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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday December 04 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.

Christmas Basket Fundraiser
Don’t want to miss out? Make sure to buy your tickets for Saturday December 10th
There will be dinner, dancing and late night karaoke. Featuring DJ Marc Favreau and
live musical guest Ron Taddeo.
Tickets just $20.00.
Bring your Own Wine
Selected Bar Available
Door Prizes!!

Advent Mission and the Basic Gospel Message
This past weekend we here at St Willibrord welcomed our guest speaker Mr. Michael Dopp and his wife Linda. The theme that Michael developed with us was “looking again at the basic message of the gospel as a way to rediscover eternal joy.
The image he used to illustrate this was that of entering St Willibrord parish for the first time coming through the dark, cold, and almost medieval looking catwalk that leads into the side of the church. After opening the great steel door you enter into the awe inspiring high ceiling church with a great fresco of Christ the king in the sanctuary apse. If you have been coming to this church for many years one could be so used to this sight that its awesome grandeur is no longer felt. Often our faith journey is like this, we are so used to doing our catholic thing that we forget how radical and life changing the Gospel message is.
The First evening we explored the Christian understanding of God and our relationship we have as his creatures. God is love and out of his goodness is brought forth creation and of what God creates scripture says ‘he saw that is was good.” The Pinnacle of God’s creation is Mankind and of this he said ‘it was very good’.

The second evening we took a good look at our freedom to reject the love of God. Sin comes into our experience and sin separates us from the love and grace of God. The whole reason for Christ coming into our world at Christmas was to bring us salvation through the outpouring of his love on the cross at Calvary. This is the mystery of faith: “By his cross and resurrection he has set us free he is the saviour of the world.

Our third evening considered our response to God’s love. To have the full review of our Advent Mission see our pastor's blog at:
Thank you Michael, for leading us in rediscovering the awesome grandeur of our faith, of our life in Christ.

Fr. Stephen’s Christmas Social
All volunteers and staff are invited to this year’s exchange of Christmas Wishes on Thursday December 8th as Fr. Stephen hosts a 5 à 7 (Happy Hour). Join him at the Rectory for a toast to the Season!

Christmas Flowers!
Once again this year we are asking for your generous help in purchasing Poinsettia’s for the Church. Vogue florist whom we have been dealing with for many years has been sold and we have found a new florist who is very happy to work with us.
Her store is located at 5002, rue Wellington
514) 766-4377 ‎(Atelier Les 4 Saisons).
If you prefer you can donate using the special envelopes found in the pews.

Christmas Baskets; A December Project.
How can you help?
Volunteering- We are looking for parishioners to help prepare the baskets and help with delivery. Please contact the rectory to leave your information.
Donations - Groceries are getting more expensive for all of us. Since, we purchase a lot of supplies and groceries for this project, your donation can go a long way
Food Drive - We will be collecting non-perishable food items at each mass and at Christmas Dance, December 10.
Toys: In the coming weeks you will notice a Christmas tree at the back of the church. Tied to the tree will be small scrolls with a child’s gender and age. Help us by purchasing an appropriate toy for that specific child. Please DO NOT wrap the gifts.

Called Home to the Father
On Friday November 25th at the age of 97 years
Mrs. Aline Forté McDonough, wife of Gerald McDonough and mother to Brian. The funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday November 30th at St. Edmund of Canterbury.

Advent Wreath
Last Sunday we lit the first candle called the “Candle of Hope”. This week’s candle is the “Candle of Peace”.
We light this candle to remind us that,

“He brings peace to all who trust in him”.


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