"Prepare our hearts 
and remove the sadness 
that hinders us from feeling 
the joy and hope 
which His presence 
will bestow."

Women's Prayer Group
All women are invited to an evening of prayer. The meeting will be Wednesday, December 19 at the FMM Sisters Residence (7841 Outremont Ave., Montreal, H3N 2M1). All women are welcome! For information please contact Sister Marianna at 514-271-7101.

Advent, Recollection, Prayer and Penitential Services
  • St. Veronica: Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
    (1300 Carson Ave., Dorval, H9S 1M6)
  • St. Kevin: Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.
    (5600 Côte-des-Neiges Rd., Montreal, H3T 1Z1)
  • Transfiguration of Our Lord: Sunday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
    (11775 Filion St. Montreal QC H4J 1T4)



Simbáng Gabi (Filipino for "Night Mass") is a devotional nine-day series of masses traditionally rooted in Filipino culture. These masses are held in anticipation of Christmas and to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary. All are welcome to the following celebrations (5600 Côte-des-Neiges Rd., Montreal, H3T 1Z1):

Saturday, December 15, 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 5 p.m.
Monday to Friday, December 17 to 21, 7 p.m. each evening
Saturday, December 22, 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 23, 5 p.m.

Fellowship follows after the Mass.

Contact the office at 514-733-5600 or


Light unveils the richness of the Notre-Dame Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty.

The experience begins with a path of lights, revealing the Basilica’s wealth of exquisite works. A progressive immersion into a sonically and visually captivating universe guides visitors to the heart of Notre-Dame.

Then, light, orchestral music and grandiose architecture combine to create a unique, three-act multimedia spectacle.

Allow yourself to be transported by AURA and discover an unexpected, stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable: the Notre-Dame Basilica.

More information, visit

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
110 Notre-Dame Street West
Montreal (Quebec) H2Y 1T2 

Click below to purchase tickets:


Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel: Les choralies 2018
"Christmas! A time to sing and celebrate!" See our programme schedule below:

Free Christmas concerts

1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. until December 23, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays

December 15 : Nevrenaissance
December 16 : Les petites voix du plateau
December 22 : Ensemble vocal Alternatim

December 23 : Jazz pop et talons hauts

You will be carried away by Christmas carols in the atmosphere of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel. Goodwill offering appreciated. Contact Carole Golding at 514-282-8670 ext. 245 or


St. Joseph's Oratory

Noël at the Oratory Concert Series
Every Sunday until December 30, 3:30 p.m. (3800 Queen Mary Rd., Montreal, H3V 1H6) with live projection on giant screen; donations gratefully accepted.

December 16: Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and Vincent Boucher, organ
December 23: The Story of the Nativity, with Jacques Boucher
December 30: Improvised Noël, with Jean-Michel Grondin, organ and Pierre Rancourt, barytone

Contact 514-733-8211 or


St. John Fisher Parish
Join us for an evening of music performed by the People's Gospel Choir on Sunday, December 16, 6 p.m. (120 Summerhill Ave. Pointe-Claire, H9R 2L7). Tickets are $20; $10 for youth. Contact Jennifer Pastor at 514-426-3892 or

Gesù Church welcomes you!
1200 Bleury St., Montreal, H3B 3J3

Sunday, December 16, 4 p.m.
Christmas concert and story-telling “Les Trois Messes Basses” with François Zeitouni, organist, and Jean-François Beauvais, actor.
Tickets: $26.50*

Sunday, December 23, 2 p.m.
Christmas show and concert 
Featuring the Symphonie Vocale de la Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de Montréal.
Tickets: $25*

Monday, December 24
Free Concert: 8:30 p.m. 
Solemn Mass: 9 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25
Christmas Day Mass: 10 a.m.
Christmas choir directed by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse; accompanied by François Zeitouni, organist.

For tickets, contact 514-861-4378 ext. 230. Spiritual ccompaniment and guided tours also available. Visit 

Communion and Liberation Choir
Their annual Christmas Concert will be held on Saturday, December 22, 7 p.m. at the Grand Seminary of Montreal (2065 Sherbrooke St. West,  H3H 1E3). Tickets are $20; $10 for students. All Proceeds will go to Notre-Dame de la rue, whose mission is outreach to the homeless in Montreal. Sponsored by La Fondation En Route and Le Centre culturel Conversations. Contact or purchase tickets below:



Catholic Action Montreal for Le Pont, a home for asylum seekers

Archbishop Christian Lépine's asylum seeker project, Le Pont, needs your help. As Jesus calls us to serve our neighbour, here is one way you can! Asylum seekers need assistance. Please consider htis as a personal, family or parish Christmas project. 

