Friday, March 17, 2023

Soul Health CXXII


Update on Father Robert
Father Robert is still in hospital, and his medical team is currently working on getting him stable enough to return home.  He is hopeful that next week, his most recent tests will show that his initial round of treatment has been effective enough for him to continue with the next.

He remains in good spirits, and has been able to celebrate Masses privately while in hospital.  Please continue to keep him, his family, and his intentions in your prayers!

Praying for Father Robert
Your continuous prayers for Fr Robert and compassionate support during this difficult time is so graciously appreciated and we are beyond words to describe our gratitude.  Fr Robert would also like to express his personal and sincerest thanks for everyone's prayers.  

In addition to praying for him and his family, Fr Robert has asked that we also include the following intentions during this time: 
- For those who suffer alone
- For those who suffer without access to adequate medical care
- For those who have yet to receive the gift of faith

We'd also like to thank everyone who has joined us for the prayer vigils at Saint Willibrord's or united with us in prayer from home.
Next week's vigil at St Will's is Wednesday, March 22; doors open at 7:00pm and we begin at 7:30pm.

A weekly online prayer group also meets on Wednesdays at 7:30pm on Zoomto pray for Father Robert's health, his family, and his medical team.  

Lenten Mass Schedule
Weekend Mass:  Saturday, 4:30pm

This week, we welcome and thank Father Francis McKee for coming to our parish and celebrating Mass with us!

The 8:30am Sunday Mass and all weekday Masses are suspended.
Weekday Masses already booked for your intentions will be said privately, but we will resume sharing the intentions for those who wish to include them in their personal prayers.

Weekend Masses with the intention "For All Parishioners" will be said privately by Father Robert at this time. 

Regular Liturgy Schedule & Intentions
Saturday, March 18th (Fourth Sunday of Lent):  Anniversary of William Warren by Bill & Denise

Private Mass -  Tuesday, March 21:  Anniversary of Hugh McGlynn by His Family 
Private Mass - Thursday, March 23:  Catherine Mazerolle by Caroline & Peter 
The Sanctuary Lamp
This week the Sanctuary Lamp is lit for Peter Jeffrey by Nancy Assaly 
Holy Mass for the Grace of a Blessed and Happy Death
Saturday, March 18 - 10:00am

On the eve of the feast of St. Joseph, known as the ‘’Patron of a happy death,’ a Vigil Mass for the grace of a happy death will be celebrated at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral by Archbishop Christian Lépine.  This mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel.

Archbishop Christian Lépine invites us to pray, as the question of death surrounds us today. How do people die? What is a “happy death”? Why eliminate suffering and settle for euthanasia? Why go through palliative care? How do we look at death from a faith perspective?

Get me to the church on time!
Parishioners who cannot make it to the Saturday Mass or who are looking for a weekday Mass are invited to St Willibrord's on Sundays at 10:30am and St Gabriel's (2111 Rue Centre) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.

Catholic Action Montreal's Late Sunday Mass begins at 8:00pm, every Sunday night at St Willibrord's.  

#TryAlpha this Spring!
Alpha begins this coming Tuesday, March 21st at St Willibrord's -- so come dive into life's big questions in a friendly, welcoming environment, and make new friends over a free meal and lively conversation!  Visit for more information and to register.

Coffee Break Catechesis for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
This weekend's Psalm is possibly the best-known one - Psalm 23, titled "The Divine Shepherd - A Psalm of David."  Beginning with that familiar phrase, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," this Psalm compels each of us to contemplate the Lord as the Good Shepherd, and what it could mean on a personal level to walk with him.  

This week we have two options for Coffee Break Catechesis!  Take a lunch break with Fr Mike Schmitz for Day 157 of the Bible In A Year podcast, where Psalm 23 is paired with the Gospel of Mark 7-8, or stick to your java jive with Dr Brant Pitre and the Parable of the Good Shepherd from the Gospel of John to unpack what this central teaching means for us and our relationship with Jesus.

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