April 19, 2020
Lord, we lift our hearts to you.
As the dawn breaks,
may we carry the unity we share
into every moment knowing that
we are one with the risen Christ.
Lord, we lift our eyes to you.
As the sunrises,
may this moment stay with us,
reminding us to look for the beautiful colours
of promise in your word.
Lord, we lift our prayers to you.
As the dew air falls,
may we breathe this morning in and know
that like the earth, you sustain us,
keep us and work within us always.
And so, we lift our voices to you.
We celebrate the greatest day in history
when Jesus rose from death, defeated darkness
and bathed the world
in stunning resurrection light.
May we ever live to praise you! Amen.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.
The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.
In 2015, Pope Francis exhorted us to take urgent action against climate change and to protect our common home:
“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development…
Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.”
(Laudato Si’ 13)
2020 is the year we must step up and take action as individuals and as a faith community.
In view of the current exceptional global health situation, outdoor gatherings and activities are prohibited. But it is still possible to celebrate Earth Day! Use this slowdown to organize environmental activities at home, alone, or with your family!
Our Capital Campaign continues throughout 2020.
Thanks to your generosity and to an anonymous donor who made an exceptional gift, we are doing very well.
If you have not made your Contribution as of yet, why not consider doing so at this time. Whatever the amount, it will be most appreciated and meaningful in helping us reach our goal. LEARN MORE >>>
Printed Psalm Sheets
You can print a copy of the Psalms which we use each Sunday by visiting the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website: Responsorial Psalm >>>
Food Bank Donation
We have a new tradition in our parish to support the hungry on a more continuous basis. Over 860,000 Canadians visit food banks every month, with over 36% of the donations feeding hungry children.
During the COVID‑19 isolation, please leave your items in a bag at the door of the rectory. Donations will be delivered to St. Willibrord’s parish food bank.
See a list of suggestions for nutritious non-perishable items HERE >>>.