This Week

November  18th, 2018 | Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

IN OUR PARISH...

Book of Remembrance
Throughout the month of November a Book of Remembrance will be  available at the back of the church. You are invited to inscribe in it the names of all family and friends whom you would like remembered in prayer by our parish  community at Mass during this month.

Election of Wardens
On Sunday, December  9th immediately following the 10:30 Mass, a meeting of parishioners will take place in the Parish room for the purpose of electing two new Wardens to replace the two who are completing their term of office on December 31, 2018. To be eligible to be nominated as a Warden, the person must be 18 years or older, a Roman Catholic who resides within the boundaries of the parish. Nominations, duly proposed and seconded, will be accepted at the meeting. The Wardens term of office is three years, renewable once. Please contact the Pastor for more information, or to propose a nominee.

Ascension Choir Christmas Concert
The members of our Parish Choir would like to invite all parishioners to join us  Sunday, December 2nd, at 3:00pm for an afternoon concert featuring seasonal choral music, under the direction of our Music Director David Szanto.

Fall Catch-Up Campaign
By now you have received the letter regarding our Catch-Up campaign.  If you have not yet had a chance to respond, you may place your Fall Catch Up envelope in the collection plate at Mass, drop it into the mail slot at the rectory or mail it at your convenience. If you did not receive an envelope, there are some available at the back of the church. Thank you all for your generosity and continuing support.

Sunday Missals 2019
A limited supply of the Mass books for the coming Liturgical Year are still  available for sale at $5 each. We encourage you to purchase your copy as soon as possible & write your name in your book.

Christmas Flowers to Decorate the Church
All are invited to make a donation in the name of loved ones toward the purchase of flowers to decorate our church for the Christmas season.  Donations should be received at the latest by December 17th in order to allow us to plan the decor of the church during this holy season.

Printed Psalm Sheets
You can print a copy of the Psalms which we use each Sunday by visiting the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website:    Responsorial Psalm


Our Mass Setting
Our choir sings the Mass of St. Frances Cabrini Mass Setting by Kevin Keil.  It is  simple and 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 tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a 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 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)

ANNOUNCEMENTS...

You are not forgotten
If you, or a loved one, are not able to come to church, we would be happy to pay you a visit & bring you Communion. We can also send you a copy of our Parish bulletin.
Let us know by calling the parish office (514-932-3131) and we will get to you ASAP.

Parish Donations
You can now make your donations to our parish ONLINE through CanadaHelps.
It is a convenient way to donate to our parish even when you are away.
The process is simple and you receive your Tax e-receipt immediately.
Donations may be made using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, PayPal or Interac.


Thank you for your generosity and God bless you.

MASSES THIS WEEK...

Saturday, November 17th
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
4:30 Giuseppe & Anna Romano by Christina Maurizio

Sunday, November 18th
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:30 Richard Mallette by Ann & Louis Mallette

Monday, November 19th
9:00 Anne & John Blizchuk by the Estate

Tuesday, November 20th
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9:00 Mary & Edward Cross by the Estate

Wednesday, November 21st
9:00 Hon. Frederick Collins & Mrs. Irene Collins by the Family

Thursday, November 22nd | No Mass
St. Cecilia

Friday, November 23rd
St. Clement I; St. Columban
9:00 Margaret Griffin by Philip Griffin

Saturday, November 24th
St. Andrew Dũng-Lac & Companions
4:30 Mr. & Mrs. Kurt & Linda Krause by the Estate


SCHEDULED MASS HOURS

Weekday Masses:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 9:00 AM.
There is no Mass on Thursdays.

Weekend Masses:
Saturday at 4:30 PM
Sunday at 10:30 AM

Mass Intentions
Please note that there are a number of Masses without intentions.
If you would like to remember a loved one or celebrate a special blessing,
we invite you to contact the parish office to book a Mass time or the Sanctuary Lamp.

REFLECTION...

