May 24th Global Prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si'


(The Vatican is inviting all of us to pray this prayer on May 24th  
at noon local time, everywhere in the world)

Register your participation
and get a colorful, downloadable prayer card HERE

Loving God,

Creator of heaven and earth and all that is in them, You created us in your own image and made us stewards of all your creation.
You blessed us with the sun, water and bountiful land so that all might be nourished.

Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we may attend to your gift of creation.
Help us to be conscious that our common home belongs not only to us, but to all of your creatures and to all future generations, and that it is our responsibility to preserve it.
May we help each person secure the food and resources that they need.

Be present to those in need in these trying times, especially the poorest and those most at risk of being left behind.
Transform our fear and feelings of isolation into hope and fraternity so that we may experience a true conversion of the heart.

Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the consequences of this global pandemic.
Make us courageous to embrace the changes that are needed in search of the common good.
Now more than ever may we feel that we are all interconnected and interdependent.
Enable us to listen and respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
May the present sufferings be the birth pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

Under the loving gaze of Mary, Help of Christians, we make this prayer through Christ
our Lord.

Amen +

Laudato Si' Week is HERE!

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is sponsoring a WEEK of activities for

Click below to view the recording of Part I of the
opening retreat offered on May 16th:
Laudato Si' Retreat:
An Introductory Immersion!

To participate in Part II of the Retreat in "real time"
on Sunday morning MAY 17th,

and see what other online activities are
being offered free over the next 7 days,
register by


Looking for a short  overview of
what Laudato Si' is about?  view this video:

On Care for Our Common Home Introduction
and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

What does Laudato Si' mean?

Laudato Si' Week begins this Saturday
(May 16-24)
An invitation to Laudato Si' Week from Pope Francis

as part of Laudato Si' Week,
we're exploring Pope Francis' Encyclical
by asking questions:


What do the words
Laudato Si' 
actually mean?

Pope Francis’ encyclical is titled
 “Laudato Si’ - On Care for Our Common Home
and begins with
the following paragraph:

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.   [#1]

By tradition, papal encyclicals (circular letters) are usually written in Latin and the title of the encyclical is usually taken from its first few words. So when Laudato Si’ was released nearly 5 years ago in 2015, many assumed that the opening phrase:  “Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” was Latin, translated as “Praise be to you Lord”. However, the phrase  “Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” is actually a phrase in an Italian dialect (Umbiran) used in the 13th century by Saint Francis in his "Canticle of the Sun".

Pope Francis began his letter with a quote from Saint Francis!
What a fitting beginning for a document
"addressed to all people of good will"

Today, to prepare for Laudato Si' Week,
you are invited to:

 "The Canticle of the Sun".

LAUDATO SI' WEEK is coming soon!

 On April 22, 2020 the world celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Now . .  get ready for:

  (May 16 -24)

an entire week to commemorate
 the 5-year anniversary of Pope Francis’
 “Letter to the Whole World” titled:
Laudato Si: On Care
for Our Common Home


of Laudato Si' Week
we'll address some questions:

What does the phrase
Laudato Si'

actually mean?

Why did the Pope address
 his encyclical letter
'to the whole world'
  – not just Catholics?

What's in it?
 (in 5 minutes or less!)

Where can I read Laudato Si' ?

What does the Pope's message mean for me?  
for my family, my community
 . . .  and beyond?

Look for answers to the above questions (and more)
  on this blog and in related announcements and information
on Our Mother of Sorrows Parish's website and facebook page