Board of Wardens
Marie Lafleche Steve Pine
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Nicholas Pinto Susan McCann
Staff: Yvonne Pelling Secretary
Helene Di Lallo P.C.L.
Chris Ramdhanie Custodian
ST. WILLIBRORD PARISH
351 Willibrord Avenue, Verdun, H4G 2T7
Tel : (514) 769-9678 Fax : (514) 761-1717
Email ~ stwillibrordparish @videotron.ca
Parish website ~ www. stwillibrord parish.org
PASTOR ~ Rev. Father Stephen Otvos
CELEBRATION OF EUCHARIST
Thursday & Friday: 8:00am
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.
Fr. Famous Flap Jacks
To our faithful few parishioners who joined us last Tuesday for our pancake supper and to our “new” friends it was a joy to welcome you, an honour to serve you and a blessing to have shared the meal with you. Thank you for your support and donations to our food pantry!
An Irish Prayer – Happy ST. Patrick’s Day
May God give you…
For every storm, a rainbow ,
For every tear, a smile
For every care, a promise
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends
A Faithful friend to share
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer
Lent: A Time for a Deeper experience of Faith.
The Journey for the Christian disciple, especially during this time of Lent, should be one of constant growth and deeper union with Christ our Lord and the church in which we belong. In a way Christian Disciples are constantly challenged to renew themselves. It is a path for a New and enriched life.
The RCIA process can enlighten us on how we can be better disciples. RCIA has four stages. (Catechumens are people seeking to become Roman Catholic.)
The first stage of the process is called the pre- catechumenate: this is about evangelization, allowing the person to discover Jesus Christ and the gift of faith. Through meeting with the priest and the community questions are answered on all the ways we seek God and how God seeks us.
The second part is the Catechumenate: this is a time for the candidates to study the faith in depth. The Creed and the cycle of the church celebrations are fully explained. We are all called to have the faith of an Adult.
Next comes the Purification and Enlightenment which coincides with Lent. The candidates are called to understand the Commandments of God and to respond to the gift of Salvation by committing their life to Christian living. It is a ‘more excellent way’, the way of Love. (1Cor: 13:1-7)
Finally after becoming a Christian we enter the time of Mystagogy. This is when the New Disciples of Christ are called to actively participate in the life of the church and find ways to continue to nourish their faith journey. It may be through faith sharing and prayer
groups, Christian book clubs, altar serving or lectoring, starting an evangelization team or even bringing others to RCIA or with the Children’s faith formation program.
There are many ways we can grow as a disciple, what is important is to find a way and continue to nourish our faith. Let’s make the best of Lent and commit ourselves to something that will deepen our relationship with Christ especially through the Church.
Development & Peace
In Brazil 2% 0f the landowners own 49% of the land. Land reform is vital in the struggle for social justice in Brazil. D&P working with their Brazilian partner has been successful in obtaining land for hundreds of thousands of families to cultivate. They have also provided technical training for them and have helped them become members of the agriculture cooperative. These endeavors help these families escape poverty.
at St. Patrick’s Basilica (460 René-Lévesque Blvd. W.) on Sunday, March 20 at 10 am, during the Mass, Sr. Katherine Coltart, CND, will be presented with the Russell W. Breen Award by Cardinal Turcotte for her years of service with children.
Let us all welcome Karen Snair into the Catholic community as she was confirmed last Saturday, March 5th at the Newman Centre.
Our Food Pantry
This week’s special request is –Snacks for kids lunches. Look to this spot each week as we will be suggesting a different item to bring in. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!!
Friday March 18th at 7:00pm
Evening of Praise and Worship
An Ecumenical evening of music, scripture, and prayer.
First Sunday of Lent
Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
“If you ate only one meal a week would you survive? It is the same for your soul. Nourish it with the Blessed Sacrament. A nice dish is there for us, with something good on it – we don’t pay any attention to it.” St. Br. Andre Bessette
“Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”
“Never be obstinate, especially in things of no moment. Christ does not force our will, He only takes what we give Him.” St. Teresa of Avila.
“Worship the Lord you God and only Him.”
“The moment I realized that God existed, I knew that I could not do otherwise than to live for Him alone…Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything… that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully—like a child hand in hand with his mother.” Venerable Charles de Foucauld
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