'Care for Creation Resources'

Resources for helping the Homeless

Posted on 07. Jul, 2017 by .

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Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.), there are an estimated half a million people on any given night without a bed to sleep in? Homelessness is a circumstance that nearly everyone thinks could never happen to them — and yet, there are hundreds of thousands of men, women and children with nowhere to call home.

Here is the silver lining: we can all do a lot to help those less fortunate than us, and no action is too small to make a difference. The following are great resources to help you find a way to help:

What’s the best way to help the homeless? Former homeless people share their advice

Runaways and Drug Abuse: 15 Ways to Reach Out and Make a Difference

Homeless Shelter Directory

Declutter Your Home Through Philanthropy

13 Essential Items You Never Thought to Donate to Those in Need

The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Home’s Yard into a Community Garden

10 Incredible Ways To Help Homeless Animals Without Adopting Them

 

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Earth Day Programs

Posted on 18. Mar, 2017 by .

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For Earth Day, Catholic Climate Covenant has produced age-specific programs to help parishes, schools, and religious communities “go the extra mile” on creation care. Focusing on the theme of “Know the Creator Through Creation”, this program is wonderful for inter-generational parish programs, schools, and any group interested in exploring how a deeper connection with creation can draw us closer to the Creator of the universe. Remember, even though the program is advertised around Earth Day, you can hold it on whatever day best suits your community.

Here are the links to download/access the programs and all related materials:

Adult/High School:

a) Facilitator & Program Guide click here.

The PowerPoint and video are available as links in the Program Guide, however you can also access them directly:

b) PowerPoint click here. (If you will be using the PowerPoint, you must download it on to your computer. It may take a couple of minutes).
c) Video click here.

Elementary/Middle School and Pre-K/Kindergarten:

a) Facilitator’s & Program Guide click here.

The PowerPoint and video for elemenatry/middle school are available as links in the Program Guide, howeveryou can also access them directly:

b) PowerPoint click here. (If you will be using the PowerPoint, you must download it on to your computer. It may take a couple of minutes).
c) Elementary/Middle School video click here
d) Pre-K/K video click here.

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Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal

Posted on 24. Jan, 2017 by .

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This new tool created by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences enables users to identify and search for the most relevant peer-reviewed literature, government reports, policy documents, and other resources on the health implications of climate change from around the globe through an online database. The portal aims to make this literature more accessible to further the study of climate change impacts on human health. Click here to access.

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Study Guide on the Care of Creation

Posted on 14. Oct, 2016 by .

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The resource booklet which you are about to read is likewise an exhortation to be open to the world around us, to listen attentively to all those creatures who inhabit this little planet, our common home. It arises from an urgent concern that the Cry of the Earth and the Cries of the Poor are being disregarded and that, as Franciscans, we must be partners in dialogue, making our specific contribution to the healing of our world, and of the people who live in it…

English version

Para Español

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Creation Care: Friendly Planet Earth

Posted on 18. Sep, 2016 by .

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This past July, during the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, Pope Francis invited young people to reflect on God’s merciful love and to share that love by actively participating in works of mercy. “Mercy has a youthful face”, the Pope told the huge and joyful crowd. On September 1st, in his message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, the Pope declared care of creation as a new work of mercy. The world’s youth are ready and eager to live Laudato Si’!

Creation Resources for Youth and Creation Care
Friending Planet Earth, a joint resource produced by Catholic Climate Covenant and the Center for Ministry Development. The six, 90-minute learning sessions on climate change for Catholic youth in school and parish settings are grounded in scripture and Catholic social teaching.  Using multi-media, prayer, hands-on activities, simulations, games, quizzes, art, and music, the sessions help Catholic youth learn that their faith has a unique way of addressing climate change. They will discover that their Catholic faith considers the moral dimensions of human activity affecting the earth and understand it from the perspective of those most impacted by it: the poor and vulnerable.

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