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Friday, October 28, 2022

Soul Health CII

 

Soul Health CII
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this Sunday's Gospel we meet Zacchaeus, whom St Luke points out "was a chief tax collector and very rich."  He is by no means the only tax collector mentioned in the Gospels - in fact, they are brought up nine times in Matthew (himself a tax collector!), three times in Mark, and ten times in Luke.  They are often bracketed with sinners, robbers, and enemies of the Jewish people. 

Undoubtedly, even just mentioning tax collectors has conjured up a certain image in our minds, and not a very flattering one at that.  

To understand the significance of Jesus' interaction with Zacchaeus, we first must understand the root cause of this unflattering image of tax collectors.  In Jewish society of Jesus' time, the tax collectors were seen as traitors to the Jewish people:  they worked for the occupying Romans using heavy-handed tactics, enforcing multiple forms of unreasonable taxation, and in the eyes of Jewish society, selling their services to make a profit at the expense of the Jewish people.

Knowing this cultural context (and possibly even sharing a similar attitude towards those in the tax profession at the end of the modern fiscal year), we can see why people would complain about Jesus associating with Zacchaeus:  "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner" is their gripe.  So narrow is their focus on Zacchaeus' sinfulness that we might wonder if they even heard Zacchaeus repent, and if they heard Jesus forgive him and say, "The Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost."  

This reading challenges us to ask ourselves how often and how quickly we point out the sinfulness of others, forgetting just as this crowd did that we too are sinners and that God's love and salvation was meant for all?  How often do we pass judgement on others and hold their past grievances against them, even when they are seeking to make amends?  

Furthermore, Zacchaeus' story can deepen our self-examination. How willing are we to seek out the Lord and connect with him by any means possible?  How often do we complain that we cannot see him, and fail to also see the sycamore tree next to us?  How many times have we promised something to the Lord, and not followed through?

And now that we've asked ourselves these questions:  what are we willing to do to improve our responses to them?
 


Our beloved and faithful Deacon Bernie is recovering well from open heart surgery.  He appreciates your prayers.


November 1st is All Saints' Day, a major solemnity!  Attending Mass on this day is a wonderful way to celebrate all the holy men and women who have gone before us.  

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, October 29 - November 4

Saturday, October 29:  For All Parishioners 
Sunday, October 30: Bertha, Frances, and Joseph Blases by Richard & Flo Davies
Tuesday, November 1 (All Saints' Day):  Mr. and Mrs Vincenzo Nudo by Their Family 
Thursday, November 3:  For the Intentions of Jasper Corcoran for his 4th Birthday by His Parents 


The Sanctuary Lamp
Bill & Peggy Rowe and Elaine Rowe Burles by Their Family 

As our Mass intentions are booked far in advance, the Sanctuary Lamp can be lit in memory of your loved ones or for intentions.  The candle is lit for the week for a suggested offering of $20.00.  For more information and to book a specific week please contact the office.


Book of Remembrance & All Souls' Mass 
This weekend is your last opportunity to add the names of your beloved departed to the Book of Remembrance, as Father Robert will be bringing it to the All Souls' Mass at Birks Chapel on November 2nd. 

 



50/50 Returns to St Thomas More!
October's 50/50 Draw takes place on Saturday, October 29 after the 4:30pm Mass!

There will be more chances to win in November and December! 

  • Ticket Prices:  $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 and 7 for $10.00. 
  • Ticket Sales:  After all weekend Masses

 


Coffee Break Catechesis

#AskFrJosh:  Does praying for politicians even make a difference?

God's will is for all "to be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4), and as disciples we are tasked to not only bring the truth of the Gospel to others, but also to pray for everyone - even (and especially!) politicians.  Focusing on this section of St Paul's 1st Letter to Timothy, Father Josh from Ascension Presents breaks down this duty of all disciples and shows how necessary it is that we embrace it.  


Beyond Verdun
  • Night Prayer with the Newman Chapel Choir
    The Newman Chapel Choir invites you to Compline at the Grand Séminaire of Montreal Chapel on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30pm.  Click here for more information.
     
