Weekly Church Bulletins
- January 22 and 29, 2023
- December 11, 2022 to January 15, 2023
- November 27 and December 4, 2022
- November 13 and 20, 2022
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- January 23, 2023
- Engaged to be married? Congratulations! Sign up here for marriage preparation.
- Sunday, January 29: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service.
- What’s the Science of Sainthood?
- Discover "The Jeweler’s Shop: A journey for discovering all the beauty of marriage”
- Upcoming diocesan events.
- Local resources and other information are available on the diocesan website and at Catholic Action Montreal.
- January 16, 2023
- Coming up:
- a) Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 pm, parish hall: Parish Bereavement Group, for those who have recently (or not recently) lost a loved one. Led by experienced grief guide William Curran.
- Saturday, February 4: Spiritual Support for Separated & Divorced Persons.
- Friday, February 10-12: The Bible in a Year Retreat
- February 17-19: New York Encounter
- Seeking the Moral Path
- January 9, 2023
- A Protestant asks Bishop Barron if he should become a Catholic and why non-Catholics are not offered Holy Communion (3.5-minute video).
- If you missed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s funeral last week, you can watch the whole thing or a two-minute highlights version at Vatican News.
- Here are some cool photos: Our Young Adults Christmas gathering and several very wise men who dropped in over the weekend.
- Incredible but true: a woman was arrested while praying silently outside an abortion clinic in the UK.
- January 2, 2023
- Yesterday we celebrated Mary, Holy Mother of God, but it’s not too late to hear the Dominican friars singing Salve Regina. But how can a human be the Mother of God???
- Fr. Mike Schmitz’s The Catechism in a Year podcast has begun! Everyone has their idea of what the Church teaches—discover the reality in easy daily bites at your own speed.
- Men: Life is short, so check out a life-changing program, https://exodus90.com/Starting January 9: "90 days to be a better man: Men in Christ. Men of the Church. Men for Others.”
- Our parishioner and beloved Loyola High School teacher Lisa Dias’s funeral will take place at Becket Thursday this week at 11:00. If you are not able to attend, you can watch it here,live or later.
- The last words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI were “Lord, I love you”. Here is his spiritual testament, a video interview with his personal secretary, the statement by the Canadian Bishops Conference, a reflection by Bishop Barron, and a prayer for the repose of his soul.
- Why not stop in for a few minutes or an hour this First Friday during Eucharistic adoration from 9:00-3:00? It could be the best time of your week.
- December 26, 2022
- We were blessed on Christmas Day with the delightful traditional Italian Christmas hymn "Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle" (sung in English) thanks to our musicians. Learn about its fascinating history and hear the original version.
- December 19, 2022
- What is The Wild Goose?
- The years of COVID restrictions have strained fundraising for all charities. The Knights of Columbus are offering raffle tickets
- If you missed the concert on Saturday at the Grand Seminary, you can now watch it herefor free.
- Contribution envelopes will be available in the parish hall the week between Christmas and New Year’s, as usual.
- See Fr. Alex shovelling during his first-ever snowstorm.
- December 12, 2022
- Watch a fascinating and moving half-hour documentary on the Vatican Swiss Guards (only in French or German so far).
- Parents: you may think you know what your children are doing online, but think again: Parents suing social media companies.
- Season 3 of the remarkable series The Chosen is now streaming.
- December 8, 2022
- December 5, 2022
- Fr. Alexander Asirvatham, HGN, arrived last week from India to join our pastoral team as assistant priest. Learn more about him.
- Check out the schedule for the upcoming Christmas season.
- Two great Christmas concerts coming up at the chapel of the Grand Seminary:
- December 6: The Pillars Trust Fund Christmas Concert, beginning at 6:30 (changed from 7:00)
- December 17: Communion & Liberation benefit concert for Ukraine.
- Remember the Bible in a Year podcast? If you missed it, you can still access it, and also a special virtual retreat. Coming up on January 1 is the new Catechism in a Year podcast.
- November 28, 2022
- Here are a couple of fun and informative little videos on Advent and the new liturgical year it inaugurates:
- Why are so many young people irreligious today?
- Friday this week is First Friday, which means the Blessed Sacrament is exposed on the altar from 9:00-3:00. You can drop in for a few minutes or register for an hour at the back of the church during the week or email our sacristan, Anna, to sign you up: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The beautiful Knights of Columbus Christmas cards and the tickets for the Knights' Christmas breakfast (Sunday, December 11 at noon, back by popular demand after three years!) are available after weekend Masses, on our parish website, or on our Facebook page. Don’t miss out!
