Similar to the global Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis last year, which entertained a heightened focus on the role of mercy in the Catholic faith, the diocesan wide "Year of Creation" will entertain an intentional, heightened focus on ecological justice. Various events, initiatives and resources will be made available to parishes, schools and all of you to better educate on and encourage the embracing of Pope Francis’ message in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.”
This encyclical is addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how people are shaping the future of the created world. He calls everyone to acknowledge the urgency of pursuing ecological justice and to join him in embarking on a new path based in integral ecology.
March 3 7:00 pm Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 20 Pine Street, Burlington
Bishop Coyne led The Stations of the Cross with John Paul II: On the path of ecological conversion, followed by a sustainable soup supper and discussion of the Lenten practice of fasting. Participants learned about the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Lenten Fast for Climate Justice and how fasting from certain foods, especially meat, positively effects the planet and the poor. Seasonal soup was donated by New Moon Café in Burlington and sustainably sourced bread was donated by O Bread Bakery in Shelburne.
Read about the event in Vermont Catholic: “Stations ‘On the path of ecological conversion.’”
April 12 daylong, statewide
Catholic school students across the state of Vermont participated in a day of caring for creation. The day included education, action, and prayer. Activities focused directly on the environment and also on those who suffer from environmental degradation. Details, photos, and video of the day in Vermont Catholic.
April 23 - Earth Day and Mercy Sunday 5:00-7:00 pm Holy Family Parish Center, Essex Junction
In honor of Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Mercy2Earth Weekend (Earth Day, April 22, and Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23), Holy Family Church hosted roundtable discussions on parish initiatives for creation sustainability. Topics included renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management, clean water, living simply, impacts on communities, and eco-spirituality. Evening prayer, focused on Pope Francis’ message of mercy for the earth, accompanied the discussion. Read more about the event in Vermont Catholic.
May 19 7:00 pm St. John Vianney Church, South Burlington
Join in giving praise to God for the gift of creation with Sing Praise to God All the Earth, a concert with well known composers from OCP, the publisher of the Breaking Bread, Today's Missal, Glory and Praise, and Spirit & Song hymnals and missalettes. The music featured is inspired by reflections on Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si". View and Print Poster
Second Anniversary of Laudato Si’
September 30 Saint Michael’s College
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington will observe the ecumenical Season of Creation
(Sept. 1, World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, through Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi) with a daylong conference on ecological justice and creation sustainability. Dr. Carolyn Woo, former CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services, will be the keynote speaker. More details coming soon.
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