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The Creation Care Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Indianapolis, Indiana has been busy this Season of Creation!
On August 29th the parish held a prayer service to kick off the Season of Creation. The theme was “The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s Blessing” and included a meditation walk in their habitat garden.
During the week of and on September 27 the entire school participated in the worldwide climate strike!
Grades 5-8 watched the Greta Thunberg Ted Talk in which she tells her story of becoming a climate activist at the age of 15. In English and Social Studies middle school students had lessons on the Right to Assemble and Freedom of Speech. Each classroom decorated their door according to the Care for Creation theme of “All God’s Creatures”. All classes took a tour of the doors and then had a class discussion about each class’ door and how it relates to caring for creation.
Strike Day, September 27, began with a prayer service led by Earth Council students and listening to a speaker from Earth Charter Indiana speak about youth involved in climate action. Then students took to the sidewalk around the school with banners they made in Art and Science classes. A strike schedule was set so that every class had the opportunity to show their support for caring for creation. Parishioners and parents were invited to join them as they march in the late morning and throughout the afternoon.
See the St. Thomas School Facebook page for more pictures!
The Season of Creation will end with a pet blessing on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, and the parish youth group will join other parishes around the Archdiocese in planting 4 trees on the property.