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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday October 10 2010

Board of Wardens
Marie Lafleche Steve Pine
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Ed Muchantef Susan McCann
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

Saturday: 5.00 p.m.
Sunday: 10.30 a.m.
Tuesday 4.30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7.30 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: 8.00 a.m.

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.

Rectory News
Invitation to Thanksgiving Supper
At the Rectory!!!

For those who would enjoy a turkey dinner with great company (Willibrord people!) please join us at the rectory Sunday October 10 at 5:30pm for a thanksgiving meal. Please feel welcome to join me!

Your pastor Fr Stephen Otvos.

RVSP: 514-769-9678

Thanksgiving: a Canadian tradition
Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year. They often use the three-day Thanksgiving weekend to visit family or friends who live far away, or to receive them in their own homes. Many people also prepare a special meal to eat at some point during the long weekend. Traditionally, this included roast turkey and seasonal produce, such as pumpkin, corn ears and pecan nuts. Thanksgiving Day in Canada is linked to the European tradition of harvest festivals. A common image seen at this time of year is a cornucopia, or horn, filled with seasonal fruit and vegetables. This represents the "Horn of Plenty", which was a symbol of bounty and plenty in ancient Greece. Turkeys, pumpkins, ears of corn and large displays of food are also used to symbolize Thanksgiving Day.

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude:
a Christian way of life
The Bible teaches that giving thanks should be a priority. Although it may take time to work up to thanking God for everything, a grateful attitude will allow us to see our relationship with Him in the proper perspective. We will understand our great need for God and stay humble before Him and the people around us. Let’s be a blessing to God and others as we focus on developing and expressing a heart of thanksgiving.

Wednesday Night Devotions:
Please note that at the back of Church there is a book for registering our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues who are ill and require our prayers. Our current register is out of date and we need your help. Please PRINT the name(s) clearly in the book. These names will be called out each Wednesday evening during our Devotions for the current month. They must be reentered for the next month. Should someone pass away please notify us so we may register them for our Memorial Service November 1st,. Should you have any questions please see Susan Charlebois or call her at 514-769-4199.

St. Monica’s Parish
Will meet in “Faith-sharing Groups” with reflections inspired by excerpts from the writings of Ron Rolheiser, OMI, during the Advent/Lent Seasons (Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) or bi-weekly October to April (Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.). Please confirm with Anna Diodati-Nolin at 514-481-0267.

Pillars Trust Fund
For over thirty-eight years, English Catholics have placed their “TRUST” in the Pillars Trust Fund. Encouraged by this community confidence, the Board of Directors have acted with integrity in directing and managing the financial resources that provide support for the many services and programs that benefit all members of our English-speaking Catholic community. Pillars remains focused on its three original priorities, the support of: the Diocesan Priesthood Guild and Vocation Office; the Newman Association and Youth Ministry Projects; and Adult Religious Education Services. With a generous heart, make a donation towards the well-being of your Catholic community. The pillars Trust Fund welcomes new, on-going, or renewed financial support. The field in which we labour require much help. Thank-you!

Fr. Gregory Nuñez
Let us all warmly welcome Fr. Gregory Nuñez to the Parish as he will be staying with us while he works as the Chaplain at the McGill university Newman Centre. * Fr. Gregory entered the seminary in 1984 at the very young age of 12, finishing all the academic and canonical requirements in 1996. He took further studies in psychology and trained in clinical pastoral counselling at the Philippine Heart Center before he was ordained in 1996. As a new priest, he volunteered to work in the missions, became a youth director, and parish administrator. He also served as a parochial vicar in four parishes.*from the Newman center website


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