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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday February 26 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.

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!

The Embrace of the Nazarene
A provincial special commission named Dying with Dignity was created on December 4th 2009 to examine questions surrounding the end of life, in particular, those of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Despite the Federal House of Commons’ overwhelming rejection (74% against) of the legalization of euthanasia, the provincial commission has a mandate to study the arguments for and against defining euthanasia as a medical act.
Euthanasia, as a medical act, raised by the commission, provokes us to ask: can man be the master of his creation and death or is he a gift of Someone else? And if so, then who is He who loves us so much that he created everything for us?
The core argument, of the pro-euthanasia speakers, concerns “the respect for the dignity of the person;” and they claim that a person should have the right to chose to die if his or her dignity is lost. But does a person really lose his or herself when there is a loss of health? And who truly sustains life and gives it dignity?
Only the embrace of Christ can sustain us in front of our destiny. Facing the present debate, we are called back to the moment when we first encountered Christ. He, who is the starting point of our existence, is the source of all hope, because nothing can escape His embrace, even our misery. The debate on euthanasia is an opportunity for us to witness that a life filled with hope is possible.
The Commission “Dying with Dignity” will unfold its conclusions on March 20th 2012. I write to beg you to take an active part, after the release of the commission’s report, to keep these questions at the forefront, with your prayers, discussions, letter writing, and with your presence at the bedside of the dying.

Laurence Normand-Rivest
Medical resident at McGill University
St. Willibrord’s Parish

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.

Flea Market - March 3rd
We still have a need for volunteers and we will be accepting gently used household items (no clothes), the day of the sale ONLY. We ask that no items be brought to the Rectory or left outside, and we are unable to do pick-ups. Please see Dan Ormsby for further details.

Sign up Day
Last Chance to give us your information, stop by our tables at the back of the church. Help us to stay in touch with you!

Rite of Election
This Sunday Catechumens in the RCIA program will be present to Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte at a 2pm Mass at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

We prayerfully support our Catechumens:
1. Melissa
2. Eorann
3. Violetta

Lent: Spiritual goal for the week
Preparing our hearts for Lent means allowing the Spirit to touch us with the desire to grow spiritually. Turn your heart to Christ today as you prepare for this sacred season.

Lent: Question of the Week
When has it been hardest for you to believe that your sins are forgiven?


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