Caring for Creation - Gold Award - Eco-Aware Parish

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Our path to becoming an eco-aware parish began when Pope Francis’s letter, Laudato Si’, became an issue for discussion at one of our Parish Pastoral Council meetings. It was agreed that care for creation become a specific ministry in the parish. Subsequently, a group of interested people gathered together and so the journey began.

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Over the past four years small but significant steps were taken, and at each stage, a report of these activities sent to ECI. As a result, we received our first certificate, Awareness Certificate and then the Endeavour Certificate in March 2020.

Despite lockdown, work continued and on receiving our last application for the final audit, ECI informed us that we are now an eco-aware parish. The visit of the ECI assessors could not take place due to COVID 19 restrictions. However, as soon as circumstances allow, we look forward to welcoming the assessors to our Sunday liturgy. We know that their encouragement will confirm us in our desire to live as an eco-aware community, recalling Pope Francis’s statement:

“Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (LS 231)

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Eco-Aware Events in May 2024

  • 2 May 2024
    Ireland's Earth Overshoot Day

    Ireland's ecological footprint has been growing steadily over the years, driven by population growth, economic development, and changes in lifestyle. As a result, Earth Overshoot Day for Ireland has been getting earlier and earlier every year

    For more information click HERE.

  • 5 May 2024
    International Dawn Chorus Day

    International Dawn Chorus Day is held on the first Sunday in May each year.

    For more information click HERE

  • 11 May 2024
    World Fair Trade Day

    We should value trading relationships that distribute power, risks, and rewards equitably. Trade should be a tool to eliminate inequality and support self-determination for all people.

    For more information click HERE.

  •  11 May 2024
    World Migratory Bird Day

    This year the World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the importance of insects for migratory birds, and highlight concerns related to decreasing populations of insects.

    For more information click HERE.

  • 20 May 2024
    World Bee Day

    World Bee Day is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees and other pollinators. The United Nations designated this day to educate people about honey bees and their impact on biodiversity.

    For more information click HERE.

  • 19 - 26 May 2024
    Laudato Si Week

    This year’s Laudato Si’ Week theme is inspired by the symbol for Season of Creation 2024, “First Fruits.” Let us be seeds of hope in our lives and our world, rooted in faith and love.

    For more information click HERE

  • 22 May 2024
    International Day of Biodiversity

    “Be part of the Plan”, the theme of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) 2024, is a call to action for all stakeholders to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, also referred to as the Biodiversity Plan.

    For more information click HERE.

  • 28 May 2024
    World Hunger Day

    World Hunger Day is an opportunity for all of us around the world to play our part in ending world hunger, for good.

    For more information click HERE.

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