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

Parish Bulletin

Sunday January 15 2012

Board of Wardens
Angele Lafleche Joseph Brisindi
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.

Church Beautification

A benefactor has come forward to support our parish by taking care of the cost of materials and labour for the painting of the church foyer and stairwells. We are extremely grateful for this gift and show of support. This is our first step in getting ready for our 100th Anniversary!

Teaching the Next Generation
Now that the Christmas season is over, we are, as a Catholic community and as Catholic families, still called to hand on our faith and traditions to the young; that they too may grow in understanding the faith and how it helps them to develop a strong relationship with God.
The practice of the faith tells us that our liturgy is not only a way to worship God, but it is also a way to learn about our relationship with Him. Good Liturgy teaches! An example of this is the two parts of Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Let us focus, for now, on the Liturgy of the Word. You may have noticed recently something new in our worship. We now have introduced the Book of the Gospels which is placed on the Altar at the beginning of Mass. This shows an important connection between the Gospels, (Word of God), and the Eucharist, (Body of Christ). Having a Book of the Gospel in addition to the regular lectionary, also reminds us that the Story of Jesus is the high point of the Liturgy of the Word. It is hear that we get to know our Saviour in whom we adore in the Eucharist. The practice of having a Book of the Gospel goes back to the early church. Today more and more parish churches are using a separate

Book of the Gospels, a practice that the church recommends. St Francis once said: “To read Sacred Scripture means to turn to Christ for advice.”

St. Willibrord Parish Centennial
Involves the whole community!

The organizing committee is inviting all who might be interested in contributing, with their time and talents to an open meeting on Monday January 23rd at 7pm in the church foyer. There are numerous venues in which you can participate, such as decorating, fundraising, liturgy, communications, etc., something for everyone! Please make the effort to be there. This is our parish and we want to celebrate TOGETHER!

Social Action
Please take the time to go to the Diocesan website and look at a series of short videos with Brian McDonough.
Brian is a long time parishioner and has been working at the Diocese in the Social Justice dept. for many years.
Go to the main page and click on “videos” to find out more.

Catholicism Project
Join us as we journey together to understand our faith as we watch a “groundbreaking ten-part documentary series and study program about the Catholic faith.” We hosted our first evening last Friday where we gathered for coffee, cake and great conversation. Don’t miss out! The next movie night will be held on Saturday January 28th at 7:00pm, (this is the only Sat. date). Call the rectory for more details.

The Ministry of C.C.S.M
We will be hosting a Mass with Healing Prayers here at the parish on Friday January 27th . The evening will start with rosary and praise at 7pm followed by Confessions then Mass with Anointing of the Sick. Prayer teams will be available following the mass.

St Joseph’s Oratory
Evening of Prayer for Christian Unity with celebration of the Word and hymns sung by 5 different choirs on Sunday, January 22, 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Contact Canadian Centre for Ecumenism at 514-937-9176 for more details


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