St. Joseph and the Season of Creation

Over the last 30 or so years, increasing numbers of Christians have come together from September 1 to October 4 with renewed focus to honor God as God of Creation and to re-commit to care for God’s creation.  This month-plus span has come to be known as “The Season of Creation.”

From the folks at seasonofcreation.org: “We hope that this Season of Creation renews our baptismal call to care and sustain an ecological turning so that life may flourish, and all creatures may find their place to flourish among our common home.”

Catholics have come relatively recently to embrace the season, sparked mostly by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si.”

Here at St. Joseph, we will offer six outdoor prayer events, featuring our cemetery and space outside the church, to commemorate a season which is primarily a season of prayer.  Here is our schedule:

Saturday, September 4:   9am opening “Season of Creation” Mass in Parish Cemetery

Monday, September 6: Blue Sky Monday Labor Day Mass, 8:30am outside of the church; no evening programming

Wednesday, September 22:  7am Morning Prayer in Parish Cemetery (Autumnal Equinox)

Wednesday, September 22: 7pm evening healing Mass outside the church for first day of Autumn

Sunday, October 3: 6pm evening Mass outdoors with the blessing of animals

Monday, October 4: Blue Sky Monday Mass, 8:30am, that will also be the parish “Green” Mass to close out the Season of Creation

In addition, we will include more focus on Creation in our daily and Sunday prayers, and are open to adding more activity.

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