Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.- Pope Francis, Laudato Si
This ministry is new to our parish. The team is dedicated to education, service, and advocacy on behalf of the natural world, following the teachings of Pope Francis. If you are interested in joining, please stop by for its monthly meetings which are listed on our calendar.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT BELOW
As you know, Pope Francis continues to remind us that caring for our common home is a critical priority for us as Catholics. Just this month, he wrote, regarding climate change: "There remains a window of opportunity, but we must not allow it to close."
In that spirit, our parish is considering signing a document called The Catholic Climate Declaration, which calls for the U.S. to return to the 2015 Paris Agreement. A copy can be found on the website (language to be determined by Jasmine) or at https://www.tfaforms.com/4668211
This is a document already signed by 794 Catholic organizations in the U.S., including a number of churches right here in NYC (St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Ignatius Loyola, Church of the Good Shepherd, and Holy Name of Jesus - St. Gregory the Great).
In the November meeting of the Care for Our Common Home ministry (the "Green Team"), they voted unanimously to recommend this document to the Parish Council.
During the November meeting of the Parish Council, Father Baker agreed to sign the document, pending a period for feedback and comment from you, the parish members.
Please read the one-page document and provide any thoughts, comments or feedback you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the document, what it means, where it came from, or how it relates to established Church teaching, you can find this information at https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/catholic-climate-declaration-FAQs
The Green Team, Father Baker and the Parish Council believe that signing the document is an important step in committing ourselves to a future in which God's gifts to us are safeguarded, in which the poor and vulnerable are protected, and in which our children can enjoy the full fruits of Creation.
Thanks for your attention to this important matter.