Collect these items to make lives more comfortable in our beautiful city. You may deliver your "gifts" directly to Le Pont (2700 Lacordaire, Montreal, H1N 2M6) or contact CAM at to arrange for pick-up.

Suggested items for donation:
  • Slippers and shoes for indoor use
  • Cooking pots, of all sizes
  • Shampoo and shower gel, preferably travel size
  • Diapers of all sizes
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrushes, preferably individually packaged
  • Toothpaste
  • Winter coats, of all sizes
  • Boots, of all sizes
  • Basically every winter item - they're very helpful!

St. Veronica Parish: Angel Tree Project and Food frive
Our Angel Tree will be up next week-end (1300 Carson Ave., Dorval, H9S 1M6). This provides the Christmas gifts to all members of the 18 families we are sponsoring. Our Food Collection of non-perishable items will take place the weekends of December 15-16. Contact the office for more details at 514-631-6381.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish: Sharing love with the homeless

To share the love, the warmth of our hearts, and our happiness and Franciscan spirit with homeless people, we are going to prepare some food to distribute in downtown Montreal. So please come and join us on Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (7755A Outremont Ave., Montreal, H3N 2M1). Don’t forget to invite your friends.
Please confirm your participation (RSVP) on our Facebook event page: 

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  - Matthew 25: 40

Corpus Christi Parish: Christmas Food Baskets
The Corpus Christi Pantry is collecting food items for families or individuals in our parish. The baskets will be assembled Sunday, December 16 after 10 a.m. mass in the church hall by everyone wishing to participate (16 Pacific Ave., Senneville, H9X 1A3). Please pick up a reminder list of needed items on the back pews by the church entrances. We are also looking for cash donations to purchase grocery store gift vouchers. Contact the office at or 514-457-3896.

St. Richard Parish: Giving Tree and Food Drive
Annual Giving Tree: Be it Your Wish… to put a smile on a child's face this Christmas. You may donate any or all of the following… toys, scarves, mittens, gloves and hats which will be delivered to a needy organization. Place your gifts on and under the Christmas tree after mass (7070 Guelph Rd., Côte-St-Luc, H4W 1G9). Reach out, to Share and Care for those less fortunate. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Our Annual Christmas Food Drive for the poor will continue until the Third Sunday of Advent, December 16. With each passing day, the food banks need more and more food for the needy. As generously done in the past years, WE at St. Richards Parish with YOUR help, hope to hand over a big basket of non-perishable food items to our sister parish St. Monica’s food bank for the needy at Christmas. Your financial support, is also always appreciated. Thank You in advance for your donation! Contact the office at 514-488-0778 or

St. Luke Parish: Christmas Baskets
Once again this year, St. Luke’s will be providing Christmas baskets for those who are struggling financially. In collaboration with the West Island Assistance Fund, and with your help, we hope to provide boxes of groceries and gifts for more than 30 families this year! If you would like to contribute, please pick up a few slips of paper from the baskets on the altar rail before or after mass. There will be a box in the hall in which you can drop off these items before or after any mass. If you are bringing an item that needs to be refrigerated or frozen, especially a turkey, please let someone at the parish know so that we can properly freeze of refrigerate the item. We do ask that all items are brought to the church by the evening of December 14 (106A Anselme-Lavigne St., DDO, H9A 1N8) as we will be packaging the baskets that afternoon. The Christmas baskets will be prepared on Saturday, December 15. The following day, we will be delivering the baskets. Thank you once again for your generous support! Contact the office at 514-684-6488 or,

St. Willibrord Parish: Christmas Baskets
Read this before running your errands! You are needed to pull off another Christmas miracle for about 200 families in Verdun and surrounding area! Non-perishable food, volunteers, and donations are needed. 

Online donations (for purchase of fresh food) can be made here: 

Click below to find out more about our Christmas Basket Project on our Facebook Page! 

