Care of Creation Ministry

The mission of the St. Francis of Assisi Care of Creation Ministry is to inspire parishioners to make choices to care for the earth and its people motivated by our patron St. Francis of Assisi’s own kinship with all creation.

But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.”  Job 12: 7-10 

Pope Francis wrote in his 2015 teaching document called Laudato si’ that our earth is like our sister, “This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse … . the earth herself. . .  . . is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; . . . We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”

As Christians we need to be more than stewards and domineers, we need to be kin to all the creatures like St Francis was.

If you are interested in being part of this ministry, contact Trevor Thompson, trevor.thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org 

We are also partnered with congregations/organizations around the Triangle in an interfaith effort to care for creation and address climate change. This organization is called Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle. 

Celebrate the Season of Creation

Every year, from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, churches all over the world are celebrating the Season of Creation. This is a wonderful time for us to pray, learn, reflect, and act in our call to be caretakers of God’s creation.

This year, our Care of Creation Ministry has put together a wonderful resource for you and your families to enter more deeply this Season of Creation. This resource is a daily reflection guide, each week focused on a particular theme and each day a new activity, learning prompt, and invitation to grow in faith.

Daily Reflection Guide for the Season of Creation

(Click on this link)

Also, you can find more resources from the Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization partnered with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and from the ecumenical effort to provide resources and world-wide coordination during the Season of Creation. 

Why Solar Energy on a Church?

On September 15, 2020, we hosted a virtual event via Zoom sharing the details of St. Francis of Assisi Church’s solar project, how this commitment helps our parish live out our mission and values, and ways to take the next step in solar for your church, business, or home. This program included presentations from St. Francis staff person Trevor Thompson, St. Francis parishioner Larry Petrovick, St. Francis solar contractor Scott Alexander from Eagle Solar & Light, and Fr. Pat Cahill, pastor and Bill Maloney, Solar Project Manager, both from St. Eugene Catholic Church in Asheville, NC.

You can access a recording of this event by clicking on this link:

WHY SOLAR ON A CHURCH?

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