Homily – December 2, 2018

December 2nd, 2018

Annie Dillard the author of the book ‘Silent Spring’ tells this story on herself. She had been watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon and was fascinated by the process until she grew impatient with how long it was taking and, to speed things up Annie took a candle and heated the cocoon, albeit very gently. The experiment worked, but it was a mistake in the long run. The butterfly emerged more quickly; however, because adding heat to the cocoon violated something within the natural process, the butterfly was born with wings too weak to fly. Haste and prematurity had stunted and deformed a natural process. Annie learned that some things can’t be rushed.

That’s a hard truth to understand in our age of instantcy. We want jobs or assignment done yesterday. We think that waiting, delaying, postponing means doing nothing. How many times in the next weeks will we hear, ‘I can’t wait for Christmas?’ Truth is you have to, unless you have your private celebration ‘right here, right now and ruin your Christmas. Annie made the mistake of being impatient; she tried to hurry the natural process of the butterfly’s struggle to be free of its cocoon and ruined the butterfly’s future.

These next weeks of December we’ll be reminded time and again that there are only so many days left for shopping. These next weeks of Advent remind us this is the time to prepare the way of the Lord coming into our lives with his grace and love and healing. This can’t be rushed. Advent is a season of patience and fortitude. Are we strong enough to resist our need for ‘right now’?

Perhaps this Advent we all need to rediscover and try to live a bit more consciously the real purpose of this liturgical season as a time of longing, hoping, waiting, preparing and praying for God’s grace to free us of any cocoon that restricts our living in the grace and love of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In one way of another we are all in our personal cocoon, a cocoon that restricts our growth in maturity and in God’s grace. But we have to remember that we are all mistake making beings and that God isn’t finished with us yet.

We are all in one cocoon or another struggling to be better than we are, struggling to grow in our love for God and one another. Maybe we struggle to break out of our cocoon of impatience with our own faults and limitations or the cocoon of our impatience with the faults and limitations of our spouse or children, or those with whom we work. Maybe we need God’s grace to break out of our cocoon of our inability to be faithful to Mass or find a time of quiet before God. We all need God’s grace to break out of our cocoon of our fixation with shopping for more and more for the things we need less and less. We need God’s grace to break out of the cocoon that keeps us from seeing not only the goodness in ourselves but

the goodness of every person who comes into our lives. We need God’s grace and strength to break out of our cocoon to addictions for food or drink or drugs or any other addiction that holds us captive. Do we need God’s grace to break out of a cocoon of indifference, a lack of interest in the hungry and the homeless in Toronto?

During this holy season of waiting we pray for ourselves and for each other for the grace and patience we all need to be freed, by God’s help from any and all cocoons that hinder us from being the person God calls us to be.

Bulletin – December 2, 2018

December 1st, 2018

Christmas Schedule 2018

ADVENT INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION

Friday, December 21st from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 22nd
Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Office Open – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 23rd
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

CHRISTMAS EVE – Monday, December 24th

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Family Mass – Carol Singing
9:00 PM Adult Choir – Carol Singing
12:00 AM Midnight Mass – Contemporary Group
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

CHRISTMAS DAY – Tuesday, December 25th

10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

BOXING DAY – Wednesday, December 26th

Office Closed
No 9:00 AM Mass

REGULAR SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday December 29th, Vigil Mass 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 30th, Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus
8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM
Office Open – 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S EVE – Monday, December 31st

No 9:00 AM Mass
5:00 PM Mass
Vigil for Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
Office Open – 2:00 PM to 6:30 PM

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Tuesday, January 1st

Feast of Mary the Holy Mother of God
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
Office Open – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Parking

While parking at ground level is limited to 51 spaces, there is plenty of space in the underground parking lot. Please follow the instructions of the attendants. Do not park in front of the Church since this is a fire route and must be kept clear.

Additional parking is available on the east side of Elkhorn Public School and in the bus loop. Again, please follow the instructions of the attendant. The school requests that we do not park on the grass. Many thanks to Holly Richards, the Principal of Elkhorn Public School, for allowing us the use of the school property.

ST. GABRIEL’S ADVENT RETREAT

Mary: Model of Hope and Healing in the Midst of Darkness

Saturday, December 8th from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Parish

Please join us for our Parish Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 8th at 12:30 PM.

