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Become Disciples of Christ.
“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples” (John 13:34).
"The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it." (Genesis 2:15)
"And the King will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'” (Mat 25:40)

Let us always strive to treat one another with dignity and respect as all are made in the image of our Creator.

We are ALL called to be good stewards of the environment. The suffering state of our world's ecosystem affects the poorest of our neighbors the worst; and they are the ones who have impacted the global environment the least.

Small acts can go a long way in this effort to care for creation.  Simply reducing and properly managing your waste can positively impact the environment and promote a healthy and beautiful community in which we live, work, and play.

To learn more or get involved, please see the city and county links below.

For general questions concerning Mission San Diego initiatives, contact the Laudato Si Coordinator, Mark zu Hone at: c4cmsd@gmail.com

Plant a tree! Join the Campaign!

Tree Planting Campaign (English)

Tree Planting Campaign (Spanish)

An easy way to support your neighborhood's environment.

The Diocese of San Diego has launched their (our) Creation Care Action Plan in anticipation of the Vatican officially launching the Laudato Si Action Platform on October 4, 2021. As a result the Diocese invites individuals, parishes and schools to carry out concrete steps to care for the environment and our vulnerable neighbors.

This fall the Diocese is rolling out a tree planting campaign offering the opportunity to purchase trees at cost ($75 for 15 gallon tree) and includes training for planting and care. Trees are free for those with financial need. The trees will be delivered on site, along with fertilizer and compost. Recipients are responsible for planting and care of their trees. Contact David Larom at dlarom@yahoo.com or call (619) 876-8794 to participate.

 

Other Tree Planting Programs:

  • SDG&E Sustainable (Free) Tree Program: SDG&E has a free tree giveaway program contracted through the Davey Resource Group. Davey requests that you visit their FAQ page for details of the program. You may also visit their tree list page to make your tree selection here. If you decide to participate you may sign up here.
    • NOTE: This is a very popular program and wait times are currently in excess of four months. However, this is a long term program according to Davey and you will eventually get your trees on a first come first served basis.
  • The City of San Diego also has a free tree program that is restricted to the public right-of-way, but can be used by residents to enhance the general area near their homes. Visit their website for further details.

It is time for action, and the Vatican has great initiatives on how to do so!

Check it out!

Laudato Si Action Platform

Small acts can go a long way in this effort to care for creation.  Simply reducing and properly managing your waste can positively impact the environment and promote a healthy and beautiful community in which we live, work, and play.

A Prayer From Pope Francis:  

“All powerful God, You are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.  You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.  Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.  Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.  Oh God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of the earth, so precious in your eyes.  Bring healing to our lives, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.  Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.  Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.  We thank you for being with us each day.  Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.”  Laudato Si (178)

Check out the entire encyclical here.

Social Action (SA) Opportunities

SA - Diocese of San Diego, Office for Life, Peace, & Justice

SA - Catholic Charities: ccdsd.org

SA - Red Cross: redcross.org

SA - San Diego Blood Bank: sandiegobloodbank.org

Environmental Stewardship (ES) Opportunities:

New! : CatholicClimateCovenant.org

Diocese of San Diego: Care for Creation & Environmental Issues 

Diocese of San Diego: Creation Care for Families

I Love a Clean San Diego: ilacsd.org

California State Parks: parks.ca.gov

 County Park and Rec Department: sdparks.org

City, Environmental Services: sandiego.gov/environmental-services