Mini-market June 20th

Please join us June 20th for a celebratory Welcome Wednesday. What are we celebrating, you ask? How about everything we've been able to accomplish over the school year that's coming to an end?
We celebrate the time, energy and creativity that Sheila, Maurice, Mackie and others put into the Mini-market every two weeks. From ordering, to setting up and decorating (often on a seasonal theme) to keeping accounts, this has been a colossal task that could only have been accomplished by teamwork.
We celebrate the vision and initiative of our Kitchen Coordinator, Leonore, who guided teams of cooks, working with whatever ingredients were on hand, to produce tasty nutritious community lunches.  By bringing our kitchen up to MAPAQ standards, she was able to revive our partnership with Moisson Montreal, and to obtain meat and fresh produce as well as non-perishables, from them and other organizations. Wednesday lunch went from being every two weeks to every week, attracting a diverse and enthusiastic crowd.
We celebrate Frank, Kathy, Darlene, Lily and others, who have helped organize sales big and small over the year that bring in revenue and help us pay our rent at the Mission! 

As you have probably heard by now, the Mission is part of a renovation project at Verdun Elementary that begins the last week of June. as a result we will be shutting down from June 30th through July 15th, and will have to modify our activities for the rest of the summer. Wednesday's Mini-market will unfortunately be the last until August 1st. This week there will be books and knick-knacks for sale but they will also disappear after that, to return in August.
After June 20th, the formal lunches are suspended until the fall, but we will be having light salad meals outdoors every Wednesday through the summer.

We even celebrate the renovations because, despite any inconvenience, they will ultimately provide a more pleasant environment for us to continue working in. We embrace the challenges of the summer as we look ahead to all we will accomplish in the next school year!

Please click to download the price list for next Wednesday's Mini-market:

Kitchen News

Dear Kitchen Friends,

Due to major renovations, SouthWest Mission will be closed from June 30th to July 15th. The kitchen, however, will be closed all Summer. We will therefore not be able to prepare and serve our usual Welcome Wednesday community lunches.

That’s ok because we’re never short of ideas, and here is our latest : we will be replacing our 3-course menu with something much easier that we baptized SIMPLE SUMMER.

Every Wed. from July 18th to August 29th, 12 :30 pm, we will be serving salad in the courtyard at the entrance of the Mission.

In preparation, I’m starting to recruit people of good will who would like to participate in the process. The ingredients will be given to you, the food prep kitchen is still to be determined.

This is what the process will look like :

1)   Make salad
2)   Bring salad to Mission by Wednesday noon
3)   Help set up outside for service
4)   Help with service
5)   Help with cleanup.

Ideally, we would have a team of 3 volunteers in each Wednesday.
Is this a project for you ? Do you have free Wednesdays over the Summer?
Please let me know asap, this is the time !

Léonore Pion
Cuisinière communautaire
Coordonnatrice des activités de cuisine, Mission du Sud-Ouest 

St. Jean Baptiste Mobile Brunch

It seems the road won't be torn up yet, so we are going ahead with this planned collaboration with our Sikh neighbours. On Sunday, June 24th, weather permitting, SouthWest church will be offering sweets and lemonade out on the church lawn at 11:30. If that stimulates your appetite, you can move on at 12:30 to the Guru Nanak Temple just steps away on Ouimet for a savoury buffet! What a delicious way to celebrate the diversity of Quebec in 2018!


Minister's message/ message du pasteur



I loved the idea when our choir director Sarah Fraser would include soup before concerts; I loved that a recent SouthWest conversation led by the worship ad hoc group began with home-made soup. Accompanied by fresh bread, hospitality and human exchange, soup can be a simple and delicious way to feed the body, mind and spirit.

Soup(e) + is an invitation to our francophone neighbours (and anyone who speaks French) to a soup “plus “ conversation with questions, songs and informal prayers. It is a link to the many who come to us and would appreciate a gathering in a spirit of welcome and non- judgment. It is experienced in the radical hospitality of Jesus, where “All are welcome, tous sont les bienvenues”. Sunday June 17th 12:30 at the Mission.

I leave today on a pilgrimage to the land of the faith of my ancestors. I go to taste and experience the Holy Land with my Bible in hand, an open heart and excitement.
I will carry you in my prayers at the many places of pilgrimage I will visit. 
Vous êtres tous dans mes prières pendant ce pèlerinage en Terre Sainte.

