Caring for God's Creation
By becoming part of a growing community around the world that has committed to what the Pope calls Laudato Si’, Caring for God’s Creation, this ministry will intertwine with other Seton ministries to heighten awareness and offer specific ways to help protect Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.
Volunteer Time Commitment
One can serve with as much time as they have to offer whenever they are available.
Volunteer requests will be communicated through email or phone call. No meeting attendance is necessary to serve with this ministry.
Location: At Seton
Contact: Janis Fitschen, 262-521-1319, or send us a message
Contact: Mary Lee Spitz, 414-587-6499, or send us a message
Follow Jesus – Serve Others
Caring for God’s Creation : Watch Us Grow
Our ministry will be helping God’s Creation and Mother Nature by growing a wildflower of native WI plants in the area near the retention pond. Work began with the laying down of cardboard and mulch/woodchips.
Fr. Joe blessed the garden at the end of June after the first wildflowers were planted.
Surviving the dry August heat.
Closing out the summer season with beautiful blooms.
Prayer for Creation
You call us to communion with one another and with you,
yet too often the changes in our common home we are bringing upon ourselves
disrupt and ravage not only our natural surroundings,
but also our connections with one another.
Teach us how to overcome and heal our estrangements
from Earth and one another,
to live in right relationship with all our surroundings
and to accompany those we encounter who suffer most from Earth’s climatic change.
excerpt from: Tending The Tree of Life
The Caring for God's Creation Team presents Pope Francis' Laudato Si',
7 Goals for Caring For God's Creation (YouTube video)
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's Caring for God's Creation Ministry - a member of Laudato Si' - created this presentation as a way to inform people about health and environmental issues impacting impoverished people who live in Garbage dumps around the world. Suggestions are made regarding how we can lessen the impact.
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Laudato Si’ links to help us understand what Pope Francis is saying
7 Goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform - Pope Francis wrote an Encyclical Laudato Si, "Caring For God's Creation" and is asking all of God's people to enlist the 7 goals into our daily lives.
1. Respond to the cry of the Earth
2. Respond to the cry of the poor.
3. Practice Ecological Economics
4. Adoption of Sustainable lifestyles
5. Practice Ecological Spirituality
6. Provide Ecological Education
7. Build Community resilience and empowerment.
These holistic goals reflect the gamut of Catholic Social Teaching
Laudato Si’ Action Platform Summary
• To move the church toward ecological spirituality and sustainability.
• A seven year initiative in which we seek to complete a series of actions associated with the seven goals around spirituality, simple living and sustainability.
Most of us go about our day completely unaware of the amount of pollution that starts at home. In an effort to educate and support consumers looking to reduce their environmental footprint, Consumer Notice has created the Consumer's Guide to Reducing Pollution
Site product categories will direct you to products that can help you green your community. Areas address home, hotel, office, school and sports.
• Commercial De-Icing Earth Friendly Products:
Redmond Ice Slicer - Kid and Pet Safe: 25# @ $36.49
Green Fire Ice and Snow Melt Granules - Valtec Industries: 50# box and free shipping $89
Snow Joe AZ-25-EB Melt - Nature and Pet Friendly: 25# @ $17.96 & 50# @ $27.93
Safe Paw - Pet Friendly: 35# @ $74.95
Environmentally Friendly Landscaping
• Shades of Green Permaculture - creating landscapes with ecological intelligence
* Free Permaculture Class: Four Steps to a Regenerative Landscape
Eco-Friendly Trash Bags