Liturgy and Pastoral

Season of Creation 2021

As you will know 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment entitled Laudato Si’: On care for our Common Home. This anniversary was celebrated throughout the world and in Rome in May 2021. This year, as in previous years, the Season of Creation will be celebrated from 1st September – 4th October. It is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the gift of creation, to explore with parishioners the rich content of Laudato Si’ and decide on what actions should be taken locally to care for our common home.

The theme for the Season of Creation this year is “A Home for All?: Restoring Our Common Home”. We are pleased to bring to your attention Liturgical Resources for use during the Season of Creation which will be celebrated from 1st September – 4th October 2021. These resources are now available for downloading on the website of the Irish Episcopal Conference and our own diocese.

The resources are made up as follows:

  1. An Introduction to the Season of Creation, and Earth Day Prayer Service and a Prayer Service for Wednesday 1st September 2021. This could serve as a Prayer Service in the parish, or as a resource for an ecumenical gathering with other churches, or at the opening of the school year, or during the weekday Mass.
  2. Resources for the Sundays between 1st September and 4th October 2021, covering a Penitential Service, Notes for a homily, Prayers of the Faithful, a post-Communion Reflection, and the Dismissal at the end of Mass.
  3. An outline of practical actions that parishioners might take during the Season of Creation which includes a ritual for tree planting.
  4. A Season of Creation Leaflet for parishes containing information on biodiversity initiatives and other activities.

In addition to the Resources, you will also find, later in August, Podcasts on the website of the Irish Episcopal Conference relating to the Season of Creation.

After the Season of Creation there will be a meeting in October of world leaders in China for a UN Biodiversity Conference (known as COP 15) and another UN meeting on Climate Change in November of world leaders in Scotland on (known as COP 26). In preparation for these UN meetings there will be a petition known as the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition available at http://healthyplanetandpeople.org/ for dioceses, parishes, and individuals to sign. It is envisaged that this petition with signatures will be presented by Pope Francis to the Presidents of these upcoming UN conferences.

The Season of Creation, of course, should be celebrated in a way that adheres to the guidelines concerning the Covid-19 crisis during 1September – 4 October 2021.

Finally, you may wish to know that these Resources have been prepared by the Laudato Si’ Working Group of the Council for Catechetics.  We hope you will find them helpful and, of course, you should feel free to adapt them to suit the local circumstances of your parish and schools.

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World Meeting of Families 2022

The Dicastery for Laity Family and Life has shared this video message from Pope Francis.

https://youtu.be/fTKeQXY2DEY

In his message, Pope Francis outlines some important changes that have been made to the structure of the 10th World Meeting of Families in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The WMOF2022 is being hosted by the Diocese of Rome but the changes being introduced will see a much greater focus on the local Church. 

More resources can be found on the website of the Irish Catholic Bishops

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World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly (25th July 2021)

The Bishops’ Council for Marriage and the Family has circulated the link below to the resources for dioceses and parishes for the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be celebrated for the first time on Sunday 25 July.

https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2021/07/06/resources-for-the-world-day-for-grandparents-and-the-elderly/

The Resources include:

·         A welcome for the day from Bishop Nulty

·         The Holy Father’s Message for the day in text and leaflet format

·         Liturgical Notes for Sunday 25 July 

·         The official Prayer for the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

·         Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Prayer for Grandparents 

·         Quotes about Grandparents and the Elderly from Pope Francis 

·         Information on the Plenary Indulgence being granted for the day

·         The ‘Plant A Tree in Their Memory’ initiative

·         Social Media Visuals and the official social media hashtag

·         Useful links to additional resources from the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and from the Catholic Grandparents Association

 

These resources will be further added to between now and 25 July.

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Easter Ceremonies across the Diocese

Following the cautious opening of churches on 26th March, many parishes will be celebrating the ceremonies of the Easter Triduum with congregations present. For information on times and locations of these celebrations, please click on the link below. ALL parishes will continue to relay ceremonies using their usual media formats – please consult parish websites and bulletins for details. 

Easter Triduum 2021