St. Thomas à Becket Parish
4320 Ste. Anne, Pierrefonds, Quebec H9H 4Y7Office: 514-626-4111Email:

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  • February 12, 2024
    • Shrove Tuesday pancake supper is back. Tickets at the door.
    • Wednesday, February 14: Ash Wednesday Masses at 8:30 a.m. (livestreamed), 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Brant Pitre explains the Biblical roots of Ash Wednesday: Fascinating!
    • Our Lenten parish mission, held this year at St. Luke’s: Monday evenings, February 19, 26, March 4. Watch the invitation by Fr. Kelly.
    • Friday, February 16: Join the Global Rosary for World Peace on Friday this week.
    • Other Lent-related resources. There’s something for everyone, so there’s no excuse not to grow spiritually this Lent.
    • Reactions to the recent allegations against Cardinal Cyprien Lacroix. Archbishop of Quebec. Some of the links are in French, but Google Translate does a pretty good job.
    • Watch on TV or online this week: Salt+Light Catholic media and on EWTN Global Catholic Network.
    • Hand sanitizer and masks are offered as people arrive at church, but they are not required. We will maintain the mask-required sections for those who wish to wear them, and those distributing Communion will continue to wear masks. We note that large numbers of our parishioners are choosing to continue wearing masks. There is absolutely no pressure on anyone who chooses otherwise, but please respect the mask-and distancing-required sections of the church.

      Saturdays: 4:30 pm
      Sundays: at 9:00 and 11:00 am (livestreamed)
      Monday to Friday: 8:30 am

      Holy Rosary (Mon, Wed. Thurs.), 9:00 am
      Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Tuesdays), 9:00 am
      Eucharistic Holy Hour (Fridays), 9:00 - 10:00am (1st Fridays until 3pm).


  • February 5, 2024
    • Heads up: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day this year. What to do? Here are some ideas. Take heart: the only time this will happen again in this century is in 2029.
    • Join our Lenten online video program, “Forgiven”. Learn about the incredible mercy that God offers us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation; explore God’s revelation of His merciful love in Scripture, and how this pattern of our loving Father forgiving the sins of His children provides the foundation of the Sacrament. Learn what really goes on in Confession, the relief and freedom it can bring you. Register here. It’s free but will enrich you.
    • Benny Augustine, who assists at the altar at our weekday Masses, will be ordained permanent deacon at St. Edmund of Canterbury Church next Friday, February 16. Our most sincere congratulations and prayers for his ministry.

  • January 29, 2024
    • Bishop Barron explains how to become a person of love and how to be spiritually great by practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
    • The current needs of the Ukrainian refugees are shampoo, conditioner, adult toothbrushes, shaving cream and men's and women's deodorant. Travel sizes are best, but all donations are great appreciated. You can drop them at church weekday mornings and around Mass times on the weekend.
    • This is the final week to sign up for this year's Marriage Jubilee on February 9-10. Couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (multiples of five) are eligible to register. We are also looking for two young people to help serve the dinner. Great for community service hours. For more information, please call Rina 514-915-7586.
    • Food for thought in this article by local journalist Anna Farrow, former Executive Director of the English-Speaking Catholic Council.
    • A couple in Côte Saint-Luc (former Becket parishioners) is seeking weekend nursing care. Contact Robert (514) 704-7652.

  • January 22, 2024
    • Join us and other local Christian churches for this year’s West Island service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Sunday, January 28, 2024, 4:00pm, First Christian Reformed Church, 52 rue Joseph Paiement, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9A 1J1, followed by an optional supper at Chateau Kabab.

  • January 15, 2024
    • Did you ever wonder why Catholics don't scatter their ashes?
    • The Parish Bereavement Group meets this week, Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 pm, Cahill Hall (enter by the office door). It’s for those who have recently (or not recently) lost a loved one. Led by experienced grief guide William Curran.
    • Inspiring story of Sister Monique Bourget, who attends St. Thomas à Becket when visiting her mother, Denise, our regular weekday parishioner.
    • Local resources and other information are available on on the diocesan website . Click here to find out how you can support the mission of the Church in Montreal. International Church news can be found here.

  • January 8, 2024
    • Did you know? The archdiocese has a guide to many community services. It’s worth checking out. And Canada now has a standard suicide help number: Dial 988
    • Why do Catholics call priests “Father”? Or watch this video.

  • January 1, 2024
    • Today is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Find out what that means.
    • Read the powerful Christmas message from Jerusalem.
    • Youssef Ghafari’s photos of the 4:00 Christmas Eve Mass.

  • December 26, 2023
    • Archbishop Christian Lépine’s Christmas message.
    • Our Young Adults group had a great Christmas event last week with Eucharistic adoration, games and a delicious potluck supper.
    • If you missed last week’s benefit concert at the seminary, you can watch it here.
    • Fr. Mike Schmitz’s Bible in a Year podcast is relaunching on January 1.

