Care for Creation this Lenten Season

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 in Inspiration, News, Parishes
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Lent BannerA Lenten message from Catholic Earthcare’s Director Jacqui Rémond.

Dear friends,

This week we are celebrating the beginning of Lent, and I urge you all to take a moment to consider how you can deepen your relationship with God and with all of God’s creation. The focus on creation is particularly appropriate for this Lenten season, because the Holy Father’s Universal Prayer Intention for February 2016 is to care for creation. Please take a look at his inspiring new video about this Prayer Intention, which we feature in this newsletter.

In addition to prayer, we are also focusing on specific actions that we can all take at an individual and organisational level to care for our common home. And we certainly have a number of exciting actions and advocacy projects for you to participate in during 2016!

One such action is to join us this Lent, in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, for the global fast for climate justice.

Catholics from around the globe will fast and pray during each of Lent’s 40 days, calling for strong action to solve the climate crisis. Here in Australia we will be fasting on March 17. On this day, participants are urged to fast from either food (for example missing one or two meals), and/or from carbon (by taking alternative transport such as walking, biking or public transport, or by cutting personal or organisational energy consumption).

The Earthcare team across Australia will be travelling to work by public transport onMarch 17, and fasting over lunch to gather for reflection and meditation. All are welcome to join in, so please contact us if you are interested in taking part. We are also participating in our traditional Lenten fast action of Meatless Fridays, and we would like to encourage you to do the same, not just over Lent, but throughout 2016.

Peace and joy to all of you and I hope you all have a truly blessed Lent.

Jacqui Rémond

 

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email CatholicEarthcare@caritas.org.au.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.