Archdiocese Care of Creation Weekly Inserts

Taking action to protect God’s great gift to us, Mother Earth!

Thank you for your interest in reading the Creation Care bulletin inserts and keeping alive the message of Laudato Si’ and individual action in our community. These articles are sent to parishes in our deanery, for publication in their Sunday Bulletins.

We will be posting only the last 4 articles on this page!


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JUNE 19, 2022

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue.” – Pope Francis

Cool Efficiently – Making smart decisions about air conditioning can have a big effect on your utility bills, comfort, and on air pollution.

  • A dirty air filter slows down air flow and wastes energy. At a minimum, change the filter every three months in peak seasons.
  • Close curtains or shades during the day on south and west facing windows for a 3-5% savings.
  • A programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs. No need to cool the house when you’re gone.
  • If AC equipment is old and needs updating, consider replacing it with an Energy Star system for additional annual savings.
  • Maintain your weather stripping and check insulation.

THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JUNE 12, 2022

“Praise be to you my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us…” – St. Francis of Assisi

Plant Trees – They clean our air, protect our drinking water, provide food and habitat for animals. Studies show they even improve our mental health. Trees also absorb the CO2 that contributes to global warming and release oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced by a car driven 26,000 miles. Planting trees also helps prevent soil erosion, increases land fertility and can add value to your property. Trees that provide shade can also significantly reduce your energy bills. When selecting trees, choose native types to support local wildlife. Spring and fall can be good times to plant.

For more information – www.arborday.org/trees


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN JUNE 5, 2022

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” – Pope Francis

Dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) properly – Do not dispose of HHW to landfills, or pour into drains or ditches. Save these toxic and electronic materials for periodic collections. This includes old / unneeded meds, which could contaminate waterways. Some local police stations take back unused meds. Search Earth911.com for local recycling / disposal resources. Also check with your city, township or county for upcoming HHW collection events, and with your state EPA office for permanent HHW drop site locations.


THIS WEEK’S STEWARDSHIP RECOMMENDATION – BULLETIN MAY 29, 2022

“We cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention… to the well-being of future generations.” – Pope John Paul II

PROTECT POLLINATORS – Bees, butterflies, and other key pollinators are necessary for three-quarters of our major food crops. They are in serious decline due to exposure to parasites, pesticides, disease, habitat loss and climate change. If we all dedicate just a small area to protecting habitats for pollinators, using native plants and sustainable gardening practices, we can help safeguard our common home. Halt pesticide use and follow these guides to start your own pollinator garden.