1 September to 4 October 2023.
Season of Creation runs from the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, on 1st September to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, on 4th October.
This year, the theme for the season is Let Justice and Peace Flow.
“The Christian family unites for the Season of Creation, a worldwide celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home.
Our wellbeing is interwoven with the wellbeing of the Earth and we rejoice in this opportunity to safeguard our common home and all who share it.”
Pope Francis has established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic
community around the world to pray for our common home. The day is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared Earth.
The theme for 2023 is “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” (Amos 5:24)
In his message for the World Day of Prayer 2023, Pope Francis invites us to “the renewal of our relationship with creation so that we no longer see it as an object to be exploited but cherish it instead as a sacred gift from our Creator.”
As well as transforming our own hearts and lifestyles, the Holy Father calls us to seek to transform public policies and to “raise our voices to halt this injustice towards the poor and towards our children, who will bear the worst effects of climate change.”
The Pope also stresses the importance of synodality with the hope that “in this Season of Creation, as followers of Christ on our shared synodal journey, let us live, work and pray that our common home will teem with life once again.”
Read ‘Message of Pope Francis for Creation Day 2023’ here.
Watch ‘Prepare for Season of Creation 2023: Let Justice and Peace Flow‘ clip here.
Pray The Season of Creation Prayer (here) – Join us and fellow Christians around the world in this time of prayer and action for God’s creation, from 1 September – 4 October 2023.
For more information go to website for Season of Creation.
Parish Activities for Season of Creation.
St. Ignatius Peace Through Justice Group are planning to join the celebration by several means.
You may notice a nature—themed cover decorating the old pulpit in St Ignatius Church and throughout this period, at weekend Masses, there will be a Prayer of the Faithful for the Season.
On Sunday 10 September, Anne Barry is going to lead an informal contemplative walk in nature, at 10am in Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Come along if you’d like to join in (our group will be meeting place at official entrance to gardens by the café).
On weekend 16—17 September, we will show a short video clip about the Season of Creation, before Masses, to remind us of this year’s river theme which is taken from Amos “Let Justice and Peace Flow”.
On Sunday 24 September at 2.30pm, we will visit Vera Street Community Garden. Anne and Judy Haines will take you on a tour and invite you to join the garden working bee afterwards if you would like to.
On the final Sunday of the Season, 1 October, at 2.30pm, our group will show (movie) “River”, which celebrates the natural beauty of rivers with spectacular scenery and reflections on their importance to us. This screening will be held at Faber Centre, 111 Sir Samuel Griffin Dve, Bardon (on right-hand side, between the left-hand turn-offs to Slaughter Falls and Simpson Falls). Free.
We hope you can join us for some or all of these events.
Happy Season of Creation! Enquires: email Judy on email@example.com