Discussion: A Catholic Response to Climate Crisis

Discussion: A Catholic Response to Climate Crisis

Discussion: A Catholic Response to Climate Crisis

We hope you can join us this Sunday, April 21st at 3:00 PM in the Parish Hall for a Catholic Response to the Climate Crisis discussion. As climate change and its harmful effects accelerate, so too does the urgency for effective climate action.

Pope Francis has made climate action a centerpiece for his papacy with the groundbreaking release his encyclical Laudato Si’ and, this past year, his apostolic exhortation Laudate Deum. As faithful Catholics, we are all called to learn how to be better stewards of Creation and advocate for our Common Home.

Learn about the Catholic Church’s teaching on environmental stewardship and see how various climate policy solutions impact sustainability, justice, trade, energy, and income disparity. Join this interactive climate policy workshop using MIT’s EN-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator to explore our current climate trajectory, how recent legislation has improved our long-term outlook, and how Maine — the only state in the world’s largest economy with both senators on the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus — is uniquely positioned to lead the nation and world in advocating a stabilized climate and a sustainable future.

Our presenter, Peter Dugas, is the Maine State Coordinator for Citizens Climate Education / Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan grassroots organization focused on effective and equitable climate solutions. He serves as the liaison to the office of Senator Angus King (ME-I), is an EN-ROADS Climate Ambassador and a long-time advocate for finding climate change solutions. He earned a degree in Physics and Engineering from Brown University, is a parishioner at Sacred Heart St Dominic’s Parish and lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Our Lady of Hope Parish Hall is located at 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, just across from Payson Park. Plenty of parking. All are welcome.

Go Green For Lent 2024

Go Green For Lent 2024

Go Green For Lent 2024

Join Our Lady of Hope’s Social Justice and Peace Commission, the Jesuit Community and other parishioners in taking environmentally friendly actions as our Lenten practice this year. Consider choosing one of these actions as your Lenten practice this year:

No TV (or streaming) one or more nights during Lent.
Give up one or more single use plastics – e.g. water bottle, straws, cutlery…
Walk or Bike for trips less than 2 miles.
Eat leftovers 1 night a week
Compost Food Waste (Garbage to Garden)
Conserve water by not letting water run while brushing teeth, shaving, or soaping up during a shower.
Eat vegetarian for 2 nights each week (meat & dairy are a huge source of greenhouse gasses!).
Give up purchases in one or more categories (e.g. electronics, books, clothes, shoes…)
Declutter one spot each day during Lent and donate items to charity.
Pray: Do Earthbeat’s Lenten Daily Food Reflection

Increase Awareness of Injustice in Our Society: Suggested Resources.

Commit to taking one or more of these actions and place a green dot in space to the right of the actions on the poster you’ll find when you go to Mass.  This way you can help to make this a community event! Already taking some of these environmentally friendly actions – let us know by placing a green dot and THANKS for your care for the Our Common Home and each other!!

Celebrating Summer, Nature, and Our Common Home – Part 2

Celebrating Summer, Nature, and Our Common Home – Part 2

Celebrating Summer, Nature, and Our Common Home – Part 2

Back in July we wrote about the moving film, The Letter, and how it served as a call to action in many ways. Particularly, at the start of summer in Maine, we were called to notice God’s beautiful creation all around us. That sparked an idea. We invited parishioners – and friends – to make photos of places and activities where they felt God’s presence. You can read more in our July 7th post!

Congratulations to Jim and Mary, who’s names were pulled from a hat for the gift card. They submitted photos of a delicious meatless meal – and the recipe. Pictured here is a photo from Jon that brings a smile to fans of listening to baseball at camp.

If you are on Facebook, we’ve shared all the photos there.  Really — watch The Letter!! It will move you to action.  And, keep noticing the beauty of – and our responsibility to care for – God’s creation.

Celebrating Summer and Our Common Home

Celebrating Summer and Our Common Home

Celebrating Summer and Our Common Home

Kick-off summer by watching The Letter in the comfort of your own home! That’s right, the film is available on YouTube. Whether you watch from your tablet or laptop or smart TV, you’ll want to settle in for this film. The stories are beautifully told with amazing cinematography. We’ve watched it solo and in groups, and like many beautiful films there’s an added experience of watching with others. Through our group showings in the parish hall, a combined audience of nearly 40 people felt the power of the stories – and the calls to action, some suggested by each audience.

So, we decided to take the message of caring for God’s creation into our summer activities intentionally.  To pay attention to the movements in our hearts when we are spending time outdoors.  And to add some added fun, we thought some photos would be fun to add to the mix – specifically, your photos!!  To encourage participation, we’ll have a gift card that will be drawn among all entrants.
We live in a beautiful place!

One way to celebrate that is with a bit of fun this summer. So, let’s snap some action photos (with those phones or cameras) of our care for God’s creation:
– working in the garden
– doing a good deed for someone
– a snapshot of a beautiful place in Maine you’ve visited
– a photo of where you’ve found God in nature
– even a photo of you watching The Letter 
– photo of you recycling
– photo of a meatless meal (extra points for the recipe, too)

Create your own ideas!!

Email photos to ourladyofhope@portlanddiocese.org If you play at all track what you’ve done. You can drop off at the office, put in the collection basket or by mail by August 20th. Be sure your name and contact info is there. We’ll draw from all submissions for a $100 LL Bean gift card at noon on August 22, 2023.

Join Us to Watch The Letter

Join Us to Watch The Letter

Join Us to Watch The Letter

On Thursday, April 27th at 7 pm, we’ll gather in the Parish Hall to watch The Letter. After, we’ll enjoy refreshments and talk it over.

Laudato Si’ is Pope Francis’ letter to us all calling for human care and intervention in the environmental crisis we are experiencing now.

The Letter is  a documentary film – a reflection and story about frontline leaders traveling to Rome to talk with the Pope about his encyclical on the environment – and the environmental crisis we are in.  In May of 2015 – six years ago – Pope Francis issued his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’. He opens his letter about caring for our common home by citing St. Francis of Assisi, whose name he took when he became pope.

“I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. He was particularly concerned for God’s creation and for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace,” Pope Francis writes.

You can read Laudato Si’ through this link.

See you on April 27th, we hope!

 

 

Seek Justice This Advent Season

Seek Justice This Advent Season

Seek Justice This Advent Season

This Advent, commit to simplicity. In a season that can mistakenly be focused on consumption, it’s a good chance to explore ways to live simply as we prepare for the coming of Jesus and the restoration of the earth.

Here are some ideas shared by our Social Justice and Peace Commission to live a more simple and intentional life, perhaps starting now, during Advent.

______ Take some breaks from my cell phone/smart phone, computer, and other devices so that you can be really present to the people around you.

______ Establish priorities and learn to say “no” to things that are not important to you and “yes” to things that are important.

______ Keep a gratitude journal by recording the big and small blessings that come my way.

______ Get rid of junk mail by
• throwing it into a recycling bin as soon as it arrives
• stopping it from being delivered by asking to be removed from mailing lists
• going paperless for bills, opting for digital bills instead

______ Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and less meat and dairy to lower my impact on the environment.

______ Reduce use of single-use plastics.

______ If you use a cut Christmas tree, plan ahead for helpful ways for disposing of it. Ecomaine is a great resource for statewide options.  Their information on recycling gift wrapping is something to consider before purchasing. “if you can rip it, you can recycle it,” they say!

Thanks to the Ignatian Solidarity Network for their leadership on this initiative. You can also sign up for the Ignatian Solidarity Network Advent calendar online here. It has daily suggestions for living more simply and in ways that help restore the earth.

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