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Mothers come in many different forms, and today we remember them all.

Thank God for all mothers.

For those women who have left earth too soon and in whom we miss dearly.

For every woman who is raising children now making sacrifices for her children’s becoming.

For those women who have taken in others’ children through adoption and foster care, showing us that the love of God far extends beyond biological ties.

For those women with grieving hearts for children that could have been with futures so different from they planned.

For the special neighbours, teachers, and friends who’ve nurtured us, supported us and helped us to become the people we are today.

For mothers in which our relationships are complicated, difficult or strained, but who have taught us to choose healthier paths for our lives.

Lord, thank you for these mothers.

Thank you for the amazing grace and strength you’ve released to them.
Thank you for the unwavering love you continue to show through them.
Lord, bless our mothers.
Let them continue experiencing the fullness of your love and all its benefits
Indeed, let their joy be completely full
For all their labour and heavy loads, give them rest
Help us all to follow their example and reflect more of your compassion, kindness and strength to those around us today.

A moment of prayer amid the pandemic:
Pray for peace over fear

In unsettling times, such as the current pandemic, our own financial, physical, relational, health, and personal crises have caught many of us by surprise and may have placed fear, worry and fatigue into our hearts. It is easy to forget where or how to recover our peace. Our sense of helplessness and worry, however, can be an invitation to trust again in the Lord. We can find our peace in His presence.

“Be still, and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10

St. Luke Parish
St. Monica Parish
St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish
St. John Fisher Parish
Holy Name of Jesus Parish
St. Thomas à Becket Parish
St. Brendan and St. Aloysius Parishes
St. John Brébeuf Parish
St. Kevin Parish
Jesus Light of the World Parish
St. Willibrord Parish
St. Malachy Parish

MAY 11-13, 2020
The Office for English Pastoral Services, in collaboration with Holy Name of Jesus Parish, would like invite you to an Easter Mission that we hope will inspire you. Our guest speaker is Patrick Sullivan, a Canadian Catholic Lay Evangelist and father of nine, who currently resides in the diocese of Pembroke. Patrick is an author and popular retreat master.
His talks have been aired on FORMED, EWTN, and Shalom World Media, and he is the creator and host of Me & My House, a brand new video program for Catholic parents. Our title for this Easter Mission is “A Time for Hope,” three engaging talks spread out over three evenings to help you dive into the topic of Mary, the new evangelization and the hope needed for our lives right now.

Check out the preview video and follow each evening via the links below:
Mission Preview
Monday, May 11 - Bring Us Together
Tuesday, May 12 - Bring Us Hope
Wednesday, May 13 - Bring Us to Him



Meals à Partager is a new, volunteer-run program which delivers 3 days worth of home cooked meals twice a week. 

If you, or anyone you know needs home-cooked meals, please register here

About Us
Founded in 1993, MADA is a volunteer-based organization that evolved from a small neighbourhood centre to Montreal’s central address for fighting poverty in our community.

We provide our patrons with many social and crisis services free of charge, as well as serving as a safe haven for those in need.

Find out more here

To register
 – email
On May 12 you will  receive an email  invitation to join the CAFÉ on May 13.
You do not need a Zoom Account – you will just click on the “Join the Meeting” link in the invitation and, if prompted, write in the Meeting ID and the Password.
You do  not need a camera but you will need audio to listen.
The “door” will open at 6:45 and you will be invited to come in.
CAFÉ begins at 7pm
Come as you are – bring your own refreshments! :)
The “Room” can hold only  99 so sign up early!

Reconciling Work and Family:
Together, and with God, it is possible

In these recent months when our dining room table has become a makeshift classroom, a place for Zoom meetings, an arts-and-crafts station, and more, the theme for Quebec’s upcoming Week for Families on reconciling work and family has become more relevant than ever!

Through the challenges and joys of this “new” normal, many families are discovering how their faith enables them to live these challenges with a greater peace: Jesus os present through a word of forgiveness, a kind gesture, praying as a family, offering one's fear to God in this time social and economic uncertainty, etc.
The present of Jesus in our lives gives us the unity that makes reconciling work and family possible: "Reconciling Work and Family: Together, and with God, it is Possible!"
Click below for some resources for you, your family and friends with which to celebrate this special week. 

For more information, please contact the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family at
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In this time of pandemic, which is prompting many to rediscover the fragility and dignity of each human life, as well as the beauty of our interconnectedness, Archbishop Christian Lépine invites everyone to join him on Thursday, May 14, at 8 a.m on Salt + Light Television, for a Mass being offered for the special intentions of the protection of the dignity of human life, the family, those most vulnerable among us, and those who care for them.  This Mass is being celebrated in communion with the National March for Life ( traditionally recognized and celebrated on this day.
For more information, please contact the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family at


"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."  - Isaiah 55:10-11

Welcome to all who desire to deepen your relationship with God. Come and join us, and learn how to pray with scripture in the way of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
During this time when many of us are confined to our homes, Montreal Directed Retreats (MDR) supported by the English-Speaking Catholic Council (ESCC) will be offering daily online sessions beginning Monday, May 11 at 10:30. The sessions will be free and accessible to all through the clous platform, Zoom.
Each session will include a short teaching on the Ignatian method of prayer, listening to a Scripture reading and entering into the experience.  Following a quiet time, there will be opportunity for sharing (optional). The sessions will be 45 minutes in duration and will run from Monday to Friday*.
If you wish to join us, fill out the registration form below. When registration is complete, we will send you a Zoom link to join the group (the link will only be shared with participants who register in order to maintain online security).  Your contact information will not be shared.
Please click REGISTER below to open the registration form, enter your information, then press submit.

Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who might be interested.  Note that praying with Scripture is not bible study but rather a method of prayer
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
* Montreal Directed Retreats sponsors six silent personally directed retreats per year at the Cistercian Abbey in Rougemont and at the Villa Saint-Martin in Pierrefonds

Laudato Si’ Week honours the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.”
Catholics everywhere are uniting May 16-24 to take the next steps in our groundbreaking journey toward better care of creation. You are called to join us. Visit
Laudato Sì! Serving God in Creation 
A Villa Saint-Martin Online Retreat
facilitated by Marc-André Veselovsky, S.J., Oliver Capko, S.J., and Sylvester Tan, S.J
Date: Friday, May 22 (7 p.m.) to Sunday, May 24 (1 p.m.)
Cost: $75 (suggested donation)
For more info and to register: 
“What type of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children who are growing up? Motivated by this question, I would like to invite you to participate in Laudato sì Week from May 16 to 24, 2020. It is a global campaign on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the encyclical letter Laudato sì on the care of the common home. I renew my urgent call to respond to the ecological crisis. The cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor cannot continue. Let’s take care of creation a gift of our good Creator God. Let’s celebrate Laudato sì Week together! May God bless you, and not forget to pray for me.” - Pope Francis, March 3, 2020
During Laudato sì Week, connect with the Villa Saint-Martin for this very special online retreat in which, guided by Pope Francis’s Laudato sì, we ask God for the grace to open our eyes to the goodness of God’s creation and the path to redemption that God offers for us when we take up the invitation to care for one another and for all of God’s creation! The retreat will begin Friday, May 22 at 7 pm and conclude after an online Mass at noon on Sunday, May 24.
"When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." - Acts 2:1-4
The disciples were isolated, feeling alone and afraid when the Holy Spirit came down upon them at Pentecost. Many of us are experiencing these feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and fear in our quarantine and social distancing practices related to COVID-19. In these challenging times, might the Holy Spirit be inviting your parish or faith community to a new Pentecost? Perhaps Villa Saint-Martin can help. Our program team has been facilitating retreats and workshops online in both English and French since March. We would love to assist your parish, staff or faith groups with retreats, workshops, and training programs tailored to your specific needs. Our Ignatian pedagogy can help your team grow, pray, reflect, and converse together, all through our virtual platforms. From programs designed for leadership teams and those in ministry to online missions that can reach hundreds of people, we are available to help. In these extraordinary times when many parishes do not have the financial resources to support their staff, we’re ready to work with you as partners in mission even if you do not currently have the ability to make an offering for our programs. We would love to be in touch and discuss possibilities with you. For more information, please contact our incoming director, Kevin Kelly SJ, at or at (416) 702-9886.
3-8 Day Guided Retreats
June 29 to July 7, 2020 or July 10-17, 2020
Facilitated by the Villa Saint Martin Team 
Cost: 25$/Day
To register, write 
You can make a 3-Day, 5-Day, or 8-Day retreat, depending on your availability and needs. When registering, please choose a timeframe for desired length between June 29-July 7 or between July 10-17. We will put you in touch with a person who will be able to accompany you as your guide during this period.
These virtual retreats are guided by the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Because they are “personally directed,” each retreat is different, with each retreatant following a unique path with the assistance of a personal spiritual guide. Each day of your retreat, you can have a meeting over Zoom or Skype with your spiritual guide. This meeting will assist you in preparing your prayer times, in arranging and creating space for silent reflection, and in discovering passages from the Bible and other sacred texts that can help you in prayer so that you can encounter anew the Lord who awaits you in this precise moment in your life. You can also learn how to review your prayer and your day so that you can become more mindful of how the Spirit moves within you.
 33-Day Guided Retreats (Full Ignatian Spiritual Exercises)
June 28 through July 31, 2020
Facilitated by the Villa Saint Martin Team 
Cost: 3200$ (On-site, if available) / 900$ (Online)
This summer, you can make the full month of Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (33 consecutive days) from the comfort of your own home! The Spiritual Exercises ground the spiritual formation of every Jesuit. For five centuries, countless people seeking a deeper encounter with God in their lives have found the Spiritual Exercises to be a foundational and life-changing experience. If you have already made a silent retreat or a retreat in daily life, perhaps you may benefit from the opportunity to walk with the Lord through the full Spiritual Exercises through our 33-day program. People who have already made a shorter retreat (or 18th/19th annotation exercises) can apply to participate in this experience, which require the participant’s full availability from June 28 through July 31.
Apply using the link below. After your application has been received, and if you are admitted to the program, a member of our team will contact you and explain to you the spiritual direction process and will provide instructions that will set you up to meet daily with a spiritual guide through Zoom or Skype over the course of the retreat. For those who wish to participate in the 33-day Exercises on site at Villa Saint Martin, we will inform you on June 1 when we expect to be able to open our doors and under what conditions it might be possible to make the retreat on-site.
To begin the registration process, complete the application form found at 

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