“Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us” (Pope Francis).
Climate change affects our health, our homes, our health, our heritage and our beautiful landscapes. Our community centres where we meet, our sports fields where we play and our places of pilgrimage where we reflect and pray. Climate change ruins the work we do to fight poverty and to lead better lives.
We have already made huge progress on climate change and scientists know more than they ever have. But things are urgent now. Climate change affects living creatures and the beautiful world that God has created. So, as Christians, we have a part to play in the response.
CAFOD has launched a new climate campaign, Our Common Home, and is asking every parish to hold a Creation Mass to celebrate our beautiful world so that we might take care for it in a better way.
A Creation Celebration is a great opportunity to bring your parish or 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.
By organising a Creation Celebration, you will be joining a global Catholic family, campaigning for change. We have inspiring stories of climate campaigners from all over the world in our Organisers’ Guide. You may like to share these stories to motivate others to join our campaign in your parish or community.
In Lancaster Diocese we will be launching our new campaign, Our Common Home, with Creation Masses at Our Lady & St Edward’s parish in Preston, over the weekend of 18th and 19th May.
We will be joined by Sarah Croft, CAFOD’s Campaigns Manager from Romero House in London and Agnes Kalekye Kithikii, CAFOD Programme Manager from Eritrea.
Come and join us at: Our Lady & St Edward’s Catholic Church, 4 Malborough Drive, Preston, PR2 9UE, and see how you could run the new campaign in your parish by celebrating a Creation Mass.
After each Mass that weekend, we will have a time of sharing in the Parish Centre. All events are free and suitable for all ages.
After the 6.00pm Saturday Vigil Mass: Jacob’s Join and CAFOD Quiz (7.00pm meal for 7.30pm quiz)
After the 8.30am Sunday Mass: Parish Breakfast – with some extras…
After the the 10.30am Sunday Mass: Coffee and “Bring a sandwich for your Brunch”
A Creation Celebration is a chance to celebrate, to talk and to act. We will have a chance to share our own ideas of what we all can do to take better care of Our Common Home.
Pope Francis tells us that “nature is a magnificent book given to us that we might know our creator”. If we are to protect it, we must first value and cherish it