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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday November 21 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.

Thank-you from Fr. Fred and Family

On behalf of My Mum, My Sister and I, I would like to thank the parishioners of St. Willibrord’s for all your different signs of condolences on the death of my Father, Omer Kirouac. From the handshakes, hugs, e-mail messages, cards, phone calls, visitations and attendance at the funeral, all these were great signs of support to our family and relatives. My dad and our family were parishioners of St. Willibrord’s Parish from 1963-1988. Since then we have had fond memories of the Parish and enjoyed our visits back. Once again, I have truly experienced your support during this difficult moment. Thank you and Peace be with you Fr. Fred Kirouac

Into the Silence - By Fr. Stephen Otvos
Last Sunday after mass I left to stay at Centre Marial Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs, a monastery in Chertsey, Quebec. I arrived in the evening around 5pm when all the sisters were away at Chapel. With no one to greet me, I was left to find my guest cabin. I did find it, open and prepared for me. I also discovered, by the schedule on the desk, that Mondays were the sisters “desert days” when they remain in absolute silence and solitude. This meant that they would not be together for their communal prayer, that they would usually pray several times a day; and that mass, would be celebrated without any chant. Silence was finally broken the next day when sister asked if I would be celebrating that day’s mass for them.
No door bell, no phone ringing, no television, no music, it was truly a time of silence. I could hear my heart beating. I could feel the intake of cold country air as I breathed. I was in touch with the gift of my life, a gift to return to the community of St. Willibrord.

These words of Thomas Merton, I found were inspiring:

“When I speak, it is a demand that others remain silent so I alone may be heard. When I am silent, I hear my true self and reach my soul. When I am silent, I hear with a caring heart. Silence teaches us to know reality by respecting it where words have defiled it. If our life is poured out in useless words, we will never hear anything because we have said everything before we had anything to say…”

Spag-i-oke Night Dec 11th
Come one, come all to this year's Christmas Basket Fundraiser - SPAG-I-OKE. It will be held on Saturday December 11th. Doors open at 6:00pm, dinner will start at 6:30pm. There will be dinner, dancing and karaoke. Tickets are $20.00, with all proceeds going to our Christmas Baskets. Call 514-769-9678 for tickets.

Our Christmas Baskets
We are putting out a call for food donations. Please bring in any non-perishable food items for the Christmas baskets. Thank you in advance for all you donations. As well, if anyone would like to volunteer their time helping with registration, packing, or delivery please call the Rectory 514-769-9678.

Concordia University Catholic Student Association
(2090 Mackay, Room Z-05): “Thirsty? What is the Cost? Bottled Water: A Negative Impact on the World” with presenter Mr. Brian McDonough, Social Action Director, Archdiocese of Montreal, Wednesday, November 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact

Advent Retreat Dec 3rd and Advent Prayer Vigil for Life Dec 4th
‘Midst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season, we would like to offer you the occasion for some quiet time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Part of our Advent preparation, will be a retreat evening Friday Dec. 3rd held in the church followed by a Pray Vigil for Life on Dec. 4th. More details to follow. For more information on the Vigil please visit and click on Cardinal Turcotte to Preside a Prayer Vigil for Life.

Office for English Pastoral Services:
A two-day job opening is available. For further information please refer to and scroll down to “Job Opportunities and Other”. Forward your CV to to the attention of Msgr. Sean Harty, E.V

St. Patrick’s Basilica
(460 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Mtl.) – Latin Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, November 21 at 11:00 a.m. For information contact 514-866-7379

St. Thomas à Becket Parish
Workshop on Advent wreath making with Joe Ojeda, Saturday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact 514-626-4111 or


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