May 16-24 is Laudato Si’ week
For Laudato Si’ Week 2021, Catholics across the globe will take part in the celebration that will serve as the crowning moment of the Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year.
The weeklong event will let the faithful celebrate the great progress the global Church has made in its ecological conversion journey during the past six years and offer a clear road map for the decade ahead.
We know that much remains to be done, but we rejoice and celebrate the steps we have taken thus far, and we look to the future with hope.
An ample array of workshops, trainings, and events will help us explore these themes:
- Day of global action in which individuals, communities, and institutions around the globe will organize concrete action to care for our common home
- Live-streamed concert and cultural festival on World Biodiversity Day, 22 May
- Prayer gathering and missionary-like sending of Catholics to go and announce the Gospel of Creation in every corner of the globe
- Closing event to launch the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which will help guide this work in the decade ahead
View the complete Laudato Si’ Week 2021 schedule here.
Numerous educational resources are available to assist you in sharing Laudato Si’ with Catholics in your diocese, including:
Vatican resources COVID-19 vaccines
Additional resources on the diocesan website include:
Answers to Key Ethical Questions About COVID-19 Vaccines (USCCB): English and Español
Moral Considerations regarding COVID-19 Vaccines (Michigan Catholic Conference)
What to know about Vaccine Safety, Effectiveness and Distribution (Vaccinate West Michigan)
Are you discerning the priesthood?
‘Exploring the Priesthood’ is a discernment opportunity sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. Time for prayer and reflection will be held monthly for young men (ages 16 – 35) to discern God’s will for their lives. This year’s discernment opportunities will be offered on the following Sundays at noon: Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16. If you are interested in joining these events, please email Pattie Reynolds in the Office of Priestly Vocations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Before all else comes the individual person,” Pope Francis wrote, “and people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies. We are all destined to receive his infinite love.” The Courage apostolate welcomes men and women who experience same-sex attraction as brothers and sisters in Christ and helps them to respond to their vocation as sons and daughters of God, created in his image and likeness. Together with a priest, Courage members strive for chastity, build authentic friendships, and grow in holiness. For more information, call 616-288-0914 or email email@example.com
For parents of sons and daughters who experience same-sex attraction, “speaking the truth in love” to their children can often present a challenge. The EnCourage apostolate is the Catholic Church’s outreach to parents and loved ones in this situation and offers support and direction as they strive to love their children without the boundless love of Christ. A priest leads regular meetings of EnCourage and offers insights into how to keep the faith while keeping family relationships strong. For more information, please call 616-288-0918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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