Friday, May 6, 2022

Soul Health LXXVII

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Father Robert’s Sermon Series on Discipleship continues this week!  

Last week, we kept in mind that our is a Living Faith, and to imagine what our parish could look like if we took that to heart and brought it into all we do here. This week, as we continue to discern how we are called to be disciples and the ways we might fulfil that calling, let’s also remember to surrender ourselves to Christ in the knowledge and trust of what has been promised to us through his Resurrection. 


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, May 7 to May 13:
Saturday, May 7:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, May 8:  For All Mothers, living and deceased
Tuesday, May 10:  John & Joan Purcell by Their Estate 
Thursday, May 12:  Maureen DesRoche by Maureen Dearden

There’s nothing like a mother’s love…
…so honor yours on Sunday, May 8!  As is our tradition, we will remember all our mothers, living and deceased, at the 9:30am Mass.  Those who wish to make a special donation in honor of their mothers can use the white envelopes available at the back of the church – please write your envelope number or name on yours, and drop it in the regular collection on May 8. 

Saying Goodbye to one of the Greats 
Click here to read the Archbishop’s homily from the State Funeral of Guy Lafleur earlier this week:

It includes this memory of Guy Lafleur as a joyful giver: "St. Paul tells us: “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor 4:7). Guy had received much, and his joy was to give in return and to share joy with fans and the general public. His humility made him a team player, always close to the people, accessible and attentive."  Doesn't this sound like the same kind of generosity we are called to extend to others as followers of Christ?

Christ in every mind that googles him:  Have you met Blessed Carlo Acutis?
Travelling Exhibition:  The Eucharistic Miracles of the World
April 25 – May 13 at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
More info, including a schedule of the exhibit and guided tours, is available at

If you’re a young person in the Church who's ever felt like the Saints are unrelatable individuals from the distant past, Carlo Acutis might just change your mind based on this small fact:  he’s on the path to sainthood and knew how to use the Internet!  In fact, if Blessed Carlo Acutis was still alive today he would be 31 years old – which makes him a saint not just for our times, but truly of our times!  His love for Christ and his desire for to bring Christ to others through the Eucharist formed the foundation of his life’s work:  an online catalog of Eucharistic Miracles compiled through his internet research, and a travelling exhibit of these miracles to bring the world face to face with the real presence of Christ, currently on display in Montreal at Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral.  

Still not sure if he’s really such an important Saint for the Church of today?  This article has some thought-provoking insights from Louise Normandeau, who is responsible for the exhibit in Quebec: 

Unite in prayer with Youth on retreat!
The Montreal Catholic Challenge Movement is coming to Verdun this weekend.  From Friday May 6 to Sunday May 8, offer up your prayers for these young people to have encounters with Christ and with living faith! 

Learn more about the Challenge Movement and keep an eye out for future retreats and events at

Joyful noise for a good cause:  L’Air du Temps, a Cathedral Concert featuring Gregory Charles OC
Saturday, May 28th at 7:30pm ($50) – Mary Queen of the World Cathedral
Known for his stage presence, energy, creativity, and dedication to Canada’s performing arts and culture, musician Gregory Charles lends his talents to the Permanent Diaconite of Montreal with this benefit concert.  For more information visit

"Wash your sins, not just your face"…
…is the translation of a quirky Greek inscription on a holy water font outside the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (see below)!  Blessing yourself with holy water upon entering and exiting a church is an old tradition in our faith, and it’s finally returned to our parish at all the church entrances!  If you’d like to have holy water at home, you can fill a small container from the metal holy water font by the doors heading down to the Hall. 


Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

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