Consistent with Catholic social teaching and our Holy Father’s call in Laudato Si, St. Monica’s Green team is dedicated to protecting our Common Home. We are committed to improving energy efficiency, creating a culture of conservation and natural resource stewardship, and transforming our social values into actions. We will accomplish this by providing tools, training and service so that our congregation can live more sustainably and in solidarity with all of God’s Creation, including the most vulnerable among us.
Beginning Sep. 1, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. As Catholics the Season of Creation is a great time to put into practice, Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on the environment.
The Season of Creation spans five weeks between the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sep. 1) and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4). This “time for creation” offers, in the words of Pope Francis, “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.
This week we asked to consider the issue of deforestation—take a moment to learn more about what you can do to help!
We give thanks for the fauna and flora of the ecosystems comprising planet Earth. The
resources and beauty of Planet Earth depend on complex ecological systems. These systems are comprised of the plant life (flora) and all the other living organisms (fauna). The flora and fauna of a particular ecosystem form a complex series of relationships that depend on one another. The creation story of Genesis 1 reveals the sacredness of this web of life. To touch one organism is to touch the whole. Deforestation due to logging, mining, agriculture, and cattle ranching is one example. Deforestation brings diminished air quality; desertification and flooding due to soil erosion; climate change affecting the growing seasons; and starvation all due to deforestation. (World Resource Institute)
Join the Global Meatless Monday Movement. One meatless day saves about 1 ton of carbon emissions per year, has health benefits, and in addition this spiritual practice saves
Learn about the October Pan-Amazon Region Synod. Read the Preparatory
Mining is a main cause of deforestation. Make a choice to reduce your use of fossil
fuel. View this brief video for a reflection on deforestation:
The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively. September 1st was proclaimed a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The Orthodox Church year starts that day with a commemoration of how God created the world. On 4 October, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Francis of Assisi, who is associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment.
This year’s theme “Jubilee for the Earth” asks us to consider the integral relationship between the earth and her people, and the need for just and sustainable ecological, social and political systems that care for the environment. This need for interconnectedness was most revealed to us by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID pandemic. We are one planet together.
Our oceans are in trouble. Nearly 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world but only ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. Plastic pollution not only affects our waters and marine life, but also the food chain and our overall health. Many organizations are mobilizing institutions and citizens across the globe to bring about a new level of consciousness about plastic pollution and a paradigm shift. The world must perceive plastics not only as an environmental challenge of global proportions but also a symbol of the values that need to change in order to build a more sustainable and just world.
Excerpts taken from Catholic Climate Covenant
May 17 marks the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home, the landmark encyclical authored by Pope Francis on the environment. Read the encyclical here!