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!


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

“…human beings frequently seem to see no other meaning in their natural environment than… consumption.” – Pope John Paul II

ACT TO REDUCE ACQUISITION DURING THE SEASON OF CREATION – The Season of Creation is September 1st to October 4th – It is a time to reflect on our relationship with the environment, how we live, and how our lifestyles impact the natural world, humans and other creatures inhabiting it. The sum total of all our daily purchases has a massive impact on our environment. The associated destruction of non-renewable resources, the global warming emissions and industrial toxins from manufacture and transportation of “stuff” really adds up.

Examine what you really need, where it comes from, and whether it needs to be a “new” purchase. Pope Francis has urged us to live more simply, and to be mindful of our impact on and interdependence with nature.


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

“Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of… becoming in turn a victim of this degradation.” Pope Paul VI

Act to reduce food waste during the Season of Creation – The Season of Creation is a time to reflect on our relationship with the environment, how we live, and how our lifestyles impact the natural world, humans and other creatures inhabiting it. Christians are called to treat food like all of God’s gifts: with respect and gratitude, and to avoid overindulgence and waste. Food waste is  particularly problematic because in landfills the waste decomposes and generates a potent climate warming greenhouse gas (methane).

Reducing food waste can save you significant money. The average U.S. family wastes $1,600 of food each year. Use shopping lists to avoid duplicates and keep less food on hand. The “Best if Used By” dates on packages are NOT necessarily expiration dates. However, “Use-By” dates DO signify expiration dates.


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

Celebrate the Season of Creation – Part 2 – The Season of Creation is a month-long prayerful observance that calls upon Catholics to pray and care for God’s Creation. It starts September 1 and ends October 4th. It’s a time of reflection on our relationship with the environment, how we live, and how our lifestyles impact the natural world, humans and other creatures inhabiting it. This is a  time of restoration and of hope, but also  a time for action. It’s a time we can take to educate ourselves on new ways of living with Creation that better care for both people and the planet. It’s a time to craft plans and implement those changes.

What changes will you make as an individual to contribute to a more just and sustainable future? Have you considered joining your parish Creation Care Team, or starting one? The Catholic Climate Covenant has great resources to get one started. Consider reading the encyclical Laudato Si’, a great source of inspiration and motivation.

As Pope Francis said, “this is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew,” a season “to reflect on our lifestyles,” and a season “for undertaking prophetic actions . . . calling for courageous decisions . . . directing the planet towards life, not death.”


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN AUGUST 29, 2021

Celebrate the Season of Creation – Part 1 – The Season of Creation is a month-long prayerful observance that calls upon Catholics to pray and care for God’s Creation. It starts September 1 and ends October 4th. It’s a time to reflect on our relationship with the environment, how we live, and how our lifestyles impact the natural world, humans and other creature inhabiting it. 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…”.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us that “we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of Creation”. Pope Francis urges us to recognize our connectedness with the natural world saying, “Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” (LS 139). Advocating for Creation Care helps safeguard the inheritance the Creator has given us, … an inheritance essential to our well-being. Pope Benedict XVI told us that protecting this inheritance is a way of fulfilling our role as stewards of Creation.