The next Laudato Si’ Circle at St Mary’s is on Wednesday 27 November 2019.
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: St Mary’s, downstairs room
The format for this gathering will be a minute of contemplative silence, followed by the reading of a letter from Pope Francis to all Catholic priests in the world.
His main request is to celebrate the Season of Creation in all parishes.
St Mary’s will add a prayer into the General Intercessions for the 5 Sundays, and there is a notice of the theme in St Mary’s bulletin.
We are hoping this will happen in all Geelong Parishes.
Quotations from Laudato Si’
There will be a one page handout of quotations from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’, and after reading these there will be contemplative listening.
This works best if everyone has a turn and each one speaks briefly on what has emerged for them from the quotations.
The worldwide Laudato Si’ circles are studying Laudato Si’ and spending time in prayer.
We could leave a generous five minutes for a meditation at the end.
It has been suggested that we might do a paper handout for parishioners on what is happening around Geelong already for sustainability, emissions reduction, etc.
The Laudato Si’ circle sessions at St Mary’s in Geelong are lead by Margie Abbott.
Margie is passionate about Care for Earth and over thirty years has been involved with Sisters of Mercy eco groups such as Environmental Sabbath and Eco Justice!
Generation Waking Up is a global initiative working to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.
Pachamama Alliance offers people the chance to work on creating a sustainable future.
Margie explained in more detail about the circle initiative when she was interviewed in the weekly podcast The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse in June 2019.
Calendar – mark the datesThe circle meeting dates for the rest of 2019 are:
“We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own… Now is the time to abandon our dependence on fossil fuels and move, quickly and decisively, towards forms of clean energy and a sustainable and circular economy.”
~ Pope Francis
“Education is key to driving positive change.”
~ Pope Francis
“The Pope said the first step is finding “the courage to place the human person at the center.” This means recognizing the world’s interconnectedness and re-thinking economics, politics, growth, and progress, giving pride-of-place to an integral ecology that rejects the throw-away culture.
Next, Pope Francis called for summoning up “the courage to capitalize on our best energies”. The status quo should be replaced by giving education “a long-term vision”, to create a new humanism. The result, he added, will be “men and women who are open, responsible, prepared to listen, dialogue and reflect with others, and capable of weaving relationships with families, between generations, and with civil society.”
The Pope said a further step is “the courage to train individuals who are ready to offer themselves in service to the community.” Service, he said, is the “pillar of the culture of encounter”, and means helping the neediest of people and discovering that “there is more joy in giving than in receiving.”
→ Vatican News – 12 September 2019:
Pope calls for educational alliance to promote care for common home
“Pope Francis launches the Global Educational Alliance initiative to shape the future of humanity by forming mature individuals who can overcome division and care for our common home.”
Living the Change
“Reducing the impact of our consumption is a spiritual challenge. By Living the Change, we engage this struggle with joy as part of our response to climate change.”
PLEDGE TO PROTECT THE EARTH
Start Living the Change by pledging to make your own life a blessing for the Earth and all people. You might make this your own by using ideas and language meaningful to you.
What is the idea with a Laudato Si’ circle?
→ Read more on www.catholicclimatemovement.global/circles
What is Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’?Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
→ Web page on www.vatican.va
→ PDF version on www.stmarysgeelong.com.au – for download or print
→ Audio version on www.soundcloud.com
→ Printed copies: St Mary’s Parish Library in Geelong has a few copies