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Season of Creation 2020


September 1 to 4 October has been designated the Season of Creation by Pope Francis. This year as the 5th Anniversary of the important encyclical Laudato si’ we have worked to draw attention to the importance of the messages about caring for creation.

As a practical follow up to the formation series in three parishes – St Theresa’s, Otari and St Joseph’s Upper Hutt we collaborated to create liturgies for all five Sundays. We also planned three activities to attract people to take action locally.


You can read Pope Francis’ letter to the world here:


Ecumenical Creation Walk

Parishioners joined our Anglican colleagues from St Andrews in Plimmerton on a Creation Stations Walk around the local area. Saturday 12 September was a beautiful day which enhanced the seven different ‘Stations’ linked to the Genesis story of the Creation of the Earth and all it contains. We began in the darkened hall at St Andrews and finished on ‘Day Seven’ in the St Theresa’s hall to reflect, pray and sing Rutter’s ‘For the beauty of the Earth.’ (Pictured: The Seventh Day of Rest with Fr Paul sharing stories of environmental protection in the Philippines. Plimmerton beach and the Second Day creating Earth, Sea and sky.)


Cleaning up the parish environs

On Friday 11 Sept the weather was very unpleasant but that didn't stop students from St Theresas’ school taking the afternoon to pick up a lot of rubbish from James Street and the block along SH1.


Reuse, Recycle, Upcycle, Renew at St Joseph’s historic church

Helen Reilly began the process of cleaning up the two small rooms in the church at Pauatahanui. We now have an inventory for what the rooms contain. Next steps are to sort and make decisions about recycling, renewing and removing. A working bee is organised to do some of this work in preparation for the church becoming a place for visitors to learn about the local history and to pray.  Transmission gully will make St Josephs’ more visible so the Friends of St Joseph’s are planning ways to  demonstrate the significance of this special place.


Where to now?

In 2021 a group of interested parishioners plan to meet up with other like-minded people from other parishes to share ideas and support each other as we face the challenges together.


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