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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday December 27 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 :
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
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.
New 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:

R.I.P. Jimmy Moorehouse, brother of Cecilia Bervaldi of this parish who passed away on December 21st and Andrew Payne, whose funeral Mass was from this Church on December 23rd .Please keep them and their families, as well as all families dealing with the loss of a loved one during this Christmas season, in your prayers.

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).
New Year’s Eve: Thursday, Dec. 31
Mass at 7.00 p.m.
New Year’s Day: Friday, Jan. 1st
Mass at 10.30 a.m.

New Year’s Blessing: December 27th
Everyone is invited to the Crypt at
St. Joseph’s Oratory at 2.30 p.m. to
a celebration where Priests will be available to bless families as well as individuals.
Again this year, the Oratory Museum has a display of Cribs from around the world.
Open daily until April 25 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., an entrance fee is charged, however you can check out “free admission days” on their website
Despite our good intentions, remember that the holidays rarely turn out as planned. Focus on making them a special time for you and your family, no matter what the circumstances. Celebrate this season of hope and expectation. Celebrate the many blessings in your life!

New Year’s Resolutions
Along with the usual resolutions
(joining a gym/losing weight/ stopping smoking etc.) that, by the end of January, are but a dim memory, why not decide to join the newly-formed St. Willibrord Book Club? By participating in this new group, you will nourish body and soul! Saturday Mass, followed by supper and selected Christian readings is the perfect recipe for a wonderful enriching experience. So plan on making the Book Club part of your life in 2010.
Hospitality Center holiday schedule – Our staff and volunteers
are taking a well-deserved break over the holidays. The Center closed on Tuesday, December 22nd and re-opens on Wednesday, January 6th, 2010.
Thanks to Tess Allonar and her dedicated crew for all that they do to provide a warm welcome and nourishment to the friends of St. Willibrord’s, particularly during these cold Winter days.
Our sincere thanks to all the dedicated Volunteers who helped make this year’s Christmas Basket program an overwhelming success. To those who prepared the hall and packed the boxes, to our drivers and “runners” who delivered the baskets, to the on-site workers who ensured that the lists of recipients were matched up with the appropriate boxes – my thanks.

The entire event,from start to finish, involved countless hours and a lot of
behind-the-scenes effort that resulted in
a smoothly-run project. This year 267 families were helped thanks to the generosity of those who gave of their
time, talent and financial donations
.While it is always a dangerous move
to acknowledge any one person, for fear
of omitting any key names, I would like
to specifically thank two special
ladies who played a major role in the success of this year’s Christmas Basket drive. Namely, VERA PINTO who gave so
much time and effort into raising funds
for the Christmas Dance which
contributed to the financial budget of
the Basket Drive, as well as organizing
the Dance and being part of the “Monday Crew” who helped finalize the
preparation of the boxes for the Tuesday delivery. Thank you, Vera, for a job well done! Secondly, to BEVERLY
FENDER for coordinating the project
from beginning to end. Countless hours
were spent on the registration of the applicants, verifying names and
addresses and eligibility, as well as
being present on site Tuesday to
oversee the entire event. Unfortunately,
Bev has decided this year will be her
last as Coordinator of the Christmas
Basket program to which she has volunteered since 1971. We appreciate greatly the many years of service
she has dedicated to the Parish in this capacity and wish her well with the
other activities she will undoubtedly be involved in. Bev took under her wing
Angele (A.J.) Lafleche who will be the
full Coordinator next year. Angele had
her baptism of fire this past month as
she learned the ins and outs of the
process of the Christmas Basket
program. The secret of Beverly’s success
over the years has been her motto that
‘”working on the Christmas Baskets is a
labor of love and that everyone involved
should remember that they are there to
serve those in need.”. So to everyone
involved, a big THANK YOU on behalf of so many of our neighbours in Verdun who are struggling to make Christmas a happy one
this year.

THE PRIEST Let us pray for our clergy:
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the
company of chosen ones in Your vineyard. Upon
the souls of Priests and Religious endow them with
the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the
Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded,
impart to them Your power and light, that they
may be able to guide others in the way of salvation
and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless
mercy for ages without end. AMEN.


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