This Week

September  23rd, 2018 | Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


“Be My Disciples” 2018-19  Registration:
Faith Education program for Children
The deadline for registration of children in grades 1 to 6 has arrived. Forms for new and returning families can be obtained by contacting the parish office and must be completed by September 24th.  Next Saturday, September 29th  we welcome  back 125 young people  for our first Children’s Gathering and Family Mass.
For any additional information regarding the program please contact Linda Wiltshire, Pastoral Associate by or by phone 514-932-3131 (Mondays & Thursdays).

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Are you someone or do you know someone who has expressed an interest in learning about our Catholic faith or becoming Catholic ?  Was baptized Catholic asa child, but has had little contact with the church and would now like to complete their initiation and celebrate the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?
We offer an opportunity for adults to begin a journey of faith as part of a small group focusing on the teachings and experience of Church. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.
For information please contact our pastor, Fr. MacEachen, or Linda Wiltshire, Pastoral Associate, after Mass or by phone (514-932-3131) or email: or at the Parish Office.

Parish Choir

The choir of Ascension Parish is seeking new members. Singing from September through June, we provide music for Sunday Mass and rehearse Thursday nights. If you have an appreciation of the rich liturgical music of the Church, you are warmly invited to consider joining us. For further information, please contact Music Director, David Szanto – contact information is posted on the church bulletin boards, or by email:

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Exposure to scented products such as perfume and cologne can aggravate health problems for some people.  In our parish we have a number of parishioners who are extremely sensitive to scented products to the point that they are not able to attend Mass or must leave the church before the end  of Mass. We ask you to be thoughtful of the needs of these members of our parish community and invite you to refrain from wearing these artificially scented products at Mass.  Thank You! Your thoughtfulness and assistance is greatly appreciated.

Guided tour: Westmount Houses of Worship

In collaboration with the Westmount Local Heritage Council and the Westmount Historical Association, guided tours of local houses of worship will be offered next Sunday September 30th at 2:00pm.  This walking tour will start at the Lawn Bowling Club and will include interior and/or exteriors of six places, including Ascension of Our Lord. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the rich variety and beauty of our local houses of worship.
For information: 514-989-5226

Season of Creation

From September 1st to October 8th we celebrate the  “Season of Creation” a time for all Christian communities to give thanks to the Lord for the generosity of his creation and to pray for the wisdom and courage to tend it well.  To assist you there are calendars with reflections and suggested activities which you can use with your family or alone. Please help yourself to a copy which can be found at the back of the church.
Further resources can be found at:

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)


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, September 22nd
4:30 Louise deHeinrich by Antonio & MaryLou Sacconaghi

Sunday, September 23rd
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:30 Kate and Ed Sampson by the Mallettes

Monday, September 24th  | No Mass
Blessed Emilie Tavernier-Gamelin

Tuesday, September 25th  | No Mass
St. Cosmas & St. Damian

Wednesday, September 26th  | No Mass
St. John de Brébeuf, St. Isaac Jogues and Companions

Thursday, September 27th  | No Mass
St. Vincent de Paul

Friday, September 28th  | No Mass
St. Wenceslaus; St. Lawrence Ruiz

Saturday, September 29th
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, Archangels
4:30 Pier Giuseppe Sitoni by Angela Sacconaghi


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.


The War Inside

We’ve had a lot of war-history in recent years, – but James talks of another battlefield: wars of good and evil and conflicting desires within ourselves.  In every war there is the evil fighting in the souls of the generals. Same with ourselves — good things emerge to be done and we allow other less good take over – visit someone sick but there is a match;  help a neighbour but there’s a party; visit the parents and something else happens, go to Mass and the sun comes out and we go to the beach. Desires to control people, greed, sexual exploitation of young and not so young,  we know more from our own experience. Big time greed could have started with a fight over ice-cream at home, and somebody always getting their way at the expense of others.

Jesus’  saving love can help us bring out the best in ourselves. His cross is our peace – within ourselves and within nations.  This is the reconciliation Jesus promises from the cross…peace within us and peace among us.The apostles got into a row who is the greatest. They wanted  to follow Jesus but something else took over. Can we bring into ourselves the best of the child Jesus praises, and find God – the Father whom we trust, happy to rest in the regard he has for us,  with no need to worry about who is the greatest!

With every in-breath, breathe in God’s love and allow it fill your being.

Heart of God, heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you.

 – Donal Neary SJ


This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn for peace.


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


Open House at The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
Fifth and sixth grade girls considering enrolment at Sacred Heart – the only English Catholic all girls’ high school in Montreal – are invited to visit the school during Open House on Saturday, September 22nd from 12:30 pm to 4 pm or on Tuesday, October 2nd from 4 pm to 7 pm. 3635 Atwater Avenue. Faculty, alumnae & parents will be on hand to answer all your questions. Inquire about our generous Bursary Program. Parking available.
For more information : 514-937-2845 or

My Heart is Ready, O God (Psalm 57)
My heart is ready to spend time with Jesus in silence and prayer… You are invited to join us for a quiet day of prayer and reflection with facilitator Irene Miller on Friday September 28, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Ignatian Centre.  Eucharist at 11:30 A.M. Bring your own lunch (tea/coffee snacks provided).   Fee: $20.00 or free will donation.
For more information or to register, please contact the Centre at 514-481-1064 or

Giant Book Sale
Wednesday September 26th to Saturday September 29th
, 9am to 4pm. at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre (4567 West Broadway). A large selection of music scores of the great composers, treats of classics, older history books, best sellers, children’s books, hobbies, huge selection on religion, sports and almost every other subject awaits book lovers of all ages and tastes.
For more information contact the Centre at 514-481-1064 or visit