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Friday, August 19, 2022

Soul Health XCII

 

Soul Health XCII
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The Second Reading this weekend mentions the word “discipline” in nearly every paragraph and reminds us that we shouldn’t expect our lives as followers of Christ to be easy. Discipleship takes discipline: we cannot commit to Christ without also committing to the Cross. Indeed, last week we read in Hebrews 12:2, “Let us keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith. For the sake of the joy which lay before him he endured the Cross.” 

The last paragraph of the Second Reading tell us, “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”  Committing to our trials in order to become disciples requires us to prepare for what lies ahead, and just as we were never meant to journey alone neither we were ever meant to prepare alone.

Our best opportunities to prepare to become missionary disciples are found in the celebration of Mass as a community, in the fellowship we share after Mass, and in the prayers we offer for one another during the week. 

And so, as we continue moving forward towards becoming a mission-focused parish, reflect on the ways that you might grow in how you’re celebrating and participating at Mass, in getting to know your fellow parishioners both old and new, and in having an intention-driven prayer life. 


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, August 20-26
Saturday, August 20:  Ronald Moss by His Family 
Sunday, August 21:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, August 23 (St Rose de Lima):  Deceased Members of the McGlynn Family by The Family 
Thursday, August 25 (St Louis & St Joseph Calasanz):  M. Georgette Grise by Her Children 
 


What exactly is Alpha?
Alpha is an 11-week series where we come to St. Willibrord’s, share a meal, watch a talk and discuss life, faith and God. It is a safe and welcoming evening where we can explore a different theme each week through a Christian lens and meet you wherever you are in your faith journey.

Registration is a just a click away: stig.ca/alpha

Learn more: https://youtu.be/RRh-cPUxNWU


Coffee Break Catechesis

  • What is the Value of a Human Life?
    https://youtu.be/AeshlJd0R2U
    This week, reconsider the value and uniqueness of your life with Mari Pablo from Ascension Presents, and learn how to expand that mindset to valuing the life and dignity of others!
Beyond Verdun 
  • Complete your day with "a beautiful encounter with the sacred" on August 19th
    The Montreal Compline Choir extends an invitation to all to join them for Compline at the Church of Saint Barnabas (95 Lorne Avenue, St-Lambert) on August 19th at 9:00pm. 
    • The Office of Compline is the last office of the Liturgy of the Hours, and this particular Compline repertoire includes Gregorian chant, plainsong in English, and music from the Renaissance.
    • A collection will be taken up to support the parish and help the choir cover its expenses.
  • Welcome, Bishop-Elect Frank Leo!  
    https://bit.ly/3CbC0Up
    On Monday, September 12, join the celebration and welcome Bishop-Elect Frank Leo to his new role in the Archdiocese as Auxiliary Bishop!  The Episcopal Ordination will take place at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and will also be livestreamed by Salt & Light Media.
  • How to become the salt of the earth:  CAPP is coming to Canada
    https://bit.ly/3wewD2Y
    https://www.cappcanada.ca/launch
    Centesiumus Annus Pro Pontiface (CAPP) is starting its Canadian chapter, and all who felt called to action following the Papal Visit are invited to attend the virtual launch on September 17 to learn how they can effectively participate in Catholic social action.  For more information and to RSVP to the event, follow the links above!
    • “The primary mission of CAPP is to transform society by cultivating, especially among lay Catholic leaders, a deeper understanding, integration, and holistic application of Catholic Social Doctrine. Our secondary mission is to support Papal charities, responding to urgent needs as they arise. In advancing our two-fold mission, we also welcome the support and collaboration of non-Catholics.” 
  • State Power and Evangelization
    The Church no longer imposes the Gospel by state power, but proposes it in freedom.  Yet that does not erase the Church’s presence during painful moments of history, as the Papal Visit made clear:  https://bit.ly/3JQU9sA

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

 



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, August 12, 2022

Soul Health XCI

 

Soul Health XCI
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this weekend’s readings we are told that as followers of Jesus Christ, our paths are not easy – yet because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, carried out for love of us, we have every reason to persevere in our journey of faith! 

Jesus' life and ministry remind us that there is nothing that we have to do that God Himself has not shown us how to do. His journey to Calvary and his death on the Cross shows us that there is nothing that we have to endure that God Himself has not experienced - not even suffering and death.  His resurrection proves to us that there is nothing to fear at the end of our lives because God Himself conquered death for us.

If we truly believe this, then how can we be anything but joyful and eager to walk with Our Lord regardless of the road?


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, August 13-19
Saturday, August 13:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, August 14:  Adolf Schweighart by Mrs Winnifred Tyrell & The Girls
Tuesday, August 16 (St Stephen of Hungary):  For the intentions of Maria Olaguera & Danny Forlini on the Occasion of their 5th Wedding Anniversary by Their Family
Thursday, August 18 (Ferial):  John & Joan Purcell by Their Estate 

Intentions offered at private Masses this week: 
- For Father Ken Martin by the Estate


Funeral Announcement:  Bryan Deegan, Wednesday August 17th 2022 
- Visitation at 10:30am
- Mass at 11:30am

 


Alpha is coming to Verdun!
Starting Tuesday, September 27 at St Willibrord's Parish

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring life’s big questions: is there more to life than this? What is my purpose?

Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversations. There is no pressure, no homework and no charge - it is just an open, informal and honest space to explore life’s big questions together!  

Don't know if this is something you want to try alone?  Bring a friend - all are welcome!

Contact the St Willibrord office to register by calling 514-769-9678 or emailing willibrord1913@gmail.com!


Coffee Break Catechesis

  • The one reason you are not yet a Saint  
    https://youtu.be/md1tmljK6O8
    Have a cuppa with Fr Mike Schmitz and seize this week’s Coffee Break Catechesis as an opportunity to bring God to the centre of your life!
Beyond Verdun 
  • Complete your day with "a beautiful encounter with the sacred" on August 19th
    The Montreal Compline Choir extends an invitation to all to join them for Compline at the Church of Saint Barnabas (95 Lorne Avenue, St-Lambert) on August 19th at 9:00pm. 
    • The Office of Compline is the last office of the Liturgy of the Hours, and this particular Compline repertoire includes Gregorian chant, plainsong in English, and music from the Renaissance.
    • A collection will be taken up to support the parish and help the choir cover its expenses.
  • Catch the replay from Winona-Rochester!
    https://www.wordonfire.org/bishop-installation/
    Bishop Barron was installed as the 9th Bishop of Winona-Rochester on July 29th 2022.  His homilies from Solemn Vespers and the Installation Mass – in which he speaks on the topics of evangelization and discipleship! – are available through the link above.
  • What about “medically necessary” abortions?
    Doctors weigh in:  https://bit.ly/3Ae9D6r
  • State Power and Evangelization
    The Church no longer imposes the Gospel by state power, but proposes it in freedom.  Yet that does not erase the Church’s presence during painful moments of history, as the Papal Visit made clear:  https://bit.ly/3JQU9sA
 

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

 



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, August 5, 2022

Soul Health XC (90)

 

Soul Health XC (90)
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This weekend, the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun welcome three infants into the Church through the Sacrament of Baptism.  Please join us in welcoming Avery, Zoe, and Dominic to our spiritual family and to the Body of Christ, and in praying for them and their families as they embark upon their incredible journey towards Heaven!
 
Through Baptism, these children - and, indeed, all of us! - are given the gift of faith.  Described by Pope Francis as the greatest gift parents can pass on to the next generation, faith permeates all the readings this weekend.  We see that faith is our inheritance from our spiritual ancestors,and that even when given to innumerable descendants it is an inheritance that never diminishes.  
 
How have you used your gift of faith so far? Do you need to perhaps excavate it from a closet, or pull it down from a long-forgotten shelf and dust it off?  Is it possible that you might have never fully unwrapped it?  Whatever the case may be, your gift of faith can help move our parish forward in our mission-focused efforts - so don't hesitate to use it! 
 

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 30 - August 5
Saturday, August 6:  Tony Legault O’Neill by the Rowe Family
Sunday, August 7:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, August 9:  For the Intentions of Angela Olaguera by Her Mother
Thursday, August 11:  Patricia McSharry by Her Family
 


DRUSA 2022:  What did we get up to?
In mid-July, the English Roman Catholic Parishes of Verdun and St Ignatius of Loyola sent Angela, Shawna, Terrel, and Mark to St Ann’s Parish in Dallas, Texas, for three days of learning, networking, fellowship, and prayer at the Divine Renovation Conference alongside 600 other attendees (including 150 priests)

Get a taste of what they experienced at this immersive conference and be inspired for our own mission-focused journey ahead at  https://youtu.be/eUA3AwrsVOM


Divine Renovation: Read all about it!
If you're interested in how our parish can transition from maintenance to mission and what that exciting journey might look like, copies of the Divine Renovation handbook are available as loans from the parish. Please contact Angela for more information!

Alpha is coming to Verdun!
Starts Tuesday, September 27 at St Willibrord's Parish

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring life’s big questions: is there more to life than this? What is my purpose?

Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversations. There is no pressure, no homework and no charge - it is just an open, informal and honest space to explore life’s big questions together!

Contact the St Willibrord office to register by calling 514-769-9678 or emailing willibrord1913@gmail.com!

 


Coffee Break Catechesis

  • Why self-care is important for loving others
    https://youtu.be/avSSuQJ5rHs
    Self-care really blew up during the pandemic, and on social media this trend often comes across as a selfish vehicle for consumerism to run rampant.  But did you know that self-care can help us sanctify our lives and our relationships?  In this video from Ascension Presents, Father Mike Schmitz explores how this is not only possible, but also necessary for us to love others more fully.
 

Truth, Reconciliation, and Solidarity

 



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, July 29, 2022

Soul Health LXXXIX

 

Soul Health LXXXIX
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The past week has been a momentous and historic one for our country and our Church.  As Canada prepares to bid farewell to Pope Francis let's continue walking together towards reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers, and continue learning how to effectively stand in solidarity with those in need of our support.  Let's also pray for our hearts to remain open to God's will and to his plans for us to bring others to him through our faith and our deeds.  


