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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday April 03 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.

Zerf Productions
Presents music for lent with Stabat Mater, the baroque masterpiece by Pergolesi, on Saturday, April 16th at 7:30 p.m. at Loyola Chapel, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West. With soloists Danielle Pullen, soprano, Johanne Patry, mezzo-soprano, Anthony Iannacone, tenor, John Giffen, baritone, Joel Thiffault on the organ and video collage by Anne Taylor. Suggested donation is $10.00 for Zerf humanitarian missions and/or non-perishable food items for the NDG Food Depot. Info: 514-843-7713

“Lectio Divina.” The Pope takes everyone back to school.
Pope Benedict has made a practice of gathering the priests of Rome around him at the beginning of each Lent. In past years he had responded to their questions. This year, instead, he gave them a 'lectio divina,' a commentary on a passage from the Acts of the Apostles.

Benedict XVI explained what 'lectio divina' is in the document "Verbum Domini." It is a "prayerful reading" of the Sacred Scriptures" that unfolds in four basic steps:
- the "lectio": what the biblical text itself says;

- the "meditatio": what the biblical text is saying to us;

- the "oratio": what we say to God in response to his Word;

- the "contemplatio": what conversion of mind, heart, and life God is asking of us.
In the second volume of "Jesus of Nazareth," just as in the first, Benedict XVI proposes an interpretation of the Gospels that is not only historical-critical, nor only spiritual, but simultaneously historical and theological: the only interpretation that, in his judgment, is capable of leading to an encounter with the "real" Jesus. by Sandro Magister Fourth Sunday of Lent

The essence of prayer lies not in being always on your knees, but in conforming your will totally to God in all the events of life. ~St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Pope Benedict XVI: True fasting, as the divine Master repeats elsewhere, is rather to do the will of the Heavenly Father, who “sees in secret, and will reward you” (Mt 6, 18) He Himself sets the example, answering Satan, at the end of the forty days spent in the desert that “man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (mt 4, 4). The true fast is thus directed to eating the “true food”, which is to do the Father’s will (cf. Jn 4, 34)

Prayer carries us halfway to God, fasting brings us to the door of His palace, and the alms-giving procures us admission.
~Quran Our Food Pantry
Due to financial reasons we will be closing the monthly food distribution program at the end of this month. We hope to resume in September. Meanwhile we are still collecting food items for emergency food requests and hoping to replenish our pantry for September. Thank you for your continued support. This week’s special request is Canned Meals, example Stew, beans, pasta.

Lenten Services
Friday April 8th
Development and Peace – Way of the Cross – 7:00pm (In the Church)
Sunday April 10th
Penitential Service – 10:30am

Lenten Retreat
Sunday April 10th – 7:00pm - St. Willibrord Church with Fr. Gerard Martineau

Monday April 11th – 7:00pm – St. Jean Brébeuf
with Fr. Stephen Otvos

A word from our Friend
Fr. Stephen and parishioners,
I received your card expressing your sympathy and prayers at the occasion of the death of our confrere, Fr. Lachapelle. Thanks for this thoughtfulness.
May you all have a fruitful Lenten Season and advanced Happy Easter.
In Him
Jean Isabel


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