Friday, November 26, 2021

Soul Health LVI (56)

Memorial Mass and Dedication of the Church Hall to Father George

**This is the last weekend to purchase dinner tickets.**

Dinner tickets will not be available at the door the night of the event.

Join us on Friday, December 3rd to commemorate Father George S. Oakes, who served our parish from 1989 until his passing in 2018, with a Memorial Mass followed by dinner, dedication of the parish hall, and an auction.

Mass: 6:00pm

Dinner and Auction: 7:00pm

Tickets: $15.00 each (includes a chicken meal and dessert)

Dinner tickets are available for purchase after the weekend Masses,

or by contacting the parish office at



Enhance Your Advent Experience!

The Archdiocese of Montreal now has a page dedicated to the Season of Advent where you can find content specifically curated to enhance your Advent experience this year.

Click here to explore it with your families, and grow in faith together!


A little closer to home, our Family Faith Formation group extends an invitation to all parishioners with children to join us on this year’s Advent Field Trips! If you are interested in attending, please contact Angela at by Thursday, December 2nd 2021.

Sunday, December 5th: Saint Joseph's Oratory (3800 Queen Mary)


This excursion includes a visit to the Creche Museum and a chance to explore the Oratory, as well as Mass in the Crypt Church at 11:15am. The vaccination passport is mandatory for all visitors aged 13 and over. Parking is available at the Oratory, all the way up to the hill to the Basilica.

Sunday, December 19th: Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs (4155 Wellington)

10:30am -2:00pm

This excursion includes Mass at St Willibrord at 11:15am with coffee and refreshments afterwards, before heading to Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs to view the Christmas display there.

Street parking is available around St Willibrord.

Notre Dame is within walking distance so we will go there on foot.


This evocative 16th century prayer is offered daily at every mass during Advent in the Catholic Ordinariate Rite:

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and ever. 


Coffee Hour after the 9:30am Mass!

Coffee Hour begins this Sunday after Mass, downstairs in the Mary Room! Also, volunteers are needed each week for Coffee Hour. Please call the parish office if you’re interested in contributing to this opportunity for fellowship and community building.

Altar Servers

If you have children aged 10 or over who would like to help at Sunday Mass, we invite you to encourage them to become Altar Servers! Please speak with Fr Robert after Mass or contact the Parish Office.

Visioning Team

Parishioners who are interested in attending a Visioning Team meeting on Wednesday evening next week, please speak to Fr Robert either after Mass or by email at

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve Mass will be at 8pm and Christmas Morning Mass will be at 9:30am. More info to come, so keep an eye on your inbox!

Family Faith Formation

We are very excited to announce that Family Faith Formation is returning to in-person gatherings on Sunday, November 28th 2021!

Our November 28th Gathering is mandatory for all current participants. Please arrive at Saint Thomas More (980 Moffat Ave) in time for the 9:30am Mass.

If you are not yet enrolled in FFF and have been waiting for our return to in-person gatherings to register, please contact Angela at by 4:30pm on Tuesday, November 23rd.

We’re also looking for one more Catechist! If you are searching for more joy and fulfilment in your life, please consider joining our team of volunteer Catechists! No experience teaching (Catechism or otherwise) necessary – all we require from you is a love for Christ and for families, and a commitment to the future of the English Catholic Parishes of Verdun! Please contact Angela or Father Robert if you would like more information.

Magnificat – December 2021 issue now available

Parishioners who subscribe to the Magnificat may pick up their December issue on the shelves at the back of the church. There are a couple of extra copies at a cost of $5.00 each.

Annual Canned Goods Collection begins!

The Annual Canned Goods Collection for our Christmas Baskets is underway and continues until the weekend of December 18th – 19th.

We are accepting donations of non-expired canned or boxed goods and non-perishable food items. We especially need the appropriate foods associated with meals during the Christmas Season (example: canned fruits and puddings, cookies and treats for children).

Parishioners wishing to make a donation towards meat and other perishables are asked to place their offering in the St. Vincent de Paul Boxes on the walls at the back of the church.



November 27th, 2021

**Free** Mini Retreat for People who are Separated or Divorced - Saint Angèle Parish, 1:30pm-3:30pm

On behalf of the Archdiocese, the parish of Saint Angèle is hosting a free mini retreat for people who are separated or divorced. Doors open at 1:00pm; parking available on site. For more information please visit

You can also contact the organizers by phone at 514-925-4300, ext. 206 and by email at

**Free Weekend Concerts** in Old Montreal throughout December!

Notre Dame des Bon Secours (400 Saint-Paul Street East)

Saturdays and Sundays from December 4th-19th 1:30pm *or* 3:00pm

Les Choralies returns this year offering free concerts for the holiday season at Notre Dame des Bon Secours, Montreal’s oldest chapel. Featuring a diverse selection of traditional holiday carols performed by guest choirs, these free concerts will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, with show times at 1:30pm and 3:00pm. 
For more details, visit:

December 7th, 2021

Couch Talks for Couples: Rekindle Your Love! – Tuesday, Dec 7th from 8:00pm-9:30pm

The Archdiocese of Montreal’s Couch Talk series continues with a session focusing on “The Hidden Lives of Men & Women – Communication.” Facilitated by Bridget Bagshaw and Karl Sataguida, the Couch Talk Series invites couples to come together in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to share ideas on happiness, communication, parenting, intimacy, work life balance and holiness in marriage. All the events in the series are free, but registration is required. Click here for more information and to register for this and future Couch Talk sessions.
Blessings in Christ the King,

Father Robert+

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