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351 Willibrord Avenue, Verdun, Québec H4G 2T7 - Tel: (514) 769-9678 - Fax: (514) 761-1717

Parish Bulletin

Sunday December 13 2009

Board of Wardens
Patrick Pellerin   Bernadette Roach
Ed Muchantef   Mala Ratmadurai
Marie Lafleche   Steve Pine
St. Willibrord Parish

351 Willibrord Ave., Verdun, QC H4G 2T7 769-9678 e-mail : stwillibrordparish@videotron.ca
Celebration of Eucharist:

Saturday, 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 10.30 a.m.
Tues. 7.30 p.m Wed. 7.30 p.m. Thurs. & Fri. 8:00a.m

BAPTISM INFORMATION
Baptisms will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month at 1.00 p.m. Parents wishing to have their children baptized are asked to contact the Parish Office, 514-769-9678, for details.
A meeting with Parents and Godparents is a pre-requisite.
Please note: Godparents must be baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith to be eligible to serve as sponsors.
Next baptism to take place in 2010.

New updated Parish Website ~
Father Otvos has been working with St. Willibrord Webmaster, Mr. Boris Polansky to update our website. The Website was made officially public on Monday, December 7th on the anniversary of its original launch. It has a new look and is more user-friendly. You can access our Parish Bulletin, check out our location on our map, find out the latest Parish news, read the Pastor’s Message and much more. Check it out at: www. stwillibrordparish. org

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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
Catholics who have reached the age of reason are obliged to attend Mass and avoid unnecessary work on SUNDAY (commemorating the Lord’s Resurrection) as well as the following two days observed in Canada:
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God).

ADVENT CONFESSIONS
Father Otvos will be in the confessional 20 minutes before every Sunday Mass or you can also go to St. Joseph's Oratory, whose schedule for confessions is:
Monday-Saturday (usually in the Crypt)
7 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.; 2.30 p.m.-5pm
and 7pm to 7.45 p.m.
Sunday (usually in the Crypt):
6.45 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.; 7 pm – 8.15 p.m.

As well, St. Patrick’s Basilica has confessions 15 minutes before every Mass; Masses are at: 12.10 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and at 9.00 a.m, 11.00 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Sunday.

Christmas Eve at Loyola Chapel
c/o Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke West. Traditional Christmas Eve liturgy on Dec. 24th with carol singing at 7.30 p.m., Mass at 8.00 p.m. followed by a Potluck Reveillon. Everybody welcome!

Holy Humor:
Plan ahead – it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark!


Advent Booklets are also available at the back of the church. The daily readings are adapted to modern day life with a message that everyone can relate to. The booklet helps us to actively prepare our hearts for the birth of the Christ Child on a daily basis so that Advent isn’t just “for Sunday only”. Donation of $1.00 to defray the cost of printing and postage greatly appreciated!

Christmas gift-giving idea:
“Great Classics of Edgar-Sacred Music” (available at HMV, Archambault Music etc.) $29.99/each. Inspiring music chosen from Christian Liturgy selected by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec City and Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte. Proceeds go to the Annual Campaign of Montreal supporting Faith Education for all ages. Visit www. diocesemontreal.org

HEALTH CONCERN
In view of the current H1N1 Flu outbreak, the Archdiocese has issued a directive stating that Holy Communion will now be distributed only under one species (i.e. the Host). As well, please refrain from shaking hands with other parishioners during the Sign of Peace – a simple gesture of acknowledgment of your fellow parishioners is sufficient. It would also be prudent to avoid using the Holy Water font in church.

YEAR OF THE PRIEST
In keeping with the ongoing celebration of the Year of the Priest, let us consider the following excerpt from a poem by Catherine de Hueck Doherty:

“A priest is a lover of God, a priest is a
lover of men, a priest is a holy man
because he walks before the face of the
All-Holy.
A priest understands all things, a priest
forgives all things, a priest encompasses
all things.
The heart of a priest is pierced, like
Christ’s, with the lance of Love. The
heart of a priest is open, like Christ’s,
for the whole world to walk through.”

Let us keep our clergy in prayer during
this special year.

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