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Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Church is open

 

Saturday at 3:30pm and Sunday 9am, for the SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (Confession), and for quiet prayer before the Sacrament, and for Lighting of Candles.

FOR COMMUNION: Saturday between 4pm and 4:30

At 4:30pm, offered curbside to those in their cars on Rue Moffat (with Confession if desired)

Sunday between 9:30 and 10am

MASS in the Sacristy Chapel: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am during Lent (Enter by the side door on Moffat St.)


Join us online Sunday 11am for our parish livestream mass: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0jTntiAQDyXxQbsqQAD9TA

NEW: Soul Health XXXII

- Parish Job Opening: We’re looking for a part-time Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) to work with families and our amazing catechists. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact the office or reply to this email.


- Take 1 minute to hear Pope Francis in his own words of his March prayer intention for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcJtvuuNLgk


- In partial answer to that prayer intention, the parish will be specially open 10:15am - Noon and 3 - 4pm this Saturday, for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and quiet prayer.

I emphasize the importance for your well-being and peace of mind of receiving this Sacrament.

- If you are hesitant or uncertain, do not hesitate at least to call me.

- The Sacrament is always also available by appointment with me.


- Two issues concerning which we are being called to demonstrate our faith in action: 

a - Bishop Alain is asking you to “make your voice heard … proposing that the limit of participants at a celebration be set at 30% of the usual capacity of the given place of worship:” tinyurl.com/betmhmd8

b - The federal government’s extreme push regarding euthanasia: 

 https://tinyurl.com/4hph4p5v 

 

- Until the government becomes reasonable, see our current Parish opening times above

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

- Worthwhile Lenten opportunities and other information are found in: 

the Grapevine newsletter https://tinyurl.com/ycmfdekx

and on the Diocesan website: https://tinyurl.com/y8um6a7d


May your Lent be Fruitful and Joyous,

Father Robert+

Friday, February 26, 2021

Soul Health XXXI

1- Parish Job Opening: We’re looking for a part-time Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) to work with families and our amazing catechists. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact the office or reply to this email.


2- Three Habits To Get The Most Out Of Lent -- a video from Bishop Barron about fruitful habits for Lent


3- Let’s get parishes re-opened: Your Voice Matters

Several groups expressed disapproval of the government’s position that gatherings are allowed in movie theatres up to a maximum of 250 people in the red zone, while gatherings in places of worship are limited to only 10 participants.

Our Archbishop Christian Lépine has published a clear message reminding us that spiritual needs are essential human needs, proposing setting the limit of participants at 30% of their usual capacity.

Make your voice heard on this issue:

A. By calling your Member of Parliament. Click for more information

B. By contacting the regional public health authority

C. By signing the petition "CHRISTIANS, as Easter saves us LET US SAVE EASTER

 

4- Until then, the Parish is open:

a- For weekday Mass in Lent at 11am Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enter by the side Moffat St. door

b- For Confession and Communion: Saturdays and Sundays as posted on our website

Always by appointment with me here or on your doorstep

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


May your Lent be Fruitful and Joyous,

Father Robert+


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Soul Health XXX – Lent this eve, Ashes tomorrow

Lent is upon us this evening – The Church will be open weekdays, as follows:

TODAY: Shrove Tuesday (From Old English “Shrive” – to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation; “Shriven” – to have received the Sacrament with Absolution)

2pm – 3:30pm  Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and quiet prayer in the Church

Reluctant to come to Confession? Listen to this 2-minute spontaneous testimony of a reluctant St. TM parishioner: scroll down https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/lent

Also the topic, with Lent disciplines, from last Sunday’s homily, beginning at 16:30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioxHOfCifpA


TOMORROW: Ash Wednesday

10am – 11am  Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and quiet prayer

11am               Sung Holy Mass with Distribution of Ashes

                        pre-registration by phone or email to the parish office is required (up to 20 people)

Noon – 12:15  Distribution of Ashes and Communion in Church

12:15              Curbside Distribution on Rue Moffat

7PM               Come to St. Willibrord’s: Distribution of Ashes and Communion in the Church

7:15 PM         Curbside Distribution in front of Willibrord’s

8PM               Curfew

Thursday, and every subsequent Tuesday and Thursday during Lent

11AM            Mass in the Sacristy – enter by the side door on Rue Moffat

And always for the Sacrament of Reconciliation: by appointment with me

And finally, offer 2 minutes of your time as an expression of Thanksgiving for Pillars Trust financial support of our parish masses:

