ADVENT CALENDARS FOR FAMILIES
Now available in Spanish, French and English!


 
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the weeks leading up to Christmas, why not take time this Advent season to make room in our home and in our hearts for  Jesus? He once came amongst us as a small child and each day He desires to stay close to us and our families.
The Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and Family at the Archdiocese of Montreal is pleased to offer its 2019 Advent calendar to young families! With a daily selection of simple and fun ideas, parents can accompany their children (ages 3-12 years) during this significant time in preparation for Christmas.

They are downloadable for families to print themselves or are available in full-colour hard copies at a nominal fee. Click the link below for more information.  
 
 
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CHRISTMAS TREE FUNDRAISER:

CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE


 
This year, to raise funds for the 2020 National Convention, the Catholic Woman’s league offers you the opportunity to have your Christmas tree delivered to your home. For a fee ranging from $40 to $79, taxes and delivery included, depending on the size and quality chosen, you will receive your Christmas tree directly at home. In doing so, a refund for each purchase will be given to the foundation.
 
To buy your tree, simply go to www.merryeasychristmas.com and enter the promotional code: 2019cwl
 
Simply select your tree, your delivery date and your payment method. You can pay for your purchase in cash to the deliveryman or online by credit card and be absent, if necessary, upon delivery. In addition, we will confirm by email, two to three days before the selected delivery date, and estimated arrival time.
 
We thank you in advance for your contribution towards the Catholic Woman’s League.

For more information, contact financement@bosapin.com
or 1-855-434-3520-ext. 701.
 
Get ahead on your holiday shopping, stock up on books, toys, handcrafted items, homemade treats, and more, and support parish and community groups at the same time. See details below.
 

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTRE OF MONTREAL
Come see our new selections and get your Christmas shopping done early! Stop by at our clearance sale on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (4567 West Broadway, Montreal, H4B 2A7). All books, except larger volumes, on sale for 50¢ each! Contact the office at 514481-1064 or centre@ignatiancentremtl.ca.
 

ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR MISSION

Join us for our annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (98 Aurora Ave, Pointe-Claire, H9R 3G7).  Books, lightly used children and women’s clothing, all sorts of Christmas items, raffles, baked goods and a tea room serving a light lunch.  Proceeds will go toward funding Christmas Baskets for needy families in the West Island.  For information contact all 514-426-4523 or office.st.edwardtheconfessor@gmail.com.
 


ST. EDMUND OF CANTERBURY PARISH: CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE ANNUAL BAKE SALE

Come join us on Saturday, November 16 from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (105 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconfield, H9W 3Z8). You will be delighted with our selection of baked goods, crafts, Christmas gift items, and refreshments. Raffle prize to be won and light lunch served onsite.
Bring your friends and family.  Hope to see you there! Contact the office at 514-695-7100.

 


ST. JOHN BRÉBEUF PARISH: SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP

Shopping for a good cause at St. John Brébeuf! Our Social Justice Group invites everyone to our parish hall (855 Bishop Power, LaSalle  H8P 1C8) on Sunday, November 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to shop for meaningful Christmas gifts! Several charities and non-profit groups will be there with wonderful products including honey, jewellery, ecological bags, cookies, candles, olive oils, soaps… plus our own Fair Trade Store and Tea room with baked goods will be open! For info, contact Wendy at 514-366-0131. 
 

THE GRAND SEMINARY OF MONTREAL BOOK FAIR
All books on sale at $1.00 each! Stop by on Wednesday, November 20, 1 p.m. (2065 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, H3H 1E3) and discover a wide selection of books on philosophy, theology, history and more. For more information, contact 514-935-1169.
 

