All in-person events are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Todas las actividades en persona están sujeto a cambios durante la pandemia de COVID-19.

The Season of Creation

Visit the Care for Our Common Home website for all the ways that SJN is celebrating the Season of Creation. Check back often as material will be added throughout the Season. Highlighted below are just two ways to participate.

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

The season starts Sept. 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.

The Season of Creation is fully supported by the Vatican, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and recently by Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington.

El Tiempo de la Creación es una época para renovar nuestra relación con el Creador y toda la creación a través de la celebración, la conversión y el compromiso juntos. Durante el Tiempo de la Creación, nos unimos a nuestras hermanas y hermanos de la familia ecuménica en oración y acción por nuestra casa común.

Este periodo comienza el 1 de septiembre, con la Jornada Mundial de Oración por el Cuidado de la Creación, y termina el 4 de octubre, en la fiesta de San Francisco de Asís, el santo patrón de la ecología amado por muchas denominaciones cristianas.

El Tiempo de la Creación es apoyado completamente del Vaticano, la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, y el obispo Michael Burbidge de la Diócesis de Arlington.

Prayer Flag Activity

Several small colorful cloth flags are pinned to a clothesline along a wooded trail
Photo by Janet Broderick

A meditative, prayerful walk in nature lifts the spirit and lightens the heart.

All are invited to help decorate the SJN Prayer Loop behind the church, new as of this summer. A temporary prayer flag line has been installed along the lower edge of the 0.1 mile prayer loop. The instructions are simple:

  1. Walk the loop anytime between Sept. 1 and Oct. 4
  2. Say a prayer while walking
  3. Attach a flag on the line – any color, anywhere

The entrance to the prayer loop is at the far right, rear corner of the church at the end of the side parking lot (between the church and the rectory). Sample prayers are in the prayer box, and next to the prayer box is a container with the flags and clothespins. Be creative with your prayerful use of the sacred space.

Prayer Service for the World Day of Prayer for Creation

About the SJN Care for Our Common Home Ministry

In response to the Church’s moral call for action, we seek to better understand the interconnectedness of all of God’s creation and to act in solidarity with vulnerable populations around the world and for the benefit of future generations. We strive to share Church teaching on care for creation, reduce our carbon footprint as a parish, and provide resources and encouragement so that all parishioners can live in a more sustainable manner as faithful stewards of creation.

The ministry began in 2016, inspired by the message of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. The ministry is a founding member of the Care for Creation Network of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Visit the Care for Our Common Home website or follow us on Facebook.

The ministry meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month for prayer, education, and action planning. See the parish calendar for the room number. All are welcome! During the COVID pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. For the Zoom invitation or for more information, email