The Season of Creation 2021: Invite from the Birmingham Justice and Peace Commission

We wish to encourage all our Catholic family - parishes, schools, communities and individuals to join in prayer to mark the Season of Creation, 1 September to 4 October.

It is especially important this year because there are two United Nations Conferences of great importance, in October the COP 15 on Biodiversity will take place in China, and in November COP 26 on Climate Change will be in Glasgow. We should pray for the success of these two conferences.

Wednesday 1 September marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility
that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home
and our brothers and sisters are suffering.

Through faithfully following your Son
guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created,
using wisely all that you have entrusted to us.

Holy Spirit,
who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.

You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen.



The theme for this Season of Creation is "A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God"

Invitation from the Vatican to celebrate this Season of Creation

We also encourage every parish to celebrate Climate Sunday, that is to focus one Sunday’s Liturgy on praying for God’s Creation.

Resources

Climate Sunday website

CAFOD website



Resources to help celebrate the Season of Creation

Season of Creation website

Webinar: Plan meaningful action before the UN summits

Season of Creation Celebration Guide

Birmingham Justice and Peace

CAFOD resources

St Columban's Mission Society - exploring the Sunday scripture readings during the Season

Journey to 2030 resources

Laudato Si' Action Platform



Justice and Peace Commission Assembly

This year we plan to hold our Justice and Peace Assembly online via Zoom, the same as we did last year.

It will take place during the Season of Creation, three evening sessions followed by an online evening service.

The dates are Monday 27 September; Wednesday 29 September; Friday 1 October; Sunday 3 October (Evening Service).

Assembly details and book


Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Background to the Season of Creation

Environment Case Studies

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

God Who Speaks: September Focus - Scripture and the Environment


Events

Two Season of Creation study days hosted by the parish of Gidea Park.

Exploring the teaching of Pope Francis on ‘care for our common home’ (Laudato Si’), and the promotion of global solidarity (Fratelli Tutti).

Study Day 1

Study Day 2


CAFOD host an online day of talk and prayer to learn more about this year’s climate talks, Pope Francis’s call to action and how people in the Amazon region are leading the fight to care for our common home.

CAFOD Faith in Action Day 2021


Two Climate Sunday Masses, with a focus on praying for God’s Creation, will be held at St Chad's Cathedral at 9.30am and 11.30am on Sunday 5 September.

Fr Jim Flemming (Columban Missionaries) will concelebrate and deliver the Homily.

Climate Sunday Masses at St Chad's Cathedral