Published on October 8, 2018

Thoughts from Sr. Joyce Bates……

Last Thursday the church celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis Assisi. We may know him as the saint who loved all animals and all of creation because of his famous Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon. In more recent years he has also been named the Patron Saint of those who promote ECOLOGY. We also know that our present pope has chosen his name and a few years ago Pope Francis wrote an encyclical entitled “Laudato Si” which translates to: “The Care of our Common Home” — meaning, our planet earth.

The church has expressed concern about climate change as far back as 1990, when St. John Paul II warned that the “greenhouse effect” has now reached crisis proportions. The Catholic Church has consistently recognized the care of creation as a pro-life issue because humans are creatures who are injured by environmental deterioration. We saw recently the devastation of Hurricane Florence on our East coast. We want to leave or children and grandchildren a safe place to live as they reach adulthood and start their own families.

So what are some little things we can do to help slow down this rapid progression? RECYCLING is one way and is not that difficult. Our three parishes make attempts at recycling but also need your help. When we have large functions at our parishes please look for “recycling” signs and help the parish to recycle. At Holy Angels there are special containers in the Parish Hall, but so often there are food contaminated items thrown into the recycle bins. We cannot recycle any Styrofoam products, plastic “silverware” nor paper products contaminated with food. Please be aware of this and try to help the parishes do a better job at recycling. Hopefully you are also doing recycling in your homes. Together we can more effectively care for our “Common Home” that God entrusted to our care.

Sr. Joyce
Holy Angels Parish
Pastoral Associate

“It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion,’ whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in their relationship with the world around them. 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.” Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, 217