APPEAL: CATHOLIC ACTION AND LE PONT


Catholic Action is working with Le Pont’s social work specialist, Ms. Aneysi. She is coordinating a support group for immigrant single- parent women.

This group offers various types of support and cultural activities for these ladies. While the mothers are in session, we need snacks for the children. If you could collect goodies in your parish or among your friends and deliver them to:
 
Le Pont
2700, rue Lacordaire
Montreal, H1N 2M6

 
or contact jwong@catholicaction.ca to arrange for pick-up. 


Suggested items:
Juice boxes
Cookie snacks
Chewy bars
Bread and sandwich ingredients
Yogurt/pudding


Judy Wong 
Executive Director
Catholic Action Montreal
 
www.catholicaction.ca
514-335-2538
514-243-9227 (cell)
https://www.facebook.com/catholicaction.ca/
 

SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP AT
ST. JOHN BRÉBEUF PARISH:
JUST FILM NIGHT 
 
On Friday, February 15, 7 p.m. in the parish hall (855 Bishop Power, LaSalle H8P 1C8) our Social Justice group is proud to present The Ninth Floor (2015), a feature documentary about a watershed moment in Canadian race relations: the infamous Sir George Williams Riot, that took place here in Montreal in 1969. Over four decades after a group of Caribbean students accused their professor of racism, triggering an explosive student uprising, director Mina Shum locates the protagonists and listens as they set the record straight, trying to make peace with the past. All are welcome, fair trade coffee and tea and refreshments will be served. Contact the office at 514-366-0131.
THE GREAT GATSBY
COMEDY BANQUET:
ST. BRENDAN PARISH

 
The Great Gatsby Comedy Banquet to take place on Saturday, February 16, 6 p.m. at St. Brendan parish hall ((5740 15th Ave., Montreal, H1X 2V2). There will be dinner, comedy and raffles. Cost is $50 per ticket (drinks $). Featuring Franco Taddeo as Emcee, with guests: Jacy Lafontaine, Chantal Desjardins, Abdul Butt, and Darren Henwood. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, please contact Patty at rpmancini@bell.net.

FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

 
You exercise your body so that you can be better prepared for life's challenges.

Why not exercise your spirit as well?

In the silence of an Ignatian retreat, encounter the living Word revealed in Scripture, at work in the world, and present in your life. 

Personally guided retreats are being offered February 17-22 at the Villa Saint Martin (9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds, H8Y 1T2). Exclusively for university students and young professionals, these 3-6 day retreats are an opportunity to encounter God in an individual retreat accompanied by a Jesuit priest. Retreat length can vary according to schedules and availability.


Young adults under 29 years of age may be eligible for financial assistance if needed. Please contact Fr. Sylvester Tan, SJ at stan@jesuits.org  
HEALING SERVICE AT
ST. THOMAS À BECKET PARISH

 
Please join us on Monday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). Our evening includes Eucharistic Adoration, prayerful music, scripture, and reflection. The sacrament of Reconciliation is available as are our Prayer Teams.  For more information we may be contacted at:
beckethealing@gmail.com or Elsa Rivera: 514-626-4111 ext. 222.
 

NEWMAN CENTRE OF McGILL UNIVERSITY:
2019 NEWMAN LECTURE
Expanding the Mind:
Newman’s ‘Idea of a University’
and the Future of Catholic Education

 

Since its publication in 1873, John Henry Newman’s Idea of a University has been considered a classic text on Catholic higher education. In an era of budget cuts to postsecondary education, challenges to the liberal arts and growing secularization, is his vision still relevant today? If so, how can it guide us in discerning the future of the university and, in particular, Catholic higher education?

Fr. John Meehan, SJ is the former President of Campion College at the University of Regina. A graduate of McGill, Oxford, Johns Hopkins and the University of Toronto, he has published on Church history, diplomatic history and Pacific affairs. He is currently Prefect of the Church of the Gesu and Interim Director of the Newman Centre.

Join us on Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (3484 Peel St., Montreal, H3A 3T6). 

 

DISCOVER SOIRÉE:
INTRODUCTION TO IGNATIAN PRAYER
 

Learn – experience – share

Come encounter God in prayer following the pathways that St. Ignatius shares with us.

Fr. Gabriel Côté, SJ, will introduce us to prayer methods inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

After learning about prayer, we will be offered time and space in which we can experience the sort of encounter that Ignatius indicates, before coming together to share the fruits of our evening together.  



Facilitated by Gabriel Côté, S.J. on Thursday, February 21, from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (9451 Gouin West Blvd., Pierrefonds, H8Y 1T2).

 
The event is free, but donations are encouraged
Tax receipts are available for donations exceeding $25.

Those who wish may join Fr. Côté and other participants for dinner and fellowship in the cafeteria at 5:30 pm. The price of the dinner is 20 $, and reservations for the dinner are required in advance and can be made by calling (514) 684-2311 ext 0 or e-mailing contact@villasaintmartin.org.


