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
February 2021 Creation Care Tips and Messages for MPB Bulletin
Week 5 of air quality and idling. EXCEPTIONS FOR EXTREME COLD TEMPERATURE: Many idling regulations include exemptions for the cold temperatures that are common in Colorado’s cold winters. For example, the City & County of Denver’s idling ordinance provides exemptions if the ambient temperature has been 20 degrees or colder for the last 24 hours or 10 degrees or colder for the last hour – but this generally occurs only 10-15 days per winter.
The U.S. Drought Monitor reported that as of January 2021, 93.7% of Colorado is categorized as being in “severe drought” and the low precipitation experienced last year and this winter is a harbinger of a longer and more intense fire season. How can you help? How about remodeling your lawn by replacing some or all of the bluegrass with a Xeriscape plan. A well-designed Xeriscape space can be a beautiful addition that can invite wildlife, provide year-round interest and save water. Denver Water has created Xeriscape plans – free of charge: See https://tinyurl.com/XeriscapePlans
Winter watering tips:
- Watering 1 or 2 times per month during dry spells will prevent root damage and is essential to newly planted trees, shrubs and grass.
- On trees, apply around 10 gallons of water per watering for each inch of tree trunk diameter, and anywhere from 5 to 18 gallons per month for shrubs (depending on the size of the plant).
- Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees with no snow on the ground. Use the screwdriver testto make sure your soil isn’t frozen, as frozen soil won’t absorb water.
- Apply water within the dripline— the most critical part of a tree’s root zone. Established large trees have a root spread equal to or greater than the height of the tree.
(Source: Denver Water)
Do you know how much water you use each day? People in the U.S. use approximately 100 gallons of fresh, drinkable water per day for bathing, drinking, flushing, cleaning and yard care. And that’s just our direct use of water. For a more accurate count, consider everything we buy, the energy we use and the food we eat requires water to produce. Americans’ actual water “footprint” – the amount of water it takes to produce our food, energy, clothes and more – is about 2,000 gallons of water each day. We consume about 95 percent of the water we use without ever seeing it. A couple of tips to conserve: (1) Increase plant based foods into your diet: a pound of hamburger requires 660 gallons of water, while a salad requires 60 gallons; (2) recycling a pound of paper saves about 3.5 gallons of water. Buying recycled paper products saves water too, as it takes about 6 gallons of water to produce a dollars worth of paper. (Academy of Natural Sciences – Drexel University)