  • Non-perishables: Drop-off Day for donations is Dec. 15 (325 Rue Willibrord, Verdun, H4G 2T7)
  • Family volunteering: Dec. 15 and 16, Dec. 17-20
  • Volunteers for Delivery Day is Dec. 21
For more info, contact AJ at  

St. Brendan and St. Aloysius Parishes:
S.H.A.R.E.'s Adopt-a-Child and Christmas Basket Campaign
S.H.A.R.E. (Spreading Hope and Reaching Everyone) has launched its food and gift drive to help up to 200 families including 400 children in need throughout East end Montreal this Christmas season. Non-perishable food items will be collected in the coming weeks following weekend Masses at both St. Brendan Parish (3542 Rosemont Blvd., Montreal) and St. Aloysius Parish (7901 Ste-Claire St., Montreal). Items may be dropped off at St. Brendan: Saturdays, 5 p.m. Mass and Sundays, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses; or at St. Aloysius: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Mass. In addition, if you are interested in spreading Christmas cheer and would like to volunteer your time contact Barbara to sign up.  See schedule and contact info below:
Thursday, December 20 
  • 8 a.m. - Pickup of Food donations from local schools,
    departure from parking lot (3542 Rosemont Blvd., Montreal, H1X 1K8
  • 4 p.m. - Checking of expiry dates, St. Brendan parish hall            
    (5740 15th Ave., Montreal, H1X 2V2, corner Rosemont)
  • 7 p.m. - Sorting of food, St. Brendan parish hall 
Friday, December 21
  • 9 a.m. – Packing of food baskets, St. Brendan parish hall  
Saturday, December 22
  • Noon (12:00 p.m.) – Delivery of baskets, St. Brendan parish hall
Please contact Barbara at or the office at 514-376-4537 with your availability.
Saturday, December 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.(351 Willibrord Ave., Verdun, H4G 2T7). Contact us at 514-769-9678.

The Knights of Columbus St. Brendan’s Council 14693 will be having its second Community Breakfast on Sunday, December 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in St. Brendan parish hall (5740 15e Ave., Montreal, H1X 2V2). The morning includes breakfast with Santa and entertainment for the children. Again all profits are going to the St. Brendan’s Food Bank. Breakfast will be served buffet-style between 8:00 – 11:00 am. On the menu: scrambled eggs, pancakes, maple syrup, sausage, bacon, toast, beans, fruits, coffee, orange juice and apple juice. Cost: children 12 and under are free; 13 and over is $10. Tickets will be available after the weekend masses. For more info, please contact Paolo at


The Pope’s request, “The entire people of God must take up the responsibility of missionary work!”

Archbishop Lépine has stated: “This Mission is to be of service to humanity and to build up a Church that is also at the service of humanity.”

Jesus invites us to participate, and Catholic Action Montreal can help YOU participate!

Call Judy Wong at (514) 335-2538 to learn more about sharing our gifts to help serve our neighbour;  visit the CAM website and read CAM's latest newsletter or Email Judy at

Join our expertise pool or let us help you! We’re here for community groups, parishioners, and our neighbours in need.

We visit, listen, and help you assess, and come up with a plan to help achieve your objectives.


Healing Prayer Services are offered every third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). Our evening includes Eucharistic Adoration, prayerful music, scripture, and reflection. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered and Prayer Teams are available and happy to meet with you. Join us at our next service on December 17. Contact: Elsa Rivera at All are welcome. 


Join Fr. Claude Paradis, founder of Notre-Dame de la rue, in celebrating outdoor mass with the homeless of Montreal on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2 p.m. just outside of Place d'armes Metro station (920 St-Urbain St., Montreal, H2Z 1K4). To find out more about Notre-Dame de la rue or to donate, contact



Come celebrate the end of 2018 with us… join us for our New Years’ Eve party on Monday, December 31, 6 p.m. (7070 Guelph Rd.,Côte-St-Luc, H4W 1G9)

Buffet dinner menu
Appetizer and dessert platters at each table
Champagne and party favors on each table at midnight
Midnight snacks

Entertainment provided by DJ Franco and his team.
The big 50/50 winners will be drawn.

Tickets: Adults-100$, kids 12 and under 40$, 2 and under free.

