Season of Creation 2020

Dear All,
I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well. The Season of Creation 2020 began on September 1st (World Day of Prayer for Creation) and runs until October 4th (the feast of St. Francis of Assisi). Yes, this year will be different as we continue to do our best to protect one another during the pandemic. However, it is also an opportunity for us to engage in many exciting online events, to pray with and for one another and to reflect on how we can ‘build back better’ after COVID-19, working for a more sustainable and just world for all.

I would like to share with you some exciting initiatives that are happening in the coming weeks:

  • Eco-Congregation Westport are hosting a Laudato Si’ book club for those who wish to delve into Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home. It is a weekly event, commencing on Tuesday 1st September @ 7.30pm until Tuesday 6th October and you are warmly invited to participate. These webinars will be facilitated by Jane Mellett (Trócaire). To register please contact: ktfriel@gmail.com
  • On Thursday, September 17th @ 8pm, Kerry Diocesan JPiC Committee will host an online event in celebration of the Season of Creation called “Cultivating Hope”. The keynote speaker will be Lorna Gold, author of ‘Climate Generation’, who will be joined by a panel of Kerry based ‘activists’ of different ages and backgrounds. This will be an excellent opportunity to explore how to cultivate your hope in practical ways. To register please email: desbailey@dioceseofkerry.ie
  • On Thursday, September 24th at 1pm Trócaire will host a webinar, also under the theme of “Cultivating Hope”. We will hear from Sarah McCan, Trócaire’s Country Director in Zimbabwe, about the impacts of climate change on communities in Zimbabwe and how our partner organisations are supporting them to mitigate against this impact. You can register for this lunchtime webinar by clicking here
  • Fr. Dermot Lane’s book club continues during the Season of Creation as we explore his new publication “Theology & Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’”. Participants are still welcome to join us and you can contact jane.mellett@trocaire.org for details.

An important reminder that you will also find parish resources on Trócaire’s Season of Creation page as well liturgical resources on the Irish Bishop’s Conference website. We encourage faith communities to incorporate these resources into liturgies throughout September as we pray together for our world during these troubling times.

If you are hosting an event, online or otherwise, we would encourage you to add it to the Global Season of Creation map here.

As always, Trócaire’s church team are happy to support you in your actions.

With every blessing for a joyful Season of Creation.

Jane Mellett,
Laudato Si’ Officer, Trócaire.

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” (Laudato Si’, 14)