PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS LAUNCHED BY THE FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS: 

YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT
Consider taking part by completing
the online questionnaires below

 

The government wants to hear from you. 
 
Consultations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) eligibility criteria and request process
Canadians are invited to fill out a questionnaire regarding proposed changes to the law concerning the end of life. What is at stake is eliminating the requirement that a person’s death must be reasonably foreseeable to be eligible for Medical Assistance in Dying (euthanasia) thus rendering it more accessible.   The Archdiocese of Montreal invites all the faithful to complete the government questionnaire before the deadline of Monday, January 27, 2020. Their contribution can help recall the dignity of human life, especially when it is most vulnerable, and to advocate that palliative care be accessible to all Canadians.
 
Details and online questionnaire
 
The government wants to hear from you. 

Consultations on the Ethics and Religious
culture program of study


The Ministry of Education and Higher Education is currently conducting a consultation with a view to a thorough revision of the Ethics and Religious Culture curriculum, a mandatory part of the schooling process for young people, from first year of primary school to the fifth year of secondary school. 
 
The Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec will participate in the consultation process announced by the Minister and encourage those concerned with this issue to express their opinion by filling out the online questionnaire.  You have until February 21, 2020 to make your views known. It should take you about 15 minutes to complete. (Remember that each question has 500 characters of space for additional comments which you can use).
Details and online questionnaire

ECUMENICAL SERVICE
 
Organized by the
Côte-des-Neiges Council of Churches

 
The Côte-des-Neiges Council of Churches was founded in 1971 to bring a number of “main line” churches together. We are currently comprised of nine church communities: two Anglican, two United, and five Roman Catholic.

St. Kevin, St-Pascal-Baylon, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, and St. Paul’s Anglican are all situated in the Côte-des-Neiges area. Mount Royal United, St. Peter’s Anglican, Annunciation, and St-Joseph-de-Mont-Royal are located in the Town of Mount Royal. Mountainside United is in upper Westmount.

The Council sponsors an annual ecumenical service which is held every year during the week of prayer for Christian Unity in January. This year's celebration will take place on Sunday, January 26, 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (3980 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd., Montreal, H3T 1E3). Join us and bring your family and friends! For more info, contact Council President Emsey Elkas at (514) 737-0372.

ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT LIFE AND FAITH?
 
If so, then this might just be the thing for you.
 
Breakfast Alpha in English with Spanish subtitles will be held on Tuesday mornings starting January 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at St. Luke Parish (106A Anselme-Lavigne Ave., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, H9A 1N8). For more information or to reserve a place, e-mail Alpha@st-luke.ca, or register on-line at www.st-luke.ca

SECRETARIES' DAY AT THE
DOWNTOWN DIOCESAN CENTRE

 
All parish secretaries have been invited to take a day out from their usual routine and meet at the Diocesan Centre on Thursday, January 30 for Secretaries’ Day! They will learn about the major reform for parish registers which came into effect January 1st for all dioceses of Quebec, and will have an opportunity to talk to secretaries from neighbouring parishes and share their own challenges of responding to the needs of parishioners on a daily basis. You are asked to pray for them in their exchange of pastoral concerns and best practices. 

      

VIDEO DIVINA AT ST. MONICA
 
This year, Fr. Lloyd Baugh, SJ, presents the ten films of Kieslowski’s Decalogue. Loosely inspired by the Ten Commandments, the films are consistent in their sharp focus on the absolute primacy New Testament commandment to “love your neighbour as yourself". Join him on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the parish rectory (6405 de Terrebonne, Montreal, H4B 1A8) to view the film "A Short Film about Loving”.  Free admission and popcorn, with discussion to follow!  For information, contact Fr. Lloyd at 514-481-0267 ext. 232 or lloyd.baugh@stmonica.ca.   

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE 2020:
SPECIAL MASS (In French)
 
The World Day for Consecrated Life was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1997, a day of prayer for those women and men who have devoted their lives to God in consecrated life. It takes place every year on February 2, on the feast of the Lord's Presentation at the Temple. 

In Montreal, you are invited to join Archbishop Christian Lépine and the Consecrated Religious for Mass on Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m. at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (1085 de la Cathédrale, Montreal, H3B 2V3). Following Mass, the consecrated religious are invited to stay for a day of prayer, reflection, sharing and fellowship. RSVP required. Please contact Soeur Madeleine Rochette, CND, Director of the Office de la Vie consacrée at SMRochette@diocesemontreal.org.

