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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday May 13 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

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Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. (Devotions)
7:30 p.m. (Mass)
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.
(Adoration) 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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.

Annual Pilgrimage

Our annual Mass at Notre-Dame de Bon Secours is scheduled for Wednesday May 16th at 7:00pm. Should you require transportation please call the office and we will make arrangements. Note that there will be no devotions or Mass here that evening.

May is the month of Mary,a good way to remember her is to pray the rosary daily.

“Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert.”

Heidi Hess Saxton, a convert to the Catholic faith and adoptive mother herself, exquisitely reveals the relationship between Mary and us, her adopted children in her book: “Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert.”

In an interview she states: "When I converted to Catholicism in 1994 from the Evangelical Christian tradition, I had no desire whatsoever to get to know Jesus’ mother. She was just that – his mother, someone who makes an appearance in the Christmas crèche each year, then goes back into the box. Praying to Mary made no sense to me. I figured, why go to her when I have always gone straight to Jesus myself?

As I continued to grow in the faith, however, I began to change. There were two events that facilitated this change, which I describe in the book: a broken heart, and becoming a mother myself. And yet, I suspect that both these experiences had this affect on me because, as a new Catholic, I had been forced to return to a childlike kind of faith. More than ever, I had a sense that I was a child of God. And it was in that context that I came to experience Mary as truly my adopted spiritual mother.

Sometimes women feel overwhelmed by their role as caregiver and while we love to look at Mary as an “ideal,” which can sometimes seem daunting, how can we also look to her as just “another mom?” I remember those first weeks after receiving three children into our home (the oldest was later placed with another family), with little sleep and no time for little luxuries like a sit-down dinner or a shower. On one occasion, I watched helplessly as one of the children flushed a sock down the toilet while I was bathing the baby. I think that was the breaking point. “Help!” I cried. “You were the perfect mother, and had one perfect Son. I am and I have neither of those things. Pray for me!”

Outwardly, nothing changed. The sock did not miraculously resurface, the bathroom was still wall-to-wall water and kids. But inside, I was calmer. I no longer wanted to send the culprit down after the sock.

It was studying the Gospel passages about Mary, and imagining the “back story” behind the Gospel account, that led me to the “real” Mary – the woman behind the Man. So much of her life was hidden – as is ours. But she was – and is – first and foremost, human. Taking care of Jesus (and possibly Joseph’s children from a previous marriage as well) was no different from raising any other child. The same mess. The same worry. The same choice to offer each moment back to God. When we keep that image clearly in mind, talking to Mary becomes no different from calling up Mom on the phone.

Every relationship goes through its chapters and its seasons. Different images, titles, and or quotes about Mary may appeal to you at different times of your life. The important thing to keep in mind is that Mary is God’s gift to us – Jesus gave her to us from the Cross, to be mother of the whole Church. When we honor Mary, we honor her Son because all true Marian devotion always leads to Christ."

For all the wonderful, caring, hard working, mothers … Happy Mother’s Day!

Walk to Fight Hunger

Join us and Boardwalk Rental Communities on Sunday, June 3rd for a 5km walk or 10km run. This fundraiser has been set up to help support our soup kitchen. The minimum donation is $20 per participant and Sam Kolias, Chairman and CEO of Boardwalk Rental, will match each donation $2.00 for $1.00. You can register at the Church on May 13th.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – rain or shine
Place: Start & Finish at Vancouver Park 201 Corot Rive – Nun’s Island

St. Anne de Beaupré - Tuesday May 22nd

We will be visiting the shrine of St. Anne just outside Quebec City; travelling together by coach bus, (air conditioning and washroom on board), departing from the parish at 8:00 am returning to the parish by 8:00 pm. The cost is $40.00/person. Please make your reservation with us soon as we are booking up fast!!. GREAT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA!!

Fr. Cameron’s Birthday

On May 28th, Fr. Cameron will be turning 80, and to celebrate this milestone, we will have a card available at the back of the church for you to sign with your birthday wishes. Knowing Fr. Cameron to be a humble person, we thought he would not mind if you wished to offer a Mass of Thanksgiving in his name to be celebrated here at the church. We will make sure he receives all your intentions and wishes in time for his birthday.


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