STA/STC Creation Care Team

 

Can you contribute your talents to the Parish Creation Care Team?

Visit the Ministry Spotlight September 17/18

 

The newly-formed STA/STC Joint Creation Care Team envisions efforts in the following four focus areas. Please let us know where you would like to participate as it will take many hands.

Prayer, e.g.

  • Plan/participate in liturgies during Season of Creation or Earth Day
  • Pray for your own and others’ conversion of heart that Pope Francis cites as a prerequisite if we are to care for creation.

Education, e.g.

  • Provide useful materials for school and religious education programs
  • Lead or participate in small group discussions of Pope Francis’ teachings (e.g. Laudato Si’)

Advocacy, e.g.

  • Contacting representatives on legislation that would either protect creation or prevent further harm
  • Join public gatherings that call attention of to any of the multiple issues in care of creation.

Direct action, e.g.

  • Conduct energy audits for parish/parishioners
  • Beautify with plants that provide for pollinators and birds.
  • Join/Organize STA crews for clean-up, food shelf deliveries, cooking at Food @ First/Romero House.
  • Join a local organization supporting immigrants.

For more information or to join the effort, please contact Francis Todey, Rick Brimeyer, or Chuck Glatz.

 

Report on the Impact of the STA Solar Panel Purchase

In the past year, the Parish provided a $14,000 match to parishioner contributions for purchase of solar panels in the City of Ames SunSmart array. Contributions exceeded the match amount and 185 solar packs were obtained. The City of Ames Energy Services Coordinator recently reported that our panels provide and estimated 18% of the Church's (excluding Parking Ramp) electricity usage. He thanks the Parish greatly for our investment. Read the details of his analysis here.

Committee: Being formed

Links:

UCCB Call for Care of Creation U.S. Bishops call on Parishes and Parishioners

Download Pope Francis' Laudato Si' Encyclical "Care for our Common Home"

Celebrate what STA has/is doing! A lot has been done - a stab at summarizing.

Making a Difference at Home 10 easy ways to make an implact

Fall Family Activity Take the kids out to appreciate Creation's revealing of God

Fr. Martin Video: Top 10 Take-Homes from Laudato Si'