Suggested Practical Actions for Parishes / Families
during the Season of Creation 2022
“For we know that things can change!” (Laudato Si’, 13)
• This Season of Creation is a critical moment for Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf ahead of two important summits. We are invited to join advocacy initiatives such as the Healthy People, Healthy Planet Petition urging for bold action to protect creation. Please encourage individuals as well as parishes, dioceses, schools and other Catholic organisations to register for petitions, soon to be listed.
• Check out the Faith Community Pollinator plan and think about how you could
implement this in your church grounds https://pollinators.ie/communities/faithcommunities/
Invite local schools or groups to help.
• Spend some time outside each day, in awareness, reconnect with nature. Pray in and
with nature – Encourage Laudato Si’ themed gardens in your parish.
• Organise a creation walk using resources from http://lovingsisterearth.com/creationwalk/
• Start to grow some of your own food; support local producers.
• Compost your garden and food waste.
• Avoid or reduce the use of chemicals in your home and garden.
• Use (vinegar, baking soda) and buy eco- friendly cleaners. See (www.ecoverdirect.com)
• Plant pollinator friendly plants in your window box or garden at home and in your parish
• Shop wisely. Buy Fairtrade and buy locally made products when possible.
• Avoid waste. Reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, treat.
• Learn how to read your energy bills and make your home more energy efficient.
• Explore the use of renewable energy in your home, business and school, parish buildings
(www.seai.ie). Many grants are available for your community.
• Participate in the Think Before You Flush campaign (www.thinkbeforeyouflush.org) and
display the ‘Dirty Dozen’ posters in toilets in your parish buildings.
• Consider installing water butts in your gardens.
• Offer a welcome to newcomers where you live.
• Explore Trōcaire’s 100 ways for Parishes to implement Laudato Si’
• Become an Eco – Parish. See www.ecocongregationireland.com
• Take the Laudato Si’ Pledge (www.CatholicClimateMovement.global/petition )Discuss with / write to your local TD to express your concern on Ireland’s record on
addressing the climate crisis. Check out www.onefuture.ie for some ideas.
• Can we help to conserve and protect water in our area? Water is the source of life for
all living things. Can we restore a local Holy Well? Take a pilgrimage to a local Holy Well.
• Get in touch with local Environmental Action Groups such as Men’s Sheds or Tidy Towns
and/or organisations such as Trocaire, Friends of the Earth, World Health Organization,
Medecin sans Frontieres, etc.
• Can we spread hope across the world by twinning with a village in a drought-stricken
• Refuse single use plastics such as cling film, straws, plastic cutlery.
• Switch to a reusable water bottle /travel cup.
• Use cloth bags for shopping; Bring/Use your own containers when possible.
• Check for and then avoid microbeads in products.
• Refuse packaging – Avoid – Reduce – Re-use – Recycle – Upcycle
• Check the new recycling list www.recyclinglistireland.ie
• Organise a recycling workshop in your parish/community www.voiceireland.org
• Show a film or documentary on the topic in your parish/community
• Participate in a beach, stream, river, park, street, area, road clean-up.
• Organise a Laudato Si’ Book Club using support from
The burning bush is the Symbol for the Season of Creation 2022. Today, the prevalence of unnatural fires are a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet. Creation cries out as forests crackle, animals flee, and people are forced to migrate due to the fires of injustice.
On the contrary, the fire that called to Moses as he tended the flock on Mt. Horeb did not consume or destroy the bush. This flame of the Spirit revealed God’s presence. This holy fire affirmed that God heard the cries of all who suffered, and promised to be with us as we followed in faith to our deliverance from injustice.
In this Season of Creation, this symbol of God’s Spirit calls us to listen to the voice of creation.
Simply, for a start, we can Listen to the voice of creation: If we learn how to listen, we can hear in the voice of creation a kind of dissonance. On the one hand, we can hear a sweet song in praise of our beloved Creator; on the other, an anguished plea, lamenting our mistreatment of this our common home.“
From this place of wonder and pain, we hope, under the guidance of prayer and our local parish communities, to be inspired to know how and where to act specifically in our home area.