The annual Season of Creation starts on 1st September and runs until 4th October – the feast of St Francis of Assisi – the patron saint of ecology and one of the inspirations of Laudato Si’.
What is the Season of Creation?
The Season of Creation runs from 1 September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to 4 October (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) each year.
This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation. It is a time to renew our relationships with God our Creator, and with all creation, as we join together in prayer.
We give thanks for all that God has made, repent for the damage that we have caused and commit ourselves to take action to protect the earth our common home.
Throughout the Season of Creation events will be taking place across the world to celebrate and promote the key message of valuing, caring for and protecting our common home and all who live in it.
The Season of Creation is celebrated by many different Christian denominations as well as people of other faiths as well. In the Catholic Church the Season has been very much inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and many of the events will be promoted and organised by the Laudato Si Movement which is a world wide organisation which works to promote the message and ethos of Laudato Si.
This video also explains the purpose of the Season - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUyee_5y0-s
Why are we celebrating the Season of Creation?
Pope Francis is calling on everyone to get involved with the Season of Creation this year.
‘Pope Francis on Sunday called on all people to take “decisive, urgent action” during the upcoming Season of Creation in order to “transform this crisis into an opportunity.”
Speaking during his Sunday Angelus, His Holiness said the “cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor are becoming increasingly serious and alarming.” Now is the time for all people, especially Catholics and Christians, to increase their commitment to our common home by doing more than ever to protect God’s creation.’ https://seasonofcreation.org/2021/08/30/pope-francis-invites-season-of-creation-2021/
Staff have been talking to the children about living out their vocations and putting their faith into action. The Season of Creation gives us an opportunity to reflect and act on how we are all called by God to serve others and care for the earth no matter how old we are and it starts with our school/local environment.
What is the theme of Season of Creation 2021?
The theme of the Season of Creation 2021 is ‘A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God’ – the following link explains the theme - https://seasonofcreation.org/
Staff and pupils have been celebrating the Season of Creation in a variety of ways!
We held assemblies for each phase introducing the children to the key messages of this season on 7th September.
Classes celebrate daily collective worship with One Life’s Dan and Emily using their OPEN for CREATION videos.
After CAFOD’s ‘Go Green’ national assembly, each class discussed ways in which they can live out their vocations and created Laudato Si’ pledges that pupils can do during this special season.
We have also built in opportunities to pray with and for Creation throughout the season.
What will you pledge to do this Season of Creation?