care for creation

A Green Machine | With the school leading the way, Holy Redeemer Parish aims for zero waste

Photos by Teak Phillips || @TeakPhillips

Jamie Hasemeier stomped on compostables at the Holy Redeemer Parish fish fry March 24 in Webster Groves. The yellow bins are for food scraps and compostables, which are taken to a local commercial facility to convert into compost for yards and gardens. Sarah Andres helped steady the bin for Hasemeier, while Hasemeier’s daughter Clara, left, watched.

During World War II, the illustration "Rosie the Riveter" depicted a determined woman filling a man's dirty, factory job to help American troops fight the Axis powers.

Fast-forward about 75 years and you'll find a just-as-determined woman working in another dirty job to help her parish community fight a pressing issue of the day.

So it was that Jamie Hasemeier — dressed similarly to Rosie in a green bandana, a denim shirt, an apron and gloves on a late March day — unglamorously was sifting through garbage at Holy Redeemer Parish's fish fry.

Yes, garbage.

Editorial | Act now to preserve our planet

"The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God" ("Laudato Si' on Care for Our Common Home.")

Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is up to us, Pope Francis stated in his encyclical on the environment published in 2015.

We've made progress in the nearly two years since the encyclical was published, but much more remains to be accomplished.

"Laudato Si'" art exhibit looks at beauty, abuse and care of creation

Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery will host a “Laudato Si’” art exhibit commemorating the anniversary of the pope’s encyclical on care for creation. Sister Glynis Mary McManamon, of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, operates the art gallery and will have art in the exhibit, along with five religious sisters and a priest.

The upcoming art show celebrating the one-year anniversary of "Laudato Si'" was in the works even before Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, opened Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson this past November.

For one, when Pope Francis's encyclical came out June 18, she was in France at an international meeting of her community — Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. "There was such a build-up," she said recently at the gallery on South Florissant Road. "When it came out, there was such an excitement that, really, I think it was in my mind."

BEFORE THE CROSS | Care for the poor is at the heart of the Gospel

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

In June, Pope Francis released his encyclical letter on the environment. I'd like to offer reflections on it.

The title of the letter -- "Laudato Si'" -- is taken from a canticle by St. Francis of Assisi. He's the patron saint not only of Pope Francis' pontificate but also of the environment and those who study the environment. "Care for our common home" is the letter's subtitle.

Contemplate, give thanks, protect: Pope Francis prays for creation

At a prayer service to mark World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.

VATICAN CITY -- Leading prayers for the safeguarding of creation, Pope Francis prayed that people would learn to contemplate God in the beauty of the universe, give thanks and protect all life.

At an evening celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the pope prayed that God would "enlighten the lords of power and money so they would not fall into indifference, but would love the common good, encourage the weak and care for the world in which we live."

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