- Catholic Action is looking for a new Executive Director.
- November 21, 2022
- Separated or divorced? These are for yourself or others you may know:
- Don’t let technology rob you of happiness or family life. And parents have the right to forbid screen time during mealtime—leading by example, of course—and it should go without saying that devices have no place in church, unless you have prayers on them, as many do).
- The 23rd day of the month is coming up on Wednesday, and that means our parish Zoom Rosary led by our young adults at 8:00 p.m. All are welcome.
- November 14, 2022
- What can we learn from the Brady/Bündchen divorce?
- Looking for ways to prepare your hearts for Christmas? Let your family journey along this path towards a meaningful Christmas with this year’s Advent Calendar and its daily activities. Remember it's not about the presents, but His presence!
- “Walking Together Toward Truth, Healing, Reconciliation, and Hope”: The homilies and speeches of Pope Francis during his historic visit to Canada in July of this year.
- November 7, 2022
- Hendrix Lirazan is a 10-year-old parishioner whose pride in his faith can encourage us all.
- Six common reasons why people don’t go to confession. At Becket, our priests are available before every Mass or by appointment. Experience the freedom!
- Halloween’s over, but it’s not too late to help out with Mary’s Meals. If you let our Catholic Women’s League know the amount you send before next Sunday, they will match it up to $1,000:
- Reserve here for the Pillars Trust Christmas Concert.
- October 31, 2022
- November is the month dedicated to the souls in Purgatory, but what it is? Join this free webinar on Wednesday evening (All Souls Day) to find out. Once you register, you can watch it live or receive it recorded to watch later.
- Join us for All Saints Mass at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 1. All Souls Day Mass, when we pray for our beloved deceased, is at 8:30 on Wednesday.
- Here’s the correct link for the Facebook page of the joy and wisdom of a young priest battling cancer, and his dog Daisy.
- Why not stop in for a few minutes or an hour this First Friday during Eucharistic adoration from 9:00-3:00? It could be the best time of your week.
- October 29, 2022
- October 24, 2022
- Increase your Eucharistic devotion by doing these seven things.
- Consider this perspective on Homosexuality, Gay Marriage, and Holiness
- The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have some great podcasts.
- October 17, 2022
- October is the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. There is still time to be part of it:
- Why don’t you and your children join one million children praying the rosary for world peace tomorrow?
- New initiative! Parish Zoom Rosary for Youth, on the 23rd of every month at 8:00 p.m. beginning Sunday, October 23rd, organized by our youth leader Amanda Davis. We are praying especially for those who will attend International World Youth Day in Lisbon next summer, but also for all our youth. Everyone is welcome to join.
- The inimitable Madd Fradd tells us why he prays the Rosary.
- Attention married couples: join the Epic Intimacy Challenge and learn from internationally-recognized marriage experts how you can grow closer, enhance satisfaction, avoid fights, and eradicate boredom. Your marriage is worth investing some time and money into.
- Our annual pet blessing on Saturday brought out seven dogs and one fish (not pictured, too shy). Next year we will organize it further in advance. Speaking of dogs, bring some light and joy into your day with this young priest, fighting cancer, who shares his spiritual insights in the company of his Goldendoodle.
- October 10, 2022
- Spiritual support for separated and divorced persons is available.
- All creatures great and small: bring them to the church doors for the annual blessing at 1:00 pm this coming Saturday, October 15th (no elephants or cockroaches, please).
- Did you know that this year’s Arts & Crafts fair is holding a silent auction?
- A letter about Mother Teresa’s community gives us perspective on this Thanksgiving Day.
- October 3, 2022
- Find out about the Catholic Women’s League October Diaper Drive. They can be left on the table in the parish hall.
- Following National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, read Cree Nation member Annie Wesley’s letter to Pope Francis.
- October is a month dedicated to Mary, Mother of God. Here are two ways you can mark it (or else you could pray some or all of the Rosary each day):
- Join Benny Augustine, who is in formation for the Permanent Diaconate and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Becket on weekdays, as he shares the Word of God on Zoom every First Friday, beginning this week at 8 pm.
- September 26, 2022
- The feast of the Archangels is on Thursday this week.
- The Pastoral Home Care service of the diocese is inviting applicants to its formation program.
