9/20/2013 9:15:00 AM Program seeks to make care for creation part of Catholic life
Catholic Sentinel photo by Gerry Lewin
Alicia Koch, Alex McArthur and teacher Micki Halsey Randall place a wood duck nesting box along a waterway near Blanchet School in Salem last year.
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland will have a chance this fall to explore and embrace church teaching on stewardship of God's creation.
"Renew the Face of the Earth: Living in Right Relationship with All of God's Creation" is a six-week program created for the archdiocese to help parishioners understand what it means to care for the planet.
Sessions begin in October with the Feast of St. Francis and Respect Life Sunday.
"We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation," says the Office of Life, Justice and Peace, announcing the program.
St. Francis is the patron saint of ecology. With his "Canticle of the Sun," he expressed brotherhood with creation and praised God. The Feast of St. Francis is Friday, Oct. 4.
Sunday, Oct. 6 marks the beginning of Respect Life Month, a program of the U.S. Bishops. "Respecting life reflects our Catholic commitment to enabling all life to lead a dignified existence," the office says. The U.S. bishops’ Environmental Justice Program focuses on children, including the unborn because children are among the most vulnerable and most susceptible to the effects of environmental hazards.
The Church teaches that humans show respect for the Creator via stewardship of creation.
Renew the Face of the Earth begins with time spent reflecting on the glory of creation. Other weeks will focus on climate change, electricity, simple living, food and water. Sessions include a lot of prayer. Participants also will have a chance to commit to adopting more earth-friendly behaviors.
For more information on Renew the Face of the Earth, including content and instructions, contact the Office of Life, Justice and Peace at [email protected] or (503) 233-8361. MOre insight can be found at www.archdpdx.org/jprespect/8_Care_for_Gods_Creation.html.