Since Pope Francis established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, our schools across the diocese have taken up the opportunity to join the global Christian community to pray for our common home. This begins the month long celebration of the Season of Creation.
The theme for 2023 is “Let Justice and Peace Flow”, inspired by the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice flow on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream.” (Amos 5:24)
Ss Peter and Paul Kiama participated in a special liturgy and completed a variety of activities within the classrooms as well as acknowledging students chosen for the ‘St Francis of Assisi’ Award in recognition of their love of nature and environmental contributions.
At St Paul's Albion Park students wore mufti in colours of creation and Kindergarten to Year 4 got to participate in a Composting Demonstration by Year 5! They finished the day off with a wonderful Assembly led by Kindergarten.
The Kindergarten students at St John's Campbelltown led a liturgy for the school community that highlighted the importance of everyone to be stewards of God's creation and take care of our beautiful natural environment.
The students at St Joseph's Albion Park participated in a liturgy that challenged the school community to consider what actions can be made to care for the planet at school. Using posters and interviews with students on videos the school community was informed about various environmental initiatives and eco procedures.
Taking inspiration from their school's Patron, St Francis, the Year 6 students at Warrawong led the school through a beautiful prayer to mark the day and to recognise the importance of caring for God's creation.
The Year 4 students with parents and school leaders at St Columbkille's Corrimal participated in a beautiful prayer following their Eco Stations of the Cross which are situated in their school playground. At each station the students reflected on a quote from Laudato Si' and an image from their school, and Year 4 students read out their own thoughts on God and creation. The liturgy ended with Kindergarten singing a special creation song.
The school community at OLHC Rosemeadow held a special creation liturgy in their school hall as well as exploring the theme for Staff Prayer and a designated Staff Meeting on Ecological Conversion facilitated by Beth Riolo.