May 31st, 2020 | Pentecost Sunday
Father Mac Eachen
Celebrating 35 Years of Priesthood
On the occasion of his 35th Anniversary of ordination, we thank God for the gift of Father MacEachen’s priesthood, and for all that we and so many others have received through his generous self-giving service. Father, as a parish community, we pray that God will bless you with abundant blessings and continued joy in your ministry.
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ALL MASSES CANCELLED
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak,
the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops
has decided to cancel all masses, and
the Quebec Government has suspended
indoor gatherings, so until further notice
THE CHURCH IS CLOSED
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Online masses are available from neighbouring parishes:
St. Monica, St. Luke Parish, St. Ignatius of Loyola
and also from Salt + Light
Parishioners who are able are invited to continue to make their weekly church donations (“collection”). Envelopes can be left at the office (put through the mail slot), sent by mail or click here to donate now.
Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
On May 1, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops renewed the consecration of our nation to the care of Mary, our Blessed Mother. One month later, on June 1, we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church This feast—celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost—is relatively new; it was added to the Liturgical Calendar in February 2018. We encourage you to entrust yourself and your family to the care of our Blessed Mother—on this feast day and every day.
Archbishop Lépine is pleased to continue the daily recitation of the Rosary during the month of June, at 7 p.m. from Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (broadcast live on the diocesan YouTube channel and Facebook page). If there are deceased persons whom you wish to be remembered in prayer, submit your intention online at: www.diocesemontreal.org/en/lets-connect.
Opening of Churches: A Note of Hope
The Quebec government is gradually re-opening business and other public activities in the province. Although there is no specific date yet, we now can look forward to the eventual re-opening of our churches. A health-protection protocol for liturgical celebrations (in accordance with public-health norms) is being sent to all dioceses by the Association of Catholic Bishops of Quebec to serve as a model, which can be adapted as needed. It will help to ensure that each parish church that opens its doors and resumes liturgical activities will do so in the safest possible manner.In the beginning of June, our Archbishop will provide each parish with a set of new diocesan directives which will include a practical guide for their implementation.
Hopefully it will soon once again be possible for us, maintaining a safe environment for everyone, to gather as a parish community to celebrate the Eucharist and other sacraments.
Archdiocese of Montreal Resources
Our Archdiocese has set up a web page:
designed to provide ongoing relevant information amid current COVID-19 concerns, including. the latest guidelines, related articles and spiritual resources.The diocese has also created a spiritual help-line to offer support during the pandemic:
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.
Our Capital Campaign continues throughout 2020. Thanks to your generosity and to an anonymous donor who made an exceptional gift we are doing very well. If you have not made your Contribution as of yet, why not consider doing so at this time. Whatever the amount, it will be most appreciated and meaningful in helping us reach our goal.
“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.
During the COVID-19 isolation, please leave your items in a bag at the door of the rectory.
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)