GATHERING FOR SINGLE MOMS
 
 
The next meeting being offered by our group for single moms will be held on Saturday, February 1 from 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at St. Monica Parish (6405 de Terrebonne, Montreal, H4B 1A8). The evening will begin with mass (come early if you want to go to confession) followed by a pot luck dinner and activities for mothers and their children. Babysitting is available but please note that requests need to be made ahead of time. If you plan to join us please register online below.
For more information contact clairebrown514@gmail.com
Looking forward to an evening of fun, food and fellowship.
Register here

PARADE QUEEN SELECTION EVENING
 
It's never too early to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day! 
Calling all Montreal (and surrounding area) women of Irish descent to the Untied Irish Societies' most esteemed competition. Win a Grand prize trip to Ireland! 


Each year since 1956 the United Irish Societies of Montreal has organized a contest to select a queen and princesses for the annual parade. Originally called the Queen’s Pageant and held at the Sailor’s Club in Old Montreal, today the Selection Evening is a public speaking contest held on Saturday, February 1, 7 p.m. at Plaza Centreville (777 Robert-Bourassa Blvd., Montreal, H3C 3Z7). Open to women of Irish descent between the ages of 18-25 who are permanent residents of Montreal and Canadian citizens.

For more information contact Elizabeth Quinn at equinn17@videotron.ca or Colleen Murphy at cmurphy2_3@msn.com.

FRIENDS OF MERCY



Friends of Mercy was created in conjunction with SASMAD/Pastoral Home Care, a service which provides spiritual support to those who are sick and/or elderly through visits in their own home.
 
The main objective of the Friends of Mercy is to encourage the members of the parishes of our Archdiocese to become aware of the large number of those in need, to pray for the sick, for their families and for all members of the association.
 
We all know that Jesus met many sick people. We want to do as he did.
 
All Friends of Mercy are invited on the 11th of each month to offer their day for the intentions of the sick, their families and the volunteers who minister to them. In addition, we pray for all members of the association, our community partners and the parishes involved in caring for the sick.
 
Pope Francis has called us to be a "missionary church". We can do this by our prayers and by prayerful support of those who go out to be with those most in need.
 
New members will be asked to sign a pledge form and will receive a certificate of participation signed by Archbishop Christian Lépine.

Arlene Provoteaux, our coordinator for Friends of Mercy, has been promoting this prayer ministry in the English parishes.
Many have been touched to know they are being prayed for by so many prayer warriors. 

If you would like to participate in the Friends of Mercy contact Arlene at arlene2155@videotron.ca

WIDOW(ER) SUPPORT GROUP:
MONTHLY MEETINGS

 
The Widow(er) support group meets every first Monday morning of the month from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish (105 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, H9W 3Z8). Our next meeting is February 3. For more information, please contact Anne Parsons at 514-457-2183 or parsoa2003@yahoo.com

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

 
Our annual diocesan celebration of World Day of the Sick will take place on Saturday, February 8 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at St-Isaac-Jogues Parish (1335 Chabanel St. East, Montreal, H2M 2N8). It is a wonderful opportunity to come together to pray together with and for those who are sick. Opportunities to receive the Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation will be available. Eucharist will take place at noon followed by a simple meal. Mass at 12 p.m. will be presided by Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal. All are welcome.
Contact SASMAD Pastoral Home Care Co-ordinator for the English sector, Cathie Macaulay, at cmacaulay@diocesemontreal.org.

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY

 

Every year Worldwide Marriage Encounter and the Archdiocese of Montreal invite married couples to celebrate World Marriage Day (WMD).

The theme for World Marriage Day has been permanently adopted as “Love One Another”. This phrase is the commandment given us by Jesus in John:14. It speaks to us in a simple but challenging way of how our Father wishes us to live. Loving one another is a daily decision – simple, but challenging.

His Holiness, Saint John Paul II imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day in 1993. Sponsored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter  movement, WMD desires to honour husbands and wives as the foundation of the family, and to support them in the vows they made on their wedding day. This day is celebrated annually throughout the world on the second Sunday of February.

