Friends of St Francis

 

 

Consider -  Garden Sharing

Garden Sharing is when one person or family supplies the land for a garden and another person or family provides the gardening labor and as partners, you both share the harvest!

Garden Sharing is for you if:

  • You have a sunny yard, but not the time or energy to garden
                                      or
  • You want to tend a garden, but don’t have a place for a garden
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  • You want to share the food grown in the garden with each other!

If you want to participate, complete the form below and drop it off at the Faith Network Desk or stop by the Faith Network Desk to sign up.

We’ll do the pairing and you’ll do the sharing!

 

 

The Friends of St. Francis joined the community to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the DuPage County Forest Preserve on Saturday, April 21.

THANK YOU FRIENDS OF ST. FRANCIS

 

 

  

 

Shepherding the Earth:

A Reflection for Earth Day 2018

This year, we celebrate Earth Day on Good Shepherd Sunday. The liturgy invites us to reflect on Jesus as the good shepherd of the believing community. Celebrating Earth Day on Good Shepherd Sunday provides us with an opportunity to move beyond our human-centered views of the world and to recognize the realities that underpin powerful gospel images such as the Good Shepherd/sheep metaphor. We might take time to expand our understanding and appreciation of all the inhabitants of our planet... To be good shepherds is to embrace the whole Earth Community with deep reverence and compassion. Such an embrace is more than mere sentiment. This Earth Day, we are called to address the damage that plastic pollution has caused to our planet and, in this as well as other ways, to work together as good shepherds to renew the face of God’s Earth.

Dr. Veronice Lawson RSM

 

Psalm 148     Hallelujah!

Praise the LORD from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
give praise, all you his hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all shining stars.
Praise him, highest heavens,
       you waters above the heavens.
Let them all praise the LORD’s name;
for he commanded and they were created,
Assigned them their station forever,
set an order that will never change.

Praise the LORD from the earth,
you sea monsters and all the deeps of the sea;
Lightning and hail, snow and thick clouds,
storm wind that fulfills his command;
      Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars; 
      Animals wild and tame,
creatures that crawl and birds that fly;

Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all who govern on earth;
Young men and women too,
old and young alike.
Let them all praise the LORD’s name,
for his name alone is exalted,
His majesty above earth and heaven.
He has lifted high the horn of his people;
to the praise of all his faithful,
the Israelites, the people near to him.
Hallelujah!

 

How I stopped speeding and other things…

In addition to driving at the speed limit, my personal ecological conversion has included… Connecting to city water and drinking clean water right from the tap.  Turning off electronics and lights and seeing a reduction in the electric bill.  Divesting financial holdings from fossil fuels and re-investing in renewable energy stocks and socially responsible mutual funds. Taking plastic film to recycling locations. Composting vegetable matter into rich soil.  Eating a purely plant-based diet and discovering I had much more energy!  Advocating to protect our common home by calling and writing letters to legislators.  Praying for and with creation daily by cultivating the art of The Practice of the Presence of God as described in the nearly 300-year-old classic by Brother Lawrence.  

Recently, I’ve been meditating on the Lord’s Prayer. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. 

Less than two miles from this church is Meacham Grove Forest Preserve. If you’ve ever been there at sunset, you know we have been blessed by God with heaven right here on earth.  Per Catholic Church social teaching, it is God’s will (among other priorities), that we keep earth heavenly! I can’t imagine heaven strewn with trash!  We are God’s creation.  Jesus died on the cross for us.  I believe the minor inconveniences of caring for His creation pale in comparison. 

Change Our Hearts This Time…

Pam Re, member of Friends of St. Francis

 

Caring for Creation is Pro-Life

Help us, Mary. Pray that your Son grants us the grace to build political, social, corporate, and scientific structures that respect the dignity of life. Help our leaders see beyond political convenience so that they may protect the wronged. Mother Mary, help the Church bring to international and local communities the desire to care for the indigenous, the emigrants, and the ecosystems that allow all life to flourish.

Help us, Mary. Pray that your Son grants us the grace to see the cost to all creation and all souls whenever we encounter those affected by a changed climate or by poisoned waters, land, and air. Mother Mary, help us to see the damage being done to ourselves and future generations whenever we watch from a distance the anguish of others.

Help us, Mary. Pray that your Son grants us the grace to suffer along with those that suffer. Help us to embrace outcasts. Help us to change our ways from selfish consumption to selfless sacrifice and self-restraint.

Change Our Hearts This Time