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

Weekly E-newsletter links

2024

  • April 29, 2024
    • Looking for summer activities for your children ages 6-12? Camp Savio is a wonderful Catholic parish day camp in Laval (limited space, so register soon).
    • If you missed Seminarian Samy Rekik’s moving vocation story at Mass last week, it’s worth watching.
    • What is the Ignatian Examen? Find out at St. Luke’s on May 25.
    • Montreal’s Filipinos are an important and valued part of our parish and of the whole Church in Montreal. Join them as they celebrateFilipino Heritage Month at the Oratory.

  • April 22, 2024
    • What is NaPro Technology, and how can it change the life of someone with fertility struggles? For local information, contact the diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life & the Family:
    • Bishop Barron explains the new Vatican document on human dignity in an 8-minute video.
    • Families with children are invited to our last monthly Family Mass of the school year, Sunday, April 28, at 4:00, followed by a social time and refreshments in the parish hall.
    • Let’s not take our faith for granted: Believing in Jesus can cost you your life in these 50 countries.

  • April 15, 2024

  • April 8, 2024
    • Debunking 7 myths about the Catholic Church. Get the facts about the Church’s attitude towards science, women, gays, sexual abuse, contraception and more. Watch and pass it on to friends and family, especially those sceptical of the church, and especially young adults who are often indoctrinated against faith in their classrooms.
    • Watch this dramatic life and death story about Tammy Peterson’s (wife of Jordan) conversion to Catholicism via the Holy Rosary.
    • The Canadian bishops speak on the use of Social Media.

  • April 1, 2024
    • Fr. Alexander Asirvatham, HGN, Seminarian Jonathan Baker, our Pastoral Team and the Parish Wardens join me in wishing you a blessed Easter. Here are some memorable images of the Easter Triduum.
    • Back by popular demand: Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
    • I challenge you not to be moved by Pope Francis washing the feet of women prisoners on Holy Thursday (begin video at minute 26:30).
    • Friday, April 5 @ 6:00 p.m. A special event just for teens, registration required.
    • Saturday, April 6: Zoom session spiritual accompaniment for the separated & divorced.
    • Sunday, April 7, at noon: Parish brunch in the hall. Details in the bulletin (see above). Support the works of the Knights of Columbus and build community in our parish.
    • Sunday, April 7, at 1:00: Celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Pierrefonds. Here at Becket, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be said at the conclusion of all Masses, as we do every year. It’s a powerful prayer that takes about five minutes. Learn more here.

  • March 25, 2024
    • Faith and courage: Palm Sunday in Gaza.
    • A story of forgiveness to reflect on during Holy Week.
    • Montreal is expecting a big wave of Ukrainian refugees in the coming days as the special welcoming law expires on March 31. Their immediate needs will be 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 at all Masses.
    • What good is Confession anyway?

  • March 18, 2024
    • Teens and Young Adults: Get in the Holy Week groove by joining our parish youth on the Palm Saturday Walk/Pilgrimage for an amazing experience. Contact Amanda @ adavis991@outlook.com
    • What about a retreat for Easter? Villa Saint-Martin is just minutes from our parish.
    • The American bishops have a wonderful website called Respect Life, with great information about abortion, infertility, and much more.
    • Someone wants to participate in our annual Good Friday Walk With the Cross, but needs a wheelchair with foot rests. Do you have one you can give or lend? Contact the parish office: 514-626-4111 or becketparish@gmail.com

  • March 11, 2024

  • March 4, 2024
    • Are you or someone you know a Catholic with LGBTQ+ experiences looking for "community with others who desire a way of life in congruence with Christ and His Church?” Eden Invitation might be for you.
    • Ever wondered what the Catechism of the Catholic Church is all about? Here’s an audio series by a prominent contemporary scholar, but you don’t need to be a scholar to understand it. You might also enjoy Fr. Mike Schmitz’s The Catechism in a Year free podcast.
    • Two of our young parishioners, twins Goodness and Greatness Arthur-Samugana, recently encouraged our parishioners to donate blood. Learn more about this beautiful initiative on the Global News clip.

  • February 19, 2024
    • Everything you always wanted to know about Confession (and things you never even thought of).
    • Have you ever wondered what is God’s will for your life? Bishop Barron can help you in this new, free e-book.
    • Congratulations to the six couples who participated in this year’s Marriage Jubilee service and dinner. You are a great witness and encouragement to our parish couples.

  • February 12, 2024
    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

2023

  • 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

  • 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.

  • August 28, 2023
    • The Grand Seminary of the Archdiocese of Montreal, which forms future priests, is offering the opportunity for young men (18-35) to meet in fraternity to share on faith, vocational discernment, the spiritual life, the challenges of the Christian in the world today, etc. The next such meeting is on Thursday this week. English is also spoken. For more information, contact the seminary at info@gsam-montreal.org
    • If you are a young woman (20-39), here’s a great website by women for women.
    • Do you know a child struggling with gender identity?

  • August 21, 2023
    • A parishioner’s car was stolen during yesterday’s 11:00 Mass and another’s was vandalized. It turns out that both cars were unlocked, so please be sure to lock your car!
    • Stevie Wonder was right when he sang “Superstition ain’t the way.” Take this quiz for your superstition level.
    • September 16th and the parish bazaar / community garage sale is just a few weeks away.
    • Letter from Archbishop Lépine.
    • The Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal offers retreats, formation and much more, with many programs offered just minutes from our parish on Gouin Blvd. at the western tip of Montreal.

  • August 14, 2023

  • July 31, 2023
    • World Youth Day week begins tomorrow in Lisbon, the largest single event organized in the history of that small country’s history. You can watch it all live-streamed on EWTN. Our youth leader Amanda Davis and her brother Jeremy, travelling with the Holy Name of Jesus Parish Group (Laval), are among the million-plus pilgrims expected.
    • Is there such a thing as an accidental sin?
    • I was asked to share the prayer I quoted in yesterday’s homily:
      "Lord Jesus, reveal to me the true riches of your kingdom. Help me to set my heart on you alone as the treasure beyond compare with any other. Free my heart of any inordinate desires or attachments that I may freely give to you all that I have in joy and gratitude for all that you have given to me. Amen."

  • July 10, 2023
    • BecketMail is taking a summer break until July 31.
    • Sunday, July 23, is the Third Annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Read all about it and consider how you can honour / celebrate grandparents and older people who are part of your life.
    • Have you been wondering about high tech’s impact on humanity? So has the Vatican.
    • What’s the latest on Salt+Light Catholic media? Watch on TV or online. Check out EWTN as well.
    • Local resources and other information are available in the The Grapevine newsletter and 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.

  • July 3, 2023
    • Trouble in paradise? Don’t give up on your marriage without checking out Marriage Disciples. You owe it to yourself and to your children. And here is a helpful book.
    • Coming on July 17 to St. Joseph’s Oratory: Mass, prayers for healing, Adoration and much more.

