By Tony DeGol
A local observance will mark a global celebration of care for our environment.
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration among Christians around the world.
Happening September 1 through October 4, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, it aims to promote prayer and action to protect creation.
According to Monsignor Michael Becker, Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Altoona and Ecumenical Minister for the diocese, an ecumenical steering committee provides resources to celebrate the Season of Creation, and proposes a theme for each year.
The theme for 2019 is “The Web of Life,” a theme that connects our role as the stewards of God’s creation with the urgent need to protect biodiversity.
“In fulfillment of our role as the guardians of God’s creation, we extend a particular invitation to join the ecumenical family in celebrating the Season of Creation,” Monsignor Becker said. “During the Season of Creation, people of all faiths unite in praying and acting together to care for our common home.
In honor of the Season of Creation, a communal prayer service will be held on September 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Altoona. All are welcome.