Today in the volunteering centre we were visited by Father Gerard, Parish Priest at St Urbans church in Headingley, Leeds. We helped Fr Gerard prepare for the upcoming creation mass on the 19th of May at St Urbans. We had a look at the Creation Mass Organiser’s Guide with Fr Gerard, it has ideas about the hymns, prayers and readings which reflect on protecting God’s creation.
As a communications volunteer for CAFOD, I am very interested in this because I have never seen a creation mass before and hope to come along. It would be great to meet other volunteers especially from other parishes who will hopefully be inspired to do this in their own church communities.
So, if you are a parish volunteer, and like me, you would like to see what a creation mass is all about please come along and join us at this creation mass celebration on Sunday the 19th of May at 10:30am and afterwards for refreshments and discussions about climate change. There will also be a opportunity to sign a petition to ask the UK government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045.
“We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #14
To organise your Creation Celebration, just follow these three steps:
>Step 1: Hold a Creation Mass to give special thanks for the gift of creation and pray for our common home
>Step 2: Fill in a petition to the Prime Minister calling for further, faster climate action
Step 3: Share food after your Mass and get your community talking about how we should respond to the climate crisis
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 275 9302 to discuss your Creation Mass ideas with Bronagh