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 30 - August 5
Saturday, July 30:  Anniversary of Mary Speer by Her Family
Sunday, July 31:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, August 2 (St Eusebius of Vercelli):  For the intentions of Michael McSharry on the occasion of his 90th Birthday, by His Family
Thursday, August 4 (St Jean-Marie Vianney):  In thanksgiving to St Thomas More for a family intention, by the Olaguera Family 

Extra intentions this week offered in private Masses:

For the deceased members of the Alguire and Robidoux Family by Their Estate
 


Read up on Divine Renovation
If you're interested in how our parish can move from maintenance towards mission and what that kind journey can look like, copies of the Divine Renovation handbook are available as loans from the parish.  Please contact Angela for more information!
 


Coffee Break Catechesis

  • The Shocking Reality of the Eucharist!
    https://youtu.be/UQPTfyxZLKI
    In this short video, Fr Mike Schmitz discusses the Miracle of the Eucharist and what it truly means to eat Jesus’ body and drink Jesus’ blood.
  • Do you know Jesus?  Are you sure?
    https://youtu.be/3T04N3GmpSk
    In under ten minutes, Tanner Kalina from Ascension Presents shares his journey towards forming a personal relationship with God, and the four habits that will help us all know God in the way we were meant to know him.

Truth, Reconciliation, and Solidarity


 New Appointments in the Archdiocese

  • Congratulations to Msgr Frank Leo, who was recently appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal.  Read more at https://bit.ly/3cH6Yc9



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Soul Health LXXXVI

 

Soul Health LXXXVI


A Special **Zoom** Event with Fr Robert for the Papal Visit
Friday, July 22nd @ 7:30pm via this link:

https://concordia-ca.zoom.us/j/91966291246

Join Father Robert on Zoom this Friday evening to respond to Pope Francis’ request for the prayers of Catholics worldwide to accompany him on his “pilgrimage of penitence“ and reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers.  There will be an opening reflection by Father Robert on the Papal visit followed by the Rosary.

***Prayer cards for the Papal Visit are available in the church this weekend for free so you can pray at home and share the Pope’s intentions with your nearest and dearest***



Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 

This Sunday’s Gospel Acclamation tells us, “You have received a Spirit of adoption, in whom we cry, Abba, Father!”

We often refer to our fellow Christians as our sisters and brothers in Christ, and extend this signifier of fraternity beyond Christianity towards the greater “human family,” but we know all too well that throughout history, humanity has not always taken this sense of kinship to heart.  Last summer’s discoveries at sites of former residential schools – the numbers of which are still growing as ongoing investigations continue – forced our nation to face its history in order to make true and meaningful progress in repairing its broken relationship with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Solidarity and reconciliation take centre stage this upcoming week in Canada with the arrival of Pope Francis this Sunday.  On this visit, he’ll have a “unique opportunity…to listen and dialogue with Indigenous peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness and to address the impact of colonization and the participation of the Catholic Church in the operation of residential schools throughout Canada.”

 We have a unique opportunity to learn as well, and to follow the example of charity and openness that the Pope puts before us with this visit.  Let’s all take the first steps towards reconciliation this week, and continue walking together.
 


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, July 23-July 29
Saturday, July 23 (4:30pm):  For All Parishioners
Sunday, July 24 (8:30am):  Lorraine Gaudreau by Paul Moreau
Tuesday, July 26:  Anniversary of John (Bud) Gallie by his sister Maureen
Thursday, July 28:  In thanksgiving, by Caroline Landry


Extra intentions this week offered in private Masses:
- Mr. & Mrs. John Purcell by Their Estate
- Deceased Members of The Gallagher & Purcell Family by the Estate

Read up on Divine Renovation
If you're interested in how our parish can move from maintenance towards mission and what that kind journey can look like, copies of the Divine Renovation handbook are available as loans from the parish.  Please contact Angela for more information!

Franciscus venit!
The Pope’s visit begins this weekend and you're invited to pray for the fruitfulness of this important event in Church and Canadian history!  Prayer cards for the Papal Visit, courtesy of Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, are available at the parish.  If you're paperless or want to share the prayer card online, an electronic copy of the card can be found at https://bit.ly/3CRgy5o
More information about the Papal Visit can be found at https://www.papalvisit.ca/.


“I have both of these worlds that have come together” 
"When Vatican officials were looking for someone in Canada to act as a liaison for program planning during the Pope's visit later this month, they had specific criteria.  Ideally, the person would have Indigenous heritage, have a connection to the residential school system and speak Italian.  This left them with one name: Cristino Bouvette.  The 36-year-old Roman Catholic priest from Calgary is Italian through his mother and Cree and Métis through his father. His kokum, or grandmother, was a residential school survivor.”

Read more about the national liturgical director for the papal visit athttps://bit.ly/3yGg9RK
 

Take action!
Are you wondering what concrete steps can Canadian Catholics take to demonstrate real support and solidarity for our Indigenous sisters and brothers?  Catholics for Truth & Reconciliation has some answers!  Check outhttps://www.catholics4tr.com/act.html for ways that you can take a stand.




Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+