Care for Creation

Practicing Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation

Holy Cross Care for Creation Ministry 

Established in Holy Cross: August 2021
Ministry leader: Ava Thompson

The Care for Creation Ministry supports parishioners in practicing the Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation and protection of people and the planet through education, advocacy, service and worship.

Download and read the ministry's 2021-22 Strategic Plan

HOLY CROSS CARE FOR CREATION MINISTRY | 2021 – 2022 Strategic Plan

Mission Statement
The Care for Creation Ministry supports parishioners in practicing the Catholic Social Teaching: Care for God’s Creation and protection of people and the planet through education, advocacy, service and worship.

Education

  1. Develop quarterly themes and provide educational opportunities.
  2. Plan and host annual Earth Day events.
  3. Encourage Youth Ministry to attend interfaith Youth Climate Conference at       Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
  4. Encourage Youth Ministry to incorporate climate change in its curriculum and activities.
  5. Publish and distribute a quarterly e-newsletter. 
  6. Create a list of parishioners who have an interest in areas of environmental justice to assist with planning events and leading climate conversations.

Advocacy

  1. Disseminate Care for Creation advocacy information to parishioners.
  2. Hold letter-writing campaigns by youth and adults to elected officials to support policies that address climate change.
  3. Encourage the use of washable plates and tableware for small parish events. 
  4. Establish and implement a parish policy to purchase compostable plates, cups and flatware for events.
  5. Ask all ministries that have meetings/events to use only compostable or washable plates and other tableware.
  6. Encourage providing only enough food for events that will be consumed, to eliminate waste.
  7. Create signs that encourage the separation of compostable serviceware and vegetable scraps from non-compostable food scraps.
  8. Add all compostable food scraps to the compost bins adjacent to the Sharing Garden.

Service

  1. Research opportunities to partner with community groups to assist with projects, such as clean-up of greenways and creeks.
  2. Join tree planting projects, especially in low-resource neighborhoods.

Worship

  1. Ask the pastor whenever possible to integrate climate change and creation care in his homily.
  2. Ask the Liturgical Ministry to include World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation in the parish’s liturgical calendar.

 

 
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