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 personal 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 totally inclusive dialog about how we are the future of our planet, 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:
Please join us for our upcoming planning meeting.
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Conference Room, Parish Offices
Conservation Science Night at the Phoenix Zoo
Celebrate the SciTech Festival at the Phoenix Zoo with their Conservation Science Night. Put on your science hat and join our conservation community! Engage with hands-on activities, meet real conservation scientists, and learn about the Phoenix Zoo’s important conservation work and discover ways that you can participate in conservation. This is a family friendly event with plenty of children activities.
Date: Friday, February 17, 2017
Time: 6 PM to 8 PM
Location: Phoenix Zoo
To Register: Call 602.914.4333 to reserve your spot with the Phoenix Zoo today!
Cost: Free Admission
For More Information: Conservation Science Night
Transportation: We encourage folks to use public transportation to gather at the Phoenix Zoo. The Care of Creation team will gather at 4:45 PM at St. Mary’s Basilica and then travel as a group to the Phoenix Zoo using public transportation. You are also welcome to take your own transportation.
The team meets on a regular basis to brainstorm planned events such as those of 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
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
Care of Creation Point of Contact:
If you feel strongly about caring for our Earth, please consider joining our team or participating in our activites.