Reminder from the Tree

The tree was a big image for Jesus – he spoke many truths of his message pointing at trees, like mustard seeds which grew big, vines that withered, and the fig tree which was common to his hearers. When asked about the signs of things to come, he gave no long homily, but just looked at the fig tree and said you know from this when summer and winter is coming. In the same way we can sense his presence in our lives in different ways.  This may not help us to know about the end of time and the questions people had then, but it can get us to become aware of how God is present in our lives.

The word of God is spoken in the human words of many people.  In kindly words, in forgiving and tolerant words, and also in the word of God spoken in the Mass, Jesus speaks to us today.  Like the people looking at a fig tree, we can find his presence in the kindliness and the helpful words of another. This is the word of God in human form.  It will not pass away.

We are called to speak his word in our way of life:  to be friends of the earth, friends of all people, and friends of the poor.  That’s redemption, Jesus and ourselves working in unison.

God’s book of compassion and love includes our names. We can be thankful our are names are in the book of life.                                                                                                                                       

Donal Neary SJ

SANCTUARY LAMP...

This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn for peace.


ACTIVITIES...

MONDAY   6:00 PM
Christian Meditation in the Church
For Information contact:
Diana Bennett        514-931-7984             bennett.diana@sympatico.ca
Barbara Dressler    514-488-5514            barbaraasgary@gmail.com

THURSDAY   7:30 PM
Choir Practice in the Choir Room
For Information contact:
David Szanto        514-932-3131              music@ascensionofourlord.ca

 

MASS HOURS

Weekday Masses:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 9:00 AM.
There is no Mass on Thursdays.

Weekend Masses:
Saturday at 4:30 PM
Sunday at 10:30 AM

IN THE DIOCESE...

Dying To Die Panel Discussion
exploring  the ethical and theological aspects of Medical Aid in Dying  with Reverend Doug Graydon, Chaplaincy Services, Diocese of Toronto, with  many years of end-of life care experience, will be held Monday November 19th 7:00 PM  at Christ Church Cathedral (635 Saint-Catherine St W) For more info. contact Lori Seller, Ethics Advisor, MUHC Centre for Applied Ethics

Women’s Day Retreat
The next Women’s Day Retreat will be held  
Wednesday, November 21st at Villa Saint-Martin (9451 Gouin Blvd, W., Pierrefonds). Registration: 9:15 a.m. Animator; Sr. Pat O’Neill, SNJM.  Thought-provoking presentations; quiet time for personal reflection & prayer; Eucharistic celebration; sharing for those who wish to participate.  ALL women welcome. Please bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and tea provided. Suggested donation: $15.00. Pre-registration not required.
Infrmation: (514) 696-8188.

Come and See Evening
A gathering intended for men who are discerning a vocation to follow Jesus as a priest will  take place
Friday, November 23rd, 6:30  to 9:00 pm.  at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish (71 Roosevelt Ave., TMR) . An excellent opportunity for those who are discerning a call to the priesthood, to share in fellowship, and to explore their call together.
For information: Fr. Robert Clark at 514 903-6200 or mtlvocations@hotmail.com.

Sacred Heart Grade 12 Information Session.
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal will host an information session about its new Grade 12 program for girls, on Tuesday, November 27 from 7pm to 9pm, at 3635 Atwater. Parking is available. English eligibility is not required for this program.
Information at 514-937-2845 or www.sacredheart.qc.ca

The Pillars Trust Fund’s 2018 campaign
The theme is “Catholic Strong”.  We are proud of – and want to highlight – the strength within our local Catholic community and the actions supported by Pillars that are underway in our parishes, among our youth and across our faith networks.  Without You there is no Us! Donate online, by mail or by phone (514-937-2301 ext 255). For more information
visit www.pillarstrust.org or
pick up a “Are You Catholic Strong? ” envelope found at the back of the church.
Please be generous in your support of the Pillars Trust Fund. Thank you!