Preparing for the Season of Creation: 1 September – 4 October 2020

‘The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home’ Laudato Si’ #13

The Season of Creation begins on September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on October 4, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi. This year we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the publication of ‘Laudato Si’. The Vatican have published a guide to help us on our journey towards an Ecological Conversion. It is entitled ‘On the Path to Caring for the Common Home: Five Years after Laudato Si’ .  Pope Francis has also declared a special Year of Laudato Si’, from 24 May 2020 to 24 May 2021.

The current pandemic has highlighted the inequalities which exist in our own country and its various communities and also the huge inequalities in the world between rich and poor. We must recognise opportunities to rebuild in a better way. after the pandemic. A greener, more environmentally friendly future is possible. Making care for the poor, the most disadvantaged in our society and in the world a priority is possible.

So as the Season of Creation approaches, why not organise a Creation Celebration? Celebrate a special climate-themed Mass, share a meal (socially distanced or online) or involve your parish and community in a conversation about how to tackle the climate crisis.

Season of Creation Resources

CAFOD – Celebrate World Day of Prayer

CAFOD – Climate intercessions

CAFOD – Novena to St Francis

2020 Celebration Guide

Ecological Rosary for use on a Creation Walk/Pilgrimage

Catholic Climate Movement