Dear First Name,
As we know, the most vulnerable people and communities are the most impacted by natural disasters. They have the fewest resources to get out of harm’s way and face a much longer road to recovery. In the aftermath of massive storms in August that pummeled southwest Texas and Louisiana and broad swaths of south Asia, we face this sad reality once again. We urge you to support organizations best equipped to help including Catholic Relief Services andCatholic Charities USA.
As we hold in prayer those suffering from hurricanes and epic floods, we also must examine our own contributions to a warming planet which makes these storms more powerful and deadly. The Covenant is dedicated to the mission of prayer and conversion not only for the sake of the planet but also for the sake of our brothers and sisters now and into the future. During this Season of Creation, we ask, once again, for your ongoing support for these efforts and will be appealing to you throughout the month of September.
Founding Executive Director
Action of the Month:
Tell Your Senators to Protect EPA and Interior Department’s Budgets
The Trump administration's proposed Environmental Protection Act budget of $5.6 billion constitutes a thirty percent reduction from 2017, the largest proposed cut to any federal agency on a percentage basis. The $1.6 billion funding reduction to the Department of the Interior, which oversees almost one fifth of the nation's land, would seriously curtail the government's stewardship responsibilities.
Please write your Senators and ask them to adequately fund both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department.
Faithful Action On Climate Change
Feast of St. Francis and Season of Creation Resources
We offer two resources to help celebrate the Season of Creation (Sept. 1st-Oct. 4th) and the Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4th):
1) Finding Christ in the Wilderness: A special four-part Season of Creation Prayer 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.
2) Befriend the Wolf: Blessing All God’s Creation: This year’s Feast of St. Francis program, Befriend the Wolf: Blessing All God’s Creation is an invitation to follow St. Francis’ example and open our hearts to all of creation. Download the 90-minute educational program and Blessing of Animals Liturgy. The program includes prayers, a 10-minute video, meditation guide, group discussion, and suggested activities.
Register for Two Upcoming Webinars!
1) A Feast of St. Francis Webinar: Join us on Thursday, September 7th at 3:00 pm (eastern) and examine the story of the Wolf of Gubbio as a wonderful and useful metaphor to harmonize our relationship with God's Creation in our modern lives. We will also discuss how the 2017 Feast of St. Francis program can be used in your parish, school, and faith community to foster that relationship.
Whether you are already planning to use the 2017 Feast of St. Francis program or want to understand it more before committing, we welcome your participation and questions in this webinar!
2) Faithful Energy Strategies and Choices: Join us on Thursday, September 28th at 2:00 pm (eastern) to learn about the Covenant’s newest program: Catholic Covenant Energies and how it can help your parish/school/institution a) reduce energy use in its facilities, b) save money on utility bills, and c) educate about Laudato Si'. Learn how we can live faithfully AND sustainably through our energy choices.
Catholics Leading the Way
USCCB Season of Creation Bulletin Insert
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops offers you a bulletin insertto help families and communities renew their commitment to care for our common home. Designed especially for use during the Season of Creation (September 1st-October 4th).
Catholic Social Teaching Meets High Tech Mapping
Molly Burhans is a young Catholic woman on an ambitious mission to map the vast landholdings of the Catholic Church. Her organization (GoodLands) is using cutting-edge geographic information system software (GIS) to create the first global map of the Roman Catholic Church, incorporating spatial as well as health, education, and development data. Why? To help the Catholic Church become a better steward of its lands. To help it understand:
- Which dioceses might experience famine/drought in the next quarter-century, and how can they prepare?
- Which may be inundated by rising sea levels/floods due to global warming?
- How it can channel its resources to fight deforestation or even human trafficking?
To learn more about this incredible endeavor, click here.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Energy “Flip”
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee recently adopted a “Flipping the Default Toolkit” for parishes interested in reducing usage of fossil fuels and increasing renewable energy usage. Originally a product of Marquette University’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Ethics Capstone Seminar, the toolkit assists parishes “flip” their energy choices.
Bishop Coyne (Diocese of Burlington) Celebrates A Year of Creation
In honor of the two-year anniversary of Laudato Si', Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont was interviewed by Catholic Climate Covenant. He talked with the Covenant about some of the work his diocese has been doing on creation care initiatives since Pope Francis's encyclical was first published in June of 2015.