St Francis

We are delighted that St Francis’ primary school has taken St Francis of Assisi as its patron. CAFOD and St Francis’ Primary School have joined together to commemorate St Francis on his feast day – 4 October – this is our opportunity to join with the school and celebrate their new patron.

St Francis took seriously the words of Genesis, requiring human beings to care for the earth and take responsibility for it. He also took seriously the dignity of every human being, created in God’s image, loved by God and worthy of respect. These are two of the values found in Catholic teaching which inspire and guide CAFOD’s work.

St Francis’ feast day is on 4 October.

This year, his feast falls on the same day as Harvest Fast Day.

Francis was an example of living in simplicity and with respect for creation. In contrast, most scientists agree that our modern lifestyles are causing changes in climate that impact on the poorest communities most of all. Francis reminds us that us that we are all part of creation and we are all responsible for it – it belongs to those who will come after us, as much as it belongs to us.

St Francis window

Francis spoke of the beauty and gift of creation and the respect and reverence due to all creatures. Like Francis of Assisi, our own Pope Francis calls us to care for creation and live the Gospel: “I would like us all to make a serious commitment to respect and protect creation, to be attentive to every person, to counter the culture of waste, to promote a culture of solidarity and of encounter.”

Francis was an example of living in simplicity and with respect for creation. In contrast, most scientists agree that our modern lifestyles are causing changes in climate that impact on the poorest communities most of all. Francis reminds us that us that we are all part of creation and we are all responsible for it – it belongs to those who will come after us, as much as it belongs to us.

 

“Let all things their Creator bless,

And worship him in humbleness.”

These words, adapted from St Francis’ ‘Canticle of the Sun’, show what he felt should be the attitude of all Christians: gratitude and praise of God, who gifts us with the earth and all its goodness; and respect for the Creator, by respecting every person and the whole of creation.

  • How do I look after the gifts of creation?
  • Do I give thanks to God, either privately or publicly, for my food before I start to eat, calling to mind those who have little food?

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