Pillars Trust Fund is wishing everyone at St Thomas More parish a happy valentine's day and a blessed and fruitful lent! Please take a look at our short video message here: https://www.pillarstrust.org/2021/02/february-heart-of-giving-month/


With my prayers for a Blessed Lent in Christ,

Father Robert+

Friday, February 12, 2021

Sunday 11am Mass with Spiritual Communion online


Click link below




Soul Health XXIX – Lent Sacraments Schedule

- Weekend Church Opening will continue as last week: See Soul Health XXVIII

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

- This Sunday, I will preach on keeping a Healthy Lent, and the importance of spiritual disciplines including seizing these opportunities, as…

…Lent is upon us next week
The Church will be open these weekdays:


Shrove Tuesday

(From Old English “Shrive” – to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation; “Shriven” – to have received the Sacrament with Absolution)

2pm – 3:30pm   Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and quiet prayer in the Church


Ash Wednesday

10am – 11am     Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and quiet prayer

 

11am               Sung Holy Mass with Distribution of Ashes Pre-registration is required by phone or                                    email to the parish office (up to 20 people)


Noon – 12:15     Distribution of Ashes and Communion in the Church 12:15 Curbside Distribution on                                   Rue Moffat

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, and every subsequent Tuesday and Thursday during Lent


11am             Mass in the Sacristy – enter by Rue Moffat side door


Other opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Always, by appointment with me.

Those of us on the Bishop Barron Sacraments course last night, where the topic was this Sacrament, heard him say that in Seminary he was taught when a priest is asked if a Confession could be heard, “The answer is simply and always, YES, even if the priest’s life is at risk.”


And at St. Willibrord’s in the Church:

Shrove Tuesday 4pm-6pm 

Ash Wednesday 5pm-5:45


And finally, offer 2 minutes of your time as an expression of Thanksgiving
for Pillars Trust financial support of our parish masses:

Pillars Trust Fund is wishing everyone at St Thomas More parish a happy valentine's day and a blessed and fruitful lent! Please take a look at our short video message here: 

https://www.pillarstrust.org/2021/02/february-heart-of-giving-month/


With my prayers for a Blessed Lent in Christ,

Father Robert+

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Soul Health XXVIII

We're open for Communion this weekend and/or Confession

(And invite those who don't receive this email)


With no new lockdown announcement pertaining to the Churches, for the next couple of weekends (come to either parish):

We've fixed the sound issues with the Sunday 11am livestream mass: Click here


St. Thomas More will be open: 

Saturday at 3:30 or Sunday 9am, for Confession, and quiet prayer before the Sacrament, and for Lighting of Candles.


FOR COMMUNION: Saturday between 4pm and 4:30 

                                    Sunday between 9:30 and 10am

CURBSIDE

Only Saturdays, at 4:30pm Confessions will be offered and/or Communion given to those in their cars on Rue Moffat (ignore our 'No Parking signs we set up for this)


Open St. Willibrord:

At 11:55 until 12:15 for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or communion after the Sunday 11am livestream


And at 12:15 for curbside for those stopped in front of the church.

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For those who can’t get out and live in the SouthWest, contact the office. I'm more than happy to bring sacraments to you.


Announcements:

*Catechesis begins this Saturday for families, as preparation for children hoping to receive sacraments in the next three years. For info and registration, email Michelle.

* My prayer list since Christmas needs to be renewed. I've had the privilege of praying for over 80 people by name. If you would like names to remain on the list or add new ones, please email me or call the office.

*Ash Wednesday and Lent liturgies will be announced as lockdown information becomes available.

I hope to see you this weekend


In Christ,

Father Robert+


Friday, January 29, 2021

Soul Health XXVII

Come for Communion this weekend and/or Confession

With churches now permitted to crack the door open -- accommodate 10 persons -- this weekend only* with the assistance of Deacon Bernie I will:

Open St. TM:
 
(Parishioners and others should feel free to come to either parish church for these Sacraments)

Saturday at 3:30, and Sunday 9am, for Confession, and quiet prayer before the Sacrament, and for Lighting of Candles.

From Saturday 4pm to 4:30 and Sunday 9:30 to 10am for distribution of Communion

At Saturday at 4:30 curbside Confessions will be heard and Communion offered to those in their cars on Rue Moffat (ignore the No parking signs that will be set up allow you space)

Open St. Willibrord
:

 
At 11:55 until 12:20 for those who wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or communion after the Sunday 11am livestream

And at 12:20 for curbside for those stopped in front of the church.

