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Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI Weighs in on Climate Crisis & Wall Street March 19th, 2021

Reading the writing on the wall’: why Wall Street is acting on the climate crisis

“They are getting pushed by the customer, by the science, by the general public.” — Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI

Wildfires burned nearly 10.4m acres across the US last year. The most costly thunderstorm in US history caused $7.5bn in damage across Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. As the climate crisis swept the globe on a biblical scale it left in its wake a record number of billion-dollar disasters.

And yet out of these ashes has emerged an unlikely savior: Wall Street. After decades of backing polluters and opposing legislation to rein them in, finance says it’s going green.

Read the full article.


STATIONS OF THE CROSS/CARE OF CREATION March 16th, 2021

We gather in the mystery and depth of the cross, the intersection of life and love, of pain and perseverance, of injustice and determination, of tenderness and solidarity, of Ongoing Care and Co-Creation. (+).

We invite you to join us for the Stations of the Cross under the Care of Creation theme. This resource was created by Fr. Jack Lau, OMI, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oakland CA

Download Stations of the Cross/Care of Creation. (Some text adapted for parish use)

Join Sacred Heart parish every Friday during the season of Lent for Stations of the Cross livestreamed through Zoom. Visit the Parish’s website for more information.

 


Lent 2021: A Journey of Hope February 26th, 2021

Reflect, Repent & Renew. Together

Lent is a time of preparation for Easter and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery. During this time of fasting and renewal, we will embark upon a journey of ecological conversion through reflection, repentance, and renewal. Together.

By committing to concrete changes through fasting and lifestyle changes, we will live more in solidarity with our Earth and each other and inspire our sisters and brothers to join this conversion process.

Visit the Global Catholic Climate’s website to join #LaudatoSiLent and for ways to download resources.

 


Project Grace: A Concrete Response to the Pandemic February 17th, 2021

From a very small start, Oblates at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Manila, Philippines have grown a hands-on ministry that is making an impact on the rise of hunger among the poor during the pandemic. It’s called, “Project Grace” and this engaging 12-minute video which has been seen around the world documents this important work being done by the Oblates.


Oblate Presence and Solidarity with Native Americans in Minnesota Pipeline Controversy January 27th, 2021

(Republished from OMIUSA.org)
(Thanks to Fr. John Cox, OMI and Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI)
 
In December of 2020, construction on a replacement pipeline began in Northern Minnesota in spite of protests from environmentalists and Native American groups whose land is crossed by the pipeline. A description of the pipeline was found on the Minnesota Government website:

“According to the owner, Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, the purpose of the Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project is to replace the Minnesota portion of the existing Line 3 pipeline (built in the 1960s)  to: 1) address known integrity risks, 2) reduce apportionment due to decreased transport capacity related to integrity issues, and 3) restore flexibility to the Enbridge Mainline System for more efficient operation. The new Line 3 pipeline would have an annual average capacity of 760,000 barrels per day and would serve the same markets and transport the same products as the existing Line 3 pipeline.

Operationally, the new Line 3 pipeline would continue to transport crude from Canada to the Enbridge terminal facility in Clearbrook for subsequent delivery to Minnesota refineries via interconnected pipeline facilities operated by Minnesota Pipeline Company, and would deliver crude oil to the Superior Wisconsin terminal for subsequent delivery on the Enbridge Mainline System to refineries in the Midwest, Eastern Canada, and the Gulf Coast.”

Visit OMIUSA.org to read the full story.

 


OMI Webinar No 3: “Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance from Laudato Si” January 21st, 2021

Input talk by – Joe Gunn – Executive Director Centre Oblat – A Voice for Justice

With a video presentation about “Project GRACE” at the Oblate parish of Our Lady of Grace in the Philippines.

Registration link:  bit.ly/3hn0aPm

Date and Time –  January 23, 2021
10:30 AM – EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST)
  7:30 AM – PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (PST)
  4:30 PM – CENTRAL EUROPEAN TIME (CEST)
  9:00 PM – INDIA / SRI LANKA
11:30 PM – THE PHILIPPINES

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