Creation Care


The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration (September 1 – October 4) to listen and respond
together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our
common home. We are co-creatures, and part of all that God has made. Our wellbeing is interwoven with the
wellbeing of the Earth. We rejoice in this opportunity to safeguard our common home and all beings who
share it. This year, the theme for the season is Listen to the Voice of Creation.



Notre Dame Parish is committed to caring for God’s gift of creation.
As a parish we are:
~programing thermostats to energy efficient settings & turning off lights
~using compostable plates & plastic ware
~encouraging electronic donations & using email where possible
~participating in the West Essex Ministerial Association Green Team
~utilizing new energy efficient air conditioning in the parish center
~installing energy efficient lighting throughout parish center and church
To involve our parishioners, we will be:
~adding a “Creation Care” section in the bulletin to educate & share practical tips we can implement in our daily lives
~sponsoring programs and speakers to educate and engage the parish and the community at large
~increasing awareness for Youth Ministry, all families and children
~creating a “Creation Care Team”
~continuing to look for new ways to help in the climate crisis


Pope Francis called upon all people of the earth to confront the environmental crisis in his Papal Letter: Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home. 
If you would like to read Pope Francis’ Papal Letter: Papal Letter Laudato Si' 


“If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder,if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world,
our attitude will be that of masters,
consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.” Pope Francis