  • June 26, 2023
    • Thank you for your prayers and concern regarding my flu this weekend. I am feeling much better and heading off on retreat until Thursday, during which I will keep you and your intentions in my prayers.
    • The collection bin is now set up in the Narthex to receive your donations of items for the latest wave of Ukrainian newcomers (1,500 expected). Volunteers are also needed.
    • Officer Khobee of the SPVM (but originally from Oklahoma) gave us a dynamic and enlightening presentation on online and phone scams and frauds last week. Thank you, Rina Callard, for organizing this.
      He also gave out copies of this great little booklet: The Little Black Book of Scams. He has agreed to return in the fall for more sessions, including one geared to parents of minors.
    • The funeral of long-time parishioner and CWL member Margaret Doherty will take place on Saturday, July 1, at 10:00 (see Collins Clarke website for details). Our condolences to the family. May she rest in peace.

  • June 19, 2023
    • Catholic Action Montreal is requesting volunteers and donations of items for the latest wave of Ukrainian newcomers (1,500 expected). Let’s be generous to those who have lost so much.
    • Learn more about assisted dying for the vulnerable in a webinar this Friday.
    • Special Mass at Becket for St. John the Baptist day on Saturday at 11:00.
    • ) If you missed the Corpus Christi Mass and procession on June 8, here’s a nice 4-minute video.

  • June 12, 2023

  • June 5, 2023
    • This is the week of Corpus Christi! The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. Our Infinite God gives himself to us in a small Host, and He calls every one of us to know Him more fully and to love Him more deeply in this great Mystery.
    • Prepare your minds and hearts to get the most out of Corpus Christi:
    • A few images from the Pentecost Sunday celebration of my 25th anniversary of priestly ordination. Thank you to everyone for your good wishes and thoughtful gifts, and to the many volunteers who worked hard to make a beautiful celebration.

  • May 29, 2023
    • Prepare for Trinity Sunday
    • Let’s bring Christ to downtown Montreal! There are still seats available on the bus for the diocesan Corpus Christi Mass & procession on June 8. Reserve with Bernie at bratneiya@yahoo.com, 514-697-7950 (home) or 514-943-3478 (cell).
    • We get more out of Mass when we are well-prepared. Here’s a beautiful video on the Eucharist.

  • May 22, 2023

  • May 15, 2023
    • Should we be promoting suicide or suicide prevention for the mentally ill? Consider signing this petition. Learn more here.
    • Awaken! Priests and seminarians from the Companions of the Cross community in Ottawa are coming to Becket on June 1 for an evening of music and prayer. Confessions will be available. See the video announcement.
    • The Knights of Columbus and chef Giovanni Reda provided a delicious meal at the sold-out spaghetti supper on Saturday: another encouraging sign of the post-pandemic parish.
    • The Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family is advertising a job opening.

    May 8, 2023
    • The “Bible in a Year” podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz was a huge success. Now there’s “Kid's Bible in a Year with Teddy".
    • Join Bishop Barron and thousands of others joining to pray 50,000 Rosaries during May (it’s almost at 30,000 so far), for the intention that those who have fallen away from their faith may return to the Church with a renewed understanding of God’s love and mercy.
    • Update on our parish lighting renewal project: in just seven weeks we have reached $45,000 of our goal of $60,000! We are really encouraged and moved by the response, but we still have a ways to go, so if you have not yet contributed or feel called to give a little more, it just takes just a few clicks.

  • May 1, 2023
    • Note the upcoming Spaghetti Supper: May 13 at 5:30 pm. If you are unable to purchase tickets at Mass this coming weekend, you can reserve tickets by emailing Norm Cousineau at normcousineau@hotmail.com. There is also information on how you can attend next week’s March for Life.
    • If you missed Fr. Alex’s moving homily yesterday, take a few minutes out of your day and be uplifted.
    • Separated or divorced? Find out in a session this coming Saturday how God is inviting you to rebuild your life.
    • Did you know that this Friday (May 5) is the 1st Friday of the month? That means you can spend some quality time with the Lord in adoration after 8:30 am Mass until 3:00 pm. Stay five minutes or an hour or longer. "The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.” (St. Mother Teresa).

  • April 24, 2023
    • Attention students: Do you have community hours to fill? We are looking for 2 or 3 students (12 and older) to help with serving dinner at the Marriage Jubilee on the evening of May 6th. Dinner will be provided. Contact Rina at 514-915-7586.
    • The “Doctrine of Discovery" and the Catholic Church: get the facts.

  • April 17, 2023
    • Attention students: Do you have community hours to fill? We are looking for 2 or 3 students (12 and older) to help with serving dinner at the Marriage Jubilee on the evening of May 6th. Dinner will be provided. Contact Rina at 514-915-7586.
    • The “Doctrine of Discovery" and the Catholic Church: get the facts
    • What is the status of our church lighting renewal project? The thermometer is almost at $40,000, meaning we are 2/3 of the way there! That’s wonderful, but we have to keep going. If you haven't yet contributed, it's not too late, either in person when you come to church, or via our parish website.
  • April 17, 2023

  • April 10, 2023
    • Fr. Alexander Asirvathan, HGN, Seminarian Jonathan Baker, our Pastoral Team and the parish wardens join me in wishing you a blessed Easter. None of our Easter Triduum services were live-streamed, owing to the power failure, and everything took place by natural light or candlelight (photos courtesy of Youssef Ghafari and Matthew Newland), which has its charm as well as its challenges. The power finally came back shortly before the end of the 11:00 Mass on Easter Sunday.
    • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
    • On this coming Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be said at the conclusion of all Masses, as we do every year. It’s a powerful prayer that takes about five minutes. Learn more here.

  • April 3, 2023

  • March 27, 2023

  • March 20, 2023

  • March 13, 2023
    • Today is the 10th anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francis. More than 45 million people around the world have already responded to the initiative organized to pray 10 Hail Marys or other prayers for the Holy Father today (as we did at this morning's Mass). Why not join in? It only takes a moment a few minutes out of your day. (You can choose your preferred language in the top right corner). As believers, we know that prayer is real and that it can make a difference.
    • Fr. Mark Toups' video for the Third Week of Lent
    • If you are LGBTQ+ or love someone who is, this is worth a look. In fact, there is a lot for everyone to learn here about being human and much more.
    • Registration closes tomorrow for Saturday’s women's retreat at Sacred Heart School.

  • March 6, 2023

  • February 27, 2023

  • February 20, 2023

  • February 13, 2023

  • February 5, 2023
    • What are seven myths about Catholicism?
    • Message of Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick, February 11.

  • January 30, 2023

  • January 23, 2023

  • January 16, 2023

  • January 9, 2023
    • A Protestant asks Bishop Barron if he should become a Catholic and why non-Catholics are not offered Holy Communion (3.5-minute video).
    • If you missed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral last week, you can watch the whole thing or a two-minute highlights version at Vatican News.
    • Here are some cool photos: Our Young Adults Christmas gathering and several very wise men who dropped in over the weekend.
    • Incredible but true: a woman was arrested while praying silently outside an abortion clinic in the UK.

