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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday February 19 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.

Ash Wednesday and Lent
“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” (Matt 6:18)
There is a popular misconception within the Church that our days of penance, especially Fridays, have been lifted. On the contrary, the faithful are sill obliged by divine law to do penance, to continue the work of conversion within our soul.

The faithful are still called to pray; engage in works of piety and charity; and deny themselves by fulfilling their responsibilities more faithfully, and especially by observing fast and abstinence. Here are the norms of the Church:
• The days and times of penance for the Church are the Season of Lent and Fridays of the whole year. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages, and voluntary self denial such as fasting and almsgiving.
• Abstinence from meat (or from some other food) or another penitential practice, as determined by the bishops, is to be observed on all Fridays of the year unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence from meat and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday.
• All persons who are fourteen and above are bound by the law of abstinence. All adults (eighteen years or older) are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors and parents are to see to it that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by a law of fast or abstinence are taught the true meaning of penance.
• The bishops have stated that fasting and abstinence can be substituted by other forms of penance, such as significant times of prayer or works of charity.

Happy Lent to all!

Shrove Tuesday - Feb. 21
After the 4:30pm Mass, downstairs in Cameron Hall, we will be treated to Fr. Stephen Famous pancakes! Everyone is invited to share in the spirit of Mardi Gras as we anticipate the Lenten fast before us.
Please bring a few canned items for our food pantry.

Stations of the Cross
Starting Friday February 24th at 3pm and continue every Friday until Good Friday, we will be praying the stations of the cross. We have various booklets and each week we will have different readings. This can be a good way to introduce more prayer time during Lent.

Irish Pub Night
Saturday March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, join us for a Pub Night! We will start after the 5pm Mass, with an Irish supper, followed by lots of Irish music, fun games and activities. Cash bar service will be available – beer, wine and Irish coffee. Tickets are only $10.00 and proceeds will go towards the 100th anniversary celebrations. Get in the spirit, join us and wear green!

Sign up Day
Thank you to all those who stopped by last week. For those who were not here or were unable to stay, please take the time to stop by the table at the back of the church and fill out a parishioner form . We are attempting to reduce waste and cost.

100th Anniversary Chocolates
We are selling chocolates to raise funds for our 100th Anniversary celebrations. Support your parish by either purchasing individual bars or better yet, buy a box ($60 or $90), to sell to your family, friends and co-workers.

Movie Night - Part 4 – “All about Mary”
Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer – why not join us Friday evening February 24th starting at 7pm. We gather around tables, have coffee and refreshments, watch a great movie and even have some time for discussion. All new faces are welcome! Please feel free to bring your friends.

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