This Week

January 14th, 2018 | Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

IN OUR PARISH...

Christmas 2017 ~ A Thank you to all!

Christmas was celebrated in a festive spirit, and our services were well attended despite the frigid temperatures. I wish to thank all our parishioners for your presence and your continued support of the parish.

Many people were involved in the preparation of Christmas and also in the various services celebrated. I would like to express my gratitude to all who offered their time and talent- David Barrington for decorating the church and Sanctuary, our Lectors and Eucharistic ministers, our Choir and Cantors, our Ushers at each service,  the Altar servers, members of our Parish Staff  and the team who set up our outdoor crèche: Wilfrid deFreitas, Greg Dunning and Michael Gala.

Thank you to those who made an offering to purchase the flowers and decorations,  to  parishioners who so generously gave to the Mass of Concern appeal, and to the children from our Be My Disciples program who brought gifts to distribute to other less fortunate children.

I also express my gratitude to all of you who contributed to the various collections, and to those who sent greetings or goodies to me in the rectory. I promise to remember you in prayer and wish you many graces and blessings throughout the New Year.                                                                       

 – Father MacEachen


Weekly Donation Envelope Boxes
Parishioners are reminded that the 2018  boxes for weekly donations  are  available at the main entrance of the church.  Boxes are in alphabetical order.  Some of you will note that you have a different number on your box this year.  This is due to our computer system and our new printer-producer of the boxes. If you do not currently have a box for your donations, please contact the parish office and we will be pleased to organise one for you.
Thank you for your comprehension and faithful generosity.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Every year from January 18-25, Christians around the world are invited to celebrate a Week of Prayer for the unity of all Christians. The Theme for this year, prepared by an ecumenical team from the Caribbean is “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power”
(Exodus 15:6)-. the song of Moses and Miriam – a song of triumph over oppression . We are invited to reflect on scripture together, participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services and to share fellowship. In Montreal an Ecumenical Prayer Service organised by the Canadian Centre of Ecumenism will be held  Sunday January 21st at 3PM.at Union United Church ( 2007 Delisle St.)

Judaism: Sacred Spaces and Objects
A workshop led by Catherine Cherry will be held on Wednesday, January 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the parish hall  of St. Monica’s Parish (6405 Terrebonne).  An opportunity to get in touch with the Faith Tradition of our heritage – Judaism,  we will explore God’s loving and active presence in their Sacred Spaces and Objects.  For those who attend this presentation, a visit to a Synagogue will follow on Sunday afternoon, February 4.  For information and to register by January 21, contact Anna at (514) 481-0267 ext. 22 or anna.diodati@stmonica.ca

Winter Coat Project! Help International Students Survive the Cold!
The Newman Catholic Centre of McGill University is now accepting donations of clean, lightly-used warm winter coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and boots.  Donations can be dropped off at the centre , 3484 Peel Street, between 10:00am and  2:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. (Free parking for short periods of time in the Newman Parking lot for winter coat drop-off.) Please mark all bags clearly as “McGill Winter Coat Project” and drop them in the Newman lobby (basement entrance).
For more information email morsl@mcgill.ca.


“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 January 13th
St. Hilary
4:30 Emilia & Bolek Kmita, Janina & Jan Korwin-Szymanowski by the Family

Sunday January 14th
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
10:30 Kate and Ed Sampson by Ann & Louis Mallette

Monday January 15th   No Mass

Tuesday January 16th   No Mass

Wednesday January 17th   No Mass
St. Anthony, Abbot

Thursday January 18th   No Mass

Friday January 19th   No Mass

Saturday January 20th
St. Fabian; St. Sebastian
4:30 Anne and John Blizchuk by the Estate


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...

“Speak, for your servant is listening.”
With those few words Samuel humbles himself and declares his loyalty and obedience to God. There are perhaps for many of us challenges in those words. Initially Samuel responds “Here I am,” but thinks it was Eli who called him. The idea of being a servant and the willingness to serve are what may be trials for us in terms of how we live.

Samuel does not recognize the voice of the Lord. That, too, may be a problem for us. First we need to be listening. Are we, or are we merely going through the motions? Responding to God with “Here I am” is a magnificent way to react to God. It is not that God does not know where we are, but saying that can serve as a reminder to us that we are stewards, servants to Him, and it implies we are  prepared to hear what He wants us to do.

“Here I am” is said numerous times by those in the Old Testament including Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Isaiah, and by Ananias in the New Testament. When Jesus says, “Come follow me,” as He does to us, do we hear Him, and even more important do we respond and do we follow?

In order to do that properly we have to be prepared to serve Him and others. Thus, like Samuel, we need to listen, and then we need to serve. At a recent papal audience, Pope Francis said, “Love and charity are service, helping others, serving others. When you forget yourself and think of others, this is love!”

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SANCTUARY LAMP...

This week the Sanctuary lamp will burn in memory of
Teresita  Lopa
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...

St. Monica’s Parish: Video Divina
Fr. Lloyd’s film series looks at movies that courageously examine the multi-faceted experience of Love.  Join him  Friday, February 16, 2018 – 7:00 pm in the parish rectory (6405 Terrebonne, Mtl.) to view the movie Thérèse.  Free admission & popcorn, stimulating discussion to follow!
For information, contact Fr. Lloyd Baugh, S.J., at 514-481-0267 ext. 32 or lloyd.baugh@stmonica.ca.