- Check out Matt Fradd’s Victory channel, if you're trying to overcome porn, know or love someone who is, or are trying to protect your kids.
- Participate in the upcoming Pillars Trust “Ask us anything” event.
- The Stations of the Cross by Canadian artist near Disney World.
- September 19, 2022
- Free Eucharistic Revival Conference this week.
- The parish is seeking a full-time custodian, M-F, 7-3, starting immediately. If you know anyone who might be qualified to maintain our large property and buildings, please ask them to send me their CV.
- Bishop Barron on “Queen Elizabeth II: Faithful Disciple”.
- Seminarian Jonathan Baker recently received the ministry of acolyte from Bishop Alain Faubert at St. Arsène Church.
- September 12, 2022
- Those unable to attend the episcopal ordination of Msgr. Frank Leo on Monday evening can watch it live or later on the diocese of Montreal's diocese of Montreal’s YouTube channel.
- Statement of the Canadian Bishops on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
- We are hoping to expand our volunteer live-streaming team for the Sunday 11:00 Mass. Contact Russel at email@example.com or (438) 881-8585.
- Loyola High School invites all interested families with Grade 5 and 6 students to register for a one-hour tour of Loyola High School to see the facilities and meet with Faculty & Staff on September 17, 2022. Visit loyola.ca to register. An English Eligibility Certificate is required to attend Loyola.
- September 5, 2022
- The parish bazaar is coming this Saturday! Bring your friends, family and neighbours.
- Long-time parishioner David Beasley passed away on the weekend. May he rest in peace. His funeral Mass will be held at the parish next Monday, September 12, at 11:00. Visitation on Sunday from 2-6 at Rideau Memorial. Our condolences to the family.
- Help Pillars Trust and try for a win in a new 50/50 draw.
- Join the virtual launch of the Canadian chapter of CAPP, founded by Pope St. John Paul II to advance the principles of the social doctrine of the Church: the dignity of the human person, solidarity and subsidiarity.
Please click here to see the latest communication from the Archdiocese concerning public health. We all know people who are more or less seriously sick at present with COVID-19 or the flu or even pneumonia, some of them with these conditions hanging on even for weeks.
You will see in Bishop Faubert’s letter that, in keeping with provincial government recommendations, we are being strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain distancing indoors. The concern is, of course, first and foremost for the health of our parishioners, but also the fear that, if the respiratory illnesses begin spreading even more widely, we could get shut down before Christmas. We should also not forget the heroic but exhausted healthcare workers, some of whom are also our parishioners.
To help avoid those consequences, we are returning immediately at St. Thomas à Becket Parish to mandatory masking inside all our spaces, including the church and hall, and distancing in all the pews and when circulating indoors. Masks must be kept on also while seated and while coming up for Holy Communion. We will maintain a few rows in the back corner for those who are genuinely unable to wear a mask.
The Knights of Columbus Christmas breakfast at noon on Sunday will go ahead as planned, but masks will be required except while seated. You will be served at your table to limit unnecessary movement.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We have kept our parishioners very safe and healthy since the start of the pandemic, so let’s follow these new guidelines with a generous spirit so that all can experience a time of joyful worship this Christmas. On today’s Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us ask her intercession for all our loved ones and our personal and parish needs.
An email was sent out today to the parish Faith First families inviting them to participate in a Halloween collection for Mary’s Meals, an organization our church family has helped over the years. This no-frills charity provides life-changing meals to millions of the world's poorest children every school day. By providing a meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty. It’s a simple solution to world hunger.
How can you help?
1) As your child goes trick or treating, how about yelling "Give and Treat" instead? Bring a box, small container or even just a Ziplock bag and collect money for this worthwhile cause. Decorate your box or container with any of the images in this document. You may want to hand out these info cards as you go around trick or treating or as people come to your door. You can return whatever you have collected to us after all Masses next week and we will happily send it to Mary’s Meals Canada, or you can send your collection directly to them.
2) Those without children or whose children are grown can also donate directly through the Mary’s Meals website and encourage others to support this cause.
If you don't have a printer, don't worry, printed copies of these documents will be available at all Masses this weekend.
Please consider helping this wonderful cause. You may remember “Love Reaches Everywhere” the beautiful 30-minute film with actor Gerald Butler about Mary’s Meals that we recommended to you a couple of years ago. Even if you don’t donate right now, you will love this little movie.
You can also learn more about Mary's Meals Superheroes.