A PRAYER FOR SUMMER
 
Father, Creator of all, thank you for summer.
Thank  you  for  the  warmth  of  the  sun  and  the  increased daylight.  
Thank  You  for  the  beauty  I  see  all  around  me  and  for  the opportunity  to  be  outside  and  enjoy  your  creation.
Thank  you  for  the  increased  time  I  have  to  be  with  my friends and family, and  for  the  more  casual  pace  of the summer  season.

Draw me closer to you this summer.
Teach  me  how  I  can  pray  no  matter  where  I  am  or  what  I am  doing. Warm  my  soul  with  the  awareness  of  your presence  and  light  my  path with  your  word  and  counsel.  As  I  enjoy  your  creation,  create  in  me  a pure  heart and  a  hunger  and  a  thirst  for  you.

Amen.
 
 Wishing you a
safe and restful holiday!
 
Summer blessings from
everyone here at the
Office for English Pastoral Services

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal
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*Please note that this is our final issue before summer break.
Our newsletter will resume in September.
 


EXPERIENCE A DYNAMIC SPORTS CAMP
THIS SUMMER AT CAMP CARITAS!

CAMP CARITAS: The camp’s program is designed to attract, challenge and present more positive life values for today’s teenage boys (ages 11 to 17). For more info: www.campcaritas.ca. Contact Holy Family Parish at 514-272-1056 and visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/campcaritas/ 


Camp Caritas is supported by the Pillars Trust Fund.


 


 

CONSIDER SUMMER AT CAMP KINKORA!


Offers four amazing, fun-filled, faith-based, one-week camping experiences for children, youth and families at beautiful CAMP KINKORA!
General Info: Anna Graham at 514-796-0703 or Cori-Ann Surette at 438-889-0318

DIOCESAN FAMILY CAMP (families)
July 14-20, 2019
Info and Registration: 450-491-5908

DIOCESAN LITURGY CAMP (youth 6 -15yrs)
July 21-27, 2019
Info and Registration: 514-978-0509
www.kinkoradlc.com

YOUTH IN ACTION (youth 7-14yrs)
July 28-Aug. 3, 2019
Info and Registration: 514-514-705-0262
www.youthinactioncamp.com

VISIONS (for teens 14-17yrs)
Aug. 4-10, 2019
Info and Registration:
www.visionscamp.ca

There are still some spaces left. Don't delay... register today! 

 


DEVOTION TO MOTHER MARY
AND FIRST SATURDAY MASS
AT CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH

Corpus Christi Parish invites you to join us July 6, 9 a.m., for a first Saturday morning Mass (16 Pacific Avenue, Senneville, H9X 1A3). This special devotion to our Mother Mary will be preceded by the recitation of the Rosary at 8:30 a.m.  Our Lady asked for this devotion when she appeared at Fatima, requesting communions of reparation made in atonement for the sins of the world.  Confession will be available with Fr. Stephen Diraviam before the mass. Contact the office at 514-457-3896 or office@corpuschristiparish.ca

SUMMER RETREAT AT VILLA SAINT MARTIN: GOD'S VOICE WITHIN
with Fr. Mark Thibodeau, SJ

 


After a decade as novice director for the Society of Jesus in the United States, celebrated author and retreat director Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, S.J., will be coming to the Villa Saint-Martin in Montreal July 26 to 30, 2019 to offer his last retreat before transitioning into full-time parish ministry in New Orleans. 
 
This retreat will offer participants the opportunity to explore their relationship with God by engaging in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Through silence and prayer, retreatants will share with God the joys and struggles of our lives as we reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Fr. Thibodeaux will present reflections on the spiritual path of Saint Ignatius and will help participants to tell God about their own spiritual paths and to listen within for God’s response.
 
Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, S.J. has published numerous books, including Armchair Mystic, God’s Voice Within, God, I Have Issues and Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. Download the free Loyola Press Examen app based on his last book at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/reimagining-the-examen/id1065042173?mt=8 (iOS) or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmail.dtaylor.loyola.DailyExamen&hl=en_CA (Android). 
 
Register early! Space is limited! Don’t miss this last chance to participate in one of Fr. Thibodeaux’s retreats! Prices start at $424 for this five day/four night experience. To register, please contact Julie Lafontaine at the Villa Saint Martin at (514) 684-2311 extension 0 or e-mailing contact@villasaintmartin.org.


