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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday March 04 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.
Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message

The Lenten Season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: Charity. This is a favourable time to renew our journey of faith both as individuals and as a community, with the help of the word of God and the Sacraments. This journey is one marked by prayer and sharing, silence and fasting, in anticipation of the joy of Easter.

This year I would like to propose a few thoughts on a passage from the letter to the Hebrews: “Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works.” It is an invitation to be “concerned”: the Greek word used is Katanoein, which means to scrutinize, to be attentive, to observe carefully and take stock of something. We come across this word in the Gospel of Luke where we are called to ‘observe’ the plank in our own eye before looking at the splinter in that of our brother. (Lk 6:41)
This exhortation tells us to look at others, and not remain isolated and indifferent to the fate of our brothers and sisters.
The great command of love for one another demands that we acknowledge our responsibility toward those who, like ourselves, are creatures and children of God.
We must not remain silent before evil. I am thinking of all those Christians who, out of human regard or purely personal convenience, adapt to the prevailing mentality rather than warning their brothers and sisters against ways of thinking and acting that are contrary to the truth. Concern for others entails desiring what is good for them from every point of view: physical, moral, and spiritual. Concern for one another likewise means acknowledging the good that the Lord is doing in others and giving thanks for the wonders of grace that Almighty God continuously accomplishes in his children.

World Day of Prayer
Friday March 2nd is World Day of prayer, thank you to all who took the opportunity to recognize this by attending the Stations of the Cross.

Stations of the Cross
This Friday at 3pm and continuing 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
Do you have your ticket? They are selling fast! 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!

Lent: Spiritual Goal for the week
In order to grow spiritually, we do need to step away from all the things that concern us in our daily lives. This need not be a long retreat; you can turn your heart to Christ in a moment, allowing the spirit to enter your heart.

Lent: Question of the Week
When or how could you step away from your daily responsibilities to renew yourself?

Daylight Savings
Next weekend, particularly, Sunday March 11th don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour as daylights savings begins.

March Break
For all students who will be on break and for all their teachers and support staff, we wish them a good week off and pray that they will be safe at play and in their travels.

Flea Market
Thank you so much to all our supporters, volunteers and friends of the flea market. It has been such a pleasure to come together and make these sales the best ever! We are so truly blessed.


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