Calendar

Sep
1
Sun
Season of Creation
Sep 1 – Oct 4 all-day

I love my planet motifInstituted by Pope Francis in 2015, this season offers all in the Church the opportunity to reflect on our care of creation.

There are a number of resources available to help church communities do this.

The season of creation website has much material:-

Season of Creation Website

The Columbans have also published guides relating to the individual Sundays during this period:-

Columban Sunday guide

 

Sep
29
Sun
105th World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2019
Sep 29 all-day

An opportunity to take part in the this global show of solidarity with those who seek to get to a different country to their own.

Pope Francis, in his message encouraging people to participate in prayer and action on this day, says

“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!” (Mt 14:27).

refugees walkingIt is not just about migrants: it is also about our fears. The signs of meanness we see around us heighten “our fear of ‘the other’, the unknown, the
marginalized, the foreigner… We see this today in particular, faced with the arrival of migrants and refugees knocking on our door in search of protection, security and a better future. To some
extent, the fear is legitimate, also because the preparation for this encounter is lacking” (Homily in Sacrofano, 15 February 2019). But the problem is not that we have doubts and fears. The problem is when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist. In this way, fear deprives us of the desire and the ability to encounter the other, the person different from myself; it deprives me of an opportunity to encounter the Lord (cf. Homily at Mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 14 January
2018).

What will you be doing in your parish community?

Oct
20
Sun
One World Week 2019 – Climate Changes Everything – Now is the time to act
Oct 20 – Oct 27 all-day

chart showing impacts of climate changeIn case you hadn’t noticed, Climate Change seems to have come to the top of everyone’s agenda (apart from one D Trump).

Here it is again appearing as the theme for this year’s One World Week. Even if you do not intend to mark this week in your church you might find their resources useful.

It is becoming clear that our current values system and associated economic system make it difficult to achieve the rapid and profound changes necessary to safeguard the future of our children. This is why “Everything needs to change – and it needs to start today” (Greta Thunberg, TED talk.

One World Week resources for 2019

Nov
17
Sun
3rd World Day of the Poor
Nov 17 all-day

logo for the World day of the poor 2019In a powerful text, Pope Francis explores the meaning of the quote given from the Psalms and applies it  to our world today.

Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by shortsighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from prostitution to the narcotics trade, and profoundly demeaned. How can we overlook, too, the millions of immigrants who fall victim to any number of concealed interests, often exploited for political advantage, and are refused solidarity and equality? And all the homeless and ostracized persons who roam the streets of our cities?

How many times do we see poor people rummaging through garbage bins to retrieve what others have discarded as superfluous, in the hope of finding something to live on or to wear! They themselves become part of a human garbage bin; they are treated as refuse, without the slightest sense of guilt on the part of those who are complicit in this scandal. Frequently judged parasites on society, the poor are not even forgiven their poverty. Judgment is always around the corner. They are not allowed to be timid or discouraged; they are seen as a threat or simply useless, simply because they are poor.
To make matters worse, they can see no end to the tunnel of extreme poverty. We have come to the point of devising a hostile architecture aimed at ridding the streets of their presence, the last places left to them. They roam from one end of the city to the other in the hope of getting a job, a home, a sign of affection… The least offer becomes a ray of light; yet even where justice might be expected to prevail, they meet with violence and abuse. Forced to work endless hours under a burning sun to gather seasonal fruits, they receive ridiculously low pay. They labour in unsafe and inhuman conditions that prevent them from feeling on a par with others. They lack unemployment compensation, benefits, or even provision for sickness.

How will you use this opportunity in your parish?