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April 22nd, 2018 | Fourth Sunday of Easter
World Earth Day 2018
This Sunday is Earth Day. It’s a day to remember and care for the earth. It’s also a day for action and justice. This year the theme is Help End Plastic Pollution. Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health! Together we can by finding out how many plastic items we consume every year and making a PLEDGE to reduce the amount.
“Holy One, Heart of Creation,
you know us and call us into bold service.
We come together this day to celebrate your creation,
the beautiful streams that surround us
and provide us with food and water,
and that are often the centre of our communities.
We come to hear hard stories of where our still waters have
been lost, communities broken.
Open our hearts to hear the cries of our family,
of partners in Canada and abroad
so that we may be empowered to act in
love for one another.
For you are our shepherd, who leads us
toward green pastures. Amen.”
Celebrating a Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to Janet and Dick Macklem who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on April 19th. Janet & Dick are very well known in our parish and continue to contribute their services in many and varied ways.
May the Lord keep them both well and may they share many more years in happiness as they continue to live their Sacrament of Marriage!
Celebration of First Communion & Confirmation
Although our formal Be My Disciples lessons for the year are ended, the coming weeks will continue to be eventful, highlighted by the reception of sacraments. On Sunday, May 6th at the 10:30 Mass 32 children will receive their First Communion. Following that, on Sunday, May 27th the sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred upon 29 young people during 10:30 Mass. As a parish community let us pray for all our young people as they take these important steps of sacramental initiation on their journey of faith.
Collection of Eyewear
As we have in the past, in our parish we are still continuing the collection of used eyeglasses. These glasses receive a second life and are donated to two organizations that reuse them by giving them to the needy here in Montreal and to those in the missions. Please make a difference by bringing your used eyewear to church and placing them in the marked container at the back of the church. Thank you.
Don’t throw out your used mailing stamps! Instead, bring them to church where we collect them for reuse. They are given to a community of religious Sisters who prepare them for re-sale and use the money earned to support their missionary activities in foreign countries. Be sure to leave a border around the stamps when you cut them out of the envelope. Thank you.
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)