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Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home is the second encyclical of Pope Francis, and focuses on care for God’s creation, for the poor and for our common home—Earth.  Pope Francis’ vision of integral ecology proves more relevant, urgent, and inspiring now as in May/June 2015, when first released.

How has Laudato Si’ inspired you and deepened your life in Christ to care for our common home and for the poor? Here are Catholic resources to share that inspiration.

Laudato Si'

On the third anniversary of Laudato Si', Pope Francis encouraged us to take action to care for our common home. He said the Day of Prayer for Creation, which kicks off the Season of Creation, "and its associated initiatives...are beginning to spread among Christian communities throughout the world." 

The Season of Creation is a worldwide celebration of prayer and action for our common home. It runs every year from September 1 to October 4.

Celebrate Laudato Si's 5th Anniversary this fall by joining the global movement, attending a local event or hosting your own. Visit the Season of Creation website for more information.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

In 2015, Pope Francis declared September 1 the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989.

According to the Pope, this annual day of prayer "will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live."

To learn more about how you can take part in this worldwide day of prayer, visit the Global Catholic Climate Movement website for ideas and resources. You can also sign the Laudato Si' Pledge by clicking the button below. 

Laudato Si' Pledge 

Feast of St. Francis

The Catholic Climate Covenant invites you to take the St. Francis Pledge to pray, live, and advocate Laudato Si' and care for creation and the poor. Click the button below to sign the pledge now.

If you are considering hosting a Feast of St. Francis event at your parish or school, please contact Jeff Campbell or call (330) 263-6176. 

St. Francis Pledge

St. Kateri Garden

The Saint Kateri Habitat™ Program

"The Saint Kateri Conservation Center offers our habitat ministry to inspire Catholics and others to restore yards, gardens, schools, farms, parks, forests, rivers, and wetlands into healthy habitats for people and wildlife. We do this close to home, where we live and work.

Our habitat ministry encourages individuals, parishes, schools, religious orders, and working landowners to restore their homes in a way that praises God and fosters a greater connection between people and nature. 

With a focus on God and Catholic faith, the Saint Kateri Habitat Program provides living, sacred spaces for people to engage directly in the care of God’s creation at home and in their communities. By restoring habitats with reverence for our Creator, the program draws people closer to God and his Church while protecting the integrity of creation.” 

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Click the button below to find general Laudato Si' resources, as well as resources for parishes and schools.

Laudatio Si' Resources

Inspiring Parish & School Stories

Some inspiring story examples include Holy Family Parish (Stow), St. Christopher Parish (Rocky River), and the Dominican Associates of Akron, which all hosted excellent Feast of St. Francis programs this past Fall.

St. Mary Parish (Painesville), St. Christopher (Rocky River) and several other parishes hosted Laudato Si' book discussion groups and discerned ways that individual parishioners and the parish can faithfully respond.

Finally, many parishes and schools are going green! Read about Cleveland's St. Casimir Parish and Metro Catholic School's efforts.

Celebrate with the Diocesan Social Action Office

Share your Care for Creation Story

Share your own inspiring story of how you are caring for God’s creation! Respond to the following questions:

  • How has Laudato Si' inspired you/your family to care for God’s creation and the poor?
  • How has Laudato Si' inspired your parish/school to care for God’s creation and the poor?
  • What new plans/projects do you (or your family/parish/school) have this summer, or in the next year, to live Laudato Si's call to care for God’s creation and the poor?
  • Take a selfie with a sheet of paper that reads: "I (heart) Laudato Si'" and includes your parish or school name
  • NOTE: Youth 18 or under must have their parent or guardian's permission to submit a photo, and must identify being 18 or under in their email. Otherwise, photos containing minors only and no parent/guardian cannot be used.

Please email all answers and photos to Jeff Campbell. 

Learn More

For more information, resources or presentations on Laudato Si’ and Care for God’s Creation, please contact:

Jeff Campbell
Director, Catholic Commission of Summit County
P: (330) 535-2787, x 10
Email Jeff

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