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”.
The day is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared Earth.
He 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.”
Therefore, in response to this call, the CAFOD group of the newly formed Parish of the Good Samaritan in Burnley are organising a prayer vigil and everyone is most welcome to attend. The vigil will be held at St John the Baptist’s Church, Ivy Street, Burnley, BB10 1TB on Tuesday 17th September at 7pm.
During the vigil, led by the parish priest Fr David Featherstone, there will be a short time for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is our opportunity, as stewards of the Earth, to pray for the promotion of living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. So please join us in prayer and reflection for “Our Common Home”. Tea and coffee will be served in the Parish Hall after the vigil.
This World Day of Prayer also falls at the beginning of Creation Time, which runs until 4th 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.
Shortly after Creation Time this year, a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place, focusing on the Amazon region and integral ecology. This will be an opportunity for the Church to listen to the people of the Amazon and respond with them to the devastation facing them and their environment.
Please feel free to download a copy of the poster to advertise the Care of Creation Prayer Vigil in your parish or school community: