Homily – October 14, 2018

October 14th, 2018

On the 4th of October we celebrated the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He came from a wealthy family and lived the ‘good life’. God gifted Francis with the wisdom and understanding to see the shallowness of his lifestyle and invited him to live a life of poverty as a witness against the extravagances of the church at his time.

Not so the young man in today’s gospel. Jesus saw the goodness in him; he was faithful to the commandments all his life. So Jesus invited him to deeper life. This good young man couldn’t take the risk of giving up all his possession, could not trust the promised treasures in heaven. He went away sad, missing the opportunity of a life time.

The point of this encounter of Jesus with this young man was not the giving up of wealth as such but an invitation to a life of discipleship that leads to eternal life. Come follow me.

Every day of life Jesus quietly invites to grow, to move beyond where we are.

Maybe Christ’s invites us to move beyond the resentment and dislike we feel toward men and women from other countries, of other cultures and faiths and lifestyles and invites us to have an open heart and open mind toward these good people as we try to imitate the all-embracing love God has for all people. As we watch the world news each night can we hear Christ calling us away from what Pope Francis called, global indifference, global boredom, to the blight of our brothers and sisters living in dire poverty, our brothers and sisters trapped in the sweat shops of the world or in a war torn country? Is Christ calling us to imitate his sensitivity to the needs of others?

Can we image that Christ is inviting us to times of prayer and quiet as he hints that we’d be more peaceful people without our dependence on our cellphones or I pads, or Facebook 24/7. Are we afraid of his invitation, ‘be still and know that I am God?

Is Christ inviting us to imitate his patience toward us as he challenges us to put aside old resentments and feuds towards relatives and friends and stop picking at old wounds and let the past be the past and live in the now?

Recently the scientists of the world gave us warning. The human family has until the year 2030 to avoid the inevitable results of climate change. Can we hear this warning as a call to all of us to a drastic change in our consumeristic life styles and live lightly upon Earth?

As a church community we’ve been hurt and embarrassed by the exposure of the sins of sexual abuse by priests, bishops and cardinals. Christ challenged the abuse of power and in infidelity of the religious leaders of his time. Is the harsh reality of today’s scandal a challenge to the people of the church to speak truth to power?

Every now and then we sing a hymn titled The Summons.

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name..will you go where you don’t know and never be the same…will you let my love be shown..will you let my name be known …will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

The point of this encounter of Jesus with this young man was not the giving up of wealth as such but an invitation to a life of discipleship that leads to eternal life. It is an invitation we’re offered in countless ways every day. Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Bulletin – October 14, 2018

October 14th, 2018

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS FEAST DAY – OCTOBER 19th

St. Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists in the year 1720. Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul experienced conversion at the age of 15 and began a lifetime of devotion to prayer life as a soldier but left after one year. Six years later, having had several visions, he determined that his vocation was to found an order dedicated to the Passion of our Lord. Officials declared the visions authentic and Paul withdrew to write a rule. He was joined by his brother, who remained with him for the rest of his life. By 1747, the Passionists had three houses and were preaching missions throughout Italy. At the time of his death in 1775, Paul was establishing a congregation for Passionist nuns.

YOUTH GROUP SILENT AUCTION

This Weekend, October 13th & 14th

The Youth Group is having a silent auction this weekend, October 13th and 14th to raise funds for their attendance at World Youth Day in Panama this coming January.

Please extend your kind and generous support to our Youth Ministry.

CANADIAN BISHOPS ISSUE DOCUMENT

Protection of minors and vulnerable adults

On October 4th, the bishops of Canada issued new national guidelines for the protection of minors in Canada. Entitled Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. This document first and foremost, focuses on minors and vulnerable adults, whom Canada’s bishops wish to protect from sexual violence. The document can be found at www.cccb.ca. Since 1989, the Archdiocese of Toronto has had an extensive safe environment policy in place, including a procedure for allegations of abuse or misconduct. That document can be found at https://www.archtoronto.org/about-us/safe-environment.

VOLUNTEER DAY OF REFLECTION

October 27th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

St. Gabriel’s Church

On Saturday, October 27th from 9.00 AM until 12:00 Noon, an invitation has been extended to our volunteers in all ministries to attend a Day of Reflection, “Leadership through Service” to be held in our church.

