This Week

March 17th, 2019 | Second Sunday of Lent

IN OUR PARISH...

Meal at Welcome Hall Mission
On Sunday March 31st, we will be providing and serving food for approximately 250 people less fortunate than us at the Welcome Hall Mission. We do this by pre-preparing a meal and dessert accompanied by soup, bread and juice. Next weekend we will be handing out pans & recipes. If you are unable to be here next weekend but would like to prepare a recipe, please contact Aletha Thompson at 514-482-5660. We also gladly accept cash donations to buy the other items.
In the past you responded so generously for our meals where we served over 250, that both the Welcome Hall staff and clients have been  most impressed and grateful.

Share Lent 2019  Week 2  
For this year’s Share Lent, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada and Pope Francis invite us to reach out and encounter migrants and refugees. This week share the journey with members of the Umuechem community in Nigeria. In 1990, a peaceful community in the south of Nigeria became the victim of what has been recognized as the first crime committed by an oil company. Traumatized by a massacre of unparalleled violence, a large majority of the members of this community fled to neighbouring communities, never to return home again. To make sure that their story is never forgotten and to combat impunity, Development and Peace’s partner Social Action is supporting the Umuechem community in their legal action against the oil company. Discover the story of people forced to flee their homes and ways for each one of us to act in solidarity with them: www.devp.org/lent.

A Selection of online Lent Resources 
These sources offer a wide variety of articles, activities, and other resources to aid you in your journey of spiritual renewal during Lent:

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.

Mass Intentions
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.


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).

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


“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.

  • 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, March 16th
4:30 Alex and Roy Myronick by Ron & Maureen

Sunday, March 17th
Second Sunday of Lent
10:30 Frank Baylis by his son Richard

Monday, March 18th
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
9:00 Terence James Finn by Patrick Finn

Tuesday, March 19th
St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Principal Patron Of Canada
9:00 The Doulton and D’Cruz Family Souls

Wednesday, March 20th
9:00 Hon. Frederick Collins & Mrs. Irene Collins by their family

Thursday, March 21st   |  No Mass

Friday, March 22nd
9:00 Fintin  and Derek O’Grady by Joyce MacNamara

Saturday, March 23rd
St. Turibius of Mogrovejo
4:30 For a Special Intention by Ron & Maureen
2:45 Children’s Gathering  & Family Mass


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...

In last week’s Gospel, we followed Jesus into the desert where He fasted and prayed. This week, He leads us up a mountain to witness His Transfiguration. Why both of these experiences? He is preparing us to go with Him in a few short weeks to a hilltop — Golgatha — where He will lay down His life for our sake, and then finally to take us to an empty cave where He triumphed over sin and death once and for all.

Jesus perfectly understands our humanity. He knows we need desert experiences — times of self-denial and testing — in order to arrive at mountain-top moments when we see and feel His glorious presence in our lives. The purpose of these two types of experiences is summed up in the description of the Apostles who were with Jesus at that mountain-top experience in today’s Gospel: “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory….”

The reason for all of our fasting and prayer and almsgiving during lent is to be reawakened to all God has done for humanity, and to all that He has done for each of us personally. It is all too easy to get lulled into complacency in our daily routines, to “sleepwalk” through life, getting up and getting ourselves out the door, going to work, returning home for dinner and dishes, meetings or sports activities, and finally flopping on the couch to watch TV until bedtime. While there is nothing inherently sinful in this routine, as Christian stewards, we are called to so much more!

This lent, let us train ourselves, or more precisely, allow Him to train us to say “Yes” to His will and to offer our lives back to Him in gratitude. In so doing, we, too, will become “transfigured.” This is what it means to live fully awake; this is a stewardship way of life and it is glorious indeed.

www.catholicsteward.com

SANCTUARY LAMP...

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

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...

Diocesan Lenten Mission 2019
Come join Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, Episcopal Vicar, and the members of his diocesan team as together we explore what it means to be missionary disciples: living out Jesus’ call to be holy, to bear witness, and to serve generously.  The Mission will include the screening of the film Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018) on Friday March 22nd 7:00pm, followed by 3 evening sessions Monday March 25 – Wednesday, March  27, 7 to 9 p.m., featuring elements of teaching, witness, praise, and worship.  Place: St. Monica’s Parish Hall (6405 de Terrebonne). All are welcome!
For more information or to register by March 19
th
contact Rita Maisonneuve (514-925-4300 ext. 229). 

Montreal Directed Retreats
Be refreshed in body, mind and spirit…
Silent directed weekend retreat at La Maison de Prière Notre-Dame (180 De Normandie Blvd., Longueuil). Friday evening, March 22nd  to Sunday afternoon.  Cost $150.
To register, or for more information,
call 514-626-9462 or 514-633-1172 or visit www.montrealretreats.org

Women’s Day Retreat  
will be held  
Wednesday,  March 20th 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. Pre-registration not required.
For more information: (514) 696-8188.