The Laudato Si is a letter from Pope Francis to everyone on the planet urging all of us to protect the earth; our common home. The earth is God's gift to us, full of beauty and wonder, where the fruits of the earth belong to everyone.
This term the children have all heard and retold both Creation stories in Genesis 1 and 2 and have thought about what these stories teach us about God and how we should live our lives. This academic year, we have decided to work together to care for our common home and will be updating this page regularly with the work the children are completing in school. Keep checking regularly!
Children in all classes have been thinking about their actions and how they can make changes to have a positive effect on our environment.
As a school, we have also made some changes…
Did you know about Meat-free Wednesday at Holy Cross?
To produce 1 kg of beef it takes 12kg of grain meaning anyone eating meat every day may be consuming a disproportionate amount of the world’s available nutrients. Approximately 800 million people on the planet suffer from hunger or malnutrition, yet the amount of cereal which could feed three times this number of people - is fed to cattle, pigs and chickens.
Therefore, school lunch will be vegetarian on Wednesdays from now. Why don’t you join in at home too, by choosing a day a week to go vegetarian?
Laudato Si Week: 16-24 May
Laudato Si’ Week honours the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for our common home. The theme of the week is “everything is connected.” This week launches a year-long journey of transformation, as we grow through the crisis of the current moment by praying, reflecting, and preparing together for a better world to come tomorrow.
Following Pope Francis’ invitation to join Laudato Si’ Week, Catholics everywhere will reflect and prepare for action 16-24 May. We’ll put our preparation into action during the Season of Creation this September, when Pope Francis has invited Catholics to pray and act for our common home. See https://laudatosiweek.org/
Pope Francis recorded a video message, in which he addresses Catholic communities around the world. “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children who are growing up?" Pope Francis asks. “Motivated by this question”, he says, “I would like to invite you to participate in Laudato Si' Week from 16-24 May 2020. Laudato si’ Week website.
Laudato Si Homework
This week, your homework is linked to the Laudato Si which is the name of the letter Pope Francis wrote to inspire us to care for our common home.
Click here for some videos which explain a little more!
Your challenge is to design a poster encouraging others to do deeds for our planet. Maybe your poster will encourage people to recycle; perhaps it will focus on getting people to leave their cars behind and cycle or walk; or maybe it will remind us to switch off lights as we leave the room! Remember it’s all of the little things that add up to make change!
Please hand your posters to Ms Emmanuel when they are complete.
5 Year Anniversary of Laudato Si
In 2020, we honour five years since Pope Francis brought to the world his prophetic encyclical, Laudato Si’, in which he cries out to each one of us to change our ways, to become guardians of creation and to lead the way in caring for our common home.
How has the Church responded?
As people of faith, it is our duty to lead the way to change. The Church in England & Wales is doing this. In 2016 two Catholic buying groups combined: the northern energy buying group, run by the Catholic Mutual Interdiocesan Fuel Management, and the southern energy buying group, run by Churchmarketplace. The size of the group meant that the cost of green energy was slashed. Overnight, all 3000 sites switched from brown energy to 100% renewable electricity.
On this important anniversary, we wanted to share with you the tremendous work that has been done to bring us to the point where nearly all the parishes in England & Wales, and in the Diocese of Westminster, are using green energy, including green gas.