  • January 2, 2023
    • Yesterday we celebrated Mary, Holy Mother of God, but it’s not too late to hear the Dominican friars singing Salve Regina. But how can a human be the Mother of God???
    • Fr. Mike Schmitz’s The Catechism in a Year podcast has begun! Everyone has their idea of what the Church teaches—discover the reality in easy daily bites at your own speed.
    • Men: Life is short, so check out a life-changing program, https://exodus90.com/Starting January 9: "90 days to be a better man: Men in Christ. Men of the Church. Men for Others.”
    • Our parishioner and beloved Loyola High School teacher Lisa Dias’s funeral will take place at Becket Thursday this week at 11:00. If you are not able to attend, you can watch it here,live or later.
    • The last words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were “Lord, I love you”. Here is his spiritual testament, a video interview with his personal secretary, the statement by the Canadian Bishops Conference, a reflection by Bishop Barron, and a prayer for the repose of his soul.
    • Why not stop in for a few minutes or an hour this First Friday during Eucharistic adoration from 9:00-3:00? It could be the best time of your week.

2022

  • December 26, 2022

  • December 19, 2022
    • What is The Wild Goose?
    • The years of COVID restrictions have strained fundraising for all charities. The Knights of Columbus are offering raffle tickets
    • If you missed the concert on Saturday at the Grand Seminary, you can now watch it herefor free.
    • Contribution envelopes will be available in the parish hall the week between Christmas and New Year’s, as usual.
    • See Fr. Alex shovelling during his first-ever snowstorm.

  • December 12, 2022

  • December 8, 2022
    • Please click here to see the latest communication from the Archdiocese concerning public health. We all know people who are more or less seriously sick at present with COVID-19 or the flu or even pneumonia, some of them with these conditions hanging on even for weeks.

      You will see in Bishop Faubert’s letter that, in keeping with provincial government recommendations, we are being strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain distancing indoors. The concern is, of course, first and foremost for the health of our parishioners, but also the fear that, if the respiratory illnesses begin spreading even more widely, we could get shut down before Christmas. We should also not forget the heroic but exhausted healthcare workers, some of whom are also our parishioners.

      To help avoid those consequences, we are returning immediately at St. Thomas à Becket Parish to mandatory masking inside all our spaces, including the church and hall, and distancing in all the pews and when circulating indoors. Masks must be kept on also while seated and while coming up for Holy Communion. We will maintain a few rows in the back corner for those who are genuinely unable to wear a mask.

      The Knights of Columbus Christmas breakfast at noon on Sunday will go ahead as planned, but masks will be required except while seated. You will be served at your table to limit unnecessary movement.

      Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We have kept our parishioners very safe and healthy since the start of the pandemic, so let’s follow these new guidelines with a generous spirit so that all can experience a time of joyful worship this Christmas. On today’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us ask her intercession for all our loved ones and our personal and parish needs.


  • December 5, 2022

  • November 28, 2022
    • Here are a couple of fun and informative little videos on Advent and the new liturgical year it inaugurates:

    • Why are so many young people irreligious today?
    • Friday this week is First Friday, which means the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar from 9:00-3:00. You can drop in for a few minutes or register for an hour at the back of the church during the week or email our sacristan, Anna, to sign you up: akojoian@sympatico.ca
    • The beautiful Knights of Columbus Christmas cards and the tickets for the Knights' Christmas breakfast (Sunday, December 11 at noon, back by popular demand after three years!) are available after weekend Masses, on our parish website, or on our Facebook page. Don’t miss out!
    • Catholic Action is looking for a new Executive Director.

  • November 21, 2022
    • Separated or divorced? These are for yourself or others you may know:
    • Don’t let technology rob you of happiness or family life. And parents have the right to forbid screen time during mealtime—leading by example, of course—and it should go without saying that devices have no place in church, unless you have prayers on them, as many do).
    • The 23rd day of the month is coming up on Wednesday, and that means our parish Zoom Rosary led by our young adults at 8:00 p.m. All are welcome.

  • November 14, 2022
    • What can we learn from the Brady/Bündchen divorce?
    • Looking for ways to prepare your hearts for Christmas? Let your family journey along this path towards a meaningful Christmas with this year’s Advent Calendar and its daily activities. Remember it's not about the presents, but His presence!
    • “Walking Together Toward Truth, Healing, Reconciliation, and Hope”: The homilies and speeches of Pope Francis during his historic visit to Canada in July of this year.

  • November 7, 2022
    • Hendrix Lirazan is a 10-year-old parishioner whose pride in his faith can encourage us all.
    • Six common reasons why people don’t go to confession. At Becket, our priests are available before every Mass or by appointment. Experience the freedom!
    • Halloween’s over, but it’s not too late to help out with Mary’s Meals. If you let our Catholic Women’s League know the amount you send before next Sunday, they will match it up to $1,000:
    • Reserve here for the Pillars Trust Christmas Concert.

  • October 31, 2022
    • November is the month dedicated to the souls in Purgatory, but what it is? Join this free webinar on Wednesday evening (All Souls Day) to find out. Once you register, you can watch it live or receive it recorded to watch later.
    • Join us for All Saints Mass at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 1. All Souls Day Mass, when we pray for our beloved deceased, is at 8:30 on Wednesday.
    • Here’s the correct link for the Facebook page of the joy and wisdom of a young priest battling cancer, and his dog Daisy.
    • Why not stop in for a few minutes or an hour this First Friday during Eucharistic adoration from 9:00-3:00? It could be the best time of your week.

  • October 29, 2022
  • An email was sent out today to the parish Faith First families inviting them to participate in a Halloween collection for Mary’s Meals, an organization our church family has helped over the years. This no-frills charity provides life-changing meals to millions of the world's poorest children every school day. By providing a meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty. It’s a simple solution to world hunger.

    How can you help?

    1) As your child goes trick or treating, how about yelling "Give and Treat" instead? Bring a box, small container or even just a Ziplock bag and collect money for this worthwhile cause. Decorate your box or container with any of the images in this document. You may want to hand out these info cards as you go around trick or treating or as people come to your door. You can return whatever you have collected to us after all Masses next week and we will happily send it to Mary’s Meals Canada, or you can send your collection directly to them.

    2) Those without children or whose children are grown can also donate directly through the Mary’s Meals website and encourage others to support this cause.

    If you don't have a printer, don't worry, printed copies of these documents will be available at all Masses this weekend.

    Please consider helping this wonderful cause. You may remember “Love Reaches Everywhere” the beautiful 30-minute film with actor Gerald Butler about Mary’s Meals that we recommended to you a couple of years ago. Even if you don’t donate right now, you will love this little movie.

    You can also learn more about Mary's Meals Superheroes.


  • October 24, 2022

  • October 17, 2022
    • October is the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. There is still time to be part of it:
      • Why don’t you and your children join one million children praying the rosary for world peace tomorrow?
      • New initiative! Parish Zoom Rosary for Youth, on the 23rd of every month at 8:00 p.m. beginning Sunday, October 23rd, organized by our youth leader Amanda Davis. We are praying especially for those who will attend International World Youth Day in Lisbon next summer, but also for all our youth. Everyone is welcome to join.
      • The inimitable Madd Fradd tells us why he prays the Rosary.
    • Attention married couples: join the Epic Intimacy Challenge and learn from internationally-recognized marriage experts how you can grow closer, enhance satisfaction, avoid fights, and eradicate boredom. Your marriage is worth investing some time and money into.
    • Our annual pet blessing on Saturday brought out seven dogs and one fish (not pictured, too shy). Next year we will organize it further in advance. Speaking of dogs, bring some light and joy into your day with this young priest, fighting cancer, who shares his spiritual insights in the company of his Goldendoodle.

