Boost for parishes on journey to sustainability

Christine Siebre (left), Fr Pompeyo Tan (second left) and St Mary’s Echuca parishioners with the the audit (Catholic Earthcare)

With the Vatican's Laudato Si’ Action Platform moving into the commitment phase, Catholic Earthcare has launched a new initiative to assist parishes on their journey towards sustainability.

To escalate the implementation of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis established the Laudato Si’ Action Platform with its seven stated goals.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s 2021 social justice statement "Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor", reinforces the Pope’s call to care for creation. The bishops have enrolled in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, and invite parishes and Catholic organisations to join them in committing to the Laudato Si’ goals.

Catholic Earthcare Australia has made it easy for parishes to take up the bishops’ invitation, through its new Earthcare Parishes program. By registering with Catholic Earthcare, parishes will be able to take an “Earthcare Parish Audit” and then plan concrete actions using the Earthcare Action Planner, with suggestions under all seven Laudato Si Goals for inspiration.

St Mary’s in Echuca, Victoria, is one of the first parishes to register. Pastoral associate Christine Sebire said: “I’m really excited by the Earthcare Parish Audit with each question aligning with one or more of the Laudato Si goals. And as part of the Earthcare Network, you receive news and opportunities to exchange ideas.”

St John’s, Numurkah, also in regional Victoria, is another early signatory. Kerry Stone, from the parish, said: “I like the way it’s so simply laid out to address the goals and ideas are localised, ‘Australianised’, with references to our Australian situation/agencies/campaigns such as First Nations people, Project Compassion, Landcare, and Clean Up Australia Day making them very relatable and user-friendly”.

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