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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday March 27 2011

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

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: 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:30am
Tuesday 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30pm
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.
St. Mary’s Hospital Centre
Will be holding a Fashion show and Luncheon on Sunday April 10th, 2011 at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, Ile Bizard.
11:30am – Cocktail - 12:30pm – Lunch
Fashions will be presented by Cazza Petite, Lana Lee and Zacks. Tickets are $75.00. For reservations, please call Francine Rebetez at 514-345-3511 ext. 3031

Douglas Hospital
The hospital Pastoral Care Team seeks to strengthen the circle of Lay Leaders of the Sunday Liturgy of the Word and Communion. If you feel called to this ministry please call Doreen Allebone, 514-364-6418 or Elizabeth LaRoque at 514-365-8275

“Water of Eternal Life”
“Everyone who drinks water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water” John 4:13-15
The water Jesus offers is pure gift of God, water when drunk, becomes within a spring of life. Jesus is referring in the first place to his own words of salvation, because whoever listens to them and lives by them will continue to share God’s life. The water has a deeper meaning as a symbol of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39). The Spirit enables us to understand the words of Jesus and respond to them with a willing heart.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church uses this encounter at the well as a beautiful image in prayer:
“The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depth of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. ‘God thirsts that we may thirst for him.’ (para 2560)

Development & Peace
A project of D&P in Sierra Leone is the training of broadcasters and financial backing for a radio station. This will play an important role intransmitting information on the issues of the presidential elections in 2012. Being well prepared will insure they will be able to promote free and transparent elections without violence.

A Special Thank you!
To all those who made our evening of Praise and Worship a meaningful occasion. What a wonderful time we shared together in song! Thank-you.

Archdiocese of Montreal Conference
Human Trafficking Conference April 4-8 will take place at Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom,4100 Sherbrooke St. Westmount. Sessions start at 7:15 pm Guest speakers include Joy Smith member of parliament, Julian Shor author of Somebody's Daughter and law enforcement officers. For further information contact Sharon Di Fruscia 514-481-2981

Thank you to our many volunteers and shoppers who helped us to have another successful sale! Our food program really relies on these revenues.

Our Food Pantry
This week’s special request is Pasta and Sauce. Look to this spot each week as we will be suggesting a different item to bring in. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!!

Lenten Services
Friday April 1st at 7:00pm
A Prayerful Reflection on Suffering
With Eucharistic Adoration

Sunday April 3rd at 10:30am
Mass of the Anointing downstairs in Cameron Hall

Third Sunday of Lent
“The Outward man perishes through fasting and self-control, but the more he does so, the more the inward man is renewed…”
~St. Gregory Palamas – “Homilies”

“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.”
~St. Augustine
An effective but often neglected means of gaining Paradise is almsgiving. By almsgiving I mean any work of mercy exercised towards one’s neighbor for the love of God. ~Don Bosco


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