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NEW RESTRICTIONS ON
GATHERINGS IN PLACES OF WORSHIP:

Some churches can no longer accept walk-ins, some close temporarily

 


Following new public health orders issued by the Quebec government Sept. 20 in response to rising COVID-19 cases, the Archdiocese of Montreal has advised faith communities, i.e. parishes, missions, shrines, basilicas, to limit indoor gatherings to 25 people (in orange zones) and 50 (in yellow zones), effective immediately.

Though many local churches have been welcoming parishioners and visitors for indoor Mass as early as last August, having spent a good part of the summer preparing to implement the required health-and-safety measures before opening their doors, some can no longer accept walk-ins, and others have closed temporarily since the new orders were announced.

Before attending Mass this weekend, please contact your parish directly for news on any mass cancellations, advanced registration required, Mass schedule changes, etc. 

Below is a listing of churches that have since reopened, including their Mass schedules PRIOR to the Sept. 20 health order. Before planning to attend Mass, you may consult their website or check with the parish regularly AS SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Parish listing: Which churches are open?


Religious Leaders in Quebec Denounce an Injustice



Statements issued this week by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec (AECQ), on behalf of the Quebec Interreligious Roundtable, have expressed great concern over the government's latest restrictions imposed on places of worship, appealing for public health authorities to reconsider their position. 

AECQ Communiqué Sept. 23, 2020
AECQ Communiqué Sept. 22, 2020
AECQ Communiqué Sept. 21, 2020

Should you agree, we encourage you to make your voices heard as well!
Please consider contacting your local MNA: http://m.assnat.qc.ca/en/deputes/index.html 
 

WORLD DAY OF REFUGEES
 

Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 pm, an awareness event on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be held; 'No one must be forgotten' in solidarity with 'our guardian angels' to oppose the decision of the federal and Quebec governments to exclude many essential workers, who worked during the pandemic, from the new access to permanent residence program for asylum seekers.  Join a LIVE STREAM of the event at https://www.facebook.com/JRSSJRCanada.

MONTREAL DIRECTED RETREATS:
PRAY WITH SCRIPTURE ONLINE 

 

Our weekday prayer sessions continue this month and into the Fall, Monday through Friday,
from 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

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.
 

Montreal Directed Retreats (MDR), supported by the English Speaking Catholic Council (ESCC), offers weekday morning online sessions, free and accessible to all via the cloud 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 are 45 minutes in duration and run from Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. each morning.


If you wish to join us, please register online below. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Montreal.Directed.Retreats@gmail.com.

Register for free
Downloadable poster (PDF)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 
ENGLISH SPEAKING CATHOLIC COUNCIL

 

Our AGM will be held online Wednesday, September 30, from 7 - 8 p.m. via the cloud platform, Zoom. Please RSVP by email to escc@bellnet.ca in order to receive the link to the meeting.

 


THE SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF MONTREAL:
VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

 

Our Head of School and key members of the administration will give you a run down on the Sacred Heart Educational Experience and how it Prepares Girls to Change the World.

Follow a virtual tour with a group of Sacred Heart Students who will show you what sets Sacred Heart apart. Join us Tuesday, September 29, at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wind down with a Q & A with faculty, parents, alumnae and staff.

Visit: https://www.sacredheart.qc.ca/news/virtual-open-house/

ARCHDIOCESE OF MONTREAL
RELEASES NEW eBOOK
A compilation of Archbishop Lépine’s messages during the pandemic “confinement”

 
The Communications Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal has released a free 300-page bilingual (French/English) publication entitled “Spiritual accompaniment when facing a pandemic.”

Learn more
 
Read online (Flipbook)
Download PDF


DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNED GIVING

 

ANNUAL COLLECTION NEWSLETTER: 
September edition is now available
September Edition

WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT GROUP
 

Losing a spouse impacts every part of life. Join us to be with others who are also journeying through grief. 
We meet every first Monday of the month, from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Join us at our next meeting on October 5.
  • We are a faith-based group
  • You are welcome to share, or just listen
  • Open to all; for those whose losses are many years past or very recent
  • We are meeting online for now, in person whenever possible
For more information, contact Anne Parsons at parsoa2003@yahoo.com
Bishop Thomas Dowd has called on Catholic Action to reach out to you, our English-Speaking Catholic community to participate in this new and exciting project.  Salt + Light will be broadcasting the English mass celebrated at Mary Queen of the World across Canada.  They need English lectors, one reader per service as is the current protocol.
Contact Judy Wong at jwong@catholicaction.ca 
WHERE CAN I JOIN ALPHA ONLINE?

Online Alpha programs continue to be launched in Montreal parishes next month. Why try Alpha? Learn more about why, and where to join, below. 

JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD PARISH
Try Alpha online! Explore life, faith and Jesus together. For more details and to register for the next session starting on Monday, October 5, visit:
https://jesuslightoftheworld.ca/alpha

ST. LUKE PARISH
We are starting two Alpha groups.
  1. Monday evenings, October 19 from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  2. Tuesday mornings, October 20 from 9:30 a.m. -11 a.m.
To register, visit:
https://st-luke.ca/cms/index.php?page=alpha-2

MISSION JEUNESSE - YOUTH MINISTRY
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sept 28, 7 p.m.
Online Mission Jeunesse Gatherings
are opportunities to strengthen the diocesan network of Youth Ministers to build a more dynamic and missionary community that better responds to the mission of our Church. Learn more below.
2020-2021 Launch
Online series (five sessions)
starts October 1, 7 p.m. 

Stress management puts you in charge of an overall improvement in quality of your life and relationships. God is bigger than our STRESS, fears and anxiety, and desires for us to live in His peace.
Allez-Go Sessions: Stress Management series
Online series starts
October 6, 7 p.m. 

In four evening sessions, we will explore the key principles of the theology of the body.  We will discover together how God’s mysterious plan for our lives is revealed through our bodies and the call to love. 
Decoding Love 101 series
MONTREAL DIRECTED RETREATS
at Villa Saint Martin
 
Enjoy a tranquil and restful silent weekend retreat at beautiful Villa Saint Martin. located on the shore Rivière des Prairies in Pierrefonds, QC.
WHEN: October 9-11, 2020
 
For the past 48 years, Montreal Directed Retreats has been helping individuals
to find “rest for their souls” through silent personally directed retreats.
We welcome you to this historic Jesuit retreat house
and invite you to take some time for yourself.
 
For further information or to register: 
Email: montreal.directed.retreats@gmail.com

WEEKEND RETREAT NEXT MONTH


Do you spend a lot of your time helping others while your own needs get pushed to the side? Feeling tired, unappreciated, overwhelmed? Wondering why?     

This silent retreat will explore how we find balance in our busy lives as we lead lives of service to others. Based on the popular Messiah Trap workshop, it is an opportunity to plunge more deeply (or discover for the first time) the common styles of being a “messiah” and how we can become more aware of unhealthy patterns in our helping relationships. Guided by the wisdom of Ignatian spirituality and discernment, it is an invitation to explore this dynamic for further awareness, healing, and freedom. The weekend retreat will have opportunities for prayer, input, interaction with others, personal reflection, and spiritual direction. 


Facilitators: Jeannie Albert and Cathie Macaulay

Dates: October 16 at 5 p.m. through October 18 at noon. 

Registration:
Villa St-Martin at 514-684-2311 
9451 Gouin Boul. West
Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 1T2

Rooms with or without private bathrooms available. Villa St-Martin carefully follows all health protocols. 
Option to connect via the cloud platform, Zoom is also available.
Please register by October 5.

ONLINE CONFERENCE
 
Given the in-person conference of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians & Societies originally planned for May 1-3, 2020 was cancelled on account of the pandemic, we have put together a fully online conference, that will be held on October 17-18, 2020. 

Wonderfully Made: Technology for Patient Care, the 12th Annual Conference of CFCPS

The program will feature eight accredited presentations by leading professionals on medical technology that affirms the dignity and worth of human life at all stages. Registration is $125 CAD for individuals seeking continuing professional development credits, and free for those who are not. If you would like to encourage this unique conference, visit the link below.
Wonderfully Made: Online conference
If your church needs help with its recycling program,
this project may be for you!
 
We are looking for Christian communities that want to better their recycling habits throughout the entire building. If you are interested and meet the criteria below, send an email to dir@greenchurches.ca with RECYCLING 101 in the subject line.

Criteria:

-Church rents space to charitable, nonprofit and/or community organizations
-Located in Greater Montreal Area (exact limits yet to be determined)
-Have a ‘green committee’ of at least 2 people
-Maintenance staff that is onboard with municipal recycling
-Have municipal recycling collection services
Learn more

ST. THOMAS À BECKET PARISH:
CHOIR DIRECTOR

 
As a member of the Parish Pastoral Team, the Choir Director accompanies the choirs for Sunday, Holy Day, and other liturgical events; directing the adult and children’s choirs, trains, plans, and schedule practices.

Job requirements: understanding of the Catholic liturgy and knowledge of traditional and contemporary liturgical music, sharing in the parish's musical vision, experienced accompanist. Outstanding people skills and willingness to work with volunteers a must.

Please send your resume to Fr. Peter Sabbath at psabbath@gmail.com 

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write to us at 
thegrapevine@diocesemontreal.org

 



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