This Week

March 18th, 2018 | Fifth Sunday of Lent


Share Lent 2018  “Solidarity Sunday”
We wish to thank you for your generosity on this Development and Peace Solidarity Sunday. Your donation will be used to help our sisters and brothers all over the world — from Lebanon to Cambodia, to Nigeria and beyond! The theme of our Share Lent campaign Together for Peace, invites us to build peace through dialogue and reconciliation and to consider mercy as a source of hope for the future. This is what Pope Francis underlined on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy: “Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instils in us the courage to look to the future with hope.”

Envelopes for your Share Lent donations are
available at the back of the church. Thank you
for helping us create a future filled with hope!

Flowers for Easter
You are invited to make a donation in the name of loved ones toward the purchase of flowers to decorate the church and altar for the Easter season. Donation envelopes are available at the back of the church and should be received by March 25th in order to allow us time to organize the decor of our beautiful church during this most holy and joyous season.

Schedule of Services
Holy Week and Easter

 Holy Thursday  March 29th 7:30 pm
 Good Friday, Solemn Passion Service March 30th 3:00 pm
 Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil  March 31st 7:30 pm
 Easter Sunday, Resurrection of the Lord  April 1st 10:30 am


1. Everyday Lent Resources
Everyday Lent Resources including a Lenten Online Retreat and Eight Weeks of Retreat
– Living Lent Daily, a daily email series designed to help you grow in friendship with God.
– An Ignatian Prayer Adventure, an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises, perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat.
– Arts & Faith: Lent, a visual prayer experience this Lent.
Each week includes a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures
Take advantage of Lent as a wonderful time for spiritual renewal. You will find a variety of articles, activities, and other resources that will aid you in this special time of prayer and preparation.          

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 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)


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.


Saturday, March 17th
St. Patrick
4:30 Janette Hartley by Angela Sacconaghi

Sunday March 18th
Fifth Sunday of Lent
10:30 Kate and Ed Sampson by Ann & Louis Mallette

Monday, March 19th
Solemnity of Saint Joseph Principal Patron of Canada
9:00 Mr. & Mrs. Kurt and Linda Krause by the Estate

Tuesday, March 20th
9:00 Anne & John Blizchuk by the Estate

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

Thursday, March 22nd No Mass

Friday, March 23rd
St. Turibius of Mogrovejo
9:00 Anne & John Blizchuk by the Estate

Saturday, March 24th
4:30 Albert Baillargeon by Beverly & Myles Redmond


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.


I come from a long line of gardeners. My grandfather had a garden the size of a basketball court. My dad followed suit, although his forte was starting tomatoes from seed. Each spring he would pour over the seed catalogs for the newest hybrids and heirloom tomatoes  My garden is a 4’ x 12’ plot. There, I plant, weed, water and harvest my produce. Tomatoes are my specialty, too—lots of them—in fact, so many that starting in early summer, I make regular stops at the nursing home where my mother-in-law lives, and drop off dozens each week.

The hardware store I shop at already has its flower and garden seeds display set up to greet you right when you walk in, with beautiful pictures on the packets of what you can expect, if only you take the time to plant and nurture the seeds. But when you open the seed packet, at the bottom are about 20 seeds, each as small as the head of pin, an almost microscopic withered piece of matter that for all intents and purposes, looks dead. But if you plant at the right time, weed often, water frequently and have the right amount of sun, you will be blessed with a bumper crop to enjoy and share with family and friends.

Why do so many of us, like my family, have a fascination with gardening? Is it about putting fresh food on the table, or is it testing one’s ability; that with diligent care and attention we can take a small, seemingly inert piece of matter and turn it into a beautiful flower or a ripe red tomato? Could it be that Jesus’ focus may have been on the process it takes to produce the fruit– the commitment a gardener must make to diligently prepare the soil, plant, water, weed and constantly tend to his garden if it is to produce much fruit when he said to Andrew and Philip, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

During our Lenten renewal, are we willing to be like garden seeds and risk being split apart so that we can renew ourselves and grow into a life rich with abundance to share with others? Are we willing to dedicate ourselves to growing our faith and our relationship with Christ so that we may become the Christians God wants us to be? Equally as important, are we willing to let the world’s greatest gardener nurture us, not by sun and water, but by His never-ending love and his promise to us each and every day?

If so, then through our death and rebirth we, too, can produce much fruit, fruit that we can share with others through our service to them.

Steve Scholer,


This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn in memory of
Uy Kin
by the Family.


MONDAY   6:00 PM
Christian Meditation in the Church
For Information contact:
Diana Bennett        514-931-7984   
Barbara Dressler    514-488-5514  

Choir Practice in the Choir Room
For Information contact:
David Szanto        514-932-3131    



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


I Call You Friend (Jn. 15:15)  
In the season of Lent, we hear the call of Jesus to come spend time with Him in silence and prayer. This is a special call…to be still…to listen…to allow Jesus to speak to our heart and call us His friend. You are invited to join us for a quiet day of prayer and reflection. Date: Friday March 23, 2018. Time: 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Eucharist at 11:30 A.M. Bring your own lunch (tea/coffee/ snacks provided). Location: Ignatian Spirituality Centre. Facilitator: Irene Miller. Fee: $20.00 or free-will donation.
To register, please contact the Ignatian Centre at 514-481-1064 or

Montreal Directed Retreats
For Lent 2018: Is it time for you to renew or deepen a personal relationship with the Lord? Consider our upcoming dates for a weekend retreat: March 23-25 at La Maison de Prière Notre-Dame (180 De Normandie Blvd., Longueuil).
To register, or for more information, call 514-626-9462 or visit