Laudato si' Circle at St. Ignatius Parish

Laudato si' Circle is a ministry where small groups of people meet regularly to deepen their relationship with God as creator and all members of creation. We are participating in the Global Catholic Climate Movement through prayer, reflection, and actions, using Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato si', as our guiding document.

This ministry works to connect ourselves and others to messages in Pope Francis's Encyclical on the Environment. We meet to discuss ways to incorporate this important Catholic social teaching into our everyday lives, and to understand that the Pope is asking us to take concrete action.

We feel deeply connected to all things in God's creation and we hear the cry of the earth and the poor, because the poor are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and pollution. We also feel and recognize our interconnectedness to all the creatures and plants in the world and see the difficulty living things have in enduring and surviving due to human exploitation of the world's most precious and finite resources and ecosystems.  We recognize ecosystem collapses are happening all around the world, and we strive to protect our world from further disaster, pain, and suffering. Despair is not where we want to reside, so through this ministry, we yearn to unite in love and action with others to protect our Earth, this creation God has given us.

Our work is accomplished by meeting together to:

PRAY - Prayer for courage, wisdom, strength to protect and live sustainably in creation

REFLECT - Reflection on participants' ongoing process of ecological conversion, particularly as it relates to issues of simplicity and consumption

ACT - Group Action, such as local community engagement and activism through greening of church facilities, participation in Season of Creation celebrations, tree planting, beach clean ups, support of public policy that reflects our values to protect and sustain life on earth, and more.

Want to get involved? Join us on most Sundays at 12:15pm. Check the newsletter and homepage, as well as below, for upcoming dates.


NEXT EVENT: Season of Creation

September 1- October 3

Soon, we'll be entering the liturgical Season of Creation, a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

To mark this time, we'll be celebrating our common home and seeking ways to care for it in Mass and through collective action. Here are three ways you can take part:

  • Get involved in the Break Free From Plastics campaign and then join other parishioners in getting outside to do your  neighborhood clean up on September 18th in coordination with the California Coastal Clean up Day
  • Get involved in Protecting Water and Climate by helping to Stop Line 3 and keep fossil fuel infrastructure from being built.  
  • We encourage every parishioner to please take the St. Francis Pledge

VIDEO: Laudato si at Hospitality Hour:



Laudato Si' Community Contemplations on Thursday mornings with Global Catholic Climate Movement

Kiss the Ground

True Cost (on Netflix or buy):

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet  

Season of Creation: Ocean Video

Pope Video on Water

Pope Video on Oceans

What is the most eco-friendly toilet paper?

CAFOD video

Frontline: Plastic Wars

Watch the Archbishop’s resources and see if you can spot Father Coleman!

Parishioner Mary Klipp’s Secret Life of Trashing: A Creation Care Story

St. Ignatius: Laudato Si and Trees


Full Version of Laudato Si

Fact Sheet: Waste in America

Upcycling and Downcycling

Reading about water

Read more about EcoFriendly paper

Read about Environmental Justice

Read about the father of Environmental Justice



Recycling Podcast

Matter of Degrees Podcast

How to Save a Planet Podcast


Take action on plastic

Cook Bean and lentil soup recipes:

Gimme Some Oven

World of Vegan

Protect water

Get involved with Friends of the Urban Forest

Donate to the Arbor Day Foundation

Actions to protect water

Do an EcoExamen

Become a Laudato Si Animator


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