St. Willibrord Parish
September 30th 2012
Saturday Sept 29 5:00pm Todd Barnes
By Mr. and Mrs. P. McElroy
Sunday Sept 30 10:30am Maria Alice Nunes
By her Children
Tuesday Oct. 2 4:30pm available
Wednesday Oct. 3 7:30pm available
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotions
Thursday Oct. 4 9:00am available
Friday Oct. 5 9:00am available
Saturday Oct. 6 5:00pm Todd Barnes
By the Burchell Family
Sunday Oct. 7 10:30am
Maria Alice Teixeira Nunes
By her Children
Thérèse of Lisieux, Francis of Assisi, and Faustina Kowalska: Three Saints for our Times!
In our fast-paced world, where businesses life, school life, political life, and even family life, demand so much of us, we need ever so much more to center ourselves on the true values of life.
The pressures of our world often demand perfection from us, we are ever aware that we cannot measure up to this utilitarian mentality. The great lie we face from our culture today: if you’re not useful, and beautiful according to the standards of Hollywood, you’re worthless.
This week we celebrate three saints who teach us not to give in to these pressures but to know your value in the sight of God rather than the world. It is a message truly needed today.
So what is the message? St. Thérèse of Lisieux was a French Carmelite Nun, who lived in the 19th century. In her time God was often portrayed as a very demanding Father, ready to punish his children for their sinful behaviour. While this portrayal only captured a distorted facet of God, Saint Thérèse experienced God otherwise. He was, for her, a loving Father. A vision she would share with every one she met. She imagined herself as God’s little girl running into her Father’s arms ready to let Him lift her up to the heavens. She especially encouraged this confidence in God for those who felt they had sinned greatly. “Turn to God in love, run to Him, not away from Him.” After all, God Loved us so much he sent His Son Jesus to call us back to Him, to give His life for our salvation.” Our God takes joy in our affections. Her message to us in our world is to recapture our spiritual childhood with God, our Father
St. Francis teaches us a grand lesson for our money and success driven world. Francis lived in the 13th century. He too dreamed of living a noble and successful life as a knight. After an illness and experiencing the horrors of war, he re-evaluated his life. It was in the small chapel of San Damiano where before the crucifix of the poor Christ that he felt called by God to abandon everything for Christ. He realized that all the treasures of the world were meaningless, and did not lead to true happiness or eternal life. Only in Christ is our true joy.
St Francis’s life then became a radical marriage to poverty. He wanted to give up wealth and comfort, to be free of all this that he may possess only Christ. In this path he found true freedom, and forever changed the world around him. He lived the Gospel, and his life was conformed to Christ’s so much so that he received the marks of Christ’s wounds in his own body. There are many great biographies of his life, but his own written words on what consists of true joy are most inspiring. Go and pick up a copy!
St. Faustina is another messenger for our day. Today we are often taught by the example of our world that “might makes right”, and, “there is no room for the merciful”. Flying in the face of these false lessons she connects us to the Divine Mercy of Christ. In our age we are seeing the rising tide of secularism and godlessness which is creating a desperate world in search of meaning. Sister Faustina’s message reconnects us to the heart of the Christian faith. God Loves us; God sees our pain and sin; God does not stand by and ignore us; God sends his Son to us, that by his sorrowful passion, his death and resurrection, he conquers evil, and redeems all mankind, now his mercy and love are constantly offered to us especially through the sacraments.
Three Saints who teach us the true value of our life and the love of God.
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.
Coming THIS week
from St Elizabeth Orthodox Monastery
Sister Alexandra is coming from the Diocese of Minsk in Belarus. Their community runs a shelter for women as well as an orphanage. They are here to display the wood working of their order and to sell their wares to help support their community and their charitable works. They will join with our community on Wednesday, October 3rd at the 7:30 evening mass, as well on Friday, October 5th at the 9:00 am Mass. Please come and see their beautiful work and support them in their holy mission.
50th Anniversary of Vatican II
Opening Mass for the Year of Faith /
Everyone is invited and encouraged to gather on Thursday, October 11th at 5:30 p.m. for a light supper in the church hall, followed by a talk with Father Eric Nicolai on “Dispelling the myths and legends of Vatican II: what really happened!” on the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II. At 7:00 p.m. we will adjourn to the Church as Mass will be celebrated to open the Year of Faith as declared by Pope Benedict.
Men’s Club – 2nd Meeting
This coming Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m. in the dining room of the Rectory, we will gather to share supper and welcome new members. If you are interested and would like to invite a friend, please call the Rectory for more information. All welcome.
Countdown to our Annual Fall Fair
(26 days left)
If you have new items which you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Rectory (Tuesday – Friday – from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If one of your many gifts is baking / cooking, preserving, making fudge, all are ‘goodies’ which sell very well at the Fair. Please call the rectory to let us know in what area you wish to help. Knitted items, crafts, plants, religious items will all find a home on one of the tables at the Fair. If you have some time to volunteer or help, please call the Rectory to let us know. We also need help the week before in setting up – decorating, pricing, wrapping of items, or helping in the kitchen - please know that there is a place for you and your gift of time. Warden’s Meeting – October 4th
Members of the Warden’s Committee will meet on Thursday, October 4 at 7:15 p.m. in the Rectory. One of the topics of discussion will be the Budget Forms for 2013 which have been sent to us by the Diocese and need to be completed and returned by November 1st.
THIS WEEKEND - Challenge Weekend
We welcome the Challengers – a group of young students from 18 to 25 who will have been here since Friday evening and will end their retreat Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. A Celebration of the Mass (3:30 p.m.) to which family members and members of our own congregation have been invited provides an uplifting opportunity to see these young people bear witness to their faith.
R.C.I.A. Sign up
Once again we are holding classes for those who want a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith and for those who want to become Catholic. Check at the back of the Church for the schedule of talks, and call us to register.
Bangladeshi Mass Celebration
Sunday, October 7th – 12:00 (noon)
Everyone welcome to attend.
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