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Get ready for the Season of Creation!
1st September-4th October 2022
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Invitation to join the Season of Creation

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home.

The Season “Celebration” begins on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

This year we will unite around the theme, “Listen to the Voice of Creation.”

The Psalmist declares, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge…their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the Earth, and their words to the end of the world.” (19: 1-4)

During the Season of Creation, our common prayer and action can help us listen for the voices of those who are silenced. In prayer we lament the individuals, communities, species, and ecosystems who are lost, and those whose livelihoods are threatened by habitat loss and climate change. In prayer we centre the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.

May this 2022 Season of Creation renew our ecumenical unity, renewing and uniting us by our bond of Peace in one Spirit, in our call to care for our common home. And may this season of prayer and action be a time to Listen to the Voice of Creation, so that our lives in words and deeds proclaim good news for all the Earth.

In God’s grace,

Members of the Season of Creation Advisory Committee

Save the Date!
Saturday, 17th September, 10am – 1pm
Westminster Social Justice and Peace Forum
‘To Accompany Refugees’
St Aloysius Church Hall, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA

Pupils from All Saints Catholic Academy Trust Schools – St Joan of Arc, Divine Saviour & Holy Rood (Hertfordshire)- tell us about the Synod and why we should get involved.

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2022 Meetings
Monday 14th February, 12.45-2.00pm
Guest Speaker: Bishop John Arnold
View the Recording here

Monday 14th March, 12.45-2.00pm
Nourishment for Lent
Listen to the Meditation again here

Monday 9th May, 12.45-2.00pm
All Creatures Great and Small:
Reflecting on Biodiversity

Guest Speakers: John Paul de Quay & Mary Colwell
Listen to John Paul’s talk here
Listen to Mary’s update on the GCSE in Natural History here


Monday 13th June, 12.45-2.00pm
Sustainable Summers
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Monday 11th July, 12.45-2.00pm
Preparation for the Season of Creation and COP27
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Monday 12th September, 12.45-2.00pm
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Guest Speaker – Shanon Shah
(Director, Faith for the Climate)

Monday 10th October, 12.45-2.00pm

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Monday 14th November, 12.45-2.00pm

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Monday 12th December, 12.45-2.00pm

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This developing network for all Catholics and our friends who care about creation meets monthly online on the second Monday of the month and also organises other events online and in-person when this is possible. Some events take place jointly with the Northern Dioceses Environment Group, as we all work together to animate the Catholic community in the long-term task of stabilising our climate and protecting our common home.

We are inspired by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, especially as set out by Pope Francis in the encyclical Laudato Si’, and the teachings on caring for the earth and one another found in Scripture.

Participants include CAFOD and Diocesan staff and volunteers, Laudato Si’ Animators, parishioners, clergy, religious and activists. All are welcome.

The Southern Dioceses are:
Arundel & Brighton, Brentwood, Clifton, East Anglia, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southwark and Westminster

For the Zoom link, more details, or to be added to the mailing list please email
Colette Joyce, Westminster Justice and Peace Co-ordinator, colettejoyce@rcdow.org.uk
or call her on 07593 434 905

Racial Justice Sunday Resources – https://www.cbcew.org.uk/rjs22/
The Road to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 Cardinal Vincent Nichols sets out our aims for the Diocese of Westminster

Visit the Laudato Si’ Action Platform!
For families, parishes, dioceses, educational institutions, healthcare institutions, organisations, communities, communication centres, NGOs, businesses, farms & religious

WESTMINSTER SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PEACE FORUM
THE CATHOLIC VISION OF WORK
22ND MAY 2021

Introductory Remarks from Bishop Nicholas Hudson:

It’s my privilege and pleasure to welcome you all to this Social Justice & Peace Forum, in which we’re going to be exploring ‘The Catholic Vision of Work’. It’s a very logical follow-on from the last Forum, in which we asked what the pandemic was teaching us about the call to Justice & Peace.

But human flourishing has long been at the heart of a Catholic Vision of Work; and work environments which foster human flourishing after the pandemic are surely going to be part of our discussion today.

As is the impact on the environment itself. It was St Irenaeus who said, in the early Middle Ages, “By his work … man (man and woman) … makes (make) creation more beautiful.” By their work, man and woman make creation more beautiful. That’s a statement which speaks even more deeply to us now, I think, than it did even 14 months ago – because we’ve become sensitised, through reflection, observation and discussion, to the impact on creation of all our different ways of working.

That question seems more urgent than ever as society gets back to work; because the pandemic has opened our eyes to see the sheer scale of poverty and inequality in the United Kingdom; just how many are falling through the social safety net; how the poor are getting poorer – especially those who have no work. Society is waking up to the fact that it’s going to get worse, not better: inflation is already upon us, unemployment and homelessness are bound to increase. The Catholic vision of unemployment is unequivocal: unemployment is a “real social disaster”. Resort to a gig economy, with zero-hours contracts, is leaving increasing numbers of families still with too little income to put food on the table.

Into this reality the Catholic Vision of Work needs to speak ever more urgently.

The right to a just wage and the right to rest are central to it – as is the right, as Pope St John Paul II put it in ‘Laborem Exercens’, “the right to a working environment and to manufacturing processes which are not harmful to the workers’ physical health or to their moral integrity.” Of course, Catholic Social teaching doesn’t mention working from home as such: we’ve only now woken up to all the issues around that – because the pandemic forced us to.

How the air and our children’s lungs were spared by our not driving cars into work or flying across continents for meetings was brought home to us by the bright, bright blue skies of April and May last year!

“Just look at that sky!” I remember one homeless man telling another in Leicester Square.

The vital impact on family life of the way we work has become all the more apparent too: we see all the more clearly the prophetic wisdom of the Holy See’s Charter on the Rights of the Family, when it said, “Travelling great distances to the workplace, working two jobs, physical and psychological fatigue all reduce the time devoted to the family.”

“Life to the full” was Jesus’s message and hope. But what are we going see as the net outcome of this pandemic? Life fuller or life reduced? Some re-skilled, others de-skilled; some with priorities reordered towards a better quality of life, others left with the sense of a life diminished. If some do emerge stronger for work, others will find the decline of their physical and mental health, the stress of strained relationships at home, months of isolation leaves them frighteningly incapable. Loneliness, economic uncertainty, changed work-conditions will all have taken their toll.

All of this goes to make up the altered geography and landscape we find ourselves inhabiting as the world returns to work – or doesn’t! And I’m looking forward to each of us helping the other to deepen our perspective on it for a few hours today.

More Reports from the Forum

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WESTMINSTER SOCIAL JUSTICE & PEACE FORUM

Join us on Saturday, 22nd May 2021, 11.00am – 1.30pm, for reflection and discussion on
The Catholic Vision of Work

Report from 5th December 2020: Westminster Social Justice and Peace Forum – Learning from the Pandemic

By Ellen Teague – Full Report on Independent Catholic News

What is the pandemic teaching us about the call to Justice and Peace? That was the question posed by Bishop Nicholas Hudson last Saturday at the start of an online meeting of the Westminster Justice and Peace Forum on the theme ‘Learning from the Pandemic’. Bishop Paul McAleenan was on the zoom too, along with around 60 clergy, religious and laity.

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, based at Farm Street church and the Chair of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission, led us through the morning event, helping us “to look back at what we have been learning and look at what we can do to rebuild…”

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