 


2019 SUMMER PILGRIMAGE
TO OUR LADY OF THE CAPE SHRINE
Organized by Jesus Light of the World Parish


 

Come visit the third largest Marian Shrine in North America.
Program for the day: Celebration of the Holy Mass at the Shrine, praying the Divine Mercy Rosary at 3 p.m. at the Old Shrine, outdoor Way of the Cross, free time to discover the place or to meditate. 
On the way, we will stop to visit the Sanctuary of Sacré Heart and Padre Pio in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10, 2019. Departure at 7 a.m. sharp by deluxe coach, from Mary Queen of Peace Church parking lot (11075 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds H8Y 1X6). Return arrival approx. at 7 p.m. 
We advise to bring your own lunch for convenience.

Tickets: $40. Discount for families and children.
 
For ticket information please contact:
Eva: evamac@gmail.com, Loretta: 514-951-8626 or lcykyng@gmail.com
Antoinette: 514-684-8808 or antoinette.kaade@gmail.com

 
MONTH OF AUGUST DEDICATED TO
ST. BROTHER ANDRÉ,
FOUNDER OF THE ORATORY,
AND PATRON SAINT TO FAMILY CAREGIVERS


 
 
  • Sunday, August 4, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Guided exhibition tour on the life of Brother André.
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2 p.m. - Mass and Anointing of the sick, in the crypt church.
  • Friday, August 9, 7:30 p.m. - Mass in the Basilica followed by candlelight procession. Free entrance to the Oratory museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 18 - Testimonies by Home Caregivers at all masses.
  • Sunday, August 25 - Pilgrimage to Mont Saint-Grégoire, the birthplace of Brother André. Buses will leave the Oratory at 9 a.m.; Eucharistic Celebration in the local parish at 11 a.m. followed by prayers at the monument erected to Brother André in Mont Saint-Grégoire, and a festive meal.
For more information and reservations, please contact Jean-Sébastien Carrier at 514-733-8211 or pelerinage@osj.qc.ca.
 
FIVE-DAY SUMMER RETREAT:
MONTREAL DIRECTED RETREATS

 
 
Consider the opportunity to spend a silent, personally directed summer retreat from August 5-9 at the Cistercian Abbey in Rougemont. Cost is $335, all-inclusive. Limited spaces. For more information, contact Paul Empsall at 514-626-9462 or visit www.montrealretreats.org.
 









 

DID YOU MISS THE JUNE 1ST SESSION?

EmergentStrengths returns to Montreal
Saturday, September 7!
Save the date!

 

Live Your Strengths
Find out how to take the first steps in recognizing your natural aptitudes and gifts, in discerning God's calling for you, and exploring how living your strengths can make an extraordinary impact in your family, work and parish life.  Sign up now for a chance to explore this program for yourself, and for your parish or ministry team. Based on the CliftonStrengthsTM assessment developed by Gallup Inc., together with the integration of Ignatian prayer,  this introductory session will be the first of a series of five sessions which will continue in the Fall of 2019. 

Why "Live Your Strengths"?
We believe exploring this program can help benefit our communities, having learned from churches and parishes that have implemented a strengths-based approach, about how fruitful it has been for them. They have experienced:
•             Increased regular attendance
•             Increased financial and talent gifts
•             More evidence of gratitude and generosity within the community
•             Increased time spent for service in the parish and in the local community
•             Projects are easier to carry out because of the heightened spirit of cooperation and mutual respect


 

Date: Saturday, September 7, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Location: St. Thomas à Becket Parish, 4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, QC H9H 4Y7

  • Cost is $49.72 ($44 + $5.72 HST) and includes the cost of the CliftonStrengths Assessment, personalized workbook, and facilitated workshop.

Once you have paid, you will receive an email within approximately 15 min., outlining the details of how to proceed with the Gallup Assessment.

Please note that all assessments must be completed by August 16, 2019. Each individual assessment can take up to 45 minutes, and must be done in one sitting. Once completed, you will have access to your report immediately online.

 

  • If you’ve previously taken the Assessment, the cost is $28.25 ($25 + $3.25 HST) for the personalized workbook and facilitated workshop.
     
  • If you registered for the June 1st workshop but could not attend and would like to come on September 7th, instead, please email to be re-registered (there is no additional cost): barry@emergentstrengths.com
 

RSVPs are required.
To reserve your spot:


SPIRITUAL RETREAT,
AND VISIT OF THE RELICS OF ST. PADRE PIO AND ST JOHN PAUL II


Please find details and schedule
on the flyer below:

 
For information and to register,
please click below:



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