For those who can’t get out and live in the SouthWest, contact the office to have me joyfully bring sacraments to you on the weekend

* Subsequent weekend schedule will be decided next week

In Christ,

Father Robert+

Friday, January 15, 2021

Becoming spiritually strong in the face of pandemic lockdown

“All shall be well, and all shall be well
and all manner of thing shall be well”

Mother Julian of Norwich (14th century mystic)


There is no time like the present to shore up your inner well-being, when in-person Mass is unavailable beginning with Sunday Mass livestream:

1- In compliance with the new restrictions imposed by the provincial government, we regret that all in-person Masses are suspended until further notice. However, the St. Thomas More pro populo Sunday Mass is live streamed at 11am -- you can partake in Spiritual Communion: Click here to join live stream. A link is also available at: https://www.stthomasmoremtl.ca/ (with Wednesday 7pm and Friday 11am masses as well).

Now more than ever, “walk on new legs” – see this morning’s homily at the link above: 
 
2- I continue to hear Confessions by appointment in the parish office and Sacristy, or on your doorstep in the SouthWest – I will also bring Holy Communion. If this Sacrament of Reconciliation is not part of your spiritual discipline, now is the time to change that – call me to discuss (514-768-4741).

 
And join an online faith study group I’m leading beginning next week:
 
3- Seize the opportunity: There are a few spots left in Bishop Barron’s 6-week course on The Sacraments, Thursdays at 7pm, starting 21 January. Register with me by phone or email.

4- And Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm, starting January 26, we have a special study program: The Bible and the Church Fathers designed by St Paul Center. Email me for more info. As described by the coordinator: 
 
- Each session will start with the Holy Rosary, followed by a short video (20 to 30 minutes) and discussion and explanation of different points. Fr Robert Assaly, an expert in early Christianity, will be with us throughout the program.

 
The “Domestic Church” – your home, where you are your children’s primary faith educators:
 
5- Our parish’s new At Home Family Faith Formation & Sacramental Preparation with your children: Parents, To register yourselves for an upcoming online information session (time: TBA), email Alexandra Johnson: alexandra.stwillibrord@gmail.com

 
Help out St. Thomas More parish: 
 
6- Join me in this leadership development event next Saturday (Jan. 23). To prepare St. TM for the other side of the pandemic, let’s strengthen our lay LEADERSHIP WHERE IT MATTERS MOST: Parish leadership that transforms. Not sure? Call me or email.

 
How to further nourish your spiritual life?:
 
7- Well over a million people have already downloaded the free “Bible in a Year” podcast, you might appreciate it: https://tinyurl.com/ycu6hpaw

8- Avail yourself of the abundant resources by Bishop Barron at www.wordonfire.org

See you, or you’ll see me, online this weekend, and I hope on Zoom at one of the faith study groups above

In Christ,

Father Robert+


Friday, January 8, 2021

Soul Health XXV

Finding strength in a time of lockdown

The early Church Fathers, based on images St. Paul deployed in the Bible, compared spiritual strengthening to athletic fitness training (yes, this was a significant part of ancient Greek life – gymnasium is a Greek word – think Olympics). It was more difficult then, because they couldn’t do it online!

I encourage you to seize the opportunity lockdown has forced on us to train yourself to lean on God, and to strengthen your faith over the next month with these online opportunities – and spread the word:

1- All in-person masses are cancelled, but you can receive Spiritual Communion by joining any number of virtual masses. I will be offering this every Sunday at 11am. Links available by tomorrow: https://www.stthomasmoremtl.ca/ or https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/ (with Wednesday and Friday masses as well).

2- I continue to hear Confessions by appointment in the parish office and Sacristy, or on your doorstep in the SouthWest – I will also bring Holy Communion. If this Sacrament of Reconciliation is not part of your spiritual discipline, now is the time to change that – call me to discuss (514-768-4741).

3- Families: Our new PCL, Alexandra is wonderfully creative and energetic. She has put together a virtual Family Faith Formation & Sacramental Preparation programme. Online information sessions are Tomorrow (Saturday) 11am and Monday, January 11th at 7:30pm -- Register for one of these sessions by email: Alexandra Johnson: alexandra.stwillibrord@gmail.com

4- I am offering again Bishop Barron’s 6-week course on The Sacraments, Thursdays at 7pm. Note the starting date change, now: 21 January. Register with me by phone or email.

5- And Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm, starting January 26, a special study program: The Bible and the Church Fathers designed by St Paul Center. Email me for more info. As described by the coordinator: 

- Each session will start with the Holy Rosary, followed by a short video (20 to 30 minutes) and discussion and explanation of different points. Fr Robert Assaly, an expert in early Christianity, will be with us throughout the program.

