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To: Clergy, religious brothers and sisters, school principals, school faculty/staff, parish communicators, social action ministers
From: Kat Doyle, director, Justice & Peace Ministries
The annual Season of Creation takes place from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis. Throughout this month, we encourage you to pray for and to take action to care for our common home. Below are some resources that will help guide your efforts:
How To Engage Our Church Leaders for Climate Action Webinar
Tuesday, August 31, 3 p.m.
The training will highlight best practices and tools to secure institutional Catholic signatures for the Climate Action Letter, and to promote support for long-term creation care work. While Catholic Climate Covenant will focus on engaging our bishops, the strategies and resources you learn can help you connect with your parish priest or other Catholic leaders whose support is essential to our continued faithful climate action! Click here to register.
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Wednesday, September 1
On September 1, the global church opens the Season of Creation with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. We invite you to incorporate prayer for our common home in your personal and/or communal prayer on or around this day. Some suggestions are the Prayer to Care for Our Common Home, the Way of Beauty (Stations of Creation) or the Season of Creation 2021 Prayer, which can be found in the celebration guide linked below.
Eco-Conversion: Called to Tend to a Flourishing Garden of Life
Feast of St. Francis, Monday, October 4
This year’s program focuses on the call for “Eco-conversion” that is central in the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP), and is designed to assist you and your community discern how to engage with the LSAP. The program contains prayers, readings, reflection/discussion questions, a short video and suggested activities. Click here to download the program.
Catholic Climate Petition
Catholic Climate Covenant invites you to join your voice with thousands of individuals signing this climate action petition across the U.S. Catholic community as a faith-filled appeal to President Biden and the U.S. Congress to work beyond partisanship and create climate solutions to care for present and future generations and our common home. Click here to sign.
We will soon share some exciting news about our own archdiocese of Atlanta Laudato Si’ Action Plan. For more information about the work of care for creation in our archdiocese, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.