In 2015 Pope Francis designated 1st September as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church. The day of prayer, the pope said, gives individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness “for sins committed against the world in which we live”. Pope Francis said he was instituting the prayer day for Catholics because he shares the concern of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who initiated the first September prayer day for the Orthodox Church in 1989.
And, of course, 2015 was the year that Laudato Si’, the Environment Encyclical was promulgated.
1st September also marks the beginning of a longer contemplation on the planet the pope regularly refers to as “our common home”.
Creation Time is a month-long prayerful observation of the state of the world, its beauty and the ecological crises that threaten it and all its inhabitants.
As a parish we are resonding to PopeFrancis’ invitation:-
- Celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at our First Friday Devotions on 1st September.
- Focus on a ‘creation theme’ at our Sunday Masses during Creation Time.
- Offer sessions for people to reflect, share and pray on aspects of what Pope Francis calls ‘ecological conversion’.
- Have a Prayer Service on the eve of the Feast of St Francis.
- Look at practical ways that we, as individuals and as a parish, can increase our care for our common home.
Creation Time Sessions
- It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, ……. tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. ~ Laudato Si’ (217)
The basic idea of our Creation Time sessions is to have an ecological faith conversation that might lead to the ‘ecological conversion’ that Pope Francis invites us to have.
The proposed format for each session is:
- Presentation (20 mins)
- Reflection and Sharing – people share as much or as little as they wish (30 mins)
- Prayer Reflection (10 mins)
Sessions are offered:-
Tuesday 5th September 2:00-3:00pm & 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday 6th September 10.30-11.30am, after Eucharistic Service
For material presented at this session. please click – Ecological Faith Conversation I
Tuesday 12th PPC Meeting – St Ninian’s as an Eco Parish
Tuesday 19th September 2:00-3:00pm & 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday 20th September 10.30-11.30am, after Eucharistic Service
Tuesday 26th September 2:00-3:00pm & 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesday 27th September 10.30-11.30am, after Eucharistic Service
Tuesday 3rd October – Liturgical Celebration on the eve of the Feast of St Francis of Assisi 7.00 – 8.00pm
The venue for all sessions will be the hall and the Tuesday afternoon session and will finish in plenty of time to allow parents, grandparents, carers to pick up children at the school.
We encourage all parishioners to engage fully in this time of reflection as we essentially look at what kind of world we want to leave our children.
If you have any ideas about what we can do individually or as community to care for creation better then please share them with any member of the PPC.