Give a gift to the Earth

Creation Care Advent Litter Pilgrimage, Saturday, December 12, 10:00-11:30am, West 25th Street

As we prepare our hearts to receive the Christ child anew in our lives, let us work to renew our Earth as our gift to our neighborhood and parish families of Saint Malachi and Saint Patrick.

Share an hour or so of your time to pick up trash and recyclables in a designated area along West 25th Street, between Saint Malachi Parish and Franklin Boulevard. (Look here for detailed site descriptions).

Health precautions:

We will not gather as a group.  Instead, we ask that each person (or couple or small group) sign up for a specific location using the form below. This will help us keep everyone safely distanced.  We ask that everyone walk alone or with a small group of close friends or family. Trash bags, gloves, prayers to say during your pilgrimage, and instructions will be available at the designated check-in spot: 1505 West 25th Street (the north parking lot of the abandoned 8-unit CHMA building).

  • Sign up by December 11.
  • Check in on December 12.
  • Check out by leaving your filled trash and recycling bags with us.

Thank you for your care for our neighborhood and for all of God’s creation.

Click here to register for the Advent Litter Pilgrimage

About the Advent Litter Pilgrimage

During the Season of Creation this fall (September 1 – October 4, 2020), Pope Francis invited us to make time to renew, repair, and restore humanity’s broken relationship with God’s creation. In his ongoing call for a jubilee for planet Earth, the pope beckons us to restore our relationships with God the creator, with our sisters and brothers in our one human family, and with all of God’s creatures dwelling within our common home.

Pope Francis implores us to see that we humans are not separate from the rest of creation. As Genesis 9:15 reminds us, God’s covenant is not only with humans but with “every living creature.” The word “creation” itself evokes meanings that transcend artificial divides between the “human” and “nature.” “Creation” signals the truth of our interconnected reality.  When we use the word “creation” (instead of “eco” or “environment”), we demonstrate our humble self-awareness that we are part of the created order. Moreover, we recognize that our Creator is constantly working with us to redeem and sustain all of creation.

Why a pilgrimage?

As Christians, we are a community of pilgrims, on journey together towards life in all its fullness. The journey can be transformative—a way to discover ourselves anew in new relationships with God’s creation and with each other. As pilgrims, we walk together (safely distanced apart) and invite others along the way to journey with us for the healing and reconciliation of the suffering and brokenness of this world.

Practically speaking…

We will pick up several dozen garbage bags of trash and recyclables that would otherwise blow down the hill or down the storm drains and end up in our river and beautiful Lake Erie. Our great lake is the source of drinking water for 11 million people. Let’s do our part to protect her.

“Join the pilgrimage of justice and peace! Stand up for the creation that is threatened…[by] the dramatic effects of climate change. This is what eco-justice means.”

Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Aug. 26, 2015

Interested in learning more about Pope Francis’ call to care for God’s creation? Read about the St. Francis Pledge.

The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. To join the Covenant, you commit to act on each of the five elements of the St. Francis Pledge.

Closing prayer

Creator God, grant us the will to move forward on our pilgrimage to generate transformative changes in our hearts, our minds, our parishes, our neighborhood, and our world. Guide and inspire us so that our pilgrimage will open us to one another through dynamic and considerate interaction, joining together for the care of Your amazing creation that fills us with wonder and awe. God of life, lead us to be living instruments of Your justice, Your peace, and Your renewal of all creation. Amen.

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements, and talents.” 

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ , par. 14

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