Contemporary issues of faith explored at St. Rose of Lima presentations

47

Northborough – St. Rose of Lima Church, 244 W. Main St. (Route 20), Northborough, will hold two timely presentations on important contemporary issues as part of its enrichment series.

The first, “Our Precious Earth: Care of the Environment and Laudato Si” will be held Sunday, May 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Presenter Martha Gach, Ph.D., serves as conservation coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation & Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester.  While issues of the environment are being debated in the political realm, there are many indicators from the scientific community that human activity continues to affect our beloved earth. Pope Francis, in his recent letter, appealed to all people of good will to exercise greater care for what he calls “our common home.”  Come and hear from someone who works directly with the beauty of creation and learn of the hope of Francis.

On Sunday, June 29, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., the church will present “Immigration & Migration:  Faith Calling Us to Treasure Human Dignity.” Presenter Rev. Gregory Zielinski, Ph.D., recently received a doctorate degree in international law and human rights from the Lateran University in Rome. The crisis of displaced peoples in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas is an enormous tragedy of modern times. Safety issues surrounding war, violence, drug and human trafficking, and persecutions for faith have driven vast numbers from their homelands.  How will this affect us and how are people of faith to respond?

Both presentations are free and open to the public. All are welcome.