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).

 

March 29th, 2021

Reflections of Water

 

Take a moment to view these photos, showing the beauty of God’s creation, WATER, our source of life and also our responsibility.

 

 

 

World Water Day

World Water DayWorld Water Day is March 22nd.  The first one was in 1993.  World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

Under the theme of valuing water, the 2021 campaign is generating a global, public conversation on social media about how people value water for all its uses. The aim is to create a more comprehensive understanding of how water is valued by different people in different contexts so we can safeguard this precious resource for everyone. The central narrative of the campaign is designed to encourage people to contribute their stories, thoughts and experiences on the value of water:

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“Water means different things to different people. This conversation is about what water means to you.

  • How is water important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment?

  • In households, schools and workplaces, water can mean health, hygiene, dignity and productivity.

  • In cultural, religious and spiritual places, water can mean a connection with creation, community and oneself.

  • In natural spaces, water can mean peace, harmony and preservation.

  • Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change.

  • Tell us your stories, thoughts and feelings about water. 

By recording – and celebrating – all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone.”

 

November 2020

Most of us have heard of the ongoing fisheries dispute happening in N.S. and are most likely struggling to understand the underlying issues surrounding this dispute. While these events are distressing, there is no better way to address a problem than to arm ourselves with information.  If you would like to better understand the dispute and learn how we can help with mending relationships, the Laudato Si’ committee has made documents available for you here.

Fishing Dispute in N.S.

Summary of Marshall Decision

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Laudato Si’ committee by emailing Mark at markmahoney@rogers.com.

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October 2020

Fratelli tutti is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled of “on fraternity and social friendship”. In the document, Francis states that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the failure of the world to work together during this crisis.

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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!