  • October 10, 2022
    • Spiritual support for separated and divorced persons is available.
    • All creatures great and small: bring them to the church doors for the annual blessing at 1:00 pm this coming Saturday, October 15th (no elephants or cockroaches, please).
    • Did you know that this year’s Arts & Crafts fair is holding a silent auction?
    • A letter about Mother Teresa’s community gives us perspective on this Thanksgiving Day.

  • October 3, 2022
    • Find out about the Catholic Women’s League October Diaper Drive. They can be left on the table in the parish hall.
    • Following National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, read Cree Nation member Annie Wesley’s letter to Pope Francis.
    • October is a month dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. Here are two ways you can mark it (or else you could pray some or all of the Rosary each day):
    • Join Benny Augustine, who is in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Becket on weekdays, as he shares the Word of God on Zoom every First Friday, beginning this week at 8 pm.

  • September 26, 2022

  • September 19, 2022

  • September 12, 2022
    • Those unable to attend the episcopal ordination of Msgr. Frank Leo on Monday evening can watch it live or later on the diocese of Montreal's diocese of Montreal’s YouTube channel.
    • Statement of the Canadian Bishops on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
    • We are hoping to expand our volunteer live-streaming team for the Sunday 11:00 Mass. Contact Russel at russel.niere@gmail.com or (438) 881-8585.
    • Loyola High School invites all interested families with Grade 5 and 6 students to register for a one-hour tour of Loyola High School to see the facilities and meet with Faculty & Staff on September 17, 2022. Visit loyola.ca to register. An English Eligibility Certificate is required to attend Loyola.

  • September 5, 2022
    • The parish bazaar is coming this Saturday! Bring your friends, family and neighbours.
    • Long-time parishioner David Beasley passed away on the weekend. May he rest in peace. His funeral Mass will be held at the parish next Monday, September 12, at 11:00. Visitation on Sunday from 2-6 at Rideau Memorial. Our condolences to the family.
    • Help Pillars Trust and try for a win in a new 50/50 draw.
    • Join the virtual launch of the Canadian chapter of CAPP, founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.

  • August 29, 2022
    • What does a bishop’s ordination look like? Come and see on September 12 as Msgr. Frank Leo is ordained to be Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal, followed by refreshments at the Queen E.
    • Build a New Life Workshop ~ Catholic Divorce Healing Program before, during and after a divorce.
    • What does the Church teach about generational curses?
    • “Christus vivit”: He is alive and He wants you to live. This course explores Pope Francis’ fourth apostolic exhortation Christus Vivit (Christ is Alive), in which he proposes a journey of faith to give new directions to the Church’s mission to youth.

  • August 22, 2022
    • Join a guided tour of the historic garden of the Sisters Hospitaliers of St. Joseph on the grounds of the former Hotel-Dieu hospital.
    • Are you a medical professional or a family member looking for guidance in a real-life situation regarding end-of-life issues and other moral and ethical questions? The National Catholics Bioethics Center has a free personal consultation service. This is a wonderful resource for the Church and community that I have personally consulted over the years.
    • Register for the Jeff Cavins webinar next Wednesday on how to read the Bible.

  • August 15, 2022
    • Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You are welcome to join us for Mass this evening at 7:00. It’s also a good day to pray the Rosary or at least part of it.
    • On the subject of prayer: let’s begin a prayer campaign for Fr. Alexander, my new assistant who is ready to join us from India but is still awaiting his visa. If we get the whole parish saying a short prayer each day for this intention, that will be powerful.
    • The parish Bereavement Group meets Tuesday this week at 7 pm in Cahill Hall. Anyone mourning the loss of a loved one, whether recent or not, is welcome. No one is obliged to speak.
    • The Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology offers studies in the faith online.

  • August 9, 2022

  • August 2, 2022
    • Videos and articles from Pope Francis’ visit to Canada last week.
    • Spend an hour (or less or more) in adoration on this First Friday after 8:30 Mass until 3:00. Write to reserve an hour or just pop in (via the office door) and spend some quality time with the Lord of Lords.
    • Practical ways of pushing pride aside.
    • See the newsletter from Momentum: for Catholic Single Mothers.

  • July 25, 2022
    • Here are updates on the visit of Pope Francis to Quebec. The Holy Father entrusted this trip to the Blessed Virgin Mary before he left Rome. Let us ask her intercession each day for the pastoral success of this visit.

    • Register to watch Thursday's Mass from the Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupré in real time, bilingual and free of charge, at any Guzzo Cinema screen. Holy Communion will be distributed at those locations as well.
    • Watch all the events via Salt+Light Catholic Media.
    • Obtain a free digital Living with Christ special edition that covers all the liturgies and much more.
    • Fr. Cristino Bouvette, a young indigenous Catholic priest, spoke movingly yesterday on CBC’s The National (specifically at 2:50 in the video) on reconciling his dual identity and in a print interview explained the traditional practices that will be part of the papal visit.
    • Learn more about the visit and how you can contribute to its considerable cost.

  • July 18, 2022
    • Notes on the visit of Pope Francis to Quebec:
      • This article has the latest update concerning tickets, etc. The parish is not organizing any trips to Quebec, given all the difficulties involved. We recommended the options described in (c) below.
      • Some of our young adults will be joining a diocesan youth minibus, but only to watch on screens on the Plains of Abraham. There are no tickets available to attend the actual Mass.
      • You can also watch on Salt+Light Catholic Media by subscribing (free 14-day trial). Other options are Guzzo Cinema (check their schedule next week), and St. Joseph’s Oratory, which will be broadcasting the Masses live in the Basilica.
      • Fr. Robert Assaly is leading a Zoom prayer service for the Holy Father on Friday, July 22 @ 7:30 pm.
    • On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Frank Leo as an Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal. We offer our congratulations and prayers for what is a challenging ministry. Bishop-elect Leo celebrated Confirmations at our parish on July 2.
    • Our Lady of Fatima Parish in St-Laurent is planning a parish mission early in August.

  • July 11, 2022
    • Wondering how to talk to your kids about sex? If you don’t do it, they are likely to get dubious or harmful information online, and what is taught at school is often opposed to our Catholic understanding of sexuality. Help is available.
    • Christina Di Nunzio passed away Saturday. May she rest in peace. The funeral will take place here Saturday, July 16 @ 10:30, with visitation Thursday, July 14, from 3:00-8:00 (prayers at 7:00) at Belvedere Funeral Complex. The obituary will be posted Tuesday.
    • Quebec Life Coalition is organizing a pilgrimage to Quebec City this Saturday.
    • Read Vatican (and Canadian) Cardinal Michael Czerny's message regarding a world invisible to most of us: over a million seafarers working on ships to transport the things we need.
    • There is a scam email going around with my name on it (but not from my email address, a sure giveaway). Please do not respond to it.

