Creation

God made this earth, not for its own sake, but to be a home for the human family. The good things of creation are meant to be shared, developed and used for the good of all of his children.

-Archbishop José H. Gomez

God Calls Us All to Care for Our Common Home

View a copy of the California Conference of Catholic Bishops statement

English Statement

Dios Llama a Todos a Cuidar Nuestra Casa Común

View a (Spanish) copy of the California Conference of Catholic Bishops statement

Spanish Statement

 

Consider How Your Parish and Family Can Save Money and Steward Creation

 
RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE
Read Laudato Si’ by Pope Francis
Laudato Si is the encyclical letter by Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home. He advocates for an authentic human ecology that respects creation and human dignity.
(Download our prayer card to the patron saint of the environment St. Kateri Tekakwitha.)

 

PARISH RESOURCES
California faces droughts and high energy consumption. Parishes often desire to be good stewards of their resources by recycling, saving energy, and using water wisely. Download these handy checklists to see if your parish can save energy, resources, and money while caring for creation at the same time!
Checklists:

Other resources:

RESOURCES FOR PARISH LEADERS AND FAMILIES

Earth Day Resources 

Formation Resources

Spiritual Resources

Consider Small Ways Your Family Can Care for Creation

50waystohelp.com

There are many ideas to help your family conserve natural resources, save money, and teach your children about how to be good stewards of the earth.

Request Consultation from Catholic Energies

catholicenergies.org

Catholic Energies helps parishes and schools save energy, supporting parishes through projects of energy procurement, efficiency, storage, financing, education, and renewable energy.

Educate Students with Respect Life Week Curriculum

Environment Resources

Our annual Respect Life Week Curriculum includes information for TK-12 about human ecology and caring for our common home with students.

Volunteer to Support a Local Community Garden and Food Collection

lacatholics.org/service-opportunities

Many local organizations like MEND Poverty, Seeds of Hope and Sowing Seeds for Life have community gardens to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low income families. Other organizations like Food Forward collect produce from backyards for food pantries.