1 September - 4 October 2021
The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect God’s creation. The season starts from 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
This year, we will be uniting around the theme, “A Home For All? Renewing the Oikos of God”. Oikos is the Greek word for “home’, or “household”. By rooting the theme in the concept of oikos, we celebrate the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the Earth.
Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) is a worldwide wake up call to help us understand that the climate crisis is a real threat to all life on Earth. We are contributing to the destruction of the environment with our consumerism and business interests, and our dependency on fossil fuels. We are threatening the relationship between Man and Nature and to each other by our actions.
How are we shaping the future of our planet? “I urgently appeal.. for a new dialogue… a conversation that includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all,” said Pope Francis. We need an ecological conversion and live our vocation to be “protectors of God’s handiwork (which) is essential to a life of virtue. It is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (Laudato Si’ #217)
How can we as a parish community, within our Ministries, as a family, and as individuals, answer God’s call for us to care and sustain the earth and the environment?
Abraham’s tent, the symbol of this year’s Season of Creation, signifies our commitment to safeguard a place for all who share our common home, just as Abraham did in the Book of Genesis. Will you answer God’s call?
Season of Creation official webpage: https://seasonofcreation.org/
Official Instagram page: @seasonofcreation