Laudato Si’ Environmental Action Plan

Pope Francis has launched a Laudato Si’ Environmental Platform, with 7 goals to address climate change, asking that parishes worldwide commit to making real, practical and meaningful changes over the next 7 years, hoping that we can become better stewards of the Earth.

We are pleased to announce that St. Francis of Assisi Parish has made a commitment to develop our own parish Laudato Si’ Environmental Action Plan, to help each of our families individually and the parish as a whole come to appreciate God’s Creation in a deeper way and to learn how to live as part of Creation.

1000 Parishioners of St. Francis
x 1000 Small Changes
= 1 Million Collective Differences!

We invite you to watch Pope Francis’ video encouraging people all over the world to make a commitment to living an Integral Ecology. Below the video is a summary of the Goals for our Laudato Si’ Environmental Action Plan, as well as a link to our Parish Survey so you can give us feedback on projects we can incorporate into our Plan. As our plan unfolds you can check back here for updates, and watch the parish bulletin for upcoming projects you can get involved in.

Click here to browse the Laudato Si’ Action Platform website

Meet the Team:

  • Chair: Clayton Klaver, retired WCDSB teacher and current nurturer of nature
  • Member: Wanda Cakebread, retired teacher/chaplain and person of hope
  • Members: Francis & Valerie, parents advocating at their children’s school
  • Member: Sandy Milne, ecumenical, interfaith and Faith Climate Justice liaison
  • Member: Elizabeth Sauer, professor and Development & Peace advocate
  • Staff Member: Alice Soeder, Admin Assistant and Apostle of the Resurrection

We would love to add more members to our team, if you would like to join us please contact the parish office at or 519-745-7301.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Our Feast Day, October 4th, is fast approaching! We are looking forward to being able to celebrate our patron saint at all the Masses on the weekend of October 2/3, with special readings, hymns and prayers. Unfortunately we are not able to have our Pasta Supper again this year, but we are very happy to be able to celebrate our annual:

Blessing of Animals

Our Blessing of Animals will take place on Mon. Oct. 4 at 7pm in the Peace Garden. We invite you to bring your pets to be blessed by Fr. Raphael. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

As part of our Feast Day celebrations and to conclude our 60th Anniversary “year” we are very happy to welcome Bishop Crosby to preside at a special Mass on Sunday October 3 at 2pm. Bishop Crosby will bless our new statue, St. Francis in Exultation, created by Timothy Schmalz, following Mass and those attending are invited to stay to enjoy a cupcake and refreshments on the church grounds. Due to limited seating and COVID restrictions you must call or email the parish office by October 1 to register for the Mass. All COVID protocols including mask wearing will be observed at the Mass, blessing and outdoor reception. If you can help with the reception please call the office.