Bishop Martin Hayes of Kilmore, Episcopal Coordinator for Laudato Si’, has encouraged parishes to take part the Season of Creation 2023.
Bishop Hayes said, “Recently, Met Éireann released statistics to say that the past month of June was the warmest June in 83 years. This Met Éireann data highlights that we are being impacted by global warming which is having a particular effect on Europe.
“We may feel overwhelmed by these scientific facts and that we can do nothing to reverse this global trend of rising temperatures.”
Drawing attention to the Season of Creation 2023 resources for parishes that were prepared by the Laudato Si’ Working Group, the Bishop of Kilmore emphasised, “as individual Christians and as parish communities we can take actions to address the impact of the current climate crisis. The Laudato Si’ Working Group and Animators have prepared two sets of resources; firstly, to return 30% of our parish grounds to nature and secondly, those for the 2023 Season of Creation (1 Sept – 4 Oct) in accord with the theme of ‘let justice and peace flow’.
Bishop Hayes said in conclusion, “In his message for the 2023 Season of Creation, Pope Francis highlights our interconnectedness with God, with each other, with ourselves and with all of creation. These resources offer the opportunity for parishes to pray, discuss and take practical actions to address global warming at a local level. Our little actions together can have a global impact for the future of our Common Home.”