Season of Creation, September 1 – October 4

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 in Inspiration, Networks, News, Parishes
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Catholic Earthcare, as part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, invites Catholics in Australia and around the world to celebrate the 2015  ‘Season of Creation’.

When

  • Starts: September 1 – World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
    Pope Francis recently proclaimed September 1st as a day of prayer for creation, as the Orthodox Church has done since 1989, to “draw from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation”. Learn more here. Download our prayer resource here.
  • Ends: October 4 – Feast of St Francis
    The feast of St Francis of Assisi is a major day of celebration, to reflect on the life of the Patron of Ecology and author of the Canticle of the Creatures.

The History

The Philippine bishops proposed in 2003 to celebrate creation in this Sep 1 to Oct 4 timeframe, with a pastoral statement that said: “In September 1, in many parts of the world Christian churches celebrate “Creation Day.” They have also set the period from this day to October 4 (the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi) or the Sunday after October 4 as “Creation Time.” We wish to introduce this period to our Catholic faithful and acknowledge “Creation”, that priceless gift of the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his own image and likeness.” The Archdiocese of Manila institutionalised the Season of Creation in 2013 by integrating creation spirituality in the liturgies, raising awareness about the ecological crisis and encouraging action to protect God’s creation (learn more here, here and here).

Other Christian churches have been celebrating the Season of Creation (also called Creation Time) for several years already. For instance, in 2004 the Lutherans started celebrating the Season of Creation and in 2007 the World Council of Churches invited all to observe Time for Creation.

Proposed Activities

Pray

  • As a community: Highlight God as Creator in the Sunday liturgies by incorporating themes of Creation within the prayers and homilies (see our Sunday Gospel Reflections, this resource from the Columban Mission Institute in Australia and the plan and homily guides from the Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines). Host an ecumenical prayer service given the Pope’s invitation to use the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to promote Christian unity.
  • As an individual: Commit to praying on a regular basis for creation and for an ecological conversion for yourself, our leaders, and all people by joining the “Pray for COP21” prayer chain (to be launched on September 1) or using any of these prayer resources.

Reflect

  • As a community: Host a Laudato si’ study group (see resources for schools and for parishes).
  • As an individual: Participate in the Global Catholic Climate Movement webinars on different themes relating to climate change, Laudato si’, and care for creation.

Reduce your ecological footprint

  • As a community: Explore ways to reduce your ecological footprint and transition away from fossil fuels using these resources.
  • As an individual: consider committing to Meatless Fridays, using resuable water bottles and mugs, or getting ideas from here.

Advocate

  • Promote the Catholic Climate Petition in preparation of the UN COP21 Climate Summit.
  • As a community: Identify a weekend to have a petition drive in your local parish using this petition toolkit.
  • As an individual: Talk to a local school or youth group about climate change and encourage them to sign the youth version of the Catholic Climate Petition.

 The Global Catholic Climate Movement are also preparing resources for each week of the Season of Creation (adapting the work of the Philippines Church). Sign up today to receive these resources.

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