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This week, "Plastic Free July Prayer" begins with a prayer by Catherine from Iona Presentation College, asking for strength to protect the environment. It encourages participation in Plastic Free July by reducing personal plastic use. The Plastics Taskforce of the Dorothy Stang Initiative focuses on eliminating plastic bags through advocacy, highlighting their environmental impact. It suggests personal and professional actions to reduce plastic use and stresses the need for corporate and political support for large-scale change. Contact information for the Plastics Taskforce at [email protected].

The article "Prayer: Make a Positive Impact" by CRS features a prayer for wisdom, justice, and compassion. It highlights LCWR's virtual prayer events for the national elections, Beyond Plastics' campaign against false claims, and updates from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Immigration Taskforce. It calls for advocacy on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act and provides USCCB resources urging Catholics to engage in political life as part of their faith.

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the High-Level Political Forum 2024

Join the High-Level Political Forum 2024 on Sustainable Development from July 8-17, focusing on key SDGs. Learn how the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from six countries, including Brazil and Zimbabwe, contribute to global progress through dedicated training and advocacy.

We continue Plastic Free July with a heartfelt prayer and practical insights on reducing plastic use. Darcy, Year 7 at Iona Presentation College, shares a beautiful prayer thanking God for the natural world and asking for strength to strive for sustainability. Explore the impact of plastics on our health and environment, and learn actionable steps to minimize plastic use in your personal and professional life. From eliminating single-use plastics to advocating for larger-scale changes, discover how you can make a difference. Contact the Plastics Taskforce at [email protected] for more information.

July 14 is Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Discover the significance of July 14, the Feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint and patroness of Native Americans, the environment, and ecology. Explore her story and join in a special prayer from Franciscan Media. Also, delve into critical discussions on the plastic crisis in TIME Magazine, navigate political information sources during this election season, and access new resources from the USCCB on faithful citizenship. Learn more about responsible citizenship and participation in political life as a Catholic virtue.

Join us in celebrating Plastic Free July with a heartfelt prayer and practical tips for reducing plastic use. This inspiring piece from Iona Presentation College encourages gratitude for God's natural gifts and empowers us to protect our planet. Explore the importance of rethinking our plastic consumption habits, understand the limitations of recycling, and discover actionable steps for personal and professional change. Embrace alternatives to single-use plastics and contribute to a sustainable future. Together, we can make a difference. Read more and get involved with the Plastics Taskforce by emailing [email protected].

Discover the latest updates on justice, peace, and care for creation in this weekly newsletter. Includes a powerful prayer by Woodrow Wilson, insights on a controversial Supreme Court ruling, and resources for faithful citizenship. Stay informed and take action to uphold democracy and ethical governance.

Join the Plastic Free July movement with a heartfelt prayer from Matilda, age 10, of Iona Presentation College. Learn how you can contribute to reducing plastic pollution through personal, professional, and global actions. Discover tips and take the Plastic Free July Challenge to make a significant impact. Take action today and be part of the change for a plastic-free world! Our own Plastics Taskforce is working on actions and solutions. Email us at [email protected].

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Explore the compassionate prayer for those struggling without necessities in the intense summer heat and learn about recent actions and educational resources. Discover the latest immigration policy changes, support for Native communities, and updates on voting rights initiatives and resources. Stay informed and inspired to take action for justice and democracy.

A child carrying a rugged bag with background of people who are displaced

This update calls for prayers for migrants affected by border closures and informs readers about the Biden Administration's restrictive asylum policies, urging them to contact the White House. It promotes a plastic-free kitchen initiative, invites volunteers to the World Refugee Day Celebration by Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, and encourages non-partisan voter registration.

Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 17-23! Did you know that 75% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators? Without them, many of our crops would simply vanish! Join us in raising awareness and taking action to protect these vital creatures Learn how you can help.

A child carrying a rugged bag with background of people who are displaced

This update calls for prayers for migrants affected by border closures and informs readers about the Biden Administration's restrictive asylum policies, urging them to contact the White House. It promotes a plastic-free kitchen initiative, invites volunteers to the World Refugee Day Celebration by Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, and encourages non-partisan voter registration.

This booklet, A Mission Forward: Life and Spirituality of St. Julie Billiart, is our newest version of the life and spirituality of St. Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Created for our lay partners in mission, it tells the founding story of the congregation and the spirituality in which it is rooted. St. Julie is an inspiration for us all as we continue to carry her mission forward into our world today.

God of blessings, the universe sings of your glory. Deepen our gratitude for all you have made and awaken in us a renewed commitment to care for the earth and each other.

Today is the United Nations World Environment Day. The 2024 theme is land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience.

Most of us want to be in control of our lives, of our family, our jobs, our health – everything, especially when our loved ones are suffering in some way. No one likes to be powerless and yet, that’s what we are! Let’s face it – God is God and we are not!

Reflect on Memorial Day with Mary Cummins Wlodarski’s poignant message about honoring the dead and valuing the living. Stay informed and take action on critical issues like green energy subsidies and protecting Indigenous lands. Engage with educational events on civil rights, racial justice, and environmental restoration. Get involved in democracy by encouraging voter participation and exploring new resources on faithful citizenship from the USCCB. Join us in working for peace, justice, and a sustainable future.

Are you passionate about Care for Creation and eager to share your insights? Your Little Bit of Good, the blog of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Care for Creation, is seeking guest writers! We publish thought-provoking posts every Friday, and we're looking for contributors who can inspire and inform our community on topics related to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and ecological justice. Join us in making a positive impact through the power of words!

This week, we joined with the Church to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week. Coinciding with Pentecost, we are called to unite in community and reflect on the urgent message of Laudato Si’. Pope Francis’ encyclical highlights the pressing need for both personal and cultural transformation in the face of our ecological and climate crises. As we observe this week, we are reminded of our collective responsibility to nurture hope and take action for our "suffering planet" (Laudato Si' 2).

Laudato Si’ Week begins on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. The 2024 theme is “Seeds of Hope.” Hope in the light of the climate crisis and the health of our planet is often hard to come by. There seems no end to the battlefronts. Sometimes it is overwhelming. But when I think of the act of planting seeds, it seems to be achievable.

In a recent, routine survey and inventory of artifacts stored in the drawers of the Ohio Province Museum, a cache of glass plate lantern slides was re-discovered.

Laudato Si’ Week begins on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. The 2024 theme is “Seeds of Hope.” Hope in the light of the climate crisis and the health of our planet is often hard to come by. In fact, that’s one of the reasons you haven’t seen a YLBG since Easter. There seems no end to the battlefronts. Sometimes it is overwhelming. But when I think of the act of planting seeds, it seems to be achievable.

The Franciscan Action Network’s newsletter this week focuses on the Feast of the Ascension and the question, “What is ours to do?”

On behalf of Queen City Book Bank, we are collecting new or gently used book donations (age pre-K through 6th grade). They are especially in need of books that include diverse characters and experiences.