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Consistent with Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’s call in Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home, the St. Monica Green Team is dedicated to protecting our common home.

 

We are committed to creating a culture of stewardship and conservation by improving energy and resource efficiency in our parish and city communities. We aim to transform our social values into actions that take into account the disproportionate impact on the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. Most importantly, we strive to provide our congregation with the necessary tools and training to live more sustainably and in solidarity with all of God’s Creation.

 

Upcoming Events

Green Team Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 18 | 7:00 p.m. | On Zoom

 

Click Here to Register to Attend!

   

Youth Climate Summit 2021: Our Actions, Our Earth, Our Home

group summit photoWe are proud to report the success of our first annual Youth Climate Summit: Our Actions, Our Earth, Our Home! On Saturday, October 2,  we cappedoff the Season of Creation by hosting 50 middle and high school students who were passionateabout environmental activism in their communities. We provided them with the resources to livemore sustainably and sparked meaningful conversations about what it means to be anenvironmental advocate. From the feedback wereceived, the students left the summit with plansof action and a greater understanding of theintersectionality of environmentalism and faith.

Click Here to Read More!
Click below to watch Chace Beech from Spectrum 1 News on the Youth Climate Summit!

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Goals for a Greener St. Monica

leed certificationSt. Monica Catholic Community is certified as a Santa Monica Green Business and will renew its certification in the Summer of 2021. St. Monica is also working to reduce its carbon footprint through more sustainable purchasing and waste reduction in areas such as printing, hospitality, and energy. These steps are not only good for the planet, but they will also result in cost savings for our parish.

 

The Green Team is committed to work with and support St. Monica in these endeavors.

 

 

 

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Consistent with Catholic Social Teaching and Pope Francis’s call in Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home, the St. Monica Green Team is dedicated to protecting our common home.

 

We are committed to creating a culture of stewardship and conservation by improving energy and resource efficiency in our parish and city communities. We aim to transform our social values into actions that take into account the disproportionate impact on the poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. Most importantly, we strive to provide our congregation with the necessary tools and training to live more sustainably and in solidarity with all of God’s Creation.

 

Upcoming Events

Green Team Monthly Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 18 | 7:00 p.m. | On Zoom

 

Click Here to Register to Attend!

   

Youth Climate Summit 2021: Our Actions, Our Earth, Our Home

group summit photoWe are proud to report the success of our first annual Youth Climate Summit: Our Actions, Our Earth, Our Home! On Saturday, October 2,  we cappedoff the Season of Creation by hosting 50 middle and high school students who were passionateabout environmental activism in their communities. We provided them with the resources to livemore sustainably and sparked meaningful conversations about what it means to be anenvironmental advocate. From the feedback wereceived, the students left the summit with plansof action and a greater understanding of theintersectionality of environmentalism and faith.

Click Here to Read More!
Click below to watch Chace Beech from Spectrum 1 News on the Youth Climate Summit!

2021 10 26 12 00 22

Goals for a Greener St. Monica

leed certificationSt. Monica Catholic Community is certified as a Santa Monica Green Business and will renew its certification in the Summer of 2021. St. Monica is also working to reduce its carbon footprint through more sustainable purchasing and waste reduction in areas such as printing, hospitality, and energy. These steps are not only good for the planet, but they will also result in cost savings for our parish.

 

The Green Team is committed to work with and support St. Monica in these endeavors.

 

 

 

Our Church Calls Us

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From Genesis to Laudato Si'

Caring for the Earth has always been at the core of our Catholic tradition. In Genesis, God creates the good Earth for humankind, on the condition that we care for it as His stewards. The rest of the Bible continues this theme, from awe of creation in Psalms to our responsibility to care for it in Paul’s epistles. Preached over 1,000 years later, St. Francis of Assisi’s teachings also emphasized the theme that all of creation must be respected and praised as the handiwork of God.

