This Week

November 12, 2017 | Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

IN OUR PARISH...

The  Book of Remembrance
is available throughout the month of November  at the back of the church.  You are invited to inscribe in it the names of all family and friends whom you would like remembered in prayer by our parish community during this month.

Coffee Sunday
Next Sunday, November 19th you are invited to join your fellow parishioners for coffee and cookies following 10:30 Mass. On this Sunday we will also welcome  our  Syrian family, Hola, Jessica & Christa to join us  so we can become better acquainted with them and learn of their adaptations to life in  Montreal.

Ascension Choir Christmas Concert
The members of  our Parish Choir would like to invite all parishioners to join us for an afternoon concert featuring choral music for the Christmas season, under the direction of our Music Director, David Szanto. The concert will take place on Sunday, December 3rd, at 3:00pm in the church.  A reception will follow the concert. Proceeds from the concert will go towards helping cover the cost of refurbishing our beautiful Casavant organ.

Election of Wardens
On Sunday December 10th immediately following the 10:30 Mass a meeting of all parishioners will be held in the Parish Room for the purpose of electing two wardens to replace the two who are completing their term of office on December 31, 2017. Any parishioner, 18 years of age, who lives within the parish boundaries, can be nominated to serve as a warden.  The term of office is 3 years, and can be renewed once. The role of the warden is to assist the Pastor in managing the financial and temporal affairs of the parish. If you would like to submit your name to serve our parish in this way please speak with Fr. MacEachen. Nominations will be received up until the meeting for the election.

Sunday Missals 2018
are available for sale at the back of the church. The cost is $5 each. As we have a limited supply, you are encouraged to purchase your copy as soon as possible and  write your name in your book.


“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)

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, November 11th
Remembrance Day
St. Martin of Tours
4:30 Deceased members of the Rogers & Crosbie Families by Twink & Tom Rogers

Sunday, November 12th
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
10:30 Fr. John E. O’Brien, SJ by the Taddeo Family

Monday, November 13th
9:00 Jonie Devenish by Frances De Verteuil

Tuesday, November 14th
9:00 Anne and John Blizchuk by the Estate

Wednesday, November 15th
St. Albert the Great
9:00 Hon. Frederick Collins & Mrs. Irene Collins by their Family

Thursday, November 16th No Mass
St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Gertrude

Friday, November 17th
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
9:00 Anne & John Blizchuk by the Estate

Saturday, November 18th
Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter & St. Paul
4:30 Anna and Giuseppe Romano by Christina Maurizio


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...

The lamp is the light of love and hope, and at its centre is the light of Christ. The light is given to us in many ways in our lives – it shines within as an eternal joy, and outwards to many others. Jesus often advises, ‘keep your lamps burning’ and ‘Let you lights shine.

Like when the bulb goes out when the electricity fails, the lamp can go out without oil. The people of the gospel felt foolish that they had not brought oil with them to light their way. The oil is prayer and our relationship with Jesus. This is the essence of the Christian life. Our Christian life is following a real, loving person: it is an invitation to get to know Jesus, and to find ourselves drawn from our hearts to follow him. Without this living relationship with Christ, words sound empty. We sometimes hear someone speaking of their Christian faith and cannot help wondering if it comes from the inside or is just a list of things to be believed and read.

Ignatius of Loyola’s famous prayer is the prayer of the follower of Jesus; ‘Lord, teach me to know you more, love you more and serve you more faithfully in my life.’ (Spiritual Exercises). The more indicates that this is never a finished product: like love and friendship it grows in our lives. It is exciting that Jesus is never gone from us: risen from the dead he is always alive, always new. Our reading of the gospel, our sharing at Mass and the sacraments and our personal prayer keep this relationship always alive, always new.   

Donal Neary SJ   

SANCTUARY LAMP...

This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn for peace.

ACTIVITIES...

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

THURSDAY   7:30 PM
Choir Practice in the Choir Room

 

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...

Faith Enrichment Conference 2017
Bishop Alain Faubert &  our Episcopal Vicar,  Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, will be guest speakers at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral Friday, November 17, 7 p.m., the official bilingual opening of the Conference. English workshops held  Saturday, November 18 at Loyola High School (7272 Sherbrooke St. W.). The conference, based on The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, calls us to remain joyful in our mission as we “Go- make disciples of all nations”. All are welcome!

Loyola High School’s 48th Annual Mothers’ Guild Wine and Cheese Fundraiser.
Loyola High School’s social event of the year is just a few weeks away! Sunday November 26th 2-5pmPlease join us for games, silent auction, our famous Balloon Pop, wonderful food, beverages and more! Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.loyola.ca 2477 West Broadway  Adults Only, Admission $25. All proceeds benefit the Loyola High School Bursary Fund.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Mothers’ Guild at mothersguild@loyola.ca

Christmas Fair – Father Dowd Home
Will be held at the Home, 6565 Hudson Road, Cote-des-Neiges (behind Kent Park),  Saturday, November 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Bake Table, Knitted Goods, Christmas Table, 50/50, Books, Toys, Jewelry, White Elephant and  Tea Room with sandwiches and desserts.  Hope to see many of you there.  ALL proceeds go to the purchase of Christmas presents for the residents.

Symphony for the Bell
A concert benefitting “The Bell Fund”, which provides Comfort Kits to every newly diagnosed cancer patient at the MUHC, Sunday, November 19th 4:00 pm at The Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul (3415 Redpath St.) featuring a special performance by I Medici di McGill  Orchestra and cellist Stéphane Tétreault. Tickets available at the door  or can be purchased online at www.cedars.ca Cost: General Admission $30.00, Student $10.00  Patron (reserved seating) $90.00 Donor (reserved seating, post-concert reception) $150.00
For information: Please contact us at 514-656-6662.