The heavens declare the glory of the Creator … Day to day speech pours forth and night to night knowledge is revealed
• Psalm 19 – Psalms for Praying – Nan C. Merrill •
Happy Season of Creation!
Each year from September 1 to October 4 the ecumenical faith community unites for a global celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. We are co-creatures and part of all that God has made. Our wellbeing is interwoven with the wellbeing of the Earth. St. Francis of Assisi knew this and proclaimed the goodness of God in his Canticle of the Sun.
The theme for 2022 is Listen to the Voice of Creation. This theme raises awareness of our need to listen to the voice of all creation. To help us “listen” differently this year, we will be sharing a reflection card each week featuring one section of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World. Robin Wall Kimmerer notes in her best seller Braiding Sweetgrass that the Thanksgiving Address is “at heart an invocation of gratitude.” For the next seven weeks we invite you to take the time to reflect on each of elements, listen to the voice of creation, express gratitude for the gift of creation, and join in the recognition that “now our minds are one.”
Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. CDT on
Sunday, September 11th
- Please note this in your calendars -
Please continue to check our website and this newsletter for updates on the liturgy schedule. If you miss the livestream of the service, you will find it archived on ourYouTube Channel.
Additionally, you can find audio recordings of the Sunday and Holiday homilies on our "Homilies & Reflections" page or by searching Wheaton Franciscans in your preferred podcast player.
From Sr Bea Hernandez (JPIC):
As we begin the Season of Creation we are acutely aware of the many natural disasters affecting our world, including here in the US. Drought, forest fires, flooding, hurricanes and tornados, etc. A year and a half ago, President Biden directed all federal agencies to appoint a science integrity officer. Unfortunately, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has failed to take this critically important action. A thorough and scientific assessment is essential to helping people before, during and after natural disasters. We ask all of you to learn more and to sign onto the letter urging FEMA to act now. Science based efforts are needed if we want to save our planet, reduce the severity and incidence of natural disasters, and have recovery efforts that seek to minimize similar disasters in the future.
Join CCUSA today in helping our nation’s Afghan allies by urging your senators and representatives to enact, in the remaining days of the 117th Congress, the Afghan Adjustment Act as a standalone measure or as a provision in the Continuing Resolution, which is expected to be voted on in late September. Urge Congress to Pass the Afghan Adjustment Act Today!
For the first time, Pope Francis has published in advance his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1st, which marks the beginning of the Season of Creation. He invites us to take advantage of the 2022 Season of Creation to "cultivate our ecological conversion" and to pray together in "the great cathedral of creation." He also speaks of the upcoming COPs on climate and biodiversity and asks world leaders to take concrete actions, because "we are reaching 'a breaking point' and we must act now."
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