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 JANUARY 16, 2022
“The environmental challenge we are undergoing, and it’s human roots, concerns and affect us all.” – Pope Francis
Join organizations to generate momentum – Pope Francis urges the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations. His encyclical letter Laudato Si’ is a compelling call to care for our common home, the Earth, and builds on a long history of Catholic teaching. Joining groups focused on Creation Care can dramatically accelerate progress. Whether it’s your parish Creation Care Team, or a national organization, you’ll get innovative ideas on how to make a difference.
Consider investigating and joining groups like the Laudato Si’ Movement, LivingTheChange.net, or the Catholic Climate Covenant. There’s power in numbers!
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JANUARY 9, 2022
“The Church has a responsibility towards Creation and considers it her duty… to protect earth, water and air as gifts of God, the Creator, meant for everyone…” – Pope Benedict XVI
Pandemic Reflections: Slowing Down – During this pandemic, often our plans have been dashed and our hardships amplified. We’ve been forced to slow down and simplify our existence at times. What’s most important rises to the surface: our spiritual and emotional connection to God, family, friends, community and Creation… and the health of those we love. Pope John Paul II reminds us that in light of Christ’s death and resurrection, suffering is no longer an exclusively negative event. “Rather, it is seen as… an opportunity ‘to release love…, to transform the whole of civilization…’ Salvifici Doloris, #30)”. What positive changes and behaviors can we carry forward from this forced slow down? What new insights will we have into what material things we really need in life? How can working together to overcome the COVID-19 variant crisis provide learnings on how to overcome other crises, like the climate crisis?
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JANUARY 2, 2022
“We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation.” – U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO CARE FOR CREATION
- The Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si’, is a text of landmark significance in Catholic Social Teaching. He challenges us to rethink our relationship with nature.
- Pope Francis reframes the environmental dialogue from a political discussion into language of faith. Creation, the natural world around us, is recognized as a precious gift from God to be reverenced by all.
- The Holy Father invites us to become aware and reflect deeply on the unsustainable environmental degradation around us and its consequences.
- Francis extends an “urgent challenge to protect our common home… to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.”
- The Pope asks us to examine our lifestyles through sound ecological virtues, strive for greater simplicity and to focus less on material things.
What will you do in the New Year to demonstrate your care for creation and gratitude for this great gift from God?
THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN DECEMBER 26, 2021
Laudato Si’ on the Incarnation – In the Encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis encourages us to be open to awe and wonder when viewing the natural world that God created, in which He was incarnated, and of which we are a part. (Laudato Si’, 11)
Further, he reflects, “In the Christian understanding of the world, the destiny of all Creation is bound up with the mystery of Christ, present from the beginning: ‘All things have been created through him and for him’ (Col 1:16). The prologue of the Gospel of John (1:1-18) reveals Christ’s creative work as the Divine Word (Logos). But then, unexpectedly, the prologue goes on to say that this same Word ‘became flesh’ (John 1:14). One Person of the Trinity entered into the created cosmos, throwing in his lot with it, even to the cross. From the beginning of the world, but particularly through the Incarnation, the mystery of Christ is at work in a hidden manner in the natural world as a whole, without thereby impinging on its autonomy.” (LS, 99)
Joy to you, and to the whole world, this Christmas Season!