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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

NEW: 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+


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

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.

************ 

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+