April 5, 2013
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Nine Tiny Hats for Tiny Heads!

 

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming back Fr. Jean-Pierre, who has been very busy and missed some meetings in recent months. He led us in adoration, and after benediction his prayerful reflection inspired us all. So good to have our priest back!

We met afterwards  in the hall for refreshments, and while some kids dove into the popular Catechism board game, others gathered ’round Rosy who taught us how to make the knitted hats for little babies. These hats will be given to Quebec Coalition for Life who counsel women seeking help for unexpected pregnancies. To date, we have made nine hats that QCL can now give to women who chose life for their babies!

May the Lord enrich all of you with a Blessed Easter!

Mary Prillo.

April 5, 2013
by Janis
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Tiny Hats for Tiny Heads

Fr. Couturier Helps Make Tiny Hats for Tiny Heads

At our monthly Eucharist for Life gathering at Loyola High School in Montreal on Feb. 3rd, I announced with great joy the desire of our new archbishop, Mgr. Christian Lépine, to consecrate our city to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  This is part of his response to the call for the New Evangelization. He said we must first put our city under the care and direction of the Lord. Then he called on our priests to make Eucharistic adoration available in all parts of the city. He said we can’t bring Jesus close to others if we are not close to Him ourselves. He also asked priests to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation more readily available so that people can come and experience the joy of being in right relationship with the Lord. He stated that this is a prerequisite to presenting the Lord to others.  The consecration of the city is to take place at the end of the Year of Faith, in November, on the feast of the Christ the King. The children of EFL might be invited to sing a song at the Mass during Communion!

We then gathered in the chapel for praise and worship. I shared from the 1st reading of the day,  Jeremiah 1: 4-5 which says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I consecrated you.”  We then asked the Lord to change hearts in this city so that everyone might cherish, respect and protect life, especially at its most vulnerable stages. We also prayed that the Lord would mightily bless his priests as they lead us all in greater holiness.

Stephen (14 yrs) then led us in a reflection to prepare for Lent. The children acted out the scene from the Agony in the Garden and then we prayed that mystery of the Rosary together. We prayed for the courage to say as Jesus did, “Father, not my will but yours be done.”

The children had a great time playing with their dads in the cafeteria. One of the mothers shared that her daughter (7 years) had a great idea for an activity: a knitting loom that could be used to make infant hats. Each family could take one home and work on it between gatherings. We could then donate them to Forty Days for Life. Brian, from Forty Days for Life was there and he was very pleased to receive the 1st hat!!

I pray that the Lord mightily bless all who are reading this, and I invite you to join us in praying for the unborn and for priests.

God bless!

Mary

January 10, 2013
by Janis
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Epiphany 2013

Fr. Robert Gendreau, director of the highly acclaimed reconciliation play that our EFL children participated in during the International Eucharistic Congress of 2008 joined us for our first EFL meeting of 2013 at the cathedral on the feast of Epiphany. He led us in a beautiful prayer during Eucharistic adoration, and after he reposed the Blessed Sacrament we prayed over him. We then prayed for all the priests of Montreal.

Julie, Stephen and Joseph organized the songs for worship during adoration, followed by fellowship activities that included a catechism board game that was a smash hit!

Please join us in body and/or spirit each month as we gather to pray for the unborn, and for our priests. As our priests lead us deeper into the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, we will become agents of love for a culture of life where the littlest and weakest among us will be safe and welcomed.

God bless you!

Mary

December 4, 2012
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EFL on the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2012

Today our focus was on Advent, an important time of preparation to receive Jesus, our true Lord and Savior. Are we using this time of preparation wisely? The children prayed and acted out the second and third Joyful Mysteries of the rosary. For the mystery of the Visitation, we reflected on how Mary waited for the coming of our Lord. Hers was a time of service; of consideration for others. We emphasized that Jesus was still a tiny, unborn child when Mary met Elizabeth. John himself was still in his mother’s womb when he leapt for joy at the presence of his cousin. Jesus, just barely conceived in his mother’s womb, generates such a powerful reaction in John! How real is the life of the unborn and how much we need to pray for a change of heart in those who do not respect the sacredness of every human life. During the mystery of the Nativity, we reflected on the response of the shepherds. Do we respond and seek out Christ? Do we adore Him when we find Him? Do we run and tell everyone the Good News?

December 4, 2012
by Janis
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EFL Stands with 40 Days for Life, Nov. 2012

For our November meeting we joined “40 Days for Life” at Lahaie Park. We prayed with them and encouraged them in this important work. Afterwards, everyone gathered in the convent hall across from the park for a pot-luck supper.  It provided a wonderful opportunity to share our experiences in praying for the unborn. EFL Stands with 40 Days for Life, Nov. 2012

 

December 4, 2012
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EFL Launch for the Year of Faith, Oct. 2012

Hello World! I’m Mary Prillo, a busy mom of seven kids and chairperson of Eucharist for Life Children’s Mission. I’m reporting on our first meeting after summer break which coincided with the beginning of the Year of Faith.  We underlined the incredible importance of this Year of Faith as a time of great grace for all who open their hearts to receive it. We made a commitment to pray for deeper faith for ourselves, our priests, parents of unborn children and the whole church. We pray as well for the gift of faith for all those who do not yet believe and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. After praise and adoration in the chapel, the children acted out the “The Resurrection of Our Lord” and “The Descent of the Holy Spirit” while praying the scriptural rosary. We reflected on the fact that by inviting the Holy Spirit to act in our lives and lead us, we grow in faith and love. The children then went to the gym with some of the dads for sports and recreation while the rest of us stayed in the chapel to pray. We concluded our time together in the cafeteria with refreshments and fun!

December 2, 2012
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News from Fr. Francesco, our first priest!

Greetings from Rome! Thank you for the link to the EFL website – it looks great. I enjoy seeing the photos of our families and friends.
All is well in Rome. The Canadian College is a wonderful community of priests. I have been adapting to the my new reality as a student-priest, a considerable change from being a pastor.
Since my arrival in early October (it has only been a month and a half, but for some reason it feels like I’ve been here for much longer – a good sign), I have had the opportunity to participate in two papal masses in St. Peter’s square (the first being the inaugural mass for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the second being the canonization mass for the seven new saints – including St. Kateri Tekawitha).  I also participated in several activities surrounding the canonization.  It was a great way to begin my sojourn in the Eternal City.
Studies are going quite well. Latin is laborious, but our professors are excellent teachers. Much of my focus is on Canon Law and ecclesiology (the understanding of the identity of the Church is fundamental to the laws that govern her activities).
This weekend we have a retreat in our house – the guest preacher is the Dean of Dogmatic Theology at the Santa Croce university in Rome.  A great way to begin the season of Advent.
Please give my best to everyone at EFL and assure them that they are all in my prayers.
May the grace of our Lord fill and transform your hearts during this Advent season,
Fr. Francesco