Season of Creation

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual “World Day of Prayer” for the care of Creation.

The Season of Creation is celebrated throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

These resources will serve as a follow-up to the historic visit of Pope Francis and an introduction to his landmark encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home.

The resources are available for download by clicking the links below:

1. A prayer service for 1st September 2018. This could be used for a prayer service in the parish or an ecumenical gathering or at the opening of the school year.

2. Resources for at least one or some of the Sundays between 1 September and 4 October 2018, covering a penitential service, homily notes, prayers of the faithful, post-communion reflection, and the dismissal the end of mass.

3. Resources for the Feast of St Francis on 4 October 2018.

Also included are some practical actions that parishioners might do during this Season of Creation.

These resources have been prepared by the Laudato Si’ working group of the Catechetics commission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. We hope you find these resources helpful during the 2018 Season of Creation.