“Reconciling with Each Other, Healing Mother Earth”
Was held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Steve Patola Park/St. George’s Senior Centre in Saskatoon, hosted by the hosted by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, organized by the Human and Enviromental Development Program Coordinator, Dr. Lesya Sabada.
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[Live-streaming and photo credit to Teresa Hiebert-Bodnar]
Following the prayer service, there was an opportunity to listen to Bishop Mark Hagemoen from the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR, representing the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky from the Congregation Agudas Israel, Sandra Harper from the Indigenous community, Minister Karen Fraser Gitlitz from the Unitarian faith and various youth on the Theme of Healing Mother Earth, Reconciling with Each Other.
News Article by Darlene Polachic published in
Saskatoon Star Phoenix September 14- 2019
SEASON OF CREATION MERGES PRAYER, PROTECTING PLANET
All faiths have a role to play in traditionally Christian-led undertaking, organizer says
The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon is once again hosting Season of Creation, a celebration of prayer and a call to action to protect the Earth.
Though this is only the second year for the event in Saskatoon, organizer Lesya Sabada says Season of Creation has been celebrated elsewhere for decades.
Sabada, who teaches in the Department of Religion and Culture at the University of Saskatchewan, says the Season of Creation officially begins on Sept. 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and continues until Oct. 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi — the patron saint of ecology in many Western traditions.
Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I declared Sept. 1 as the Day of Prayer for Creation in 1989. It was embraced by other European Christian churches in 2001, and by the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
Though the Season of Creation is traditionally a Christian initiative, Sabada believes cooperation from the entire religious community is necessary to appropriately address the challenge of saving the planet. As a result, 16 local groups from various religious stripes and spiritual traditions will participate in this year’s event, and the invitation is open to the entire community.
The Season of Creation event on Sept. 19 is set to begin with a prayer service at Steve Patola Park at 1235 20th St. West. It will feature Akathist Prayers in Praise of and Care for God’s Creation led by The Rt. Rev. Janko Kolosnjaji from St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral.
PHOTOS FROM 2019 SEASON OF CREATION AKATHIST SERVICE & PROGRAM PRESENTATION
[Photo Credit: Sister Georgia Shchavil, SSMI]
Article on the 2019 Season of Creation Celebration coming soon…