Vatican encourages celebration of the Season of Creation

Creation Banner in Harpenden Parish

Creation Banner in Harpenden Parish

Source: Global Catholic Climate Movement

Pope Francis declared in June that climate change is an emergency and he urged Church leaders and communities to celebrate the Season of Creation.

Many Christian communities - including Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox - have already been celebrating the Season of Creation, the annual festival of prayer and action for our common home between 1 September and 4 October. However, now is the time for the celebration to be broadened out, as communities globally band together with a common cause for creation care.

Every year, an ecumenical steering committee suggests a theme for the season. The theme this year is "The Web of Life." We're protecting all species and the glory of the Creator that each one reveals.

The season could start for parishes with a Laudato Si' Mass on 1 September - the Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. A wealth of resources for implementing Laudato Si' in your community is available. These include hands-on projects like developing a community group such as Laudato Si' Circles, liturgical suggestions, advocacy ideas, and much more.

Many resources are available at the website

Last year over 700 Christian communities worldwide joined in the celebration. The momentum is growing for this year.

About the Season of Creation

Season of Creation - Celebration Guide

Tags: Season of Creation, GCCM, Pope Francis, Laudato Si

We Need Your Support

ICN aims to provide speedy and accurate news coverage of all subjects of interest to Catholics and the wider Christian community. As our audience increases - so do our costs. We need your help to continue this work.

Please support our journalism by donating today.