8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)
In a letter sent to the priests of the diocese by the Bishop Barber, he stated, “As Bishop of Oakland, I welcome Pope Francis’ highly anticipated Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si. In it the Holy Father is speaking as a pastor offering moral guidance rooted in central Catholic teachings about care for others and care for God’s creation. The poor suffer most when we don’t responsibly care for God’s creation. It’s up to us to help them. The Pope is giving us the opportunity to reflect about a crucial question: “What kind of world do we want to leave to our kids and grandkids?” God gave us this world, and He asks us to take care of it. It is a gift. I would like to encourage the faithful of the Diocese of Oakland to take time to read, consider and discuss the content of the Holy Father’s letter at home and in your parish groups. This is a teaching document, not a set of policy proposals. Together, let’s prayerfully respond to Pope” I am summarizing some of the thoughts below from NCR.
Happiness, hope and gratitude greeted Pope Francis' long-awaited encyclical, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," in the U.S. church after its official release Thursday afternoon in Rome. Bishop Emeritus William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, described the encyclical in a single word: "Marvelous!"
"Pope Francis shares with us in this encyclical how church teaching on the environment applies to us in the modern world. We live in an increasingly connected world, and Laudato Si' shares in a remarkable way really how profound this connection should and must be," "Very excited, very pleased," said Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network (FAN). Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, said her "heart is singing" because the encyclical shows how interconnected everything is.
Franciscan Sr. Dawn Nothwehr, a professor at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and author of Ecological Footprints: An Essential Franciscan Guide for Faith and Sustainable Living, said the encyclical returns church thinking to its roots. "In reality, this is nothing new in all of Christianity," Nothwehr said. "If you go back to our Jewish roots, that's a very holistic approach. Look at Leviticus ... in all those early mandates, the legal was not separate from the moral. We're deeply turning back to some of those themes."
Two of the most powerful quotes that Bishop Barber found in the Letter are:
“We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us.” – (§67)
“A spirituality which forgets God as all‐powerful and Creator is not acceptable. That is how we end up worshipping earthly powers, or ourselves usurping the place of God, even to the point of claiming an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot. The best way to restore men and women to their rightful place, putting an end to their claim to absolute dominion over the earth, is to speak once more of the figure of a Father who creates and who alone owns the world. Otherwise, human beings will always try to impose their own laws and interests on reality. – (§75)
I am looking forward to a study of the document here at CTK some time in early fall, when we get back from summer programs.