….Creation Care Ministry is calling all Catholics in our diocese this year to give up or reduce use of what are known as “single-use” plastics. We’re hoping that this habit sticks! How might this transform your relationship with the Lord? Read on to learn about the harmful impact plastic pollution is having on the most vulnerable and how your actions can make a difference while enriching your faith life….

The Story of Plastic Film Screening
Join us for this Emmy award-winning movie March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the diocesan Pastoral Center, 3888 Paducah Drive, San Diego 92117. We’ll provide drinks and popcorn! Register for this free event here.

What Can You Do?
This Lent, RE-volutionize your habit, starting simply with single-use plastics. Here are some suggestions for giving up SUPs:

REturn to old ways: Much of what we can do is what our grandparents and great-grandparents did all the time!
REfuse single-use plastics whenever possible. Take cloth bags to the grocery store for bagging produce.
REduce purchasing plastic items or items with excessive plastic packaging. Try to buy whole foods and cook from scratch.
REuse when you can’t avoid.
REpeat this message to your friends and family.
REsist SUPs in restaurants or other establishments and explain your preference for non-plastic items such as to-go boxes, straws, cups, etc.

During Lent, we are called to REpent, or REthink. We cannot change the past, but we are always called to become something new. Pope Francis says when we do these little daily actions “for the right reasons,” out of love for our brothers and sisters and in an effort to care for the gift of creation, we demonstrate “an act of love which expresses our own dignity.” Taking on a sacrifice or special commitment during Lent is meant to draw us closer to Jesus by inviting Him into our everyday life. Why not use the pervasiveness of plastic as a ubiquitous reminder of our call to be in relationship with our Lord?

Send pictures of your family or parish taking on this “Giving Up SUPs Challenge” to cslentz@sdcatholic.org. We will post them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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