The theme is Mary: Model of Hope and Healing in the Midst of Darkness. The speaker will be Fr. Thomas Rosica. Fr.Rosica, C.S.B. is a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Congregation of St Basil. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, English language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office, author, speaker, and commentator. For further information, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS – TALENT NIGHT

The St. Gabriel’s Parish Youth Group would like to extend a huge thank you to all parishioners, families, and friends who attended our Talent Night last Sunday in support of our trip to World Youth Day. The evening was filled with 21 amazing performances and was so inspiring and fun for all. More than $1300 was raised from the show!

Thank you to all volunteers, performers, parish staff members, Core members, and accompanists who made the night a huge success. A special thank you to Paul Royes for sharing his music with the youth group, to Father Brando and Father John for their continuous support and for also sharing their talents that evening, to our parish Music Ministry leaders for their organization and expertise, and to all who donated baked goods for intermission. We couldn’t have done it without you!

World Youth Day is less than 2 months away and we cannot wait for what’s in store. We are extremely fortunate to have such a generous community to make this possible. Thank you all once again for your support!

ANNOUNCED MASSES

December 3rd to December 8th

MONDAY – IN THANKSGIVING – Requested by Adrien Lapointe
TUESDAY – DAVID SHELDRICK & DANIEL MORIARTY – Requested by Teresa Sheldrick
WEDNESDAY – MARIA DI DIODATO – Requested by the Oakie Family
THURSDAY – NIKOLA VUKOVIC – Requested by the Family
FRIDAY – AURITA FERNANDES – Requested by Tony Fernandes
SATURDAY – FOR THE INTENTIONS OF FRANCIS NG – Requested by the Parish Staff

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, December 7th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, December 2nd at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy.
The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.

CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY

This Sunday, December 2nd at the 12:30 PM Mass

The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held this Sunday, December 2nd at the 12:30 PM Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend.

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) began last Saturday. 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.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 16th

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card of about $25.00 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you choose an older child, please buy a gift card. Return it with the tag to the Parish Office. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies ages 3 months to 4 years.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than Sunday, December 16th.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity.

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN TOY DRIVE

Saturday December 1st to Sunday December 16th

Catholic Children’s Aid Society

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child 8 years to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church next weekend and will remain there until Sunday, December 16th

FOOD FOR ROSALIE HALL & GOOD SHEPHERD CENTRE

Each month the food we collect is sent to Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre.

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.
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.

Your food donations are more important than ever as the winter begins and numbers of needy people continue to increase. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired. Thank you for your generous support.

MARSHMALLOW WORLD CONCERT

Friday, December 14th at 7:30 PM
Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus
St. Bonaventure’s Parish

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus’ singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their Marshmallow World concert series. A mix of old favourites and twists on classics! Join us on Friday, December 14th at St. Bonaventure Parish in Don Mills, Saturday, December 15th at St. Matthew Parish in Oakville and Sunday, December 16th at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Woodbridge. All shows start at 7:30pm. Advanced tickets available online at http://www.seraphimandcherubim.ca

THE GARDEN SHED

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be a planning meeting for the development, in the spring of 2019, of a community garden that would support the Good Shepherd Mission. If you are interested in participating in this project, please join us on December 9th at 11:30 in the Gabriel Room, or contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

“To grow and share food with others in a garden is to enter a holy country. ” – Fred Bahsnson, Soil and Sacrament

THE FINANCE CORNER

As we begin the new liturgical year, the Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community …

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.” Our operating payments average $17,000 per week. Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Offertory envelopes are now available in the Gathering Space Please pick yours up as soon as possible. If you do not have offertory envelopes but would like a box, let the Office know and we will prepare a box for you.

Homily – November 25, 2018

November 25th, 2018

At this Mass we celebrate the culmination of our church year. We sum up the year with the proclamation that Jesus Christ is King. Jesus reigns over a kingdom of truth and love, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice love and peace.

Our gospel shows us Jesus the king of the Jews. He has been whipped and beaten; his face is dirtied by the spittle of the soldiers. He wears the purple robe of his mocked royalty. His crown of thorns is another gesture of the contempt the authorities had for him.

