Sunday, April 19, 2009

Catholic Earth Day

April 22,

Care for creation is an ancient Catholic concern that has taken on renewed urgency in recent decades. Catholics are examining their faith-related responsibility to protect the environment. Earth Day and the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi share the goal of protecting the environment and all of God’s creation.

American Catholic Earth Day is a call to stewardship and environmental justice. Discover more about St. Francis of Assisi, lover of all creation.

A very nice and interesting Blog is A Nun’s Life - Catholic Sisters and Nuns in Today’s World and you can find some Catholic Links for Earth Day

And from Earth Day Network

April 1, 2009

Dear Father,

Last year, thousands of Catholic parish priests across this nation gave Earth Day Sunday Sermons in support for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s request that world leaders create immediate and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. As you know, Pope Benedict has called on politicians worldwide to respond "to the great ecological challenge'' presented by the climate crisis. His Holiness has said there is a need "to wake up consciences'' on climate change as part of ''our responsibilities toward Creation.” Pope Benedict XVI is particularly concerned about the impact of climate change on the poor and vulnerable, declaring that “environmental pollution is making particularly unsustainable the lives of the poor of the world. In dialogue with Christians of various confessions, we must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share its resources in solidarity.” The U.S. Council of Bishops has also declared that "at its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God's creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both 'the human environment' and the natural environment." (Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). In solidarity with His Holiness and in support of the U.S. Council of Bishops, Earth Day Network is encouraging parishes across the country to participate in Earth Day Sunday, April 19, 2009. Earth Day Sunday is an annual celebration that reminds faith communities to respect and honor God’s gift of Creation. Earth Day Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday closest to Earth Day and is observed by thousands of faith communities. Below are a few of the many ways that parishes can participate in Earth Day Sunday:

  • Deliver a homily or sermon that explains Catholics’ moral responsibility to protect Creation
  • Offer intentions at Mass for an equitable solution to climate change
  • Sign our 2009 Pulpit Pledge and join leaders of other faiths in their commitment to discuss climate change as a moral issue at Mass at least once this year
  • Write or record your homily and post it on
  • Organize a parish-wide program to help weatherize the homes of parishioners or community members, with special attention given to low income parishioners

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