Season of Creation 2021
The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
The Season of Creation or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.
Restoring Our Common Home
The theme for the Season of Creation 2021 is ‘Restoring Our Common Home’. During this season we are asked to join together to celebrate creation and protect our common home through prayer, reflection and action.
The global Christian family is called to awaken to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and with each other and to encourage our parish communities to do the same, “for we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13).
This year we celebrate this season mindful of the fact that our world continues to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic as well as a devastating climate and biodiversity crisis. We look towards two UN Conferences in the Autumn, COP15 (on Biodiversity, due to take place in China) and COP24 (on climate change, Glasgow) in the hope that world leaders take the urgent action that is needed to Restore Our Common Home. Catholics are urged to sign the “Healthy Planet Healthy People” petition as a key action for this year’s Season of Creation. This petition has been endorsed by the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development in the hope that millions of Catholics will raise their voices in the public sphere to help Restore Our Common Home in the run up to these vital UN Conferences.
At this time every person on our planet is confronted with two interconnected crises: the coronavirus pandemic and the ecological crisis. Both define our age. Both require urgent action. But it is the reality of climate change that is ‘humanity’s defining challenge.’ Over the coming decades, the havoc of the pandemic will pale when compared to that of climate change.
To respond to the climate crisis, and to mark the Season of Creation—which began on September 1st and continues until the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4th—Archbishop Farrell has published a pastoral letter, The Cry of the Earth—The Cry of the Poor: the Climate Catastrophe—Creation’s Urgent Call for Change. This pastoral is an invitation to all people—those in the Church and those beyond—to reflect on the climate crisis in new ways, so that the baptised may live the life of faith more vibrantly, and everyone may respond more actively to the serious situation in which the world finds itself. The pastoral letter is available on online, as well as in hardcopy from Veritas.
Click on the image below to read The Cry of the Earth – The Cry of the Poor
Hard copies of The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor now available from Veritas
Prayer of Intercession, 23rd Sunday B
It is the Lord who keeps faith forever, who establishes justice for the oppressed, and who gives bread to the hungry (Pause). That our ears and our hearts may be open to the cry of the poor so that every person may be able to live with hope and dignity on this Earth, our common home. Lord, hear us.
We look with helplessness and compassion on the many natural disasters unfolding around us—the scorched earth and the parched land of which Isaiah speaks (Pause). That we may find the resourcefulness and resolve to act for the good of the Earth—God’s gift to everyone, and the only place we have to live, our common home. Lord, hear us.
“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”
“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.”
“We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.”
“The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology … is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit.”
“Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.
Click here for resources on the Care of Creation from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Click here to read Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter Laudato Si’ on care for our common home
Parish Clean up (Our Common Home) – Practical Suggestions for Parishes
(From the Office for Mission and Ministry)
Acts of Love for the Season of Creation 2021
(Care for Creation team at Bonnybrook Parish)
An Earth Day Prayer Service
(This beautiful service was compiled by Balally Parish to celebrate Earth Day in 2021 but could be adapted and used as part of any Season of Creation event. It includes a reflection by Father Dermot Lane.)
Practical Actions for Parishes 2021
(Resources from the Laudato Si’ Working Group)
Tree Planting Resource for the Season of Creation 2021
(Restore Our Common Home this year by engaging your parish or diocese in Tree Planting initiatives. Thanks to ‘Easy Treesie’ we have all the tips you need and prayers for tree planting)
Click Here for more resources are available from the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference