Cebu parishes to have ecological ministry – Manila bulletin
Parishes in the Archdiocese of Cebu will now have an ecological ministry.
In a circular letter dated November 3, the Archbishop of Cebu, José Palma, encouraged the creation of a “parochial ecological ministry”.
“Besides the global pandemic that we are all experiencing right now, we are also facing another equally difficult crisis, namely the environmental crisis. No less than our dear Holy Father, Pope Francis, made it one of his main pleas in his pontificate through his encyclical, Laudato Si ”, he declared.
“Our Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns, in its efforts to achieve and make a significant contribution to this noble cause, feels the need to have their pastoral initiatives and programs touching the grassroots at the parish level and this can be addressed through establishment of the Ministry of Parish Ecology in all the parishes of the Archdiocese, ”added Palma.
The prelate said the new parish ministry is also in line with the national Laudato Si program of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Palma said the task and responsibility of the parish ecology ministry is to implement the 500 Legacy Trees program and address other environmental concerns that may arise while living the spirit and principles of Laudato Si.
“The 500 heritage trees for our celebration of 500 years of Christianity are our archdiocesan pastoral initiative to plant and grow fruit trees. Our goal is that by 2025 at least fifty percent, if not all of our parishes, have promoted ecological spirituality and action and thus concretely manifest a Church that is truly gifted to give, ”he said.
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