Season of Creation - Events and downloadable resources

  • Ellen Teague

Image: Iriish Catholic Bishops Conference

Image: Iriish Catholic Bishops Conference

The Season of Creation with the theme, 'Jubilee For the Earth' runs from 1 September - 4 October 2020, uniting the 2.2billion Christians around the world with one shared purpose.

During this time there will be many special Masses and prayers, retreats, courses, talks, films and other events. Ellen Teague has compiled this list of events and resources in preparation for the season.

Vatican report and video:
www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-05/vatican-climate-season-of-creation-laudato-si.html

CAFOD World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Service - 1 September:
https://cafod.org.uk/News/UK-news/Celebrate-World-Day-of-Prayer

Online ecumenical prayer service:
https://gccm.controlshift.app/events/season-of-creation-global-ecumenical-online-prayer-service

Events during the Season of Creation:
https://seasonofcreation.org/

Prayer card:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RANyrrjoHYzNzFL5N1fg5H8Y4RvglUbE/view

Liturgy Guide:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ARDojjURVRIYzj8EHlx4tlo9eaDo-bfh/view

Bishops' Conference of England and Wales links for the Season of Creation:
www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/season-of-creation/season-of-creation-background/
and www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/environment/season-of-creation/

Irish Catholic Bishops Conference Resources for Season of Creation:
www.catholicbishops.ie/2020/07/15/season-of-creation-2020/

Season of Creation Sunday Liturgies
Australian Columban Charles Rue has produced 'A Catholic Season of Creation resource, exploring the Sunday scripture readings during September (Year A, 2020). They can be downloaded from www.columban.org.au/media-and-publications/educational-resources/a-catholic-season-of-creation-sundays-of-september-year-a

The two-page September Resources follow a set schema. Each begins with extracts from the designated Scripture readings of the Catholic Lectionary for a particular Sunday. These Scriptural extracts are to be read with ecological eyes as the starting point to draw out implications concerning creation. They indicate: a grace to remember about God's outpouring of love in creation; what to give thanks for; and they offer a basis for intercessions.

CLIMATE SUNDAY

The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches, Christian denominations, 'streams' and networks to hold a climate-focused service on a convenient date from 6 September 2020. At this service congregations will be encouraged to make a short and simple commitment to greater action to address climate change in their own place of worship and community, and to raise their voices to urge bolder action by governments. Resources at: www.climatesunday.org/resources

Liturgical ideas from the Catholic Climate Covenant:
https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/resource/september-2020-ordinary-time-cycle

The Archdiocese of Liverpool Justice and Peace Commission has produced a downloadable document, 'Praying with the Gospels, stories from around the world and excerpts from Laudato Si' for use with groups.'

https://liverpooljp.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/creation-time-complete-new-resource-sept-2019.pdf

Paper copies are available for £10 inc p&p from: Archdiocese of Liverpool - LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AA 0151 522 1080

CAFOD has produced a new Novena to St Francis leaflet for the Season of Creation.
https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/Novena-to-St-Francis

OTHER SEASON OF CREATION RESOURCES

Westminster Archdiocese resources list:
https://westminsterjp.wordpress.com/season-of-creation-1st-september-4th-october/

'For our Common Home', chant written by Marty Haugen for the NATIONAL JUSTICE AND PEACE NETWORK Mini Conference on 18 July 2020 - https://columbans.co.uk/columbans-attend-njpn-virtual-conference
Sheet music available copyright free.

A Season of Creation Celebration Guide. Theme: Web of life
This ecumenical resource for downloading offers a special prayer and an Ecumenical Prayer Service.
See: http://seasonofcreation.org/guide/

CREATION CELEBRATION RESOURCES FROM CAFOD

CAFOD has produced a 'Creation Celebration Organisers' Guide'
https://cafod.org.uk/content/download/48375/582074/version/2/OCH_guide_for_downloading.pdf

LAUDATO SI' MASS
Laudato Si Mass from the Global Catholic Climate Movement

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CQMmhtqcK21XGNtXot3qKWyKB5ZnlEW4/view

Resources for Clergy:
https://seasonofcreation.org/clergy-resources/

Nonviolence Days of Action
21 September - 2 October
Within the Season of Creation, the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative is an international initiative inviting communities, parishes, groups to celebrate nonviolence through liturgy, discussion and action. See: https://paxchristi.org.uk/resources/nonviolence-in-action/

Columban podcasts on Biodiversity
www.indcatholicnews.com/news/40346


Tags: Season of Creation, Environment, Creation

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