Season of Creation – Climate Sunday
This Sunday we have a special Climate Sunday celebration at our 11am Mass. This is the last Sunday in the Season of Creation which is marked throughout the Christian world. It runs from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.
Pope Francis states that the Season of Creation is a “season of increased prayer and effort on behalf of our common home.”
There is a clear link between the changing climate and the huge loss of biodiversity and species. Churches have a calling to be concerned with both people and the wider because Christians have a mandate to protect Creation. Environmental degradation flies in the face of that responsibility. Human-caused climate disruption affects the most poor and vulnerable globally – it’s a justice issue.
In our first week of the Season of Creation we invited you to advocate for the least among us by signing the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” petition ahead of the COP 26 meeting, in order to tell “world leaders how they should care for God’s creation.” We shared prayers and some spring flowering bulbs.
Today we are sharing apples as a gesture to invite you to appreciate the blessings of nature. It also links to an ecology project organised by Dr Ciara Murphy of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ). Children from the Gardiner Street Primary School will be planting a Crab Apple tree in the walled garden of the Jesuit Community here in Gardiner St on Monday Tuesday 4 October the last day of the Season of Creation and the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
A Prayer for Our Earth (Pope Francis)
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.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
For justice, love, and peace
The Practice of Silence and Stillness – Exploring Contemplative Prayer
Dates for your diary: ‘The Practice of Silence and Stillness – Exploring Contemplative Prayer’, Saturday morning 11-12 in person at Gardiner Street Parish; Oct 23, 30, Nov 13 and 20, facilitated by Suzanne Mangan and Eddie Cosgrove SJ, More details later.
We welcome Keisha and Lucy into the Christian Community through the Sacrament of Baptism celebrated in St. Francis Xavier’s Church.
May the Holy Spirit be with them and guide them always.
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VOLUNTEER WITH CROSSCARE
Would you like to help in a really practical way to support people in food poverty in the community? Crosscare Community Cafe in D1 are looking for volunteers to help our wonderful kitchen staff behind the scenes as a volunteer kitchen porter 1-2 mornings per week (Mon-Fri 10.30-2.30) Call Orla on 086 130 1575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more.
Romanian and Roma Interpreters
Let your language skills do the talking in this meaningful phone interpreter role. (No experience necessary as all training provided!) We are looking for Romanian Or Roma speaking volunteers with fluent English to join our Housing & Welfare Clinic team.
Phone Clinics: Wed 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Volunteer Commitment once every 2/3 weeks.
Call Orla on 086 130 1575 or email email@example.com to hear more.