Archdiocese of Washington's Laudato Si' Action Plan

In the five years since Laudato Si’ was released, many dioceses, parishes, parish schools, religious communities and families have embraced the call of integral ecology so that the earth is protected for future generations. However, there is still much work to be done to protect our common home, the earth!

Cardinal Gregory has announced the Archdiocese of Washington's Laudato Si' Action Plan which may be downloaded from the ADW website here.

The special Mass in which Cardinal Gregory announces the ADW's Action plan may be viewed here

Practical Suggestions

for ways in which individuals and parishes can participate in the archdiocese's implementation of Laudato Si'.Action Plan for Laudato Si 

Part 1 of 7 "Response to the Cry of the Earth"

Part 2 of 7 "Response to the Cry of the Poor and Vulnerable"

Part 3 of 7 "Ecological Economics"

Sign the Catholic Climate Petition as an individual

The Catholic Climate Covenant invites you to join your voice with thousands of individuals signing this climate action petition across the U.S. Catholic community as a faith-filled appeal to President Biden and the U.S. Congress, to work beyond partisanship and create climate solutions to care for present and future generations and our common home.  More information can be found on the Catholic Climate Covenant's website here.  To sign the petition click here

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Archdiocese of Washington Programs/Notices

Resources from ADW Dept of Special Needs for Mental Illness 

Mental illness is unique among other illnesses in that the treatment usually is dependent upon some type of human relationship. Persons seeking treatment will need to speak with a therapist, spiritual leader, and doctor about personal matters. Effective treatment for mental illness goes beyond the need for medication; it also includes addressing psychological issues, social networks and matters of faith and spirituality. Therefore, it is important that attention be paid to language and cultural issues that may enhance or hinder treatment. Mental illness is viewed differently in different cultures. Some cultures focus on the biology of illness; other cultures may believe that mental illness is the result of a lack of harmony with nature, separation from God, exposure to an evil spirit, punishment for past sins, etc. Knowledge of those beliefs will greatly improve the likelihood of effectively reaching out to those individuals who are from a different culture.  Click link below for more information

https://adw.org/living-the-faith/special-needs/mental-illness/

Support a Parish in Need 

At a time when the coronavirus shutdown of public Masses has impacted the offertory collections vital to parish operations, Archbishop Wilton Gregory has launched a parish support initiative to help Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington make online donations directly to their parishes:

https://adw.org/ways-to-give/support-a-parish-in-need-today/

Suspicious Emails and IT Reminder 

We have received calls and emails about fraudulent emails being received by people from a spam account using Archbishop Gregory’s or other priests’ names. Please note that the archbishop will not communicate a need for assistance in this way. Any legitimate email from the Archdiocese will end in “@adw.org” 

Please be diligent in not responding to suspicious emails

USCCB Programs/Notices

Petition Against Federal Executions 

The federal government has resumed federal executions for the first time in 17 years. The U.S. Catholic bishops have expressed their opposition to the death penalty for decades and have raised objections several times since the new federal executions were announced.

Please consider raising your voice against these executions.

Click this link to take action now!

https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/Campaigns/75878/Respond