CCN News & Events

Archdiocese of Seattle Divestment Letter

Take Action Here and call for the Archdiocese of Seattle to divest from fossil fuels as a symbol of your commitment to care for creation.

Upcoming Events

St. Kateri Celebration

Saturday, October 22 2022, 11am
St. James Cathedral

Mass in honor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Canonization.
More details here! | printable pdf

Divestment 101: Investing in Our Common Home
Divestment 101

Creation Care Network
Friday, September 9th 2022 – Watch the recording here!

CCN was joined by Joseph D’halluin, who serves as the divestment campaigner for the Laudato Si’ Movement as well as Alexis Fleming, the Western Region Finance Manager for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, shared the congregation’s divestment story.

Season of Creation – Creation Care Network

The Season of Creation begins September 1st, extending through the Feast Day of Saint Francis, October 4th. We invite all to attend our events, please see our 2022 schedule of the collective efforts by the Creation Care Network to live into the Season of Creation, we hope you can join for one or all!

PDF of this schedule | Print-friendly PDF


Season of Creation: Listen to the Voice of CreationDominican Center: Spirituality for Mission
Booklet for five Sundays of the Season of Creation for 2022

Laudato ’Si Action Platform
Laudato ’Si Action Platform – A journey towards full sustainability in the holistic spirit of integral ecology.

The Seven Goals and Three steps to Enroll and start your journey!

Click here for 8.5 x 11 flyer to download and post.

Easter – Earth Day Prayers
Happy Earth Day

To share at your Easter/Earth Day Events

These prayers were sent in from CCN member Vince Stricherz, Co-Chair of the Care for Creation Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Holy Rosary, in West Seattle.

Easter Prayer for Earth Day  |  Easter Prayer for Earth Day (with response)

Past Events

Earth Ministry/WAIPL – Totem Pole Journey – May 20

The staff of Earth Ministry/WAIPL (who network with CCN) are on the planning team for the Snake River to Salish Sea Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey, being led by members of the Lummi Nation and the Indigenous nonprofit Se’Si’Le. EM/WAIPL is the lead nonprofit supporting the Tacoma event on May 20; they’re also supporting the Bellingham (May 3), Nez Perce (May 16), and Seattle (May 19) stops.

The presence of the faith community as witness has been explicitly requested so they’re doing a big push for turnout. Details here.

April 26, 2022 – Faith & Environment: Care for Creation

Sponsored by St. John the Baptist, Covington
An evening with Jeff Renner, former King 5 Chief Meteorologist
Facebook page recording here.

March 19th, 2022 – Planting Seeds of Hope-Taking Action for Our Common Home, Seattle University
Planting Seeds of Hope March 19th Seattle University

Over 100 participants attended Planting the Seeds of Hope, Taking Action for Our Common Home, on March 19th, 2022 at Seattle University.  Details here.

December 15, 2021 – COP 26 Through the Eyes of the Church

Brian Roewe, Environmental Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, and Jeff Renner, Emmy-award winning Meteorologist and CCN member, offered their reflections on this historic event. Patrick Barredo of St. James Cathedral and CCN coordinated registration.
Link of the recording here. Passcode: jVa8H**f
Resources for COP 26 event here.
SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Barredo

September 25th, 2021– “Restoring Our Relationship with God’s Creation – From Stewardship to Kinship.” | CCN’s first event
CCN schedule Sept 2021 flyer

About 50 people gathered in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on a crisp September Saturday to pray and reflect on creation, climate change, and what we can do as responsible and caring people. The prayer service was also streamed.

Ann Sager, Our Lady of Guadalupe soloist and pianist was accompanied by David Meza, opening the prayer service with the hymn Make Me a Channel of your Peace based on the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of ecology and animals.

Father Kevin Duggan, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, welcomed those gathered and led them in a prayer attributed to Chief Sealth: “We belong to the earth. This we know. The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons and daughters of the earth, We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

Helen Oesterle, Pastoral Associate of Our Lady of Guadalupe offered the Land Recognition and introduced Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe. Cecile, talked about the struggle of the Duwamish Tribe to gain federal recognition. She also spoke of her great great-great-great uncle, Chief Seattle was Roman Catholic and that his faith had meant a great deal to him. Anna Robertson of the Catholic Climate Covenant offered a faith reflection on climate change, its disproportionate impacts on indigenous communities, and the potential of mercy to help us move forward with grief and hope in the face of the ecological crisis and our varying levels of complicity in sustaining it. Her reflection incorporated her own experiences confronting the impacts of climate change in her life alongside those of young adults she has encountered in her work at the Covenant, including those of a Navajo woman whose community and way of life is threatened by severe drought.

Sister Judy Byron, OP, of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center spoke of the climate change and the need for justice and equity, especially for the poorest of the poor who contribute the least to the climate crisis and suffer the most because of it. Colorful paper leaves were distributed to the congregation to reflect and write down their personal and community commitments as a call to action.

Patrick Barredo, of St. James Cathedral, introduced the Creation Care Network, speaking of how it was formed to support the development of Laudato Si’ in the archdiocese and of Archbishop Etienne’s commitment to follow through.

Petitions were offered by three students of Our Lady of Guadalupe School.

Eleana Pawl, representing the Tacoma Kateri Circle, introduced our other Patron of ecology – Saint Kateri Tekakwitha – (who is also the patron of displaced people, and native Americans) and closed the prayer service with, “A Prayer for Our Earth” by Pope Francis from Laudato Si’.
The mood of the meeting was sincere and prayerful. The atmosphere was fresh and spontaneous. People commented that they were glad that they came, brought hope to the meeting, and left with a feeling of encouragement. Interfaith Prayer Service for the Season of Creation – recording here.

April 22, 2021 – Earth Day Letter to Archbishop Etienne