Creation Care Team

  •  Laudato Si' - A Season of Creation

    “Listen to the voice of creation” is the theme and invitation of this year’s Season of Creation which is a special time for all Christians to pray and work together to care for our common home. It was originally inspired by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

    The Pope requests that we listen carefully so we will hear a song of praise of our beloved Creator; but also hear the anguished plea, lamenting our mistreatment of this our common home.  Pope Francis proposes that we practice “ecological spirituality” (Laudato Si’, 216) which bases our spirituality on the “loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion” (ibid., 220).  

    The song of praise is accompanied by a” cry of anguish”.  Countless species are dying out and their hymns of praise silenced.  Also, the poorest among us are crying out because they feel the impact of the drought, flooding, hurricanes and heat waves that are becoming  more intense and more frequent.  The native peoples are crying out because their ancestral lands are being invaded and devastated on all sides. Finally, there is the plea of our children.  Pope Francis quotes Laudato Si' by saying, “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (Laudato Si’, 217).

    Pope Francis in his message repeats his request to industries: “In the name of God, I ask the great extractive industries – mining, oil, forestry, real estate, agribusiness – to stop destroying forests, wetlands, and mountains, to stop polluting rivers and seas, to stop poisoning food and people”. Also he emphasizes richer countries should once again acknowledge the existence of an “ecological debt” (Laudato Si’, 51) incurred by the economically richer countries and keep their promises of financial and technical support for the economically poorer nations.

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  • About the CCT

    St. Vincent’s Catholic Parish in Albany has had an active Creation Care Team since 2016. We meet monthly and work to increase awareness of creation care as a faith-based value. We also offer ways to help parish members live more earth-friendly lives. We initiated the process by which our parish chose community solar electricity for its buildings, we sponsored a demonstration of electric cars, we organized an interfaith prayer service for the Season of Creation, and we created with parish members an Earth Day mural for display in the parish hall.

    Recently, we made a presentation on Community Solar Electricity as a means of reducing parish member’s household carbon footprint.  We’re also sponsored a faith formation program on  Food Waste and Composting. We’ll continue to write monthly environment related articles for the Church Bulletin, and when space is available we put creation related displays up on the parish bulletin board.

    Our Creation Care Team initiated the formation of CRICCC, and we continue to be very active in that group’s work. To find out more, please contact one of our co-chairs, Barbara DiTommaso,  at barb.ditommaso@gmail.com.

    To view the articles that the Creation Care Team has written for the Church Bulletin please CLICK HERE and scroll down to St. Vincent's Bulletin Articles.