Friday, August 19, 2022

Soul Health XCII


Soul Health XCII

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

The Second Reading this weekend mentions the word “discipline” in nearly every paragraph and reminds us that we shouldn’t expect our lives as followers of Christ to be easy. Discipleship takes discipline: we cannot commit to Christ without also committing to the Cross. Indeed, last week we read in Hebrews 12:2, “Let us keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith. For the sake of the joy which lay before him he endured the Cross.” 

The last paragraph of the Second Reading tell us, “lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”  Committing to our trials in order to become disciples requires us to prepare for what lies ahead, and just as we were never meant to journey alone neither we were ever meant to prepare alone.

Our best opportunities to prepare to become missionary disciples are found in the celebration of Mass as a community, in the fellowship we share after Mass, and in the prayers we offer for one another during the week. 

And so, as we continue moving forward towards becoming a mission-focused parish, reflect on the ways that you might grow in how you’re celebrating and participating at Mass, in getting to know your fellow parishioners both old and new, and in having an intention-driven prayer life. 

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, August 20-26
Saturday, August 20:  Ronald Moss by His Family 
Sunday, August 21:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, August 23 (St Rose de Lima):  Deceased Members of the McGlynn Family by The Family 
Thursday, August 25 (St Louis & St Joseph Calasanz):  M. Georgette Grise by Her Children 

What exactly is Alpha?
Alpha is an 11-week series where we come to St. Willibrord’s, share a meal, watch a talk and discuss life, faith and God. It is a safe and welcoming evening where we can explore a different theme each week through a Christian lens and meet you wherever you are in your faith journey.

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Coffee Break Catechesis

  • What is the Value of a Human Life?
    This week, reconsider the value and uniqueness of your life with Mari Pablo from Ascension Presents, and learn how to expand that mindset to valuing the life and dignity of others!
Beyond Verdun 
  • Complete your day with "a beautiful encounter with the sacred" on August 19th
    The Montreal Compline Choir extends an invitation to all to join them for Compline at the Church of Saint Barnabas (95 Lorne Avenue, St-Lambert) on August 19th at 9:00pm. 
    • The Office of Compline is the last office of the Liturgy of the Hours, and this particular Compline repertoire includes Gregorian chant, plainsong in English, and music from the Renaissance.
    • A collection will be taken up to support the parish and help the choir cover its expenses.
  • Welcome, Bishop-Elect Frank Leo!
    On Monday, September 12, join the celebration and welcome Bishop-Elect Frank Leo to his new role in the Archdiocese as Auxiliary Bishop!  The Episcopal Ordination will take place at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and will also be livestreamed by Salt & Light Media.
  • How to become the salt of the earth:  CAPP is coming to Canada
    Centesiumus Annus Pro Pontiface (CAPP) is starting its Canadian chapter, and all who felt called to action following the Papal Visit are invited to attend the virtual launch on September 17 to learn how they can effectively participate in Catholic social action.  For more information and to RSVP to the event, follow the links above!
    • “The primary mission of CAPP is to transform society by cultivating, especially among lay Catholic leaders, a deeper understanding, integration, and holistic application of Catholic Social Doctrine. Our secondary mission is to support Papal charities, responding to urgent needs as they arise. In advancing our two-fold mission, we also welcome the support and collaboration of non-Catholics.” 
  • State Power and Evangelization
    The Church no longer imposes the Gospel by state power, but proposes it in freedom.  Yet that does not erase the Church’s presence during painful moments of history, as the Papal Visit made clear:

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!


Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

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