  • July 4, 2022
    • Our confidence in God is often shaken and often shaky. A beautiful antidote is the Litany of Trust.
    • The intense debates about abortion recently may stir up memories and strong emotions for women who have experienced an abortion (and men who have been implicated in one). Hear some of their experiences and know that there are healing resources available as well. Your priests are also available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and discussion. You need not suffer in silence.
    • Indigenous matters are on our minds as we await Pope Francis’ arrival in Canada. Listen to this fascinating recent interview on CJAD with a young indigenous priest from Calgary who has thought deeply about his various identities.

  • June 27, 2022
    • Over 100 Ukrainian refugees are being housed at the Ignatian Spirituality Centre (the former Villa St. Martin in eastern Pierrefonds), organized by Catholic Action Montreal. There is an urgent need for volunteers to help our newly arrived brothers and sisters. Can you give them a few hours?
    • The alarmist hysteria continues over the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Roe v. Wade decision. The Archbishop of Cincinnati’s brief comments get to the heart of the issue. We also need to reflect on the fact that Canada is far behind in providing support for crisis pregnancies.
    • Why do bad things happen to good people?
    • Our parish Catholic Women’s League Council chose a rainy day to plant a Scarlet Oak tree on our property to mark the 100th anniversary of the League.

  • June 20, 2022

  • June 13, 2022
    • June 19:
      a) On Sunday we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This brief and amusing video explains the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
      Join our 15-minute Corpus Christi procession around the block with music and prayers to honour the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament following the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, for the first time in three years. We would love our First Communicants to join us in the clothes they wore for their First Holy Communion. There will be special seating reserved for you.
      b) What is the National Rosary for the Family? It’s easy to register. Great Father’s Day family activity.
    • Have you signed up your children to prepare for First Communion or Confirmation? Now’s the time, with a special discount before July 1.
    • June 25: Walk in support of life on the Sacred Heart Pilgrimage.
    • Keep up with the latest news from the diocese.

  • June 6, 2022
    • In celebration of Filipino Heritage Month, a Thanksgiving Mass for the gift of the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, will be held on Friday, June 17, at 6:00 PM, in the basilica of St. Joseph’s Oratory.
    • Struggling in your marriage? Don’t give up—you owe it to yourselves and your children to make every effort. Retrouvaille is an international program, founded in Quebec, to help couples in trouble. At present, there are sessions available via Zoom and in-person in Ontario.
    • Pentecost was yesterday, but it’s not too late to take 120 seconds to learn more about it.
    • Update on the “culture of death” in our country. Please support with your prayers and funds doctors who are fighting for a culture of life.

  • May 30, 2022
    • “How I fight the daily battle against resentment in my marriage”.
    • Camp Savio is a Catholic summer day camp in Laval for ages 6-12.
    • Fr. Jaison kindly travelled from NDG last week and spent the morning leading our spring planting with a small army of parish volunteers. Many thanks to all.
    • The Franciscan University of Steubenville conferences are back in person.

  • May 23, 2022
    • All young adults (18-30) are welcome to an outdoor event this Tuesday evening, May 24. Contact Amanda for details: .
    • "I’m spiritual but not religious." Ever heard that one? What’s the problem?
    • Drop off gift cards (of any denomination from Walmart, Jean Coutu or Provigo) in the narthex beginning today, to assist Ukrainians now arriving in Montreal.
    • Men 35-55: what is a permanent deacon? Attend an information session or contact me to learn more.
    • The Antique car/bbq event on May 13 was a great community gathering which also raised $650 for the parish. Many thanks to Anthony & Albert De Luca of De Luca Electrique.

  • May 16, 2022

  • May 9, 2022
    • The abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is one of the great treasures of our province. See this beautiful documentary by Salt+Light Catholic Media.
    • There is a lot of hysteria in the media right now concerning abortion. What does the Church actually teach about abortion laws? Learn how to respond to pro-choicers in the “Worthwhile Reading” item in this week’s bulletin.
    • Participate in a Pillars Trust 50/50 draw to help single moms and their children attend a weekend in the country.
    • Revealed: Become What You Are": Free online immersive experience of Theology of the Body, with Christopher West, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jeff Cavins and others. May 13-15.

  • May 2, 2022
    • Tips and a webinar for finding and maintaining peace in a time of fear and uncertainty.
    • We are still in the Easter season, making it a good time to think about what our resurrected bodies will be like.
    • Celebrate Quebec Family Week (May 8-15) with this resource which looks ahead to the World Meeting on Families in Rome in June.
    • The latest newsletter from Catholic Action Montreal.

  • April 25, 2022
    • International Exhibition of Eucharistic miracles: Monday, April 25 to Friday, May 13, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (Mansfield and René-Lévesque). The exhibition was designed and created by the recently beatified teenager and techie Blessed Carlo Acutis.
    • This year’s Easter Vigil saw Romina Shaker and Nima Shariatian baptized, Robert Leishman entering into full communion with the Catholic Church and confirmed along with Lucca Rocchini. Congratulations to all as we commit to praying for the continued growth in the faith of our newly initiated Catholics.
    • Zoom course: Christian vision of love and friendship”. April 25 to May 23. By exploring the Christian meaning of love and friendship through the lens of sacred scripture, and by reading classic texts by such authors as C.S. Lewis and Pope St. John Paul, this course will equip and inspire you to share the Christian meaning of love and friendship in your own families and places of ministry. Taught by Ellen Roderick, the Co-director of the Diocesan Center for Marriage, Life and Family at the Archdiocese of Montreal.
    • The National March for Life is coming up next week. Participate in-person or online.
    • Bishop Barron talks to Mark Wahlberg about his new movie, “Fr. Stu”. It has a 95% audience rating (but it is not a movie for children).
    • "The Virtuous Catholic Leader”: Free men’s online conference this weekend.
  • April 19, 2022
    • Fr. Tibu Fernandez, our Pastoral Team and the parish wardens join me in wishing you a happy and blessed Easter. It was a joy to celebrate the holy days with a larger, if still restricted, number of people than the past two years. We look forward to the day when there will be no restrictions on attendance without compromising safety.
      I am so grateful to our team of volunteer ushers and sacristans still serving graciously and tirelessly as we enter the third year of the pandemic. We are truly blessed with their service to the Lord and the community, as well as the musicians, altar servers, employees and all who contributed to a truly holy week.

  • April 11/13, 2022
    • Fr. Tibu and the Pastoral Team join me in wishing you a prayerful and spiritually rewarding Easter Triduum, the sacred days beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continuing with Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, and concluding with the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil Saturday evening.
    • For those who were unable to obtain a reservation or who cannot attend for other reasons, I remind you that all these ceremonies will be live-streamed at www.becket.ca. Here is the complete schedule.
    • Holy Communion will be distributed on Easter Sunday only following a brief Communion service at 12:30 as you drive up past the church, with sacred music beginning at about 12:15 on 97.3 FM.
    • The Augustine Institute is offering a beautiful 30-minute contemplative documentary to help us enter more deeply into the great mysteries ahead: Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage.
    • Need employees? Maybe Ukrainian refugees? Check the Government of Canada Job Bank here or here.
    • “Into Life: Love Changes Everything”. A 12-part original series on accompanying a woman into life.

  • April 4, 2022
    • Some of you know that I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. At present, the symptoms are not severe, like a cold or mild flu. I am grateful for your prayers and expect to be back in the saddle for Holy Week.
    • Read about the artist of the Knights of Columbus St. Joseph icon recently in our sanctuary.
    • Upcoming:
    • See in detail the parish 2021 financial report.

