April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars. This year, we join with the Earth Day Network to celebrate Earth Day and to embrace our call as Catholics to increase awareness of care for creation and climate change issues. This Earth Day program should be seen as the beginning of an educational campaign to increase creation care and climate literacy within our parishes, schools, and religious communities.
This program is designed with the 2016 Feast of St. Francis (October 4) in mind. However, we hope you will feel free to implement the program at a time that is convenient to your parish or school.
As you know, Pope Francis was so inspired by St. Francis of Assisi that he is the first Roman pontiff to take the saint’s name. He has challenged us to make care for creation and care for the poor a cornerstone of our Catholic witness.
This year marks the 37th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi being named the Patron Saint of those who promote ecology by St. John Paul II.
Este folleto es una breve introducción a la encíclica y maneras en que puede responder a la llamada de papa Francisco.
Suggested Scriptures and Hymns to Reflect on Creation, by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a collection of verses and hymns for use in specific masses, or in individual or small-group study.
Suggested Prayers to Reflect on Creation, offered up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a collection of reflective and petition prayers for individual or group practice.
Intercessions on the Care of Creation, by the Sisters of Mercy is a bi-lingual prayer adapted from Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si'.