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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has advised that even a "fully vaccinated person should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, or is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult." If you suffer from one of these co-morbidities you should consider wearing a mask in Church. DPH continues to advise that unvaccinated individuals should always wear a mask when indoors and not in their own home.

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

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, Earth911.com 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  Earth911.com . 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)


05-23-2021: Pray for the Planet

When a friend or relative is having a serious health issue, we pray for them. Well, our planet is having a serious health issue, and it is becoming more apparent with each passing week. We hear reports about the effects on our... (more)


05-15-2021: Habits

By now, has the recycling, reusing, sustainability thing become engrained in your consciousness? It takes at least four weeks of repeatedly doing something to start a good habit. What have you done to get to that four weeks and a... (more)


05-01-2021: Avoid Unnecessary Charging Batteries

The number of battery-charged conveniences have proliferated in our lives beyond most of our dreams. But with these conveniences come the wasteful by-product; electricity waste. It is important that we understand how and when to... (more)


04-25-2021: Ideas for Zero-Waste Indoor Plant Fertilizers

Mulch your coffee grounds and add them to your acid-loving indoor plants and flowers. Hydrate your indoor plants with your cooled off cooking water. Enrich those same indoor plants with ground eggshells. Fertilize them with your... (more)


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What's Happening in the Diocese?

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)


04-03-2021: Easter Sunday - Lent Reflection

Easter Sunday - Lent   Reflection on Care for Creation Mary Magdalene loved Jesus so much that when she found out that Jesus was not dead, she believed it to be the best thing she had ever seen.  She couldn’t keep it a... (more)


03-27-2021: Palm Sunday - Lent Reflection

Palm Sunday - Lent   Reflection on Care for Creation “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" As we enter this holiest of weeks in the liturgical year, let us commit to following Jesus with our whole heart... (more)


03-20-2021: Week 5 of Lent Reflection

Week 5 of Lent   Reflection on Care for Creation Jesus was sacrificed because people forgot they are connected and that the path to true happiness is through serving one another. Everyone has the ability to respond to God's... (more)


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