  • Mar. 28, 2022
    • We just celebrated Laetare Sunday, pink/rose vestments and all. Learn all about it.
    • New initiatives to help Ukraine. Note that all supplies are to be delivered directly to the Ukrainian church or via Steve Barillaro. If you have been following the news, you will know that cash donations are what is most useful at the moment.
    • The UN has rejected pro-life groups from presenting at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. How you can help.
    • Register for Diocesan Family Camps.

  • Mar. 21, 2022
    • Join us Friday morning for 8:30 Mass (Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord), followed by Holy Hour, during which we will participate with Pope Francis and many of the world’s bishops in the Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This whole event will be livestreamed.
    • How you can help newly arrived Ukrainian refugees.
    • The Prayer to St. Michael that we pray at the end of every Mass will be replaced by this Prayer to St. Joseph for the remainder of March. You may pray it at home as well, of course, any time of year.
    • We all grumble sometimes, but sometimes too much. If so, Lent’s a great time to get over it.

  • Mar. 14, 2022
    • Crisis in Ukraine:
    • What makes us happy? The answer may surprise you.
    • Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Join the Bereavement Group, exceptionally this month on Wednesday, March 16 @ 7pm in the Parish Hall. No registration necessary.
    • Pillars Trust Fund Easter Food Bags 50-50 draw.
    • Free trial during Lent of Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire Institute
    • Doing your taxes: An online workshop for English-speaking newcomers this Saturday. Register at escc@bellnet.ca
    • The diocese is looking for a Web & Social Media Content Manager.

  • Mar. 8, 2022
    • How can we help the people of Ukraine?
      • a) Material help:
        • i) This coming Sunday’s second collection for the Helping Others Fund will be dedicated to the needs of both the refugees soon to arrive in Montreal and to those still in Ukraine. Sending money will allow the organizers to purchase exactly what they need in the way of clothing, food and medical supplies. Please dig deep. As things develop, we will consider other modes of assistance.
        • ii) You can also donate directly to the agency working with the Ukranian bishops and which is matching funds at the moment.
      • b) Spiritual help:
        • i) Prayer vigil for Ukraine: join us in church Monday evening, March 14 at 7:00 p.m.
        • ii) Fr. Tibu will celebrate Mass for Ukraine on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m.
    • More Lenten resources: "40 Days to Peace" and Salt+Light Catholic Media

  • Feb. 28, 2022

  • Feb. 21, 2022
    • Free Bible conference this week: “The Rosary and the Word of God”
    • Tomorrow is the feast day of a chair. What?? Find out here and here.
    • Separated or divorced? You are not alone and are you still a full member of the Church. Find out more on February 26.

  • Feb. 14, 2022
    • Catholic and single? St. Valentine’s Day is a good time to consider the “Relationship Ready” virtual program with Christopher West and many other distinguished speakers beginning tomorrow, February 15.

  • Feb. 7, 2022

  • Jan. 31, 2022

  • Jan. 24, 2022
    • What is the Dialogue Corner?
    • In response to the possible invasion of Ukraine, Pope Francis has called for a Day of Prayer for Peace this Wednesday, January 26: “I sincerely appeal to all people of good will to pray to Almighty God that all political actions and initiatives serve human brotherhood rather than partisan interests.” The Parish Zoom Rosary (register here) will be offered for that intention, or you can offer your own prayer or sacrifice.
    • Fr. Mike Schmitz’s powerful speech at the Washington March for Life last week.

  • Jan. 19, 2022
    • 9-days for Life beginning today, Wednesday, January 19, is an annual novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Participants can download the novena or sign up to receive the daily prayers via email or text message.
    • The West Island Christian Unity Fellowship, of which St. Thomas à Becket Parish is a member, will be marking the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity via Zoom this Sunday, January 23, at 4:00, led this year by St. Peter & St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, Pointe-Claire, with the participation of many communities, including ours. Everyone is welcome to join us to pray for Christian unity and to meet our non-Catholic Christian neighbours.

  • Jan. 17, 2022
    • Going live this Wednesday! Stay close to Jesus & Mary and to our parish community with the Holy Rosary via Zoom, Mondays & Wednesdays at 11:00. Register here for the Zoom link.
    • Just how dark were “The Dark Ages?”
    • Support the many local charities of our Knights of Columbus with a chance to win great prizes by buying some raffle tickets online. Tell your friends and relatives.
    • Do you wish you had control of your life? You’re not alone these days, but Fr. Mike Schmitz has some encouraging words.

  • Jan. 10, 2022
    • A beautiful letter to couples and families from Pope Francis.
    • Each Sunday Mass concludes with the Prayer for an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Consider praying it at home during the week as well. I think everyone knows someone by now who has caught COVID-19.
    • Rina Callard made a photo-collage of the 100-plus cars who drove up for Holy Communion yesterday at 12:30. It is edifying to see our parishioners' hunger for the Eucharist.

  • Jan. 3, 2022
    • The feast day of our parish patron, St. Thomas à Becket, is usually lost in the holiday rush. Here’s a new book about the saint that is worth reading or at least reading about.
    • This six-minute video with Archbishop Lépine who celebrated multiple outdoor Masses in the cold of Christmas Eve is very moving.
    • When exactly does the Christmas season end? Read all about it.

2021

  • Dec. 20, 2021

  • Dec. 13, 2021

  • Dec. 6, 2021

  • Nov. 28, 2021
    • Great new resource from the Canadian bishops: a toolkit on palliative care, for caregivers and others
    • Here’s a https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/apologetics/are-we-living-in-the-last-days.html" followup on yesterday’s homily about the end times and being ‘left behind’.
    • Excellent Advent Guide!

  • Nov. 22, 2021

  • Nov. 15, 2021

  • Nov. 8, 2021
    • Free online summit for Catholic moms this weekend: inspiration, hope and practical tips.
    • Starting today! Word on Fire’s free “reading challenge” of Dei Verbum, Vatican II’s document on Divine Revelation.
    • Mysterious technical glitches interfered with live-streaming our Sunday Mass, but we were able to record most of it, including the moving Remembrance Day ceremony following the homily.

  • Nov. 1, 2021
    • Today’s Solemnity of All Saints reminds us the exalted purpose of our short lives here on earth: to become saints, to live in and through and with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are two brief and very different videos on the feast, each unique and each delightful: Fun Facts about Saints with Bishop Barron & Nick, and Saints with Libby and Kai from Catholic Central.
      All you angels and saints, pray for us.
    • Rekindle your married love with Couch Talks.
    • Parents: Do you think TikTok is just a fun pastime for your kids? There’s more to it than you might know.
    • If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis—author of The Chronicles of Narnia and many books on the Christian faith, selling over 200 million—you will have a chance to see a new film on his life, "CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert," at the Kirkland Cineplex this Wednesday.

