Fylde parishes mark World Day of Prayer for Creation

Paul Kelly, CAFOD parish volunteer, organised a Prayer Service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ansdell, on the Fylde Coast, to mark the annual World Day of Prayer for Creation that was declared by Pope Francis this time last year.

On Thursday 1 September at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ansdell we held a Prayer Service to mark the annual World Day of Prayer for Creation that was declared by Pope Francis this time last year. It included a period of quiet prayer and Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. The service booklet included the CAFOD vigil of prayer.

St Joseph's Catholic Church at Ansdell

St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Ansdell

We were delighted that thirty people came along from across the Fylde Coast parishes, giving the event an intimate family feel. Many said afterwards how much they appreciated the opportunity to be still and quiet before the Blessed Sacrament. The busyness of our lives is one of the things that can make it harder to reflect on how we use, and sometimes mis-use, the gifts of God’s creation.

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We designed the service to be lay lead using four readers and a Eucharistic Minister for Exposition, so were delighted when Fr David had managed to clear space in his hectic week to lead us. The service started with prayers and readings. Then once the Blessed Sacrament was exposed everyone came forward to light a candle whilst making an inner personal pledge to do something specific to help care for creation during Creation Time – 1 September to the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on 4 October. This flowed naturally into about 20 minutes of silent prayer.

Lit candles signify personal pledges made to do something specific to help care for creation during Creation Time

Lit candles signify personal pledges made to do something specific to help care for creation during Creation Time

The service booklet included a range of pieces that could be used to help reflection: Pope Francis’ prayer in union with creation taken from Laudato Si’, a poem by Mary Oliver, and extracts by Desmund Tutu, the Archbishop of Uppsala (Church of Sweden), and St Paul (Romans, 8).

For me it was the perfect way to open Creation Time. And my resolution: to eat less meat and cheese.

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