SEASON CREATION 1ST SEPTEMBER TO 4TH OCTOBER THE FEAST DAY OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Theme this year is ‘A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God.’
Season of Creation
The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was celebrated on 1 September and kicked off the Season of Creation, a time of sustained prayer and action which lasts a month and four days. 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. Read more.
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for September 2021 is for an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
Please make use of the Season of Creation Celebration Guide:
Proposals for September – from the Reflection of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network for England, Wales and Scotland See more
- Recalling that how we treat our Common Home sometimes reflects how we behave towards each other, think and pray about the ‘throwaway culture’. What attitudes do I notice in myself that I should reconsider?
- Participate in the Season of Creation, which runs from 1st September to 4th October, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi www.seasonofcreation.org
- Its ecumenical, international theme this year is ‘A Home for All’. Investigate how your parish or worshipping community is participating; encourage others to take part.
- Learn more about the ongoing work of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which has just changed its name to the Laudato Si Movement www.laudatosimovement.org
Online Study Days: Saturday morning 4th Sept Laudato Si’ & Saturday morning 2nd Oct Cry of the Poor. These are free so PLs share link www.whatgoodnews.org
Care for God’s Creation Living Laudato Si’ – Online Retreat 15-18th October Bishop Alan will open the retreat:
Want to join us?
If you are interested in caring for our common home, want to learn more and willing to share information with others in the parish, then please contact us. This is a much needed new group at a time when the earth is in deep crisis and we are witnessing extraordinary climate changes. If everyone did something we could make a real difference collectively. In his letter to the world, Laudato Si (53) Pope Francis says:
Never have we hurt and so mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.
The time for action is now. There might not be a next time.
Pope Francis has written a letter to everyone on this planet …
The Season of Creation
The Season of Creation runs from 1st September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to The Feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4th October. The theme this year 2021 is called ‘A home for all? Renewing the oikos [household] of God.’ This is when the global Christian community spanning six continents comes together in caring for our common home. This includes:
In his Encyclical Laudato Si’ Pope Francis concludes with two prayers. Here are two exercpts from paragraph 246.
A prayer for our earth: O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. A Christian prayer in union with creation: Teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of you. Awaken our praise and thankfulness for every being that you have made. Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is. God of love, show us our place in this world as the channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
How we can choose to live sustainably with creation. The LiveSimply award encapsulates this ethos beautifully with lots of ideas for living life more simply and in solidarity with those in poverty.
The G7 Summit
Catholics call for leadership on climate change as UK hosts G7 Summit and COP26
Over the summer parishes across Brentwood Diocese will be organising online meetings with their local MP to urge the UK to demonstrate leadership on climate change as host of two major global events this year. The G7 Summit, a gathering of government leaders from some of the world’s richest nations will take place in Cornwall from 11-13 June and in November the UK will also host the COP26 UN Climate Talks in Glasgow. See more
Our future must be ‘sustainable’ and ‘just’, Bishops tell G7 leaders
“The urgency of the global ecological crisis, and the teachings of our Catholic faith implore us to speak out, take action, and make decisions that benefit our planet and the most vulnerable in society,” say the bishops. See more
The Earth is in Crisis
The climate is changing at an alarming rate affecting the lives of the poorest who are the most vulnerable to it. And we are likely to be affected too. Pope Francis calls this an ‘ecological crisis.’ He reminds us that creation is a gift from God. We have a common responsibility to care for our common home of which we are all part. We have the knowledge and technology to repair the damage, yet because of the way we live our lives we choose not to and this is adversely affecting our planet.
Change of Heart
Let’s begin with the heart because if we care about something we will do something about it. Faith contributes to how we feel and provides us with our own personal framework. Lockdown has shown that nature is good for us, and nurtures our mental wellbeing as well as our souls. Now is a time to reconnect with what we value when we see the consequences of our actions on the environment. We pray for the grace of a true conversion of heart. Look at the goodness and beauty of creation, reflect and allow yourself to change in a positive way.
So what they all need is an “ecological conversion,” whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 217
Call to Action
We are looking to form a team of people who would like to put their faith into action. The Livesimply award from CAFOD is awarded to communities that can demonstrate they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably. The Livesimply award is the first step in our ‘ecological conversion.’ Each and every one of us can help to repair the damage to our planet by making small changes. When these are added together we can make a difference. Not only will we be living life more fully but also inspiring others by making visible the results of our actions. The Holy Spirit can motivate us to act.
If you are interested please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org and put Environment as the subject header.
All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.Pope Francis Laudato Si’ 14
CAFOD has a range of documents ablout Livesimply that you can download from its website:
We cannot fix the situation ourselves but the Lord can. We need to trust in God and have Christian hope. Without this, some may claim that our desire for a good future is not only difficult to achieve but impossible.
There is a new spirituality in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has connected everything for us in Laudato Si.’ We give thanks for the organisation of the Church, which already provides us with a structure, enabling us to get on and do things. This is the place where some might say, you will find others to change the world with.
Laudato Si’ Week 16th to 25th May 2021
Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Laudato Si’ week. See more
Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future
This book is by Pope Francis and sets out a contemporary discipleship that helps us understand God’s closeness to the earth and the poor. It is based on the Pope’s remarkable Encyclical letter called Laudato Si’ (meaning ‘praise be to you’) and is the most published papal document.
Dr Austen Ivereigh assisted the Pope with his book and has written two others about the Pope. He gave a presentation on 30th January 2021, which you can watch on: www.whatgoodnews.org
The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
As Christians we are inspired to be good stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resourcesThe Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales
The CBCEW established the Environment Advisory Group (EAG) with Rt Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford as the lead. Its purpose is to make a practical response to Laudato Si’. Each diocese is preparing its own environmental policy in place. Fr Dominic Howarth, is leading an Environmental Policy Group for the Diocese of Brentwood.
For more information visit: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/
In January this year CAFOD launched its campaign called ‘Reclaim our common home,’ in relation to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter called Fratelli Tutti, based on fraternity and social friendship. Building a better post pandemic society is the challenge ahead. CAFOD believes that transformation is possible but it requires action. And there are two key issues:
Cancel the debt, fund vaccines and save lives
According to CAFOD up to 150 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty because of Covid-19. Demand for debt repayments from some of the poorest countries across the world continue to be made by large banks and speculators. See more
Climate change remains a huge threat to poverty. CAFOD is campaigning for a reduction in fossil fuels. See more
Pivotal Year 2021
The G7 Summit, an annual meeting of the leaders of the world’s richest countries is meeting at Carbis Bay in Cornwall between 11th and 13th June, hosted by the Government. Problems facing the world will be discussed including climate change and the environment and international development. You can find out more here
The 26th annual UN ‘conference of parties’ is taking place in Glasgow between 1st and 12th November. As the host nation, the UK will hold the COP presidency. Governments are required to improve their goals for ceasing their contributions towards climate change under the Paris Agreement. See more