Celebrate Water by attending a special screening of "Beyond the Mirage"

You are cordially invited to a Mercy2Earth Weekend Event:


on Friday evening April 21st at 6:30 pm
at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish
 1800 S Kolb Rd, Tucson AZ

The Care for Creation Initiative
 of Our Mother
of Sorrows Parish
present its final film in our “Water Series” by hosting a special screening of the award-winning documentary film:

Beyond the Mirage
The Future of Water
in the West

 Friday evening April 21 at 6:30 pm

Following the 1-hour film, two U of A scientists who appear in it will give us a brief  update on the current western water situation and also share some thoughts about  how water and environmental concerns relate to their personal faith perspectives.

Beyond the Mirage vividly tells the story of how Arizona and our neighboring western states are closely  bound together by water. The film “stands as both witness to the enormous challenges for water in the West, and testament to the resolve of those seeking a way forward” in the wake of a 17-year droughtLearn more at beyondthemirage.org

The film will be preceded by an optional potluck. Meatless (vegetarian/vegan) offerings are encouraged. (If you like, bring your own plate and cup to reduce waste.)

 Everyone is welcome & invited to attend, 
 or not you bring a dish for the potluck.

If you do bring a dish, please bring your food to the PAC dining room (Building #7) by 6:00-6:15 pm to allow time for serving & seating before the film begins.

The program will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

For more information
contact Katie Hirschboeck at:  clc@omosclc.org



May we protect and take greater care
of God's gift to us!

Lent 2017 Caring for God's Creation Calendar for Tucson

Click HERE for a PDF of the calendar with active links!

Recommended Lenten reading:
(read it again if you've read it already!)
Laudato Si'
On Care our Common Home

    Laudato Si’ Week Events in Tucson
  June 12-19

June 12th to 19th  is “LAUDATO SI’ WEEK”
and communities around the world will be commemorating the one-year anniversary of release of Pope Francis’ encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home.”

 To learn what's going on around the world, visit the
  Global Catholic Climate Movement's 
where you will find many resources and can sign up for free online conferences that will cover five key sections of the encyclical.

 Here in TUCSON there are a number of events as follows:          

Sunday June 12:  HOUR OF PRAYER
An Hour of Prayer will take place  at Tucson's Benedictine Monastery 800 N Country Club Rd  from 2:00 - 3:00 pm on Sunday June 12.  You are invited to spend some silent time in prayer and reflect on passages from the encyclical in the cool and quiet of the monastery's beautiful church.

ONLINE PRAYER:  For those not able to attend the Prayer Hour in person, here are some resources to guide your prayer which you may do at a time you set aside today -- or any day this week:

  • A simple 2-page Quote Booklet for reflection during the Hour of Prayer is available HERE.  
  • To read or explore the Laudato Si' Encyclical yourself, go HERE  
  • An excellent Reader's Guide to Laudato Si' by Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ. is available HERE
  • Watch the beautifully filmed and thought-provoking film HOME (1.5 hrs)  available HERE and pray about its opening challenge: "Listen carefully to this extraordinary story, which is yours, and decide what you want to do about it."  (Note: For a shorter meditation, watch the final 17 minutes of the film beginning at ~1:15:30)

A visit to the ReCommunity Recycling Facility at 3780 E Ajo Way will take place on Tuesday June 14 from 11:30 am  - 1:30 pm.  The visit to this MRF (material recovery facility) will open our eyes to ways we can address what Pope Francis’ calls our “throwaway culture.” The ReCommunity Recycling Facility tour is open to adults and families with school-age children but space is limited and advance registration is required ( no later than noon Monday June 13th). To register to attend the ReCommunity tour, please email Katie Hirschboeck at: clc@omosclc.org.

