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Monday, October 4, 2021

Soul Health LI (51)

Feast of St. Francis today, our Pope's chosen name; 
Opportunities this month for Couples, Youth, Men...

Starting tomorrow evening, monthly, for couples: Couch Talks


The Center for Marriage, Life and Family of our Diocese is hosting a marriage enrichment series.


Looking to rekindle your love?


Join us for 6 fun and interactive virtual meetings this year (8-9:30pm) where we will share our ideas on happiness, communication, parenting, intimacy, work life balance and holiness in marriage.

For more information and to register, please click here.
These sessions are free, but pre-registration is required.
 
Join us for the first session on Tuesday October 5!

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For Young adults -- in our parish!!




For more details, contact me. As a former Challenge chaplain, I highly recommend this day. Often great friendships are made. Did I say highly?

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A day for Men, also hosted by our parish October 30:


Catholic author and speaker Patrick Sullivan guides men through the Bible

 


I hope to see you there!

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Great article on today's Saint, Francis. It becomes clearer why our Pope chose to be the first Pope Francis.

St. Francis, pray for us.


Sung weeknight mass! That's right -- Wednesday 7pm at St. Willibrord's rectory chapel, with our impressive cantor Professor Brian.


Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, September 30, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Government of Canada has declared September 30 a day of Truth and Reconciliation with our indigenous sisters and brothers.


Participate:


1- Join a West Island parish livestream this evening, a Mass in solidarity with our fellow citizens from 7-8 pm, for adoration, music, readings and prayers with the participation of some indigenous parishioners.


2- Truth and reconciliation: A reflection by Connor Sarazin


What is the meaning behind Truth and Reconciliation? It is all about discovering and revealing governments’ past wrongdoings. With the truth revealed, repairing and establishing a respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada can move forward.


Many people say that it wasn’t them, their children or their parents who were responsible for the Residential Schools so why are they being made to feel guilty about it? I believe the point is being completely missed....(Read Connor's thoughts and check out the further resources.)


3- See this week’s Canadian Bishops’ “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples

4- The bishops are also pledging $30 million for healing and reconciliation initiatives.

5- This evening: Blessing of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Statue

Archbishop Christian Lépine will bless a new statue of St. Kateri Tekakwitha to be erected in Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. The community is invited to pray to St. Kateri for truth and reconciliation this evening at 7:30 p.m. You may also follow the celebration live online.

6- Check out this beautiful and moving video, “Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism,” by the Knights of Columbus.

7- Our parish wardens have agreed to offer our space toward Healing and Reconciliation. The first event will be November 3 -- look for details in October on how to join.


Monday, September 27, 2021

Soul Health L


What's with the L? ... Roman numeral for 50

This is the 50th parish email. Soul Health began during the pandemic as a means of reaching out to parishioners. Do encourage others to sign up!


SINGING AT MASS


Diocesan Guideline now permits Congregational singing while masked!

Join in singing the parts of the mass with Paul and Angela -- let's join the angel's choirs and be heard in heaven.

"She who sings once, prays twice" -- St. Augustine

Sung weeknight mass! That's right -- Wednesday 7pm at St. Willibrord's rectory chapel, with our impressive cantor Professor Brian.

This week, the splendid music for the Feast of the Archangels!


We've hired a full-time PASTORAL ASSOCIATE!



We are pleased to announce that jointly with St. Willibrord's Parish the hiring of Angela Olaguera (our Sunday cantor) as our new Pastoral Associate. Angela is a young Mom and devoted Catholic. She will be responsible for Adult and Family Formation Education, as well as communication. Please pray for Angela as she begins her new ministry.


Speaking of which....


FAMILY FAITH FORMATION & SYCAMORE PROGRAM
start up again this week online

Sycamore Program will resume on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm. All are welcome to join.

Family Faith Formation for Sacramental preparation will resume on Saturday at 10am

For more information please or to sign up contact the office or speak to Fr. Robert.

Diocesan events and information are available the Grapevine newsletter

May your Autumn be Blessed in Christ,


Father Robert+


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIX

The Holy Eucharist:


This weekend is the last of the Gospel from John 6 -- “The Bread of Life” discourse. And thus the last of our 4-part sermon series on The Eucharist.

