Season of Creation
From Sunday, September 1 to Friday, October 4, Christians around the world will be celebrating the Season of Creation by praying and acting together to protect our common home.
This is a time to join together to live the Catholic faith and care for God’s creation. To love God, we must honor all that God has created. To love our neighbor requires us as Christians to preserve and protect all that sustains life.
The theme of this year’s Season of Creation celebration is “The Web of Life.” Catholics are uniting with others in the Christian family to protect every creature in God’s beautifully complex web of creation.
Season of Creation Events
Fifth Annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Sunday, September 1 from 4 – 6 p.m.
All are invited to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church as the Catholic and Greek Orthodox communities of greater Chicagoland join together for an ecumenical service to give thanks for God’s gift of creation. Bishop Mark Bartosic will preside over the special prayer service followed by a lecture from Greek Orthodox scholar Rev. Dr. Deacon Perry Hamlis.
In Honor of the Season of Creation, there will be showings of the award winning documentary, "The Human Element." (Watch trailer here)
Dates and Times of Showings:
September 10th at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Orland Hills (Flyer)
September 16th at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Well Spiritual Center in Lagrange Park (Flyer)
September 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park (Flyer)
September 29th at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church in Indian Creek (Flyer)
October 3rd at 7 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Evanston (Flyer)
Faith in Place Green Team Summit
Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A special Green Team Summit celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Faith in Place and the work of Green Teams throughout Illinois will be held at The Field Museum on Saturday, September 14. For more information and to register please click here.
Praying Together for the Healing of Our Planet
Friday, October 4 at 12 p.m.
Contact your Representative in Support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763)
On January 25th, a bipartisan group of House representatives introduced HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). The legislation seeks to reduce national carbon pollution emissions by over 90% by 2050 by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton and increasing $10 every year. This level of ambition would be a significant step towards addressing the climate challenge, especially its impacts our poor and vulnerable neighbors, and our shared future.
As the most significant piece of bipartisan climate legislation to be introduced since 2009, we encourage you to ask your House Representative to co-sponsor this bill and ask your Senators to introduce a similar bill on a bipartisan basis.
Contact your Senator in Support of the International Climate Accountability Act (S.1743)
On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The goal of the agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Paris Agreement is a major step by the world’s nations to address the climate crisis and ensure a livable future for all peoples and our planet.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) responded to the President’s withdrawal by saying,
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) along with Pope Francis and the entire Catholic Church, have consistently upheld the Paris Agreement as an important international mechanism to promote environmental stewardship and encourage climate change mitigation. The President's decision not to honor the U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement is deeply troubling.”
On June 5th, 2019, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen introduced the International Climate Accountability Act (S.1743), a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by 46 Senators, which prohibits the use of federal funding to advance the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement and calls upon the President to develop and submit a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Agreement. A similar bill in the House of Representatives - the Climate Action Now Act (H.R.9) - passed the House on May 2nd, 2019.
As faithful Catholics seeking national and global leadership to address the climate crisis, we ask that you thank your Senators who have sponsored S.1743, and call upon your Senators who have not, to do so.
Season of Creation Resources for Parishes
- Weekly guides from Fr. James Hug, SJ
- Homily Help for Sunday, September 15 from Father Jacek Orzechowski, OFM
- Homily Helps for Cycle C (all weeks) – Catholic Climate Covenant
Liturgical/Prayer Planning Resources
- Season of Creation Prayers of the Faithful
- Ideas for planning a Laudato Si’ Mass
- Season of Creation - Ecumenical Resource from Australia
General Bulletin Resources
Season of Creation Resources for Schools
Season of Creation for Grades 6-12
For more information on this and other Care for Creation efforts throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, please contact Ryan Lents at [email protected] or 312.534.8057.