The goal of the Environment and Sustainability Committee is to encourage awareness and action on environmental issues in parishes. This includes encouraging a spirituality which includes respect for the integrity of creation and increasing the understanding of Catholic social teaching on environment and sustainability among Catholics in the Diocese of Auckland.
Image courtesy of Season of Creation
Our Holy Father asks us to celebrate Season of Creation 2020.
Click here to watch brief video with informative text and links from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
1st September 1 is “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” – and the start of “Season of Creation”.
Pope Francis encourages us to participate in the ”Season of Creation” through prayer and action.
In 2015 he established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation for Catholics, encouraging the Catholic community to pray for our “Common Home”. It is also the beginning of the “Season of Creation”, an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles. It runs until 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi.
A Prayer for our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. Amen.
This is the first part of Pope Francis’ prayer from “Laudato Si’”. For the full-length prayer please see below (Prayers):
Video with brief “Laudato Si’” hymn beautifully sung by a Franciscan Friar.
Father Michael Perry also includes the launch of the Laudato Si’ encyclical back in 2015 by Our Holy Father and reflects as a Franciscan on Laudato Si’. Video of Pope Francis speaking from the balcony of St Peter’s Cathedral in Rome 14th June 2015.
Prayers suggested for the care of creation during “Season of Creation”:
Season of Creation 2020 prayer from Season of Creation website.
Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year prayer (24th May 2020 to 24th May 2021).
A penitent prayer for our Earth (by our committee for Earth Day): See below, Our Previous Work, “Earth Day”.
Suggested “Prayers of the faithful” (from the Season of Creation website).
More information about the “Season of Creation:
The most up to date information from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (See text below video)
Resources for masses: A “Laudato Si Mass”, Homily guides for each Sunday during Season of Creation 2020, prayers of the faithful.
Laudato Si Quotes: Please see below, “Our Previous Work”, “Laudato Si’ Week 2020”.
“Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home”, the encyclical by Pope Francis (2015)
If you would like to see more of our recent previous work, then these postings are available:
Our Earth Day Message (22nd April 2020): Info, reflection and a prayer: Click here to view
Our pamphlet “23 green Tips”, which was distributed to parishes for the Season of Creation 2019 (1st September to 4th October)
“23 GREEN TIPS” pamphlet: Click here to view pamphlet
Laudato Si’ Week 2020 (see below)JP 1
The committee currently has 5 active members. We meet on Saturday mornings 11am to 1pm about 7 times a year.
Convenor: Susanne Rehder Montgomerie;
Email: [email protected]
The Committee is open to new members. If you are interested in environmental issues, and have background in related areas, please Contact us with a few lines of information about your Church and community background and any experience in the issues of the Committee.