You can watch the previous three at:

July 25, beginning at 14:30

August 1, beginning at 16:30

August 8, beginning at 30:00

Upcoming Funeral


This Saturday 21 August at 11:30am for Maureen Neville; visitation at 10:30am

We're Hiring...


...a full-time Pastoral Associate, jointly with St. Willibrord's, mostly for Adult and Family Faith Formation. Must have a love of Jesus Christ and a desire to share that. Email the office for a job description. Applications close Friday next week.


Take 30 seconds with St. John Eudes


Today is the feast of this 17th century priest who legacy includes this beautiful Prayer to the Sacred Heart, which expresses our aspiration to holiness:

O Heart all loveable and all loving of my Savior, be the Heart of my heart,

the Soul of my soul, the Spirit of my spirit, the Life of my life

and the sole principle of all my thoughts, words and actions,

of all the faculties of my soul and of all my senses, both interior and exterior. 

Amen.


A simple authentic formula for happiness...


...is found near the end of this brief, inspiring interview. (My quietly joyful brother Brian of beloved memory, suffered and died from the same disease).

Also:


1- Those in Family Faith Formation will be emailed shortly with re-starting date and details.

2- Get the latest Diocesan news and updates on Haiti

3- The September Magnificat is in for those who ordered it.

4- We are grateful to Notre-Dame de la Garde which has installed a stair lift at the Bannantyne entrance to make our Church accessible. It should be operational next week. Spread the news.

5- With more people able to return to mass, our livestream from St. Willibrord's will not continue after the end of this month.


May the rest of your August be Blessed in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Soul Health XXXXVIII

The Eucharist? Mass? Holy Communion?

Once again this weekend the Gospel is from John 6 -- “The Bread of Life” discourse. Come to understand The Eucharist, as we continue with the 3rd of our 4-part sermon series on The Eucharist. You might read John 6 (10 minutes) prior to each Mass to best prepare. You can watch the previous two at:

- July 25, beginning at 14:30

- August 1, beginning at 16:30


Wonderful Interruption of the Series!

The weekend after this, the sermon series will be wonderfully interrupted! The Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, 15 August, falls on a Sunday this year. The subsequent week concludes The Bread of Life series.


Upcoming Funerals

On Friday 13 August at 12:30pm for Adolf Schweighart; visitation at 11:30am

On Saturday 21 August at 11:30am for Maureen Neville; visitation at 10:30am


Summer greetings from The Pillars Trust...

...which has tangibly supported our parish. Past President Michael Kieran sits down for a 5-minute interview with new President Megan Marinos. Together they chat about the history of Pillars and our vision going forward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPZ1MeOp6iI


Also:

1- Sign up for a free virtual conference August 12-15 for catechists, but also for parents and anyone interested in transmitting the faith.

2- We are still working out details of autumn programming; we will continue to offer Sycamore and Family Faith Formation. Your thoughts are most welcome.

3- Check out the Grapevine newsletter summer edition

4- Your generosity continues to abound: despite the pandemic, your offerings came within 2% ($600) of the projected budget for the first 1/2 of 2021. Please keep up your givings during the summer so we don't fall behind.

May the rest of your summer be Blessed in Christ,

Father Robert+

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXXVII

Event tomorrow: As our parish emerges from the pandemic, we are called to pray and think about renewing our mission. An important next step:

Creating a culture of invitation and making missionary disciples

This is precisely the focus of tomorrow's webinar with Fr. Justin, an amazingly dynamic priest in Vancouver who has taught me quite a bit. Get on board -- Join me tomorrow afternoon:

Click here to register for the live event on Thursday, July 15 at 1pm

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Thanks to all who pitched to open our basement last month to refugees and the public to take whatever goods they could use. This was a tremendous service to those in need and the community at large.

By donations we also raised over $2500

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SACRAMENTS

Parishioners who have questions or would like information on the

Sacraments and preparation for:

Baptism

First Communion

Confirmation

Marriage

Reconciliation (Confession)

Are asked to speak to Fr. Robert or contact the parish office at 514-768-4741 or email: sttm1944@gamil.com

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- Read Catholic Action Montreal’s latest newsletter

- Take the 30-day Gospel Challenge with Jonathan Roumie (“The Chosen”).