  • Oct. 25, 2021
    • “Source & Summit” Deepen your understanding and experience of the Eucharist this Saturday, with Archbishop Lépine, myself and other speakers from 10 am - 2:00 pm (via Zoom). Register at
    • Did you know? The National Catholic Biothetics Center (USA) has a wonderful free consultation service for those seeking "to better understand or apply Catholic moral teaching to specific ethical issues they are facing in health care or the life sciences." They also provide many solid resources on their website on COVID-related issues and much more.
    • Are you a fan of Gregorian chant, such as we sometimes play in church before the weekend Masses? Check out YouTube channel “OPChant”, for watching or listening to the form of music which has been the Church’s primary liturgical music for many centuries.

  • Oct. 18, 2021
    • Today is the Feast Day of St. Luke, evangelist, author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Let us give thanks that we have such beautiful written accounts of the birth, life and ministry of Our Lord. St. Luke, patron of artists and doctors … pray for us.
    • Did you know that:
      • Living with Christ (missallette) offers a free app so that you can follow the Mass readings on your device anytime, anywhere?
      • Augustine Institute has just launched a free prayer app, “Amen”?
    • Most of what you’ve heard about Galileo is probably wrong. Get the facts in this fascinating article.
    • There are alternatives to euthanasia. Learn more from Montreal’s Living with Dignity.

  • Oct. 11, 2021
    • Happy Thanksgiving! Did you know it’s a Catholic holiday?

      Thanksgiving Prayer

      Today we give thanks for our many blessings . . . as we pray for those in need.
      We give thanks for our family and friends . . . as we pray for those who are lonely.
      We give thanks for our freedoms . . . as we pray for those who are oppressed.
      We give thanks for our good health . . . as we pray for those who are ill.
      We give thanks for our comfort and prosperity as we share our blessings with others.
      On this day of Thanksgiving, may the love of God enfold us, the peace of God dwell within us, and the joy of God uplift us. Amen

    • Pope Francis wants us all to be missionary disciples.
    • Check out the upcoming men’s retreat.
    • Looking for an interesting family podcast? Try Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World.

  • Oct. 3, 2021
    • “And the Word was made flesh” Why bother coming back to church when we have virtual Mass?
    • Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about suicide. Excellent video.

  • Sept. 27, 2021
    • "The Government of Canada has declared September 30 a day of Truth and Reconciliation with our indigenous brothers and sisters. Here at Becket, we are marking it with an evening of prayer and reflection. Join us in solidarity with our fellow citizens from 7-8 pm this Thursday in church for adoration, music, readings and prayers with the participation of some indigenous parishioners. The service will also be livesteamed.
      See this week’s Grapevine for the Canadian Bishops’ “Statement of Apology to Indigenous Peoples”. The bishops are also pledging $30 million for healing and reconciliation initiatives.
      Check out this beautiful and moving video, “Enduring Faith: The Story of Native American Catholicism,” by the Knights of Columbus.
    • Join bishops, priests and well-known lay leaders on October 7 for the Rosary Crusade for Victory Against the Darkness.
    • Free virtual Healing & Forgiveness World Wide Conference October 7-8.

  • Sept. 20, 2021

  • Sept. 13, 2021
    • Save the date! The first meeting of our new parish bereavement group meets in the parish hall next Tuesday, September 21, from 7-9 pm. Receive compassionate support from our trained bereavement facilitator. More information in the next parish bulletin.
    • Bishop Barron’s thoughtful reflection on 9/11, anger and forgiveness.
    • “The Church in the Service of the Community”, by Archbishop Lépine.
    • The Holy Water touchless dispensers and the damaged Holy Water tank have been fully paid. Thank you for your generosity, as always.
    • “Reclaiming Faith & Family”: Free virtual conference this weekend.

  • Sept. 6, 2021
    • Learn about the International Eucharistic Congress now underway in Hungary. Follow the events live online, including Pope Francis’ presence, on EWTN.
    • Jackie Angel is loving and compassionate as she responds to pro-abortion arguments. She recommends this website which describes how abortion works. The content is disturbing, but we believe Jesus that the truth will set us free. Hope and healing after abortion is possible.
    • Golf this week for a good cause: St. Raphael Palliative Care.
    • Keep up-to-date on Catholic Action and consider how you might get involved.

  • Aug. 30, 2021
    • Save the dates! Two exciting evening Zoom programs this fall. More details and registration info to follow. Click the links for a preview.
    • Bishop Barron on the fading of forgiveness and how to forgive, so difficult but so essential.
    • Young adults (18-35) retreat coming up at Villa St-Martin.
    • Meet the Vatican librarian who was the Gordon Ramsay of his age.

  • Aug. 24, 2021
    • Feeling blue? What does St. Francis de Sales advise?
    • We hear increasingly that people are missing holy water as they enter church. The common font is still not considered safe and may not be for a long time, but we have come across these touchless holy water dispensers. Having these will be another element of normalcy to our church life. We invite you to participate in the purchase of two of these (total cost including tax & shipping is $1,600), via cheque or online (specify “Holy Water Dispensers” in the message section).
    • Is COVID-19 a punishment from God?

  • Aug. 16, 2021

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  • July 27, 2021

  • July 19, 2021

  • July 12, 2021
    • Take the 30-day Gospel Challenge with Jonathan Roumie (“The Chosen”).
    • Diocesan virtual day Camp Savio ages 7-10.
    • Last Thursday’s Zoom presentation, "Renewing fellowship with Indigenous peoples," was well received by the 85+ people who joined in. Many were not able to attend and have requested the recording. It is currently being prepared and will be available in the near future.
    • Good $$ news for seniors (75+).
    • How to restore passion, purpose and intimacy in your marriage: retreat this weekend.
    • Catholic Action’s latest newsletter.

  • July 5, 2021
    • Join us Thursday evening @ 7:00 for a Zoom presentation, "Renewing fellowship with Indigenous peoples" with David Acco and his wife, Julie Lepage. Learn more about them here. They and their four children are long-time faithful parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Laval.
      This webpage could be a good preparation for the Thursday event, which will include a time for Q&A and prayer. (Meeting ID: 880 3572 1216, Passcode: 091097, Dial by your location +1 438 809 7799 Montreal.)
    • Wondering what to do? Fr. Mike Schmitz provides 4 Helpful Rules for Discernment.

  • June 28, 2021
    • Two minute video: Bishop Barron on returning to Mass.
    • FAITH FIRST: Registration is now open for NEW families for the 2021-2022 year. Registration for RETURNING families will be available soon. Faith First is a six-year religious education program beginning in grade one, with First Communion celebrated in grade two, and Confirmation celebrated in grade six, once all requirements are met. Please visit the Faith First Program info page to access program information and registration. Please note that the Faith First office will be closed July 17 - August 2, although online registration remains open.
    • National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021 Prayer for Tolerance, Forgiveness, Reconciliation

