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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday October 30 2011

Board of Wardens
Marie Lafleche Steve Pine
Patrick Pellerin Dan Ormsby
Nicholas Pinto Susan McCann

Staff: Yvonne Pelling Secretary
Helene Di Lallo Coordinator.
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.

Next weekend, on Sunday November 6th at the 10:30am Mass Bishop Thomas Dowd will be here to confirm our 7 young parishioners who have been preparing for the past year. Please come support and congratulate them.

Hopping Procession
If you would like to be a part of this tradition please call the office. We would like to impress the Bishop who will be seeing this for the first time.

In Thanks, In Praise.

First I would like once again to thank all who participated in the Fall Fair. It was, for me, filled with a spirit of joy, collaboration and service. With this Fall Fair we are able to pay our bills and assure our social service to those in need, as Christ compels us to in the Gospel.
As a community of faith, a parish, we are called to be a beacon of God’s light in our World. St John Chrysostom stated: “God has set up churches like harbors along the coast, so that you may take refuge there out of the swirl of earthly cares and find peace and quiet.”
In the Youth Catechism, given to all the young people that went to World Youth Day in Madrid, with Pope Benedict last August, it states that the church is a house of prayer:
“A Christian house of prayer is both a sign of the ecclesial communion of people at a specific place and also a symbol of the heavenly dwellings that God has prepared for us all. In God’s house we gather together to pray in common or alone and to celebrate the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
Many churches let us experience an atmosphere of prayer. “It smells like heaven here.’ ‘Here you can be quiet and reverent.” The beauty of a church building can direct our attention to the beauty, the greatness and the love of God. Churches are dwelling places of God, who is really and truly and substantially present in the sacrament of the altar.”

For this reason we are called to participate in the building up of our faith community. We need to have wonderful events like the Fall Fair, where we nurture our friendships and support our community with our, time, talent and treasure, and to come to the banquet of Christ, to nurture our spirit through the Eucharist, allowing ourselves to be in the comforting presence of God. With the joy that these two elements brings we cannot help then to welcome new families and friends to our parish family.
I thank again, all who supported our Fall Fair and I invite all parishioners to continue to support and participate as full members of Christ’s mystical body here in Verdun.

Fr Stephen Otvos

Feast of All Saints and All Souls
We invite you and ask that you extend this invitation to the friends and members of your family to join with us, if possible, on Sunday October 30th at 10:30am. During the procession of gifts you will have an opportunity to bring a photo of your deceased loved one(s) and place it in front of the altar to remain there until the Feast of All Souls on November 2nd.

On Tuesday November 1st at 4:30pm we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints
and on November 2nd at 7:30pm, the Feast of all Souls at which time all parishioners and friends who have died during the past year will be remembered.

Development & Peace Fall Campaign
“Together We Hold The Future in our Hands.” International negotiations to find a solution to the crisis of climate change is far from achieving goals set at the Kyoto Conference. We must now focus on the post Kyoto era. The urgent need for action requires a strong political will and civil society must make their voices clearly heard. Only then can we hope to achieve a post Kyoto agreement and to develop mechanisms to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To have your voice heard sign the D&P postcard.

“May the Holy Spirit inspire us to and live in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in developing countries. We pray to the Lord.”

Artisan Fair
Get your Christmas shopping done early by joining us for our 1st Annual Artisan Fair, Saturday Nov. 12th between 9am-3pm. Featuring local (and not so local), artists, community and social organizations, who will all be offering works of fine arts, crafts, bake goods and so much more. These works are unique and original and can’t be bought in stores. They are a pleasure to view and a joy to own. Fine dining at a reasonable prices available.


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