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Laudato Sí Lenten Practices

“During this period of often stressful uncertainty and disruption of our “normal” lives, we urge even more strongly, whenever possible, a continued focus on your Rice Bowl­­ practices.  By incorporating it, along with the Laudato Si practices, into a daily mealtime family or household conversation, and contributing to whatever extent possible (no amount is too small), it not only offers a normalizing structure and routine, but also enables you to *participate in the creation of a healthier and more sustainable world, *to lessen the suffering of others, and *to engage with this historic pandemic experience through a wider angle lens.

The Laudato Si Lenten practices are here on our website for your review and consideration:

A  Reflection Book, “LIVE MORE SIMPLY, THAT OTHERS MAY SIMPLY LIVE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE” can also be found here on our website.  “To live more simply “ is part of the Laudato Si Pledge we all took as a parish.  We are all now being called as a country and a world to live more simply. The Green Team encourages you to share your Lenten practices, your experiences of living more simply and of caring for our world and each other in the book by emailing Michael Sennett at who will post them. Click here to see the Reflection Book.

On Tuesday, April 7 @ 7-8:30 pm, the Green Team will offer an online ZOOM discussion of our Lenten practices and experiences.  If you would like to participate, please email Debbie Packard @ by Monday, April 6 @ noon.  A practice session for the ZOOM discussion will be offered on Monday, April 6 @ 7 – 7:30 p.m.


This Lenten season we invite you to take daily steps to permanently reduce your own carbon footprint. The following are examples to help you take a "carbon fast" during Lent:


  • Calculate your carbon footprint

  • Go plastic free (refuse single use, overpackaged items, straws)

  • Take less than 3 minute showers

  • Commit to meatless days (as many per week as possible)

  • Compost kitchen scraps

  • Incorporate car free days

  • Drive the speed limit

  • Buy conscientiously, (less, local, used)

  • Stop catalogue delivery/junk mail (sign up for catalog choice)

  • Line dry clothes rather than use dryer

  • Eliminate air travel

  • Turn off all appliances and lights when not in use 

  • Join a group to advocate for climate change legislation

  • Plan to plant a tree

  • Feed the birds



"Jairam Rao was a member of Youth on Board and the Boston Student Advisory Council's Climate Justice Team.
Jairam recently graduated from Boston Latin School and was headed to Boston University this fall."

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