COMMUNITY NEWS
Montreal's Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V., to facilitate in international gathering of priests this week in Rome

The Office for English Pastoral Services and Archdiocese of Montreal are proud to congrat-ulate one of their own for his recent appointment as a Table Facilitator for this week's five-day World Meeting of Parish Priests, which opened Sunday in Sacrofano, near Rome.

Fr. Raymond Lafontaine, E.V., who currently serves as Episcopal Vicar for the English-Speaking Faithful and director for the Office for English Pastoral Services, received news of his role from the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops earlier this month...
 
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Save the dates: Upcoming AGMs

Catholic Action Montreal: May 13
Development & Peace (Montreal
     diocesan Council): May 16
English-Speaking
     Catholic Council: June 18
 
 
Late Sunday Mass returns monthly: Every Second Sunday of the month - followed by refresh-ments, fellowship and a chance to find out more about Catholic Action Montreal. Missed morning Mass? Coming back late from weekend plans? Join us 7 p.m. at St. Willi-brord Parish in Verdun. Learn more.
 
Sacred Heart School of
Montreal's 
Alum Association Annual Community Service initiative is ongoing until May 17. Help support the Native Women's Association of Canada by dropping off your donations at the school. Learn more about what to donate or contact alumnae@sacredheart.qc.ca
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Way of the Cross Gardens Open
at St. Joseph's Oratory

14 stations of this devotion are landscaped into the mountain, inviting visitors each year to stop in for a stroll, quiet prayer, or reflection on the Passion of Christ. Open to all. Garden re-opens for the summer season on May 1stLearn more.
 
Newman Centre of McGill:
Mass of Thanksgiving, May 1st
5 p.m. with celebrant Fr. Anthony Atansi, followed by a reception and the inaugural presentation of The St. John Henry Newman Award, as part of the Newman Centre's Platinum Jubilee. Open to alumni, graduating students and friends of the Centre. For more info, contact the office.
 
Walking Towards Pentecost: The Ministry of The Wild Goose series
Continues three Thursdays in May online and concludes in-person on Fri., May 24 at St. Luke Parish. Discover a "deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit" and prepare for a more meaninful Pentecost. Register for Zoom details, and learn more.
 
One-Day Catholic Workshop:
May 4 at Maria Ausiliatrice Mission

On "Money and Marriage: get on the same page about finances - live in abundance." Open to spouses (young, and experienced). Led by Montreal-native Laura Ieraci, a Ramsey-trained financial coach, award-winning journalist and former theology instructor. Learn more.
 
More than trinkets and treasures
The long standing history of St. Willi-brord's Flea Market has made it an institution within our community, pro-viding clothing/household items to those in need living in Verdun. Don-ations can be brought to the Hall Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Stop in May 4 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more.
 
For Single Mothers
We offer weekly gatherings for prayer and sharing every Sunday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m. ET and Wednesdays from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. ET. Please feel welcome to join us! Hosted by Momentum, a faith community for Catholic single mothers. Learn more and register.
 
Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal: Benefit Concert, May 5
Featuring the Orchestre classique de Montréal, previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and conducted by Jacques Lacombe. Presenting Mozart's Requiem, 3 p.m. at the Maison Symphonique. Learn more about PCMR and tickets here.
 
Support Group for Those Who Have Lost a Spouse
Online meetings the first Monday of every month and regular in-person gatherings. Our next online meeting will be May 6 from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. If you know anyone who could benefit, please contact Cathie
at [email protected] or 514-925-4300, ext. 354.
 
Montreal's History Festival visits La Maison de Mère d'Youville
For the first time, the Archives and Collections Department of the "Grey Nuns" of Montreal will be taking part in this year's annual History Festival of Montreal, May 10 and 11. Learn more about the Sisters of Charity of Montreal at this free public event.
 
Concert at Bon Secours Chapel
Ensemble Scholastica, a female vocal ensemble, presents Songs of Lineage, featuring medieval music from West Africa. All are welcome May 12, 7:30 p.m. at Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel (400 St-Paul St. East, Old Montreal). Learn more and reserve tickets today.
 
Benefit Concert: May 17
Featuring The Philippine Madrigal Singers, an award-winning choir and member of UNESCO Artists for Peace, and Juilliard-trained Mushael Eusebio. Proceeds to help support the Filipino Catholic Mission of Montreal and Band Aid Montreal. For tickets and to learn more, click here.
 
Spring Garden Plant Fundraiser and Bake Sale: May 18
To benefit Suitcases for Africa, which supports orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya through education, nutrition and healthcare. From
9 a.m.-12 p.m. (61 Beaconsfield Court, Beaconsfield, H9W 5G5). For more info or to donate plants, con-tact Darlene at 514-457-3786. 
 
Women's Monthly Retreat:
My Faith and God's Grace, May 22

Come join the community of women who attend these monthly online
retreat days facilitated by Sr. Pat O’Neill, SNJMVita Lewis, MED, and Fr. Kevin Kelly, SJ who will preside over our Eucharistic cele-brations. Learn more and register.
 
Ignatian Examen: a prayer journey towards gratitude and generosity
Open to all. Offered as a follow-up session to this year's West Island Lenten Mission and led by Cathie Macaulay. Will take place May 25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at St. Luke Parish in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. Learn more and register today.
 
Sherlock Lecture: May 29
"Walking Together: How are we learning to become a Synodal Church". Canadian Synod Delegate Linda Staudt will be speaking on her experience of being at the epicentre of this exciting time for our Church. Join us 7 p.m. at Newman Centre of McGill UniversityLearn more.
 
For Canadian Priests, Dioceses and Lay Leaders: May 30 online event From Decline to Revival: Charting a Path Forward with Divine Reno-vation's Fr. James Mallon, at
1 p.m. EST. Connect with others who
share a common desire to reverse the Church's statistically alarming decline. Learn more and register.
 
Retreat for Single Mothers:
June 21 -23

2024 Annual Single Mothers Retreat at Dominus Vobiscum Retreat Centre in Mandeville, QC. Daily schedule includes mass, program-ming for women, children, recreation and family time. Organized by MomentumLearn more here.
 
RESOURCES
Catholic Cancer Connection
Are you suffering with, recovering from, or supporting someone with cancer? Catholic Cancer Con-nection is here for you. Our online gatherings and phone network offer spiritual support through prayer, sha-ring and more. Contact Debbie or join their Facebook group.
 
Seeking Spiritual Direction (Accompaniment)?

Consider the Ignatian Spirituality Centre of Montreal for assistance. Contact the Centre at (438) 377-1597 or visit their website for more information.