Laudato Si! Care of God’s Creation – Sept. 1 – October 4, 2018

Laudato Si! Care of God’s Creation

Season of Creation:  September 1- October 4

After our community came together to learn and pray about Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ at the Summit in June, we came away with the urgency to act to protect our Earth. We invite you to join us in commemorating the Season of Creation, an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions. The season begins September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis.

We invite and encourage you to host a Season of Creation Event at your parish to spread the message of Laudato Si!

Rosary for Creation in the Grotto: Saturday, September 1st 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Holy Rosary Church Grotto, 630 7th Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020. Holy Rosary’s Care of Creation group (formed in prayerful response to Laudato Si’) and its grotto ladies, present a silent, drop-in rosary in their peaceful grotto to commemorate the World Day of Prayer for Creation. A topical Franciscan (FAN) guided meditation will be provided & wooden rosaries are on loan. The grotto is directly behind the church. It is handicap accessible from the upper parking lot.  Please join us. Contact: Dawna Lahti at 425-771-5033.

Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action: Saturday, September 15th 9:00 am to 12:00 pmSt. Patrick’s Parish Auditorium, 2702 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102. Pax Christi Northwest and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action are hosting an event in Seattle as part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action, September 15-23, when thousands of nonviolent actions will take place across the United States shortly before the pivotal US Congressional elections. Mr. Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan will speak on peace, nonviolence and nuclear weapons. A march will follow. Recognizing the connection between violent conflicts and environmental destruction, we view nonviolence as part of caring for God’s Creation. Contact: Dennis Duffell and Rodney Brunelle at

2nd Annual Mass Celebrating the Season of Creation: Saturday, September 22nd 10:30 am  St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA. Join with Christians worldwide to commemorate the Season of Creation, the time between September 1 (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) and October 4 (feast day of St. Francis of Assisi). We invite all people of faith to celebrate the joy which the Earth shares with us. Let us come together to thank God for the richness that is in the Creation which we share. Father Michael G. Ryan will preside at the Mass and afterward, he will bless the new Cathedral garden. Contact: Patrick Barredo, Help us spread the word by passing on the flyer! Sponsored By: St. James Cathedral, Archdiocese of Seattle, Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Earth Ministry, Seattle University and the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. A Share the Journey Event #ShareJourney.

Laudato Si’ Parish Workshop: Church of the Assumption, Sunday, September 30th following the 9:30 am mass Church of the Assumption, 2116 Cornwall Ave Bellingham, WA 98225. This workshop is designed to assist parishes, schools, and communities in embracing and implementing Laudato Si’. If you are a parishioner at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham, join us! If you are interested in bringing this workshop to your parish email us at or call us at 206.223.1138.

Faith and Ecology Fall Film Series: October 4th, 11th and 18th 6:00 pm St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center, 907 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Seattle First Baptist Church, and St. James Cathedral present their Fall Faith + Ecology Film Series. All films free and open to the public. Join us for this documentary discussion series on faith and the environment. We begin with a vegetarian supper at 6:00 pm. Films start at 6:30 pm, with discussion to follow. All showings are at the St. James Cathedral Pastoral Outreach Center (907 Columbia Street). For a list of films and synopses download the flyer here. Contact: Patrick Barredo,

Try our FREE Laudato Si’ Workshop! In June of 2015, Pope Francis gave us his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, which calls all Catholics to work for the common good and care for God’s creation. Responding to this call, Catholic parishes, schools and organizations in Western Washington have come together to support one another in living out the vision of the encyclical. We are offering workshops designed to assist parishes, schools and communities in embracing and implementing Laudato Si’. To schedule a workshop contact or 206.223.1138.

Feast of St. Francis 2018: Who is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World? Every October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis celebrates the saint who saw all created beings as his brother or sister. Inspired by this example, the Catholic Climate Covenant produces a free educational program to help your faith community explore how it can better care for creation and the poor. This year’s program, “Who Is My Neighbor In A Climate – Threatened World?” focuses on the interconnections between immigration, refugees, and climate change.  To receive the 90-minute educational program, please fill out this form.

Mercy International Association Season of Creation Calendar: Mercy International Association has created a Season of Creation Perennial Calendar which supports the coming season by evoking reflection, acts of kindness and gratitude and deeds of advocacy during each of the 34 days. The MIA Season of Creation calendar has been designed to be a perennial calendar so days of the week aren’t assigned to a particular date. This means that the activities can be completed in any order, as best suits the user or user group. You are invited to join with other people of Mercy around the world in coming up with useful and creative ways of bringing the calendar and season to life.