In 2015, Pope Francis released his seminal encyclical, Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home, which is an open invitation to all people everywhere to care for Earth as our common home, created by God. The Holy Father writes about our dependency on each other and on Earth, which sustains us. He teaches that because we are all God’s creation, we are connected locally, nationally, and internationally with each other and with our environment.
Our diocese has published an action plan, with ways, small and big, that members of our community can live out this encyclical:
Lent 2024 Resources
During this Lent, the Diocesan Laudato Si’ Committee will share facts about plastic pollution and offer suggestions for living more plastic free. By changing old habits, we can protect our common home.
As part of your Lenten journey learning about plastics we are giving you an opportunity for ACTION: We will be collecting bread tags and medicine bottles. You can start a collection at school, work, or church. Simply get a container, label it and spread the word about your recycling project. Laudato Si Ministries will collect your items and distribute them to SCARCE in Lombard. For more information, please contact Michele Geraghty, Laudato Si’ Committee Chair, [email protected], (630) 334-2007.
- To learn more about the bread tag recycling and SCARCE
- To learn more about Matthew 25 and how to properly collect and sort pill bottles for recycling
Laudato Si' Committee
We also have an active Laudato Si' Committee, whose mission is to develop a comprehensive approach to care for creation and the implementation of Laudato Si' through education, pastoral support, advocacy, care for the poor and vulnerable, environmental justice, and fostering community.
For more information or to get involved, contact:
Director of the Department of Catechesis and Evangelization