“When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship God in union with them.” (#87)
Celebrating and Living “Laudato Si’”: One-Year Anniversary Observance!
On June 18 last year, Pope Francis released the encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. One year later, let us celebrate together not only an inspiring encyclical and faith-rooted vision for our world, but the call of Christ and Catholic Social Teaching to care for God’s creation and the poor in all that we do; for “everything is connected” (LS, #91). If you have not yet read Laudato Si’, we encourage you to read it and reflect with an open heart. We hope the following few quotes from Laudato Si’ recall for you its prophetic, even poetic witness, and help you prayerfully celebrate with us its one-year anniversary this week!
NEW “Care for God’s Creation/Laudato Si’” Parish Packet available for parishes/schools (Spanish-version packet also available!). Contact your county’s Catholic Commission office to request your packet; or contact Jeff Campbell at email@example.com.
Laudato Si’ Resources for your family, parish or school:
- USCCB Laudato Si’/environmental resource page
- Laudato Si’ full text (via Vatican website)
- Catholic Relief Services Laudato Si’ resource page
- Catholic Climate Covenant
- Laudato Si’ bulletin/website image and quote
- Blessing of Seeds, Soil & Water: USCCB seasonal prayer service for parishes/schools in late winter/early spring before planting season (can be used during Mass)
- Prayer for Our Earth (prayers from Laudato Si’ that can accompany the Blessing of Seeds, Soil & Water)
- Parish Resource Packet
The WAM Catholic Commission can assist with resources, programs and ideas for your parish or school. Contact Jeff Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-263-6176.
Feast of St. Francis Event Hosts Sought for Fall/October: Parish and school partners needed
The Catholic Climate Covenant offers an annual Feast of St. Francis program guide (with online materials provided) to celebrate in Fall or early October the patron saint of ecology and animals. St. Francis of Assisi cared for the poor and sick, preached to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God. This saintly witness inspired both the name Pope Francis took and his writing of Laudato Si’.
The Catholic Climate Covenant selects a faith and ecology theme for each year’s program offering. They provide everything you need to host a successful program: a ready-made Powerpoint presentation, suggested online video, and prayer/handout materials. All materials are fully based on Catholic Social Teaching and provided online.
You can register to receive more information and resource emails via the Catholic Climate Covenant website at: www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/FOSF. If you are considering hosting a Feast of St. Francis event at your parish or school, please also contact Social Action Office staff Jeff Campbell, at email@example.com or (330) 263-6176. The Social Action Office and your local Catholic Commission will gladly promote your program to nearby parishes!
To celebrate Laudato Si’s one-year anniversary, reply with your own Laudato Si’/care for God’s creation inspiring story:
- How has Laudato Si’ inspired you/your family to care for God’s creation and the poor?
- How has Laudato Si’ inspired your parish/school to care for God’s creation and the poor?
- What new plans/projects do you (or your family, parish, or school) have this summer, or in the next year, to live Laudato Si’s call to care for God’s creation and the poor?
- “I (heart) Laudato Si’” photo campaign: Take a selfie with a sheet of paper reading “I (heart) Laudato Si’” with your parish or school name included and send to: Jeff Campbell, Diocesan Social Action Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org (NOTE: Youth 18 or under must have their parents’ or guardian’s permission to submit a photo, and must identify being 18 or under in their email. Otherwise, photos containing minors only and no parent/guardian cannot be used.)
Some inspiring-story examples:
- Holy Family Parish (Stow), St. Christopher Parish (Rocky River), and the Dominican Associates of Akron hosted excellent Feast of St. Francis programs this past Fall.
- St. Mary Parish (Painesville), St. Christopher (Rocky River) and several other parishes hosted Laudato Si’ book discussion groups and discerned ways that individual parishioners and the parish can faithfully respond.
To host a session or mini-retreat on Laudato Si’/care for God’s creation, contact: Your county Catholic Commission office, or contact Jeff Campbell at email@example.com or (330) 263-6176.
“Let us sing as we go. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.” (#244)