When Pilate asked Jesus is he was the king of the Jews he did not deny it but he went beyond any political claim. Jesus answers Pilate, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. For this was I born, for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.’ Roger Bacon wrote an essay on truth. It began with the words, ‘what is truth asked jesting Pilate and he did not wait for an answer.’ What is truth? A good question for our times.

Where do we find truth today? Certainly not in certain politicians. Every day we hear bold face lies, campaign promises are forgotten and we are inundated with ‘alternative facts.’ Scientific facts that warn us of the reality of climate change and its consequences are ignored. Our church leaders have been caught in the cover-up of the sexual and criminal abuse of minors.

Jesus, our king spoke truth to power. He placed himself on the side of the little people of his time, people who had no power and were oppressed by those who had; the military, the land owners, the tax collectors and the religious law keepers.

In what Jesus preached and the way he made himself present to ordinary people he manifested the presence, the love and the mercy of God to the forgotten of his time. Through his Father’s presence working through him Jesus could say, ‘go in peace your sins are forgiven’, he could say,’of course I want to, be made clean, receive your sight, get up and walk.’ Jesus gave hope to the little people assuring them, ‘you are of more value than sparrows, the very hairs of your head are numbered, and the Father knows what you need even before you ask. In other words, you are known, you are loved despite what those in authority may tell you.

Jesus spoke truth to power, especially the power of the Temple. That is what brought him to how we see him in today’s gospel. For this I was born, for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.

Jesus told Pilate, everyone who belongs to the truth hears my voice. What did Jesus teach us? ‘Love one another as I have loved you. Welcome into your life, into your neighbourhood men and women and children of any racial background, any faith, any lifestyle. Forgive as I’ve forgiven you, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless. As often as you these things to others, you do them to me. Do we belong to the truth? Do we hear the voice of our humiliated king?

God give is the grace to hear the voice of our king’s voice and live and love as he calls us to do.

Bulletin – November 25, 2018

November 25th, 2018

ST. GABRIEL’S ADVENT RETREAT

Mary: Model of Hope and Healing in the Midst of Darkness
Saturday, December 8th from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
St. Gabriel’s Parish

Please join us for our Parish Advent Retreat on Saturday, December 8th at 12:30 PM.

The theme is Mary: Model of Hope and Healing in the Midst of Darkness. The speaker will be Fr. Thomas Rosica. Fr.Rosica, C.S.B. is a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Congregation of St Basil. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, English language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office, author, speaker, and commentator. For further information, please contact the Parish Office at 416-221-8866.

YOUTH TALENT NIGHT

Sunday November 25th at 6:00 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church

The St. Gabriel’s Youth Group would like to invite you, your friends and your families to their Youth Talent Night, taking place on Sunday, November 25th. Join them for a lovely evening as they showcase the talent of the youth in our parish.

Admission is by donation. All proceeds will support 9 of our young adults and their trip to Panama this January for World Youth Day. Thank you for all your continuous support of the Youth Group. Hope to see you there!

BEAUTIFUL 2019 CALENDAR FROM THE CANADIAN NORTH

Available the Weekend of December 1st/2nd

On the weekend of December 1st/ 2nd our Parish’s Development and Peace Group will be selling 2019 calendars. This is a beautiful and unique calendar showcasing sceneries from the Arctic north. The pictures are taken by Bishop Jon Hansen of the MacKenzie-Fort Smith Diocese on his missionary trips to the arctic communities.

Through the sale of these calendars, funds will be raised for the missions in the Arctic. Our Lady of Victory Church in Inuvik (the famous igloo church) and three of its missions: Tuktoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea,Tsiigehtchic and Paulatuk. These remote communities are striving for self-sufficiency, but it is not easy. During the harsh winter months, the heating of the churches would cost over $4000 a month.

Perhaps in the comfort of our well heated homes, we can think of these communities in the Arctic and try to support them in ways we can – the calendars at $20 each will be great for personal use; they will also make wonderful gifts, since they are unique and not easily available.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES

Offertory envelopes will be available in the Gathering Space next weekend. Please pick yours up as soon as possible.

If you do not have envelopes, and you would like some, contact the parish office and we will prepare a box for you.

