September 1 Marks World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
1, 2017 — Two years ago, Pope Francis declared Catholics would join their
Orthodox brothers and sisters and other Christians to formally mark September 1
as the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople released
a joint environmental statement today for the World Day of Prayer for Creation.
urgent call and challenge to care for creation are an invitation for all of
humanity to work towards sustainable and integral development," the
statement said. “We no longer respect nature as a shared gift; instead, we
regard it as a private possession. We no longer associate with nature in order
to sustain it; instead, we lord over it to support our own constructs."
by the Orthodox Church in 1989, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of
Creation now marks the beginning of the monthlong Season of Creation ending on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, a
campaign facilitated by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network and the Global
Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
Season of Creation and other efforts are part of the response to Pope Francis’
2015 environmental encyclical Laudato Si', in which he delivered a call to action
for people to be part of the solution to climate change.
pope referenced the occasion in his August prayer intention video, praying that
“artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the
beauty of creation.”
year, the GCCM invites us all to become “artists” and participate in the #BeautyOfCreation social media campaign by taking photos or videos of places in
nature where they appreciate the beauty of creation and adding the hashtag
us look closely at how our life choices impact creation and the poor and
vulnerable at home and around the world. Let us hold in our hearts and pray for
all the people and families suffering from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey and
pray for their protection and safe recovery.”
are further resources for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
Promotio Iustitiae 111: A
Spirituality that Reconciles us with Creation: Released in 2013, this
series of reflections from Jesuits across the world examines feelings of
gratitude to the Creator for the whole natural world and all the beings who dwell in it.
online environmental science textbook: Healing Earth, a free
online environmental textbook created by the International Jesuit Ecology Project was launched in 2016 for higher education and secondary schools around the world. It addresses the major ecological challenges of our time, including climate change, from an integrated scientific, spiritual and ethical perspective.
Clara University Laudato Si' Teaching Module: Santa Clara University offers
a free online teaching module designed to help an instructor integrate the
encyclical into a variety of classes. The module was developed for college
students but is adaptable for high school students.
Catholic Climate Movement Season of Creation: The Season of Creation,
running between September 1 and October 4, is a time when 2.2 billion
Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. The website has ways to
get involved with a prayer service and ideas for caring for the environment.
Iustitiae 106: Healing a Broken World: Developed through a task force
at the appeal of Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Healing a Broken
World suggests many different commitments and initiatives that can be
undertaken at different levels of the Society of Jesus: conferences, provinces,
communities and works.
Confront Global Poverty: A joint program of the USCCB and CRS, Catholics
Confront Global Poverty have had regular action alerts on environmental justice
issues since the release of Laudato Si', the most recent calling on
Congress to fully fund the Green Climate Investment Fund.
Catholic Climate Covenant:
CCC’s website has an excellent advocacy action alert center, as well as the
opportunity to get support to help institutions move toward environmental
Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
August 26, 2018 – Bishop Thomas Daley of Spokane celebrated the 8:30 am Mass at St. Aloysius Church and officially announced Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ, as the new Pastor. Fr. Jerry Graham, SJ, joins the parish team as Associate Pastor.
August 24, 2018 - In a letter released today, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed the Society of Jesus and its lay collaborators regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
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