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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday May 20 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
Find us on Facebook under “Willibrord Parish”


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.

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.

Ascension of our Lord

The Feast of the Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day from Easter day. However, some Roman Catholic provinces have moved the observance to the following Sunday. The feast is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated), ranking with the feasts of the Passion, Easter, and Pentecost.

The Ascension has been a frequent subject in Christian art, as well as a theme in theological writings. By the 6th century, the iconography of the Ascension had been established and by the 9th century Ascension scenes were being depicted on domes of churches.

Many Ascension scenes have two parts, an upper (Heavenly) part and a lower (earthly) part. The ascending Christ may be carrying a resurrection banner or make a sign of benediction with his right hand. The blessing gesture by Christ with his right hand is directed towards the earthly group below him and signifies that he is blessing the entire Church. In the left hand, he may be holding a Gospel or a scroll, signifying teaching and preaching.

John Paul II wrote: "In the Ascension, Christ was raised in glory to the right hand of the Father, while Mary herself would be raised to that same glory in the Assumption, enjoying beforehand, by a unique privilege, the destiny reserved for all the just at the resurrection of the dead.

We are invited then by this feast to renew our hope and trust in our Lord, that, as Jesus has told us in the gospel of John, that he has gone and prepared a place for us, that where he is we may also be. Confirmation

Next Saturday, May 26th we will be welcoming Bishop Thomas Dowd to the 5:00pm Mass as he will be joining us, on the Feast of Pentecost, for the Confirmation of four of our young parishioners. Please show your support and belief in our youth by joining them on their special day!

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. Departure from the parish is at 8:00am & we plan to return to the parish by 8:00pm. We will stop for supper on the way back home. The cost : $40.00/person - (not including meals).

Free Concerts at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church - (4949 Verdun Avenue)

Every Wednesday beginning June 6th until August 29th (7:30 p.m.), a series of concerts is being offered featuring jazz, popular, classic, choral singing, and Celtic music. For more information, please see the brochure which is posted on the bulletin board.

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Walk to Fight Hunger

Join us and Boardwalk Rental Communities on Sunday, June 3rd for a 5km walk or a 10km run. This fundraiser has been set up to help us expand 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.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – rain or shine
Place: Start & Finish at Vancouver Park -
201 Corot Rive – Nun’s Island
You can register at the back of the Church or make a donation by seeing Dan Ormsby.

Fr. Cameron’s Birthday

On May 28th, Fr. Cameron will be turning 80, and to celebrate this milestone, we have a card available at the back of the church for you to sign with your birthday wishes. We will make sure he receives all your intentions and wishes in time for his birthday. The parish will be offering a Mass of Thanksgiving for Fr. Cameron on Sat. June 9th at 5:00 pm.


Please note that due to the holiday, our office and custodial staff will not be working on Monday. Regular working hours will resume on Tuesday, May 22nd.


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