On May 24th, 2015 Pope Francis signed Laudato Si’, the papal letter that called the world’s attention to the increasingly fragile state of Mother Earth, our common home.  Five years later, the Pope’s words appear evermore true and continue to ring in our ears: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (LS, 160)

Pope Francis says that ,’The poor communities around the world are already the early and disproportionate victims of the current ecological degradation and we cannot remain indifferent any longer to the increasingly desperate “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”’ (LS, 49).

 

Please view this amazing music video with pairs wonderfully with our theme of Creation Spirituality.

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UNB Grad Student Krista Beardy

Researcher Discovers Microplastics in Bay of Fundy Clams

Krista Beardy spends her days digging in the mud along the Bay of Fundy shoreline, looking for clams and mussels that she will test for the presence of microplastics.  The 43-year-old graduate student in biology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John was inspired to start her research after more than a decade as a kayaking guide and instructor.

(Click here to read the full CBC Report by Vanessa Blanch)

 

 

Floor of the Bay of Fundy – Plastic Garbage

1.8 Million Pieces of Garbage Litter Bottom of Bay of Fundy

A new study estimates almost two million pieces of junk lie on the sea floor of the Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, most of which is plastic and fishing gear, but the number is likely more.  The study, Benthic marine debris in the Bay of Fundy, said sea-floor debris in the Bay of Fundy is “numerous and widespread.”

(Click here to read the full CBC Report by Paul Withers)

 

 

The Season of Creation

 

Pope Francis delivered a message on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020, the beginning of the Season of Creation
Click anywhere on the picture to read his message.

 

 

 

 

Click here to read about the Pope’s Laudato Si’ special anniversary year May 2020 to May 2021.

A reading from Laudato Si’ in song!  Litany for the Earth by Barbara Bridges

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On the longest day of the year, June 20th, 2020, parishioners joined together to welcome the Summer Solstice and to honour Pope Francis’ call for a Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year (May 2020 – May 2021).   The prayer event, “Light and Hope for the Earth” took place at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where a large earth ball was hoisted up into the foyer.  The earth ball is a world globe depicting our home planet as seen from outer space and it will remain there throughout this anniversary year!