Sister Mary Rowell, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph will lead our session. Sister Mary teaches theology at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

The day will include presentations, dialogue and engagement of all who attend. We look forward to this day to provide support to our parish staff and parish community.

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

November 1st 2018

St. Gabriel’s Church

On November 1st, 2018, St. Gabriel’s will be host to visitors from the Parliament of World Religion. This Parliament “was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.” If you are interested to be part of this event, more information is available at the website https://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/2018-toronto-0.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 15th to October 20th

MONDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Felix & Nora Lagula

TUESDAY – MICHAEL McDONOUGH – Requested by his Family

WEDNESDAY – SEE HIM CHUI -Requested by Chui Family

THURSDAY – VINCENT HA – Requested by Laura, Sylvia & Valerie Ha

FRIDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes

SATURDAY – KENG OWYONG – Requested by Helen Owyong

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin soon. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin soon.

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

If anyone missed the three evenings of Sacramental registration but wish to have their child receive the sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation or Reconciliation, please come to the parish office as soon as possible.

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs

HOSPICE: MORE THAN JUST A PLACE TO DIE

A Practical Discussion on Ways of Providing Hospice Care in the Community – A Call to Action

Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Room “Alumni 400” in the Muzzo Family Alumni Hall,
121 St. Joseph Street (on Queen’s Park Circle)

A discussion of ways to provide hospice care in the community will take place on October 17th in Room Alumni 400 in the Muzzo Family Alumni Hall from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

The speakers will be:
Bob Parke, Bioethicist,
James Beingessner, Chancellor, St. Jerome’s University
Judy Nairn, Executive Director, Hospice of Waterloo Region.

All are welcome and there is no cost.

For more information call CCBI at 416 353 4224 or visit www.ccbi-utoronto.ca

HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

Areas of the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 15th, with winds of up to 225 km/h. More than 80 people died as a result of the storm and related landslides, flash floods and destruction of homes, infrastructure and crops. The region hardest hit was Northern Luzon, one of the main islands of the Philippines. In this area the storm surged up to six metres high, submerging huge areas of inhabited land.

Days later, on September 28th, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing. Survivors are struggling to find food and drinkable water. People also need adequate shelter and medical support. The earthquake damaged roads and telecommunications systems, creating many challenges to sending assistance to the affected areas.

In an effort to support the survivors of these two significant disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Caritas Internationalis, the official relief network of the Vatican. In both countries, Caritas agencies have deployed workers to provide food, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical support.

Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:

Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org

By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411

Through the parish, making cheques payable to:

St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish – 2018 Philippines / Indonesia – Disaster Relief

We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall.

Your donations were very much appreciated by the young families of Rosalie Hall and the homeless served by the Good Shepherd Centre.

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

1515 Bathurst Street at St. Clair Avenue West

Thursday, October 18th & Tuesday, October 23rd

From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The Office of Admissions of St. Michael’s College School is now considering applications for September 2019. Open Houses for interested parents and their sons will be held on Thursday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the school. St. Michael’s College offers a generous bursary program that provides financial aid to qualifying student.

9th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Church, 75 Churchill Ave

Catholic Family Services of Toronto, St. Edward the Confessor Parish and their CWL Council will host the 9th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse on Thursday, October 18that 7:00 PM.

This annual event is intended to raise awareness about abuse of women and girls. Prior to the Mass, brief presentations will be made about our Violence Against Women programs. After Mass, there will be a gathering with light refreshments in the church hall. We invite you to join us as we take action in the fight to end women abuse. For event information, email info@cfstoronto.com or call 416-921-1163.

ST. BONAVENTURE CWL ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

St. Bonaventure’ Church

St. Bonaventure CWL will hold their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Come and see the treasures of all kinds. There will also be a live auction. Don’t miss it!

THE GARDEN SHED

North Garden Update

Mulching of the pathways is in progress. Additional fruit-bearing trees and shrubs will be planted before month-end.

Workshops:

A schedule for fall/winter workshops will be posted here soon.