  • The Journey with The Chosen continues in November
    See Jesus in a new light, through The Chosen’s fresh look at the Gospel. Consider the challenges of living as a chosen disciple right here and now. How can we create a church which goes out to “the peripheries”, encountering Jesus in all our brothers and sisters, in all God’s creation?
     
    When: Friday November 4, 11,18, and 25th at 7:00pm
    , led by Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, Episcopal Vicar.  To register please email at parishvitality@diocesemontreal.org or click here.
     
  • Spiritual Support for Separated or Divorced Persons
    A path of healing and reconciliation for those who want to rebuild themselves in Christ. Free, online sessions, starting Saturday, November 5.   Click here for more information and to register.


Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

  • The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund
    • The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund was established to accept donations from 73 Catholic entities across the country, and to advance healing and reconciliation initiatives.  It seeks to support projects that are determined locally, in collaboration with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners.  Learn more and support this Catholic commitment to healing and reconciliation at https://www.irfund.ca/
  • Pastoral Home Care
    • Be a living bridge to Christ for the sick, elderly, and isolated in our city!  The Pastoral Home Care ministry of the Archdiocese will provide formation in October for newcomers to this important ministry.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/3CixW4q
  • CAPP-Canada
    • CAPP was founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.  Learn more at https://www.cappcanada.ca/ and watch the replay of September's virtual launch of CAPP-Canada at https://www.cappcanada.ca/launch
  • Catholic Action Montreal
    • Motivated by our faith, Catholic Action Montreal empowers its community through a network of gifted individuals, partners, and organizations, enabling them to respond to an expressed need, resulting in profound changes in the community.  Learn more and get involved at https://catholicaction.ca/



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, October 21, 2022

Soul Health CI

 

Soul Health CI
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This weekend, we reach the end of St Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, which we began reading at the beginning of October.  Throughout this month, the Apostle has reminded the Church of the Gospel, of its mission, and of the necessity of hope and trust in God.

St Paul’s blessed hope – the assurance that God comes through on all His promises, and that Jesus will return – fills the Second Letter to Timothy from beginning to end.  Even in the face of his impending death, clinging to blessed hope allows St Paul to see and to share the Bigger Picture:  the Lord saved, strengthened, and stood by him, so he has no reason to be afraid. 

We see that St Paul found peace in the face of his adversity, and wanted the same for us.  
We are journeying in faith towards our heavenly home like St Paul and all the others who have gone before us.  We know this road isn’t an easy one, so we must ask ourselves: does sure and certain hope fill our hearts enough for us to make this lifelong journey, without fear of suffering and of difficulties? For if we are to stand a chance against the challenges ahead, we must first stand firmly not just in faith and love, but also in hope.   
 


The Funeral Mass for Evelyn Vienneau Gilchrist
Wednesday, October 26 at 10am. 
Visitation in the church is on Tuesday, October 25
from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-8:30pm.

***

Our beloved and faithful Deacon Bernie remains in hospital this week.  He appreciates your prayers for his continued good spirits and that open heart surgery next week will not have deleterious side effects, and for his recovery.


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, October 22-28
Saturday, October 22:  The Anniversary of Roger Lavigne by His Wife & Family 
Sunday, October 23:  For All Parishioners 
Tuesday, October 25:  Gina Mainardi by Maureen Dearden
Thursday, October 27:  Anniversary of John Kennedy by Trish 


The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for the Second Anniversary of Mrs Faye Foy by Her Family.

As our Mass intentions are booked far in advance, the Sanctuary Lamp can be lit in memory of your loved ones or for intentions.  The candle is lit for the week for a suggested offering of $20.00.  For more information and to book a specific week please contact the office.



 



50/50 Returns to St Thomas More!
Our newly established Fundraising Committee has decided to have a 50/50 Draw in October, November & December! 

  • Ticket Prices:  $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 and 7 for $10.00. 
  • October Tickets:  On sale after all Masses 
  • October Draw:  Saturday, October 29 after the 4:30pm Mass

Faith Formation for Young Children

St Ignatius of Loyola invites families with children ages 3-8 to The Good Shepherd Atrium, a special place for children’s prayer and faith formation.  There are a few spots still available on Monday (Level 1, ages ages 3-5) and Tuesday (Level 2, ages 6-8), from 4:00-5:30pm starting the week of October 23.    Our very own Angela will be helping out in Level 1 Atrium on Mondays! 