Wednesday June 15th:
Time to Choose"
 a film that 
 explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available.  (NOTE:  This is not an "official "part of our sponsored Laudato Si' Week activities however the film is related to various issues addressed in the encyclical.) The film is being shown at  The Loft Cinema3233 E. Speedway @ 7:30 p.m  Cost: $9.50 general admission (a panel discussion with local experts will follow the screening)  Read about the film in the AZ Daily Star: 
Climate-change documentary 'Time to Choose' is urgent,hopeful plea

 Saturday June 18
June 18 marks the One-Year Anniversary of the release of Laudato Si'.   You are invited to commemorate it in a special way of your own design. Here are some ideas and suggestions:

  •  This Saturday we will experience record-breaking hot temperatures in Arizona!  Spending some time outdoors in this heat (please be safe) would be one way to grow in empathy and compassion for those around the world living in environments in which they have no means of escaping warming temperatures as climate change progresses. Pray in solidarity with them as you reflect on this challenge from Pope Francis in Chapter 1 of the Laudato Si':  

     . . .
    become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it. [Ch 1,19]
  • Alternatively (and more safely) you may spend some silent time in prayer in gratitude for the gift of Creation and in solidarity for the "Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor" inside  -- for example in the cool and quiet of the Benedictine Monastery's beautiful church at 800 N Country Club Rd.

    There is no set hour on this day for your Laudato Si' Prayer so do this whenever you can fit it in on this Father's Day weekend:

    Creation has  to do with God's loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. . . . creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion.   [Ch 2,76]

    Every creature is thus the object of the Father's tenderness, which gives it its place in the world.
    [Ch 2, 77]
  • READ THE "BOOK OF NATURE": If you can get into the cooler temperatures of higher elevations, spend more time outdoors and truly appreciate God's gift of the "Book of Nature"

    God has written a precious book, "whose letters are the multitude of created things present in the universe." . . " [Ch 2, 85 - quoting St. Pope John Paul II]

    "From panoramic vistas to the tiniest living form, nature is a constant source of wonder and awe.  It is also a continuing revelation of the divine"  [Ch 2, 85, quoting the Canadian Bishops Conference]
  • BE CREATIVE!!  Make a sketch, paint a picture, take a photograph, construct an art object, write a poem or short story, sing a song  . . do something that tells the story of an aspect of  Laudato Si' that speaks to you personally.  This is your act of creation to join with the wonders of God's creation!  Share it with someone 
    Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize that the solutions will not emerge from just one way of interpreting and transforming reality. Respect must also be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples, their art and poetry, their interior life and spirituality. If we are truly concerned to develop an ecology capable of remedying the damage we have done, no branch of the sciences and no form of wisdom can be left out, and that includes religion and the language particular to it. [ Ch 2, 63]
  • ONLINE PRAYER:  For those not able to attend the Prayer Hour in person, here are some resources to guide your prayer which you may do at a time you set aside today -- or any day this week:
  • A simple 2-page Quote Booklet for reflection during the Hour of Prayer is available HERE.
  • To read or explore the Laudato Si' Encyclical yourself, go HERE 
  • An excellent Reader's Guide to Laudato Si' by Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ. is available HERE
  • Watch the beautifully filmed and thought-provoking film HOME (1.5 hrs)  available HERE and pray about its opening challenge: "Listen carefully to this extraordinary story, which is yours, and decide what you want to do about it."  (Note: For a shorter meditation, watch the final 17 minutes of the film beginning at ~1:15:30)
  • In these recorded webinar sessions, noted theologians, scientists, clergy, laypeople, and interfaith leaders from around the globe talk about what the Pope's encyclical has meant to them and how they think it has influenced dialogue throughout the world on care for creation.  The remarks by each of the panelists about Laudato Si' are short, clear and very moving.
    Catholic Climate Covenant: 
     The St. Francis PledgeGlobal Catholic Climate Movement:  Should We Take action?

Sunday June 19: PUBLIC TALK"
THE FRANCIS EFFECT: How the views of Americans -- and others -- shifted after the release of the Pope’s encyclical and visit to the U.S."
  To take place on Sunday June 19  from 1:30 - 3 pm at Our Mother of Sorrows Parish Activity Center Auditorium 1800 S Kolb Rd.   presented by Catholic Climate Ambassador Katie Hirschboeck   A Discussion after the talk on Deepening Our Roots and Branching Out”  will address ways we can work together as a community to deepen and broaden our response to the Pope’s call to ‘Care for Our Common Home.' 
We will close with prayer.
These events are sponsored by the Our Mother of Sorrows Care for Creation Initiative and all are invited.   The ReCommunity Recycling Facility tour is open to families with school-age children but space is limited and advance registration by noon on Monday June 13th is required.   To register for the ReCommunity tour, please email Katie at: clc@omosclc.org

 To ask questions about any of the above, please email Katie Hirschboeck at: clc@omosclc.org .