Archdiocese Care of Creation Weekly Inserts

Taking action to protect God’s great gift to us, Mother Earth!

Thank you for your interest in reading the Creation Care bulletin inserts and keeping alive the message of Laudato Si’ and individual action in our community. These articles are sent to parishes in our deanery, for publication in their Sunday Bulletins.

We will be posting only the last 4 articles on this page!


“…we need to care for the environment: it has been entrusted to men and women to be protected and cultivated…” – Pope Benedict XVI

Wintertime Tips to Save Energy, Money and Reduce Harmful Carbon Pollution:

  1. Use a programmable thermostat to reduce heat  when you are away from home or asleep.
  2. Seal and weatherstrip: you could improve the heating system efficiency by as much as 20%.
  3. Keep your furnace air filters clean. At minimum, change the filter every three months.
  4. Have HVAC equipment tuned-up annually.
  5. Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after use.
  6. Close your fireplace damper when not in use.
  7. Draperies and shades: Keep south-facing window shades open during the day and closed at night.
  8. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating equipment. Look for Energy Star certification.
  9. Make sure vents/registers aren’t blocked or covered.

More energy saving tips at:


New Movie Features Pope Francis – A new movie, The Letter: A message for our earth was released on the Feast of St. Francis and features Pope Francis. In the film, an indigenous leader from the Amazon rainforest, a young climate activist from India, a climate refugee from Senegal, and a pair of biologists from the USA are invited to the Vatican. Each has received a letter for a private audience with the Pope. During their visit they share their personal story and that of their country, revealing new eye-opening perspectives on the state of our planet. The powerful images presented show that the ecological crisis has arrived and is happening now.

“This beautiful film – a heartbreaking yet hopeful story – is a clarion cry to people everywhere: wake up, get serious, meet, act together, act now,” remarked Cardinal Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The movie is available to view at no cost on YouTube at this link:


Gratitude, Generosity and Stewardship – In the Encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis encourages us to imitate God’s generosity, calling for an attitude of “…gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works.”

Pope Francis further explains, “One expression of this attitude is when we stop and give thanks to God before and after meals. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need.” (LS 222, 227).

We show our respect and gratitude to the Creator by our stewardship and recognition of his bountiful creation as a precious gift requiring our care. Happy Thanksgiving!


“…the future of the human family depends also on how we safeguard –both prudently and compassionately… the gift of creation …” = Pope Francis

Connecting The Dots – From time to time, questions arise about what the connection is between the Catholic faith and the environmental sustainability recommendations presented in this column. Care for God’s Creation is one of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops links stewardship efforts to our faith when saying: “We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation.” Care for Creation  is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. The Bishop’s tell us, “The environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.”