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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday January 29 2012

Board of Wardens
Angele Lafleche Joseph Brisindi
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Nicholas Pinto Susan McCann

Staff: Yvonne Pelling Secretary
Helene Di Lallo Coordinator.
Chris Ramdhanie Custodian

351 Willibrord Avenue, Verdun, H4G 2T7
Tel : (514) 769-9678 Fax : (514) 761-1717
Email ~ stwillibrordparish
Parish website ~ www. stwillibrord
PASTOR ~ Rev. Father Stephen Otvos

Saturday: 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am
Tuesday 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30pm
Thursday & Friday: 8:00am
CONFESSIONS will be heard 15 minutes before each Mass ~ weekdays and weekends.

Baptisms will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month at 12:00 noon. Parents wishing to have their child 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.

Consecrated Life, God’s Gift to his People
Pope John Paul instituted a day for consecrated life, observed annually on February 2. In so doing, he wanted the entire Church to have a special opportunity to thank the Lord, each year, for the great gift of consecrated life
What is "consecrated life?" It has various expressions. First, let's consider religious communities, who do extraordinary work and make an enormous contribution to society. In addition to these religious, there are secular institutes. Members of secular institutes do not live in a religious community, rather, they live separately, in his/her own family or even in a fraternal association. The members of institutes of consecrated life seek to live the Gospel and witness to it for their entire lives and by the actual gift of their lives. They have professed to follow the evangelical counsels: they experience and talk about God as their sole Love (this is chastity), their sole treasure (poverty), and their sole meaning of life (obedience). They are called to be a sign of God’s presence in the midst of the world.
It is very important for our society to recognize the immense contribution of religious to life in our world. We cannot appreciate the significance of many charitable organizations without first looking at their origins; there, we often find the presence of committed religious men and women. We owe them a debt of gratitude. The religious have been and still are, a reminder for us of this fundamental requirement of life: we must care for one another.
I pray everyday that many baptized will respond to this special call to leave everything to follow Christ. This total abandonment arouses both fascination and fear. Don't be afraid. Christ accompanies us on the adventure
+ Jean-Claude Turcotte

New Calendar!
Please take the time to notice the calendar of events on the bulletin board at the back of the church in the upper foyer. You can be aware of coming events before details are released in the bulletin.

Our library will be coming back soon in the next few weeks. We thank you for your patience as we know that you have been waiting for some good reading material!

Upcoming Changes
With the painting being completed, we will now be focusing on the interior of the Church. Look for some changes in the Sanctuary, where Fr. Stephen hopes to create a richer holiness which will coincide with the recent Liturgical changes.

The Feast of St. Blaise – Feb. 3rd
Considered the Patron of throat aliments. Many Catholics have their throats blessed at Mass on this day.

The Parish Council has come up with a few ideas for the Lenten Season.
•Shrove Tuesday supper on Feb. 21st 2012
•Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 3pm
•Fr. Stephen is once again working with Fr. Gerry Martineau of St. Jean Brebreuf Parish, to organize a Lenten Retreat.

Further information to follow in the coming weeks.


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