Respond to the Pope’s call to pray for and celebrate the gift of creation .

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. 

Pray

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.

Personal Response

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.

Resources for Season of Creation 1st September to 4th October

Novena to St Francis

Novena to St Francis

To mark the season of creation  CAFOD has prepared a Novena to St Francis, which are nine reflections asking St Francis to pray for us and our world based on the 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. You can download the prayers or watch the videos –

https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources/Novena-to-St-Francis

First Prayer -The Sun

“We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures, especially for Brother Sun, who is the day through whom you give us light.” (St Francis of Assisi)

“I dream that this Amazon, so beautiful and diverse, a gift from God,

this earth which gives life, our life, our mother, is not transformed into a desert.”

(Fr. Henri de Roziers, Pastoral Land Commission, Brazil)

Creator God,

We are nourished by your radiance. Forgive us for the harm we cause your earth, the heat and drought unleashed by climate change.

St Francis, you loved our sacred world, you praised God ceaselessly for his dazzling creation.

May we learn from your example.

 St Francis, pray for us.

 

CAFOD’s work to make ‘Our Common Home’ a reality

Laudato Si'

Laudato Si’

At CAFOD, our mission is to work alongside the world’s poorest people. Regional News Officer, Elouise Hobbs, writes about how we have been working hard to make the vision of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ foundational in all our work.

It has always been our mission to work without prejudice. We don’t preach, and we pride ourselves on our diversity.We believe our Catholic values are best shown through our love for other, and by working for justice and an end to poverty.. CAFOD’s vision, mission and values draw directly from Catholic Social Teaching (CST), Scripture, Liturgy, the Gospel and the tradition of the Church.

Five years in the making

Over the last five years, we have been particularly inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ and its call for us all to respond to both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.We have looked again at what progress really means, in dialogue with partners from around the world.  We know that everything is interconnected.

Read CAFOD’s vision of progress: Our Common Home

We believe that we are called by our faith to stand alongside poor communities and care for God’s creation. And our response is rooted in this belief.

“Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic and political, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (Laudato Si’ 231).

A vision for the future

We’d love for you to join us on our journey. As well as asking you, our supporters, to donate and campaign, we place equal importance on prayer. We provide prayers and reflections for our supporters and use prayer for our own guidance and inspiration.

Download our prayers and reflections

 We are also encouraging all parishes to considering signing up to our LiveSimply award  to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

In Portsmouth diocese we have 5 parishes who have achieved the livesimply award and 3 who are on their way  .It would be great to have more so do contact portsmouth@cafod.org.uk for more details.

St John Bosco – the very first parish to gain a livesimply Award