Following Pope Francis’s call for environmental justice in his encyclical Laudato Si, the Circle of Creation committee formed to lead our parish’s efforts to care for all of creation. The group works to provide educational opportunities for the parish to learn about and act in the interest of environmental justice.

The Circle of Creation Committee meets on 4th Sundays of the month after the 10:30 Mass, either in the Ballroom or the 7th floor of Jesuit Hall.

If you'd like to join the Circle of Creation Committee, please contact Christine Dragonette,

Season of Creation

September 1 through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi


·   An Ecological Examen from the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a tool for prayer, reflection, and action on behalf of our beloved Earth.

·   Prayer for the Earth, composed by Pope Francis and included in Laudato Si.

Upcoming Season of Creation events:

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Ellen Clark Sculpture Park

(aka the Dog Park on the Northeast corner of Grand & Lindell)

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As part of our celebration of the Season of Creation, all are invited to bring an animal to the prayer service.  If you are not able to bring an animal, such as a pony or a pet alligator, you may wish to bring a picture of the animal you love or a photo of an endangered species.  If you are grieving for an animal companion, you may wish to bring a photograph of your deceased, beloved animal companions to the service. 

 Protecting the Earth:

An Environmental, Economic, and Moral Challenge

When:         Sunday, October 6th 2019 from noon – 1:30 (after the 10:30 Mass)       

Who:           Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Where:        Ballroom of St. Francis Xavier College Church


Peter Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and diversity. He has authored numerous books and reports. Since 1990 he has been a Senior Science Advisor to the Pontifical Academy of Science and most recently one of the minds behind Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. Dr. Raven has a deep appreciation of nature and the connection of everything and frames climate change as a moral issue for all people of the Earth.

Light snack of fruit and veggies will be available.  Free, and all are welcome.

Those for whom it is feasible are encouraged to bring a snack of fruit or veggies to the Ballroom for Dr. Raven’s presentation. Thank you for helping.


“Green Corner” Updates:

The Circle of Creation Committee (CCC) is here to help you decide how and where to dispose of unwanted household items such as used batteries, lightbulbs, electronics, and much more. The following websites/organizations offer detailed information:


We truly appreciate how eager our parishioners are to cooperate in the recycling efforts at our parish events, especially in the Ballroom. Below are a few reminders and/or updates:

1. Napkins and paper towels are NOT recyclable and should be placed in the trash/landfill bins.

2. NO LIQUIDS in Trash/Landfill or single-stream recycling bins.

3. Place any open containers still containing liquid into the white dishpan on the bar. 

4. Single-Stream Recycling at SFX (via SLU) now accepts Plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. 

5. If you are unsure of where to dispose of an item be sure to read the available signs and/or ask a person in charge of the event.