Following the example of the Orthodox Church, in 2015 Pope Francis declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. According to Pope Francis, “This offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
The Bishops of England and Wales will be launching the film and course “Global Healing” (now available at www.ourcommonhome.co.uk ) to help individuals, families, parishes and diocese make a practical response to our care of creation. The new course to explore ways we can help protect our planet, Global Healing is a response to Laudato Si ‘ and is also drawn from the work of CAFOD and its experience and understanding of Climate Change in the Global South where the damage is greatest among the poorest people of our planet who have done least to cause it.
For more information see:www.ourcommonhome.co.uk
Other resources to celebrate Creation Day and Creation Time (1st September -4th October feast of St Francis) can be found at : https://catholicclimatemovement.global/world-day-of-prayer . The Liverpool Archdiocese J&P Commission together with CAFOD Liverpool has prepared Creation Time resources for 2016 and 2017 containing praying with the gospels, stories from our time and Laudato Si’ . The 2018 resource will be ready in the late Summer. This will then provide a complete course for the three years of the Church’s liturgical cycle. Download at: https://jp.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/resources/creation/