Communique #4 – Education and Health
National Chairperson of Education and Health Faith Anderson, September 11, 2019
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
Greetings to provincial chairpersons of education and health. Several important initiatives are included in this communiqué. Please ensure your parish council counterpart receives this timely information in order to take necessary action.
In light of the national theme Care for Our Common Home, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO), which the League holds membership in, has requested the League’s support for WUCWO’s “Earth Action Initiative.”
At WUCWO’s general assembly in Dakar, Senegal in October 2018, delegates adopted a resolution “calling on its members to recognize their collective responsibility, as participants in the human race, to care for the planet that God created and placed in our care and to take steps to reduce and reverse the damage already sustained” (WUCWO.org, Earth Action Initiative). From this resolution a Call to Action was developed with a worldwide clean-up day on any Saturday in September. People are encouraged to organize garbage clean-up projects to reduce the amount of trash entering the world’s waters.
WUCWO suggests circulating the attached poster among church groups of all denominations and schools encouraging them to organize or participate in a clean-up project.
Parish councils are invited and encouraged to participate in this Call to Action by selecting one day in September to organize a clean-up event and participate in other outlined initiatives. We have been gifted with this opportunity to make a difference. At the national level, we would be grateful to receive information on any initiatives councils take. When planning your event, please display the League crest and submit photos for submission to On the Spot. This initiative will be posted on the national website.
Global Climate Strike: Take action September 20–27, 2019
In August 2018, Swedish student Greta Thunberg began the “#FridaysforFuture” movement. In solidarity with Greta, the first climate strike in the Americas occurred in Canada on Friday, November 2, 2018. There were 98 strikes for Canada’s national strike on Friday, May 3, 2019. Greta and others ask for help in joining youth around the world as they call to action, demand climate justice for everyone and an end to fossil fuels. Youth are taking action and this is the League’s opportunity to provide support. View Greta’s plea at https://www.facebook.com/350.org/videos/427395381195077/.
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation: Pope Francis proclaimed September 1st an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Inspired by the encyclical Laudato Si’, “the Global Catholic Climate Movement invites Catholics to celebrate the ‘Season of Creation’ worldwide, following the example of other Christian denominations and the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines. The season begins on September 1 and ends October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.” Pope Francis’ “A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation” is available at https://www.shcj.org/european/world-day-of-prayer-for-the-care-of-creation-is-sept-1/. The Season of Creation Celebration Guide—2019 Theme: Web of Life can be accessed at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YgVEfLPOmzWM3nwZP6QanznXl9yZ8Ktw/view.
REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS TIME FOR PRAYER.
May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide your many endeavours as we strive to Care for Our Common Home.
National Chairperson of Education and Health