Care for Our Common Home
As part of our Catholic Social Teaching, we are called to build a just society and live lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. OLGC is an active participant of the Arlington Diocese Care for Creation Network that contains many parishes working on various programs under Pope Francis' "Laudato Si" message. We need to come together as a parish community to explore ways we can meet our obligations as caretakers of God's earthly creation.
Caring for Creation Webinar Series
Please join us for the fourth of our five-part series.
Reducing Energy Waste to Care for Creation
Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm
hosted by St. Luke Catholic Church via Zoom
If you feel concerned in the face of bleak projections for climate change, weather disasters, and loss of biodiversity, consider this: one of the cleanest, fastest, most significant and least costly strategies for protecting God’s creation is one we can all adopt in various ways – reducing the amount of energy we waste. John Jimison, a St. Luke parishioner retired from a fifty-year career as an energy lawyer and Congressional staff Counsel, will suggest how we can take the best first steps toward a clean energy future by improving energy efficiency at our homes and parishes. Flyer
RSVP to receive Zoom link: Care4Creation@SaintLukeMclean.org
Hosted by Parishes in the Arlington Diocese
The global Laudato Si initiative from the Vatican is now promoting a Spring curriculum for those interested in promoting Laudato Si.
The Laudato Si’ Animators Program is made up of webinars, readings, and videos. There are hundreds of others, from different continents, taking this course.
- Learn the concepts of Laudato Si, and how it fits into Catholic social teaching’s principles of human dignity, common good, and solidarity.
- Understand the causes and consequences of climate change - how the unfairness and injustice of this crisis affects the earth and the poor.
- See how you are connected to the situation, examples of how others are bringing Laudato Si to life, and a connection to a global movement.
- Practice the skill of putting together an event or activity for their community, talking with others about Laudato Si, and have a chance to reflect on that learning.
- Connect to your own calling to bring Laudato Si to life - a sense of your own path for carrying out actions in light of our faith to care for creation. See how your own faith connects with the moral duty to address the climate crisis.
- Dedicate yourself to ongoing personal ecological conversion, so that your heart and eyes are open to cry of the earth and the poor and you are called into deeper action. Our Animators are eager for ongoing involvement with LSM, whether by building a chapter, a circle, involvement in Laudato Si Generation, or otherwise supporting our common mission.
- Take action through a self-designed capstone project.
Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. ~ The US Conference of Catholic Bishops
As part of our Catholic Social Teaching, we are called to build a just society and live lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.
Diocese of Arlington 2020 Season of Creation.
OLGC’s Green Initiative Program aims to provide educational information and heighten awareness about the need to “Go Green” to all members of the OLGC Community, whether church members or school families, and especially the youth. We strive to demonstrate the benefits to the environment of a reduced carbon footprint for today and for future generations.
Our efforts include recycling, reduction of paper waste, discontinuing the use of toxic cleaning products, the introduction of agriculture to school programs, and providing ideas and opportunities for all parishioners to emulate Pope Francis and his "Laudato si’ encyclical. We will strive to find further ways in which OLGC can be part of the global Care for Our Common Home.