Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Laudato Si’ Week Sparks Cemetery Clean-Up

In observance of Laudato Si’ Week, a campaign marking the ninth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation, the Diocesan Office for Life and Dignity invited volunteers to participate in clean-up efforts at Holy Cross and Mount Calvary cemeteries in Harrisburg on Monday, May 20.

With shovels, edging tools and gloves in hand, clergy and parishioners joined members of the Diocesan Secretariat for Catholic Life and Evangelization focused on cleaning up the grave markers at the cemeteries, pulling away overgrown grass, removing weeds and laying new sod.

Marianne Weltmer, Director of the Office for Life and Dignity, and Tyler Shanabrook, Diocesan Cemeteries Manager, worked to coordinate the project.

The global effort of Laudato Si Week is sponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, aimed at uniting Catholics to listen and respond together to the cry of the earth and cry of the poor.

(Photos by Chris Heisey and Rachel Bryson, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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