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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday February 06 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 Flea Market Volunteers
A great big thank-you to all our faithful volunteers who give so generously of their time, we could not be successful without you.

Deepest Sympathy
We extend our deepest sympathies to Vera, John, Nick and Sascha Pinto as well their family on the passing of her mother, Mrs. Cynthia Pereira who left us to be with the Lord on Wednesday February 2 in India.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France is the most visited pilgrimage site in the world -- principally because of the apparent healing properties of the waters of the spring that appeared during the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a poor, fourteen-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux.
The first apparition occurred February 11, 1858. There were eighteen in all; the last took place July 16, of the same year. Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy during these apparitions, as was witnessed by the hundreds who attended the later visions, though no one except Bernadette ever saw or heard the apparition.
One day, the Lady told the girl to drink of a mysterious fountain within the grotto itself, the existence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign. But Bernadette scratched at the ground, and a spring immediately bubbled up and soon gushed forth.
On another occasion the apparition bade Bernadette go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and processions to be made to the grotto. At first the clergy were incredulous. The priest said he would not believe it unless the apparition gave Bernadette her name. The Lady told her, "I am the Immaculate Conception". Though the girl was unfamiliar with the term, the Pope had declared the doctrine of the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary in 1854.

Four years after Bernadette's visions, in 1862, the bishop of the diocese declared the faithful "justified in believing the reality of the apparition" of Our Lady. A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle. Three years later the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned. Pope Leo XIII authorized a special office and a Mass, in commemoration of the apparition, and in 1907 Pius X extended the observance of this feast to the entire Church; it is now observed on February 11.

St Willibrord, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Brother Andre
A relic of St. Andre Besette will be at Notre-Dame de Lourdes parish, on Friday February 11th, their feast day.
We will be representing the English community by having a service there at 3pm. For those who wish, we will gather at 2:30pm at St. Willibrordís where we will take the banner of St. Brother Andre and process to Notre-Dame de Lourdes Parish, weather permitting.

Our Food Pantry
We need your help! Each month we strive to meet the ever growing needs of our community by handing out emergency bags of food. Currently we spend approximately $1,000.00/month, (not including soup kitchen), to meet this need. You can help reduce this cost by bringing a box of cereal next week. Look to this spot each week as we will be suggesting a different item to bring in. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!!

Pastoral Home Care
Cathy McCaulay, coordinator of Pastoral Home Care Services, came on Saturday Feb. 5th to meet with some of our parishioners who will be helping out on our Pastoral Home Care team. Should you be interested in home visits, please contact us.

St. Gabrielís Church
Will be having a flea market sale on Friday February 18 from 10am-7:00pm and on Saturday February 19 from 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information or to rent a table please call 514-935-5547.

World Day of Prayer for Women
This year, St. Willibrordís will be hosting the World Day of Prayer for Women, on Friday March 4th at 2:00pm. Please contact Susan Charlebois for more info at 514-769-9678.


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