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We invite you to join us in celebrating the Season of Creation (September 1 to October 4). The Church recognizes the ecological challenge facing the world today as a major threat. Responding to this crisis forms an integral part of the Church’s mission. To embrace this mission to which the Lord is calling us, may our hearts be open to contemplate the gift of creation, and our role as stewards to Care for Our Common Home.
Many activities are planned for around the Archdiocese of Toronto, including:
- September 1: World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. All parishes are encouraged to celebrate with prayers, reflections and/or readings. See Season of Creation worship resources.
- September 7: Season of Creation Prayer Service, following 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 1701 Bloor St. W., Toronto.
- September 10, 1 to 2 p.m. EST: Development & Peace webinar to launch the “For Our Common Home — A Future for the Amazon; A Future for All” campaign. A panel, including Archbishop of Regina Donald J. Bolen, will discuss the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. Please register online.
- September 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: International Climate Strike at Queen’s Park. Development & Peace will gather at Lime Ridge Monument at 10:45 a.m. See more information.
- September 28, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Ecumenical Season of Creation Celebration at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 1701 Bloor St. W., Toronto. Pray, learn and gather for Taize prayer, Indigenous teaching (by Native Peoples' Mission) and fellowship to reflect on the web of life and the part we play in it.
- October 2, 1 p.m.: Webinar to launch the Canadian chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Keynote: Anne-Catherine Kennedy, Development & Peace Program Officer for Brazil and Colombia, will speak about the Synod on the Amazon. Information and webinar registration.
- October 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Feast of Creation St. Basil’s Parish, 50 St. Joseph St., Toronto. An ecumenical prayer service organized by Archdiocese of Toronto, Native People’s Mission, Mary Ward Centre and Global Catholic Climate Movement.