A useful resource to explore Pope Francis’ letter in our own landscape, for personal or group reflection , “A Readers’ Guide to Laudato Si” by Thomas Reese s.j. NCR Readers guide to Laudato Si
‘Time for Creation’/ Am Cruthaithe is now the high point of the year’s activities celebrating CREATION in the Diocese of Kerry.
The Season of Creation, running yearly between September 1 and October 4, is that time of the year when 2.2 billion Christians are invited to pray and care for creation.
Here are wonderful Resources from the Catholic Bishops Conference
Here’s a link to Gospel Reflections
Three events have been organised by the JPIC Committee
September 1st: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Town Park, Tralee, 6.45pm)
September 12th: Reducing Food Waste and Composting…Some Simple Ways with Donal O’Leary, JPII Centre, Killarney 8pm
September 28th: ‘Being Creative with Leftovers’… Cookery Demonstation with Mark Doe.St. Brendan’s, Tralee 8pm.
Laudato Si’ On Care for our Common Home, the encyclical of Pope Francis is now our guiding document as we respond to his urgent call to care for this ‘common home’.
CLICK HERE for full document.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Laudato Si’ (then scroll down)
The Diocese of Kerry was given an eco- award by Eco-Congregation Ireland in 2012.
This award was given in light of the impressive work carried out by different parishes during Earth Week 2011.
Each of 20 eco-active parishes received a Certificate of Excellence as did Ardfert Retreat House and Presentation Secondary School, Miltown
- CLICK HERE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT, have you calculated it yet?
- CLI CK HERE to link to Eco-Congregation Ireland for further updates of eco-news.
- CLICK HERE to link to The Cry of the Earth
- CLICK HERE to link to ‘Glas’ a pastoral resource to supplement the – Cry of the Earth
- CLICK HERE to link to the 20 churches in the Diocese who obtained the Eco Award.
” Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Let us not leave in our wake a swathe of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations”.(Pope Francis ‘Evangelium Gaudium’ p.215, 2013)
“The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.”
(Pope Benedict XVI ‘Caritas in Veritate’, 2009)
“Every action taken in favour of a just and more sustainable environment, no matter how small has an intrinsic value”.
(The Cry of the Earth, Pastoral Reflection on Climate Change – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference 2009, Updated 2014)