ST. EDMUND OF CANTERBURY PARISH

We will be hosting a Gently-used Toy Sale on Saturday, November 30 from 9 a.m until noon in our parish hall (105 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, H9W 3Z8).  Proceeds will support the parish’s ministries. For more info contact the office at 514-695-7100 or parishoffice@saintedmundofcanterbury.com
 

HOLY CROSS PARISH
Please join us for our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 30  from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and on and Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (1960 Jolicoeur St., Montreal, H4E 1X5). Contact the office at 514-763-2717 or holycross.montreal60@gmail.com
 


SUITCASES FOR AFRICA AT CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH
Save the dates!
  Suitcases for Africa will be holding its Annual Christmas Bake Sale and African Market after Mass on Saturday, December 14 from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m and on Sunday, December 15 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the parish hall (16 Pacific Avenue, Senneville, H9X 1A3).

The market is one of our most important fund-raisers to support projects for the upcoming 2020 year.  Please come along to purchase on the day so you can get a head start on your Christmas supply.  Gift ideas, African ornaments, decorations and nativity sets.  Our Donation Gift Cards will also be available.  They make a wonderful gift for someone on your list.

In addition: this Christmas we are launching a campaign to provide shoes for children who are suffering from painful soil-dwelling parasites called jiggers.  They infect the feet making walking difficult and can lead to gangrene, even death if untreated.  After treatment of the condition, a donated pair of shoes will help prevent re-infestation.  Our goal is 300 shoes!  To learn more about this project visit our website at www.suitcasesforafrica.com.  For more info contact Darlene at darlene.anderson53@gmail.com or the office at 514-457-3896 or office@corpuschristiparish.ca
Thank you for caring!

 

VIDEO DIVINA: ST. MONICA PARISH
 
This year, Fr. Lloyd Baugh, SJ, proudly 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, November 15 to view the film "Decalogue Four: Honor your Father and Mother” and on Friday, December 6 to view the film "A Short Film about Killing”. We start at 7 p.m. both evenings in the parish rectory (6405 de Terrebonne St., Montreal, H4B 1A8) .  Free admission and popcorn, with discussion to follow!  For information, contact Fr. Lloyd at 514-481-0267 ext. 232 or lloyd.baugh@stmonica.ca.

HEALING PRAYER SERVICES:
ST. THOMAS À BECKET PARISH

 

Offered every third Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas à Becket Parish (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). Our evening includes Eucharistic Adoration, prayerful music, scripture, and reflection.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered and prayer teams are happy to meet with you.        

Our next service will be November 18 All are welcome.

Contact Elsa Rivera at BecketHealing@gmail.com

NEXT SUMMER,
TRAVEL IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHRIST
WITH ARCHBISHOP CHRISTIAN LÉPINE

 
This itinerary explores our Christian identity and mission by visiting places sanctified by the presence of Jesus of Nazareth. Biblical readings and meditations at each holy place will bring the Sacred Scriptures to life and help us examine and deepen our understanding of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
It is an opportunity for young adults to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in the hope of increasing our determination and courage to conform more to Him and to live with confidence as disciples in today’s world.

Next information session: 
Tuesday, November 19, 7 p.m.

Archdiocesan offices (2000 Sherbrooke St. West., Montreal H3H 1G4)
Limited parking available (Guy-Concordia Metro)
 
Learn more
WOMEN’S MONTHLY DAY RETREAT

The monthly Women’s Day Retreat will be held on Wednesday, November 20 at Villa Saint-Martin (9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds, H8Y 1T2). Registration: 9:15 a.m.. Animator; Sr. Pat O’Neill, SNJM. Thought-provoking presentations with references to Scriptural passages and the works of renowned spiritual writers; music; quiet time for personal reflection and prayer; Eucharistic celebration; sharing for those who wish to participate. ALL women welcome. Please bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and tea provided. Suggested donation: $15.00. Pre-registration not required. Info: 514-696-8188.
EVENING FOR YOUNG ADULTS:
ST. THOMAS À BECKET PARISH

