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            Things to Know and Do

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To Know: Parish Schedules and Calendars


To Do: 

  • DEEPEN YOUR FAITH:  JOIN ST. PATRICK’S FAITH FOCUS GROUP

    WHAT IS IT?
      The Faith Focus Group is a monthly discussion group guided by issues raised in Mathew Kelly’s Decision Point Curriculum.  Each meeting, participants will view a video and explore responses to discussion questions.  Kim Chmelik will act as discussion facilitator. (Kim is also using this curriculum as she teaches the St. Patrick Confirmation class.)

    WHO IS IT FOR? Everyone!  All adults are invited and encouraged to participate. Anyone can join at any time.

    WHEN DOES IT MEET?
      The Faith Focus Group usually meets on the First Sunday of each month, following 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Check our Facebook page for the date of the next meeting.  Meetings will take place in the Parish Hall classroom area and will last about an hour each time.

    WHY DO IT?  The Faith Focus Group is an opportunity to deepen our faith and enjoy getting to know our fellow parishioners better through our discussions.

    WHAT IF I CANNOT COME TO MEETINGS? You can access the curriculum online -- see below.  You may want to study it with another person or two.

  • DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION  ON THE OLD SOCIAL HALL? As we prepare to say goodbye to our old social hall, we are finding out some interesting things! Can you help us with information, pictures or stories about events that took place in that building?  We know plays were performed there but was it an area Opera House at one time?  Do you have information on the Catholic Order of Foresters? Was there a ‘court’ at St. Patrick?  Any information about these or anything else will be appreciated. Just contact the office.
  • Be sure to find out about St. Patrick's participation in the Archdiocese Rediscover Program.  For more information about the program, pick up a brochure in the Rediscover kiosk in the narthex or visit the program website at
    Rediscover-faith.org.

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Papal Encyclical on Climate Change Explained

  • From Catholic Advocacy Network, MN

    "The time to find global solutions is running out ... there is a clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act." – Pope Francis
     
    Last week Pope Francis released an encyclical that addresses the issue of climate change…and a lot more.  In the encyclical, Pope Francis offers moral guidance on the responsibility we all have to care for each other and care for God's creation.

    Background
         Entitled Laudato Sii (Praised Be You), the papal encyclical released Thursday, June 18, is taking its title from a recurring line in St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Sun” and is subtitled, "Sulla cura della casa comune" (On the care of the common home).      The themes of the encyclical should give us a lot to chew on, especially in relation to our:
                1. individual responsibility as a Christian to care for God's creation
                2. collective responsibility for creating principled public policy that supports good stewardship, human dignity, and the common good To dismiss this teaching document as merely a political statement is to ignore the central point, namely, that if you love God, you will love what He has created. 
        
    Papal encyclicals are authoritative, and are part of the authentic magisterium of the Roman Pontiff. According to Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (No. 25):       “[R]eligious submission of mind and will must be shown in a special way to the authentic magisterium of the Roman Pontiff, even when he is not speaking ex cathedra; that is, it must be shown in such a way that his supreme magisterium is acknowledged with reverence, the judgments made by him are sincerely adhered to, according to his manifest mind and will.”
     
    5 ENCYCLICAL THEMES
    Integral ecology: human ecology and natural ecology  Integral ecology means that "natural ecology"--the environment, our natural resources, the precious gift of Creation--is decidedly and inextricably linked to "human ecology"--how we respect and defend life, treat one another, regard the poor, structure our economic decisions and policy, mold and shape our society.
    Throwaway culture:  Society increasingly has an attitude of tossing aside anything and everyone we do not find useful. We are not only talking about how we weigh the merits of paper versus plastic, we are also talking about the unborn, the sick, and the elderly.
    Care for Creation We are called to care for and steward creation--a gift from God intended to nurture and sustain us and future generations, even as we cultivate it and rely on it. We have tilled too much and kept too little.
    Climate change  The loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing the devastating effects in terrible cataclysms from which the poor and vulnerable suffer most.
    Building a culture of solidarity and encounter In contrast to an economy of exclusion and a culture of waste, we need to collectively protect each other and the natural environment, re-examining our lifestyles and consumer choices.

   
 
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