Special Mass at the Cathedral
All married couples are invited to attend a special, bilingual mass on Saturday, February 8,  5 p.m. at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral (corner René-Lévesque Blvd. West and Mansfield, downtown Montreal) near Bonaventure Metro. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Christian Lépine. During the celebration, couples will be invited to remember the day of their marriage and renew their wedding vows.

EVANGELIZATION TEAMS FOR PARISHES
 

The pathway to the renewal of the world and the revitalization of our Church cannot be fixed by a single program. There is a great need for leaders within our communities to adopt a “people-over-program” mentality, and learn the art of accompaniment. Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) has been striving to live out of this perspective for the past 30 years on university campuses, and are now bringing this approach to evangelization to parishes, helping to support them in building multiplying missionary movements and infusing missionary culture throughout the parish.
 
Come to our information session on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Catholic Centre (1857 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Montreal, H3H 1J9) to hear about how you and your evangelization team can work with CCO to build a multiplying movement in your parish. Dennis Barry, previous team leader at Concordia University for three years, and now leader of CCO's Parish team will share information about the methods, approaches and tools CCO offers for partner parishes. The session will include a presentation, time for networking and Q & A. Everyone is welcome. Contact CCO Parish & Alumni Manager, Dennis Barry at dennis.barry@cco.ca.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Marche du Pardon 2020

 

Non-profit organization Souffle et Vie sans Frontières needs volunteers for the Marche du Pardon 2020 on Good Friday - the longest Way of the Cross North-South in Montreal that starts at 8 a.m. near metro Henri-Bourassa in St. Maron Church Cathedral and ends at 3 p.m. for the Good Friday celebration at St-.Denis Church (metro Laurier).
 
People with or without project management experience to complete different tasks, are all welcome!
 
If you would like to be part of this extraordinary experience, please join the group of current volunteers at our next meeting that will take place on February 9, 2 p.m. at St-.Denis Church (5075 Rivard St., Montreal, H2J 2N9).
 
More information: MarcheDuPardon@SouffleEtVieSansFrontieres.org
Please note that the meetings are held in French.


CATHOLICISM: THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS
at St. Monica Parish 
 

Bishop Robert Barron’s film series illuminates people who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. Join our guest presenters, Prof. Michael Van Dussen and Fr. Paul Geraghty, on Wednesday evenings, February 12 and 19 from 7 p.m.- 9:15 p.m. in the parish hall (6405 de Terrebonne St., Montreal, H4B 1A8) as they help us to unlock the truth behind two of the Church’s most influential people from the fourth and fifth centuries: St. Augustine and St. Benedict.  For information, and to register by February 10, contact Anna at (514) 481-0267 ext. 222 or at anna.diodati@stmonica.ca.


AN EXPLORE SATURDAY
at the Villa Saint-Martin

 

Facilitated by Fr. Sylvester Tan, S.J.
Saturday, February 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds, H8Y 1T2)

Before he founded the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola realized that he had three types of thoughts: thoughts that came from God and the good spirit, those that came from the devil and the evil spirit, and thoughts that arose from himself. By learning to discern between these thoughts, Ignatius came to discover more deeply and surely God’s will for him and embarked on the adventure that would be his life in Christ!

Join us for this workshop in which we will learn to examine more closely the spiritual dynamics at work in our lives using St. Ignatius 's basic (first week) rules for the discernment of spirits. 

The workshop facilitator, Fr. Sylvester Tan, SJ, is the director of programs at the Villa Saint-Martin Jesuit Retreat House. He has organized study groups around the discernment of spirits in the United States and Canada.
 
Lunch and workshop materials are included in the $40 fee. Young adults under 29 pay what they are able. Please register by calling 
(514) 684-2311 ext. 0 or writing to contact@villasaintmartin.org.


NIGHT OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
at St. John Fisher Parish

 

Join the Blossom of Love Choir for a night of worship and joyful, praising songs and prayers to uplift your heart. All are welcome on Sunday, February 16, 6:30 p.m. in the church (120 Summerhill Ave., Pointe-Claire, H9R 2L7). Contact the office at 514-695-0205 or sjfpsecretary@videotron.ca.


TRI-PARISH MISSION
Led by Fr. Larry Richards

Organized by St. Thomas à Becket,
St. Luke and Jesus Light of the World Parishes


 


Fr. Larry Richards, a popular conference speaker and pastor from Erie, PA, will conduct a four-day mission next month. The purpose of the mission is to help people grow in their love for God and give them hope and direction in their daily lives.




