Environmental Justice is a focus of Justice and Peace Ministries that educates and motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.
The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for the least of these.”
– United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The 2018 Green Mass was held on Thursday, October 4, at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Auxiliary Bishop Bernard Shlesinger presided.
Environmental Justice Programs:
EARTH DAY is a secular celebration that many faith communities have incorporated into their annual calendars for awareness and action. Each year on Earth Day, Catholics from around the world celebrate the environment as a Christian Act of Mercy.
Catholic Earth Day 2019 – All Creation Gives God Praise: Protecting Biodiversity
April 22, 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of Earth Day.
All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more. The diversity and the populations of the species around us and upon which we depend, are declining at alarming rates. However, we can act to protect our species, through our individual actions and our communities, nationally, and globally.
Grounded in Scripture, Catholic social teaching, and Laudato Si’, this year’s Catholic Earth Day program will help mobilize the Catholic community to take urgent action to protect all of God’s creation.
LAUDATO SI’: On Care for Our Common Home
On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.
- Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Bulletin Insert | en Español– This one page document is a brief introduction to the encyclical and details ways you can respond to Pope Francis’ call.
- Laudato Si’: Caring for Our Common Home Discussion Guide | en Español – This discussion guide, for use with Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, can help small groups explore and dialogue with this important document.
- Archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si’ Action Plan The “Laudato Si’ Action Plan,” authored by University of Georgia professors and staff, contains a variety of options for parishes and parishioners to help reverse the threat of global climate change and environmental degradation, and create a more sustainable world in harmony with God.
- Prayer to Care for Our Common Home (based on Laudato Si’)
Catholic Climate Covenant
Inspired by the USCCB’s 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 16 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and other national organizations), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.
- Catholic Climate Covenant inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources.