Mission Pack 1
Creation

“We are not faced with two separate crises, one environmental
and the other social, but rather one complex crisis which is both
social and environmental.”    -
Pope Francis, 2015

Inquiry Question: What responsibilities do we as citizens have to the environment? 

1. Read any of the Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories at dreamtime.net.au.
Which is your favourite?

2. Find out more about Laudato Si. What do the words mean? What is it about? Who wrote it and why?

3. Watch the Mission in 360 video from Ethiopia. What do you notice about their environment?

1. Create your Socktober page online, pick a goal pack, and add your story of why you are supporting children in Ethiopia.

2. Create a prayer space in your home and add things from nature. ⚽

3. Create a calendar with pictures of your favourite animals, places and things from nature.

1. Learn the story of the original ’sockball’ and create your own using recycled materials. Post photos of your progress to your Socktober Star page. ⚽

2. Go meat-free for a day or more. Substitute in  some high-protein veggies like peas, corn, mushrooms, and broccoli.

3. Create an environmental action plan for your class or household. ⚽

KEY: ⚽ = Goal Package item! Register as a Socktober Star to choose a Package.     |    (P) = Primary activity    |    (S) = Secondary activity

Scripture Link:

Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10 God prepared what He wanted us to do for Him long ago. He has already planned what He wants us to do with our lives. We do not need to copy what someone else has done or is doing. He has a unique plan for each of us to serve Him in this world. This includes certain spiritual gifts and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to lead us in service to Him. (BibleRef.)

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...    


  • You and Me: Our Place - Leonie Norrington & Dee Huxley
  • Drought - Jackie French
  • I Remember - Joanne Crawford


...and be inspired!

📺  WATCH...    


...and be moved!

🎧  LISTEN...   


  • ‘Amazed By You’ – Steve Angrisano
  • ‘My Island Home’ – Christine Anu
  • ‘Creation Song (Glory to the Lamb)’ – Fernando Ortega
  • Listen to the story, ‘Dear Earth’ by Isabel Otter. If you wrote your own lefter to the earth what would you say?
  • St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, could be viewed as the original Earth Day advocate. St Francis’ devotion to God was expressed through his love for all of God’s creation. Listen to and enjoy the Canticle of the Sun.


...and reflect!

🎨 DO...    

  • Years 3 + 4: Write a summary of your favourite Dreamtime story (see: Head activites) or illustrate your favourite part.
  • Years 5 + 6: What do you think was the most important part of your favourite Dreamtime story (see: Head activities) and why?
  • Visit the CSIRO site and look at the Indigenous Seasons Calendars. Why do we only acknowledge four seasons in Australia? Find out more about Indigenous Seasons where you live.
  • Research the different ways that Creation is shown through the arts, including painting, sculpture, dance, drama, media and visual design. What are your favourite examples?

...and make an impact!

Additional Activities: Secondary

 📚  READ... 

  • A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis – Vanessa Nakate
  • If you want to cultivate peace,
    protect Creation’ (2010, Pope Benedict XVI)
  • ‘Ecological Action Plan Approved', Mission Today (Winter-Spring 2022, p. 9)


...and be inspired!

📺  WATCH...  

  • 'The Land Owns Us’ (2009, Global Oneness Project)
  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet’ (2020, Directed by Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill)
  • ‘Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret’ (2014, Directed by Kip Andersen, Kegan Kuhn)
  • The video on Laudato Si. How does Laudato Si highlight the differences between developing and developed countries?


...and be moved!

🎧  LISTEN...


  • ‘Radioactive’ – Imagine Dragons
  • ‘Creation Song (Glory to the Lamb)’ – Fernando Ortega
  • ‘Truth to Power’ – OneRepulic


...and reflect!

🎨  DO...

  • What are the Seasons of Creation? Why do we celebrate this time, and what are we called to do?
  • Use your favourite form of media to represent what you like best about nature and the world around you.

...and make an impact!