For information on the Garden Ministry, contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – October 7, 2018

October 7th, 2018

At different times when witnessing a marriage I’ve used the words of Jesus from his cross, ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.’ And they don’t. The young bride and groom are making an act of faith in an unknown future. In that act of faith they say to one another, in good time and in bad, in sickness and in health, in all the future possibilities of our lives, I will be yours and you will be mine. The old marriage ritual contained the following promise; ‘God will be with you in your needs, he will pledge you the lifelong support of his grace in the sacrament you are about to receive. ‘Still, they know not what they do.

One biblical scholar claims that we know very little about how divorce was handled in Jewish society at the time of Jesus, but Jesus maintains God’s dream of humanity is bigger than the social realities of that time. This ‘oneness of flesh is an ideal to aim for and not a rule to be applied strictly without taking circumstances into consideration. It is an ideal to reach towards, without pretending to have obtained it with a perfect love.

In the ancient Mediterranean world, marriages were between families. Each family selected a partner for the other. Marriage was intended to bind families together, forming a stronger unit.

A divorce was more than the separation of a husband and wife; it was the separation of the families. Such a separation could lead to family feuds as each side blamed the other for the break-up. This happens today as family and friends are expected to take sides blaming the other for the break up. It can get quite nasty.

Maybe the basic purpose of this commandment in ancient Israelite society was to head off feuding which led to bloodshed. The idea was to maintain internal societal harmony and stability.

Jesus saw the marriage covenant as a symbol of the unbreakable covenant between God and the people of Israel. St. Paul saw marriage as a symbol of the covenant of Christ’s love for his bride, the Church. A covenant sealed with his blood.

Sadly the words of Jesus, ‘what God has joined let no one separate’ have little or no influence on society today. Divorce is a sad and painful reality in our lives. Husbands and wives split, children are passed back and forth and one family wants nothing to do with the other.

Divorce is a fact in our reality as Church. Men and women who divorce believe they are out of the church. This is not true. A divorced man or woman who remarries without an annulment, which can be a painful process, opening old wounds, is at odds with the church but they are still in the church, they are still family, they are still welcome.

Jesus speaks about the hardness of people’s hearts. Pope Francis is facing resentment and resistance from cardinals and bishops as he’s asked for a reform of the annulment process and a change in attitude toward divorced men and women. He respects the decision of divorce men and women who, mindful of their need of God’s grace seek to come to receive Holy Communion. Who am I to judge?

There may be many at this Mass whose lives have been touched by the tragedy and sadness of divorce. May we as a parish family pray for and welcome these good people whose lives have been touched by the blight of divorce. We pray for the children whose lives are in turmoil because of divorce. May our parish family always welcome divorced men and women to the Eucharist. May these good people find new life and new love. God said , ‘it is not good to be alone.’

Bulletin – October 7, 2018

October 7th, 2018

O, heavenly Father:
We thank thee for food and
remember the hungry.
We thank thee for health and remember
the sick.
We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service,
that thy gifts to us may be used for others.
Amen.

Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 8th at 9:00 AM. The Parish Office will be closed on Monday.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Thank you to all the Parishioners who helped to make Fatima’s reception a memorable one. For those who set up and cleaned up, for those who baked, we truly appreciate your support. We wish Fatima every success in her new position.

Fatima also wishes to thank the Community of St. Gabriel’s for the blessings and prayers she has received.

YOUTH GROUP SILENT AUCTION

The Youth Group will be having a silent auction on October 13th and 14th to raise funds for their attendance at World Youth Day in Panama this coming January. They are currently accepting donations for the auction (tickets, computers, memorabilia, artwork etc.) If you would like to donate, please contact the Youth Minister at sgpyouthgroup@gmail.com or call 416-221-8866. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

October 8th to October 13th

MONDAY – THANKSGIVING DAY – Mass at 9:00 AM
TUESDAY – IAN MAGUIRE – Requested by Christine & Roland Kilchling
WEDNESDAY – ANNIVERSARY – Requested by the Burke Family
THURSDAY – MARION DESROCHES – Requested by Mark DesRoches
FRIDAY – ROSARIO CORTEZ – Requested by Zenaida Cortez
SATURDAY – PASQUALE GATTI – Requested by Linda Gatti & Family

REGISTRATION FOR SACRAMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

If anyone missed the three evenings of Sacramental registration but wish to have their child receive the sacrament of First Communion, Confirmation or Reconciliation, please come to the parish office as soon as possible.

