From June 12 to June 19, Catholics and people of faith around the world will be celebrating the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si (On Care for Our Common Home). Both the Global Catholic Climate Movement and the US Bishops’ Catholic Climate Covenant are urging individuals, families, organizations and parishes to plan events to honor and celebrate this historic document, with the goal of generating at least 1,000 events worldwide.
At St Vincent’s, we are hoping to celebrate a special Laudato Si Liturgy on the weekend of June 18th & 19th. The Mass will call all of us to think deeply and pray strongly for the healing and sustaining grace needed by our Mother, Earth and will include music, readings and symbols related to Care for Creation. All those at Mass will have the opportunity to take the St. Francis Pledge, which reads:
I pledge to pray, act and advocate to solve the problem of climate change.
Taking the St Francis Pledge is the best way for our parish community to take action. If you pledge on the website listed below, you can receive action alerts, resources and stories from Catholics leading the charge. Register your pledge here: www.catholicclimatecovenant.org.