September 1 – October 4, 2023
From September 1 (World Day of Prayer for Creation) to October 4 (Feast of St. Francis) each year, the Catholic Church joins with other faith traditions to celebrate the Season of Creation by praying and acting together to protect our common home.
The 2023 worldwide theme is “Let Peace and Justice Flow”. Prophet Amos cries out “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24). We are called to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss of biodiversity.
Events happening in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
Mass for the Season of Creation
September 26, 2023 @ 6:00pm
St. Thomas Aquinas (Indianapolis)
4600 N Illinois St, 46208
Join Archbishop Thomas and the Creation Care Ministry for a Mass for the Season of Creation. Light refreshments and fellowship with follow.
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform for Catholic Institutions
Sept 13, 2023 @ 3pm
3200 Cold Spring Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Join John Mundell, Director of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and Matthew Celmer, Director of MoonTree Studios for an afternoon on how local and worldwide Catholic institutions have discerned practical steps to bringing ecological conversion in their communities.
Prayer Services & Pet Blessings
The event will be help at Marian University Theater in Marian Hall, #21 on the campus map.
Do you have a Season of Creation Event or a story to share? We’d love to hear from you! Send us a note at at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guides & Resources
2023 Featured Resource
Find practical tips and reflections on how to “Let Justice and Peace Flow like a Mighty River” in your school or parish from the Irish Catholic Conference’s 2023 Season of Creation Leaflet. (See page 2)
Prayer and Liturgy
What is the Season of Creation?
- One Page Explainer (Catholic Climate Covenant)
- Faith Leaders’ Invitation to join the Season of Creation
- River Ritual (Irish Conference of Bishops)
- Feast of St. Francis Program (Catholic Climate Covenant)
- Season of Creation Celebration Guide
- Holy Hour Prayer for Care of Creation
- Novena to St. Francis (CAFOD)
- Laudato Si’ Movement Prayer Book
- Canticle of Creatures reflection
- Blessing of Animals
- Climate Vigil Songs and Worship Guide (The Porter’s Gate Worship Project)
- Season of Creation Liturgical Guide (Dominican Center, Michigan)
- 2023 Season of Creation Liturgical Notes (Irish Conference of Bishops)
- Homily Helps Sept 2023 (Catholic Climate Covenant)
- Prayers of the Faithful
Fall Tree, Shrub & Vine Sale
The ArchIndy Creation Care Ministry is not holding a fall tree & wildflower sale in 2023.
You are invited to shop a great selection through Native Plants Unlimited or your local soil and water conservation district.
2022 – Listen to the Voice of Creation
- “Burning Bush” song for SOC including lyrics and chords
Mass for the Season of Creation
What a great evening! Didn’t make it? Read the text of Archbishop Thompson’s 2022 homily.
Find ways to connect with God in nature through prayer, reflection and activity with the 2023 ArchIndy Connecting with God in Nature Guide.
2021 – “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God”
Season of Creation Toolkit
Prayer, learning, and action ideas for parishes, individuals and families, schools, and youth ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
2020 – “Jubilee for the Earth”
Our 2020 daily guide focused around the 7 themes of the Laudato Si’ 5th Anniversary Year (May 2020 – May 2021). Use this guide to reflect, pray and take action in your home or with your fellow parishioners.
2019 – “The Web of Life”
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis calls us to join him in embarking on a new path to shape the future of our planet. During the 5 week Season of Creation we invite you to join us to learn, share with others, and challenge yourself to take new actions every week with each daily theme.
View more resources for each themes of the day!
Thanks to Our Supporters
Thanks to the following groups who have providing monetary and in-kind donations to support Creation Care Ministry throughout the years.