Friends of St Francis





Climate as a Common Good


 It is true that there are other factors (such as volcanic activity, variations in the earth’s orbit and axis, the solar cycle), yet a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity. As these gases build up in the atmosphere, they hamper the escape of heat produced by sunlight at the earth’s surface. The problem is aggravated by a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels, which is at the heart of the worldwide energy system. Another determining factor has been an increase in changed uses of the soil, principally deforestation for agricultural purposes. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 23.)

Did you know?

97% of climate scientists are convinced, based on the evidence, that human caused global warming is happening!!

What can I do? … Live the Laudato Si’ Pledge:

  • Pray for and with Creation
  • Live more simply
  • Advocate to protect our Common Home


“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events... Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”   Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 23

Did you know?
Pope Benedict made Vatican City the first carbon neutral country in the world in 2013.

How did it become carbon neutral? 
Pope Benedict approved a plan for enough solar panels to power the lighting, heating, and cooling of a portion of Vatican City and authorized the Vatican’s bank to purchase carbon credits by funding a Hungarian forest. As a result, Vatican City is the only country fully carbon neutral. 


Last Fall, 120 parishioners signed the Laudato Si pledge as requested by Pope Francis. 

This is a reminder of our pledge. Let us live up to our promise. All are invited to join us in these efforts



"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?  The question not only concerns the environment in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal.”     Pope Francis

We celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si.  How can we join the Pope in his efforts to care for the earth and all of its creations?      

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si is a worldwide wake up call to help humanity understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow man. While addressing the environment directly, the document’s scope is broader in many ways as it looks at not only man’s effect on the environment, but also the many philosophical, theological, and cultural causes that threaten the relationships of man to nature and man to each other in various circumstances.


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






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.




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