Rev. David


Un moment d’échange informel autour d’un bol de soupe maison.
Une rencontre pour nourrir le corps, l’âme et l'esprit par une conversation honnête et franche. Toute question est permise. Nous cherchons à cheminer dans la foi, l'amour et l’espérance.
Au programme : un chant, une prière du cœur, de l’écoute et du soutien.
Et on se quittera avec la connaissance d'autres personnes qui cherchent, elles aussi, la justice en résistant au mal à la manière de Jésus.

Bienvenue à tous et toutes : dimanche le 17 juin 2018, à 12h30
Mission du Sud-Ouest, 631 Melrose, Verdun. 
Contact: Judith


Nouvelles de la cuisine

Chers amis des cuisines !

En raison de rénovations majeures, la Mission du Sud-Ouest sera fermée du 30 juin au 15 juillet. Notre belle cuisine communautaire, cependant, sera fermée tout l’été. Nous ne serons donc plus en mesure de préparer et de servir les repas communautaires du mercredi.

MAIS ! Comme nous ne sommes jamais à court d’une bonne idée, nous avons décidé de remplacer nos menus trois services faits sur place par une formule beaucoup simple, joliment intitulée ÉTÉ SIMPLICITÉ.

Tous les mercredis à 12 h 30, du 18 juillet au 29 août, nous servirons une salade-repas sans prétention dans la cour devant la Mission.

Je suis donc présentement en train de recruter les bonnes volontés qui auraient envie de faire ladite salade, et de participer au reste du travail. Les ingrédients seront fournis, la cuisine reste à trouver.

Il s’agirait donc essentiellement de :

1) faire la salade, idéalement en gang parce que c’est plus drôle ;
2) la ramener à la Mission pour le mercredi midi ;
3) donner un coup de main pour préparer le service à l’extérieur ;
4) assurer le service – très simple : on remplit des bols avec de la salade !
5) aider au ramassage.

Ça nous prendrait une équipe de 3 personnes par mercredi.
Avez-vous des envies ? des disponibilités ?
Faites-le-moi savoir dès maintenant, le processus d’inscription est ouvert !

À bientôt !

Léonore Pion
Cuisinière communautaire
Coordonnatrice des activités de cuisine, Mission du Sud-Ouest | 514 544-5264

Mini-market May 23rd

The next Mini-market is from 10:30 to 3:30 next Wednesday, May 23rd. The best way to get the fruit and veggies you want at affordable prices is to pre-order by phone or using the attached form. Your order will be set aside for you on the day. If you can, stay for community lunch at 12:30! Download the pricelist below to see what will be on offer:

Le prochain Mini-marché sera mercredi prochain, 23 mai de 10H30 à 15H30. Pour s'assurer d'avoir les fruits et légumes que vous voulez veut, vaut mieux pré-commander par téléphone ou courriel en utilisant le formulaire ci-joint. Télécharger la liste de prix pour savoir ce qui sera offert:

Kitchen notes de notre cuisine



Our Community Depanneur is well stocked with home-made frozen foods that can be yours for a moderate price. Right now there are several kinds of soup, from creamy to chunky, available at $4 a litre container, or $2.50 for a 1/2 litre. There is meat sauce for pasta at $6, or tomato sauce for $3. Also muffins, small cheescakes and chickpea brownies! On the Community shelves right next to the freezer you will find strawberry and blackberry jam prepared this past week. Come by during office hours and take home supper.

For the Welcome Wednesday meal on May 23rd, we will have our Verdun deputy to the National Assembly, Mme. Isabelle Melançon and her team working in the kitchen. Under the supervision of chef Léonore, they will do the cooking, serving and clean-up. Lunch is served at 12:30. Pay-what-you-can.
If you have a group of 4 or 5 that would like to have a fun team-building experience, please contact the office about volunteering in the kitchen for Welcome Wednesday.

Notre Dépanneur communautaire est plein de plats congelés disponibles à prix modiques. Présentement il y a des soupes et des potages à 4$ le litre ou 2.50$ le demi-litre; de la sauce tomate à 3$ ou sauce viande à 6$; de plus, il ya des muffins, des petits gâteaux au fromage et des brownies au pois chiches. Sur les étagères à côté du congélateur vous trouverez de la confiture de fraises et de mûres. Vous n'avez qu'à passer durant les heures d'ouverture pour emporter le souper!

