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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday January 23 2011

Board of Wardens
Marie Lafleche Steve Pine
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Nick Pinto Susan McCann

Staff: Yvonne Pelling Secretary
Helene Di Lallo P.C.L.
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


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
While Fr. Stephen is away teaching at the Theology of the Body conference this Sunday, Jan. 23rd; we are fortunate to have Fr. Nunez celebrate mass with us, assisted by Fr. Victor.

Soup Kitchen
Have some extra time? Why not volunteer at our soup kitchen. We are looking for people or either our Monday or Wednesday teams! Call us today.

The search for Christian unity

As he does each year at his audience during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Benedict dedicated his talk to explaining the theme chosen by the Vatican and the World Council of Churches for the week.

The theme for 2011 was: "One in the Apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer."

Pope Benedict said the theme, drawn from the Acts of the Apostles, contains the four characteristics that made the early church community in Jerusalem "a place of unity and love."

The first, essential characteristic, he said, is that Christians remain faithful to the Gospel and the teaching of the Apostles, which is the foundation of Christian faith.

Secondly, there is fellowship and fraternity, and the experience of each person sharing and caring for one another.

"The history of the ecumenical movement is marked by difficulties and uncertainties, but it also is a story of brotherhood and cooperation, of spiritual and human sharing, which has significantly changed relations between believers in the Lord Jesus. All of us are committed to continuing on this path."

The pope told the estimated 6000 people at his general audience, "Communion with God creates communion among us and must necessarily be expressed in concrete communion" and sharing with one another. "No one in the community should be hungry, should be poor. This is a basic obligation,"

The third element is participating together in "the breaking of the bread," in which Christ makes himself present, says Pope Benedict. “Sharing the Eucharist is the sign of fully sharing faith, which is why the Catholic Church insists that divided Christians cannot normally share Communion.”
Especially during the week of prayer, Christians should feel "regret for the impossibility" of sharing the Eucharist.

The fourth characteristic of a united community is a constant tendency toward prayer. In prayer, people recognize themselves as children of God and, therefore, brothers and sisters to one another.

Excerpt from an article by Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Jan 18-25, 2011.
A bilingual ecumenical service will be held in the basilica of St. Joseph’s Oratory on January 23rd
At 7pm. About 1500 people are expected to attend. For more details, please see flyers at the back of the church.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Effective January 7th, 2011, and until further notice, the Blessed sacrament will be exposed from 8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M.

Vocation Discernment
This past Friday, Fr. Otvos, hosted an informal get-together for those men who may be discerning a call to the priesthood. How appropriate that this week’s Gospel focuses on Jesus’ call to “come follow me.” Let us continue to pray for vocations, in all peoples, everywhere.

Children’s Liturgy
Help support children’s liturgy by purchasing a St. Willibrord’s tote bag. All the proceeds go to faith education!
Call the rectory today to get one!

Book Launch
Sister Marie Azzarello, CND, is launching her new book “Mary and the Maternal Face of God – Reimaging Ourselves as Church”; this coming Wednesday January 26, 2011 at the Congregation of Notre Dame, Sherbrook St. W. We congratulate her and wish her much success


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