Creation Care was formed to raise the awareness of MPB parishioners:
- That our love to our Creator and our communion with Creation are essential parts of our faith.
- That we cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention to both the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well-being of future generations.
- That it is manifestly unjust that we, a privileged few, should accumulate excess goods, squander available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the lowest level of subsistence.
Creation Care Ministry seeks: to promote the ideas of sustainability and the interdependence of all Creation; to engage our parish in reflection and to inspire action – so that we can face together the imperative environmental issues of our time.
Who are we?
We are parishioners of MPB with a variety of interests that focus on how our Catholic faith and traditions are tied to environmental, ecological and society issues within our family, community, state, nation and the world.
Encyclical letter of Pope Francis on the care of our common home. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/mpblaudatosi
Quarterly Creation Care events meetings are typically held the second Monday in February, May, August, and November from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This schedule may be modified as needed. Location during the construction of the new Parish Center will be announced in the Sunday bulletin. A variety of topics/issues are presented, followed by Q/A and discussion.
Monthly working meetings are scheduled the second Monday of each month from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for prayer, planning and preparation of on-going events and presentations. Creation Care invites those who are interested in this ministry to join us. Walk-ins to these meetings to observe or contribute ideas are welcome. Location of the monthly working meetings during the construction of the new Parish Center will be announced in the RCIA Room. Agendas for the monthly working meetings are available at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 5 Recycling your Christmas tree is as easy as ever, thanks to Denvers’ annual Treecycle program. For every tree recycled through Treecycle, Denver residents help keep valuable organic material out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by organic materials breaking down in our landfill. Denver Treecycle schedule is Jan. 6-17 on your scheduled trash collection day. Pick up the free mulch at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May. For more info, visit https://tinyurl.com/RecycleTheTree; to recycle lights-free, see https://tinyurl.com/ReCycLights
January 12 Watering in the Winter: Water trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennials during prolonged dry fall and winter periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant. Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees F with no snow cover. For a great YouTube video on this go to https://tinyurl.com/CCwinterwatering
January 19 Do small efforts matter? According to Dorothy Day in her book Loaves and Fishes, people “cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.”
January 26 The Bishop of London, from 1995-2017, Richard Chartes, once noted that St. Francis, the 13th century Tuscan advocate for the poor and lover of nature, came from a wealthy family and was, by the standards of his day, a heavy consumer. A conversion experience convinced him to abandon the life of nobility and embrace a bare-bones lifestyle as a pathway to God. Chartres sees a lesson for people of faith. “We move toward God by subtraction, rather than accumulation.” From Climate Church, Climate World (p. 91) by Jim Antal.