ANNOUNCED MASSES

November 26th to December 1st

MONDAY – FILOMENA da SILVA – Requested by Maria da Silva
TUESDAY – JOSEPH LUAN NGUYEN – Requested by the Nguyen Family
WEDNESDAY – MARJORIE SKAZIN & ANITA MARKLE – Requested by Carolyn & Bill Markle
THURSDAY – ELIO RANCATI – Requested by his Family
FRIDAY – GIUSEPPINA SMERIGLIO – Requested by Lina Giannotta
SATURDAY – GUS CALDERONE – Requested by Marie Calderone

WELCOME TO THE NEWLY BAPTIZED

The Parish Family of St. Gabriel’s would like to welcome:

Mia Carlota Bustillos and
Alessia Chi Ching Chen.

These children received the Sacrament of Baptism on November 18, 2018. Congratulations!

PARENT MEETING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION

Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 PM

St. Gabriel’s Church, Gabriel Room

On Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting in the Gabriel Room for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

ECO-SABBATH

Sunday, December 2nd at 11:30 AM in the Gabriel Room

On the first Sunday of each month, the Passionist Centre for Ecology and Spirituality facilitates a 30 minute reflection and discussion prompted by the readings for that Sunday’s liturgy. The guided reflection brings an ecological perspective to the readings. All are welcome.

CONFIRMATION ENROLLMENT CEREMONY

Sunday, December 2nd at the 12:30 PM Mass

The Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for all Confirmation candidates will be held on Sunday, December 2nd at the 12:30 PM Mass. All Confirmation candidates must attend. Candidates are reminded to submit their letters requesting Confirmation to Fr. Brando through the Parish Office by Sunday, November 25th.

ROSARY GROUPS

English: Saturday, December 1st at 3:15 PM in the Library
Chinese: Sunday, December 2nd at 3:30 PM in the Gabriel Room.

For further information, please contact Linda Law at 416 -918-8029

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Friday, December 7th from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

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

Meetings in preparation for the R.C.I.A. (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) began last Saturday. 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.

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE

Share the Journey Campaign

This year, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is joining forces with Pope Francis and Caritas Internationalis by inviting Canadians to share the journey with those living the tragedy of forced migration. Launched in Rome in September 2017, the Share the Journey campaign aims to create a “culture of encounter” by educating the public to the realities of those forced to flee their homes and creating opportunities for encounters between them and local communities.

Actions Cards requiring your signature are available at all Masses this weekend to send a clear message to the Canadian government that it must do more to tackle the root causes of forced migration.

THE GIVING TREE

Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 16th

During Advent, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will have a Giving Tree in the Gathering Space. The tree will be decorated with gift tags. Each tag will have the gender and age of a child. We invite you to take a tag, buy a gift or a gift card of about $25.00 for that child and return the unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the box provided in the Gathering Space. If you choose an older child, please buy a gift card. Return it with the tag to the Parish Office. If you are a knitter, there will be mitten tags. Please take one and return mitts to the box in the Gathering Space.

At this time of the year, we are also thinking of the young mothers and babies of Rosalie Hall. If you wish to help, you may choose a “Christmas Stocking” from the tree to purchase pyjamas or undershirts for babies ages 6 months to 4 years.

Unwrapped Items with the original stocking tag attached can be left in the box provided near the “mitten” tree no later than Sunday, December 16th.

For the Moms, we are suggesting gift cards from Tim Horton’s, Walmart or MacDonald’s. These can be placed in the envelopes provided and brought to the Office. Thank you for your generosity.

CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE

Saturday December 1st to Sunday December 16th

We are having a Christmas Toy Drive again this year for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. You can help by dropping off an unwrapped new toy for a child newborn to12 years old. Containers will be set up at the doors of the Church next weekend and will remain there until Sunday, December 16th

FOOD FOR LESS FORTUNATE

Thank you for your generous support of Rosalie Hall and the Good Shepherd Centre. Your food donations are very much appreciated.