THE SEARCH

Everybody wants to be happy, but happiness never seems to last. We are all born with an ache in our hearts that can’t be satisfied by anything on this earth... because our heart was made for something more, something greater.

National Evangelization Team (NET) Ministries of Canada is a national youth ministry organization that "challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church”, helping them to come to know God’s unending love for them.


 
They will be leading a retreat for high school aged youth on Saturday, February 23 from 1 p.m.-9 p.m. at St. Thomas à Becket Parish (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). 
 
All are welcome to join us. The cost is $20 per participant, which includes snacks and lunch. The afternoon will be filled with talks, testimonies, games, small group sharing and opportunity for prayer time.
 
"[The NET retreat] was great! They opened my eyes and cured my ignorance on how wonderful God is. Now I understand why I am being confirmed and how wonderful God is." - Male, Grade 7
 
For information on the retreat please contact Corey Jolly at 514-925-4300 ext. 251 or by email at cjolly@diocesemontreal.org
 
ADULT CAFÉ AT
ST. EDMUND OF CANTERBURY PARISH:
MENTAL HEALTH AND
HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO SUFFER

 
Approximately one in three Canadians will experience a mental health issue in the their lives. With diagnoses like anxiety and depression on the rise, it is important to be able to identify what mental illness is and how we can get help. Join us for this discussion where we will look at symptoms associated with common mental illness diagnoses, and explore what services exist in the West Island of Montreal to help those suffering and offer suggestions on how to access such services. Hosted by the West Island Crisis Centre on Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 a.m. (105 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, H9W 3Z8). 
Contact the office at 514-695-7100 or parishoffice@saintedmundofcanterbury.com
CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY BRUNCH: STRATEGIC PLANNING
 

Do you need to do some ministry planning and don’t know where to start?
Have you done planning that has quickly faded into irrelevance?
Strategic planning in ministry is one of the most difficult, but most critical skills for church leaders.

Many lead pastors are strong in the areas of spirituality and relationships, but short on experience with strategic planning. Lay leaders might rush into organizational planning without considering the unique context of congregational ministry.

This Congregational Vitality brunch will stimulate new thinking and practice in your critical task of planning in ministry. 

Join speaker Tim Keener on Tuesday, February 26, from 9:30 a.m. - noon at The Presbyterian College (3495 University St., Montreal,  H3A 2A8). Our theme is "Strategic Planning: Getting from Here to There."  

We will be talking about ministry planning, common challenges, and helpful methods to include others in strategic ministry planning. We all want to move forward in our mission and ministry, so I know it will be a meaningful topic for us!

Cost is $25. Parking is available if you let us know in advance. Register by February 25thtkeener@pcmtl.ca
 
 
SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF
IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA



The Jesuits at the Villa Saint-Martin in Montreal would like to invite persons who have already made an Ignatian retreat, whether in silence or in daily life, to consider whether God might be inviting them to walk with the Lord through the full month of Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, which the Villa offers in English and French from June 23 through July 26, 2019.
 
Space is limited and there is an application process that must be completed before admission to the program. Applications will continue to be accepted until February 28, 2019 if space remains, but early applicants have an increased chance of being admitted to the program due to our rolling admissions process.
 
To begin the registration process, click below:

 

 
For questions about the program or the admissions process, please write to programmation@villasaintmartin.org

 
You may also find details online: 
 

CREATED: AN ARTISTS' RETREAT

Are you a Catholic/Christian performing artist or writer age 16 or older? 

Are you looking for inspiration, formation and fellowship to help you in your artistic profession/vocation?

 

During this weekend full of prayer, artistic exercises, and exchange with artists of various disciplines, we will explore questions about our faith and our craft.

The retreat will take place at Église St-Jean-Baptiste (4240 Drolet, Montréal, QC from Friday, March 1 until Sunday, March 3 and is put on in collaboration with Art4Dieu

Registration is required, including a fee of $85-95 depending on the date of registration.

If you are interested in attending and/or helping out, please contact Alisha Ruiss at mtlartistretreat@gmail.com.
SPEND MARCH BREAK WITH YOUR FAMILY
IN THE LAURENTIANS AT CAMP KINKORA! 

Want to get away for the city with your family during the March Break?
Want to give yourself and your children the chance to unplug and enjoy time in the great outdoors?
Want something that's really affordable?

Well we have just the thing for you!

