and Joseph played a vital role bridging the gap between God and humanity.   
 
If we make windows of opportunity for the Holy Spirit to come into our hearts by also striving to lead lives of faith, hope, and love, we too can discern the role we are meant to play in building up the Kingdom.  
 
 



Deacon Bernie is now at home and anticipates being with us on Christmas Eve.
 


Christmas Mass Schedule

Saturday, December 24th:  Carols - 7:30pm -- Mass - 8:00pm
Sunday, December 25th:  Mass - 9:00am

 
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, December 17-24
Saturday, December 17:  Anniversary of Wayne Warren by Bill & Denise
Sunday, December 18: For All Parishioners
Tuesday, December 20: Patricia McSharry by Anna Maria McSharry & Family
Thursday, December 22:  Patricia McSharry by Michael McSharry & Family


The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Evelyn Gilchrist by Kathie & Tony Fargnoli

As our Mass intentions are booked far in advance, the Sanctuary Lamp can be lit in memory of your loved ones or for intentions.  The candle is lit for the week for a suggested offering of $20.00.  For more information and to book a specific week please contact the office.
 

Give the Gift of God's Word (and more!) with Magnificat
Free copies of the January 2023 edition of Magnificat are available for new subscribers or 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!
 
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 - $70.00 for 14 issues.  Current subscribers can also renew their subscriptions for 2023 at this price.
 
Thank you!
We wish to thank Fr. Lou Cerulli for Celebrating Mass this weekend and Deacon Marco Argentino for assisting and preaching the Homily.

Thank you to Fr. George Zacharias, for saying Mass this past Thursday.
 
Toys for the Christ Child
 Once again this year at Christmas, we encourage children to bring gifts to Jesus at the Crib.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents to teach their child a valuable lesson of sharing.  It would be appreciated if the gifts are marked boy or girl and the age.
 
Support one of our parish's oldest traditions: The St Thomas More Christmas Baskets
For over 50 years, our parish has supported families in need in our community through Christmas Baskets.  This year, Trish (who has been leading the project for 30 years!) projects that over 40 families will benefit from our efforts. 

This is the final weekend of the Annual Food Drive!

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards the cost of meat and perishable items may place their donation in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes. 

Thank you to all parishioners who made their donation using the Feast of St. Andrew envelope, your generosity totaled $1,720 .00 in Memory of Fr. George Oakes.


Envelopes for 2023
The 2023 sets of Church Offering Envelopes will be available beginning next weekend.  Envelopes are in alphabetical order.

Parishioners who had a number between 102-110 have been assigned a new number.  Parishioners wishing to use envelopes for the first time may pick up a set this weekend on the table marked M-Z.  Please leave your name, address and phone number on the sheet of paper next to the number you take.

New Sunday Missals for 2023 now available
We have some copies of the Living with Christ Sunday Missals which are available on the shelves at the back of the church.  The cost is $7.00.
 
St Willibrord:  The Christmas Baskets Project
The Christmas Baskets Project at St. Willibrord’s Parish is a 100% volunteer-powered mobilization that helps provide food and Christmas cheer to 200 families in Verdun.  Click here for more information!


Coffee Break Catechesis
Reflect more upon this weekend's upcoming readings with Jeff Cavins,
 whose prolific Biblical scholarship and work with Ascension Press has helped countless individuals encounter the Word of God in meaningful, profound ways.
 


Beyond Verdun
  • St Francis of Assisi made an appearance at last week's COP15 March for Biodiversity and Human Rights - get the full scoop here!
  • To build fellowship and overcome social isolation, the Choir of Saint Donat created a community initiative to bring people together through music. Let’s Sing Christmas Songs at Church is the first fruit of their labours - watch it here.
Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!
  • The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund
    • The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund was established to accept donations from 73 Catholic entities across the country, and to advance healing and reconciliation initiatives.  It seeks to support projects that are determined locally, in collaboration with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners.  Learn more and support this Catholic commitment to healing and reconciliation at https://www.irfund.ca/
  • CAPP-Canada
    • CAPP was founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.  Learn more at https://www.cappcanada.ca/ and watch the replay of September's virtual launch of CAPP-Canada at https://www.cappcanada.ca/launch
  • Catholic Action Montreal
    • Motivated by our faith, Catholic Action Montreal empowers its community through a network of gifted individuals, partners, and organizations, enabling them to respond to an expressed need, resulting in profound changes in the community.  Learn more and get involved at https://catholicaction.ca/



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+