6- Baptism prep will be offered online, for Baptisms anticipated mid-February. Call the office.

More next week.

O God of peace,
Who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved,
in quietness and confidence shall be our strength:
By the might of Your Spirit lift us, we pray, to Your presence,
where we may be still and know that You are God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


In Christ,

Father Robert+

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Soul Health XXIV: 12 Days of Christmas continue…Upcoming in the New Year

Upcoming Masses


Thursday (New Year’s Eve) – Registration required, by calling the office

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass of Obligation:
7pm


This Weekend

The Epiphany of the Lord: Saturday 4pm & Sunday 9:30am


Family Faith Formation & Sacramental Preparation

Begins in January -- a series of online weekly gatherings that will empower parents as the primary catechists of their children.

For: Parents with children preparing for First Communion and Confirmation, who will be given supplemental material for their children throughout the Family Faith Formation program.

Information sessions: Saturday, January 9th at 11am, Monday, January 11th at 7:30pm. To register for an information session, please email our Parish Catechetical Leader, Alexandra Johnson: alexandra.stwillibrord@gmail.com


Adult Faith Education Programs Online, led by Father Robert

Registration required (The best things in faith life are Free!)

The Sacraments, featuring Bishop Barron, 7 Thursdays at 7pm starting January 14th

Praying the The Rosary followed by a short study of The Bible and the Fathers of the Church Tuesdays at 7:30 pm starting January 12th


Call the office for inquiries about Baptism.

May you experience every blessing of peace and joy of this Christmas Season,

Father Robert+


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Christmas at St. Thomas More, and prayer request

“The Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us”

My wishes for a Blessed Christmas for each of you and your loved ones. I have been very moved by the true Christmas spirit in action in the Christmas Basket effort, in the service of those we are especially meant to call ‘loved ones’ in Verdun.

I expect each of you has receive the Christmas mailing. To update you on Christmas masses:

On the Eve:

- The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at 4pm
- Both the 5pm and 9pm are fully booked. Space of registrants not seated by mass time may be given over to walk-ins. 
- For those unable to enter the Church, Communion will be offered on the church steps from 6pm-6:20

Christmas Day:

- The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at 8:45
- Reserve space for the 9:30 by calling the office
- Communion will be offered on the church steps from 10:30-10:45am

Due to unfortunate technical limitations, live-streaming will not be available at these times. To receive Spiritual Communion on this great Solemnity, tune in to St. Willibrord’s livestream on the Eve at 7pm, or Christmas morning at 11am

Both Weekends during Christmas Season

4pm Saturdays and 930am Sundays only

Solemnity of Mary Mother of God (New Year’s Eve):
7pm

A special prayer request: Prior to the pandemic, the CND sisters were active in our parish, especially in music ministry. 40 CND sisters of this venerable Montréal order have contracted the virus this month. Keep them in your prayers.

May you experience every blessing of peace and joy of
the Christ-child of Bethlehem,

Father Robert+


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Soul Health XXIII

Advent and Christmas at St.TM

Advent is upon us, a time of preparation in anticipation of Christmas -- the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem, and the Second Coming of Christ in glory. Mary and Joseph during this time perilously journeyed to Bethlehem amidst uncertainty of what their future held and even where they would lay their heads. Perhaps many of us can identify with them in these uncertain times. And like them, let us keep the faith, nurturing an Advent hope that God comes to be with us incarnate in Jesus Christ, and after Christmas in the person of the Holy Spirit.

1- Some opportunities for Advent faithfulness:

Consider Lectio Divina this Advent, four virtual “lunchtime” sessions that encourages you to pause & take time of your day to listen to God. Every Thursday online. First session pushed to December 3rd. Register here.

No time for online sessions? No problem. the Catholic Church of Montreal has prepared a series of resources for all ages to be enjoyed from your own home and at your own rhythm for Advent & Christmas. Enjoy podcasts, books, music, online retreats, family activities and crafts and a whole lot more!

Join the Companions of the Cross for an Advent Virtual Mission - Abound in Hope December 14, 15 & 16 - 7:00 PM. Fr. Ben St. Croix, Fr. Allan MacDonald, and Fr. Francis Ching will lead us through Advent into the Christmas season!

A number of opportunities for children and their parents were sent today to families. Reply to me to receive the email.

And finally….St. John Paul II's guide to a fruitful Advent

2- If you would like Advent candles blessed outside, I will offer this on the Church steps at 3:30 this Saturday.

3- Please send me first names for our prayer list, refreshed this weekend.

