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Environment/Integral Ecology

Catholic Social Teaching – Care for God’s Creation

“We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of Gods creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.”

– USCCB

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Care for Creation Committee Meetings

Our next Care for Creation Committee meeting will be announced shortly.

Care for Creation Lenten Calendar

GF_Santuary_logo-smalerSt. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is honored to be a GreenFaith-certified faith-based environmental leader, an official “GreenFaith Sanctuary” and a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat® site!

The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for “the least of these.” (Mt. 25:40)

The Environmental Justice Program (EJP), a program of the Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development, educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.

- USCCB Environment/Environmental Justice Program

“I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of good will: let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

“The relationship of mankind with nature must not be conducted with greed, manipulation and exploitation. It must conserve the divine harmony that exists between creatures and Creation within the logic of respect and care.”

“Saint Francis of Assisi bears witness to the need to respect all that God has created and as he created it, without manipulating and destroying creation; rather to help it grow, to become more beautiful and more like what God created it to be. And above all, Saint Francis witnesses to respect for everyone, he testifies that each of us is called to protect our neighbor, that the human person is at the center of creation, at the place where God – our creator – willed that we should be. Not at the mercy of the idols we have created! […] From this City of Peace, I repeat with all the strength and the meekness of love: Let us respect creation, let us not be instruments of destruction! […] We turn to you, Francis, and we ask you: Obtain for us God’s gift of harmony, peace and respect for creation!”

- Pope Francis

Care for Creation Committee Members

  • Gina Staub
  • Kathy Walker
  • Frank Duncan
  • Adam Petrizza
  • Chelsea Miller
  • Fred Miller
  • Marian Patey
  • Scott Deane

Care for Creation Committee Mission Statement

Our parish Care for Creation Committee, in accordance with God’s command and our responsibility as a GreenFaith Sanctuary, will endeavor to model, educate, and advocate for the moral and faithful stewardship of God’s earth, never forgetting the kinship between all creation and the human person. We will strive to promote communities focused on well-being, sustainable living, and waste reduction, while encouraging a renewal in the sacramental view of creation, which recognizes that through the gift of creation we may all encounter and grow closer to God.

Resources

For more information on the Care for Creation Committee, please contact Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM:

 

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