Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn
Caring for Creation
This page hosts some resources on Laudato Si that may be of use across the Archdiocese in the Caring for Creation movement. Please also refer to our Home page and our other website information for resources such as -
digital copy of the encyclical - to capture the full breadth of the teachings Archbishop Christopher recommends reading & study of the encyclical
the well-regarded 50 minute YouTube video with useful short chapter-by-chapter summary presentation on Laudato Si from Jacqui Remond
the Vatican's action planning platform for helping organisations like parishes and schools to commit to and to develop practical actions in response to the Laudato Si teachings over the coming years - see https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/about/
the Archdiocese enrolled in May 2022 and the public reflection connecting its values to the LaudatoSi goals can be found below.
A series of online 'book club' type dialogues about the encyclical are being convened by the Caring for Creation movement from 14 June 2022. All welcome - see Events Page for details.
A Laudato Si Mass is being celebrated at St Christopher's Cathedral on Laudato Si Sunday 22-May 22 and is being live streamed and recorded - all welcome - see Events page.
the Creation Liturgy and prayer service held at St Peter's YARRALUMLA to mark the Laudato Si jubilee in May 2021 (see Events page).
See below also to download a copy of -
very short Laudato Si chapter briefs that may for example be useful information in Church bulletin notices for each week during the Season of Creation
a reflection with narrative suitable for use at a Parish Mass (please contact LaudatoSiACT@gmail.com for a copy of the PowerPoint slides).
Very many other resources are available from the CfC movement by emailing specific requirements and contact details to laudatosiACT@gmail.com . For example the Sisters of St Joseph and Columban Fathers produce prayers and reflection suitable for use of the Season of Creation. Examples of prayers of the faithful for use at this time are also available.
Some other recommended video resources include -
a 2 minute presentation of the Laudato Si prayer for the Earth
3-minute testimonial - Laudato si’ in Australia: a local conversion story - Vatican News
9-minute YouTube video explanation on Laudato Si by an American Franciscan
25-minute video from EarthCare on Laudato Si in parishes
For more depth, other resources are available. For example
Facebook video streaming (1 hour) of the Australian bishops launch of their August 2021 Social Justice Statement "Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor" is at https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=546730513342538&ref=watch_permalink
recent video conferencing Laudato Si + convened by the Mercy Institute in March 2021 is at https://institute.mercy.org.au/news-centre/videos/.
Some links for practical actions include -
Download a simple Church building audit checklist for parishes from EarthCare below.