  • December 18, 2023

  • December 11, 2023
    • Fr. Peter's Christmas card.
    • Margaret Caine, Executive Director of Catholic Action Montreal, sent us photos of several Ukrainian refugees with some of your donated items. The Ukrainian ladies who run the daycare at the refugee centre are also hoping to gather some new or good condition toys for the children, ages 4-10, to put around their tree next week. If you can help, please drop them off this week or bring them to Mass on the weekend.
    • Tomorrow, December 12, is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and of unborn children. It is worth finding 20 minutes to watch this absolutely amazing video about her and the miraculous garment associated with her apparition in Mexico 500 years ago.
    • Many thanks to the Social Club members who donated and installed this railing on the back steps of the rectory which can get pretty slippery in the winter.

  • December 4, 2023
    • This year’s Christmas Mass schedule.
    • Here’s a concise refresher on the meaning of Advent, the candles, the wreaths, etc., and some great Advent resources.
    • Did you ever wonder the best way to explain Santa to children?
    • Many thanks to the half-dozen men who spent hours last Thursday clearing the leaves off the church property—great timing before the snowfall. Some of the same men and other Knights of Columbus and parish volunteers put on a flawless Christmas brunch yesterday, at which we connected with both old and new friends.

  • November 27, 2023
    • Archbishop Lépine and other Montreal faith leaders have written an open letter of unity. The Assembly of Quebec Bishops recently issued this document in French (with an unofficial translation).
    • Congratulations to our new parish wardens, Eric Chevrier and Robert Boulé, elected at the Meeting of Parishioners yesterday. There will be more information about them in the next bulletin on December 10.
    • Our weekday caretaker, Roshan, is off sick for a couple of weeks, and we are recruiting volunteers to help rake/blow the leaves on the church property. Joe Ojeda is organizing a brigade for Thursday morning. If you are able to contribute an hour or two, please contact him at (514) 941-7914 or joeojeda@videotron.ca
    • One young Canadian woman’s fight for a culture of life.
    • Upcoming concert at the Bon-Secours chapel in Old Montreal in support of the Ministry to Seafarers.

  • November 20, 2023

  • November 13, 2023
    • Join Dr. Paul Saba and others to support those with mental health problems now threatened with Medical Aid in Dying. Learn more about it here. But what’s wrong with euthanasia anyway?
    • In these times of rising anti-Semitism, Catholics need to take a stand in fidelity to our Jewish saviour. Learn more here.
      Learn about Pope St. John Paul II’s untiring work to reconcile Catholics and Jews.
    • Have you ever wondered where the homeless wash their clothes? Pope Francis has.
    • Receive free inspirational quotes and the Mass readings from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in you inbox every day. Sign up here.

  • November 6, 2023
    • Find out how you can help Caritas Canada assist the civilians of Gaza.
    • Current Ukrainian refugee needs: Children's winter clothing, any toiletries, especially shampoo/conditioner, deodorant and body wash.
    • Advent begins in three weeks. Here’s a great learning gift for all, a nativity scene Advent calendar jigsaw puzzle.
    • What is the Word on Fire Institute?
    • The Catholic Women’s League presented another successful Arts & Crafts Fair last month. Here is their scrapbook.
    • We know about the first pope, St. Peter, and the current one, Pope Francis. What about all the ones in between? Sign up to receive a free daily brief note about one pope or another.

  • October 30, 2023
    • November & December: retreats at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, just minutes from the parish on Gouin Blvd. W.
    • Whatever happened to our church lighting project? The money is in the bank and the project is still very much in the works, but there are just a lot of moving parts of the project to coordinate. Once the work begins, it will go quickly.
    • What is the Catholic Church’s view on suicide, an increasingly important cause of death, especially among the younger population.
    • Talitha Cere spoke beautifully at our weekend Masses about the work of Momentum, a ministry for single mothers. Find out more on their website and sign up for their podcasts.
    • In a world full of bad news, here’s a song of hope.

  • October 23, 2023
    • Tuesday, October 24 @ 7pm via Zoom: Episode 1 of the amazing and powerful 7-part video series, “The Search”. Register here.
    • Tuesday, October 24: Zoom Lecture series on supporting women and families through pregnancy and after.
    • Saturday morning, October 28, from 7:30 - 9:00, in Cahill Hall: New parish men’s group. All adult men are invited to join us for a time of fraternity, prayer and discussion (coffee & muffins provided). Come & See. No cost, no obligation. What is a men’s group? A group of ordinary men who are committed and intentional about building genuine friendships with one another and living their faith together.
    • Saturday, October 28 / Sunday, October 29: Talitha Cere will speak very briefly after Mass on Momentum, the inspiring community for every kind of single mother—widowed, separated, divorced, never married. If you know anyone like that, why not invite them to join you at Mass this weekend?
    • Sunday, October 29 at 5:00: Diocesan Mass for peace in the Holy Land
    • Update on Ukrainian refugee needs. Please drop off your donations in the church Narthex Sunday to Friday mornings.
      • Shampoo (only 300-500ml max)
      • Deodorant
      • Razors
      • Bar soap (only bars)
      • Toothpaste (travel size)
      • Plastic cups
      • Baby clothes for 3 pregnant women
      • Winter clothes

