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Trinity Sunday

May 26, 2013

TRINITY: The Power of Love

At the height of the Cold War, Sir Winston Churchill famously referred to the Soviet Union as a mystery wrapped in an enigma. For many Catholics, this is what the doctrine of the Trinity has come to represent: a teaching remote and incomprehensible: take it on faith, but dont think about it too much! Yet the drive to understand is an irrepressible force within the human spirit. But before we can understand something, we have to experience it first. If this is true of all knowledge, how much more is it so with Love: the face of infinite Love, far beyond our capacity to grasp. In todays celebration of Trinity Sunday, we acknowledge the mystery of Divine Love as pure gift: the Fathers love, which takes on human flesh in Jesus, is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. This means that God is relationship: self-giving, overflowing love. This means also: we are not alone. We look upon creation, and we see that the cosmos bears all the marks of the Trinity: dynamic, expansive, giving, radiant; extraordinarily diverse, yet a finely differentiated unity. As Christians, our faith in the Trinity grounds our belief in the dignity of the human person. We believe that God embraces us, stands in solidarity with us, dwells within us. Created by a loving Father, we are all children of God; redeemed by the Son, we are brothers and sisters of Jesus, and of one another; sanctified by the Holy Spirit, we are Holy Ground, Gods own dwelling place. The Trinity is no dry, dusty dogma, a theoretical construct with no practical application. It is the core truth at the heart of Christian faith: God is love. God is relationship. God is unity in diversity. God is a communion of equals. And if this is who God is, then we, who are Gods image and likeness are called to reflect this love, harmony and unity in our own lives. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Married couples will be celebrated in a special way on Saturday, June 8th at the 4 p.m. mass. This mass is dedicated to ALL married couples, but especially to those celebrating special anniversaries this year (5, 10, 15 and 50+). Couples married at St. Monicas over the past year are also invited. There will be a small reception after the mass. To participate in the mass, please sign up at the back of the church or call the parish office (514-481-0267) before June 4th. We also ask participating couples to please bring a photo of themselves. This will be put on display at the back of the church and returned to the couples after the mass.

PASTORAL HOME CARE VISITORS The St. Monica Pastoral Home Care Visitor team is in need of volunteers. Our ministry extends from communion visits to the sick and homebound, to helping seniors with decreased mobility make their way to Mass at the Henri-Bradet Residence and the Richardson Convalescent Hospital . Interested parishioners should contact Deacon Dennis through the parish office. THANK YOU FROM THE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL COMMITTEE The St. Vincent de Paul committee wishes to thank St. Monica parishioners for your ongoing patronage of our food pantry project. You have been very generous in support of the food pantry and we greatly appreciate your backing. Because the needs for food assistance are ongoing within our community, we have decided to continue operating over the summer months. Your prayers and support are welcomed.

Mass Intentions: May 26 June 2, 2013

May 25, 2013 Our Lady's Saturday 4:00 In Loving Memory Dorothy Moore, Fioravante Rotiroti, Christina Knippling, Adolfo & Soledad Gomes, Richard Sedzin, Leonard & Terry Winslade, Laurie Laughlin, Mike Kilburtis & Lucille Wong May 26, 2013 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 8:30 Sr. Dorothy Lehman, The Baptismal Team CND 11:00 Lina Nardi Her Son & Family
May 27, 2013 8:00 8:00 8:00 8:00 Pasquale & Rosa Ferrara May 28, 2013 Marta Michetti May 29, 2013 Aldo Brocca May 30, 2013 Guerrino& Luigia Ciambella May 31, 2013 Carlo Scarsella Monday, St. Augustine of Canterbury Vincenzina & Michele Ferrara Tuesday, Weekday Maria & Mario Giobbi Wednesday, Weekday His Daughter Thursday, Weekday Their Son Serafino Friday, The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Serafino Ciambella

Revitalizing montreals english-speaking catholic community

The 21st Century Catholic Community Campaign is being launched to address these realities head-on by seeking to generate new resources to meet the emerging needs of Montreals Englishspeaking Catholic community. The Campaign will fulfill this mission through: the continued and enhanced formation of youth and young adults in life and leadership so as to enable them to assume their future role helping to build a harmonious, healthy and just society; the generation and growth of spiritual leadership to help assure the long-term sustainability of the community; the support of families in navigating their way through the trials and tribulations of responsible adulthood and parenthood; the accompaniment and compassionate care of the elderly from a material, emotional and spiritual standpoint alike; the upgrading and improvement of key infrastructures that will enable much needed new initiatives. Your contribution can make the difference. Please give generously. To learn more, please visit our website at Pastoral Council Elections Congratulations to Sr. Lorraine Lebert SSA, Steve Lougheed, Theresa Murphy, and Ken Saldanha, who were elected by acclamation as members of St. Monicas Pastoral Council this past week! We would also like to thank outgoing Council chair Sharon DiFruscia and members Maureen Stafford and John Dike, for their many years of faithful service to the Pastoral Council.

The 21st century catholic community campaign:


June 1, 2013 Saturday, St. Justin Martyr Agnese, Martino & The Family Antonio Gagliardi June 2, 2013 Corpus Christi 8:30 In Loving Memory Joseph Onesi, Luigi & Rosa Mammone, Isa Mazzella, Chiara DiMarco, Emidio & Emelindo Paliotti, Ugo & Dante Salvati, Maria & Domenico Ambrosio, Edgardo Poce & Luigina Cicciarelli 11:00 Giacomo Fiori His Wife Berardina & Family 4:00

Celebrating Our Volunteers

All parish volunteers are invited to an appreciation luncheon next Sunday, June 2nd, 12:30-2:30 in the parish hall. If you have given of your time in any manner during the past year, your presence will be welcomed.
Feast of Corpus Christi Come celebrate Mass on Thursday, May 30, 7:30 pm at NotreDame Basilica (116 Notre-Dame St. W., Montreal) followed by a procession to St. Patricks Basilica (460 Ren-Lvesque Blvd. W., Montreal) where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will close the festivities. Contact Diocesan Liturgy Services at 514931-7311 x349.

. Your Generosity

Thank you for your on-going support of our parish Last weekends collection was $2,632.20