Read more at stig.ca/atrium, or contact Rebecca Malone: kids@stig.ca.
 


Coffee Break Catechesis

Learn to Pray like St Francis de Sales, with Father Gregory Pine, OP

We are called to pray each and every day, to enter into conversation with God - but sometimes it can seem difficult to know what to say. How does one enter into prayer? Is it really as complicated as it seems?  This week, Fr Gregory guides us through St Francis de Sales' simple, straightforward style of having a conversation with God. 


Beyond Verdun

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

  • The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund
    • The Indigenous Reconciliation Fund was established to accept donations from 73 Catholic entities across the country, and to advance healing and reconciliation initiatives.  It seeks to support projects that are determined locally, in collaboration with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners.  Learn more and support this Catholic commitment to healing and reconciliation at https://www.irfund.ca/
  • Pastoral Home Care
    • Be a living bridge to Christ for the sick, elderly, and isolated in our city!  The Pastoral Home Care ministry of the Archdiocese will provide formation in October for newcomers to this important ministry.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/3CixW4q
  • CAPP-Canada
    • CAPP was founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.  Learn more at https://www.cappcanada.ca/ and watch the replay of September's virtual launch of CAPP-Canada at https://www.cappcanada.ca/launch
  • Catholic Action Montreal
    • Motivated by our faith, Catholic Action Montreal empowers its community through a network of gifted individuals, partners, and organizations, enabling them to respond to an expressed need, resulting in profound changes in the community.  Learn more and get involved at https://catholicaction.ca/



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, October 14, 2022

Soul Health C

 

Soul Health C
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this Sunday’s Second Reading, Saint Paul writes, “…I solemnly urge you:  proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.”

We’ve spoken much about discipleship in the last year, so we should have no trouble seeing our mission as followers of Jesus Christ in the Apostle’s instructions here. 

But questions remain nonetheless.  How can we be persistent in times like now, when everything seems to be working against our mission?  How can we exercise utmost patience in anything, let alone in making new disciples, when so many other things seem more urgent?  

How, indeed - unless we have faith.  

Discipleship is a lifelong journey that begins when our faith allows us to see that we cannot do anything without God.  Our acknowledgement of our inability to make it on own and our willingness to rely on God are both necessary for a lifetime mission such as the one we’ve been given, for without God our hopes would have nothing to cling to when the only alternative is hopelessness.   


The Funeral Mass for Hazel Boyce is on
Wednesday, October 19 at 1:00pm. 

***

Our beloved and faithful Deacon Bernie has been in hospital since showing COVID symptoms Sunday which have caused complications with his heart.

He appreciates your prayers for his continued good spirits and that a procedure today will not have deleterious side effects, and for his recovery.


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, October 15-21
Saturday, October 15:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, October 16:  Anniversary of Vincenzo Nudo by His Family
Tuesday, October 18: (St Luke):  Lois Gallie by Maureen Dearden
Thursday, October 20 (St Hedwig & St Margaret Mary Alacoque):  In Thanksgiving for a Favor Received by Darlene Fitzgerald


The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Diane Chesnel Cox by Her Husband & Family 

As our Mass intentions are booked far in advance, the Sanctuary Lamp can be lit in memory of your loved ones or for intentions.  The candle is lit for the week for a suggested offering of $20.00.  For more information and to book a specific week please contact the office.


50/50 Returns to St Thomas More!
Our newly established Fundraising Committee has decided to have a 50/50 Draw in October, November & December! 

  • Ticket Prices:  $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 and 7 for $10.00. 
  • October Tickets:  On sale after all Masses 
  • October Draw:  Saturday, October 29 after the 4:30pm Mass

Faith Formation for Young Children

St Ignatius of Loyola invites families with children ages 3-8 to The Good Shepherd Atrium, a special place for children’s prayer and faith formation.  There are a few spots still available on Monday (Level 1, ages ages 3-5) and Tuesday (Level 2, ages 6-8), from 4:00-5:30pm starting the week of October 23.    Our very own Angela will be helping out in Level 1 Atrium on Mondays! 

Read more at stig.ca/atrium, or contact Rebecca Malone: kids@stig.ca.
 