Christianity and the Mainstream Entertainment Industry
 
Hip Hop artist Kanye West, who has recently renewed his Christian faith, has captured the attention of Catholics and fellow rappers alike, with his #1 billboard album, Jesus is King.  Meanwhile the #2 hit, Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding highlights the empty lifestyles led by the rich and famous, reminding us that young people especially must navigate our sometimes confusing culture filled with both good messages and temptations. Come join us on Sunday, November 24 from 6 p.m.- 9p.m. (4320 Saint-Anne St., Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7) for an evening to discuss what we should and shouldn’t consume, and what brings us closer to or further away from God. Evening includes dinner, fellowship, discussion, and Compline (Night Prayer). For more details, contact Russel Niere at russel.niere@gmail.com.
MEN'S BEREAVEMENT GROUP
 
Facilitated by Bill Curran, this group is for men who have experienced any significant loss. We meet one Thursday evening a month, 7 p.m. at St. Thomas à Becket Parish (4320 Ste-Anne St, Pierrefonds, H9H 4Y7). Our next gathering will be held on November 28. Please take note of our upcoming date for 2019: December 12.
 
For more information contact Cathie Macaulay at 514-925-4300 ext 354 or cmacaulay@diocesemontreal.org
 

THE EXPERIENCE OF
BEING YOUNG AND JESUIT

A FREE DISCOVER SOIRÉE MINI-RETREAT
AT THE VILLA SAINT MARTIN

 
Why would a young adult today want to be a Christian, let alone a Jesuit? Join Jesuit teacher Erik Sorensen, Jesuit priest Sylvester Tan, and others as they respond to Pope Francis’s exhortation to young people (Christus vivit) by sharing from their experiences of the life Christ offers in and through youth. Young people are especially invited to join us for this free evening retreat, but people of all ages are invited to join us as well as we learn about, experience, and share with one another the importance of youth for Christianity and Christianity for youth. Join us on Thursday, November 28 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds, H8Y 1T2). 
 
Want to send a question in advance to the young Jesuits who will be facilitating the evening? Drop a line to programmation@villasaintmartin.org
 
The event is free; registration is recommended but not required. Donations are encouraged, and tax receipts are available for donations exceeding $25. Those who wish may join our young Jesuits and other participants for dinner and fellowship in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m., before the soirée begins. The price of the dinner is $20, and reservations for the dinner are required in advance by calling (514) 684-2311 ext 0 or e-mailing contact@villasaintmartin.org. Young adults under 29 can join the dinner for a reduced price by contacting programmation@villasaintmartin.org


                                                                                                        

COME AND SEE EVENING
FOR THE CALL TO THE PRIESTHOOD
 
The next 'Come and See' Evening will be taking place on Friday, November 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at  Annunciation Parish (71 Avenue Roosevelt, Town of Mont-Royal, H3R 2G9). These gatherings are intended for men who are discerning a vocation to follow Jesus as a priest. These evenings are an excellent opportunity for those who are discerning a call to the priesthood to share in fellowship and to explore their call together.  For information or to reserve a spot, please contact Fr. Robert Clark at:
514-903-6200 or mtlvocations@hotmail.com.                                                           
 
MONTREAL DIRECTED RETREATS
at La Maison de Prière Notre-Dame
in Longueuil, Qc 

 
Enter into the spirit of Advent and Christmas with a silent, personally directed weekend retreat in the warm welcome and relaxed comfort provided by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame.

Re-discover, or deepen your personal relationship with Jesus, and become more aware of God speaking to you in the silence of your heart.

When:  Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2019
Cost:  $150 - Individual rooms, all inclusive.
To register, or for more information: call 514-626-9462, or 514-633-1172
or visit: www.montrealretreats.org
 
A GATHERING FOR SINGLE MOMS
 
 
Our single moms' group will be getting together on Saturday, November 30 from 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. in the Lounge at St. Ignatius Parish (4455 West Broadway, Montreal, H4B 2A7).
 
We will attend mass together at 4:30 p.m. followed by a pot luck dinner. After dinner we will have separate programming for moms and kids.
 
If you plan to join us please register here so we can be well prepared:
 For more information contact ClaireBrown514@gmail.com.
 
LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL MOTHERS' GUILD
50TH WINE AND CHEESE FUNDRAISER

 

Join us on Sunday, December 1 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (2477 West Broadway, Montreal, H4B 2A4). We would be delighted if you could attend this milestone celebration benefiting the Loyola High School Bursary Fund. Enjoy an afternoon of food, drink, live music, games, raffles and auction items waiting to be won. Adults only. Tickets are available online at www.loyola.ca  
 

ADVENT RETREAT IN ITALIAN AND ENGLISH
at the Villa Saint-Martin 
 

Vogliamo vedere Gesù! Come away to meet Jesus and discover spiritual conversation (in Italian and English)
When: December 3-5, 2019
Where: Villa St-Martin, 9451 Gouin Blvd. W., Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 1T2
Cost: $214-$246 (includes room, meals and animation)
What to bring: your bible and a journal           
Registration: J. Lafontaine 514-684-2311, ext. 0 or programmation@villasaintmartin.org                           
 
BENEFIT CONCERT AT
NOTRE-DAME-DE-BON-SECOURS CHAPEL

FEATURING GINO QUILICO

 

All are welcome on Thursday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. (400 St Paul St. East, Montreal, H2Y 1H4).


About Gino Quilico
Accompanied by three talented musicians (cello, violin and piano), guest artist Gino Quilico offers a charming repertoire of some of the most beautiful songs of the holiday season, in French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Esteemed as an interpreter of the French and Italian repertoire, baritone Gino Quilico has performed with the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milano), the Royal Opera House (London), the Vienna State Opera (Vienna), the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), and La Fenice (Venice). He has made over twenty opera recordings, including a Grammy Award for his participation in the recording of Les Troyens (Decca). His critically acclaimed solo recital recording Le Secret (Koch International) also firmly established Mr. Quilico in the classical recording industry. His recent recording, Noel, with Novem Inc. went gold.
 

Concert and cocktail

Tickets for the benefit concert are $150 and include reserved seating near the stage and admission to the cocktail reception to end the evening in style and meet the artists. You will be mailed an income tax receipt for $100 following the concert.

If you can’t join us for this event, feel free to make a donation.  Also, please note that regular tickets at $30 give general admission to the concert only.

Your support will help us modernize and upgrade our permanent exhibition and archaeological site with advanced technology, boost visitor numbers, in particular through a program for families, and expand, thanks to a new architectural envelope.

These changes will benefit the entire community, from students to families, history scholars and heritage buffs, Montrealers and tourists alike.

For more information, contact us at 514 282-8670, ext. 238 or click below for details and to purchase tickets:

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ADVENT MEDITATION CONCERT
Enter more deeply into the mysteries of God, the world, and yourself through music and visual arts
 

 

All are welcome on Saturday, December 7 at the Villa Saint-Martin ((9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds, H8Y 1T2)

Featuring a quartet composed of musicians from Montreal’s I Musici orchestra

Christian Prévost has been a member of Montreal’s I Musici orchestra since 1985. He is frequently invited to play for other orchestras and partners with artists in classical and popular music circles. Marie-Ève Poupart has been a violinist with Montreal’s I Musici since 2013; she has performed as a soloist with the OSM, OM and OSTR, and in countries around the world as a chamber musician. Madeleine Messier has played the violin for Montreal’s I Musici since 1987 and she also plays alto. She also freelances with various ensembles in Quebec. Tim Halliday has played cello since the age of 4. He joined Montreal’s I Musici orchestra in 1995. These instrumentalists will offer us a selection of Baroque pieces and Christmas music from different periods.

Trained in craft techniques at the Maison des métiers d'art de Québec and having studied theology, artist Ivon Bellavance will help you touch a mystery for contemplated through his live artistic creation during the performance. He is particularly interested in scenography, through which he has fashioned an approach that led him to create several material artworks, notably for the director Robert Lepage and Cirque du Soleil. Today, his work combines spirituality and the art of textiles.The staging of music and visual art will stimulate your senses and engage your whole being in a time of meditation.

Pre-performance private viewing and intro by Mr. Bellavance: 7 p.m.
Meditation concert: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20
Please RSVP at contact@villasaintmartin.org

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