      O God, Creator and Father of all,
      with humility we your children acknowledge the relationship of all living things.
      For this we thank you, we praise you and we worship you.
      We call on you, Great Mystery, the Word made Flesh – our teacher, prophet and brother – to open our hearts to all our brothers and sisters,
      and with them to grow in the wisdom, honesty, courage and respectfulness shown in The Sacred Teachings.
      Give us the vision and honesty to recognize that the we are all brothers and sisters of one human family, created and sustained by the One Creator.
      As we deal with many challenges, may we never give way to fear and anger, which can be the source of division and threat amongst peoples.
      We look to how God always gives to us, as a remedy for sins of prejudice and intolerance.
      We see in God the Creator of all things, One who always provides and is generous
      – even given the abuses we have heaped on one another and on the earth.
      We see in the Son, Jesus Christ
      - the innocent Victim who pours His life blood out from the Cross for all peoples.
      We see how the Holy Spirit is God’s gift, alive in our world today
      – inspiring vision and hope that we can have the same mind and heart of God!
      May Your Spirit bless all souls who died at residential schools.
      May this same Spirit also bring blessing and healing to all families and communities affected in any way by the schools.
      O Creator, show us the way to healing, forgiveness and reconciliation and a renewed fellowship. Amen
      (Written by the Canadian Catholic Indigenous Council)


  • June 21, 2021
    • The diocese and Holy Name of Jesus parish are collaborating on a virtual Catholic day camp this summer for ages 7-10.
    • Have you ever wondered how a person becomes a canonized saint?
    • Word on Fire is offering free access to the “St. Ignatius” video until July 31.
    • A family is looking to hire a daytime caregiver, able to communicate in French, for an elderly woman with limited capacities. Contact 514-683-8156 during evening hours.

  • June 14, 2021
    • “Residential schools: In solidarity with the families and their communities,” a reflection by Archbishop Lépine.
    • Young Samantha Servera was one of several children who made their First Holy Communion on the weekend. Seeing the joy on her face afterwards leads me to pray that everyone will come to know the power and beauty in the reception of the Body and Blood of the Lord in the Eucharist.
    • You may have heard that over 300 people are without a home after a recent fire in DDO. The City is encouraging citizens to help out with a contribution of money, food or clothing.
    • We are still in the “Year of St. Joseph”, proclaimed by Pope Francis. Check out these 37 videos (U.S.$1 each) on St. Joseph by Scott Hahn and others.

  • June 7, 2021
    • Concerning residential schools: Here is Archbishop Lépine’s recent pastoral letter and a page of excellent resources from the Archdiocese of Toronto, including the history of Church apologies on this issue and more.
    • I spoke in my Corpus Christi homily yesterday about the loss of belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Here are a variety of short and longer videos by Bishop Barron on that and related subjects for those who want to deepen their faith and understand how so many have lost it.
    • The Archdiocese of Montreal provides important services, pastoral and administrative support to the parishes and the Catholic community at large, the appointment of an independent ombudsman being the latest. Let’s be generous in our support of the annual campaign.

  • May 31, 2021
    • Statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops following the recent discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
    • Corpus Christi is coming up Sunday. Enter more deeply into this central feast of the Church with these two free conferences, one short one and a longer one, both with excellent speakers.
    • Do you find it hard to understand the Catholic teaching on the Eucharist? This clever video might help.
    • Bishop Barron’s short book on the sexual abuse crisis in the Church: “Letter to a Suffering Church” is now available free online.

  • May 24, 2021

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  • May 6, 2021
  • Someone has been sending emails and texts in my name asking for gift cards for cancer patients, assistance, etc. This is a scam: please don’t send anything or respond to them. I would never ask for help in that way, and these thieves feed on the generosity and compassion of people connected to church. Other parishes are experiencing the same issues.

    Never hesitate to contact me if you are not sure about a request. My email address is psabbath@gmail.com, and not other addresses that appear similar. We do not share your coordinates with others.


  • May 3, 2021

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  • April 5, 2021
    • Fr. Jaison Joseph, our Pastoral Team and the parish wardens join me in wishing you a happy and blessed Easter. It was a joy to celebrate the holy days with a larger number of people than we have had in recent months. We look forward to the day when there will be no restrictions on attendance.
    • The Easter Vigil was very beautiful this year. If you missed it, click here.
    • On this coming Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be said at the conclusion of all Masses, as we do every year. A powerful prayer that takes about five minutes.
    • Archbishop Lépine’s Easter message

  • March 30, 2021
    • Here is the latest information on the Easter Triduum services. You might want to print it for easy reference.
    • All these services will be limited to 75 persons (except the Hall Masses, which have a limit of 25). This is the number we can receive without risk of compromising the health and safety of our parishioners.
    • Weather permitting, there is also some seating outside the doors of the church at Holy Day and Sunday Masses, with speakers to hear Mass and the distribution of Holy Communion. You can also listen to Mass in your cars in the parking lot on 97.3 FM.
    • Weekday Masses: Beginning Easter Monday, April 5, we will return to one Mass each day at 8:30, for 75 persons (registration opens Wednesday, March 31 @ 3pm sharp).
    • As the government limits funerals to 25 persons, those who wish to follow Dawn Valero Richardson’s funeral from our church on Tuesday, April 6, at 11:00 , may do so via this livestream link.
    • Pastor’s request: As we operate with a small number of employees and of very dedicated volunteers, please cooperate with them when they assign you a seat by gracefully accepting that place and not moving to another seat. It is not possible to explain all the logistical reasons each time.
    • Why do we call it Good Friday?
    • Join Archbishop Lépine virtually on Wednesday, March 31, at 6:30pm for the Chrism Mass, at which the Archbishop blesses the Holy Oils for use throughout the entire coming year.
    • The traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land has been postponed until Sunday, September 12. It is possible, however, to contribute now online. Any donations given at church for that purpose will be forwarded until September. Any other offerings will go to the parish.

  • March 25, 2021
  • Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord! God has blessed us this day with a decree from the Quebec government permitting up to 250 persons in places of worship, while respecting distancing restrictions, which means for our church a maximum of about half that number. This is the same as was permitted last summer. Procedural masks continue to be required at all times in church.
    This happy development coming just before Holy Week presents some challenges, but this is what we have determined so far:

    • Friday, March 26, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week: registration will increase to 50 persons per Mass (both the 8:30 and 9:30 Masses)
    • Palm Sunday Masses in the church (Saturday at 4pm and 5pm, Sunday at 9am and 11am) will increase to 75 persons.
      Masses in the hall (Sunday at 9am and 11am) will remain at 25 persons.
    • The Easter Triduum services (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday): to be determined. We are awaiting more information from the diocese and will let you know as soon as possible.

    Weather permitting, there is also some seating outside the doors of the church, with speakers to hear Mass and Holy Communion brought out. “Drive-up” Holy Communion will continue to be available for those unable or unwilling to attend Mass: Sundays at 12:30, as well as Holy Thursday at 8:30pm. Blessed palms will be distributed as well this Sunday at 12:30.

    The Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family has prepared excellent resources for celebrating Holy Week.


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  • January 8, 2021
    • Weekday Mass: Salt+Light Catholic Media broadcasts Mass each weekday morning at 8:30 a.m. from Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in Montreal
      You can also watch on TV, channel 654 (Bell) or 242 (Videotron). You may have to pay a small monthly fee to access these channels. Check with your cable provider.
    • How to nourish your spiritual life when in-person Mass is unavailable?
      • Look back over past bulletins: Every week I highlight a worthwhile book. Maybe now’s the time to consider reading one.
      • Well over a million people have already downloaded the free Bible in a Year” podcast I recommended last week. I am enjoying it and you might too.
      • Avail yourself of the abundant resources by Bishop Barron at www.wordonfire.org/

  • January 4, 2021

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