Per order of the Town of Shrewsbury, face masks are required and must be worn at all indoor public gatherings, including Mass, regardless of vaccination status. (eff. 12 Oct. 2021)

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

Related link: Diocese of Worcester Environmental Stewardship.

Messages from St. Anne's Parish

11-15-2021: All-Natural Bug Spray Recipes That Work

Most mosquito repellants use DEET. DEET has been linked to neurological problems, being dangerous to children — especially very young children. The EPA also reports that DEET is harmful to wildlife, especially birds and aquatic... (more)

11-06-2021: Coffee, Tea, and... (more)

Coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and spices: how do you find sources for these products that are not environmentally harmful or abusers of human rights? You can buy them through  Equal Exchange . Since around 1986, ... (more)

10-31-2021: Restaurant Take-Out Waste

There are apps to help you reduce your take-out waste. Yes, there are yet other ways to make life more sustainable. Two of the apps are Plastic Score and Jybe. Check them out and help our planet in another little way. The more we... (more)

10-23-2021: Cigarette Butts:  Something Never Thought About

Did you know that cigarette butts are mini hazardous waste collectors?  The same ingredients that have adverse effects upon smokers are also captured in cigarette butts.  When tossed into the environment, they can hang around... (more)

07-25-2021: Sustainability

Sustainability or its possibility runs to and through almost everything we use.  Would you ever think about sustainability and wine?  Well, you should.  There are a number of components that go into the wine product that have... (more)

07-10-2021: Batteries Again

You are sure to get a charge out of this one! Batteries are recyclable, so do not throw your used batteries in the trash. It is also illegal in some states to do so, the primary reason being the danger of lithium-ion batteries in... (more)

06-20-2021: Earth911

Every week, starts off with two links to click: "How to recycle" and "Where to recycle." Each link gives you answers to questions you may have on their respective topics. The web site also contains a new edition... (more)

06-14-2021: Sustainable Gift Giving

Consider gifts made from biodegradable substances or those that can be used and reused. This is not a thought that generally or readily pops into mind when you are thinking about a gift. Rather, it requires you make note of it... (more)

06-07-2021: Textiles

This will require a little effort on your part. It begins with buying clothing and products made from textiles that can be reused. Start by checking online at . Some clothing manufacturers have become more... (more)

06-01-2021: Every Little Bit Helps

Road, street, avenue, circle, lane: no matter which we live on we can make our little area of the world a little better. Take the time to do a little pick up along the road just once a week. All you need are two bags; one for... (more)

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What's Happening in the Diocese?

10-30-2021: Pray for Leadership on Climate Action

On November 1, Catholics around the world celebrate All Saints Day by lighting candles and remembering the saints who have gone before us. November 1 is also the second day of COP26 in Glasgow, the critical gathering of global... (more)

09-30-2021: Green Mass for Creation

Mass for Creation October 1, 2021 @ 6:30pm St. John’s Church  44 Temple St., Worcester MA Celebrated by Bishop McManus The Environmental Stewardship team enthusiastically invites everyone in the diocese to join us and the... (more)

09-24-2021: Green Mass for Creation

Mass for Creation October 1, 2021 @ 6:30pm St. John’s Church  4 Temple St., Worcester MA Celebrated by Bishop McManus The Environmental Stewardship team enthusiastically invites everyone in the diocese to join us and the... (more)

09-01-2021: Season of Creation

The Season of Creation starts today, September 1 and continues through the Feast of St Francis on October 4.  To begin our celebration, you can join in a noon time prayer service with the New England Laudato Si Movement. Please... (more)

08-24-2021: Volunteer Opportunities: Renaissance Farms

Renaissance Farms, a Catholic Worker Farm, located in Barre, MA, works for environmental and social justice through outreach activities, and educational programs. Renaissance Farms is looking for volunteers, 18 years of age and... (more)

08-06-2021: Mass Save Program for churches and schools

The Diocese of Worcester Environmental Stewardship team hosted a webinar on how to take advantage of Mass Save to lower energy use in our parishes and schools.  The informative presentation by Rise Engineering - the Mass Save... (more)

07-19-2021: Want to learn how your parish can cut its utility bills?

Friendly Reminder to Register:  Energy Conservation within your Parish...  and Beyond! Second Virtual Environmental Stewardship Roundtable Meeting July 21, 2021, 7PM   Register Here Did you know that we are on  Social Media?... (more)

07-12-2021: Laudato Si Conference and Energy Conservation Roundtable

The Catholic Climate Covenant is holding its biannual national conference this week in collaboration with Creighton University.  The conference is FREE and ONLINE ONLY.  Links to the program schedule and registration are below... (more)

07-07-2021: Energy Conservation within your Parish... and Beyond!

Second Virtual  Environmental Stewardship Roundtable Meeting July 21, 2021, 7PM Register Here Join us for an informative meeting with our special guests from Rise Engineering who are the Mass Save Energy Specialists for Central... (more)

05-10-2021: HELP WANTED: Environmental Stewardship Parish Liaison

HELP WANTED The Diocese of Worcester’s Environmental Stewardship Ministry group is searching for: Entry-level Parish Liaisons, No experience necessary.  On-the-job training available. Must be willing to save the Earth; works... (more)

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