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Good Shepherd Ministry

It has been a wonderful and productive month in the clothing room at Good Shepherd Ministries in Toronto. Sr. Joan Lewis, who gives clothes to the homeless, had help from three seminarians from St. Augustine's Seminary, a novice of Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood and lay woman.

On these extremely cold days it has been great to work together as a team; sorting donations, serving those who come looking for warm clothes, boots, hygienic articles, etc. Even the opportunity to have a shower is appreciated.

Upstairs breakfast is served. Throughout the entire building the words of Jesus are echoed: "I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me.”

All will return to their studies. Only Zena, a faithful and generous lay woman will remain. However, I believe it will be an unforgettable experience that will mark their journey towards the priesthood and consecrated life. The highlight of the day is to celebrate Mass at noon in the small chapel at the center.

We pray for all those who volunteer and those who come to the Good Shepherd. Please join us in prayer. 

Joan Lewis, CND

We go further when we walk with others.

Come join a nation-wide collective action for caring for our common home.

Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) invite us to participate in a Lenten faith-in-action campaign to increase climate justice in Canada

March 6 - April 18, 2019.

Give it up for the Earth! is centered on a postcard campaign to our Prime Minister that includes:

1. a pledge to individual climate action, and

2. a call for more far-reaching national climate policy.

Give it up for the Earth! raises awareness about climate change and mobilizes Christians across Canada to collect signatures as a demonstration of support for increased federal government action.


Examples of action(s) you can take to reduce your emissions:

*walk, bike or bus *buy less, buy local, buy used *eat less meat, eat local & in season *reduce electricity use *support eco-friendly businesses *eliminate air travel *divest from fossil fuels *upgrade windows, doors & insulation *buy fair trade *cut waste *refuse one-use / over packaged items *install solar panels or use a green home energy service

Articles and infographics on Climate Change can be found on the CPJ website at:

No postage required as it is addressed to the House of Commons.

Anna Rowley, associate co-coordinator



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