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate is required if registering for First Communion or Confirmation. $30 is required at registration for Confirmation to defray related costs.

R.C.I.A. AND ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) will begin in October. These meetings are for persons interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith. The exploration may lead the candidate to seek baptism, and become a member of the Catholic Christian community; or for Christians already baptized into another Christian denomination, the reception into the Catholic Church.

Adult Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation but who wish to do so are also encouraged to attend these sessions.

As well, these meetings may be an opportunity for “Born Catholics” to deepen their understanding of our faith. Very often, especially for those of us who received our religious instruction at an early age, we tend to grow physically, mentally, psychologically etc., but the understanding of our faith does not grow correspondingly. The RCIA may serve as a good opportunity for us to ask questions and to develop a more adult understanding of our faith.

If you are interested in joining the RCIA meetings or if you would like to have more information about it, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN PREPARING FOR BAPTISM

If you have, or know of, school age children (ages 7 to 14) who wish to prepare for Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866. Classes for them will begin after Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of our Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Centre and Rosalie Hall.

Good Shepherd provides hot meals and shelter for the homeless in our city as well as a chance to start again through the Resettlement or DARE Programs.

Rosalie Hall assists young parents and their children to realize their potential through the provision of a wide range of child development, community, residential and educational services.

Your donations were very much appreciated by the young families and homeless of Toronto.

ST. AUGUSTINE’S DAY OF REFLECTION FOR MEN

October 13th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road

St. Augustine’s Lay Spiritual Formation program presents the first annual Day of Reflection for Men entitled “Jesus Christ, Timeless model for Men of Today” It will run from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM and includes Mass in the chapel. The presenter will be Fr. Seamus Hogan.

The cost, which includes lunch, is $50.

For more information, please call 416-261-2529 or email layspiritualformation@sastoronto.org.

CELEBRATING THE CANONIZATION OF BLESSED OSCAR ROMERO

October 14th at 9:30 AM on Salt + Light TV

Blessed Oscar Romero will be canonized in Rome on Sunday, October 14th. The Mass will be broadcast at 9:30 AM on Salt + Light Television. To celebrate, Toronto-based Romero House has organized a number of local events, running from Thursday, October 4th to Sunday, October 28th. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/OscarRomeroCanonization

9th ANNUAL MASS TO END WOMAN ABUSE

Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM

St. Edward the Confessor Church, 75 Churchill Ave

Catholic Family Services of Toronto, St. Edward the Confessor Parish and their CWL Council will host the 9th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse on Thursday, October 18that 7:00 PM.

This annual event is intended to raise awareness about abuse of women and girls. Prior to the Mass, brief presentations will be made about our Violence Against Women programs. After Mass, there will be a gathering with light refreshments in the church hall. We invite you to join us as we take action in the fight to end women abuse. For event information, email info@cfstoronto.com or call 416-921-1163.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND!

Weekend of October 19th to 21st, 2018

Celebrate your love and take a fresh look at your marriage! Spend a very special weekend together. A Weekend of discovery…a lifetime of love! Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend getaway that helps married couples rediscover themselves as individuals and as a couple. The Weekend format helps couples communicate openly and honestly without group sharing, therapy or marriage counseling.

The Upcoming Weekend will be October 19thto 21st, 2018

For more information and application, please go to www.wwme.org or contact Gerard & Marge McCauley at gerard.marge@rogers.com or (905) 792-1925.

ST. BONAVENTURE CWL ANNUAL FLEA MARKET

Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Bonaventure’ Church

St. Bonaventure CWL will hold their Annual Flea Market on Saturday, October 20th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Come and see the treasures of all kinds. There will also be a live auction. Don’t miss it!

ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

1515 Bathurst Street at St. Clair Avenue West
Thursday, October 18th & Tuesday, October 23rd
From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The Office of Admissions of St. Michael’s College School is now considering applications for September 2019. St. Michael’s College School is the only independent Catholic school for boys from Grade 7 to Grade 12.

