Care for Creation

This is one of our first commandments from the Creator in our Genesis stories. We are to "Till and Keep," which can also be translated from the original Hebrew to "Serve and Protect." As Catholic Christians, how we do that is an important spiritual, practical, emotional, and intellectual question. This page aims to help you think through those questions and take concrete action to living out this primary vocation from the Creator, the Lord and Lover of Life.

The Care for Creation, in the past often referred to as Stewardship of Creation, or more recently Care for Our Common Home, has been one of the main tenants of our Catholic faith, predating Christianity back to our Jewish forbearers. Pope Francis has recently brought this aspect of our faith to the foreground with his encyclical (letter) Laudato Si`, the English title is Care for Our Common Home. This is an immensely rich and thought-provoking encyclical. To help you and your friends, book study group, or even your family work through this great resource from our Pope, we have put together a six-part video series to highlight some of the main ideas, give background and context, provide reflection questions, and offer concrete actions that you can take to care for our common home in an integrated and realistic way. If you plan on using this, we would love your feedback on this resource and any suggestions for future video series that you want to see.  

Laudato Si` Action Platform

Here is a letter from Cardinal Peter K.A Turkson about the launch of this Laudato Si` Action Platform. Click HERE to read 

Are you looking for ways to get your parish or community involved in living out the message and mission of Laudato Si`? Check out this great resource to help inspire you and those you work with. Click the picture above to check out the website!

Season of Creation - Sept 1st to Oct 4th 

Growing up in the Garden

Click the picture below to go to the blog and learn more about this project supporting gardeners, cultivating a love of creation, and supporting the Archdiocese of Regina!

  
 

Global Catholic Climate Movement

Mission:

"The Global Catholic Climate Movement Canada (GCCM Canada) is a charitable network that works in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), local allies, and Catholics across Canada to animate the social, political, and ecological insights articulated in Pope Francis’ climate justice encyclical, Laudato Si’."

To go to their Home Page and learn more about the great work they are doing to hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, click HERE.

They have many wonderful resources that you are welcomed to use, click HERE to go to their resource page.

Resources for Laudato Si`

Caring for Our Common Home six-part video series, created by the Archdiocese of Regina

How this resource was created and how you might best use it:

Care for Our Common Home is a 6-part series that goes through, chapter by chapter, through Pope Francis' encyclical (letter) Laudato Si` (Praise be to You). This series tries to highlight a few of the key themes critical in moving towards an ecological conversion. If you don't know what that is, then you'll have to watch to the very end to find out. There are discussion questions sprinkled throughout each video. Pause the video if you want to jot the questions down and take some time to answer them. This resource was created to go through the material as an individual, a family, or a small group. While this was created out of a Catholic lens, one of the main points of this encyclical is that we dialogue, with other Christians, people of any faith tradition, scientists, artists, Indigenous peoples and anyone else. If you have any questions or would like more information on this topic, please contact Tashia Toupin at ttoupinatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca.

Episode 1:

The first episode kicks off with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (that was the day it was recorded). We look at how the world has been made aware, in part because of the work that organizations like Earth Day and many others have done to raise scientific awareness around climate change over the last few decades.

Episode 2:

Welcome back for episode two! In this episode, we will delve into our creation stories about who and how the Creator instructed us to live within the rest of creation. We will explore the importance of our senses and what is the difference, if any, between domination and dominion. The wonder of all creation has something amazing to offer us if only we have eyes to see, ears to hear, a tongue to taste and laugh, and hearts to feel.

Episode 3:

This third episode really gets to the heart of the matter. Here we look at how our current culture prioritizes technology, profit, and progress over people, nature, and global well-being. You can't have healthy people, animals, fungi, etc., on an unhealthy planet. In this video, we mostly look at problems, but we start to look at possible creative solutions in the next three videos. Don't be dismayed by the potentially overwhelming problems we face, and make sure to watch the next episodes.

Episode 4:

In the last video, we discussed many of the problems facing our world. In this episode, we look at some of the principles of Catholics Social Teaching that help provide us with a lens for how we might best deal with these comprehensive problems.

Episode 5:

This first aired on Facebook during Laudato Si` Week! It was the 5th anniversary of LS being published. There is an invitation to look back on the last five years. Maybe you prefer to look to the future how we want to shape our society and world to hold people, nature, the commons as a higher priority over profits, pollution, and individual gains. We will talk about some helpful framing pieces to begin this important work. Dialogue, engaging in political discourse and giving voice to the marginalized all part of this.

Episode 6:

This is the final episode of our series. Thank you for watching, commenting, sharing, and for your engagement. In this episode, we go back to our roots, looking at some of the great saints that can help us understand what it means to live ecological conversion. Pope Francis gives us some criteria for someone who has experienced ecological conversion. Are you one of them?

Need a copy of Laudato Si`?

Click HERE to download a PDF version from the Vatican website. 

Click HERE to listen to Laudato Si’ narrated chapter by chapter.

Or, if you want to purchase a paper copy, we have some for sale from the Archdiocesan Pastoral Office for $15, email Tashia for more information. 

Or, if you want to borrow a copy from the Archdiocesan Resource Centre, click HERE to go to our Resource Centre Page. 

 
 

Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice

Mission:

"Small group dialogue as a tool for change!"

Vission:

"The name “Forum” was chosen to reflect the emphasis on people and the belief that small group dialogue facilitates change."

The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice was established in 2007 as the social and ecological justice centre of the Jesuits in English Canada in order to offer:

  • Ways for people to reconnect with the energy of their deep hopes for a reconciled and thriving world;
  • Paths towards greater freedom and authenticity through the sharing of personal experiences;
  • A friendly space where people can feel heard, affirmed and empowered to think and act differently; and
  • A new and creative way of engaging on ecological and social justice issues at personal, communal and global levels.

To go to their Home Page and learn more about their research, publications and work, click HERE

They have many wonderful resources. Discussion Guides that help facilitate deep conversation, learning, and conversion. Click HERE to go to their resource page.

Laudato Si`: A Canadian Response 

This is a video that was made shortly after Laudato Si` came out. In this video, there are interviews with Canada's own David Suzuki, Maude Barlow, Tony Clarke, Fr. Bill Clark SJ, Silver Donald Cameron, Sr. Gertie Josksch CS, Ben Powless, Gregor Robertson, Catherine Abreu, and Sr. Maura McGrath CND. All of these names are links; if you click on them, you can find out more about the work they have done to Care for our Common Home. 

This 36-minute video gives a broad overview of the major themes presented by Pope Francis in Laudato Si` and speaks to what is happening in the Canadian context in responding to these challenges. The CLW has this video posted on the page, and this type of work is part of a 5-year educational theme for them. If you would like more information on this, please click HERE

Page URL: http://archregina.sk.ca/social-justice/care-creation