Marking The ‘Season Of Creation’ In Diocese Of Kerry

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THE Diocese of Kerry is joining dioceses across Ireland and Christian churches globally in calling for action, to ‘Restore Our Common Home’ during this ‘Season of Creation’.

The Season of Creation runs from September 1st to October 4th when Christian churches around the world focus on prayer and action to protect the natural world or creation, ‘our common home’.

This time can be described as the churches’ eco time. It closes on the 4th of October, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology.

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The words ‘Our Common Home’ are those used by Pope Francis in his letter ‘Laudato Si’ on Care for Our Common Home’, addressed “to every person living on the planet”.

All 53 parishes across the diocese are being encouraged to mark the Season in some way.

Parishes have received copies of the Season of Creation Leaflet 2021 – Restoring our Common Home, which explains the theme and gives suggestions of practical actions to be taken in the areas of: caring for God’s creatures; biodiversity; energy; avoiding food waste and reducing plastic pollution.

Parishes have also received the necessary resources to include the theme in Sunday Masses during the 5-week Season. The Season of Creation Leaflet 2021 is available on the diocesan website and the diocesan Facebook page.

The diocesan aim is that each parish plants a native Irish Tree on church grounds in time for National Tree Day in October.

The Radio Kerry programme ‘Horizons’, the daily ‘Just a Thought’ and the diocesan Facebook page will all highlight the theme throughout the Season.

On September 16th the Diocesan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC) will host a free webinar focusing on the importance of protecting precious habitats, featuring two Kerry projects The Curlew Conservation Programme and The Pearl Mussel Project.

Speakers include Patricia Deane, MacGillycuddy Reeks European Innovation Partnership (EIP), Hubert Servignat, Curlew Conservation Programme and Dr Mary Catherine Gallagher, Pearl Mussel Project. The devastation of the Killarney National Park will also be a focus.  The focus for the webinar is on positive action.

To register for this online webinar contact:  064-6632644 or visit to Register.

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