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March 17th, 2019 | First Sunday of Lent
Meal at Welcome Hall Mission
On Sunday March 31st, we will be providing and serving food for approximately 250 people less fortunate than us at the Welcome Hall Mission. We do this by pre-preparing a meal and dessert accompanied by soup, bread and juice. Next weekend we will be handing out pans & recipes. If you are unable to be here next weekend but would like to prepare a recipe, please contact Aletha Thompson at 514-482-5660. We also gladly accept cash donations to buy the other items. In the past you responded so generously for our meals where we served over 250, that both the Welcome Hall staff and clients have been most impressed and grateful.
Share Lent 2019 Week 2
For this year’s Share Lent, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada and Pope Francis invite us to reach out and encounter migrants and refugees. This week share the journey with members of the Umuechem community in Nigeria. In 1990, a peaceful community in the south of Nigeria became the victim of what has been recognized as the first crime committed by an oil company. Traumatized by a massacre of unparalleled violence, a large majority of the members of this community fled to neighbouring communities, never to return home again. To make sure that their story is never forgotten and to combat impunity, Development and Peace’s partner Social Action is supporting the Umuechem community in their legal action against the oil company. Discover the story of people forced to flee their homes and ways for each one of us to act in solidarity with them: www.devp.org/lent.
A Selection of online Lent Resources These sources offer a wide variety of articles, activities, and other resources to aid you in your journey of spiritual renewal during Lent:
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Exposure to scented products such as perfume and cologne can aggravate health problems for some people. In our parish we have a number of parishioners who are extremely sensitive to scented products to the point that they are not able to attend Mass or must leave the church before the end of Mass. We ask you to be thoughtful of the needs of these members of our parish community and invite you to refrain from wearing these artificially scented products at Mass. Thank You! Your thoughtfulness and assistance is greatly appreciated.
Mass Intentions We have quite a few Masses without intentions, particularly on weekdays. If you would like to remember a loved one in this way, or for another special intention, you are invited to contact the parish office to book a Mass time or the Sanctuary Lamp.
New Mass Setting Last Sunday our choir introduced us to a new Mass setting. It is simple & should be easy for all to join in. However, for those who would like to accelerate their learning a choral version of the Mass is available on Youtube: Mass of St. Frances Cabrini Mass Setting by Kevin Keil. The parts that we are singing include the Gloria, Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation A, Amen and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).
“For I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25:35) We have a new tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a more continuous basis. Bring one non-perishable food item to Mass every weekend which will be sent to the foodbanks. Donations can be left at the back of the church and will be delivered to St. Willibrord’s parish food bank. A list of suggestions for nutritious non-perishable items is posted below.
Keep in mind that over 860,000 Canadians visit food banks every month, with over 36% of the donations feeding hungry children.
Foodbank Donation List suggested nutritious non-perishable food items:
- Oatmeal (regular, no added sugar if possible)
- Pot barley
- Whole-grain high-fibre/whole wheat dried pasta
- Brown rice
- Couscous (whole wheat best)
- Canned salmon or tuna
- Canned beans (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans)
- Peanut butter
- Tomato sauce
- Pasta sauce in jars
- Canned vegetables and fruit (no added sugar or salt if possible)