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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday May 15 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.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

On the fourth Sunday of Easter, Christians are invited to reflect on the meaning of Godís call and to pray for vocations. The whole Christian community shares the responsibility for fostering vocations. The first step is to live in a full Christian manner. Families with a lively spirit of faith, love and reverence contribute greatly to this work. Spiritually active parishes, where people take full part, help to promote vocations.

( Ordo / the liturgical calendar. p. 218)

Building a Vocation Culture in our parish

Look around you. How many men and women in your own parish are caring and compassionate individuals, good listeners, articulate speakers, loving and enthusiastic Catholics? How Many of these special, gifted people have ever been invited to consider becoming a priest, sister, brother, deacon, or full time lay minister? It is said that 80% of 18 to 30 year olds have never been asked to consider a Church Vocation. The Church needs these people.
Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote: ďthe parish as a community bears witness to the perpetual witness of Christ who calls... Therefore the fostering of vocations must be incorporated fully into the life and activity of the community.Ē

On this Sunday, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we must ask ourselves how we can better foster Church Vocations in our parish and community at large.
Being the Vocation Director of Montreal I am keenly aware of the importance of vocation ministry. Vocation ministry is a process of discerning and responding to Godís call. It is also about becoming good stewards of Godís many gifts, learning where we are called to offer our time our talents, and our treasure.
I invite you to pray for vocations, and to help build a culture of vocations in our community.

On Sunday May 15th after the 10:30am Mass there will be an Open Parish Council Meeting. Please make every effort to attend this meeting as it concerns the vision of the parish for the next 100 years! The parish can only be as strong as the support it is given!

100th Anniversary Celebration
This is the last call for those wanting to help us plan our special year! 2013 is approaching fast and much planning and preparation still needs to be done, to help celebrate this milestone! Please contact the office if you want to be a part of the committee. Donít want to be a part of the committee but still have ideas? Make sure to get them into the suggestion box at the back of the church. Our Food Pantry
We will be doing a major overhaul of our food pantry, within the coming months in order to make the area more functional. We will still be accepting food donations for the soup kitchen and emergencies. Thank-you!

This weekís special request is Beans.

Annual Pilgrimage
Our annual Mass at Notre-Dame de Bon Secours is scheduled for Wednesday May 18th at 7:00pm. Should you be requiring transportation please call the office and we will make arrangements.

There will be no Mass on Wednesday here at St. Willibrordís.

Our Summer Bible Day Camp
We are slowing beginning to organize our annual Bible Day Camp for children 5 years of age and up.
Volunteers of all ages are most needed and welcome! If this interests you please see Helene Di Lallo or call the rectory.


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