Statement from Bishop Oscar Cantú
On this Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, I call your attention to an issue that has been a growing concern for the Church for decades and which Pope Francis has more recently highlighted, calling us to both reflection and action. This past June we marked the fourth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, in which he invited all persons to care for “our common home,” the planet God created for humanity to inhabit. Pope Francis expressed the need for an “ecological conversion” — that living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue, to a Christian life (LS 217). All Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education (LS 214). more-
Click on the Laudato Si additional resources below:
“Get Started at Your Parish!”
“Answer the call to ecological stewardship with awareness and education at your parish! Download the official discussion guide published by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and learn about:
- morality and spirituality
- integral ecology
- protecting human life
- global solidarity,
- and so much more
Don’t forget to contact Marcus Cabrera for extra support from the diocesan committee on environmental awareness, Stewards of Our Common Home!”
Stewards Charter – From the CA Conference of Catholic Bishops
“If we approach nature and the environment without…openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.”
“Man is suddenly becoming aware that by an ill-considered exploitation of nature he risks destroying it and becoming in his turn the victim of this degradation. Not only is the material environment becoming a permanent menace – pollution and refuse, new illness and absolute destructive capacity – but the human framework is no longer under man’s control, thus creating an environment for tomorrow which may well be intolerable. This is a wide-ranging social problem which concerns the entire human family”
Events and News
Our Lady of Refuge in Action For the Care of Our Common Home
Join us for the Community Planting Event at our Lady of Refuge.
Saturday, February 22 at 9am – 11am.
Our Lady of Refuge Planting Community in partnership with Our City Forest planted trees around the Parish property. Below is the tree planting site map for the type of trees to be planted in the area.