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See How the Diocese of San José is Caring for “Our Common Home”


The Diocese of San José through the Office of Life, Justice and Peace and director Marcus Cabrera, offers many opportunities to care for “Our Common Home” as Pope Francis outlined four years ago in his encyclical Laudato Sí.

Liz Lilley, a parishioner at Saint Nicholas and Saint William Parish, shared how she is listening to the message of Pope Francis on this very important topic.

“I am participating in an 8-week faith sharing group following the curriculum of the JustFaith program Living Simply – Caring for the Earth.

I am alarmed at the climate change we learn more about through international news such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report and the United Nations Climate summit in September this year.

I am part of the faith sharing group in order to overcome my temptation to ignore the situation and to strengthen my hope and faith in humankind’s resilience by prayer, study, and dialogue with others. I am grateful that Pope Frances joined with the Orthodox Patriarch and others in celebrating World Day of Prayer for Creation and the Season of Creation. I am grateful for the Pope’s letter Laudato Sí in which he calls us to care for our common home – that is the earth and all life on our planet.

I am encouraged by the Pastoral Letter of the California bishops and the October 4 letter of our bishop, Bishop Oscar Cantú.  I feel the need to pay attention.  JustFaith offers a way to do this through the lens of faith in a community of faith.

Living Simply – Caring for the Earth is an ecumenical program with readings from a number of Christian traditions. There is a 24-week faith sharing program prepared by JustFaith based on Laudato Sí. Visit JustFaith.org for more information.

Bishop Cantu encourages every parish to have a Green Committee. “I recommend the JustFaith programs as a way to become engaged with the faith tradition and the moral issue of life in our common home. Saint Nicholas and Saint William Parish is offering this program this fall.”

Found on the Diocesan website – www.dsj.org/evangelization/social-ministries/stewardship-of-our-common-home-2 are additional resources for getting started at your parish.

Visit http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html for the official discussion guide, published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Here you can learn about:

  • morality and spirituality
  • integral ecology
  • protecting human life
  • global solidarity

In addition, learn about the Church Teaching on Ecology, beginning with Pope Saint Paul VI.

For more information contact Marcus Cabrera, marcus.cabrera@dsj.org or (408) 983-0158. The Diocese can provide extra support from the committee on environmental awareness, Stewards of Our Common Home.