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
ST. WILLIBRORD PARISH
351 Willibrord Avenue, Verdun, H4G 2T7
Tel : (514) 769-9678 Fax : (514) 761-1717
Email ~ stwillibrordparish @videotron.ca
Parish website ~ www. stwillibrord parish.org
PASTOR ~ Rev. Father Stephen Otvos
Find us on Facebook under “Willibrord Parish”
CELEBRATION OF EUCHARIST
Wednesday: 7:00pm (Devotions)
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.
St. Anne de Beaupre
Tuesday May 22nd
We will be visiting the shrine of St. Anne just outside of Quebec City; travelling together by coach bus, (air conditioning and washroom on board), departing from the parish at 8am returning to the parish by 8pm. The cost is $40.00/person. Start inviting your friends and family! Limited spaces available.
As Fr. Stephen will be joining us, there will be no 4:30pm Mass here that day.
Stewardship: Allowing for Community Growth .
Stewardship is a complete and total way of life that acknowledges our dependence on God. Stewardship starts with our infinite God, the source of infinite abundance. All too often, we have a 'scarcity mentality'. All we can see is what we lack, what we need, what we want. We cling tightly to the things we have, including our time, our abilities, and our financial resources, because we believe if we let them go, nothing will replace them. In fact the opposite is true. It's like trying to hold water in your fist. The tighter you clench, the less water you can carry. It's only when you relax your grip and open you palm that you can form a cup.
Giving, not necessarily until it hurts, is the key to authentic Christian Stewardship. Most of us think of giving as making a financial contribution but we are asked to give more than just money; we are called to give of our action, ability, and our talent, the very essence of our lives.
A gift of time is a good place to start as a Christian steward. One of the best uses of time is in prayer. We can also offer our daily tasks to God: these types of things can be gifts of prayer. Volunteering is another way we can give of our time.
Every one of us has something we can do to help others. For every skill you possess, there is a need somewhere in your family, your parish, your city. Each of us can make a contribution. To deny our God-given talents is not a virtue.
Stewardship of our treasure means learning detachment from our possessions; not letting your possessions possess you. Good stewardship suggests giving to local charities our unused goods. Many of us have too much, clothes, books or other things that we may cling to.
Stewardship asks of us to make sure we return a portion of our wealth to the Lord. This is called sacrificial giving, which I will focus on in Part 2 in next week’s bulletin.
Earth Day – April 22nd
With the blessings of our archbishop, Msgr Christian Lépine, all churches have been invited to ring their church bells for two minutes, at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 22nd (Earth Day). This is to show our conviction that integral human development is inextricably linked to our responsibilities toward the environment.
“He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered. He meant them to remain in the recollection of his people…” Psalm 111:4
100th Anniversary Fundraising
Thank you to all those who have supported and encouraged the parish by participating and purchasing our 100th anniversary fundraisers. All of the fundraising, the chocolates and pub night, has allowed the parish to self-finance the expenses of the anniversary rather than using operating monies. Our next featured item is a beautiful Vase that would be a great gift for Mother’s Day. They are only $5.00 each and can be bought at the back of the church starting this Sunday!
Our annual Mass at Notre-Dame de Bon Secours is scheduled for Wednesday May 16th at 7:00pm. Should you be requiring transportation please call the office and we will make arrangements. Note that there will be no devotions or Mass here that evening.
Installation of our new Archbishop
A special celebration for His Excellency Christian Lépine, on Friday, April 27, 7:30 pm at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (1085 de la Cathdrale St.). All are welcome!
Due to this Mass, our scheduled Movie night will be postponed to a later date
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