Pour le repas communautaire mercredi prochain (23 mai) notre député de Verdun à l'assemblée nationale, Mme. Isabelle Melançon sera dans la cuisine avec son équipe. Sous la supervision de chef Léonore, ils s'occuperont de cuisiner, de servir et du ménage. Le repas est servi à 12h30. Donnez selon vos moyens.
Si vous avez une équipe de 4 ou 5 personnes qui voudrait faire du bénévolat en apprenant et en s'amusant dans la cuisine veuillez contacter le bureau.

Mini-Market May 9th

Still haven't stopped by the Mission on a Welcome Wednesday? It's a sight to behold! Baskets of fresh produce on display, cooks working away in the kitchen, lots of friendly faces coming and going! 
The next Mini-market is from 10:30 to 3:30 next Wednesday. The best way to get the fruit and veggies you want at affordable prices is to pre-order using the attached form. Download to see what will be on offer:

Comment ça vous n'avez pas encore passé à la Mission un «Mercredi M'Attend»? C'est quelque chose! Des paniers de fruits et légumes à vendre, des cuisiniers très occupés dans la cuisine, plein de va-et-vient et du monde génial !
Le prochain Mini-marché est mercredi prochain de 10H30 à 15H30. Pour s'assurer d'avoir les fruits et légumes qu'on veut, on est mieux de pré-commander avec le formulaire ci-joint. Télécharger pour savoir ce qui sera offert:

Minister's Message: Living With Emptiness

Living with Emptiness (and an empty fridge)


When I opened the door to the Self-Serve fridge/Libre Frigo yesterday, it was empty. It’s the very first time I saw people opening it to find nothing on its shelves.

We started this fridge as a way of sharing with community from our abundance. We hoped that others would bring and put into the fridge from their kitchens as well. It’s a great idea. But offering free food seems easier than educating about how we all contribute to the wider good.

Giving free food to a family in need is easier than having the conversation to actually listen to their needs, to sit across the table and hear their story. Converting to healthy choices is more difficult than accepting the status quo. What do we hear from an empty fridge? 

We affirm a vision of food for all and are grateful for all that we do. 

SouthWest is where:

-we offer a place of belonging and room at all our table gatherings
-we benefit from a professional cook and a team of volunteers in the kitchen
-we transform the donations we receive from Harvest Montréal ($19,000 in value in a year) into community meals on Wednesday and Messy Church
-we support the Mini Market as a sustainable access to fresh fruits and vegetables, at cost, for the community  

SouthWest is about community helping community. We welcome all, we offer what we can and invite all into a circle of grace, hope and love. We follow the example of Jesus in our radical hospitality. 

SouthWest is also accepting emptiness, accepting that our financial and human resources have limits. Our energies cannot be everywhere nor can we do everything. 

The empty fridge may be a gentle reminder to us that it is only in engaging in conversation our membership, adherents and those receiving our services that we will find the way forward. We need everyone contributing with monies, ideas, time, focus and a vision of a generous table. 

Let’s put what we can in the community fridge but stay focused on sustainability: building a transformative community is a costly enterprise. It needs both vison and the means to fund that vision. This is our present challenge and needs all of our help. 

In Mary's song of praise she sings:

My heart sings praises to the Lord//God has filled the hungry with good things//
God has kept the promises made to our ancestors//and showed mercy. 
(extracts from Luke 1: 46-55)

May we feel our hunger God, our emptiness, so you may fill us with good things! 

Rev. David 


Harvest Montreal: Update


A few weeks ago (March 2nd) I mentioned Harvest/ Moisson Montreal in a Blog post. Recently, we received this letter acknowledging us as a partner in the battle against food insecurity on the Island of Montreal. We are grateful to Harvest Montreal for the nearly 3000 kilograms of food representing a value of nearly $20000 that we got from them in the fiscal year from April 2017 to March 2018.
We must also acknowledge the hard work of SouthWest staff and - mostly - volunteers - who make the trip to the warehouse to collect the food, load and unload the van, sort through the food when it gets to the Mission and quickly transform anything that would otherwise go bad. 
This partnership with Moisson Montreal allows us to operate a "Self-serve" fridge and pantry, to offer prepared foods at reasonable prices through our Community depanneur, as well as keeping costs down for our weekly Community meals and Meli-Melo.

Thank you!