Board of Wardens
Angèle Lafleche Joseph Brisindi
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Nicholas Pinto Susan McCann
Staff: Ann Daye Secretary
Hélène 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
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.
A Storm Cannot Dampen the Spirit
at Work at St.Willibrord’s
Many of you may have experienced the storm, along with a flash flood, that hit Verdun last Tuesday evening filling many peoples’ basements, including our rectory, soup kitchen and sacristy. As I prayed to Saint Noah to deliver us from too much damage, I thought of the great things being accomplished here at our parish and I was filled with renewed hope. Things seem to be falling into place; the work of God's Spirit is bringing life and renewal to us. As you know, 2013 will bring our parish into its hundredth year of existence, it brings as well Fr. Cameron's fiftieth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood and my own tenth anniversary. Not only that, but Pope Benedict XVI declared 2013 to be “The Year of Faith”. What greater way to celebrate our hundredth anniversary than by renewing ourselves in the joy of our faith. In preparation for our hundredth, we have put together a committee to prepare our community for this celebration, as well as to look to the next hundred years and how we can continue to share our faith and works here in Verdun. Some wonderful providential possibilities are coming together to lead us to our centennial. The first we have seen is the renewal of our liturgy. The New Roman Missal was released and we had four sessions to discover the changes. I admit it does take some getting used to! The new English translation is closer to the Latin and seems much wordier, but it is also an opportunity to delve into the prayer of the church and to deepen our spiritual communion with God and each other. You may have noted the greater emphasis on the book of the Gospel. It is placed upon the Altar at the beginning of mass and then brought by the priest, in procession, to the pulpit to be proclaimed. The Word of God becomes present to us through the scripture and the Eucharist and we see the sign of this unity through this symbolic action. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”. We will continue to see other liturgical practices the new Roman missal offers, which will help us to pray and connect with God and each other.
A big part of our mission is to help those in need. After many years of wear and tear, we need to renovate our Soup Kitchen. The company, Kiva Dezign, is drawing up plans for a good overhaul of the facilities, making our soup kitchen more welcoming and efficient in serving the needy. Giovanni Bellizzi, president of Kiva Dezign, with his wife, Pina, are offering their service “free of charge” to help this project proceed. They know that this is a worthy cause inspired by the gospel and want to help us make this possibility into a reality. Many other projects are being looked at too. If we dream it and it is a worthy and holy project, offered for God's glory, the Lord will help us find the means to achieve it. All of these wonderful things can happen with your prayers and support and love for your community. Together in faith, we can make a real difference! I thank you for your devotion to and support of St. Willibrord's. May you be filled with God's blessing and grace as we head towards our great centennial. Fr. Stephen Otvos
WELCOME – Fr. D’Souza
In the absence of Fr. Otvos (who will be representing our Parish on Sunday at the
Walk to Fight Hunger, we thank Fr. Kim D’Souza, of the Kingston Diocese, for coming to celebrate Mass with us.
Free Concerts at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church - (4949 Verdun Avenue)
Every Wednesday beginning June 6th until August 29th (7:30 p.m.). Please see the brochure at the back of the church, our own Johanne Patry is featured in one of the concerts later on this summer.
Flea Market – Saturday, June 2
A great big thank you to our many volunteers and supporters who continue to make these sales a major source of revenue for the parish.
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