Dear First Name,
As many of you may know, in June our youngest son, Zachary, lost his battle with the disease of depression just shy of his 20th birthday. There were almost no warning signs and all who loved him are still in shock. Yet the support of the many communities—including the Covenant community—who know Zach and our family have helped more than we can say. We will continue to rely on your prayers and support in the months and years ahead.
In early July, a priest friend—and a big Covenant supporter—paid a pastoral visit. He listened well and was very empathetic as I shared our heartbreak. After some back and forth, he replied, “You know Dan, the world is also heading down the path of suicide and few see it coming. You and the Covenant see the early warning signs and you must continue to inspire action and save lives.” I was taken aback, expecting something more personal to help me through my suffering. But as I’ve reflected on his words, I felt as if I was rising above the fog of grief to see again the importance of this work, our work. Let’s together heed these warning signs and, with God’s help, prevent this planetary suicide. Thank you for all you do on behalf of God’s good gift of creation.
Founding Executive Director
Action of the Month:
Support Congressional Legislation that Creates Bipsartisan Dialogue on Real Climate Solutions
Congress is not completely paralyzed by partisanship or divided on climate change. Last month 7 Democrats and 6 Republicans introduced the Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017 (H.R.2326). The bill establishes a bipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission that would recommend policies and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that reflect the latest scientific findings of what is needed to avoid serious human health and environmental consequences of a changing climate.
You can be a powerful voice in changing the divisiveness and tone in Congress by persuading your House Representative to co-sponsor this bill. Surveys show that constituents who interact with their legislators, are one of the most powerful agents of political change.
Faithful Action On Climate Change
Feast of St. Francis 2017: Befriend the Wolf
The 2017 Feast of St Francis program is almost ready for publication!
Is your community celebrating on October 4th (or a day of your choosing)? Every year, Catholic Climate Covenant creates a 90-minute Feast of St. Francis (FOSF) program to help the Catholic community explore how it can better care for creation and the poor.
This year’s program, "Befriend the Wolf: Blessing All God's Creation" will guide your community through prayer, a video, scripture, meditation, and group discussion and action on creation care. New this year is a Blessing of the Animals liturgy!
Watch this short video about the 2017 FOSF program. Make plans to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis. Share it with friends and others in your community.
Register to automatically receive an email once we have published the program in mid-August.
St. Francis/Laudato Si' Pledge
To celebrate the second anniversary of Laudato Si’, Catholic Climate Covenant re-launched an updated St. Francis Pledge as the St. Francis/Laudato Si’ Pledge. Please sign the pledge for the first time, or consider re-committing to our newly updated pledge.
The St. Francis/Laudato Si’ Pledge builds on our 2009 St. Francis Pledge and reflects the inspiration found in Pope Francis’ encyclical. Our partner, the Global Catholic Climate Movement is promoting its twin as the “Laudato Si’ Pledge” and hopes to be able to gather one million signatures worldwide. Be one of those one million Catholics pledging to live out the vision of the encyclical and our Catholic faith through prayer, concrete action, and advocacy.
Paris Agreement Bulletin Insert
Many have asked for a printable resource to help your communities understand the Paris Climate Agreement. We have created a two-page resource that may be used as a bulletin insert. Go to ourAdvocacy Page to download the resource.
Catholics Leading the Way
Mendoza's Ask More Ideas Challenge
The Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame posted an online idea sourcing challenge to have its alums submit their ideas for how to reduce the carbon footprint of the office place. The impressive results can be found here.
Your parish, school, organization, or business may be interested in seeing how Notre Dame business leaders are reducing their energy footprint where they work. Let us know which of these ideas you can incorporate into your organizations or business!
Season of Creation
The Season of Creation begins with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1st and ends the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th.
Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican leaders encourage the 2.2 billion Christians worldwide to pray and act on ecological issues during the Season of Creation. To learn more, visit the ecumenical website with special resources, SeasonOfCreation.org. If you are planning to celebrate the Season of Creation with prayer services or other activities you are encouraged to register your event on this site.
Also, a special Season of Creation Prayer Service will be available later in the month. The Prayer Service will be a four-part series designed to be prayed each Sunday after Mass during the Season of Creation. Each service lasts about 10-15 minutes and incorporates a reflection on the Sunday readings, viewed through the lens of creation care. The series culminates in Catholic Climate Covenant’s Feast of St. Francis program.
Register here if you wish to be sent the Season of Creation Prayer Service as soon as it is available.