Creation CareOur Vision

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 continue to accumulate excess goods, squander available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the lowest level of subsistence.

Our Mission

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.

Meetings

Quarterly Creation Care meetings are held the second Monday in February, May, August, and November from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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. Location of the monthly working meetings during the construction of the new Parish Center will be announced in the Sunday bulletin. Agendas for the monthly working meetings are available at creationcaredenver@gmail.com

No Quarterly Meeting May 2018.

Monthly Tips

October

Oct 13/14

Creation Care Message of the Week: WORLD FOOD DAY October 16

What can you do to stop world hunger? For starters, make and eat smaller portions. More tips: https://tinyurl.com/zerohunger18

Here’s 8 reasons why Zero Hunger will change the world; https://tinyurl.com/worldfoodday18

Oct 20/21

6 Tips for a Green Halloween

How about going green this Halloween. Here’s a couple of simple tips; buy local pumpkins. Or instead of a plastic pumpkin to carry off the treats, use a pillow case. For more simple ideas to help our environment this Halloween visit: https://tinyurl.com/greenhalloween18

Oct 27/28

Tip of the Week: Stop Before You Shop!

Support Companies with Strong Social and Environmental Records

Did you know some of the products that come from companies with the best social and environmental records are readily available for purchase in local stores? Try Cliff bars, Seventh Generation detergents, Organic Valley milk and eggs. Check out various brands and be a “Better World Shopper” and make an impact as an ethical consumer. Learn more at betterworldshopper.org.

September

Sept 1-2

Creation Care Tip of the Week: DRINK SAFE WATER

Denver Water test results are now available online.  According to EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines, Denver drinking water “is safe and meets or exceeds federal and state requirements.” But if you have an older home, you may want to request a free Leadcheck Kit at denverwater.org.  Other water tests are also available.

Sept 8-9

Creation Care Tip of the Week: CONSERVE WATER

Did you know that the average American’s daily water footprint for all the (non-food) household goods they purchase, use and throw away is 583 gallons? Water conservation is about more than taking shorter showers.  It can be about saving money by shopping less.  For example, while a simple shower uses up to 5 gallons of water per minute, to produce one new cotton t-shirt takes 450 gallons of water.  To produce one new Smartphone  takes 3,190 gallons of water.  Conserving water prevents water pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with treating and distributing water and it saves money.  Reduce your water consumption footprint by shortening your showers and by reducing your shopping.  Learn more at https://www.watercalculator.org/

Sept 15-16

Creation Care Message of the Week: INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

Sept. 21, 2018, International Peace Day, join Campaign Nonviolence for a day of reflection. For more details visit: https://tinyurl.com/InternationalPeace18

Sept 21-22

Creation Care Tip of the week: SLOW THE FLOW 

Slow the Flow offers inspections on residential water usage and suggests simple measures to increase water use efficiency in the home.  Through Resource Central’s partnership with Colorado water providers, Slow  the Flow “measures outputs from faucets, toilets, and shower heads, and performs a cost/benefit analysis on fixture replacement options.”  Inspections and installation of high-efficiency shower heads and faucet aerators are free for qualifying residents.  Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/slowtheflow

Sept 29-30

Creation Care Message of the Week: CELEBRATING SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

His name was Francis…and he used to praise God the Artist in every one of God’s works. Celebrate the feast of St Francis on Oct 4, by living the gospel as he did.  Read more at: https://tinyurl.com/StFrancis10-4-18

August

Staying Cool : Staying Earth Friendly

Running your air conditioning at 78 degrees F instead of 72 degrees F can save between 6 and 18 percent on your cooling bill. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling will be, so set your thermostat as high as possible during the summer months. Also, make sure the air filter is clean. Dirty filters cause air conditioning units to work harder, using more energy.

For more summer energy saving tips:  https://tinyurl.com/saveenergysummer

Creation Care Tip of the Week: KNOW THE SIZE OF YOUR FOOTPRINT

Do you ever think about the size of your carbon footprint?  Lots of carbon footprint calculators are available online; e.g., you can learn how many planets it would take for everyone to live like you at https://www.footprintcalculator.org/.  You might even want to invite your children (or grandchildren) to get involved.  Trees for Life has a “Kids Carbon Calculator,” which not only identifies use of carbon but also suggests ways for kids to reduce their carbon impact.

Creation Care Tip of the Week: BEE KIND

People need bees and now bees need people.  Approximately every third bite of food in the human diet is dependent on bee pollination, yet bees are now battling extinction.  What can you do? Plant a variety of wildflowers—making sure various blossoms are available throughout the growing season.  Also, “leave a little bare ground. Most species of bees are solitary, and some 70 percent of them dig a nest in the ground to raise their young—something they can’t do if mulch is in the way.”  Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/beekind2bees

Creation Care Tip of the Week: DRINK SAFE WATER

Denver Water test results are now available online.  According to EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment guidelines, Denver drinking water “is safe and meets or exceeds federal and state requirements.”  But if you have an older home, you may want to request a free Leadcheck Kit at denverwater.org.  Other water tests are also available.

Creation Care Tip of the Week: CONSERVE WATER

Did you know that the average American’s daily water footprint for all the (non-food) household goods they purchase, use and throw away is 583 gallons? Water conservation is about more than taking shorter showers.  It can be about saving money by shopping less.  For example, while a simple shower uses up to 5 gallons of water per minute, to produce one new cotton t-shirt takes 450 gallons of water.  To produce one new Smartphone  takes 3,190 gallons of water.  Conserving water prevents water pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with treating and distributing water it saves money.  Reduce your water consumption footprint by shortening your showers and by reducing your shopping.  Learn more at https://www.watercalculator.org/.

July

Creation Care Tip of the Week: REDUCE PLASTIC BAG USE!

When reasonable, use cloth and nylon produce bags for shopping. Also consider washing and reusing Ziplock and other plastic bags before dropping them off at collection bins. Did you know King Soopers recycles thin plastics? Remember plastic bags are not bio-degradable so will end up in landfills or the ocean. For more great info on options, see https://tinyurl.com/singleplastic REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!

Creation Care Tip of the Week: Be a Plogger!

It’s the rage in Sweden and it’s gaining momentum in the U.S.—good for your health, good for the environment. Pick up litter while walking or running. You can even use one of your plastic bags. Google “plogging.” Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, PLOG!

Creation Care Tip of the Week:SHOPPING WITH A CONSCIENCE.

Look for the Safer Choice label when shopping. The label identifies products with safer chemical ingredients—safer for you and your family, safer for our environment. More info at https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/learn-about-safer-choice-label.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Shop with your conscience!

Creation Care Tip of the Week: USE A WATER BUCKET; SHORTEN YOUR SHOWER.

Place a bucket in your shower or kitchen sink to catch the water while it warms up. Pour the water on outdoor plants. Reduce your shower time by 2 minutes and save 10 gallons of water. Better yet, turn off the shower while soaping. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!