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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday December 16 2012

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

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 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 - 11:30 am (Adoration)

CONFESSIONS will be heard 15 minutes before each Mass ~ weekdays, as well as on weekends.


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.

Weekly Collection

Last weekend’s collection of December 8th and 9th amounted to $1,108.50. Additionally, $600.00 was collected for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines who suffered terribly from the recent flash floods. We will be forwarding a cheque along with our prayers of love and support to help those so desperately in need.

Office Closure

Please note that the office will be closed from Thursday, December 27th and will re-open on Thursday, January 3rd with regular business hours.

Gaudete Sunday

Being the third Sunday in the advent season when we light the rose candle on the Advent wreath, The Latin Gaudete is translated as Rejoice, the first word of the entrance antiphon of this day's Mass: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice! The Lord is near.’ The third Sunday of Advent emphasizes the joyous anticipation of the Lord's coming.

Christmas Mass Schedule

Monday, December 24:
Family Mass 7:00 pm
Christmas Carols 9:00 pm
High 9:30 pm
Tuesday, December 25th
Mass 10:30 am
Monday, December 31st
Mass 7:00 pm
Tuesday, January 1st
Mass 10:30 am

Wednesday Evening, January 2nd

Due to postponing last week’s scheduled visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, it has now been re-scheduled to Wednesday, January 2nd. We will be meeting at the Museum for 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Parish Office.

Our Christmas Baskets

We are still looking for volunteers to help us with this year’s endeavor. From packaging to delivery we need your help! Don’t have time? Why not donate non- perishable food items, toiletries, or small gifts for children. Call the office for more info: 514-769-9678.

Thank-you for Supporting the Christmas Basket Fundraiser last Saturday

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Christmas Basket Fundraiser a success. All the proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and the bar were donated to the Christmas Basket Fund! Thanks to Susan Charlebois and friends for an enjoyable evening – well over $3,000.00 was raised.

Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree will be up with scrolls available for the taking – with next Sunday being the last day available to drop off your gifts. Any gifts left over or brought in at a later date will be given over to a women’s shelter for youngsters and/or a hospital or mission.

Photo Ministry

A photographer is needed to photograph and film this year’s Christmas Eve pageant. If interested, please call and ask to speak with Fr. Otvos.

Christmas Eve Pageant

We will be having our annual pageant at the
7:00 pm Mass, December 24th and we are asking for willing (even unwilling) participants, young and not so young. So, if you don’t call us, we’ll be calling you! Leave a message for Dan Orsmby or Marie Lafleche at (514) 769-9678. We really need you to make the evening’s re-enactment of the birth of our Lord come alive.

A Pre-Christmas Celebration

Next Sunday, December 23rd, (following the 10:30 a.m. Mass) you are invited to a pre-Christmas celebration for children and their families. Lunch will be provided followed by a movie, sing-a-long with a special visit from a couple of surprise guests.

Sale of our 100th Anniversary Chocolate Bars

Chocolate Bars will be available for sale from now until Christmas. You may wish to donate your purchase to the Christmas Baskets and make someone’s life a little sweeter by your donation or to the volunteers who will be hard at work in the days ahead – a way to say thank-you. A $2.00 gift will go a long way to brighten and sweeten – a wonderful giving gesture at this time of the year.


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