Laudato Si Week May 19-26 2024

We are reminded during this year’s celebration of the publication of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’, that actions speak louder than words! Was it enough to rouse Catholics around the world to a heightened concern for creation? Are we listening? In 9 years, have we made a difference? Let’s get busy during Laudato Si’ week, May 19-26, and make some commitments.

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican has produced a Celebration Guide with daily themes that include an action, a way to put it into practice, and inspirational reflections and prayers. Each day during the octave has a different theme.

  • Day 1: Ecological Conversion – Pentecost Sunday
  • Day 2: Sustainable Transportation
  • Day 3: Sustainable Food
  • Day 4: Renewable Energy
  • Day 5: Waste Reduction
  • Day 6: Water Conservation
  • Day 7: Catechesis and Integral Ecology
  • Day 8: Reflection and Commitment

Other Learning Opportunities

The Letter” tells stories of people from around the globe affected by climate change. Some SSPP parishioners watched “The Letter” on the big screen last month, but you can watch this beautiful film at home by clicking on this link. Set aside 90 minutes.

Finally, during Laudato Si’ Week, take some time to read Laudate Deum. In Laudate Deum (October 4, 2023), the Pope declared that our responses are not adequate, and he called out the U.S. in particular to reduce greenhouse gasses. It will take a community-wide commitment and political action to incite awareness among decision makers to accept responsibility to care for creation.

To learn more about Laudate Deum, spend an hour watching a webinar produced by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University that took place October 12, 2023. Panelists discuss Laudate Deum and the renewed challenges and new questions posed by Pope Francis. Leaders include professors from Georgetown and Fordham Universities, the executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, and the director of the Laudato Si’ Platform. Most notable, however, is the personal witness of an environmental activist from St. James Parish in Louisiana describing the impact of large petrochemical companies that value profit at the expense of the health of people.