8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)
I have been attending a Men’s Bible Study group every Wednesday for last 10 years and we have embarked on a study of Pope Francis’ encyclical on Climate Change. We are now into week four and a number of the group are still struggling with the Pope’s message. But as members read the encyclical, there is a better understanding and acceptance of the teachings of the Pope on climate change. The realization is that the Pope is first and foremost asking every citizen of the world for a new outlook on creation. According to Emma Green, “What this encyclical is not is a love letter to Greenpeace—although Francis is embracing the idea of environmental stewardship, he's doing so as a Catholic theologian, not a liberal activist.”
According to New York Times Pope Francis may have emphasized the urgency of his appeal on climate change after the release of a much-anticipated encyclical on the subject but it’s not clear that this message has been echoing from pulpits in churches across the world just yet. I would like to schedule a study of the encyclical in September. Over a period of six weeks, we can cover the entire encyclical with the Presider at Mass or the Preacher of the day introducing the encyclical at Sunday Mass followed by a group study in the Church or Parish Hall on Thursdays from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm. The encyclical can be downloaded for free on https://laudatosi.com. If you have problems downloading, please call the Church Office and we can make copies for you.
James Martin, S.J., who is editor at large of America Magazine and author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage states that “At heart, this document, addressed to “every person on the planet” is a call for a new way of looking at things, a “bold cultural revolution” (No. 3, 114). We face an urgent crisis, when, thanks to our actions, the earth has begun to look more and more like, in Francis’ vivid language, “an immense pile of filth” (No. 21). Still, the document is hopeful, reminding us that because God is with us, we can strive both individually and corporately to change course. We can awaken our hearts and move towards an “ecological conversion” in which we see the intimate connection between God and all beings, and more readily listen to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (No. 49). To use religious language, what the pope is calling for is conversion.”
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Let me conclude with a quote from Pope Francis. "Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light."