Care for Creation

                                       God’s Gift

One of God’s sacred gifts to us is the gift of the planet upon which we live - a home that provides a breathable atmosphere, life-sustaining water, rich soil and incomparable beauty.  In his recently released encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us  “…that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.” 

Such a gift should have been cherished and protected but Pope Francis continues, “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.  Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.”

Clearly, the Holy Father is calling for us to do more.  Over the next few months, the Peace and Justice committee of Peace of Christ Parish will be sharing scientific, ethical and theological information pertaining to this serious human life issue. As Father Schrader said in the June 14th bulletin, “we’ll unfold it together.”

As part of this unfolding, look for information in our parish bulletins, in the Social Ministry newsletter and on its web page.  There is a list of links to the encyclical and other websites and sources of information on this topic on the back - a refrigerator page for Care for Creation, if you will.     Four speakers have been scheduled to date to help us gain a greater understanding of this call to action.  

Activities are being planned for Vacation Bible Camp and in youth and family events to help us better learn and understand how Catholic teaching relates to these issues.  In July, Dr. Nancy Rourke, Assistant Professor of Religion and Theology and Chair of Catholic Studies at Canisius College, will join us to help us gain a better understanding of the content of this encyclical.   We also plan to share a celebration of creation video.  Please watch the bulletin for the final date and details.    

We also want to hear from you.  We want you to share your reaction to Pope Francis’ call to action and your ideas for how Peace of Christ parish can get involved.  We want to build on the good work that has already been started in our parish to address related energy conservation concerns.

Join us, as in the words of the prayer to the Holy Spirit, we seek to “renew the face of the earth.”

                                                 Peace of Christ 2015 Care for Creation/Climate Change Series

                                                                                 -- COMPLETED --

Wednesday, July 22 - 6pm dinner, 7pm presentation, St. John's Hall
Dr. Nancy Rourke, Asst. Professor and Chair of Catholic Studies, Canisius College
Unfolding the Laudato Si’ encyclical message.

Thursday, October 1 - 7pm, St. John’s Hall
Brady Ferguson, concerned citizen and former Peace Corp Worker will share his first hand experience with the impact of climate change  on the island of Kiribati, a part of the Pacific Island Republic of Abalang, where he worked while in the Peace Corp and home to his wife’s family

Thursday, October 22 - 7pm, St. John’s Hall
Dr. Gerry Gacioch, M.D., Catholic Climate Ambassador will share his presentation on the state of climate change, the causes of climate change, what we can do to address the problem and how it relates to Catholic Social teaching

Thursday, in November 12 - 7pm, St. John’s Hall
Dr Callie Babbitt, Asst. Professor, Golisano Institute of Sustainability at RIT  will provide information about sustainability.

                                                                     Care for Creation/Global Climate Change ~ Websites   (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)   (Papal teaching/statements/homilies) (national Catholic Climate Covenant)  (National Catholic Rural Life Conference) (Catholic Relief Services) (National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry) (Franciscans) (Carmelites)  (U.S. National Academy of Science)  (Pew Center on Climate Change)   (UN International Panel on Climate Change) (NYS Interfaith Power & Light)   (Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) (Union of Concerned Scientists) (GreenFaith)
www.CitizensClimate  (Citizens' Climate Lobby) (Mothers Out Front) (Rochester Climate Action) (Pachamama Alliance) (World Environmental Organization) (350)

                                                             Link to Encyclical, Laudato, Si’


We keep hearing about global warming. 
What is it and how does it work?

Global warming is primarily a problem of too much carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere that acts as a blanket, trapping heat and warming the planet.  As we burn fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas for energy or cut down and burn forests to create pastures and plantations, carbon accumulates and over loads our atmosphere. 

So What Can You Do?

Start Small –
Turn off lights and electronic items such as computers and printers when not being used.  Plugging into power strips and turning off at the power strip is an easy way to do this.  You’ll save energy and reduce your utility bill.

Join Others –
Write to your elected officials and let them know you support  the reduced use of fossil fuels and a government commitment to policies that will reduce America’s carbon emissions.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.   20510  or

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20150   or

U.S. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
2469 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515 or

Really Commit –
Purchase hybrid or other plug in vehicle and reduce your carbon emissions and/or reduce the miles you drive.

From Laudato Si’—

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvement and talents.”  (#14)

“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all…Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this (global) warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”  (#23)