Recently, pupils at St Joseph's, Todmorden in Yorkshire, came together with the local parish to hold a special event where people celebrate the environment and campaign to tackle climate change. The chapel was transformed for the Creation Celebration by the pupils who had created special art decorations, including one piece created by Oak Class that was made from fallen oak leaves and named by the students "Renewal or Destruction".
Assistant Headteacher, Mr Carr, said: "The art called Renewal or Destruction was designed to be a symbolic representation of the planet and the need to commit to net-zero emissions.
"It aims to invite you to bring your own interpretation to the piece of art. Do you see renewal or destruction? Do you see hope or despair? Can you play a part in the aims of achieving net-zero, and therefore play a part in the renewal of our planet?"
The mass, which was held on the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology, included special readings on the theme of the environment and gave pupils a chance to reflect on the meaning of creation.
Mrs Lloyd, Headteacher at the school, said: "As we continue on our journey to show greater concern for the web of life in God's creation, we pray we can follow the example of Saint Francis and be of service to all of God's creation."
This was one of many Creation Celebration events, inspired by CAFOD's 'Our Common Home' campaign and organised by CAFOD volunteers around the country.
It is hoped the events will highlight the growing concern for the environment and start new conversations about climate change.
Find out more about CAFOD's campaigns at: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign
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.Donate