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Diocesan Ecological Sustainability Group

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The Season of Creation September 1 - October 4, 2017

Pope Francis has asked the Church to celebrate The Season of Creation from September 1 - October 4 (St Francis of Assisi Feast day).  

Two resources are available - one from Catholic Earthcare Ballarat and one from the Columban Mission Society - for parishes to celebrate the September 1 liturgy and the weekends 23-25 Sunday Ordinary Time Year A.  

 

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The Diocesan Ecological and Sustainability Group invites all people of the Diocese to celebrate World Environment Day which is on Monday, June 5 2017. The theme for World Environment Day 2017 is Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator.

The following is Pope Francis’ prayer from Laudato Si’ (A prayer for our earth).  

Further information on global actions can be found at: worldenvironmentday.global/

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A prayer for our earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Click here for Pope Francis' Encyclical, "Laudato si’ – Praise be to you" published June 18, 2015

Click here for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conferrence - Bishops Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development - Media Release

ABOUT US :

Vision Statement

Introduction

As part of God’s creation, humans are celebrated as a part of all creatures, the natural environment and the universe itself.? Genesis demands of humans that we look after and care for the Earth as ‘responsible stewards’.

In January 2001 Pope John Paul 11, in commenting on the environmental health of Earth stated that, “we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations degrading that “flowerbed” which is the Earth, our dwelling place”. He called all humanity to avoid ecological “catastrophe” and called Catholics especially to an ‘ecological conversion”.

In an address in Berlin in 2011 Pope Benedict XVI said, “Young people had come to realize that something is wrong in our relationship with nature, that matter is not just raw material for us to shape at will, but that the earth has a dignity of its own and that we must follow its directives. If something is wrong in our relationship with reality, then we must all reflect seriously on the whole situation and we are all prompted to question the very foundations of our culture. The importance of ecology is no longer disputed. We must listen to the language of nature and we must answer accordingly.”

Our Vision

To foster and encourage communities to understand and embrace the ecological conversion at a local, national and world level

We aspire to achieve these objectives by promoting:

  1. an environmental spirituality that is essential to the spiritual life of Church communities
  2. the linkage between the sustainability of the environment and social, spiritual and physical health.
  3. the attitude that a safe ecological environment is a universal right for all species including humans
  4. the view that a sustainable ecology is required for present and future generations
  5. that humankind has a duty to strive for a sustainable environment to overcome poverty and injustice.

Conclusion

We desire to sustain the ecological conversion called for by Pope John Paul 11 and achieve ecological sustainability, reduce the human ecological footprint and avoid the loss of ecosystems and species.

MEMBERS:New shoot plant tree

Adrian McInerney
Anna Schlooz
Barry Ryan
Carmel Setford
Frank Sheehan
Jo Rix
Sandra Dillon
Susan Crowe
Veronica Lawson

CONTACT DETAILS: 

Email: ECOS

NEWS FROM THE GLOBAL CATHOLIC CLIMATE MOVEMENT (GCCM)

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***LINKS OF INTEREST

Read here for the latest ECOS Newsletter

Environmental Calendar 2016: To look after Creation we need to understand and celebrate it, see here

EARTH CALENDAR DATES

Australian Government - Department of the Environment

http://www.environment.gov.au/abo

ut-us/media-centre/events

St Francis Of Assisi Feast Day Tool Kit - See here

Caritas Prayer for a Just Climate - read here

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We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

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PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353