Earth Day - April 22, 2021
Fourth Installment (3/20/21 (sorry I'm late)) - Flower and Ocean
Third Installment (3/10/21) - Forest and Soil
(3/2/21) - The Creation Care Team invites you to view the second installment of Nature is Speaking.
We all want to breathe, drink clean water, bathe in clean water, revel In the beauty of the earth around us, right? So how can we all help preserve this earth we love and sustains us.
This series of NatureSpeaking will encourage us to do this. We will present 2 short videos each week. The represent aspects of our earth that we need to care for.
Mother Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48mxaQtbUdU
The Creation Care Team , here at St. Anselm's, invites parishioners to join with them in taking time during Lent to reflect on climate change to better understand this issue that is facing our world and to take action to confront it.
Presented by EarthBeat, Fr. Emmet Farrell will be reflecting on climate change in "Reflections on the Care of Creation" during Lent to help Catholics better understand what he sees as one of the most pressing moral issues facing the world.
As we all struggle with the on-going impact of Covid on our lives, as stories of outbreaks among school kids and churchgoers and families impacted by deaths of seniors in longterm care facilities have brought home the toll of the disease, we also look forward now with the vaccine and increased attention to the preventive measures of masks and social distancing to lessening the threat of the virus.
A similar threat to our lives is what the Creation Care Team here at St. Anselm’s continues to address as part of our ministry. The challenges of climate warming on our lives illustrated by accounts of ordinary people harmed by climate change disasters: fires, hurricanes, floods, and the loss of pollinators and other species, which have been exacerbated by increased environmental changes continue to plague us. There is no vaccine for this but there are many actions we can take. Just as scientists provided us with ways to attack the virus so they offer ways that we can attack climate change.
We offer you the following video, one in a series of videos we will share on this Facebook page. This one celebrated the 50th anniversary of EARTH DAY in 2020. It focuses our attention on changes we have already made in supporting a more hopeful future and ends with encouraging us all to be more active in helping this future to become reality.
St. Anselm’s Creation Care Team offers the 2nd video, EarthDay 2020 https://youtu.be/7I0sFyDKKBA, in a series of videos on climate change. This week’s video invites us to celebrate this wonderful earth that enthralls us with its beauty and supports us with its resources even while we are reminded how we plunder and misuse our common home. The video further invites us to connect more deeply with nature and to find other ways to undo what has been ravaged.
This video ends with a call to join in a time of prayer on Earth Day. And while the call in this video is for Earth Day 2020, Earth Day 2021 will issue the same call. Earth Day is always April 22.
Included here are a variety of suggested actions that Catholics might take to renew the face of the earth. They span a range from personal to more involved. These have been provided by Catholic Climate Covenant which is the organization that St. Anselm Creation Care Team belongs to. Our upcoming Lent time might be a time to focus on one.
We invite your comments.
What can Catholics do to address Climate Change
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The Creation Care Team at St. Anselm Church wishes to offer you, our parishioners, ways to engage in activities to care for our common home, the EARTH, during this HOLY SEASON OF ADVENT. We are grateful for you to join us as we commit to preserving God's creation.
The mission of our committee is two-fold: (1) to provide assistance and care for the needs of the more vulnerable people in our parish and local community and (2) to identify, publicize, and educate the parish on current social justice issues. In all of our activities we follow certain key principles of Catholic social justice.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLES
Belief in the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic social teaching. We are made in the image and likeness of God and must be the starting point of a moral vision for society.
We have a responsibility to participate in organizing our society, in law, policy, economics and politics because of the direct effect on human dignity and the rights of individuals. We must protect human life and dignity and promote the common good.
We have not only the right but the responsibility to participate in politics out of concern and commitment to the good of the community. We have a duty to keep informed about issues of the day and to vote to protect the common good.
The Bible teaches us to put the needs of the poor first. Jesus showed us the way. This is the true test of our Christianity: how we treat those living in poverty.
God gave human beings the task of caring for and nurturing all of creation. All people have an equal right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. In his Encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis calls all people of the world to take “swift and global action” to stop the environmental destruction of our planet which has a disproportionate effect on those living on the margins of society. Concern for creations is inseparable from concern for justice.
There is a close relationship in Catholic teaching between peace and justice. Peace is the “fruit of justice and is dependent on the right order among human beings.