Contact the office at 514-488-0778 or


Usher in the New Year with family and friends at the St. Thomas à Becket's Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance on Monday, December 31, 6:30 p.m. (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). Hosted by the Becket Social Club. Enjoy a gourmet meal, catered by La Maison Verte, great music and dancing. Tickets available until Dec. 20 and are $40/person. Meal choice can be ordered at time of ticket purchase. For ages 13 and older. BYOBeverage. 

Contact the office at 514-626-4111 or

Do you believe God may be calling you to possibly serve as a Lay Dominican? Intrigued and want to find out more? Please join us on Saturday, January 19, 3 p.m. (2715 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Rd., Montreal, H3T 1B6) for an afternoon information session where we will explore what being a Lay Dominican means.  Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Wendy at 438-883-1800 for any inquiries.


Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem… 
Walk in the footsteps of Christ!

Once again Mission Jeunesse – YM, in collaboration with Spiritours, is organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for young adults from June 26 to July 8, 2019 accompanied by Archbishop Christian Lépine! You will never listen nor read the Word of God in the same way!

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is meant to foster personal spiritual growth. 

This itinerary explores our Christian identity and mission by visiting the places sanctified by the presence of Jesus of Nazareth. Biblical readings and meditations at each Holy Place will make Holy Scripture come alive and help us to explore and deepen our understanding of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.  This is an opportunity for young adults to walk where God walked on earth, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in hopes of increasing our determination and courage to be more conformed to HIM and live more confidently as disciples in the world today.
Pilgrim profile: 
•    Young adults (18-35 years old) desiring to deepen their Christian identity.
•    Young adults wishing walk in the footsteps of Christ.
•    Young adults looking to discover the will of God in their lives and looking for the answer to the question “What is my calling?  What is my mission?”
•   Young adults who wish to live life to its full, and to fully live the proposed experience.
•   For young adults looking to deepen their past World Youth Day pilgrimage experience.
•   Young adults who wish to engage in regular prayer time, attend mass daily and are looking for fraternal sharing.  



Latin (Wednesdays) and Ancient Greek (Mondays) courses offered by La Fondation Humanitas at Loyola High School (7272 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, H4B 1R2)  starting in January 2019.
Evenings (6:30-9:30) every two weeks, Cost is $120. for 24-hour session (no classes during first two weeks in March). Beginners and Advanced levels. Information at

Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Meteora, Corinth, Ephesus,
Rhodes, Crete, Santorini.
May 21 – 31, 2019  
11 Days

Under the Spiritual direction of Fr. Joy Abraham, O. Carm of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Laval, Québec.
Coordinator: Darryl Romeo, Home: 905-567-3656

Departure from Toronto:
  • With a total of 15 People: CAD $3,999.00 per person. (Air, taxes and surcharges included)
  • With a total of 20+ People: CAD $3,869.00 per person. (Air, taxes and surcharges included)
Departure from Montreal:
  • With a total of 15 People: CAD $4,019.00 per person. (Air, taxes and surcharges included)
  • With a total of 20+ People: CAD $3,889.00 per person. (Air, taxes and surcharges included)
Travel arrangements by International Heritage Tours, 7117 Bathhurst St., Suite 200, Thornhill ON L4J 2J6, (416) 444-6666.
For full itinerary and to register, visit

"Be strong, be courageous, all you who hope in the Lord."
- Psalm 31:24

Did you know that when you donate to the Pillars Trust Fund online at

you will immediately receive a receipt for your donation? 

Whichever way you choose to financially support the Pillars Trust Fund (online, by mail or by phone), know that you are supporting Catholic activities, services and programs deemed essential by members of our English-language Catholic community. 

Pillars' Advent message:
"Dear Friend, 

As we prepare for the birth of our Lord in this blessed season of Advent, please give to “Catholic Strong”, the 46th annual fundraising campaign of the Pillars Trust. If you’ve already given, “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts.

Why give to Pillars Trust? Because we are the sole fundraising organization for the 34 English- language Roman Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Montreal and we are on fire for Christ. Everything we do, every cause we support, every dollar of your donation is aimed at growing the grassroots church in English-speaking Montreal and turning believers into disciples. In short, making our community 'Catholic Strong'." ...
Read more from Pillars' Advent letter here.

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