This Week

September 24, 2017 | Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


“Be My Disciples” 2017-18 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 are still available at the back of the church or can be obtained by contacting the parish office however must be completed by September 28.  An important Parents’ Meeting will be held on Thursday September 28th at 7PM in the Parish Room.
For any additional information regarding the program, please contact Linda Wiltshire, Pastoral Associate
by email:
or by phone:  514-932-3131 (Mondays & Thursdays)

Parish Choir  
The choir of Ascension Parish is seeking new members. We provide music for Sunday Mass and rehearse Thursday nights. Ability to read music would be an advantage, however is not necessary! If you have an appreciation of the rich liturgical music of the Catholic 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:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food” (Matthew 25:35)
Did you remember the invitation last week to begin a new tradition in our parish and support the hungry on a more continuous basis?  We are challenged to bring 1 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. To help you, there is 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 23rd
St. Pius of Pietrelcina ( Padre Pio)
4:30 Gabor and Louise deHeinrich by MaryLou and Antonio Sacconaghi

Sunday, September 24th
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:30 Kate and Ed Sampson by the Mallettes

Monday, September 25th No Mass
St. Cosmas & St. Damian
9:00 Ann and John Blizchuk by the Estate

Tuesday, September 26th
St. John Brébeuf, St. Isaac Jogues and Companions
9:00 Mary and Edward Cross by the Estate

Wednesday, September 27th
St. Vincent de Paul
9:00 Mary and Edward Cross by the Estate

Thursday, September 28th No Mass
St. Wenceslaus. St Lawrence Ruiz & Companions

Friday, September 29th
St. Michael, St. Gabriel & St. Raphael, Archangels
9:00 Mary and Edward Cross by the Estate

Saturday, September 30th
St. Jerome
4:30 Barbara Ballantyne by Michael Ballantyne


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.


In our First Reading from the Book of Isaiah, God reminds us that He does not think in the same way that we do. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts.” That is quite clear in our Gospel today from Matthew, which relates the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.

In the Gospel parable, God (who is represented by the landowner ) does something which from our human perspective may seem unfair and unjust. What we must keep in mind is that the landowner did not treat anyone unfairly. He may have seemed more generous to some than to others, but again that is from our perspective.

We can be absolutely certain that God will never be unfair to us. The Lord may bestow greater blessings on others, some of whom again from our perspective may seem less deserving. God is a righteous God. Through stewardship we acknowledge that everything comes to us from God. All our blessings may seem to be more or less than we deserve, but if we are grateful for what we have and what we are, we will then recognize God’s generosity and His grace.

The important thing to us should not be and cannot be whether we are first or last. What is central is that we are part of the Kingdom of God. That should be sufficient for us. We get into trouble when we conclude that God should think the way we do.


This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn for peace.


MONDAY   6:00 PM
Christian Meditation in the Church
For Information call 514-931-5536

Choir Practice in the Choir Room



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


Pastoral Home Care (SASMAD) Visitors Listeners wanted!
Are you a good listener with a concern for those who are ill, isolated or elderly? We are currently looking for volunteers to visit persons who are unable to connect to the community due to immobility or illness. Visits would take place in the person’s home or senior’s residence and can be arranged according to your own schedule. Formation will take place Friday, October 20 (7-9pm) & Saturday, October 21 (9am-2pm) and Friday, November 3 (7-9pm) & Saturday, November 4 (9am-2pm.) at St. Monica’s Parish. Basic skills of listening and spiritual accompaniment will be explored.
If interested, please contact Cathie Macaulay at 514-925-4354;
or email

St. Monica’s Parish Contemplative Prayer Group
The prayer group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the parish rectory (6405 Terrebonne, Mtl.,  beginning on September 26.  We listen to a half-hour talk on the spiritual journey, and then meditate together for up to half an hour. Please join us!
For information, please contact Audrey Booth at (514) 481-0267.

Giant Book Sale Fundraiser Ignatian Spirituality Centre
Wednesday  September 27th to Saturday September 30th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, 4567 West Broadway, NDG, just north of Sherbrooke. Literally thousands of books to choose from! Treats of classics, historical texts, sports, religion, best-sellers, new children’s books, and maybe that out of print older book. Come by and Buy!