The Season of Creation runs from 1st September (the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on 4th October.The Season offers us time to reflect on the needs of our planet, our common home. We are encouraged to pray, celebrate liturgies, and join in community events in order to deepen our relationship with God, our neighbour and the earth we share. The theme this year takes inspiration from the Prophet Amos: ‘….let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ (Amos 5:23). We are invited to join people of good will across the globe in working and praying together for justice to flow throughout our world, restoring peace to creation and all people.On sunny Saturday 9th September, a group of us came together to honour God’s Creation with a walk along the River Porter from Endcliffe to Forge Dam. Four churches were represented: St. Francis of Assisi and St. Vincent’s (S 10), St. William of York (S 11), and Sacred Heart (S 6). We gathered under the trees by Endcliffe Park cafe, very happy to meet up with new friends from different parishes, and considered the reason for our walking together. We set off along the side of the river, talking together and stopping for a rest and prayer by Shepherd’s Wheel. Then we continued on to Forge Dam, where we finished the walk with a final prayer to Live Simply, and with thanks for each other’s good company. May we walk and pray together again, and continue to make new friends.
Walkers stopping for a rest and prayer by Shepherd’s Wheel
St. Vincent’s parish Live Simply Prayer.
Father, source of light and goodness Help us to tread lightly on your world, and To share with each other the fruits of your creation. Acting justly, loving tenderly and living simply. Showing humility and gratitude for all that you give Lord of heaven and earth.
Columba Timmins. St. Vincent’s Parish, Sheffield.