Human Concerns Social Justice

September 1 is the World Day of Prayer for Creation and the start of the Season of Creation.
This day of prayer was established by Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was  then embraced by major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
Pope Francis has issued a new statement for the day of prayer, calling for a “renewed and sound relationship between humanity and creation” and asking us to pay special attention to the issue of water.
Today, Christians around the world unite to pray as one. We invite you to pray this prayer from Laudato Si’.
A Prayer for Our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
And a special note from Pope Francis.
One action to take after we pray on September 1st
Send a message to U.S. leaders: A Catholic appeal to work together to boldly protect our common home and our future
Below Find a copy of the petition and form to send 

Plastic Be Gone!!

St, Anselm's Creation Care Team offers you ways to continue your care of our common home, the EARTH
July is a great time to consider your consumption of plastics and participate in a plastic-free challenge! Encourage your family, parish, etc. to increase what they are doing to address the issues related to plastic. To join the global effort or for inspiration and ideas, visit plasticfreejuly.org.

Some ideas (or reminders) from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania:
  • Tell your friends and family you are trying to go Plastic-Free. Who knows, it might encourage them and it will help keep you on track.
  • Get your reusable items ready such as coffee cups, water bottles, straws, shopping bags, etc. Keep them in a handy place so you will have them when needed.
  • Now that summer is here, try purchasing your produce at a Farmer’s Market near you where items are not wrapped in plastic and you can select what you like.
  • Try planting your own vegetable and herb garden. There’s nothing like picking something fresh out your garden for dinner!
  • While you are at it, start a compost bin to help that garden grow.
  • Check where you live for regulations to make sure you are recycling correctly.
  • Use alternatives to plastic cling wrap such as beeswax covered cloth which can be composted when it is no longer useful.

The Dominican Sisters-Grand Rapids’ Care of Creation Committee have a great online resource with tips to help you reduce your use of single-use plastics. 

Want more information? Check the Covenant’s past Earth Day program, Reducing Plastic Waste and Moving Beyond a Throwaway Culture.
Technology and Electronics Recycling
Are you surrounded by outdated technology items loaded with plastic? Don’t send them to a landfill! You can recycle CDs, DVDs, video and audio tapes, hard drives, zip and floppy discs, pagers, digital cameras, slides, Super 8s, 35 mm film, mice, modems, headphones, and such through GreenDisk’s TechnoTrash Pack-IT Service. Check out greendisk.com. Continue to look for opportunities to recycle or to donate for reuse.

Recommended Parish Resource and Online Dialogue
On Thursday, July 29th, from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Eastern join an online dialogue in celebration of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: Care for Our Common Home hosted and facilitated by Fr. Walter F. Kedjierski, USCCB, Executive Director, Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, with: Rev Dr. Karen Georgia A. Thompson, Associate General Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Operations in the United Church of Christ; Dr. Jessica Moerman, climate and environmental scientist, church planter, educator, and advocate; Michael Terrien, OBL. OSB, chair of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers Care for Creation Committee; and Rev. Dennis Testerman, who currently serves as national moderator and member of Presbyterians for Earth Care steering committee.

The guidebook is jointly published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, and Catholic Climate Covenant. It offers diocesan ecumenical and interreligious officers, pastors, parish groups and the faithful at large a number of theological and practical resources to put the ecological and creation care counsels of Pope Francis and Catholic magisterial voices, along with selected interfaith voices, into practical action.
Register and obtain link here for the dialogue.


A revolution is needed. Join it!





St. Francis Pledge

Take the t. Francis/Laudato Si’ Pledge to care for creation and the poor

"I pledge to pray, live, and advocate Laudato Si'"

Take the St. Francis/Laudato Si' Pledge to follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. By taking the pledge, you (re)commit to living out the vision of the encyclical and our Catholic faith through prayer, concrete action, and advocacy. Get started on your journey to care for creation and the poor. 

Catholic Climate Covenant has compiled a list of possible climate actions you might consider taking as an individual and/or as a community to get started on your journey to help heal God’s creation. These actions can help lower your carbon footprint or make yourself and others aware of climate vulnerabilities. To get more information (and links to resources) for each of these actions go here.