We are pleased to announce that there is an opportunity for Families to enjoy some time up north together at beautiful Camp Kinkora during the March Break!
Here are the details:

KINKORA MARCH BREAK FAMILY GET-AWAY
DATES: Sunday, March 3 - Wednesday, March 6
FOR WHO: Families 
COST:
ADULTS: $31+tax/night 
CHILDREN: (5-17 yrs) $16+tax/night
Under 5 yrs: FREE!!
FOOD: Please bring your own. Kitchen facilities are available.
ACTIVITIES: snowshoeing, outdoor winter bonfire, sledding, skating (if conditions are suitable), indoor games, and general family fun and relaxation - all loosely organised in collaboration with those who attend.
REGISTRATION: For more information, and to register, please call Dan Boyer at 514-712-5488

VIDEO DIVINA: ST. MONICA PARISH

This year, Fr. Lloyd’s film series, The Human Journey to Wholeness, looks at movies from different cultural and religious traditions and considers how their deities invite believers to undertake the journey towards holiness which is wholeness. Join him on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the parish rectory to view the film My Father, My Lord.  Free admission and popcorn, with discussion to follow! For information, contact Fr. Lloyd Baugh, S.J., at 514-481-0267 ext. 32 or lloyd.baugh@stmonica.ca.
 
ST. LUKE ECUMENICAL PARISH MISSION:
SAVE THE DATES!
 
Fr. Thomas Ryan, a Paulist priest, served as chaplain/director of the Newman Centre at McGill, director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, and director of Unitas, an ecumenical centre for spirituality - all  located in  Montreal. For the past 18 years he has served as the founder-director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, located first in New York City, then Washington, DC, and now in Boston. Tom is the author of 16 books on a wide range of themes in the spiritual life, preaches missions and leads retreats internationally.  For more information please contact wendy@st-luke.ca  or  elsa@becket.ca 
 
FOURTH ANNUAL
BAND OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 
MEN'S CONFERENCE: 
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTREAL!

 
On Saturday, March 16 join Archbishop Christian Lépine, and speakers Al Smith and Marco Mastromonaco for the Band of Christian Brothers Men’s Conference at St. John Bosco Parish (2510 Springland St., Montreal, H4E 2G5). This year's theme is Step Up. The day is designed to help strengthen and challenge men to become the man God created them to be. Mass, talks, Adoration and Confession will take place.  $25 admission which includes coffee, snacks and a pasta lunch.

About the speakers:
 
Al Smith

Al Smith is a husband, father, a man of trade and a business owner.  

He has served the Church for fifteen years as a Catholic evangelist, radio host, Internet broadcaster and retreat director. Al is a gifted speaker giving presentations at seminaries, schools, parishes, and Catholic conferences.  He is often featured on Catholic media such as EWTN Radio & TV, Radio Maria, The Catholic Channel and Shalom TV.




Marco Mastromonaco 
Marco was born in Montreal and shares an Italian/Celtic background.  A parishioner at St. John Brébeuf in LaSalle, he has served as a Knight of Columbus since 2010. He speaks three languages and has experience working as a personal trainer as well as a martial arts instructor. After discerning out of the seminary, he completed his academic formation in Theology.   He has a passion for reading St Thomas Aquinas and enjoys debating.



For more info and to register online, please click on the link below: 
 
  

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BRUNCH:
ST. RICHARD'S PARISH

 
Sunday,  March 17, after  10:30 a.m. mass (7070 Guelph Road, Côte-St-Luc, H4W 1G9) a traditional Irish breakfast will be served
along with some treats for the kids.

Cost is $20 for adults; includes breakfast and one Irish coffee.
$10 for kids under 12; includes breakfast and one “Irish coffee” suitable for kids.
 
For tickets please call the parish office 514-488-0778.
 


ST. MONICA PARISH AND THE
OFFICE FOR ENGLISH PASTORAL SERVICES: SAVE THE DATES!

Presented by Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V.
and members of the OEPS team

 
Film Presentation:
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018)

Friday, March 22, 7 p.m.
St. Monica’s Parish Hall
 
Mission Evenings:
Monday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 27
7 to 9 p.m.
St. Monica’s Church
 
Address and Information:
6405 de Terrebonne, Montreal, H4B 1A8
www.stmonica.ca
(514) 481-0267

 

Rejoice and Be Glad: Pope Francis’ Roadmap for Holiness and Mission. When we hear the word “holiness”, it can seem remote and very far from us. But as Pope Francis suggests in his recent apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, the call to holiness is a universal one, because “all of us have been looked upon with divine compassion.”  Come join Fr. Raymond Lafontaine and the members of his diocesan team as together we explore what it means to be missionary disciples: living out Jesus’ call to be holy, to bear witness, and to serve generously.  The Mission will include the screening of the film Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018) followed by three consecutive evening sessions, which will feature elements of teaching, witness, praise, and worship. The Mission will be introduced during announcements at all the weekend masses of March 23 and 24. Online registration available soon.  All are welcome!


PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
WITH THE ITALIAN SAINTS
 
From September 23 to October 4, 2019, Fr. John Torrance from the Diocese of St. Jean Longueuil will be leading a tour of Venice, Assisi, Florence and Rome to discover familiar saints, and some new ones, too. The cost is $4,290. There will be an information session at St. Gabriel's Church, 5070 Gilbert Street in South Shore’s Saint Hubert on Wednesday, February 27 following the 7:15 evening Mass. More information can be obtained by contacting Boreal Tours at (514) 271-1230 or via email at: yoram@borealtours.com

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