Lakewood Church Explores Pope's Landmark Encyclical on Environment, Introduction

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St. Bernadette Catholic Parish in Lakewood marks the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home – Pope Francis’s landmark document on the environment – with Care for Our Common Home, a six-week course on ecological vocations to aid the common good. Join us for an introductory session to learn more, February 29-March 1.

During the season of Lent, join Fr. Tom Coyte and the St. Bernadette community each week in an insightful and prayerful exploration of Laudato Si’. Weekly sessions will encourage participants to share practical tools of teaching that proclaim the encyclical’s themes, as well as apply individually and collectively the teachings of Laudato Si’ in safeguarding our natural gifts and the ecological well-being of our state.

Laudato Si’ follows by building on the concept of “integral ecology” first explored by Saint Pope John Paul II and expanded upon by Pope Francis. The teaching emphasizes that stewardship of nature must first be at the service of advancing the good of all people in their environmental, economic and cultural dimensions.

Care for Our Common Home sessions will be held Monday-Wednesday, March 2 - April 8, 2020, at Doherty Hall at St. Bernadette Catholic Parish, 7240 West 12th Avenue in Lakewood. Tuesday evening sessions also will be streamed live on Facebook. Each session will be approximately one hour in length.

Sessions are free to the public, however, registration is required. Please visit www.stbernadettelakewood.org or call (303) 233-1523. Attendance is open to people of all ages, all parishes and all faiths.

Join us for an introductory session on Sat., February 29th, at 5:15 PM or Sun., March 1st, at 11:15 AM to learn more about Laudato Si’. Introductory sessions will be held following Mass in Doherty Hall (church basement). Registration for introductory sessions is encouraged, but not required. (Please read the Introduction to Laudato Si’ - available free online - prior to the introductory session.

“Environmental education has broadened its goals. Whereas in the beginning it was mainly centered on scientific information, consciousness-raising and the prevention of environmental risks, it tends now to…restore the various levels of ecological equilibrium, establishing harmony within ourselves, with others, with nature and other living creatures, and with God. Environmental education should facilitate making the leap towards the transcendent which gives ecological ethics its deepest meaning.” Pope Francis

Event Dates
Sunday and Saturday from Saturday, February 29, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020
Cost / donation
Free
Contact
Michelle Bauer

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