Earth Day - April 22, 2021

21-Day Journey

This Earth Week, Catholic Climate Covenant and our partners invite you to enter into a 21-day journey along the path of environmental justice, April 23-May 16. Just as Pope Francis grounds his vision of creation care in an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life, the environmental justice movement asks us to view the world as interconnected and prophetically calls us to change the systems that create the unjust distribution of environmental hazards. 
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis called upon all people of goodwill to take courageous action on behalf of creation. In a world of overlapping crises, we are presented day after day with opportunities to step into courage and act in defense of the earth and its most vulnerable inhabitants. There are few better places to turn to for leaders modeling this prophetic action rooted in love than the those in the environmental justice movement. 
This 21-day challenge is brought to you by the joint efforts and partnership of Ignatian Solidarity Network, Catholic Climate Covenant, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Jesuit Office of Justice and Ecology, and the Sisters of Mercy. 
For 21 days, we challenge you to: 
  • Enter into the complex work of understanding the connections between environmental injustices that disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), as well as low-income communities 
  • Listen to and learn from the voices of environmental justice leaders from frontline communities 
  • Better understand the connections between current and historical environmental injustices 
  • Respond to the call to work toward a lived vision of a world in which all of God’s creation can flourish 

To join, sign up for daily challenge emails or follow along on the website.  


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

Sky                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8d_JvMpoY4


(2/24/21) - Please click below for our next message about nature.

Nature is speaking. Are you listening?

Lenten Reflections

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.

In them, he draws connections between human activities and their impacts on the planet, and provides suggestions for actions that individuals and faith groups can take.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, EarthBeat will publish  the series, titled "Reflections on the Care of Creation," on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent.


50th Anniversary of Earth Day

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

  • Pray!
    • These suggested prayers and reflection resources deepen our engagement with Catholic teaching on climate change and help transform our hearts and minds.
    • You can find special meditations, prayers and scripture here: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resources/?tid=15
  • Talk about Climate Change 
  • Gather with others who share your concern
  • Begin or Join a Creation Care Team
    • Creation Care Teams enable committed Catholics to lead the charge to solve climate change—together. Whether it’s a group from your parish, workplace, or school, together you can make a difference to create more sustainable facilities, to explore how our common faith can provide inspiration to act, and to advocate for faith-informed climate policies. 
    • Learn more: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/program/creation-care-teams
  • Do something (anything!) and stick with it:
  • Advocate for policies that encourage climate mitigation (reducing our carbon footprint) and adaptation (dealing with climate impacts we already experience).
    • Stay current on policies and how to join advocacy efforts by joining the Covenant’s mailing list, which includes a monthly newsletter with the latest news and efforts throughout the Catholic community: https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/newsletter
  • Join a legislative network
    • Most dioceses and state Catholic Conferences have legislative networks. Join those as well as the one promoted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development: https://www.usccb.org/take-action

Christmas 2020 Giving Tree

Please do not wait until the last minute to buy these gifts. They still have to be sent by Amazon and make it there by Christmas. Stay tuned for updated charities to support.
Missionaries of Charity - Asbury Park
The Center in Asbury Park
Pediatric Sub-specialty @JSUMC
Mercy Center of Asbury Park
Jason's Dreams for Kids
Family Promise of NJ
Ephipahy House of NJ
ONARA Health (Ocean Township, NJ)
CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Catholic Charities - Linkages
ALSO - Please go into Amazon Smile to build their wish listsSt. Anselm's gets a percentage of all sales if they go into Amazon this way and order either their own purchases, or anything on their wish lists that they are making for the Giving Tree.  Here are the instructions:

"When you shop, Amazon gives.  Log in at https://smile.amazon.com and select Church of St. Anselm Wayside. Make your purchase as usual.  Amazon will  donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to us. Support St. Anselm while doing your online shopping. 

It’s easy! If you have any questions about the vurtial giving tree or Amazon Smile, please contact:

Michele Fratterolo
732 768 2361

Advent Simplicity Challenge

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.


  1. The dignity of Each Person

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.

  1. The Common Good and Community

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.

  1. Rights and Responsibilities

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.

  1. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

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.

  1. Stewardship of God’s Creation

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.

  1. Promotion of Peace

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.