With everyone struggling at this time, your food donations are more important than ever. Please check the expiry dates before donating since we cannot pass on food that has expired

MARSHMALLOW WORLD CONCERT

Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus
Friday, December 14th at 7:30 PM
St. Bonaventure’s Parish

Christmas, Christmas time is near! Join the Seraphim and Cherubim Chorus’ singing the Christmas songs you love as part of their Marshmallow World concert series. A mix of old favourites and twists on classics! Join us on Friday, December 14th at St. Bonaventure Parish in Don Mills, Saturday, December 15th at St. Matthew Parish in Oakville and Sunday, December 16th at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Woodbridge. All shows start at 7:30pm. Advanced tickets available online at http://www.seraphimandcherubim.ca

THE GARDEN SHED

The next meeting of the Garden Ministry will be a planning meeting for the development, in the spring of 2019, of a community garden that would support the Good Shepherd Mission. If you are interested in participating in this project, please join us on December 9th at 11:30 in the Gabriel Room, or contact Heather Bennett at heathermjb@gmail.com.

“The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there.” – George Bernard Shaw

THE FINANCE CORNER

As we head into the new liturgical year, the Finance Council wishes to share this with all who come together as our worshipping community …

“The financial burden of the Parish is the responsibility of each and all parishioners to the extent that your means allow.” Our operating payments average $17,000 per week. Please consider giving your offertory by picking up Envelopes, enrolling in Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG), or Donate Now (through the Archdiocese of Toronto website). Please come by the parish office if you have any questions.

Homily – November 18, 2018

November 18th, 2018

I think we’re all familiar of cartoons showing a bearded man carrying a sign telling us ‘The end is near’. The message being, shape up.’ Another version is ‘Jesus is coming, look busy.’

Today’s readings are called apocalyptic readings. They are meant to be unsettling, their message is, ‘get your act together.’ They’ve been described as follows.

The apocalyptic writer first recounts, under the guise of future prediction, a selected series of historical events up to the moment of writing, then indicates future historical events rather vaguely, using other words describing what’s going on now. He finally foretells cosmic events of the end time when all will be dissolved and there will a complete transformation of all creation. St. Paul tells us, ‘The eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into human mind the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’

These predictions speak to every historical generation, including our own. After all, the end times happen to us all, not only to each of us in facing our own death, but to all of us together as a generation that will pass into the mist of disappearing ages.

Today’s prophets of doom are members of our scientific communities. They do not speak in symbolic languages like the prophets of old. They speak in un controvertible facts. Like a voice crying in the wilderness of our mindless consumerism they are telling us we are in trouble. Our misuse of Earth’s resources over these past two or three centuries has brought us to a tipping point. Extractive industries, coal mining, the extraction of oil, gold, silver and other minerals and our consumption of these resources as part and parcel of modern living are the major contributor to climate change.

Modern science has an apocalyptic message for the human family. We’re heading for a whole new and diminished world. The message to governments and big business and all of us is, ’you better change your ways of thinking and living, you better change the ways you see your relationship with the earth on which your destiny and survival depends.’ The message of scientists around the world is that we have upset the harmony needed to live on Earth. You’ve heard me say many times, ‘The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to Earth and what we do to Earth we do to ourselves. We did not weave the web of life; we are a strand in the web and what we do to the web we do ourselves.

Our modern prophets, the world – wide scientific community is calling us to take seriously the reality of climate change. Those who deny and dismiss the reality of climate change are on the wrong side of history. Governments around the world have to be more faithful to and supportive of the Paris Climate Accord and work to reach the goals to which they committed. Thursday Toronto Star claims that Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions per person are more than any other country in the G20. This report claims that none of the G20 has a plan in place to meet the goals set by Paris Agreement.

Yet we have power hungry and uniformed politicians denying the reality of climate change and cancelling environmental controls programs that were made with the world community for the well- being of all nations. Politicians tell us these controls and restrictions are bad for business, they will take away jobs. God help us all.

Things are staring us in the face. Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, hurricanes, droughts, the poisoning of oceans and rivers and the poisoning of the soil that feeds us. Scientists are telling us that the toxicity of our land and air and oceans are a reality. We deny or ignore these global realities at our peril.

The world will not end tomorrow but the life systems of earth are changing faster than we thought and your great-grand- children and their great- grand- children will be struggling to survive on a totally different planet. Can we think that far ahead? Can we live simply so that future generations may simply live?