LENTEN FAST FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE and #FastWithFiji

Click here to visit our 2017 #Mercy2Earth Lenten Fast Website

 

“Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion!”
-Pope Francis, Lenten Message 2016

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*GCCM is praying with the people of Fiji who were recently hit by the most powerful storm in the island nation’s recorded history. (see blog post) Register to#FastWithFiji and to send a message of solidarity below.

For Lent 2016 (starting on February 10th) we are organizing another global Lenten Fast for Climate Justice (as we did in 2015). Catholics from around the globe will fast during each of Lent’s 40 days, joining the interfaith Fast For The Climate and the Green Anglicans’ Carbon Fast. We will fast and pray for bold action to solve the climate change crisis. Our fast coincides beautifully with the Pope’s February prayer intention to care for creation (see video).

During each day of Lent, Catholics from a different country will fast for climate justice. GCCM will highlight the impacts of climate change on that country through social media and other communications.

 

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Don’t see your country? Let us know here
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Following Pope Francis’ invitation above, this Lent let’s commit to overcoming our indifference to the climate change crisis and its victims. Let’s pray and fast for the renewal of our relationship with creation and with our brothers and sisters in poverty who are already suffering the impacts of climate change.

Register below to fast with the people of Fiji on March 5. You can also use this form to send a message of solidarity. GCCM members in Fiji, Columban missionaries, will share your message with local communities on March 5 during their weekend masses.

Register to Fast and #FastWithFiji

 

▼ LENTEN FAST RESOURCES

From a one page guide on how to fast to a special Year of Mercy prayer, we have plenty of resources to support you in your fast. Just click below.

Lenten Fast Resources

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▼ POPE’S VIDEO ON CARE FOR CREATION

The Pope’s prayer intention for February is: “THAT WE MAY TAKE GOOD CARE OF CREATION –A GIFT FREELY GIVEN– CULTIVATING AND PROTECTING IT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.” Please enjoy and share the Pope’s video on caring for creation.

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▼ SHARE YOUR STORY

Personal stories help us to connect with our brothers and sisters all over the world and deepen the spiritual meaning of our sacrifice. We would like to give you the opportunity to share your story with others who are fasting. Fill out this form below with your personal story of how you are impacted by climate, or upload an article about your country or tweet a photo using the hashtag #FastfortheClimate and we will share it on our social media pages.

Share your story

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▼ WHAT ELSE TO DO THE DAY OF YOUR FAST
Those who are fasting are invited to organize events during Lent in connection with the fast. It can be a prayer service, informal study session on Laudato Si, or group rosary focused on caring for creation. Please share pictures and stories of your events at [email protected] or on Twitter using the hashtag, #fastfortheclimate.

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▼ MEDICAL REMINDER
If you’re going to take part in the fast (by “fasting” we mean refraining from food during a whole day or at least giving up one meal) please make sure you drink lots of fluids, and if you feel dizzy, weak, or light-headed – eat something straight away. You shouldn’t take part in the fast if you’re pregnant, under-12, diabetic, or suffer from an eating disorder. If you have any doubts, check with your doctor first.


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