 

pope francis laudo siMore recently, in encyclicals by current and past popes, we are called to recognize our mutual responsibility to restore the damages inflicted on earth. Pope Francis shook the world in 2015 with his letter to the Catholic community, titled Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. It was the first time a major faith leader publicly acknowledged our environmental crisis and reminded the faith community of our responsibility to creation. His powerful language includes:

  • "The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all."
  • "Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years."
  • "We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it."

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reiterated this responsibility, saying Care for Creation is “not just an Earth Day slogan, [but] a requirement of our faith.”

 

  

Faith Organizations Taking Action Today

Today, millions of the faithful across the globe work to care for our common home. A truly ecumenical community has formed. Click below to learn about four groups highlighting the range of activities and depth of their commitment.

 

4 Faith Organizations Taking Action Today.

 

Take Action

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“People and their movements are called to cry out, to mobilize and to demand—peacefully, but firmly—that appropriate and urgently-needed measures be taken. I ask you, in the name of God, to defend Mother Earth.”Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

 

Environmentally-friendly living often seems like a dauntless—if not, hopeless—challenge. The good news is that incorporating simple changes, one step at a time, can make a significant difference in our local and global communities. We will be adding new green tips to this section. Send us your favorite green changes, and you may see them on our webpage!

 

Click Here to Submit a Green Tip!

 

What's my Carbon Footprint

Our life choices contribute to the total amount of global greenhouse gases—including carbon dioxide and methane. Find out your carbon footprint from the trackers below: the EPA tracker recommended by the California Catholic Conference or the Global Footprint Network tracker recommended by Global Catholic Climate Movement.

 

 

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Reducing your carbon footprint isn’t as difficult as it sounds! Click on the image below to learn specific, fast, and easy ways you can reduce your carbon footprint!

 

7 ways to reduce you carbon footprint

 

 

Prayer and Reflection

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The foundation of Catholic teachings on Creation is rooted in prayer and reflection on the gift of our common home. Below are some passages, prayers, and reflections to inspire our awareness, gratitude, and willingness about Creation.

Scripture Passages

 

gt psalm 148 thumbnail Prayer Card: Psalm 148, Hymn of All Creation to the Almighty Creator

 

gt john 1 1 5 thumbnail    Prayer Card: John 1:1-5, In the Beginning was the Word

 

Prayers

 

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Reflections
Video Reflection: Fruit Trees

Video Reflection: Stuff

 

Archive

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Fall 2021
Celebrate: National Honeybee Day (Aug. 21)

bee close croppedCelebrate National Honeybee Day on it's twelfth anniversary. While the holiday has gained more popularity since its first recognition in 2009, the general consensus around the honeybee is still lukewarm despite the species’ dire endangerment in America. While it may be so easy to overlook these small insects, honeybees are one of the most important insects to our society. So take some time to give back to the bees this year and make a buzz about National Honeybee Day!

 

Read the full article, And He Saw that it Was Good, written by Elizabeth Johnstone, CLICK HERE!

Celebrate: The Santa Monica Mountains!

fountainOver the past decade, the city of Santa Monica has led the way in sustainable tourism, boasting eco-friendly attractions such as Heal the Bay Aquarium, Tongva Park, and our local Farmers' Market.

 

outdoorsOne of our most heralded spots is the Santa Monica Mountains, which pioneer sustainable mountain tourism—a scarcity in today's nature-visiting scene. As COVID restrictions lift and outdoor plans increase, consider visiting this mountain range to picnic, hike, view wildflowers, and birdwatch, among many other activities. The National Park Service writes more about what you can do in the SaMo mountains - Click here!

Summer 2021
Celebrate: National Clean Beaches Week from July 1-7!

post 5Even if you don’t have time for a cleanup, you can still take much-needed action.

Learn how to care for our coastline in 3 easy ways in an article by Elizabeth Johnstone - Click Here!