4- Those who ordered Magnificat can pick up their January edition in a couple of weeks. They are also giving us 13 months for the price of 12.

5- Spiritual Lessons from the Pandemic

6- Catholic Action’s Latest newsletter

7- We are aiming to hold the annual parishioners meeting after a 10am mass on Saturday December 12, to discuss the future of the parish and elect 2 wardens. We have special permission once 25 are signed up to attend in person, to have everyone else join by phone or Zoom video. Registration required by calling the office.

This is Important. Last year we had 70 attend, a sign you are deeply devoted to the well-being of the parish – let's try to match that number. And please consider being a warden – call me for more info (Must reside within parish bounds)

8- Sacraments:

Mass attendance on Saturdays is back to the pre-pandemic level of 50. There is still room in the Church at 5:15pm; the 4pm uses the Sacristy as well. Sunday morning hovers around 40, down from 100. We hope to have video equipment in place next week to be able to provide full audio-visual in the Sacristy. We need a camera operator, and technical set-up help – please volunteer!

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is now offered Saturdays at 4:50pm and Sundays at 9am. Encouragingly, if the number of penitents continues to grow, more scheduled opportunities will be offered. Confessions will always also be offered by appointment.

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord” in your hearts in Advent by partaking of this Sacrament before Christmas.

For those who are not yet ready to come to mass, catch us online for Spiritual Communion from St. Willibrord’s 11am Sundays online live on Facebook

We plan to offer at least 3 Christmas Masses – details to be announced this weekend. In person Registration will be offered the next two weekends. If space is still available, other registrations will be accepted.

Volunteer Readers and Collectors are still required for weekend masses. Several have not yet returned, so please consider offering yourself for this ministry. Contact the office. A shout out to all our volunteers -- THANK YOU!

My wishes for a Blessed and Peaceful a Advent

In the Christ-Child of Bethlehem,

Father Robert+


Friday, November 13, 2020

Soul Health XXII

Order Magnificat; parish Job opening; Alex Trebek

LITURGY

1- For those who prefer not to be in the Sacristy overflow room for mass, there is plenty of room in at the Saturday 5:15pm Mass.

2-  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered:

-Saturdays approximately 4:50pm (after the 4pm mass)
-Sundays at 9am
-By appointment. Email me or call the parish phone.

3- This month of Remembrance of our Beloved dead ends on November 30 with a memorial mass for Fr. George. Details next week

INFO, Magnificat, Job opening and more

- Two of our beloved and well known priests died this week. Fr. John Walsh died suddenly and Fr. Ernie Schibli after a period of decline. Pray for them

- Magnificat with the daily mass readings (US translation of Scripture) and reflections, articles and much more on spirituality -- over 400 pages monthly -- can be ordered next week only at our bulk rate of $69/year. Cheques to the office. For $25, you may exchange your Living with Christ subscription with the parish, which needs a few copies.

- The Life of Alex Trebek, RIP, a great Canadian, is a testimony to the benefit of a Catholic education

- Read Archbishop Lépine’s brief pastoral letter: Choosing Hope and Life

JOB Opening in the parish

- We are hiring for a part-time Parish Catechetical leader to coordinate our Catechists and Sacramental Preparation -- Must be a good communicator, and enjoy working with children and their parents. Inquire with me.

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Soul Health XXI

Red Alert Extension implications

1- The Red Alert Extension until just before Advent means we must stay limited to 50 people at mass, using the Sacristy as overflow. However, effective immediately the Sunday afternoon mass (5pm) is eliminated. There is plenty of room at the other 3 masses, and in the Church particularly at the Saturday 5:15pm.

2- Confessions will be heard by appointment. Email me or call the parish phone.

3- This weekend, I will be offering a Triduum of masses for All Souls, with a sermon series at St. Willibrord’s or join us online live on Facebook:

- Saturday Mass for the departed: 7pm

- Sunday Solemnity of All Saints: 11am (same as St. T’s all 3 masses)

- Monday Commemoration of All Souls: 7pm. You may add names to the Book of Remembrance by emailing or calling the office.

4- Volunteer Readers and Collectors are still required for weekend masses. Several have not yet returned, so please consider offering yourself for this ministry. Contact the office.

5- We have received several free copies of Magnificat with the daily mass readings and reflections, articles and much more on spirituality.

I’m hoping enough of you, particularly those who used to buy Living with Christ, will be inspired to order an annual subscription ($72) through the parish so we can get the bulk discount. If you would like to test drive it, contact the office the a free (November edition).

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+