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Season of Creation 2023

This year we will unite around the theme, “Let Justice and Peace Flow.

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Amos 5:24

Join us for the Season of Creation, a time to celebrate the wonders of God’s creations and to renew our bond with the Creator and all living beings. Each year the Season of Creation encourages us to grow in love and gratitude for the Creator and invites us to repent, pray, and act together for the healing of our common home, for the conversion of our hearts and minds, and for deep commitment to the common good and to care for God’s gifts.

Here are some of the opportunities that will occur at the IHM Senior Living Community during this special time of prayer, reflection and action for Earth, our common home. You are warmly invited. We hope you will plan to join us:

Friday, Sept. 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Maxis Community Room

Chapel and Maxis Community Room location: 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, MI 48162
River Raisin Ritual location: 805 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, MI 48162.

    Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 and
    Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.
    The Motherhouse Chapel
    Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Front lawn of 610 West Elm
    Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
    The Motherhouse Chapel

*On Sunday, September 10, 2023, Fr. John Kasper, OSFS, joined us here at the Motherhouse and gave a moving sermon about the Season of Creation. You can read a copy of the sermon here.

Coinciding with the harvest season in many parts of the world, the Season of Creation begins Sept. 1 with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and ends Oct. 4 with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of ecology. This year’s theme is “Let Justice and Peace Flow” taking inspiration from the prophet Amos who declares: “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24). We are invited to join the flowing stream of justice and peace, to embrace the cause of climate and ecological justice, and to raise our voices with and for those who suffer the most from climate injustice and biodiversity loss.

Our Common Home: A Guide to Caring for our Living Planet” is a joint initiative of the
Holy See and the Stockholm Environment Institute. This illustrated booklet connects
climate change, biodiversity and sustainable resource use with the messages of 
Pope Francis’s 2015 Encyclical, Laudato Si’.   It distills the science of urgent environmental issues and explains how individuals and communities can take action to build a
more sustainable and socially just future.