CULTIVATING HOPE Season of Creation 2020

A Free Webinar, Prayer Services, Liturgical resources and a practical Season of Creation Leaflet  marks the Season of Creation here in the diocese. To register for the webinar email desbailey@dioceseofkerry.ie 

We return to the theme of Climate Change for the ‘Season of Creation’ 2020 under the banner:

‘Cultivating Hope –  A Faith Response to the Climate Crisis’.

The Season is the time from September 1st to October 4th when Christian churches around the world focus on prayer and action to protect the natural world or creation, ‘our common home’ and could be described as the churches’ eco time. It closes on the 4th October, feast day of St Francis of Assisi and Patron Saint of Ecology.

The words ‘Our Common Home’ are those used by Pope Francis in his letter  ‘Laudato Si’ on Care for Our Common Home’, addressed “to every person living on the planet”.

All parishes across the diocese are being encouraged to mark the Season in some way. This year, to adhere to Covid 19 guidelines, parishes will receive electronic copies of the Season of Creation leaflet which explains the theme and gives suggestions of practical actions to be taken in the areas of biodiversity, energy,  avoiding food waste and reducing plastic pollution.  The Season of Creation Leaflet is available here.

The 5- week Season gives parishes the opportunity to include the theme in a Sunday mass, and various resources for this are being sent to parishes including one for an event which could be held outdoors with a small group. Season of Creation Outdoor Liturgy

The Radio Kerry programme ‘Horizons’, the daily ‘Just a Thought’ and the diocesan facebook page will all highlight the theme across the Season.

Then on September 17th the organising committee, will host a free webinar on this theme at 8pm in conjunction with the all-Ireland  Laudato Si’ Working Group of the Irish Bishops  Council of Catechetics. This will feature Lorna Gold, author of ‘Climate Generation’ as its keynote speaker and she will be joined by a panel of local activists in what promises to be a wonderful hour of encouragement and practical suggestions and networking.

 “The climate crisis requires our decisive action, here and now and the Church is fully committed to playing her part.”  Pope Francis.

This is an initiative of the diocesan Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Committee(JPIC)

To Register for the Webinar contact desbailey@dioceseofkerry.ie .  Mobile 086 7364605