Mission Pack 1
Creation

"The word ‘creation’ has a broader
meaning than ‘nature’; for it has to
do with God’s loving plan in which
every creature has its own value
and significance."   

-
Pope Francis, Laudato Si' 76

Inquiry Questions

How do we affect creation?  (P)

In what way does wealth and/or poverty affect the environment?  (S)

KEY:  (P) = Primary activity    |    (S) = Secondary activity

1. Who was the prophet Daniel and what were his  main strengths? To what modern-day character would you liken him?

2. Create a profile of a ‘Champion of Creation’. What personal strengths appear in their advocacy?

3. Research how First Nations Peoples in your area  use native flora.

1. Unpack the passage from Scripture Link (Daniel 3:56-82). What is it saying? Would you add anything? Create your own version.

2. What is Timor-Leste's biggest natural export? Write an article on why it is important to protect this resource.

3. Read the ‘Canticle of Creation’ and use this as inspiration to write your own Psalm.

1. Make your Sockball from recycled materials.  Where would these materials go if we didn’t recycle it?

2. Make a slideshow of images from your favourite natural places. Add some from Timor-Leste. Share what you love about these places.

3. Turn your school green for the day! Plant a tree, clean up the playground and/or go plastic-free.

Scripture Link:

Daniel 3:57


“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord;
sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.”

In the Book of Daniel, this verse is part of a song sung by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to worship a golden idol. They praise God for God's power and deliverance. This passage teaches us that faith and loyalty to God can lead to miraculous protection in times of trial and that acknowledging God's greatness in adversity is essential.

Catholic Social Teaching

1. Stewardship - The world and every living thing were made by God, so we must take care of all creation.

2. Solidarity - God created all people, so we are all brothers and sisters in God’s family, wherever we live.

3. Common Good - We can only live life in all its fullness when we are in relationship with others – through community.

             

Additional Activities: primary

📚  READ...    

Change Starts with Us by Sophie Beer. What are some of the small changes you can make to help save our beautiful planet?


...and be inspired!

📺  WATCH...    

The YouTube clip featuring ‘Belonging’ by Jeannie Baker. How can individuals make a difference in caring for creation? How does this impact the community?


...and be moved!

🎧  LISTEN TO...   

  • God’s Love Is’ by John Burland. What other ways would you describe God’s Love? Add another verse to the song.
  • Canticle of Creation’ by Dan Shutte and create  actions to accompany it and share with your peers.


...and reflect!

🎨 DO...    

  • Hold a class debate on the
    topic: Poverty has an impact
    on the environment.
  • Research different people
    and organisations who have
    been stewards of creation.
  • Share and describe an
    image or video of a place
    you want to visit. Which part
    of this creation amazes you
    and makes you say WOW?


...and make an impact!

Additional Activities: Secondary

 📚  READ... 

Old Enough to Save the Planet by Loll Kirby. Choose one of the young people in the text and do some further research. How can you be a person of change in your school?


...and be inspired!

📺  WATCH...  

The official trailer for 'The
Letter' at theletterfilm.org.
What is the film about?


...and be moved!

🎧  LISTEN TO...

Canticle of the Creation’ by Marty Haugen. It includes praise for the Sun, Wind, Rain & Earth – what else would you like to give praise to?


...and reflect!

🎨  DO...

  • Research the impact of conflict on the environment. How did this affect Timor-Leste?
  • Create a cause-and-effect chart for environmental changes. How do these affect
    Timor-Leste?

...and make an impact!