Season of Creation 1st September – 4th October

Visit the Season of Creation website for more ideas and resources

SEASON OF CREATION VIDEO COMPETITION

We are inviting all schools and parishes in the Diocese of Westminster to enter our video competition and show us how you are marking the Season of Creation. We are looking for short films of no more than 3 minutes that capture something of the importance of caring for creation in your school or parish and pass that message on to others. Deadline is 1st October 2020.

UPLOAD YOUR ENTRY

Pope Francis has issued a message for the Season of Creation drawing on its theme of ‘A Jubilee for the Earth’:

“You shall thus hallow the fiftieth year
and you shall proclaim a release throughout the land
to all its inhabitants.
It shall be a jubilee for you.”

(Lev 25:10)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Each year, particularly since the publication of the Encyclical Laudato Si’ (LS, 24 may 2015), the first day of September is celebrated by the Christian family as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of the Season of Creation, which concludes on the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on the fourth of October. During this period, Christians worldwide renew their faith in the God of creation and join in prayer and work for the care of our common home.

I am very pleased that the theme chosen by the ecumenical family for the celebration of the 2020 Season of Creation is Jubilee for the Earth, precisely in this year that marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. In the Holy Scriptures, a Jubilee is a sacred time to remember, return, rest, restore, and rejoice.

For Groups

This resource was produced by the Archdiocese of Liverpool Justice & Peace Commission with CAFOD Liverpool.

There are 30 sessions which can be used by groups in parishes or other settings.

The sessions follow the liturgical year, complementing the gospel readings with ideas for prayer and action.

The book can be downloaded electronically for free or purchased in print form.

Journey to 2030

The Journey to 2030 is a campaign focused on the next 10 years. This year they invite us to ‘Wake Up!’ to the urgency of climate breakdown.

Their main aim is to help church communities to be active in caring for our common home, using their varied resources and skills to make a difference.

They are encouraging the church to lead the way in tackling climate change and the ecological crisis.

Download the guide from their website.

Worldwide Church


The Season of Creation is a time to slow down and focus on what matters.

During this special time each year, we repair and restore our relationships with each other and with all creation.

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. Join in this season of care.

Get inspired, download the Celebration Guide ‘Jubilee for the Earth’ or register your event on the Season of Creation website.

Global Healing & Global Caring are film-based events for parishes, groups and individuals. Free to download, they set out to inform, challenge and equip people to engage with the urgent call from Pope Francis to Care For Our Common Home. 

PRODUCED by CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales.

CARING FOR CREATION ON ZOOM!

Caring for Creation – A diocesan event to prepare for the Season of Creation – 13 July 2020, 7.30pm Hosted by Westminster Justice & Peace and CAFOD Westminster

Keep Britain Tidy

Show support for the Great British September Clean!

  1. Organise a private clean-up with up to five family and friends
  2. Pledge to do your own individual clean-up. Start with as little as 15 minutes!

Keep Britain Tidy site

CAFOD Novena

Nine brief reflections asking St Francis of Assisi to pray for us and our world, based on his beautiful Canticle of the Sun. 

The pandemic shows us that “we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet” warns Pope Francis  (Urbi et Orbi, 2020)

Each has four phases: Canticle; Amazon voice; penitential prayer; plea for intercession.

Visit CAFOD site

Fossil Free Churches

Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity working to inspire action to solve the climate crisis.

Bright Now is a campaign run by Operation Noah calling on the Churches to divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in clean alternatives.

They are calling on churches to take an ethical lead in national debates on fossil fuels.

Learn More

BOOKS

There is No Planet B

Mike Berners-Lee (2019)

‘There is No Planet B’ gives the big-picture perspective on the environmental issues and poses major questions about how we live and think.

The subtitle of the book is ‘A Handbook for the Make or Break Years’ which aptly describes its content and purpose.

As well as analysis, you will find practical and inspiring ideas for what can be done to help humanity thrive on this – our only – planet.

Theology and Ecology in Dialogue

Dermot A. Lane
(2020)

This book builds bridges between theology and ecology.

It challenges theology to re-imagine who we are, who the Spirit is, who Christ is, where creation is going, and what is the role of liturgy in society—all in the glare of the climate crisis.

In listening to ecology, Lane seeks to open a conversation between religion and science in the context of climate change.

Time to Act

Jeremy Williams
(2020)

Written by members and friends of Christian Climate Action, this book sets out the moral and religious case for joining the struggle against climate change.

It reflects on the Christian tradition of non-violent direct action, and offers deeply moving testimonies by those engaged in such protests today, along with powerful sermons, prayers, liturgies and other spiritual resources.

Why not read one of these with your Book Group?
Or start a Book Group!

Earth Day Icon by Karen Blampied

Farm Street Jesuit Church and Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, held a joint Ecumenical Service in Mount Street Gardens to mark Climate Sunday 2020

Climate Sunday has been organised by the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, supported by charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.

Local churches are encouraged to hold a Climate Sunday any time during a one-year period from 6 September 2020 – the first Sunday in the annual Season of Creation.

Free resources are being provided to suit every tradition and style of worship. Each church is invited to do one or more of three things:

1. To hold a climate-focused service to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action.

2. To make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in advance of COP26, and to strengthen its credibility to lead the international community to adopt a step change in action at COP26.

The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5 September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership at the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow in November 2021.

Visit the Climate Sunday Website

See also:

Extinction Rebellion

Fridays for Future

UN Climate Conference of Parties (COP26) – Glasgow, 1-12 November 2021