Green Team

One way the worldwide Catholic population is living out the call to care for God’s Creation is by
participating in the Catholic Climate Movement. They are promoting a worldwide petition for the global climate summit that encourages
us to take care of the earth that we have been given. The US group is called Catholic Climate Covenant, and through them we can
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“The question comes to my mind: What does cultivating and caring for the earth mean? Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it? The verb ‘to cultivate’ reminds me of the care that the farmer has for his land so that it bear fruit, and it is shared: how much attention, passion and dedication! Cultivating and caring for creation is God’s indication given to each one of us not only at the beginning of history; it is part of [God’s] project; it means nurturing the world with responsibility and transforming it into a garden, a habitable place for everyone…A culture of solidarity should prevail over our culture of waste, because when we care for and cultivate creation – including the human person – when we share our resources, we all have enough.” [Pope Francis, 2013]

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“Every individual is called upon to play his or her part to…secure development in peace, in order to safeguard nature itself and the world about us…I wish to appeal with simplicity and humility to everyone, to all men and women without exception.  I wish to ask them to be convinced of the seriousness of the present moment and of each one’s individual responsibility, and to implement – by the way they live as individuals and as families, by the use of their resources, by their civic activities, by contributing to economic and political decisions, and by personal commitment to national and international undertakings.”  [Pope John Paul II, 2001]

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Our parish Green Team formed in summer 2011 to explore how we, as a Catholic community, can be stewards of God’s gift of creation–both in parish facilities and events and among our parish families.  We believe that taking care of the earth is part of our responsibility as people of faith.  By engaging in education, advocacy, and action, we work to promote a right relationship with our planet and  lifestyles that leave smaller footprints on our earth.  If you would like to get involved in our Green Team, please contact our Coordinator of Justice & Charity.

We want to tread lightly but act boldly.

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