In response to Pope Francis’ call in his recent encyclical Laudato si’ to all peoples to take urgent action to protect the planet from climate change, Cardinal Collins has asked all parishes in the Archdiocese to participate in a national weekend of action “Create a Climate of Change” on October 24/25. It is an action spearheaded by the Canadian Catholic Organization – Development and Peace.
Here at St Gabriel’s, prayer cards as well as pamphlets on how climate change has affected the poorest in the world will be made available to you on the weekend of Oct 17/18. The following weekend, you will be invited to sign an Action Card to the government. On the card, you can also share with the Prime Minister your own personal action to help reduce climate change. It is hoped that through our message to the government, Canada will commit to taking more decisive action in December when world leaders meet in Paris at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to negotiate a binding and universal agreement on climate action.
The survival of our planet and its people is at stake! Please consider joining other Catholics around Canada in this action to create a climate of change, so that together with people from around the world, we can meet the challenges posed by climate change and protect the planet – our common home.
The video of our parish’s Open Forum on Laudato Si’ , held on June 30, is accessible under the caption “Probing Pope Francis’ Encyclical “LAUDATO SI”, found on the right hand panel of this page.