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Upcoming concert in Verdun!

Tchaikovsky and others by candlelight

At L’église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs

Details: https://feverup.com/m/100763

Also, they have 3 free photo exhibits this summer in the church, including:

Verdun vu par des Verdunois

Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Soul Health XXXXVI

"Renewing fellowship with Indigenous peoples"

I offer this special invitation to join me this evening online at 7pm

-- giving of yourself by simply listening --

toward reconciliation and healing with the Indigenous peoples of this land


This presentation will be hosted by our friends at St. Thomas à Becket Parish, who'll be welcoming David Acco, a member of Métis Nation, and his wife, Julie Lepage, member of the Nipissing-Ojibway First Nation. David and Julie are long-time faithful parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Laval.

This presentation will include a Q & A period, as well as a time for prayer.

To join at 7pm this eve, click Zoom presentation

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** I am renewing my summer 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.

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Check out Two minute video: Bishop Barron on returning to Mass.

As we look towards renewed commitment to Jesus Christ in the Mass,some wisdom from another Montreal parish: Drive-up Communion on Sunday is now suspended, as there is no reason virtually everybody cannot return to Mass in person. There is almost no COVID in the province at present, almost everyone in church is partially or fully vaccinated, and we are very meticulous in our precautions. May we take to heart the words we have been saying every week in the prayer for an end to the pandemic: “Let us not be afraid, but rather entrust our life into the care of our Divine Physician.” Attending Mass are very elderly people, some fighting cancer, immunocompromised people, and they all feel safe because of our protocols.

For individual special cases, call us as always to arrange pastoral home care.

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Upcoming concert in Verdun! 
 
Tchaikovsky and others by candlelight 
 
At L’église Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs 
 


Also, they have 3 free photo exhibits this summer in the church, including:


Verdun vu par des Verdunois
 
 
Blessings in Christ,

Father Robert+


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Soul Health XXXXV

The recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School


of 215 unmarked child graves should horrify us as Canadians and as Christian believers:

- Statement from the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
 
- The 50 Catholic Religious Organizations and Dioceses responsible for the Residential Schools: 1991 Apology reported on the Aboriginal Peoples TV Network: why "it’s not appropriate" for either the CCCB or the Pope to issue and apology (concurred with by the current AFN National Chief, and former Chief Phil Fontaine, himself a residential school survivor)

Pray for the children who lost their lives at the Kamloops school, for the aboriginal peoples of this their land, and that we may be ministers of healing and reconciliation.


PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM (Psalm 122:2)

Join me next week in looking at the root causes of the conflict:


 

You are invited to a discussion:

Amplifying the voice of the
Jerusalem Church and Palestinian Christians

Facilitated by Catholic Action

When: Jun 10, 2021 07:00-8:15 PM Eastern Time


https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldO2vrDMiHdR7xiqqDt1QsA8uvZi9vpbd

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing info about joining the meeting.



Parish basement clearout this Saturday

take everything and make a donation

9am - 3pm; Bring your friends!



Solemnity of Corpus Christi -- The Body of Christ

Last weekend of 4 Masses



- The weekend of June 12/13 we will return to our former schedule: 4pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday masses only
 
- As 100 people will be permitted, no pre-registration will be required



Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered

30 minutes prior to each mass



Weekday Masses continue to be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am

in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us together give thanks for the Gift of the Holy Eucharist,

which binds us together as one people across many nations.

Father Robert+


Friday, May 21, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIV

4 days left to sign up for our exciting new

Adult Faith enrichment series:

The acclaimed Sycamore programme

- is for adults wishing to grow in their Catholic faith.

- starts this coming Tuesday, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., on ZOOM

- for 7 weeks

- to register or for info, contact Sam Farrugia, our PCL, at farrugia.samuel@gmail.com

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM (Psalm 122:2) tomorrow...

With Fr. Robert, who is co-leading an International Interfaith prayer service with an Imam, an Archbishop of Jerusalem and 2 rabbis


Please register here: http://bit.ly/faith4palestine 

To watch on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/1rcSSNz54

 


PARISH VOLUNTEER NEEDED

The Parish Wardens are seeking a Volunteer to oversee the Building Maintenance. Please speak to any of the Wardens or Fr. Robert if you would like more information.

Find other opportunities and Diocesan English sector events in


Our Masses this weekend:


For this weekend's Saturday 4pm and Sunday 9:30am masses, to follow the first reading in English, pick up a bulletin upon entering the church


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered 30 minutes prior to each mass


Space is still available at all masses this Pentecost Sunday for required pre-registration 
 
 
- by phone 514-768-4741 
 
- or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us together give thanks for the Gift and gifts of the Holy Spirit!


Father Robert+


The Promise of the Holy Spirit

John 14: 15-21
 



Friday, May 14, 2021

Soul Health XXXXIII

Jerusalem needs you;

and an exciting new parish programme...



PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM (Psalm 122:2)...

(First and foremost)


 

- Click for the Mother Church of Jerusalem statement on the violence engulfing the Holy City and all of Palestine

- Click for a Canadian Catholic statement (which I was involved in)

- Latin Patriarchate Reacts to Escalating Violence

- A great news source from Jerusalem Christians

- A good news source from progressive Israelis


Adult Faith Enrichment -- the acclaimed Sycamore programme!


- for anyone wishing to grow in their Catholic faith.

- starting Tuesday, May 25 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on ZOOM

- for 7 weeks

- to register or for info, contact Sam Farrugia, PCL at farrugia.samuel@gmail.com


COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER


You are warmly invited to join me at the Pillars Trust Fund

 first ever Virtual Comedy Night!


It will be taking place on next Thursday 20 May 7pm-8:30pm.

Cost: Household: $25.00. All proceeds going to support all the many good works -- including support of our parish through the pandemic -- funded by Pillars Trust! 

Register at www.pillarstrust.org


A Mini-Garage Sale open only to all parishioners

at weekend mass will take place: tommorow, Saturday at 3pm and on Sunday at 10:30am.



Come down to the parish hall, take what you want and make a donation. You must keep social distance and wear a mask. Volunteers are needed: please speak to Wally Gregory or Fr. Robert


PARISH VOLUNTEER NEEDED


The Parish Wardens are seeking a Volunteer to oversee the Building Maintenance. Please speak to any of the Wardens or Fr. Robert if you would like more information.

VACCINATION CLINIC


At MARCEL GIROUX CENTRE (Bannantyne Ave) May 18th-19th and at DAWSON (Woodland Ave) on May 25th-26th between 9:30am-3pm. Interested people are asked to call Clic Sante 514-644-4545.

Masses

Volunteer for FEAST OF PENTECOST – Special Readings


At the Saturday 4pm & Sunday 9:30am Masses in two weeks, we would like to have several volunteers who can read in any language other than French and English for Pentecost.

Don’t be shy! Please speak to Fr. Robert or call the office.


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) offered 30 minutes prior to each mass

Pre-registration for weekend mass is required by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com

The only mass not fully registered for this Ascension Sunday:

Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us celebrate and rejoice together in the Risen and Ascended Jesus !

Father Robert+



Friday, May 7, 2021

Opportunities in the parish in May -- Soul Health XXXXII

Plug in to a variety of activities at St. TM this month:


1. Faith and Spirituality:

REMINDER: HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT

Everyone is welcome to participate with me in this online retreat. It is NOT necessary to have followed the Alpha Course.

Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 May 2021 (1:00-4:00p.m. both days)

For more information & to register for the Zoom link, contact our staff member Sam Farrugia at 438-397-5233; farrugia.samuel@gmail.com

Adult Faith Formation -- the acclaimed Sycamore programme!  

I will lead this online beginning on Tuesday, May 25th. You are most encouraged to join, supporting one another and the parish in our faith development. All interested parishioners in this educational opportunity should speak to Fr. Robert or call the office.

May: Month of Mary


Each Tuesdays in May, beginning at 7:30 online, we will pray the Rosary, followed by a reflection I will offer based on Our Lady's Magnificat followed by group discussion. To participate, email Danielle Morin

Also, Pope Francis invites us all to pray for an end of pandemic, as tomorrow he launches a 30-day May Rosary relay led by 30 Marian shrines around the globe, for end of pandemic. Join daily at Noon here or on Facebook here.


