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Environmental Stewardship

At St. Anne's Parish, we take the care of our planet very seriously. For this reason, we have an Environmental Stewardship Team that meets regularly to identify and implement opportunities for preserving and protecting nature's resources.

We recognize that there is a strong link between the care of our planet and the care of our neighbor. With our strong parish heritage in Human Services, it was only "natural" for us to adopt strategies for reducing our carbon footprint and taking on the role as stewards of our common home.

We use rain barrels to capture the runoff of rain from the roof and water our vegetation. We have implemented low-energy and solar-powered lighting to conserve electricity. All building maintenance projects make use of technologies that serve to protect the planet.

This web page provides ideas, words of inspiration, and insights for parishioners to consider for the protection of our common home.

Sign up to receive email notifications from the St. Anne's Environmental Stewardship News board (usually weekly).

If you wish to join the Environmental Stewardship Team at St. Anne's Parish, please send an email to rectory@stannesparish.org.

Related link: Diocese of Worcester Environmental Stewardship.


Messages from St. Anne's Parish

01-02-2021: Recycle Prudently

Recycling is only as good as is done, so do so carefully. A single item in the mix that does not belong can ruin an entire batch. Before you add a piece of plastic to the recycling bin, take a moment to be certain that it... (more)


12-26-2020: Training on Sustaining

The first step in sustainability is education. You have already begun your education by reading these messages. However, you can amplify your education even further by becoming a daily reader of earth911.com . This site has been... (more)


12-19-2020: Microwave Less to Reduce CO2 Emissions

If you use your microwave 10 minutes less every day, you can reduce CO 2 emissions up to 610 pounds per year, depending on your source of electricity. The savings are greatest if the electric source is not wind or solar. These... (more)


12-12-2020: Sustainable Sources

Look for products that are sustainably sourced, i.e. those that can be grown or provided by nature without a lot of processing or retrieval costs. These products include all-natural cleaners and solutions for many home uses. Corn... (more)


12-05-2020: Eat Less Meat!

Our diet in the United States is meat heavy. This has not only been proven to be unhealthy, but it produces so much more in greenhouse gases. The growing of cattle is energy intensive, and meat-to-table production is energy... (more)


11-29-2020: Advent Calendar for a Green Christmas

As we reflect on our priorities during Advent, consider how we impact the Common Good and our sisters and brothers around the world with whom we share God's creation.   To help in this reflection, the Diocese of Worcester's... (more)


11-28-2020: Reduce Food Waste

The United States contributes to more carbon dioxide emissions per person than anywhere else in the world. One of the largest contributing factors is our diet and use of food. The amount of food wasted in this country is... (more)


11-21-2020: Keep Your Compost Smelling Fresh

If not handled with care, a compost pile can create an undesirable odor. Earth911.com provides tips on how to make sure your compost pile does not smell. In addition to managing the potential odor, the placement of your compost... (more)


11-14-2020: What Can I Compost?

Some items you can compost are small tags from clothing and small pieces of paper (for example, from tea bags). Even tea bags themselves break down quickly as long as they are not nylon. In addition to garbage and small pieces of... (more)


11-07-2020: Start Composting

Composting is a great way to deal with kitchen scraps rather than throwing them in the trash or garbage disposal. Not throwing them in the trash means less in the landfill. Not using the garbage disposal also results in lower... (more)


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What's Happening in the Diocese?

12-05-2020: Consumerism Webinar - Do Not Forget

Register Here  for the Webinar tomorrow evening.   What better way to spend a snowy Sunday evening! A Laudato Si' Christmas: Conscientious Consumerism Dec 6, 2020 07:30 PM  Pope Francis says, "A constant flood of consumer... (more)


12-02-2020: Consumerism Webinar - Please Register

A Laudato Si' Christmas: Conscientious Consumerism Dec 6, 2020 07:30 PM  Pope Francis says, "A constant flood of consumer goods can baffle the heart.."  Perhaps that's why the Christmas we desire is not the one we often... (more)


11-28-2020: Advent Calendar and Consumerism Webinar

Green Christmas Advent Calendar Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas.  As we reflect on our priorities during Advent, we need to include consideration... (more)


11-22-2020: Environmental Stewardship Video Series - Environmental Impact on the poor and marginalized

As part of Diocese of Worcester's celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry was pleased to host a talk by Claire Schaeffer-Duffy at the close of the Diocese of Worcester Green Mass... (more)


11-05-2020: Environmental Stewardship Video Series - Green Mass

As part of the Diocese of Worcester celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si, the Environmental Stewardship Ministry hosted a Green Mass at St John's church in Worcester.  We were thrilled to have 5 concelebrants for the... (more)


10-01-2020: Green Mass, celebrating the Season of Creation

Saturday, October 3 St John's 44 Temple Street, Worcester The eProgram for the Mass is available on the Registration Page . For those planning to attend via Facebook Live, please go to our FB page @ EnvironmentWORC . You will... (more)


09-28-2020: Environmental Stewardship Video Series

With correct video link The Diocese of Worcester is pleased to have a video of the Conversation with the Bishop TV show as part of our Video Series celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si.  Bishop McManus shares his... (more)


09-28-2020: Environmental Stewardship Video Series

The Diocese of Worcester is pleased to have a video of the Conversation with the Bishop TV show as part of our Video Series celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si.  Bishop McManus shares his perspectives on the importance... (more)


09-25-2020: Environmental Stewardship Video Series

The Diocese of Worcester is pleased to have a video from Msgr. Michael Rose as part of our Video Series celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si.  Msgr Michael Rose, who is the pastor of St. Mary's, Shrewsbury, will share... (more)


09-16-2020: Environmental Stewardship Video Series

The Diocese of Worcester is please to have Fr Bill Konicki as the first speaker in our Video Series celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si.  Fr Bill Konicki of Sacred Heart Hopedale MA discusses his experience in Haiti... (more)


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