Caring for our Common Home
Laudato si' (Medieval Central Italian for "Praise be to you") is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle "On Care For Our Common Home". In it, the Pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified global action"
Responding to Pope Francis' encyclical, we established an Eco Parish Group in Gardiner Street, led by a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. Eco Congregation Ireland's work is an inspiration to us and we have registered with a view to earning an award.
Our approach is to do what we can even if it is something small but to keep working towards higher goals. Simple tasks like a litter pick up by parishioners were very worthwhile. We are using FairTrade products where we can for catering at events in the church. Our disposable cups are compostable or else we use mugs and wash up afterwards. We are replacing lighting with energy efficient LED lights and have increased the amount of recycling we do. We have given parishioners sunflower seeds wrapped in twists of paper (parish bulletins reused!) - all were encouraged to take care to nurture their seeds- so that the cheery yellow sunflowers could grow and blossom reminding them that faith too can grow. Liturgy incorporates references to care of the environment and we have explored climate justice in a workshop facilitated by Catherine Devitt of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. We support work in the developing world through our support of Trocaire and the Jesuit Mission Office.
” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]On Sunday 23rd April we had a cleanup in the parish. With 10 volunteers armed with litter pickers, 15 bags of rubbish were collected in just over an hour. At our Gospel Choir Mass we had two speakers Sr Catherine who spoke about the work of Eco-Congregation and Orla Davin Carroll […]
At St Francis Xavier’s we want to take seriously Pope Francis’s appeal to “care for our common home” so an EcoRep has joined the Parish Council. Mary Murphy has been a tireless re-cycler at tea after the Sunday night Gospel Mass (known even to take stuff that might otherwise be binned home for re-cycling!). She […]
At Gardiner Street parish a working group has begun to look at at ways the Parish can develop an eco approach. We are modelling our work on the vision of Eco-Congregation Ireland. Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home invites to value the gifts of the earth for the good […]