Pope Francis reminds us that our earth was here before us and it has been given to us freely, not to exploit, but to care for. We need to reimagine our common home – a precious gift given to us by God. Not just for ourselves, but for the world’s poorest people and for those generations still to come. By coming together for a Creation Celebration, we can give thanks for the gift of God’s creation – a gift we are invited to enjoy together.
CAFOD’s new campaign on climate change, Our Common Home, is asking parishes to hold Creation Celebrations this summer and autumn. It’s a great opportunity to bring your parish community together to act on the biggest issue of our time – climate change. We are all part of God’s creation and we are called to care for, protect and restore our common home, the earth.
With this in mind, last Sunday the parish communities of St Anne’s, Westby, and Holy Family, Freckleton, gathered at St Anne’s Catholic Church for their CAFOD Creation Celebration Mass. The CAFOD parish volunteers from both communities organised it and received lots of positive feedback.
Fr Hibbert celebrated the 8.45am Sunday Mass and CAFOD parish volunteer at St Anne’s, Deborah Owen, warmly welcomed everyone. The CAFOD volunteers shared the CAFOD talk after the Gospel, explaining a bit more about why we are gathered for this Creation Celebration. This was followed with reflection music, including a violin solo, whilst symbolic items representing creation were processed and laid in front of the parish creation display on the sanctuary. The young people read the prayers of intercession, adapted specifically with a creation theme.
Responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor requires drastic changes. These changes will impact on how we behave as individuals, communities and societies. After the Creation Mass, everyone enjoyed refreshments together, and were asked to sign the CAFOD petition, calling on the Prime Minister to act now to make the transition to net zero; to go further, faster to achieve net zero emissions honestly, transparently and without caveats by 2045. Achieving net zero emissions will limit the worst effects of climate change on our health, homes and communities and people living in poverty around the world.
The Creation Celebration Mass was such a lovely service; a peaceful time to think and reflect about how we can all play a part in helping save and protect God’s wonderful creation – a great opportunity to rewrite the future of our common home.
“Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things” Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #77
Thank you to the CAFOD parish volunteers of St Anne’s, Westby and Holy Family, Freckleton for organising this wonderful celebration of creation.
If you would like to arrange a Creation Celebration in your parish, please see our Creation Celebration Organisers’ Guide and follow the 3 steps. For more information contact either Patrick Gardner or Stephen Garsed at CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre in Preston on 01772 733310 or email either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com