From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world unite to pray and care for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation,” and it’s happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz.

A whole set of resources has been put together for use across the globe. Cardinal Peter Turkson who joined us in the Cathedral in Carlow for our Opening Liturgy for WMOF 2018 was one of the Catholic representatives in the creation of these resources. They can be accessed at the following link: https://seasonofcreation.org/

Have you signed the pledge yet:
Parishes, families or individuals might take this season of creation to sign the Laudato Si Pledge
The text of the pledge simply states: Answering Pope Francis’ urgent call in Laudato Si’, I pledge to: 1) Pray for and with creation 2) Live more simply 3) Advocate to protect our common home. You can sign up to the pledge at http://livelaudatosi.org

Blessing of Family Pets around the Feast of St Francis
The season of creation concludes on October 4, the feast of St Francis. Parish might like to schedule a blessing of family pets around this time. Follow this link for a resource to support this action.

A Family Prayer for use in the home during this Season of Creation. Parishes might like to include this prayer in their parish bulletin, website or social media page.

Creator God,
we thank you for the abundance of creation,
for the air we breathe,
the water we drink,
and the food we eat.
We pray that we, your children,
will steward this gift
so that all of your children
may share in its abundance
here and around the world,
now and in generations to come.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.