September 1 – October 4, 2018
As you know, Pope Francis released the Laudato Si’ encyclical in 2015. This encyclical issued a powerful message on our moral responsibility to take action on behalf of all creation.
This month Pope Francis made a special request-“that we may take good care of creation, a gift freely given-cultivating and protecting it for future generations, caring for our common home.” The Season of Creation (through the Catholic Global Climate Movement) is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions; the leaders of faith traditions have encouraged the faithful to participate. It is celebrated annually by tens of thousands of Christians around the world. Local, volunteer event hosts on six continents organize celebrations in the communities.
This year the period between the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (September 1 to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4) has been designated as a special time to focus on our common home and how we can best care for, protect and heal Earth. The following are the activities that will take place here in Oldenburg, IN and beyond:
1. Tuesday, September 4: Our opening prayer to begin the season will happen at 12:45 PM in the Motherhouse Chapel. (For those at a distance, the prayer is attached here. Prayer Service, Sept. 4
2. For three Thursday evenings at 6:30 during the month of September a movie on the environment will be shown at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center. On the fourth Thursday, S. Claire Whalen will present local efforts and success at solarization. The schedule is located here. Season of Creation Movies
3. Once a week on Friday during this season, you will receive a flyer of suggestions for the week. It is attached here. Season of Creation Flyer Week One
4. During the month banners depicting the Canticle of Creation from St. Francis of Assisi will be hung in the Motherhouse Chapel.
5. October 4: The movie, The Sultan and the Saint will be shown in the afternoon at the Motherhouse.