From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. Pope Francis and the National Liturgy Office invite us all to take part, both as individuals and as a community. What can we do at a local level?
Alone, within family and community circles, and also with Christians from other denominations, on September 1, or during this period which extends until October 4, the day of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Resources on the subject have been posted on the new international website and on the Green Churches’ website.
In our parishes and families, we can take advantage of Thanksgiving Day (October 14) to celebrate this beautiful event as we reconcile with creation: let us be thankful not only for harvest time and for sharing a good meal, but for entering into a Creation Spirituality, a state of wonder and praise to God the Creator.
Alone or as part of a group, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on care for our common home, Laudato Si – Praise be to you, my Lord! Two excellent facilitation tools are available to support this process:
- Living Out Laudato Si': A Commentary and Practical Resource for Canadian Catholics;
- On care for our common home: A dialogue guide for Laudato Si'
- Making a personal commitment to reduce your environmental footprint. Congratulations to all those who have already signed the Climate Pact or the Fall 2015 Development and Peace petition, and are implementing their commitment – share your good deeds!
- By supporting the global climate strike day, Friday, September 27, with other Christians. On the march set for September 27, there will be a Christian faith group participating: see Facebook Event.
- By challenging candidates in federal elections on this issue by attending the following event hosted by Citizens for Public Justice in Montreal on Tuesday September 24, 6:30 p.m. at the YWCA (1355 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest). Register for the event here.
- By participating in the formation session for the solidarity campaign of Development and Peace with the peoples of the Amazon, and by learning about the stakes of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. For formation training there are four options available, one will be in English. See Contact: 514-257-8710 ext. 312 or firstname.lastname@example.org