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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  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.  

Caring for Our Commong Home is our Catholic Reponsibility

Overcome by the beauty of God’s creation, St. Francis of Assisi once proclaimed: “Laudato si’, mi’ signore,” which means “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’: Care for Our Common Home, which was inspired by St. Francis’ canticle. In this encyclical, Pope Francis describes the suffering that 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’ encyclical.

 

Service Opportunity: Safe Beach Cleanup Day!

Saturday, Apr. 17

 

thumbnailWe believe it is healthy to be outside volunteering, just not together in large groups at this time. The current health order allows for three households—up to 15 people—to gather with the proper precautions. So grab your team and start to clean! Just keep your mask on! Fill up your reusable water bottle and follow these instructions on how to do a safe beach or neighborhood cleanup.

 

The majority of pollution that ends up in the environment is plastic, which harms wildlife, natural habitats, and public health. But here’s the good news: we can all clean up this trash at any time!

Nearly 80 percent of pollution in our marine environment comes from the land. By removing tons of pollution from neighborhoods, parks, beaches, and waterways, you can reduce pollution, protect animals, and boost the regional economy.

 

pdfGet Started by Reading the Document! 

 

Information Meeting

Wednesday, Apr. 14 | 6:00 p.m. | Zoom

 

Click Here to Register to Attend!

 

 

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  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.  

Caring for Our Commong Home is our Catholic Reponsibility

Overcome by the beauty of God’s creation, St. Francis of Assisi once proclaimed: “Laudato si’, mi’ signore,” which means “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’: Care for Our Common Home, which was inspired by St. Francis’ canticle. In this encyclical, Pope Francis describes the suffering that 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’ encyclical.

 

Service Opportunity: Safe Beach Cleanup Day!

Saturday, Apr. 17

 

thumbnailWe believe it is healthy to be outside volunteering, just not together in large groups at this time. The current health order allows for three households—up to 15 people—to gather with the proper precautions. So grab your team and start to clean! Just keep your mask on! Fill up your reusable water bottle and follow these instructions on how to do a safe beach or neighborhood cleanup.

 

The majority of pollution that ends up in the environment is plastic, which harms wildlife, natural habitats, and public health. But here’s the good news: we can all clean up this trash at any time!

Nearly 80 percent of pollution in our marine environment comes from the land. By removing tons of pollution from neighborhoods, parks, beaches, and waterways, you can reduce pollution, protect animals, and boost the regional economy.

 

pdfGet Started by Reading the Document! 

 

Information Meeting

Wednesday, Apr. 14 | 6:00 p.m. | Zoom

 

Click Here to Register to Attend!

 

 

Lent

Rethinking Lent: A Focus on Our Common Home

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’ 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? 
Begin with Prayer: 
  • Start the day putting ourselves in God's presence and reflecting on the spirit of Lent:
    “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.” (Adapted from the Divine Office.)
  • 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, such as www.bit.ly/OTcreation and www.bit.ly/NTcreation.
What do we pray for? 
  • For the urgent solution of 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.
For more resources visit the Catholic Climate Movement:

Laudato Si'

Fifth Anniversary of Laudato Si'

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! 

 

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Cosmos refers to the entire universe, every dimension of time and space, spiritual and material.

 

As we bring the Season of Creation to a close we not only focus on the cosmos in all its immensity and wonder, but also the spiritual impulse or presence/energy that permeates the universe and is connected with each of us on Earth.

 

That impulse is also called the Cosmic Christ!

 

We pray this week with the entire universe, conscious that the cosmos is a vast sacred space of which we humans on Earth are a small but privileged part.

 

We celebrate the wondrous spiritual force that permeates, activates and unifies the web of worlds that is our cosmos.

 

Actions:

 

As we celebrate the wondrous spiritual force that permeates, activates and unifies the web of worlds that is our cosmos:

 

  • Monitor and look for ways to continue to reduce your own energy use whenever and wherever possible.
  • Visit “Living the Change: Faithful choices for a flourishing world” website www.livingthechange.net for ideas on reducing carbon footprint.
  • Become familiar with, and write your local and national congress persons urging their support for, the Green New Deal; the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend bill.

 

-Adapted from Australian Season of Creation Cosmos Sunday Liturgy Resource

 

Deforestation

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)

  

Actions:

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

money.

 

Learn about the October Pan-Amazon Region Synod. Read the Preparatory

Document at:   https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/06/08/180608a.html

 

 

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:

https://youtu.be/RVYFLMxWJAg

 

 

Jubilee for the Earth

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 October 4, 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.

 

Click Here for a resource from the US Bishops to help you start!

 

End Plastic Pollution

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

 

What you can do:
  • Observe and note your use of single use plastic for one day. Consider how you could make different choices.
  • Have a contest with yourself to see if you can go one day without using any single use plastic.
  • Write or call governments, restaurants, businesses, and individuals and ask them to End Plastic Pollution.

 

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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.
 
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