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WEBINAR: “Looking for new forms of dialogue in Laudato Si” (LS 14) October 19th, 2020

Following our meetings for Laudato Si, the OMI Central Government
invites you to the Webinar:

Link: bit.ly/2T28hW7
Meeting ID: 883 5984 5648
Passcode: omiwebinar


Our Global Biodiversity Crisis – What You Can Do October 16th, 2020

Submitted by Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, director, La Vista Ecological Learning Center


The loss of biodiversity on our planet is even more urgent than the climate crisis but less well-known, putting people, wildlife, and future generations at risk.  Scientists report that one million species are in danger of extinction in the coming decades. Urgent action needs to be taken now to reverse the massive loss of plants, insects, and other creatures we depend on for a stable climate, sustainable food supplies and essential pollination services. 

All of us can help by participating in Citizen Science Projects right in our local areas.  Projects include observing wildlife, measuring night sky brightness, monitoring water quality, counting birds, monitoring bird nests, and many more. Visit the National Geographic website to get ideas.  You will be working with thousands of other volunteers and scientists to gather and share important data to a global database.

Visit the National Geographic website to participate.

Photos courtesy, Unsplash.

 


Upcoming Webinar: Faith Speaks to UN75 October 15th, 2020

In observance of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, join Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and members of the Committee of Religious NGOs  in a webinar, Faith Speaks to UN75, scheduled to take place onWednesday October 21, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.(New York time) and facilitated via Zoom.  Discussions will center on the need to continue working together through partnerships and strengthened collaboration among faith-based organizations and civil society in general, national governments, the international community, the private sector and other actors.

Please register by October 20th via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu2uqD4uEtWStFEaMfMn1TeZJaAes3vZ.

 


2020 U.S. Election Briefs: Faithful Voting and Global Concerns October 9th, 2020

The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns offers a series of two-page briefs and webinars on global issues to help people of faith consider key issues as they prepare for the 2020 U.S. elections. 

Helpful Resource for Upcoming U.S. Elections


NGO Declaration on the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations September 9th, 2020

COVID-19 Recovery: Building Back Better 

Fr. Daniel LeBlanc, OMI Reports

The Conference of Non-governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) is an independent, international association facilitating the participation of NGOs at the United Nations. Fr. Daniel LeBlanc, OMI represents Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the United Nations. 

Fearing attention is focused on the global health crisis, while efforts to address the ongoing climate crisis, achieve sustainable development and gender equality, protect human rights and promote peace are being neglected, CoNGO recently issued a statement on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the UN.

Read the NGO statement here.

 


Laudato Si Put Into Action at Sacred Heart Parish August 31st, 2020

We join the global ecumenical family in prayer and action for the Season of Creation which begins on September 1. We are also inspired by Fr. Jack Lau, OMI’s efforts to turn Pope Francis’ Laudato Si message into concrete action at Sacred Heart Parish, Oakland, CA.

Years ago gardens were built for St. Martin’s de Porres School (now a Mandarin immersion charter school). But the gardens were recently abandoned and when the school switched to virtual learning earlier this year, Fr. Jack, with help from a parishioner,  got to work reviving the gardens.

Here is a before photo.

Fr. Jack recently completed training to become a Laudato Si Animator and with proper care and attention, the garden is already producing a bounty of vegetables.

Although churches remain closed in the California Bay area, Sacred Heart Parish hosts Sunday zoom Masses and drive-thru communion.

Immediately after Mass and drive-thru communion, fresh vegetables from the now flourishing gardens are available for parishioners who may have been laid off or otherwise in need. As a multicultural parish, some parishioners have enjoyed touring the gardens just to remind themselves of gardening back in the Philippines, Vietnam or Nigeria.

This past Sunday, Fr. Jack as usual picked what vegetables were ready to share with the parish after Mass and before drive through communion. Parishioners then brought in vegetables from their own gardens, day old bread and fruit for sharing as well.  A beautiful synergy is taking place!

Like many of us, throughout the month of September Sacred Heart Parish joins in acknowledging and celebrating “the Season of Creation.”

WANT TO BECOME INVOLVED?

From September 1 to October 4, participate with Christians around the world in a celebration of restoration and hope to heal our relationships with creation and with each other. Learn about and participate in events by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/JoinSOC2020

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