This Week

May 19th, 2019 | Fifth Sunday of Easter


Ascension of Our Lord

Capital Campaign Launch  
“Since the laying of (our) cornerstone in 1927, Ascension of Our Lord Parish has stood as a cherished jewel in the crown of Westmount’s English-speaking Catholic community, and in the broader community at large as well. Today in light of the various repairs, refurbishments and upgrades required, a significant investment is needed to ensure that our church can continue to serve parishioners for many years to come.” (Fr. MacEachen)
By now you will have already received an invitation to join us next Sunday, May 26th 11:15-12pm as we launch this Capital Campaign.  Please remember to RSVP by this Tuesday, May 21st either by phone, 514-932-3131 or email  Thank you.

Sacrament of Confirmation
All parishioners are invited to  a special Mass and celebration of Confirmation  Saturday, June 1st at 2pm..  That afternoon we will welcome among us Father Raymond Lafontaine, Episcopal Vicar for the English-speaking faithful of our Diocese, who will confer the sacrament of Confirmation upon 25 young people.  As a parish community let us pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire them to live lives overflowing with goodness and grace.

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.

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)


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, May 18th
St. John I, pope
4:30 In Thanksgiving on their Wedding Anniversary, MaryLou & Antonio Sacconaghi

Sunday, May 19th
Fifth Sunday of Easter
10:30 Giovanni Zanuttigh by the Cefis-Sunnberg Family

Monday, May 20th
St. Bernardine of Siena, priest
9:00 Henry Keyserlingk by Angela Sacconaghi

Tuesday, May 21st
St. Eugène de Mazenod
St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions
9:00 Dr. Walid Hindo by Nabil Bachour

Wednesday, May 22nd
St. Rita of Cascia
9:00 Hon. Frederick Collins & Mrs. Irene Collins by their family

Thursday, May 23rd | No Mass

Friday, May 24th
Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau
9:00 Suzanne Majani by Frances de Verteuil

Saturday, May 25th
Blessed Bede the Venerable
St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi
4:30 Evelyn O’Driscoll by Denis, Loretto & Gillian O’Driscoll


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 glory of God in St John’s gospel is another word for his love.
We have types of love, and for most of us we find it in our lasting friendships, our spouses, our partners, our family – those without whom life would be so much the poorer.
Real love transforms. Opens the heart more and more. We get out of ourselves in real love – caring, forgiving, getting over things. In all sincere and outgoing love between any two people, God is present. Love brings God alive in us. Not the love that is in name only and uses each other. But love that sees the other as more important than myself.
We say, ‘love made him’. Parents say –‘ I hope they find friends who will bring the best out of each other’. Mauriac writes- “To love someone is to see a miracle invisible to others.” The example of Jesus can help us at times when it can be hard to see goodness even in those we love.
Real love heals. Only love makes the best out of the worst. In concentration camps the survivors were often those who had love to remember or go back to. Even when things go very badly in life, the forgiveness of love can help us move forward.
        Lord, help me to be truly grateful for love in my life.

Doral Neary S.J.


This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn in memory of
Aurora Castillo
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


Development and Peace – Caritas Canada Share the Journey walk
A “Share the Journey walk” will take place  next Saturday, May 25 at 10:00 am covering  3.1 km from St. Monica’s parish (6405, rue de Terrebonne)  to St. Malachy’s Parish. We hope that many of you will join us to walk in solidarity with the 68.5 million children, women, and men who have been forced to flee their homes. Every step will send a clear message to the Canadian government that it must do more to  end forced migration.
For more info contact Kim Gottfried Piché at 514 931-7311, ext. 205.
To find out about other ways you can act in solidarity with forced migrants, please go to

Montreal Directed Retreats
Enjoy a quiet weekend in peaceful surroundings… Silent directed weekend retreat at Cistercian Abbey in Rougemont. Friday evening, May 24th to Sunday afternoon.
Cost $175. To register, or for more info,
call 514-626-9462, 514-633-1172 or

Patronal Feast Day
Join Archbishop Christian Lépine on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed  Virgin Mary for the celebration of our diocesan patronal feast day Friday, May 31, 7:30pm at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. We will honour the ‘Visitation initiatives, as experienced today in our Church: 50 years of activity of the Supérieur(e)s Majeur(e)s of Montreal 25 years of district involvement of the Social Action Ministry, 5 years of support from Notre-Dame-de-la-rue and the involvement of the many others who also contribute by spreading the Good News in our districts. This will be an opportunity to remember that we are all called to eagerly follow Mary on her path in order to meet others.