sfds observes Earth Day

Sunday, may 19

Please join the St. Francis de Sales community to celebrate the wonders of God’s creation during our own Earth Day observance. Furthering the 2019 Earth Day theme of protecting the Earth’s species, SFDS continues to take small, consistent steps to reduce the plastic pollution that threatens marine wildlife. We’ll distribute FREE reusable shopping bags that are small enough to store in a purse or pocket. (One per family—donations appreciated.) We’ll also provide information about clothing recycling sites, ‘Compost on the Go’ drop-off at 96th St. and Lexington, and ways that YOU can help end the use of plastic straws city-wide.

12:15pm—FILM SCREENING in frank’s cafe

Join us downstairs after the 11:00AM Mass for a short film screening on the incredible bird life in Central Park.

4:00PM—BIRDWATCHING WALK IN CENTRAL PARK

To cap off the day, parishioner and Earth Day advocate Mary Braza will lead a birdwatching walk in Central Park. Those interested should meet Mary at the Engineers Gate Park entrance at 90th Street and 5th Avenue. (Bring binoculars if you have them, but Mary can provide a few extras.) What better way to celebrate than to seek out the 200+ species of birds that live in or migrate through Central Park. How many of God’s wonders can we find right here in our wonderful city of New York

ABOUT EARTH DAY

This year’s theme is “Protect our Species.” To view resources related to environmental justice and Catholic social teachings, click here.

 

other UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, June 27

part of the “sfds celebrates Pride Month” events

Film Screening of Sunday Sessions
6:30PM—Refreshments
7:00PM—Film Screening
8:30PM—Q&A

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY AT SFDS

The church must be taken into the streets
— Pope Francis

In a society marked by the deepening divide between rich and poor, the gospel calls us to radical and self-giving love. Catholic Social Teaching Principles teach us how to respond to social justice issues facing our world: by meeting the needs of the poor and vulnerable and opposing the structures that perpetuate poverty and abuse the vulnerable.

Our vision is to create a society that acknowledges the humanity of all people to live in the fullness of dignity.  Learn more about Catholic social teaching principles which define our work here.

 
"Families Belong Together" March on June 30, 2018

"Families Belong Together" March on June 30, 2018

Dropping off Christmastime donations for Lifeway Network (Dec. 2017)

Dropping off Christmastime donations for Lifeway Network (Dec. 2017)

 
 
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Social Justice Ministry Awarded $5,000 Grant From Catholic Charities

Congratulations to Pat Latona, leader of our Social Justice Ministry, for her efforts in procuring a grant towards education and advocacy! Monies from this grant will allow members of our parish and the community to act on the social dimensions of our faith to address social justice issues. The parish of St Francis de Sales is proud to humbly serve as a center of community life offering networks of assistance. 

 

past events

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January 2019—We collected signatures against a proposed ruling that would negatively impact the status of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

January 2019—We collected signatures against a proposed ruling that would negatively impact the status of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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Summer 2018—We organized a letter-writing/phone-call/e-mail campaign to let our local elected leaders know that we stand very much against family separations at the southern U.S. border.

Summer 2018—We organized a letter-writing/phone-call/e-mail campaign to let our local elected leaders know that we stand very much against family separations at the southern U.S. border.