Tempo della Creazione

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Inspired by the Laudato Si’ encyclical, the Global Catholic Climate Movement invites Catholics to celebrate the “Season of Creation” worldwide, following the example of the Philippine Church and other Christian denominations.

WHEN

  • Starts: September 1 – Creation Day

    This date was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation by the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. Metropolitan John of Pergamon invited Catholics to join with them in prayer (during the Laudato Si’ press conference) when saying “Might this not become a date for such prayer for all Christians?

  • Ends: October 4 – Feast of St Francis

    The feast of St Francis of Assisi is a major day of celebration, to reflect on the life of the Patron of Ecology and author of the Canticle of the Creatures.

THE PRECEDENTS

The Philippine bishops proposed in 2003 to celebrate creation in this Sep 1 to Oct 4 time-frame, with a pastoral statement that said:

“In September 1, in many parts of the world Christian churches celebrate “Creation Day.” They have also set the period from this day to October 4 (the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi) or the Sunday after October 4 as “Creation Time.” We wish to introduce this period to our Catholic faithful and acknowledge “Creation”, that priceless gift of the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his own image and likeness.”

The Archdiocese of Manila institutionalized the Season of Creation in 2013 by integrating creation spirituality in the liturgies, raising awareness about the ecological crisis and encouraging action to protect God’s creation (learn more here, here and here).

Other Christian churches have been celebrating the Season of Creation (also called Creation Time) for several years already. For instance, in 2004 the Lutherans started celebrating the Season of Creation and in 2007 the World Council of Churches invited to observe Time for Creation.

 

PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR CATHOLIC PARISHES & COMMUNITIES

  1. Host reflection sessions about the Laudato Si’ encyclical.
  2. Sign up for perpetual adoration, praying for the “Ecological Conversion” of our communities and nations.
  3. Promote the Catholic Climate Petition urging world leaders to take bold action at the U.N. COP21 climate summit in November to keep global temperature increase beneath 1.5°C relative to pre-industrial levels.
  4. Deliver educational sessions about climate change and other ecological crises, with a focus on the local context and the impacts to the most vulnerable.
  5. Implement “greening” programs to reduce our ecological footprint and transition off fossil fuels.
  6. Encourage Catholic schools to deliver educational sessions for children and youth focused on care of creation.

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