June 15, 2023 | Blog

Laudato Si’ Week: Laudato Si’ Week is observed this year from May 21st to the 28th. The theme is “Hope for the Earth. Hope for Humanity.”.

Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens is proud to launch its new “Our Common Home.” for Laudato Si’ Week. This new component to our CCBQ webpage is our own response to the ecological social teaching of our faith and Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’. The intention was to have a site that communicates and highlights the amazing ecological work and projects that are happening here in Brooklyn and Queens. Through narratives of what CCBQ and our parishes are doing we want to highlight the four section of the site:

Events & Green Space: Programs and events that promote an ecological consciousness and concern.

Climate Change Response: Being aware of the increase of natural disasters we provide disaster relief information including Go Bags preparation.

Recycling Programs: Here we promote Recycling practices that can be done or promoted personally or institutionally.

Renewable Energy: Here we will promote methods of sustainable development and reduce our carbon footprint.

This website is designed with the desire to promote an environmental education that produces an ecological conversion. As Pope Francis tells us in his encyclical:

There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle. Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. All of these reflect a generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings.

We invite you to visit and explore Our Common Home website.