WHEN: Monday, February 17 to Thursday, February 20
             7 p.m.-9 p.m. each evening

WHERE: St. Thomas à Becket Parish
               (4320 St. Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7)

COST: Free (free-will offering last night of mission)

Fr. Larry Richards speaks from experience as a pastor of an inner city parish, a high school chaplain, a counsellor and evangelist. Fr. Larry Richards has directed hundreds of retreats, parish missions, and conferences for young and old alike. His inspirational talks, presentations, and books, always authentic and enthusiastic, have changed the hearts, minds and lives of millions of listeners and readers worldwide. His best-known books are “Be a Man” and “Surrender! The Life Changing Power of Doing God’s Will”. Fr. Larry is the  founder of “The Reason for Our Hope Foundation.”

Each night of the parish mission has a different theme:

  • Monday:  Knowing God’s love and practical information on how to pray
  • Tuesday: The gift of the Mass and the importance of family
  • Wednesday: The passion of Jesus Christ and how because of that we have freedom from, and forgiveness of, our sins
  • Thursday: Healing service and the new life of discipleship

For more information, contact Elsa Rivera at (514) 626-4111, ext. 222 or elsa@becket.ca

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An invitation to
THE MARRIAGE COURSE

Looking for an intimate and effective way to make your marriage stronger, healthier and last a lifetime? A new session of The Marriage Course is about to begin!
This course is offered to any married couple who would like to enrich their marriage. If you already have a good marriage, that’s good news, but any marriage can be made better. Why not take this opportunity to make your marriage the best it could be. After all, you have a lifetime to share and enjoy together!

If you have a struggling marriage, you will learn the valuable tools necessary to overcome the issues being faced.
Marriage is a very special relationship, and it deserves all of the love, attention and care you can give to nourish it.

Over the course of seven evenings, in a warm and relaxing home setting, you and your spouse can spend quality time discovering the essence of a healthy marriage, and privately discussing the topics covered each evening. There are absolutely no group discussions.
Think of it as a “date” night with your spouse!
The cost is $80 per couple.

The next course will be held in the West Island, on Tuesday nights at 7:15 pm, starting on February 25  and ending April 7, 2020.
To register, or for more information, please contact Nathalie and John Bondyra, at 514-695-7896,or at kahndyra@sympatico.ca.


TWO NEW POSITIONS AT ST. LUKE PARISH
IN DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX

 
Secretarial Position
St. Luke Parish is seeking a bilingual full-time experienced secretary, 35 hr./wk. for Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Must be an organized self-starter who will be responsible for the management of the parish office functions, maintain the church calendars, oversee the management and maintenance of all official records and files as per the Diocesan guidelines, demonstrate solid skills in the use of office equipment, computers and related software, and coordinate communication with ministry leaders.  As the first point of contact and reference for visitors, an attitude of welcoming hospitality is essential.  

Bookkeeper
St. Luke Parish is seeking a bilingual experienced bookkeeper for 8 hr./wk.  Must be an organized self-starter who will be responsible for the maintenance of all financial accounts.  The candidate must have a knowledge of bookkeeping principles as they apply to registered charities and of payroll processing, be familiar with Simply Accounting software, and demonstrate an appropriate level of discretion, confidentiality and professionalism.  

If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, please send your CV to Mrs. Andi La Rivière, c/o St. Luke  Parish, 106A Anselme Lavigne, Dollard des Ormeaux, QC H9A 1N8  or by email at job@st-luke.ca  
No phone calls please.

MANAGER OF OPERATIONS:
KINKORA ACTIVITY CAMP


 
 
Position Title: Manager of Operations
Workload: Part-time, 21 hours per week (9 month contract position)
Reports to: Kinkora Activity Camp Board of Directors
Immediate Supervisor: President, Kinkora Activity Camp Board

NATURE OF WORK
Reporting to the Kinkora Activity Camp Board of Directors and under the direct supervision of its President, the
Manager of Operations is responsible for the overall operation of Camp Kinkora. This includes the Summer and Off
Season activities, maintenance of the site, safety, security and well-being of staff, campers and volunteers, booking
of groups, administrative tasks and the hiring, evaluation and supervision of employees.
 
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