Fri 28 Aug 2020

Season of Creation 2020

The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.

The Season on Creation was an invitation to make a beginning. Unless we continue to make our small contribution, nothing will change. Remember the small boy with two loaves and five fish who helped to feed five thousand people (Jn 6:1-15), God can, and will, take our small offering made with care and do greater things. The healing of the earth is wholly in His hands and also in ours.

Donabate Parish – MAD Sunday Climate challenge:

Here in Donabate parish this October we’re taking part in Make A Difference or “MAD” Sunday with a focus on climate!

Week 1 – MAD Foodprint Challenge

  • Check out the ‘MAD Foodprint challenge’ document on the parish website and on our parish Facebook page
  • Pick an item of food you’re eating and complete the assessment on page 1
  • Look at the suggestions for being a Food Advocate on page 2 and pick the one that connects with you most
  • Tell us what you’ve picked either by commenting under the post on Facebook or emailing the parish office (stpatricksrcdonabate@gmail.com )

Will you be a MAD food advocate? 

Week 2 – MAD Clothes Challenge

  • Check out the ‘My MAD Clothes’ document on the parish website and on our parish Facebook page
  • Choose a day and complete the assessment on page 1
  • Look at the suggestions at the bottom of page 2 and pick the one that connects with you most
  • Tell us what you’ve picked either by commenting under the post on Facebook or emailing the parish office (stpatricksrcdonabate@gmail.com )

How climate friendly are your clothing habits?

Week 3 – MAD Ecological Handprint Challenge and Climate Pledge

  • Check out the ‘My MAD Ecological Handprint’ document on the parish website and on our parish Facebook page
  • Complete the Ecological Handprint on page 1
  • If you’re up for it, consider signing the Climate Pledge on page 2!
  • We’d love you to take a photo of either your Ecological Handprint or your signed Climate Pledge and send it to us via Facebook or by emailing the parish office (stpatricksrcdonabate@gmail.com )

How will you Make A Difference for Creation?

Week 4 – MAD Climate Challenge…where do we go from here?

  • Check out the ‘A MAD letter from Pope Francis’ document on the parish website and on our parish Facebook page
  • Reflect on what you’ve learned from the Climate Challenges over the past few weeks
  • Let us know how they would like our parish to move forward in terms of Climate Action and whether you’d be willing to get involved – by contacting us via Facebook or by emailing the parish office (stpatricksrcdonabate@gmail.com )

How will you Make A Difference for Creation? 

“What care for Creation means to me” – a young person’s voice

A huge thank you to our young people for their beautiful reflections of what creation/care of creation means to them.

“Crazy Creation:

The world is amazing.

Evolution is a great thing because the smallest cell can become the biggest human.

Humans aren’t the only ones who use tools. Monkeys, and other creatures like them, use tools too.

For example, sea otters use rocks to crack open shellfish on their bellies.

Take care of the world”.

Written by Daniel Minto

“Creation for me means the making of something. When we go to the dictionary it says that creation is the action of bringing of something into existence.

We believe that God created the world and we honour Him by protecting and caring for the world He has created for us.

For me, I believe that we all have a responsibility to care for the land and all living things. People are not just here to use what God created as they please, but to use it, look after it and protect it.

In all caring for creation for me means that we must do our best to look after and cared for the earth which God created for us.”

Written by Aoife Daly

Photos of Creation:

Many thanks to all those who submitted photos of creation – there are some really talented photographers in our midst! The photos have now been placed on the St. Patrick’s Church, Donabate Facebook page.


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