The St. Mary’s Basilica Care of Creation Team seeks to inspire all parishioners on restoring and preserving God’s creation as encouraged by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’, and to plan and take steps in order to fulfill this goal.
In our individual response to the new appeal from Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) which he addressed to “every person living on this planet” for a inclusive dialog about how we are the future of our planet, how the Church and the world are called to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in freely embarking on a new path of protecting Mother Earth by including changes in our daily lives. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
Learn more about the encyclical Laudato Si’ that has inspired our team to take this initiative and will hopefully inspire you to join us as well:
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Time: 1 PM
Location: Parish Office – Conference Room
Blessing of the Animals
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 2 PM to 3 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Basilica Outdoor Plaza
Flyer: Blessing of the Animals
The team meets on a regular basis to brainstorm planned events such as visiting the Arizona Audubon Center, the South Mountain Environmental Education Center and the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden, and to suggest other environmentally conscious initiatives for our parish community such as recycling and planting native plants.
A ranger from the South Mountain Environmental Education Center is giving a presentation on the petroglyphs that are abound in the South Mountain area.
Visiting Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden
Earth Day Celebration: April 23rd
We just completed our Earth Day Celebration on April 23 and it was a great success!
Thank you to everyone involved. Listed below our the highlights from that event:
Liberty Wildlife, a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization, brought three bird ambassadors including a Peregrine Falcon, Harris Hawk and Great Horned Owl and spoke to children, parishioners, and locals about how we can make our yards and lifestyles more wildlife friendly, and how to get involved.
Finally, parishioners and faith formation classes participated in a 10 minute Care of Creation video presentation where we discussed simple solutions to the big Climate Change challenges and how if we all do a little, we can make a big difference.
Read The Catholic Sun’s article on Laudato Si highlighting St. Mary’s Basilica Care of Creation Ministry:
We also encourage you to take the St. Francis Pledge, which commits you to respond to the moral call for action on climate change. By pledging, you commit to praying, acting, and advocating to solve climate change. How you fulfill those commitments is up to you. http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/pledge
Director of Faith Development
Br. Scott Slattum, OFM
If you feel strongly about caring for our Earth, please consider joining our team or participating in our activities.