Laudato Si'

Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si'

Praise Be to You

On Care of Our Common Home

On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si') is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to "every person living on this planet" for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.



Resources and Links

The documet itself:

"Top Ten Take-Aways" from Laudato Si’ from America Magazine

Study guide from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops



Good Introduction to the document:

Very good for children:


Music for Reflection and Meditation

"For the Beauty of the Earth"  


"All Creatures of Our God and King"

A prayer of St. Francis, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon"

"Creation" Joseph Haydn

2016 Lenten Spiritual Journey

For four Thursdays during Lent, members of both parishes came together to reflect on this encyclical, embrace it, integrate it into our spirituality and brainstorm actions that we can do as individuals and as parishes.  Five areas of the document were explored: energy, water, transportation, consumption and food.  The groups came up with some excellent ideas for action in each of the areas.  Click on one of the topics below for suggestions!

  1. Energy
  2. Water
  3. Transportation
  4. Consumption
  5. Food


Father, we praise you with all your creatures. They came forth from your all-powerful hand; they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.

Praise be to you!


Son of God, Jesus, through you all things were made. You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth, and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.Today you are alive in every creature in your risen glory.

Praise be to you!


Holy Spirit, by your light you guide this world towards the Father’s love

and accompany creation as it groans in travail.

You also dwell in our hearts and you inspire us to do what is good.

Praise be to you!


Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,

teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe,

for all things speak of you.

Awaken our praise and thankfulness

for every being that you have made.

Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world

as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth,

for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Enlighten those who possess power and money

that they may avoid the sin of indifference,

that they may love the common good,

advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.

The poor and the earth are crying out. O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future,

for the coming of your Kingdom

of justice, peace, love and beauty.

Praise be to you!