The Environment

Season of Creation

During September 2020, we encourage you to join Christians around the world to make a personal difference in your life to help reconcile, restore and rejoice in God’s creation.

We challenge you to pledge to make a difference.   Read more…

Environment a major concern from Vatican to CBD Parishes

Our Camberwell, Balwyn and Deepdene Parish Council has prioritised the environment as one of our major projects for 2020.  Council member and Balwyn parishioner, Arthur Cheng, is leading the charge with members of the council joined by Our Lady of Good Counsel school staff and our Youth Engagement Project team members forming the Social and Environmental Governance Sub-committee.

The group has developed an Environmental, Social and Governance Policy for adoption by our parish and have set some short term goals with which to commence.  COVID-19 has slowed things a little but soon we should expect to see our parish joining with our OLGC School to provide a battery collection point, ink cartridge collection point, toothbrush and polystyrene collection as well as fund raising for environmental and human rights causes.  The group will also be taking stock of the impact of COVID-19 on both the planet and vulnerable human communities.  Read the policy…

Promoting Integral Ecology

All this is taking place as the Vatican has just released a new 200 page document encouraging Catholics to put their faith into action to promote integral ecology and care for the earth.  The new document, On the Journey for Care of the Common Home was launched at the Vatican in Italian this week and will soon be available in English.  It is inspired by the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Laudato Si.

Care for our Common Home

Our faith tradition and the spiritual heritage of our ancient land calls us to care for all creation and to embrace the challenges of ethical and ecological stewardship.

As Deepdene & Balwyn and Camberwell Parishes, we value and accept our responsibility as ecological stewards to care for and protect the earth and all its contains. We recognise that our changing environment prompts us to adopt new ways of living, as Pope Francis highlights in his encyclical, Laudato Si: On the Care for our Common Home.

Across our parishes, we are committed to developing environmentally friendly and sustainable practices across all our ministries and business operations, and to maintaining a sustainability-aware culture at all times. We wish to build on the good work that is already underway in our parishes, such as reducing our paper, energy and water usage; implementing responsible waste management practices; increasing our recycling efforts; and enacting sustainable and ethical procurement practices.

Deepening our Knowledge and Spirituality for Ecological Justice

Books and Articles

Fox, Matthew, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth (1991)
Fox, Matthew, A Spirituality Named Compassion (1999)
McDonagh, Sean, The Greening Of The Church (1990)
Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia D, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological – Economic Vocation (2013)

Danny Pilario, Priest in Philippines (reading time – ten minutes)
Short summary of the 10 key messages from Laudato Si by James Martin SJ

Websites and Webinars

Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Office for Social Justice – includes calendar, plan and action for the Season of Creation from 6 September – 4 October 2020

EarthBeat – A project of the National Catholic Reporter magazine – sign up for free weekly updates on ecological matters or check out the site for relevant articles on Laudato Si themes

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Ottowa, Canada – a selection of articles and a guide for dialogue with the key teachings and challenges of Laudato Si

Creation as God’s Love Story by MSC Priests Australia on Laudato Si (viewing time 1hr:52mins)