Season of Creation

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God

Each year, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation which starts on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation and ends on 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi.  This is an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.

This year, Christians worldwide are uniting around the theme, ‘A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God’. Our common home, the earth belongs to God, and each beloved creature belongs to this common oikos (Psalm 24:1).  Oikos is the Greek word for “home,” or “household.” By rooting our theme in the concept of oikos, we celebrate the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the Earth.

We are invited to join other Christian communities worldwide to celebrate the ‘Season of Creation’.

Resources

You are invited to participate in the Seasons of Creation through prayer and reflection, sustainable living and advocacy.  Resources will be updated each week.

Prayer and reflection

Pray the Novena to St Francis of Assisi prepared by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

Read the blog, A healthy habitat – Fr Andrew Hamilton, SJ at Australian Catholics Education Hub, reflects on two commemorative days – one saintly and one secular – that share more than a common anniversary date.

Sustainable living

Learn more about the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 (COP 26) to take place from 31 October-12 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Watch the video, An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle in which Pope Francis asks us to reflect on the way we live and turn “towards lifestyles that are simpler and more respectful of the environment.” Hosted by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.

Taking action

Join a global advocacy campaign

Sign the petition, Climate Justice means urgent action at COP26 to be presented at the United Nations COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow calling for urgent action to address the worsening climate impacts.

Sign the petition, Healthy Planet, Healthy People addressing the climate crisis and biodiversity leading up to both the COP15 Biodiversity Conference in China and the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow.

Social Justice Sunday

Social Justice Statement 2021-2022
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor

This year, Social Justice Sunday was celebrated on 29 August. The Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, acknowledges the complex ecological crisis facing our world and seeks to discern how God is calling us to respond.  The Australian Bishops invite the whole Catholic community to join them in responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to take a seven-year journey towards total ecological sustainability guided by seven Laudato Si’ Goals.

Read Social Justice Statement

Listen to Social Justice Statement

Laudato Si' Action Platform

Pope Francis launched the Laudato Si’ Action Platform inviting all Catholic institutions, communities and families on a seven-year journey towards total ecological sustainability in the spirit of his encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.

The platform will host Laudato Si’ Plans that will guide and empower Catholic communities to implement Laudato Si’ and engage with the seven Laudato Si’ Goals.

About the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

IPCC Report on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

The IPCC has released its latest report, Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis, which is a comprehensive assessment of the physical science of climate change.  The report projects that in the coming decades climate changes will increase in all regions unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Read IPCC Report

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

On Wednesday, 1 September, our parish communities joined together to participate in 24 hours of prayer for the care of creation. Thank you to those who signed up on the parish Prayer Wall to pray during a specific hour on this day.  Read more…