Friday, August 26, 2022

Soul Health XCIII


Soul Health XCIII

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Mass is the great banquet of God’s people, and in this week’s Sunday Gospel we can draw at least one important parallel between Jesus’ instructions to his Pharisee host and the Great Commission. 

Jesus tells his host that, instead of inviting family and friends who are in a position to return the favour, he should “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.”  In his Great Commission his directions to the Apostles and disciples are, “Go forth and make disciples of all nations.” 

We see in these two passages of Scripture Jesus’ acknowledgement of outsiders and his desire for them to share in what he has to offer, as well as the duty of his supporters and followers to take an active role in bringing them in. 

Looking at our world today alongside this weekend’s Gospel and the Great Commission, what more can we do to acknowledge and answer the needs in our communities?  Who can we invite to the celebration of the Eucharist?  What are we called to change in our parish in order to carry out this mission?

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, August 20-26

Saturday, August 27:  Gaetan Berube by Isabelle
Sunday, August 28:  For All Parishioners
Tuesday, August 30:  Celia Hanley by Trish
Thursday, September 1 (Ferial)

Alpha:  Jonas & Natasha's Story
Jonas & Natasha are parishioners of St Ignatius of Loyola in NDG.  Alpha has deeply impacted their relationship with God as individuals, as a married couple, and as a family.  Listen to their story:

Alpha is an 11-week series hosted at St Willibrord Parish starting in September.  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.

Registration is a just a click away: -- and learn more at:



Coffee Break Catechesis

  • Bishop Barron Presents:  Shia LaBeouf – Padre Pio and the Friars
    At almost an hour and a half, this week’s video might be more suited to a movie night!  Our good friend Bishop Barron sits down with Shia LaBeouf for an incredible discussion on how playing the role of Padre Pio for a movie saved the actor’s life.  Shia’s story is a testament to how all things are possible with God and that God’s love redeems us all!
Beyond Verdun
  • 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.
  • Be a tourist in your home city: Musée des Hospitalières
    Reconnect with nature and learn about Montreal’s rich Catholic history by signing up for a guided tours (available in English!) of the “Secret Garden” of the Hospitallers of St Joseph’s Monastery!

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

  • Listening to Indigenous Voices: An Ignatian Centre Retreat
  • Catholic Action Montreal
    • Assist our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, effectively support Montrealers in need, and participate in making profound changes in our great city!  Find out how at
  • 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.” 

Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

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