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 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.

Laudato Si

Encyclical letter of Pope Francis on the care of our common home. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/mpblaudatosi

Meetings

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 creationcaredenver@gmail.com

Monthly Tips

November 3 – Denver has an Idling Vehicle Ordinance limiting idling to 5 minutes in any one-hour period. (“puffer law”). Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more emissions that contribute to smog and climate change than stopping and restarting your engine. Advances in vehicle technology have made it easier than ever to avoid idling. If a line at a fast food drive-through, pharmacy, or bank is long, consider turning off your car while you wait or park and go in. When waiting for students, turning off your engine saves gas and fumes. Vehicle emissions are more concentrated near the ground, where children breathe. Poor air quality can contribute to asthma and other ailments, and children’s lungs are more susceptible to damage. (U.S. Dept. of Energy – May 2015)

November 10 – November 15 is America Recycles Day – created in 1997 and adopted by the Keep America Beautiful program in 2009. Here are a few interesting recycling facts:

  • Aluminum cans can be recycled endlessly and can be back on the store shelves in 2 months;
  • Americans throw away over 25 trillion Styrofoam cups a year (let’s eliminate these completely);
  • Recycling one ton of plastic can save almost 2,000 gallons of gasoline.

Please think about starting or expanding recycling at home or in the work place. Please consider taking the #BeRecycled Pledge at https://americarecyclesday.org/pledge/ (From the Keep America Beautiful website)

November 17 – This Fall dress up your lawn in compost. A light coating of compost this fall will boost your lawn come spring – and save water next summer. Topdressing helps the ground act more like a sponge and allow the turf to hold more water and reduce runoff. Denver has a local compost producer – you – through the Denver Composts Collection Program, compost is collected, processed by A-1 Organics in Keensburg and can be purchased at Ace Hardware (Eco-Grow Compost) or take your truck to the facility and fill up the bed. For more info go to Denver Water https://tinyurl.com/Compost112

November 24 – Jane Goodall was asked “What do you see as the most important thing individuals can do to effect positive change for the environment?” Her reply: “Remember that every single day every single one of us makes a difference. And we all can choose the kind of difference we’re going make. It does require becoming aware about what we buy. Where does it come from? How was it grown? Did it involve the use of child slave labor or chemical pesticides? So many people feel insignificant; the problems facing the world are so huge and there’s nothing they can do; so they do nothing. But when you get thousands and then millions of individuals all doing the best they can every day for the environment and for other beings, then you get huge change.”