 

Spring 2021
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On Saturday, Apr. 17, the Green Team hosted a successful decentralized cleanup. Members of the St. Monica community went out and cleaned our beaches, neighborhoods, and parks. Thank you to everyone who participated in our cleanup and beautified the city! 

 

 

 

Celearthdayebrating 51 Years of Earth Day

From a spark that created a movement, Earth Day continues to inspire! The St. Monica Green Team celebrated Earth Day on Apr. 17 by inviting parishioners to clean their local neighborhood or beach. It has never been more important to care for our common home.

 

Read a history of Earth Day written by Meredith McCarthy - Click Here!

 

What’s the deal with Laudato Si’?

Overcome by the beauty of God’s creation, St. Francis of Assisi once proclaimed, “Laudato si’, mi’ signore”, meaning “Praise be to you, my Lord”. Nowadays, we often don’t have moments like St. Francis. Wrapped up in the hustle of life, we forget that the Earth is truly a gift from God. In 2015, Pope Francis reminded the world of this in his second encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, inspired by St. Francis’s canticle. In it, he describes the suffering our planet has undergone and how we can all take action to stop it. As the season of Easter and Earth Month begin, take a moment to pause and reflect on Pope Francis’s encyclical. Read the English translation - Click here.

Rethink Spring Cleaning

The weather is changing, and summer is on the horizon. What comes to mind? Tidying up? Cleaning out your closets and drawers? Shopping? The Green Team offers you three perspectives to consider first - Click Here! 

Rethink Mother's Day

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to honor our mothers and love our Mother Earth! Read some tips to keep your Mother’s Day environmentally friendly by Meredith McCarthy - Click Here!

 

Catholic Conversations: The Spirituality of Laudato Si’image 1

On Thursday, May 20, the Green Team hosted Catholic Conversations with Fr. Emmet Farrell and Patricia Grace from the Archdiocese of San Diego. They gave a beautiful presentation on the spirituality of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’: on Care for Our Common Home.

 

For the last 4 years Fr. Emmet has been the director of Creation Care ministry for the Diocese of San Diego, leading a team of fellow volunteers to promote and educate about Pope Francis's 2016 encyclical. Patricia Grace is a lawyer, master’s level social worker, and secular Franciscan with a long personal and professional history of advocacy for the poor and marginalized, yet she holds that her credentials for presenting this workshop are the proverbial calluses on her knees.

 

Recording of Catholic Conversations: The Spirituality of Laudato Si’Click Here to Watch!

 

Winter 2021
Rethink Lent

Lent invites us to remember the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert as we reflect, repent, fast, and listen to God. In the spirit of Pope Francis’s invitation this Lent, let’s commit to overcome our indifference to the climate change crisis and its victims. Let’s pray and fast for a renewal of our relationship with all of God’s creation and with our brothers and sisters who live in poverty and are already suffering the impacts of climate change.

What can we do besides limiting meals and consumption? Pray. Here are various ways to pray for Creation:

  • Start the day putting ourselves in God's presence and reflecting on the spirit of Lent with this prayer adapted from the Divine Office. “Lord, look upon us and hear our prayer. By the penance and good works you inspire, help us to discipline our appetites and to be renewed in spirit. So that we may be better stewards of creation, help us to live simply even when our desires are great. And help us to love greatly, even when we are not loved. Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
  • Throughout the day, pray the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or the Divine Office.
  • Read Scripture, especially those passages referring to Creation Stewardship and Environmental Justice.
  • Read thoughtfully about creation stewardship - Click here to get started.
  • Add these intentions to your daily prayers:

For an urgent solution to the climate change crisis.

For the grace to grow in virtue, which helps us be better stewards of creation.

For easing the suffering of the poor and those affected by disease and severe weather.

For the Church, that it may use its prophetic voice to help solve the environmental problems we face.

 

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Join the St. Monica Green Team!
 

Learn about our call to protect the environment and how to put our faith into action right here at St. Monica. We are always looking for new members, and we can't wait to see you soon!

 

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