On Saturday Oct. 1, 2016 the Watertown Faith and Ecology Group hosted an interfaith gathering to share how various faith traditions model environmental responsibility, including care for the earth and its inhabitants. The event, held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, was a response to Pope Francis’ recommendation in Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home, that all religions come together to dialogue on ways that we might respond to the environmental crisis of today’s world. Moderator for the Group, Sr. Bethany Fitzgerald SSJ, welcomed more than 50 people to learn from four different faiths how they respond to the “cries of the poor and the earth.” Father Philip Yanulis spoke on the Orthodox faith tradition; Rabbi Teresa Snyder on the Jewish tradition; Mother Anne Wichelns on the Anglican tradition and Khalid Pervaiz Sindhu, M. D. on the Islamic traditions. As the panelists concluded, what became evident was how each faith not only teaches care for the earth, but strives for justice and peace on earth, by living and acting on behalf of all life and advancing harmonious human civilization.
The participants then moved outdoors where a peace pole, donated by the Anglican Church of Christ the King, Watertown NY was blessed by Anglican Archbishop Peter Goodrich of Niagara Falls, Ontario. The portable Peace Pole, inscribed in eight different languages: “May peace reign on the earth”, may be borrowed by religious groups to be used in their place of worship for one month. Any domination that would like to have the pole at their location, may contact Fr. Douglas Marlow (315-408-9032). Ann Thomas led those in attendance in a blessing of a red maple tree. This tree, donated and planted by Jake’s Lawn Service of Watertown, is a symbol of the beauty of creation and represents a concrete action that will help to heal the earth. The ceremony was concluded with the Native American Mohawk Prayer of Thanksgiving. Everyone was then invited inside to enjoy Harvest snacks of donuts and apples from our local area. Burrville Cider Mill donated cider to go with our snacks.
Each participant was provided a pamphlet summarizing the encyclical Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home . A brochure describing the mission of the Faith and Ecology group was also distributed. The group, open to people of all faith traditions, reflects on how the wisdom of their religious tradition can bring light to the scientific discoveries regarding the Universe and our planet. In dialogue and prayer together they seek ways to protect and sustain the earth for generations to come. There are two groups that meet monthly in two locations in the Diocese, Watertown and Lake Clear. The next meetings are: October 11 in Watertown at 6 pm. in Hearthside Hospitality Center of Srs. of St Joseph Motherhouse, and October 21 in Lake Clear at 10-00 a.m. in St. John of the Wilderness Parish Center. Anyone interested in joining a Faith and Ecology group, contact Sr. Bethany Fitzgerald, SSJ:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change for Global Change
Since 2006, Change for Global Change has been able to fund clean water and sustainability projects in 15 countries where Sisters of Saint Joseph and/or Associates are serving our dear neighbors in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.The needs of the people whom Sisters of St Joseph minister to in these parts of the world are immense, and we want to be able to fund every worthy grant application we receive.
But we can only do it with your help!
Individuals like you, your community, your school, your associates group, or your parish organization can contribute to provide a life-saving gift. Our annual campaign runs during Eastertime ~the season of “new life.” However, we gratefully accept donations year-round! For example, some associates groups donate their “change” at their monthly meetings. To get started, please visit our website www.changeforglobalchange.org or click the links below where you can download printable brochures, prayer cards, container wraps, gift, and memorial recognition cards.
- Change for Change Memo
- 2019 Container Wrap
- 2019 Prayer Card
- 2019 Change for Change Gift Memorial Card
Haiti Lenten Project 2019
We are again offering the Haiti Calendar for use during Lent.
This year the Lenten calendar focuses on what is accomplished when girls are given the opportunity to attend school. It serves to both educate others to the importance of the education of girls globally and an opportunity to contribute to the education of 10 young girls in Haiti, now in the 5th and 6th grades at Annunciation School.
- Click here to view the Letter to be sent to Sisters/Associates, Co-Ministers, and others.
- Click here to view the Information from Mission Haiti regarding the completion of the secondary school, College de Coeur de Marie to be sent with letter.
- Click here to view the Procedures for sending donations received by your community