Engaging Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato Si – Resources to Pray, Act, and Advocate

Thank you to all who attended the forum on Laudato Si: Engaging Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology and to those who watched it online. The forum is now up at our Diocese of Orange YouTube channel here. The week after our forum Pope Francis announced the institution in the Catholic Church of the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” (September 1), as practiced in the Orthodox Church. This is a great opportunity for solidarity with other Christians in prayer for and action on behalf of our common home.

Below are additional resources for your use at the parish, including a bulletin announcement with a link to them as well:

  1. 10 Ways You Can Make a Difference
  2. 10 Ways Your Parish Can Make a Difference
  3. Form your own Creation Care Team (please let the Office of Life, Justice, and Peace know as well!)
  4. More resources from the Catholic Climate Covenant
  5. Share these Tweetable quotes from the encyclical from the Sisters of St Joseph
  6. JustNews on Laudato Si from the Sisters of St Joseph
  7. Homily helps that make connections between Laudato Si and Lectionary Cycle B, as well as prayers, reflections, stories, and activities at Catholic Relief Services Cares for Creation



Click on link to Take the St. Francis Pledge:

PRAY – Incorporate care of creation and climate action into your prayers, as a family or as a church group; utilize the prayers in the encyclical and in the resources above; publish prayers in parish website, newsletter, or social media; highlight and attend to the prayer over the gifts spoken at every mass: “Blessed are you God of all creation…”

ACT – Investigate solar and renewable options; learn how climate affects the most vulnerable (be sure that Catholic social teaching a part of faith formation); calculate your carbon footprint; take steps to reduce your footprint, reduce consumption; host a forum at your parish, invite a speaker to address a specific topic; have a care for creation conversation at your next buildings and grounds / facilities meeting; take a fresh look at your practices around recycling, watering, planting, etc.

ADVOCATE – Connect with policy makers, your city council and county board; explore sustainable policies at work, in your institution, with those with whom you do business; hear your pastors; share and invite others into this work!