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
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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.
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.
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys - Origins
Marguerite was born in Troyes in the Champagne region of France in 1620. At the age of 20, she experienced a profound change in herself during a church procession that led her to set aside the frivolous things of life. By the time she met Monsieur de Maisonneuve, her qualities of leadership and her ability to gather people together for a common cause were well recognized.
Marguerite Bourgeoys listened to Maisonnneuve’s request and agreed to accompany the recruitment of 1653 that would shore up the defences of Ville-Marie and its fifty-some inhabitants against the constant attacks of the Iroquois. During the treacherous sea voyage to the New World, she became nurse, confidante, support and firm friend to the men and women whose arrival tripled the population of Montreal.
Woman of Vision and Warmth
Marguerite joined Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance, the hospital administrator, as an equal in the affairs of the settlement. She understood that the women of the colony had a significant role to play in the future of Canada. Ever practical, she opened workshops where ordinary women learned skills that enabled them to earn a living. She welcomed the filles du roi whose coming provided stable families and guaranteed the survival of the country.
In 1655, she rallied the inhabitants of the town to help realize her dream of building a chapel of pilgrimage within easy walking distance of the settlement. After delays and some uncertainty, in 1675 Montreal’s first stone chapel was erected.
In the stable-school opened in 1658, the children of the colony learned the basics of their faith, as well as counting, reading and writing. The older girls learned household skills to prepare for their responsibilities as wives and mothers. Once the school had opened, Marguerite Bourgeoys returned to France to find companions who shared her vision. Together they formed the nucleus of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, a community of uncloistered women. Ecclesiastical approval for such a radical lifestyle for women, unheard of at the time, was not granted until just two years before Marguerite’s death in 1700.
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys was canonized in 1982. A pioneer woman who worked in an outpost of the French empire, she built houses and established a farm, and opened schools for native children as well as for children of the colony. She was deterred by neither bishop nor king in the pursuit of her mission. The Church presents her to us now as a model for modern times. In a moving ceremony in May 2005, the sisters of her community and the people of Montreal brought her mortal remains in procession to Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours through the neighborhood where she had lived and worked and died, back to her chapel. A woman of courage, vision, compassion and deep spiritual strength remains with us today, part of the fabric of our lives.
Let us welcome Father Fred Kirouac who will preside our weekend masses of Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th while Fr Stephen Otvos will be at St Veronica’s Parish.
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