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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday May 29 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

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

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.

BAPTISM INFORMATION
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.


On behalf of everyone at St. Willibrord’s we would like to thank Joan Field for her many, many years of service to our Church. We were so blessed to have such a dedicated bookkeeper for so many years. Joan has decided to retire from her position here and she will be missed. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours!


Five –A-Day for a Healthy Soul
Health Canada suggests that a healthy diet includes five to seven vegetables and/or fruits per day. When we eat a balanced diet, our bodies function better and we are more able to meet the stresses of everyday life.
What about our souls? Are there ways to maintain spiritual health?
Sheila Hollins, a Catholic psychiatrist from Britain, gives suggestions for a “five-a-day for a healthy soul”.
Using a technique called a mnemonic, she outlines the five elements using the word “grace”:

Giving: especially to those with mental-health problems:
Reading: to deepen your faith
Abstinence: from noise
Creation: and our daily awareness of it as God’s gift
Engaging God in prayer
I would add another one myself, bringing this to six-a-day.
Sabbath: Creating a Sabbath space in our life.
The mnemonic now becomes GRACES, maybe one of the more important words in our Catholic vocabulary. God showers us with his graces each and every day. What if we tried to follow these suggestions on a regular basis? Would it make a difference in our daily lives? Would our spiritual life be more alive and healthy and able to withstand the stresses of living in this world. I’m convinced it would. By Elizabeth Koessler
. Open Parish Council Meeting
Don’t forget to join us at our follow up meeting on Sunday June 12th 2011 after the 10:30am Mass.

Fall Fair 2011
Anyone who is interested in working on or at the fair is invited to a preliminary meeting to discuss our theme, ideas, and suggestions. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday June 1st after the 7:30pm Mass. The meeting will be held in the dining room of the Rectory. Please call us for further information.

Beautification
We would to thank the group of young people from GGG (Gifted, Gather, Giving) and the CND Sisters for taking the time to make our Parish garden look so beautiful. Please take a moment to admire the garden just outside the rectory.


Alzheimer’s Information Session
On Saturday, June 4 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. For more information please contact 514-631-6381.

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 week’s special request is snacks for lunches.


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.

Men’s Pilgrimage to the Oratory
For fathers and sons on Friday, June 10. Walk will begin at 6 pm at the Côte-des-Neiges Plaza parking lot, corner Côte-des-Neiges and Barclay and will go to the small circular blessing house at the Oratory (arriving at 6:45 pm). Eucharist, presentation on Saint Br. André and Bl. John Paul II and pizza supper in a restaurant to follow. For info, contact Fr. Francis McKee at 514-683-6810.


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