NOVEMBER 8, 2020
A Prayer for Remembrance Day
God of love and justice,
today we remember all men and women who died in defence of our country and its freedom.
Help us to honour their sacrifice
through our prayers and actions for peace in our world.
Send your Spirit to help us to let go of misunderstandings,
hatred and prejudice
so that we may grow together as one family.
Guide our steps in the way of peace
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ,
the Prince of Peace.
NOVEMBER 1, 2020
Throughout the month of November a Book of Remembrance is normally available at the back of the church in which you are invited to inscribe the names of all family and friends whom you would like remembered in prayer by our parish community during this month.
Unfortunately this year we are not able to set out the book.
However, at every Mass in November Father MacEachen will have a special intention for all who have died and whom we wish to have remembered.
OCTOBER 25, 2020
The Living with Christ Sunday Mass books for the coming Liturgical Year are available for sale at the back of the church as of this weekend.
The cost is $5 each.
The supply is limited so you are encouraged to purchase your copy as soon as possible, and to write your name in your book.
If you are currently not able to attend Mass in person, but would like a Missal, please contact the parish to make arrangements to obtain one.
OCTOBER 4, 2020
Development and Peace – Caritas Canada’s new national campaign for a green and just recovery from the pandemic.
This national campaign is focussed on global solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has put our human family in crisis.
Severe malnutrition and extreme poverty are increasing around the world as people get sick, jobs are lost and markets are closed. Vulnerable people including refugees, women and Indigenous peoples face the worst impacts of the pandemic., which began while we are facing another global threat—the global climate crisis.
Together, we have to tackle these global challenges of the pandemic, climate change and extreme inequality that have come to define our era. How we respond right now will determine the future of life on our planet. This critical moment is our opportunity to create the greener and more just world that we have always dreamed of.
Our greatly reduced travel has temporarily reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Government programs such as the CERB have shown how a universal basic income could reduce poverty. These changes prompted by the pandemic have demonstrated that another world is possible.
At the same time, the pandemic has exposed the extreme inequalities of our current economy. In his Urbi et Orbi message this Easter, Pope Francis called on us to put people and the environment first in the response to the pandemic, encouraging “political leaders to work actively for the common good, to provide the means and resources needed to enable everyone to lead a dignified life.” The Holy Father reminded us that “now more than ever, persons, communities and peoples must be put at the center, united to heal, to care and to share.”
There will be a collection in our parish (date to be announced). You can also make a donation online directly to Development and Peace.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
Donations to Lebanon
If you have not already done so and wish to make a donation to assist those affected by the horrendous explosion in Beirut, you can make an online donation directly to Development and Peace – Caritas Canada.
As a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Development and Peace will be participating in the matching fund launched by the Canadian Government and the Humanitarian Coalition to help the people of Lebanon.
June 28, 2020
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 >>>
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 >>>.