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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday March 11 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.
State of the Parish Address
Please join Fr. Stephen and the Warden’s on Sunday April 1st after the 10:30am Mass as they will be discussing the parish financials and upcoming events and projects.

Immediately following the address, there will be an open Bazaar meeting where the new vision will be presented. Everyone is welcome to come.

Asceticism keeps us on the path toward becoming Christian.
For Christians, when we were baptized, Jesus beckoned us to follow him on the path to sanctity. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48). Christians who take this call to sanctity seriously cannot avoid making asceticism, (simplicity) part and parcel of their lives. St. Paul compared Christian life to an endurance test, a race course, requiring Christ’s disciples to adopt a sense of strict discipline similar to the amount of discipline that is required of hockey or football players to reach a professional level and to become top performers.

What makes a Real Fast?
In the 3rd century, Tertullian wrote, “Christians are made, not born.” Without asceticism, spiritual growth is in doubt. We become spiritually heavy, weighed down by our instincts, our desires, fads and the world itself. To regain our spiritual health and to be able to lead a true Christian life, we must lose the excess weight that burdens our hearts. We must get rid of the weight that keeps us from praying, meditating, enjoying silence and listening to the Word of God; the weight of our desires, fueled by advertising and the abundance that surrounds us, always enticing us to have more: the newest, the biggest, the greatest. This is the weight that keeps our hands and hearts closed to those who are hungry and thirsty, to the poor and to those most in need.

Asceticism frees us of the excess weight that prevents us from following in Jesus’ footsteps on the path toward the Father; it’s often an uphill climb. It is better to travel light. Asceticism is a major component of the Lenten season currently underway; it helps us to get into better spiritual shape to celebrate Easter.

+ Jean-Claude Turcotte
Archbishop of Montreal

Movie Night - Word on Fire
Friday March 16th is part 5 in our Catholicism series. Don’t’ hesitate to come out, even if you missed the other evenings, as each episode deals with a unique topic of the faith. Everyone is welcomed, feel free to invite your friends.

Irish Pub Night
Saturday March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, join us for a Pub Night! Enjoy an Irish supper, followed by lots of Irish music, fun games and activities. Cash bar service will be available – beer, wine and Irish coffee. Get your tickets today! Only $10.00.

Lent: Spiritual Goal for the week
In order to really see Jesus, we must be attentive to how he is present among us today. This week, make a point of paying attention to him, present in the people and events around you, even those you think most unlikely.

Lent: Question of the Week
What are some amazing ways or places in which you have seen Jesus appear in your life?

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

Challenge Retreat
This weekend you may notice the challengers around the parish. Please pray for them as they journey along in their faith. There will be a closing mass at 3pm on Sunday March 11th everyone is welcomed to attend.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
If you have not done so yet, plan to go to confession next weekend, Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th as you prepare for Easter. The Sacrament will be offered during mass and there will be several priest available.


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