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The Season of Creation Challenge 2020 is on!

Participants from schools, youth groups and parishes are invited to reflect and create on this year’s theme Jubilee for the Earth. The four categories for creative expression are: Literature e.g. Spoken Word poems, songs, essays; Visual Arts; Agriculture project; and an open category.

Participants are to prepare a written script which includes what inspired the presentation, and how it is expected to create an environmental, social and community awareness of the theme.

Hosted by the Franciscan Institute for Personal and Family Development, a ministry of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother (SSM), the challenge is taking place in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and St Lucia. Prizes are being offered for different age groups and categories.

Primary schools can only submit a maximum of three entries for each category in EACH year group: Primary 1, Primary 2, Primary 3, Primary 4, and Primary 5.

Secondary schools can only submit a maximum of three entries for each category in the following group: Forms 1–2; Forms 3–4; Forms 5–6.

Parishes or youth groups can only submit a maximum of three entries for each category in the following age groups: 5–12; 13–18; and 18 years old and over. The deadline for submissions is October 4.

Entries can be submitted to: adminassist@franciscaninstitute.org

The St Francis Canticle Creation award ceremony is October 17.

Prizes will be awarded to the ‘Most Outstanding School’; ‘Most Outstanding Youth or Youth Group’; and ‘Most Outstanding Parish’.

The Season of Creation Month began September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and ends October 4, the Feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

In a YouTube video Sr Julie Marie Peters SSM, director of the Franciscan Institute said the theme A Jubilee for the Earth begins with “thinking of creation with a new mindset; it is seeing creation with new eyes. Creation is our mother, our brother, our sister. Creation is family”.

According to seasonofcreation.org, “The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.

The Season of Creation unites the world’s 2.2 billion Christians around one shared purpose. With so much injustice all around us, now is the time for Christians everywhere to come together and show the world how to love each other and creation.”

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