Special thanks to Vince Stricherz for creating these “Weekly Tips” on Caring for our Common Home. These are intended to be put in your church bulletin each week and are a good way to remind people of how their individual actions can have a huge impact for our Earth.
Resources for the Advent Season:
1) Advent Calendar 2021-Daring to Hope
Inspired by past Lenten Calendars from the Archdiocese of Washington Care for Creation Committee and Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham, has produced an Advent Calendar with daily ideas for spiritual reflection and actions to care for the poor and our common home.
This set of Homily Helps includes 2nd Sunday of Advent, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 3rd Sunday of Advent, 4th Sunday of Advent, Christmas, and the Feast of the Holy Family.
Catholic Climate Covenant and the Laudato Si’ Movement: Similarities, Differences, and How You Can Engage With Us
A conversation about the related yet distinct missions of Catholic Climate Covenant and Laudato Si' Movement. . We are two organizations both working on care for creation, and sometimes we hear: Are they the same organization? Do they work on the same things? What makes them different?
Staff and volunteers from both organizations describe our similar missions, different approaches, and complementary values and love for creation. We also provide practical ways in which you can engage with both organizations in efforts to advance care for creation in our Church, nation, and world.
In this webinar the U.S. Laudato Si' Action Platform (LSAP) leads for Parishes and Dioceses, Religious Orders, and Colleges and Universities walk you through the latest information on the LSAP launch, how your community can get started with the LSAP and the seven-year journey to sustainability, what each sector is doing in the U.S., and where you can find sector specific information/resources.
Michael Terrien OSB, Archdiocese of Chicago
Sr. Ann Scholz SSND, PhD, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
The theme for this year's Season of Creation is "A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God". Please visit the ecumenical Season of Creation website for resources and information of how you and your community can participate in the Season of Creation. For Catholic resources go here and for the 2021 Celebration Guide go here.
All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity in a Time of Climate Crisis
SPECIAL NOTE: April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. This year, Earth Day falls on the Saturday before Easter (April 22nd). Therefore, we recommend celebrating Earth Day during the Easter season or another date that suits your community's schedule.
An information-packed webinar examining:
1) How our food system (the way we produce, transport, and consume food) is responsible for over a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions.
2) How we can take action, both individually and as Catholic communities, to reduce our damaging “foodprints” on our common home.
3) How we can make food choices that are sustainable, less wasteful, and just.
June 18th, 2019 marks the fourth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical, "Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home." During the past four years, parishes, schools, colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, and religious communities have responded with faith, passion, and enormous creativity to the Pope’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.