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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday October 31 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.

Remembering our Beloved Deceased
On Oct. 31st during the Procession of Gifts at the 10:30am Mass, we will have the opportunity to bring up a photo of our deceased loved ones. The photo will be placed in front of the altar, to remain there until the Feast of All Souls, Nov. 2nd .
Everyone is invited to join us next Sunday after the 10:30am Mass for a reception to celebrate the Feast of St. Willibrord. The reception will be held at Marcel Grioux Community center located at 4501, rue Bannantyne.

Feast All Saints and Feast All Souls
All Saint’day ( in the Roman Catholic Church officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on November 1rst in Western Christiannity. The day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. In the Roman Catholic Church, the next day, All Souls’ Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified for heaven.
Christians celebrate the Solemnity of All Saint and All Souls because of the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in a state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the church penitent and the church Triumphant) with the Church Militant who are the living. On their part, the living pray to the Saints and remember in intercessory prayers to God those who have died, particularly their deceased relatives and friends. Thus comes the practice of offering a mass for your loved ones.
For more on the topic of the Communion of Saints read the Catechism of the Catholic Church # 946 -959

Memorial Mass for Deceased Priests:
Invitation to all to attend the Eucharistic celebration on Wednesday, November 3 at 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Basilica (460 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Mtl.) for our deceased priests.

Christian History of Halloween
During the second century missionaries were sent to England and Ireland to convert the people to Christianity. When the Christian missionaries journeyed from Europe and arrived in the land of the Celt’s, the Druids, after hearing the Gospel, became eager for all their people to become Christians and to denounce their pagan gods and practices such as superstitiously appeasing and casting off evil demon spirits. In time, they adapted and combined the tradition of their feast on November 1 and “all Hallows Eve” together with the Gospel. The Christian monks decided it would be an effective way to share the Gospel and to dispel and lay to rest the Celt’s superstition about ghosts and evil spirits. That Christ, their Creator and Savior, defeated Satan, death, and evil at the cross and through Him alone, evil demons were powerless and would flee.
Halloween and the Samhain Feast also provided an opportunity to be reminded of or learn about Christian heroes and martyrs along with the Celt‘s continuing to commemorate the souls of their blessed dead. Something Christianity always did.
Halloween is derived from the term All Hollows Eve and "Hallomass," meaning Holy evening.

Catholic Charismatic Services of Montreal (CCSM) invites you to participate in a Eucharistic celebration at St. Willibrord’s Parish (351 Willibrord St., Verdun) on Friday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. with Fr. Stephen Otvos as celebrant. Following Mass, there will be the anointing of sick and prayer teams will be available.

Office for English Pastoral Services
is looking for volunteers who would be willing to assist some newlyarrived foreign-born priests with their English diction. All of them speak English; however, to assist them in preaching and celebrating the Sacraments, they require assistance with diction. Please contact Diane Bellizzi at if you can assist in this work.

The Concordia University Catholic Student Association
serves students in getting together for support, to share faith experiences, and to celebrate special events during the academic year. Special events include:Sacraments, workshops, conferences and pilgrimages. Facebook: Concordia Catholic Student Association and you may reach them at

Ascension of our Lord Parish
The children from Ascension have graciously donated some toys which they will be selling at our upcoming flea market sale, Nov. 6th. All the proceeds will be donated to our food bank


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