World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 1st September 

1st September marks the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”. 
This Day offers “individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” 
Letter of Pope Francis for the Establishment of the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” (6 August 2015) 
In St. Joseph’s parish in Warrington the CAFOD group organised a short service to mark the day. The Parish Priest, Fr. Richard Ebo, welcomed us after we had sung our opening hymn, O Lord my God. We were called to repentance when we were reminded that often problems in many countries are caused by some being too greedy. We were asked to recognise our own part in harming the earth. We each have to examine our own consciences. 
 
After the Gospel reading from St. Matthew in which Jesus spoke about the birds of the air and the growth of a mustard seed, Fr. Richard spoke about the importance of small changes which can make a difference as well as being aware of our environment. He is very keen that we are aware of air miles and eating fruit and vegetables that are in season – no strawberries at Christmas! 
Some of the choir preparing for the service. 
Having given thanks for what we have and prayed for those less fortunate than we are, the service ended with the hymn, I the Lord of sea and sky. 
 
 
Although only a short service it was a good reminder to all present that we are all responsible for our environment and that we need to be good stewards – a valuable lesson for us all.