The California Conference of Catholic Bishops is joining Pope Francis in the launch of the Laudato Si' Action Platform (LSAP), which kicked off on November 14.
The LSAP is a list of seven goals that the Holy Father has outlined to help spur a worldwide grassroots effort to mobilize Catholics to take action on the environment over a period of seven years.
California parishes on Nov. 14 included liturgical messages on how we all can seek out opportunities to reflect on the call to be good stewards as outlined in the Bishops' pastoral statement God Calls Us All to Care for our Common Home, as well as Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si.'
"Every person in the pew needs to understand how important this is and how we can make substantial progress on these issues if we work together, and not instead destroy because of our selfishness," said Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and chair of the bishops committee on Environmental Stewardship.
"Sometimes we think they are just small ways to help, but when we come together, they are big," he said.
Everyone is encouraged to sign up at www.laudatosiactionplatform.org and learn more on other U.S. LSAP efforts at www.godsplanet.us. Sign-ups can be individual, with your school, with your parish, or even your community. Liturgy materials are available, as well as summaries of the Bishops’ statement in English and Spanish.