Parishioners from St Joseph’s parish in Penarth and St Mary’s parish in Dinas Powys, came together on Wednesday 3 October to mark the end of Creation time which ran until 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi.
This is an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles and this dedicated group of volunteers organised a Prayer Vigil and invited other local denominations to join their celebration.
Pope Francis has established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. In September we celebrated the fourth annual World Day of Prayer.
The annual Day of Prayer is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared earth.
God of all creation,
your spirit dances throughout the earth.
You give drink to the trees, shade for the birds,
bread for the hungry.
You bring life and make all things holy.
Flood our hearts with your grace,
so we may sow seeds of love, justice and beauty,
and reflect your kingdom here on earth.
We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen
Pope Francis calls us all to celebrate this opportune moment to “reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Adviser at CAFOD says: “Pope Francis is calling us to an ecological conversion,” “His encyclical reminds us that we have a responsibility to our earth, to each other and to generations yet to come.”
Stewardship is one of our key values at CAFOD.
As Pope Francis wrote:
“..the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed.”
Laudato Si’ animation for young people here.