Becoming A Green Church
During recent years, we have witnessed a green shift taking place within the various spheres of society. The world population is increasingly solicited to take steps to limit its input in global warming. The Church cannot remain on the sidelines. Pope Francis, himself, addressed this issue in his encyclical letter “Laudato Sí” on caring for our common home.
This is why, on September 22, 2016, a Green Church Committee was started at Holy Trinity Parish in Rouyn-Noranda. Our parish was founded on January 1st, 2005 at the merger of the six francophone parishes of downtown Rouyn-Noranda. The main aim of our green committee is to shrink the parish’s ecological footprint. So, we work together to find ways of meeting this goal. In becoming part of the Green Churches Network, Holy Trinity becomes the first parish in Abitibi-Temiscamingue to officially make a shift toward greening.
At our very first committee meeting, we drew up a list of practices our parish could adopt to carry forward the mission of the Green Churches Network. This mission comprises 3 main sectors: spirituality, education and action. The activities of the committee are very diverse and envisage long term adaptations. We want to install recycling bins and bins for the disposal of cans in all the rooms and parish offices. This spring, we plan to plant trees and bushes in front of the rectory. We also hope to decrease our paper usage by increasing people’s awareness of their own paper consumption. The spirituality aspect of our mission will translate into various events featuring Kateri Tekawitha as patron saint of ecology. Earth Day will be celebrated in a special way in April. For the education sector, parishioners will be encouraged to examine their environmental attitudes through a conference and ecological news briefs in the church bulletin.
I chose to join the new Green Church Committee because the environment is dear to my heart. Also, I see membership in the committee as a way of serving my church. I was looking for a way of being more involved and this committee came up. The actions we take today lay the groundwork for the world of tomorrow.
To conclude, it may not be easy to integrate ecological practices into our routines at home. We simply have to keep in mind that little actions often generate a greater long term impact.
Youth Ministry, Holy Trinity Parish, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec