Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We passed the halfway mark for Lent this week! Have you encountered the Lord on your journey to Easter yet, or do you still feel like you are wandering?
In the last half of the Lenten Season, we encourage you all to continue your Lenten Disciplines and to explore the opportunities below to continue cultivating your holy ground so that at Easter you may harvest the fruits of Lent, and truly taste and see that the Lord is good!
Regular Mass Schedule & Intentions for the week of March 26 – April 1, 2022:
Saturday, March 26th – 4:00pm: For all Parishioners
Sunday, March 27th – 9:30am: Andy Thompson, Sr., by His Wife & Family
Tuesday, March 29th – 11:00am: Tom Hendricks by Eileen Ford
Thursday, March 31st – 11:00am: Beatrice & Reg Gilhuly by Ann Foran
For the People and the Planet: Upcoming Special Collection
The annual Development & Peace collection for Share Lent will be taken up as a Second Collection next weekend (April 2nd-3rd) using the blue Maintenance envelopes in the boxed sets. If you don’t use boxed sets, extra envelopes are available at the back of the church for you to make a contribution.
The Share Lent theme this year is “People & Planet First” and for more information, visit the Share Lent 2022 Campaign page.
Support the parish with your time, talent, and treasure!
Time: If you’re already attending Mass, why not take a small leap of faith into volunteering? Make a gift of your time by volunteering for Coffee Hour, taking up the collection, or greeting at the door.
Talent: Combine the gift of time with something you love doing, and contribute your talent to our parish! These could be: reading at Mass, assisting with various technological needs, or baking something delicious to share at Coffee Hour!
Sharing your time and talent contributes to the needs of God’s people so contact the Parish Office to let us know how you can help, and let your light shine!
Treasure: The weekly collection is an incredibly important resource for the parish, and your contributions to it support our various programs and efforts to serve our parish and our community.
For parishioners who prefer to be paperless, regular or one-time donations can also be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/50630. Canada Helps is a secure online platform that’s a good alternative to envelopes for parishioners who cannot easily get to the parish to drop off their donations, or even for those who wish to go paperless.
Spiritual Support & Solidarity: Ways to Unite in Prayer with the Church Worldwide
From the Vatican: Act of Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to Our Lady
Click here for Pope Francis' Act of Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to Our Lady, shared to unite the world in prayer today on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
A Conversation with Sr Marie-Laure Simon, CND
In-person event at the Newman Centre – March 26th 2022, 2:30pm-4:00pm
Come to the Newman Centre at McGill (3484 Peel) and learn from 94-year-old Mohawk CND Sister Marie-Laure Simon, who founded and ran the Wampum Centre for over 25 years to provide a space for discussion and learning between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See
In solidarity with the Indigenous Delegation to the Holy See, Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle has developed two resources to help Canadian Catholics unite in prayer for reconciliation and for the members of the Delegation meeting with Pope Francis from March 28th – April 1st.
Download the prayer card for the intercessions of Our Lady of Guadalupe here, and read more about the Sacred Fire prayer initiative here.
Click here for more information on the Delegation to the Holy See.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Our Lord did retreats too – consider doing one this Lent!
Lenten Encounters: A Day Retreat at Mission Marie Auxilatrice, March 26th 2022 from 10:30am-4:30pm ($20 registration)
8555 boul Maurice Duplessis, Rivière des Prairies H1E 4C3
Led by Jesuit priest Father Kevin Kelly SJ and Spiritual Director Dina Amicone, this day retreat on March 26th 2022 at Mission Marie Auxiliatrice will provide you an opportunity to explore how God meets us in our isolation to lead us into renewal and hope. Register at https://bit.ly/3wAV6ka and bring your Bible, notepad, pen, and a packed lunch!
Enhance & enliven your golden years with the Pillars Trust Fund!
Last summer and fall, the Pillars Trust Fund and the English-Speaking Catholic Council hosted a series of in-person information and social sessions for older Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. Facilitated by knowledgeable and engaging experts, these workshops provided a safe and supportive space for seniors to learn more about topics such as Mental Health & Aging, Navigating the Health & Social Service System, and Re-location.
Pillars and the ESCC would now like to expand the number of parishes where workshops are offered and plan for events to be hosted in the spring 2022.
To gauge the level of interest and to ensure that the topics are of interest to our community, please take few minutes to complete this questionnaire.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna Farrow at email@example.com or 514-937-2301 ex. 256
Do any of these photos ring a bell for you?
Montreal has seemingly countless churches, and we invite you to explore La Ville au Cent Clochers (the City of 100 Belltowers) on Facebook to make their virtual acquaintance: https://www.facebook.com/LaVilleAuxCentClochers/
Perhaps, you might even consider visiting a new church in person as part of a Lenten pilgrimage within the city!
Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly +