Consistent with Catholic social teaching and our Holy Father’s call in Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home, 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 educate our congregation by providing the necessary tools and training to live more sustainably and in solidarity with all of God’s Creation.
Thursday, Jun. 17 | 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
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!
Read more about Catholic Conversations: The Spirituality of Laudato Si' - Click Here!
St. 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.
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.
More 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 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.”
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.
“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!
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.
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.
Sign up here to receive Reflections on the Care of Creation by email. The Director of Creation for the ministry of the Diocese of San Diego, Fr. Emmet Farrell developed this series of daily reflections for the 40-day liturgical season to help Catholics better understand what he sees as one of the most pressing moral issues facing the world.
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!
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!
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!
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!