2. Events:

COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER


You are warmly invited to join me at the Pillars Trust Fund

 first ever Virtual Comedy Night!


It will be taking place on Thursday 20 May 7pm-8:30pm. Cost: Household: $25.00. All proceeds going to support all the many good works -- including support of our parish through the pandemic -- funded by Pillars Trust! Register at www.pillarstrust.org

A Mini-Garage Sale open only to all parishioners 

at weekend mass will take place: next Saturday 15 May at 3pm and on Sunday at 10:30am.


Come down to the parish hall, take what you want and make a donation. You must keep social distance and wear a mask. Volunteers are needed: please speak to Wally Gregory or Fr. Robert


3. Masses

Volunteer for FEAST OF PENTECOST – Special Readings


At the Saturday 4pm & Sunday 9:30am Masses in two weeks, we would like to have several volunteers who can read in any language other than French and English for Pentecost. Don’t be shy! Please speak to Fr. Robert or call the office.

And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers) Pre-registration for weekend mass is required

by phone 514-768-4741, or email to Trish sttm1944@gmail.com The only masses not fully registered for this 6th Sunday of Easter are:

Saturday: 515pm, in the Sacristy         Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy

Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us celebrate and rejoice together with Our Lady in the Risen Jesus !

Father Robert+



Friday, April 30, 2021

Soul Health XXXXI

Three new spirituality opportunities in the parish in May

May is the month of Mary (thus the Marian blue font colour). It always begins with the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and ends with the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady to Elizabeth.


1. The four Tuesdays in May, beginning at 7:30 online, we will pray the Rosary, followed by a reflection I will offer based on Our Lady's Magnificat which she proclaimed at the Visitation, followed by group discussion. To participate, email Danielle Morin.


Also, Pope Francis invites us all to pray for an end of pandemic, as tomorrow he launches a 30-day May Rosary relay led by 30 Marian shrines around the globe, for end of pandemic. Join daily at Noon here or on Facebook here.


2. ALPHA COURSE HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT


Everyone is welcome to participate with me in this online retreat. It is NOT necessary to have followed the Alpha Course.


Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 May 2021 (1:00-4:00p.m. both days)


For more information & to register for the Zoom link, contact our staff member Sam Farrugia at 438-397-5233; farrugia.samuel@gmail.com


3. Adult Catechesis -- You don't need to be a Confirmand to join -- open to all!


I will offer an Adult Confirmation Preparation program, beginning in May. If you or someone you know hasn’t yet received this Sacrament, or is interested in this educational opportunity, please contact Fr. Robert or the parish office.


And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers), Pre-registration for weekend 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 for this 5th Sunday of Easter are:

Saturday: 515pm, in the Sacristy                     Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.

Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Jesus together!

Father Robert+



Friday, April 23, 2021

Soul Health XXXX

Adult Confirmation Preparation


It has come to my attention that some of you have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation. I would like to offer an Adult Confirmation Preparation program, if there is enough interest. If you or someone you know hasn’t yet received this Sacrament please speak to Fr. Robert or contact the parish office.

ALPHA COURSE

HOLY SPIRIT ONLINE RETREAT


Everyone is welcome to participate in this online retreat. It is NOT necessary to have followed the Alpha Course.

Schedule:

. Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 May 2021 (1:00-4:00p.m. both days)

. Platform: THE Zoom link will be emailed to all who register.


For more information & to register, please contact our staff member Sam Farrugia at 438-397-5233; farrugia.samuel@gmail.com

For interesting activities and events upcoming, check out the Archdiocese’s English sector e-newsletter, the Grapevine

Latest Issue


And with church capacity limited to 25 in the building (+volunteers), Pre-registration for weekend 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 for this Good Shepherd Sunday are:


Saturday: 515pm, in the Sacristy                         Sunday: 8:30am in the Sacristy


Weekday Masses are be celebrated on Tuesday & Thursday at 11am 

in the Sacristy. Enter by the Moffat St. door.


Let us celebrate and rejoice in the Risen Jesus, our Good Shepherd, together!

Father Robert+


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

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+