ST. WILLIBRORD PARISH

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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday December 20 2009

Board of Wardens
Patrick Pellerin   Bernadette Roach
Ed Muchantef   Mala Ratmadurai
Marie Lafleche   Steve Pine
St. Willibrord Parish

351 Willibrord Ave., Verdun, QC H4G 2T7 769-9678 e-mail : stwillibrordparish@videotron.ca
Celebration of Eucharist:
Saturday, 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 10.30 a.m.
Tues. 7.30 p.m Wed. 7.30 p.m. Thurs. & Fri. 8:00a.m

BAPTISM INFORMATION
Baptisms will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month at 1.00 p.m. Parents wishing to have their children 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.
Next baptism to take place in 2010.

NewLY updated Parish Website
Father Otvos has been working with St. Willibrord Webmaster, Mr. Boris Polansky to update our website. The Website was made officially public on Monday, December 7th on the anniversary of its original launch. It has a new look and is more user-friendly. You can access our Parish Bulletin, check out our location on our map, find out the latest Parish news, read the Pastor’s Message and much more. Check it out at: www.stwillibrordparish.org

Ann Daye sends her best wishes to everyone for a blessed Advent and Christmas, along with her sincere thanks for all your good wishes and prayers during this difficult time of ongoing medical concerns. Let us keep Ann and her family close in thought and prayer during this wonderful season of Christmas miracles.
CONGRATULATIONS to Susan and Gilles Charlebois on their recent 25th Wedding Anniversary ~ may they be blessed with many more years together.

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
Catholics who have reached the age of reason are obliged to attend Mass and avoid unnecessary work on SUNDAY (commemorating the Lord’s Resurrection) as well as the following two days observed in Canada:
Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God).

ADVENT CONFESSIONS
Father Otvos will be in the confessional 20 minutes before every Sunday Mass or you can also go to St. Joseph's Oratory, whose schedule for confessions is:
Monday-Saturday (usually in the Crypt)
7 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.; 2.30 p.m.-5pm
and 7pm to 7.45 p.m.
Sunday (usually in the Crypt):
6.45 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.; 7 pm – 8.15 p.m.

As well, St. Patrick’s Basilica has confessions 15 minutes before every Mass; Masses are at: 12.10 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and at 9.00 a.m, 11.00 a.m.,
12.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on Sunday.

PARISH HOLIDAY MASS SCHEDULE:
Christmas Eve: Dec. 24th:
7.00 p.m. Children’s Liturgy
9.30 p.m. Carol Service
10.00 pm Solemn Christmas Mass

Christmas: Dec. 25th:
10.30 a.m. Mass

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31st:
7.00 p.m. Mass

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1st: 10.30 a.m.

THANK YOU! To everyone who helped make our Annual Parish Dance such a success last week! To those who worked on cleaning and decorating the hall, to those who helped with the delicious meal, to the countless volunteers who worked on the coat check, sold raffle tickets, worked the Bar and helped organize the entire event, and to those who supported the Dance by their presence, our sincere thanks for a wonderful evening that benefited the Parish Christmas Basket Fund. Sincere thanks to all who helped in any way!
CHRISTMAS WEBSITES
Catholic Home & Garden presents some of their favorite Christmas links. Explore the Christmas Season ~ prayers, blessings, hymns, activities and customs at:
www.catholichomeandgarden.com/
catholicchristmastraditions.htm
This site offers an abundance of activities for children which are both Christian and secular in nature:
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/holidays/ss/
nativityprint.htm.

Parish Sanctuary
Parishioners are invited to bring in Poinsettias to the Church to beautify the Sanctuary this Christmas. As well, donations to defray the cost of Christmas flowers are gratefully accepted and can be put into an envelope and placed in the collection basket. May the Christ Child bless you for your contribution to His Manger.

CHRISTMAS IN MONTREAL
“Les Choralies” ~ Free Christmas concerts!
Find the deep meaning of Christmas celebrations while enjoying sacred, traditional and popular Christmas carols
c/o Notre Dame de Bonsecours Chapel.
For detailed schedule, call: 514-282-8670 or visit their website: www.marguerite-bourgeoys.com

ST.WILLIBRORD CATHOLIC BOOK CLUB
One way to nurture your faith is to read good Catholic books and share with friends. For those who enjoy reading and discussion, Father Otvos and the Pastoral Council are thinking of starting a book club this January 2010. It will be very second Saturday after the Saturday evening Mass. We’ll begin with supper and then reading a chapter of the book chosen by the group. Fr. Otvos has many suggestions of good Christian books to read. The evening will end approximately 8.30p.m. or 9.00 p.m.

YEAR OF THE PRIEST
In keeping with the ongoing celebration Of the Year of the Priest, let us remember:
“The heart of a Priest is a vessel of
compassion; the heart of a Priest is a
chalice of love; the heart of a Priest is a
trysting place of human and divine love.
A Priest is a man who lives to serve;
a Priest is a man who has crucified
himself so that he, too, may be lifted
up and draw all things to Christ”.

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