Open Houses for interested parents and their sons will be held on Thursday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 23rd from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the school. While St. Michael’s College is an independent School, we offer a generous bursary program that provides financial aid to qualifying student.

KNOW YOUR FAITH SERIES

Beginning Saturday, October 20th from 9:45 to 12:00 Noon
Blessed Trinity Parish

Join the Kolbe “Know Your Faith” series for a 5 week study on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Part 1. Through prayer, study and informative DVDs deepen your awareness of God’s merciful love in your own lives. Classes will begin at Blessed Trinity Parish ON Saturday, October 20th at 9:45. For more information, please go to www.kolbeapostolate.com.

COME & SEE WEEKEND

Weekend of November 2nd to 4th
St. Augustine’s Seminary

The Office of Vocations is hosting a Come & See Weekend for men 17 years and older, at St. Augustine’s Seminary from Friday, November 2nd at 6:30 PM. to Sunday, November 4th, until 1:30 PM. This weekend invites single Catholic men to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. There will be time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic priest. Register online at www.vocationstoronto.ca. Registrants 17 years old require parental consent. For more information, please call 416-968-0997 or email: vocations@archtoronto.org.

THE GARDEN SHED

The Eco-Sabbath Reflection on Sunday, October 7th, at 11:30 AM, will feature St. Gabriel’s garden, including a tour of the north garden. Everyone is welcome.

North Garden Update
Mulching of the pathways is in progress. Additional fruit-bearing trees and shrubs will be planted before month-end.

Workshops:
A schedule for fall/winter workshops will be posted here soon.

For information on the Garden Ministry, contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

Homily – September 30, 2018

September 30th, 2018

Would that all God’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his spirit on them. It is good to remember that prophets were not those who foretold future events. Prophets were men and women who called the community to be faithful to the call and message of God, right here, right now.

No one has a corner of God’s love and grace. There are men and women in every Christian community who imagine they have such a corner and they often belittle the good works of others. The truth of the matter is that the Holy Spirit is within every child of God and it is good for each of us to be alert and respectful of the working of the Spirit even within people with whom we do not agree. I often drive by Peoples Church on Sunday and see the people streaming into it and the thought that comes to my mind is – here God is glorified and praised. Not as we glorify and praise here at St. Gabriel’s, but glorified and praised none the less.

Here is a Christian community that supports needy families in the community just as you good people.

I don’t know about you but I am so proud of Pope Francis, for all the pressures on him as he faces and copes with the scandals bishops and priests have brought upon our church, he is still a prophet, a man who challenges our fidelity to teaching of Jesus.

His talks to world leaders or to people gathered in St. Peter’s square has the same message; recognize and respect the human dignity of the person in front of us, whether that person is a CEO or a street person. Time and again he stood with the poor, the dispossessed and the oppressed men and women of the societies in which we live. No one was surprised when, as a prophet, he asked that people put aside political and business interests and admit to the ecological and environmental crises developing around us. As prophet Pope Francis called us to respect life in all its stages. He calls for an end to the death penalty and the worldwide sale of military arms. In all his speeches his main concern was for the poor, those who wait for crumbs to fall from the tables of the prosperous. Economically it is called ‘The trickledown theory.’

I think Pope Francis has done us proud. I think he echoes the words of Moses, ‘would that all God’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his spirit on them.’ Would that each one of us had the courage to be prophets and speak the truth to bigots and prejudicial men and women who belittle men and women of other faiths, cultures and life styles. Would that each of us were prophets and ask the men and women running for office in on coming elections, what is the track record of their party as regards justice for support affordable housing, employment for our young people, care for our veterans, support for welfare recipients, and so many other serious social concerns that are part and parcel of lives of Canadians.

In one of his talks Francis tells us ’we need to avoid a common temptation now a days; to discard whatever proves troublesome and face the issues that stare us in the face. Remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you have them do unto you.’

Several times Pope Francis asked people to pray for him and then he added, ‘if you do not believe in God and do not pray please send kind thoughts my way.’ He certainly needs our prayers and kind thoughts in these challenging times.

As we continue to celebrate this Mass may we all keep Pope Frances in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for ourselves that we have the boldness to be prophets – speakers of God’s truth when, in the different circumstances our own lives, we are challenged to be so.