Saint Joachim Church
Our church is located in Châteauguay, in the Diocese of Valleyfield. Established in 1735, the parish was named a Historical Monument of Quebec in 1957 and a National Historic Site of Canada in 2003. After celebrating our 275th in 2010, we were looking for a project that would allow us to ensure the survival and development of the parish for years to come. What better way than taking on the care of the environment and sustainable development? Our main projects as a Green Church are:
- Recycling and composting, inside and outside the church
- Installation of a bike rack to encourage green travel
- Recycling of ink cartridges
- Use of ecological cleaning products
- Gradual replacement of light bulbs by energy efficient lamps EnergyStar certified – Storage of paint and other chemicals in a safe and environmentally friendly way (EcoCentre)
- Two-sided duplex printing on scrap paper, or recycled paper
- Landscaping done by the parishioners, twice a year (scheduled event). They bring their own perennial and / or annual plants.
- Homilies focused on the preservation of Creation (about every two months, 6 per year in total), green tips inserted in the parish bulletin.
- Organic Hosts purchased from the Poor Clares of Valleyfield, encouraging buying from local producers.
- Future project of mini-buses for parishioners to get to church.
These projects aim to promote an ecological lifestyle and bring parishioners closer together in our common goal of building a better future for generations to come.
1, Boulevard D’Youville