Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St. Francis, 4 October.

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The Season of Creation unites Christians in prayer and action for the protection of our common home. The idea of celebrating 1 September as a day of prayer for creation began at the wish of the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios in 1989, and was endorsed by Pope Francis in 2015.

During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

The theme for 2019 is “the web of life.” The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican has written a letter to encourage participation, highlighting that “this theme connects our role as the stewards of God’s creation with the urgent need to protect biodiversity. This theme has important connections to this October’s Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region.” The Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe have also written to endorse this season, committing to unite in prayer for humanity to better respect the planet.

During this Season, we would be pleased to hear of any projects being undertaken in your dioceses to care for our common home. Please contact environment@cbcew.org.uk with any submissions by 20 September.

A statement from the Bishops of England and Wales on the ecological crisis can be found here.

Resources

During the Season of Creation, please consider using the following:

Prayers and Liturgy

A Catholic Season of Creation – Sundays of September (Year C, 2019)
“A Catholic Season of Creation” resource explores the Sunday scripture readings to help us find the voice of the earth as the voice of the Holy Spirit. Our common Sunday worship is an easy place to start seeing the natural world in God’s plan of Salvation in Jesus Christ by linking the insights of ecology with Scripture. (Produced by: St Columbans Mission Society)

Our Common Home: Creation Celebration Organisers’ Guide
Join CAFOD in celebrating a Creation Mass ideally on 1 September for the Season of Creation and/or on the 6 October to pray for those involved in the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region.

Global Healing
Global Healing is a free film-based resource to help us to respond to the damage being done to our planet – our common home. It’s for parishes, groups and individuals and aims to engage you with Pope Francis’ vital call to Care For Our Common Home. A second film, Global Caring, will be released in the Autumn.

Individuals
During Lent this year, Bishop John Arnold used his pastoral letter to challenge all parishes and schools in the Diocese of Salford to make practical responses dealing with climate change. A handout with practical suggestions was also made available at the back of all churches, which you can download here.