Dear Parishioners and Friends,
It's a new month, and the end of Lent is fast approaching! As we welcome spring, let's also prepare ourselves to welcome the Lord in just a couple of weeks by continuing our Lenten Disciplines and giving ourselves joyfully in service to those around us.
Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, April 2 to April 9:
Saturday, April 2nd – 4:00pm: For all Parishioners
Sunday, April 3rd – 9:30am: Adolf Scweighart by Ione Thompson
Tuesday, April 5th – 11:00am: Anniversary of Mr Vincenzo Nudo by His Family
Thursday, April 7th – 11:00am: Anniversary of Elphege Poirier by Bill & Denise
Liturgy Schedule for Saturday, April 9th:
- 2:00pm: Stations of the Cross
- 2:30pm: Reconciliation Liturgy
- 4:00pm: Mass - Offered for all Parishioners
A full Holy Week schedule is at the bottom of this email
Last week on the feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This will be the subject of this week's homily, so you are encouraged to read or listen to the Pope's Consecration Prayer before Mass this weekend.
- Read the Consecration Prayer here: https://bit.ly/37RqqAy
- Watch Pope Francis pray it here: https://youtu.be/D01YrVweSMk
To help prepare for Confession before Easter, the USCCB has a selection of Examinations of Conscience available here: https://bit.ly/35tOaKe
Listen to a parishioner’s testimony of the impact the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the St Willbrord homepage (scroll down to the section “Why go to Confession?” and hit play): https://www.stwillibrordparish.org/
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 this weekend 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.
Make a gift of yourself to others!
Sharing your time, talent, and treasure, and contribute to the needs of God’s people. Contact the Parish Office to let us know how you can help, and let your light shine!
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!
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.
Spiritual Support & Solidarity
The Indigenous Delegation to the Vatican had its final meeting with Pope Francis today, wrapping up a week of working towards reconciliation. Watch the replay here: https://youtu.be/jroi4ATEEjU
Free Concert! A Harmonious Evening with Harmonie
Harmonie Richelieu de Verdun is performing a free concert at St Thomas More on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm. A goodwill offering is most welcome, and will be taken up at the concert.
Celebrating a Decade of the Archbishop's Dedication and Service
In case you missed the celebration of the Archbishop’s 10th Anniversary, you can read the address from the Papal Representative here: https://bit.ly/3K0ds1B
Roll up a sleeve and give blood with the Archbishop!
Help the Archdiocese achieve its goal of 50 donors at the Good Friday Blood Drive! For more information, including how to check your eligibility as a potential donor, click here: https://bit.ly/3v3nYz9
Calling All Youth!
The next Challenge Retreat is a month away, but we know your schedules fill up quickly so we wanted to let you know all about it now!
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 +