May 17, 2020

Laudato Si’ Week May 16‑24

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore”
– “Praise be to you, my Lord.”

These are the words that open Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on ecology and care for God’s creation. These words remind us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

Five years later, Pope Francis is inviting Catholic communities from around the world to celebrate Laudato Si` Week from May 16-24, 2020. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.” Pope Francis invites all people of good will to celebrate this 5th anniversary by protecting families and future generations through action to care for our common home.

As we honour the encyclical during Laudato Si’ Week, our world is deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Laudato Si’ Week helps us reshape the world that will arise after the pandemic has passed. The present crisis is an opportunity to start anew, and to make sure that the world that arises after this crisis has passed is sustainable and just.

On Sunday, May 24 Catholics from all across the globe are invited to share a moment of prayer at noon local time.

A link to the prayer can be found here:

General resources and suggestions for this week are available at

Capital Campaign

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 >>>.