Marist School of Marikina City welcomes the Season of Creation 2020 with the theme “Jubilee for the Earth.” The observance of the Season of Creation begins on September 1, Creation Day, with a welcome and introduction of the season with the students in the classroom.
September 1 is also World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The celebration extends until October 11 on the Indigenous People’s Sunday.
Most Reverend Honesto F. Ongtioco D.D., Bishop of Cubao presides the Holy Eucharist on September 2 at 11 a.m. and livestreamed through Marist School Marikina Facebook Page.
This year’s celebration of the Season of Creation falls on the 5th Year Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the landmark encyclical of Pope Francis. It is one of the important initiatives of the anniversary to underscore the urgency of addressing both the ecological crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Catholic Church, through the CBCP, supports the initiatives of organizations and urges the faithful to work together in building our common home. Marist General Council calls Marists of Champagnat to “awaken in ourselves and those around us an ecological awareness that engages us in caring for our common home.” In the 12th Marist Mission Congress, the council reiterated to “intensify and create other initiatives of our ministries with a sense of urgency in making sustainable integral ecological care as a way of life.”
Today, as we are challenged by the coronavirus pandemic and the climate emergency, Marist School continues to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor and to integrate creation centered spiritual activities, observe Meatless Friday, adopt a plant-based diet, commit to use resources in moderation and refuse single-use plastic. These will inspire us all to put our faith in God the Creator into action that protect and restore our common home.
Further, the Grade School and High School Departments present will hold various activities to stimulate ecological awareness and action of young people. These would address some concerns on ecological education, challenging us to re-think and re-design our educational curricula.
As an expression of love for God’s creation and the promise to a sustainable relation to His creation, the Grade School Department campaigns through the “Season of Creation Posters,” “Zero Waste” way of life amid the pandemic, and Virtual Creation Walk Activity.
On the other hand, the High School Department plans for the following online classroom activities to be integrated in their lessons: Gospel of creation writing, Documentary video on ecology, Household carbon footprint calculator, #LS211 family challenge, Monologue: A creature’s message to humanity, Advocacy poster on throw – away culture, Creation prayer and to come up with a research paper on ecology in the midst of pandemic.
The Season of Creation is a special time for the Creator and all creation. During this season, we pray and act to protect God’s creation. Some of us pray, others do hands-on projects, and the rest advocate. We all protect creation. May our everyday prayers, changes in lifestyle, and advocacies grow hope in us in our response to the call of Laudato Si’ to care for our common home.