**Updated Info!** Have you talked to your Mother lately?

The month of October is dedicated to Mary, our Heavenly Mother, and to the Holy Rosary!  If you haven't already, there is no better time than now to add the Rosary to your spiritual routine - especially if you begin today, the Memorial Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!

We invite you to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 15 at noon on the south side of LaSalle Blvd, between Godin & Riverview(under the Tortue Wharf).

Please join in this time of prayer in offering reparation & praying for conversion.

For further information please contact Caroline Landry 514-767-6256 or Maureen Dearden  514-751-2733.


Coffee Break Catechesis

“May the Church be overcome with joy,” said Pope Francis on October 11, the 60th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. “If she should fail to rejoice, she would deny her very self, for she would forget the love that begot her.”

This week, settle down with your cuppa and a snack to read this article,wherein the Pope’s call for the Church on Earth to rediscover her joy, passion, and love rings especially true for any mission-focused parish.


Beyond Verdun
  • The Montreal Compline Choir
    The Office of Compline will be sung in French on October 16 at 9 p.m., at the Church of St. Peter the Apostle (Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre), 1201 rue de la Visitation, Montreal.  For more information about this ancient tradition of communal prayer and music, visit https://bit.ly/3ylELzU 
  • Pillars Trust:  Ask Us Anything!
    The Pillars Trust Fund is hosting an online "Ask Us Anything" event later this month to help you learn more about various Catholic organizations serving the faithful of Montreal.  For more information and to submit your questions for this event, visit https://bit.ly/3rBni2F 

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

  • Pastoral Home Care
    • Be a living bridge to Christ for the sick, elderly, and isolated in our city!  The Pastoral Home Care ministry of the Archdiocese will provide formation in October for newcomers to this important ministry.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/3CixW4q
  • CAPP-Canada
    • CAPP was founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.  Learn more at https://www.cappcanada.ca/ and watch the replay of September's virtual launch of CAPP-Canada at https://www.cappcanada.ca/launch
  • Catholic Action Montreal
    • Motivated by our faith, Catholic Action Montreal empowers its community through a network of gifted individuals, partners, and organizations, enabling them to respond to an expressed need, resulting in profound changes in the community.  Learn more and get involved at https://catholicaction.ca/



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+

Friday, October 7, 2022

Soul Health XCVIII

 

Soul Health XCVIII
 



Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In this weekend’s Gospel, we are told of how ten lepers beg Jesus for mercy and are healed, yet only one, a Samaritan, returns to praise God and give thanks.  Jesus makes public note of this, and then tells the healed man, “Your faith has made you well.” 

The concept of thankfulness is a pretty big deal in the Bible, and is even cited in one of Paul’s Letters as part of God’s will for us.  It’s actually so important to our spiritual life that it is mentioned nearly 200 times in the entire Bible. 

For our spiritual ancestors, gratitude was directly tied to God:  in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for thankfulness that is used most often has the definition of “acknowledging what is right and true about God in praise and thanksgiving.”  This shows that part of our spiritual inheritance, passed on to us through scripture, is to both know God and to bear witness to His love and goodness through our praise.

In the New Testament, the most prevalent word for thankfulness is eucharisteo whose definition is “to show oneself as grateful; to be thankful; to give thanks" specifically in a religious context, with or without reference to God, as seen in today's Gospel. It is from this word, used to describe the way Jesus Christ gave thanks before the Last Supper, that we get our word for the sacrament he instituted then and which we celebrate today:  the Eucharist.

As we grow in our knowledge of God and who He is, the more we ought to praise and thank Him.  The Mass is where we come together to do this as the Church on Earth, and our mission demands that our praise and thanks should continue outside the walls of our church so that others may come to God through us.  This is how we give true thanks – this is how our faith makes us well.


Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions, October 8-14

Saturday, October 8:  For All Parishioners
Sunday, October 9:  Anniversary of Diane Chesnel Cox by Her Husband & Family 
Tuesday, October 11 (Pope St John XXIII):  Anniversary of Fr James Morro by Trish
Thursday, October 13 (Ferial):  Debbie Hughes by John & Irene Langevin

The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Father José Luis Soria by The Olaguera Family. 

