Board of Wardens
Angele Lafleche Joseph Brisindi
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Nicholas Pinto Susan McCann
Staff: Ann Daye Secretary (Interim)
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 pm
Sunday 10:30 am
Tuesday 4:30 pm
Wednesday (Devotions) 7:00 pm
Wednesday: (Mass) 7:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 9:00 am
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CONFESSIONS will be heard 15 minutes before each Mass ~ weekdays, as well as on weekends.
Apostle of the Frisons, of Holland, Zealand, Flanders and Brabant
(657 — ca. 738)
Saint Willibrord was born in Northumberland (northeastern England) in 657. When he was twenty years old he was already wearing the religious habit. Being accustomed to bearing the yoke of the Lord, and finding it light and sweet, he went to Ireland to seek greater perfection and study under Saint Egbert.
When he was thirty years old he desired, with Saint Swidbert and ten other monks of England, to preach the faith in the land of the Frisons, or Vriesland, a province of the Low Countries surrounding the mouth of the Rhine. The Frisons were warriors and had maintained their liberty against the Romans. The Gospel had been preached among them in 678 by Saint Wilfrid, but those efforts had borne little fruit, and the true God was almost entirely unknown among them when the monks arrived.
Willibrord afterwards went on to Rome to ask the papal benediction and authorization to preach the Gospel to the pagan nations; he was amply blessed with powers and relics for the churches he would construct. His companion, Saint Swidbert, became the bishop of a group residing near Cologne. The other eleven missionaries preached in the part of Vriesland belonging to the French. Saint Willibrord was consecrated Archbishop of the Frisons by Pope Sergius in Saint Peter’s Church in Rome.
He then returned to his new diocese where he established his residence in Utrecht and began diligently building the Church. He baptized the son of Charles Martel, named Pepin, who later became king of France. Charles Martel was a benefactor of the churches founded by Saint Willibrord, and conferred on him sovereignty of the city of Utrecht.
Saint Willibrord preached also in Denmark, where a cruel king reigned at that time; the Saint, seeing invincible obstacles to the propagation of the Gospel, merely brought thirty children of the land, whom he baptized back with him to Utrecht.
Saint Boniface joined him in 720 and spent three years with him before going to Germany. St. Willibrord built and governed until his death the abbey of Echternach in Luxembourg.
Saint Bede, English historian, wrote of Saint Willibrord, saying he was a venerable old man who had for thirty-six years been a bishop and was “awaiting the rewards of life in heaven, after the generous battles he waged in the spiritual combat.”
He wrought many miracles, and had the gift of prophecy. He labored unceasingly as bishop for more than fifty years, beloved alike of God and of man, and died full of days and good works. This amiable Saint, noted for his joy in conversation and his wisdom in counsel, was buried in the monastery of Echternach in Luxembourg.
Baptisms will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month at 12.00 noon. Parents wishing to have their children baptized are asked to contact the Parish Office,at 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.
Welcome Bishop Thomas Dowd
on the Feast of St Willibrord
Celebrating our centennial in the Year of Faith and the Fiftieth Anniversary of Second Vatican Council we are invited to renew our identity as a Catholic parish in the community of Verdun. What does it mean to be disciples of Jesus in an inner city environment? How do we share our faith and build the kingdom of God and help every person to answer God and embark on the path of holiness? As Bishop Willibrord brought the Gospel to the Frisians, we too are called to bring the Gospel to all those we meet in Verdun and beyond. We welcome Bishop Dowd to celebrate our inaugural mass, and reflect with him on these questions of faith and catholic identity.
Men’s Club – Wed., Nov. 7th – 6:00 p.m.
There will be a third meeting of the Men’s Club at 6:00 p.m. in the Rectory beginning with supper.
Remembrance Day Mass, November 11th
We will have an opportunity to honour and name all the deceased parishioners involved in the Second World War.
The combined collection for the previous weekend of Oct. 27 and 28 was $758.00.
Parish Raffle Winners
1st Prize - Ms. Debra Neale - ($1,000)
2nd Prize – Mrs. Rita Burns - ($500)
3rd Prize - Ms. Catherine Sakaris - ($250)
A special word of thanks to all who made their way to Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Pointe Claire for our 3rd annual visit to the St. Willibrord’s section and to the Field of Honour when we had the opportunity to honour the memory of our deceased veterans.
100th Anniversary Fundraiser Lunch
Sunday, Nov. 18th (after the 10:30 a.m. Mass)
Tickets are $10.00 each capping out at $25.00 for a family. A delicious pasta dinner (salad & dessert) will be served with optional vegan dish available followed by wonderful vocal entertainment. Tickets are now available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of T-shirts, chocolates, and special dinners help defray the costs of our celebrations next June.
St. John Brebeuf – Bazaar & Craft Sale
Saturday, Nov. 10 (9:00am-4:00pm) & Sunday, Nov. 11 (10:00am – 12:30pm in the Parish Hall – 855 Bishop Power Blvd. Offered are: crafts, baked goods, raffles, toy, plants and much more.
As A Reminder
The office will be closed on Monday as of this week – November 4th.
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