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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+


Friday, October 16, 2020

Soul Health XX

1- The parish office is back to regular hours: every weekday 9-3:30, except Wednesdays until Noon only.

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

3- Archbishop Lépine has issued a brief new pastoral letter entitled, Under the “new normal,” an enduring essential: the spiritual.

4- Canada received dishonourable mention in an article on last month’s Vatican document, Good Samaritan. It addresses both euthanasia, and the other extreme of “Not accepting the limits of medicine, and aggressively trying to avoid death:” ‘No life is unworthy of life’ .

5- There may be no free lunch, but we have received several free copies of Magnificat (November edition) with the daily mass readings and reflections, articles and much more on spirituality. I’m hoping enough of you 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 copy.

6- The requiem Funeral Mass for Edith Cavanaugh will be offered Friday 11am next week. If you would like to attend, please call the office.

Weekend Mass, live and live-streamed:

7- Mass times will remain this month: Saturday 4pm & 5:15pm; Sunday 9:30am and 5pm. Last weekend the 9:30 was nearly full again in the sacristy; note there was space however in the Church at the 5:15 and 5pm masses Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

8- If you’re not ready to return yet, join us for Spiritual Communion, where I’ll be celebrating at St. Willibrord’s each weekend, Saturday 7pm & Sunday 11am.

9-Weekday masses livestreamed at 8:30am continue on Salt and Light TV in English, or , broadcast from our very own Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral downtown. The Celebrants are Montreal English sector priests who may be familiar to you.

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Soul Health XIX

1- This Saturday's announced Rosary Rally in Verdun is cancelled, due to the restrictions on gathering. All who were planning to attend are invited to pray the Rosary for Our Lady's intentions at Noon Saturday.

2- Pope Francis has just issued the 3rd Encyclical of his Papacy, on fraternity and social friendship. Such documents shape the witness of the Church for generations. Read 10 key takeaways, or the complete document.

3- Our ever-evolving community of Verdun was just ranked 11th Coolest Neighborhood in the World!

4- Browse through the new e-book compilation of Archbishop Lépine’s messages during the pandemic “confinement” found in this week’s Grapevine.

JOIN US FOR MASS

5- October weekend Mass times will continue: Saturday 4pm & 5:15pm; Sunday 9:30am and 5pm. Last weekend the 9:30 was nearly full in the sacristy; note there was space however in the Church at the 5:15 and 5pm masses Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

6- If you’re not ready to return yet, join us online live on Facebook for Spiritual Communion, where I’ll be celebrating at St. Willibrord’s each weekend, Saturday 7pm & Sunday 11am.

7- These St. W’s masses remain posted, including last weekend’s.

8- Weekday masses livestream at 8:30am started earlier this week on Salt and Light TV in English, or on Facebook, broadcast from our very own Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral downtown. The Celebrants are Montreal English sector priests who may be familiar to you.

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+