This fall marks the first year the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is officially celebrating the Season of Creation ( Season of Creation (September 1 – October 4). In efforts to pair prayer with action, the Creation Care Committee developed a weekly guide to help parishes and individuals take action for protecting our common home. The guide and archdiocesan-wide tree planting efforts were highlighted in a recent print and online article by the National Catholic Reporter.
The 5 week guide features different spotlights on environmental topics, a short prayer, and 7 tips on how to take a new action each day in the theme of the day. The themes of the day include:
- Meatless Monday
- Energy Awareness Tuesday
- Water Conservation Wednesday
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Thursday
- Walk, Bike, or Share-a-ride to Work Friday
- Take-a-Hike Saturday
- Laudato Si’ Sunday
The 5 weeks will end with a Archdiocesan-wide tree planting, in which Archbishop Charles Thompson is expected to participate.
Committee member John Mundell and Deacon Mike Braun were interviewed by the National Catholic Reporter as part of their Season of Creation Series.
“The act of planting trees offers a tangible way for parishioners to experience a sense of interconnectedness with creation and what’s happening in the world,” said Deacon Michael Braun, archdiocesan director of pastoral ministries. He added it also broadens how people might view the Feast of St. Francis, which has traditionally been focused on blessings of animals.
“When you think of St. Francis of Assisi, I think that’s what comes to mind, of seeing God in creation, in a sunset or in a forest … it’s that whole beauty of creation. And that comes forth when we’re planting trees.” Braun said.
The NCR article also features programs and ideas for the Season from around the world. Read the full article here.