As our Mass intentions are booked far in advance, the Sanctuary Lamp can be lit in memory of your loved ones or for intentions.  The candle is lit for the week for a suggested offering of $20.00.  For more information and to book a specific week please contact the office.


50/50 Returns to St Thomas More!
Our newly established Fundraising Committee has decided to have a 50/50 Draw in October, November & December! 

  • Ticket Prices:  $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 and 7 for $10.00. 
  • October Tickets:  On sale after all Masses 
  • October Draw:  Saturday, October 29 after the 4:30pm Mass
 

Alpha:  One last chance for Fall 2022!
Alpha at St Willibrord's on Tuesday nights will be taking new registrations and walk-ins for one more evening, so if you haven't had a chance to give Alpha a try, the last chance to start this Fall is next Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00pm!  
 

Faith Formation for Young Children

St Ignatius of Loyola invites families with children ages 3-8 to The Good Shepherd Atrium, a special place for children’s prayer and faith formation.  There are a few spots still available on Monday (Level 1, ages ages 3-5) and Tuesday (Level 2, ages 6-8), from 4:00-5:30pm starting the week of October 23.    Our very own Angela will be helping out in Level 1 Atrium on Mondays! 

Read more at stig.ca/atrium, or contact Rebecca Malone: kids@stig.ca.
 

Discover a relationship with Christ!
CCO returns to St Willibrord Parish on Friday, October 14 at 7pm for the first Summit of the academic year!  Parish youth between the ages of 18-30 are invited to experience this incredible evening of faith and fellowship with other young adults, and to learn more about CCO's on-campus ministry and faith studies.  


**Updated Info!** Have you talked to your Mother lately?
The month of October is dedicated to Mary, our Heavenly Mother, and to the Holy Rosary!  If you haven't already, there is no better time than now to add the Rosary to your spiritual routine - especially if you begin today, the Memorial Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary!

We invite you to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 15 at noon on the south side of LaSalle Blvd, between Godin & Riverview(under the Tortue Wharf).

Please join in this time of prayer in offering reparation & praying for conversion.

For further information please contact Caroline Landry 514-767-6256 or Maureen Dearden  514-751-2733.


Coffee Break Catechesis

  • You Can't Take the Cross Out of Your Life 
    https://youtu.be/nD4koQtqkVU 
    Saintly living might seem impossible:  after all, if we take a closer look at the lives of the Saints, we find that many of them were marked by suffering and pain.  But, as Father Mike Schmitz reminds us, we all experience suffering and pain - but with Jesus in our sight, they have a redemptive purpose.

Beyond Verdun
  • The Montreal Compline Choir
    The Office of Compline will be sung in French on October 16 at 9 p.m., at the Church of St. Peter the Apostle (Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre), 1201 rue de la Visitation, Montreal.  For more information about this ancient tradition of communal prayer and music, visit https://bit.ly/3ylELzU 
  • Our Lady of Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart
    This free online event happening Monday, October 10 at 7pm EasternTime is one way you can draw closer to Mother Mary this month! Meet the speakers and register at https://bit.ly/3CDtxZM (please note, the time stated in the provided link is Central)
  • Pillars Trust:  Ask Us Anything!
    The Pillars Trust Fund is hosting an online "Ask Us Anything" event later this month to help you learn more about various Catholic organizations serving the faithful of Montreal.  For more information and to submit your questions for this event, visit https://bit.ly/3rBni2F 

Put Your Faith, Hope, and Love into Action!

  • Pastoral Home Care
    • Be a living bridge to Christ for the sick, elderly, and isolated in our city!  The Pastoral Home Care ministry of the Archdiocese will provide formation in October for newcomers to this important ministry.  For more information visit https://bit.ly/3CixW4q
  • CAPP-Canada
    • CAPP was founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.  Learn more at https://www.cappcanada.ca/ and watch the replay of September's virtual launch of CAPP-Canada at https://www.cappcanada.ca/launch
  • Catholic Action Montreal
    • Motivated by our faith, Catholic Action Montreal empowers its community through a network of gifted individuals, partners, and organizations, enabling them to respond to an expressed need, resulting in profound changes in the community.  Learn more and get involved at https://catholicaction.ca/



Yours in Christ,
Father Robert Assaly+