The season of creation runs from 1st September to 4th October (the feast day of St Francis of Assisi) To mark the season of creation the Pope has called us to pray and celebrate, reflect on our lifestyles and take prophetic and courageous decisions to restore connections that make us whole.
CAFOD has produced a novena to St Francis to be prayed in this Season of Creation.
Nine brief reflections asking St Francis of Assisi to pray for us and our world, based on his beautiful Canticle of the Sun. This novena is a song of penitence and praise, guiding us to care for the earth and for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers, especially the Amazon peoples. They are currently under grave risk from coronavirus, given their fragile situation, often in remote locations far from government services.
Communities with whom we work are reporting a sharp increase in predatory attacks on land. People smugglers are also active and those being trafficked are in more danger than ever, having no access to healthcare.The pandemic shows us that “we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet” warns Pope Francis, describing this as “a time to choose what matters and what passes away”. (Urbi et Orbi, 2020)
Use these video prayers over nine days or at nine moments of personal prayer. Each has four phases: Canticle; Amazon voice; penitential prayer; plea for intercession.
Resources from Season of Creation are here.
Let us pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered but shared in a just and respectful manner. Huge changes are needed and will need a lot of prayer so a global pray intention for the month worldwide is needed.
We are challenged to look at the connectivity across the globe and how our lifestyles and consumerism has an effect on this plunder of the world resources and poverty of people. This season of creation could be time to make some change our lifestyle and prioritising relationships and community.
Five years ago, Pope Francis realised his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si’ – and to mark this special anniversary, Catholics from around the world are uniting for Laudato Si’ Week, 16-24 May.
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Linda Jones, CAFOD’s Head of Theology, said:
“I can still remember how excited I was five years ago when I first read Laudato Si’. It was full of ideas and written in a style that was easy to understand. Pope Francis challenges us, then and now, to think differently about progress, and to renew our commitment to bring about positive change for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.He reminds us of how interconnected we all are – and how important it is to become more attentive to our relationships with God, each other and the earth. What kind of world do we want to leave behind for our children, and for all future generations? This call to care for our common home was a great challenge: to change not only our minds but also our hearts – a true ecological conversion.’’
During this special week, CAFOD is holding a range of online events
Tuesday 19th May 11am Prayer and Chat. An online meeting for volunteers from across the country to come together to mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.The session will include a Bible reading, time to reflect and share, and group prayer.
Wednesday 20th May 6pm live streamed Mass with Bishop John Arnold
Thursday 21st May 11am talk by Neil Thornes CAFOD’s Head of Advocacy on the impact of Laudato Si’ on his work.
Please register for these events by clicking on the highlighted text.
In the face of lockdown, communities have been pulling together to adapt and connect in new ways. We’ve been amazed at how you, our supporters, have come together – whether it be through the facebook community or at the Sunday Children’s Liturgy – and we have lots of virtual ways to keep you updated and connected to our global communities.
Places of worship were among some of the many places forced to close as part of the fight in tackling the spread of COVID-19 but thanks to live-steaming technology, the Catholic community can still ‘congregate’ during the lockdown.
We’ve decided to hold our first ever live-steamed mass today Wednesday 1st April – and we would love for you to join us.The mass, which will be celebrated by Fr Liam Hayes at 6pm, and you can register online beforehand.
Our Theology team have published prayers on our website for all those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
We are also holding an online prayer and reflection session, followed by a virtual coffee morning. Beginning at 11 am, we will be welcoming supporters from across the country to join us in prayer and there will be time to break out and discuss afterwards.
Please join us on Tuesday 7 April, 11 am-12 pm – and remember your brew! Sign up here: Prayer and chat
We would really like to stay connected and reach out to all those in our diocese. Do let us know if you’ve heard of any heart-warming stories from your parish that we could share on our blog, or if you have any ideas about how to bring our community together.