February 23rd, 2020 | Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ash Wednesday ~ Beginning of Lent
Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. This season offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday this week. On Ash Wednesday we will have two Masses, at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., with blessing and distribution of ashes. We hope this will provide all parishioners with the opportunity to begin their Lenten journey in prayer and devotion. We invite you to join us for one of these Masses.
We would also remind you that Ash Wednesday is a universal day of fast and abstinence. All who are between the age of 18-59, and in good health are required to fast. Fasting means we can have only one full, meatless meal. Some food can be taken at the other regular meal times if necessary, but combined they should be less than a full meal.
Voices of Spirit Choir
Voices of Spirit Choir, Duquesne University 2020 Tour will include 2 stops in Canada, and we are privileged to welcome them at Ascension of Our Lord on Monday, March 2nd, 7pm. Voices of Spirit is a mixed chamber/touring choir dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at an exceptional collegiate level. Come and enjoy this wonderful choral experience on their only Montreal stop!
2019 Tax Receipts
The 2019 Donation Tax Receipts are ready. You can pick them up at the back of the church, arranged in alphabetical order. If your family is registered under two names, you should check under both names if you can’t find your receipt.
For any queries email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Parish Office on Tuesday mornings. Thank you.
As we begin the New Year 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. The stipend is $20.
Our Capital Campaign continues throughout this 2020 New Year. 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. 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)