The Roman Catholic Church in union with Orthodox Christians celebrate the Day of Prayer for Creation on 1st September. For Orthodox Christians 1st September marks the beginning of the first day of the Church year. For us in Australia the date marks the beginning of Spring. The Day of Prayer for Creation has grown worldwide into the Season of Creation celebrated by Christians of all traditions and extends from 1st September to 4th October following the 2015 proclamation of Pope Francis’ encyclical
“Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore”- “Praise be to you my Lord.”
Pope Francis speaks about the earth as our common home. Focussing on pollution and climate, the Pope pierces the depth of environmental degradation in the early part of the encyclical and sights loss of biodiversity, the issue of water and global inequality as significant factors leaving their mark on mother earth. He states “We can see signs that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid change and degradation; these are evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analysed or explained in isolation. There are regions now at high risk and, aside from all doomsday predictions, the present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view, for we have stopped thinking about the goals of human activity.” Laudato Si’#61
The focus of our celebrations throughout this month are as follows:
Week 1 Ocean
Week 2 Fauna and Flora
Week 3 Storm
Week 4 Cosmos
Week 5 Blessing of Animals
There are numerous resources available which may be helpful in coming to a greater awareness of our connectedness with others and care for our common home as we celebrate the Season of Creation 2019.
You may like to:-
Read the primary document itself Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home
The following links may assist to broaden horizons regarding our common home:
Celebrating Jubilee - Sr Patty Andrew osu
3rd August 2019
We know that one of the deep joys of Jubilee is the experience of remembering and giving thanks. I have been keenly aware of this especially during the past month. Thank you to all who joined me on the 3rd August for the Jubilee Eucharist and meal. My family, friends and colleagues all know we are connected to a larger group of faith-filled women. However to be part of a gathering where so many of us were together gave them a greater insight into who we are as women embodying Angela’s presence in our world today.
The Jubilee experience of remembering and giving thanks continued as we gathered the following week, with the St Ita’s school and Parish community to express gratitude for the school’s foundation and its flourishing over the past 100 years. The celebration was a wonderful tribute to the faithful, outreaching spirit of our pioneering sisters. Remembering the stories and the generosity of our sisters who established St. Ita’s, reminded me of words we often recall; “we walk in the steps of those who have gone before us.”
The following day we joined with many of our Brisbane sisters for a Jubilee prayer and afternoon tea. Our time together enabled memories and stories to be shared which was renewing for us all.
The next day we travelled to Toowoomba to spend time and share a meal with another of our Sisters. Signs of the drought were quite evident in the usually lush area of Cabarlah but inside their home we experienced a lovely oasis where good conversation flowed over a tasty meal.
We were all renewed in and through our sharing together.
Love and thanks