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

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)


10-31-2020: Making New Habits

It is important for us to form habits consistent with protecting the environment. Protecting our environment is not just a one-time event, but should become a part of our daily routines. Good habits and routines, just as bad... (more)


10-28-2020: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

Earth911.com notes that every individual contributes to an average of 1,646.5 lbs. of solid waste annually. You can make a significant difference by recycling ALL of your paper and cardboard packaging, newspapers, bulletins, junk... (more)


10-17-2020: Climate Change and Health

Remember that it is the poor, young, old and chronically ill who suffer the most from our changing climate and its extremes.  That includes wet/dry fluctuations, overheating, wildfires, vector-borne diseases, floods, etc... (more)


10-10-2020: Protecting Our Environment

Whether or not you believe in climate change, we should show our appreciation for nature and the outdoors by protecting and preserving our environment and natural resources. Start simple. When you are out and about and see trash... (more)


09-26-2020: Purchases

When you make a purchase for your home, yard, or vehicle, do you think about what is going to happen to it when either you no longer want it or it is no longer useful?  Do you really need it?  Can it be recycled, reused, or... (more)


09-21-2020: Climate Change Could Trigger a Global Food Crisis

There is a United Nations report that says if "climate change" is left unchecked, rising temperatures, extreme weather and land degradation could trigger a global food crisis. ( UN report issued on August 8, 2019 ) Who will... (more)


09-11-2020: Our Planet, Our Home, Our Environment

At least for the foreseeable future, this is the only planet we have to live on. We have not taken very good care of it for the last several decades, nor for quite some time before that.  Now the cumulative effects of this lack... (more)


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What's Happening in the Diocese?

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)


09-14-2020: Green Mass, celebrating the Season of Creation

The Diocese of Worcester will be celebrating The Season of Creation and the Feast of St Francis with a special Green Mass on October 3 at 1:30.  The liturgy has been carefully designed to bring to light the important theme of... (more)


09-07-2020: Catholic Climate Covenant Webinars

Friends in the Diocese of Worcester, As mentioned in our last Flocknote, the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) will be holding a series of 5 webinars as part of the celebration of the Season of Creation. CCC is a program of the US... (more)


08-30-2020: Green Mass and the Season of Creation

Friends in the Diocese of Worcester, The Season of Creation spans five weeks between the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (September 1) and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).  This “time for... (more)


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