  • October 16, 2023
    • Tuesday, October 17 @ 9:00: Cardinal Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has requested a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Holy Land. In light of this, we will offer a morning of Eucharistic adoration following the 8:30 Mass, concluding at noon. If you can’t come to church, take some time at home or work or in the car to say part of the Rosary or another prayer. Even your children can fast a little from a dessert or a video game as a sacrifice for the children suffering in this conflict. Cardinal Pizzabella has today offered to exchange himself for Israeli children taken hostage by Hamas and held in Gaza. You might want to read this thoughtful article about “normal hatred”.
    • Fear and fearlessness: Biblical contradiction? Find out here.

  • October 9, 2023
    • Want to get more out of Mass? Try these hints from Scott Hahn
    • The RCIA program begins October 18, for non-Catholics considering joining the Church, for those wanting to know more about the Catholic faith, for adult Catholics seeking Confirmation, and for anyone wanting to deepen their faith. Contact me at psabbath@gmail.com for more information.

  • October 2, 2023
    • The unique award-winning video-based program, The Search, is coming back to Becket! Experience it again and invite your relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues to join you in exploring the fundamental questions and mysteries of life and faith. See the trailer and register here.
    • Spaces remain for our October 9 Thanksgiving Day pilgrimage to the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of St. Benoît-du-Lac, near Magog. Click here to register and to pay. No one will be turned away, so pay what you can for a day to remember.
    • Bring your pets for the annual blessing: this Saturday, October 7, @ 1:30 on the apron of the church.
    • Gossiping is no big deal, or is it? Take the gossip test.

  • September 26, 2023
    • BecketMail is a day late, so I can wish you a happy feast of the Holy Canadian Martyrs: St Jean de Brébeuf, St. Isaac Jogues, and companions. They are the secondary patrons of Canada (St. Joseph is numero uno).
    • Our youth leader and parish catechetical assistant, Amanda Davis, reflects on World Youth Day.
    • Friday is the Feast of the Archangels and next Monday the feast of the Guardian Angels. Learn 5 fascinating things about angels.
    • Why do I need to go to Confession? Here is an aid to help you prepare to receive the sacrament of God’s mercy.

  • September 18, 2023
    • The Hallow app is the #1 Catholic prayer and meditation app, with extensive resources. Here is one reflection about it. (Prayer apps are meant to complement Sunday Mass, not replace it.)
    • Ukrainian refugee needs update: No more bedding, but shampoo & body wash; deodorant for women & men; toothpaste; laundry soap; winter coats and hats, scarfs, gloves and sweaters in good condition, for women, men and children.
    • What is The Secret Sisterhood of Widows?
    • St. Raphael’s Palliative Care Home & Day Centre is holding a fundraiser virtual auction.

  • September 11, 2023
    • Church lighting project update: We received the final quotations and have submitted them to the diocese for approval. Once that happens, it is a matter of organizing the work with the contractors.
    • The post-Tuesday-morning-Mass “Meet & Greet” coffee hour in Cahill Hall is resuming this week (September 12) after a long COVID hiatus. It’s a great opportunity to get to know and share with those you worship with.
    • If you or someone you know is engaged, you need to register ASAP for the diocesan preparation program, and contact me (or the pastor of your parish). An excellent complement (not replacement) to that program is one offered by our parishioners John & Nathalie Bondyra. They also offer a great program for married couples. Take the time to strengthen your marriage: you owe it to yourselves and your children.
    • “Father, bless my rosary”. But what does that actually mean? Here’s a great article and video by Fr. Mike Schmitz.
    • Sunday afternoon saw the first post-COVID Volunteer Appreciation Wine & Cheese. About 40 were able to attend, half the number of “formal” volunteers. If you regularly volunteer but did not receive an invitation, please let Heidi know. If you don’t yet volunteer but would like to begin, contact us to see where the need is and we will connect you with the right person.

  • September 4, 2023
    • Are you an adult child of separated or divorced parents? Check this out.
    • Here is one of the things that the Vatican is doing to help Ukrainian families in need. Here at Becket, the response has been extremely generous. The current needs for arriving refugees are shampoo, body wash and bicycle helmets for kids (and adults). You can drop them off at the church.
    • Our parish picnic last week was strong on quality if not quantity. Altar server Ellie Ghafari (centre) celebrated his 13th birthday with us, and Bosco protected us from invaders. Thanks to Social Club president Rina Callard for making it happen.


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