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

Photos by Teak Phillips | teakphillips@archstl.org| @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.

Pope Francis proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, Pope Francis proposed adding the care of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. He stated that care for creation requires “a grateful contemplation of God’s world,” such as this mountain scene in Idaho.

VATICAN CITY — Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said, care for creation requires "a grateful contemplation of God's world," while as a corporal work, it calls for "simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness."

‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

WASHINGTON — Thinking green isn't easy. Nor is it always cheap.

But for St. Michael Parish in Poway, Calif., north of San Diego, parishioners are already seeing the benefits — spiritual, financial and environmental — of a $1.3 million investment in a solar panel system.

"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."

'Conversion' seen as right move for the environment

Brian Wieliczka, a graduate student at Washington University who has helped in lowering the environmental footprint of the Catholic Center at the school painted rain barrels to install on the Catholic Student Center grounds. The rain barrels are part of an effort to lessen the environmental footprint of the center. Students have put down mulch, built a butterfly garden and installed irrigation drip lines and rain barrels.

When Brian Wieliczka leads a tour of the Washington University Catholic Student Center, he's aiming for a conversion -- even if you're a faithful Catholic.

The conversion involves seemingly small actions that, when compounded, go a long way toward protecting the environment.

Wieliczka is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University. He also serves as the green projects manager at the Catholic Student Center, 6352 Forsyth Blvd., at the university.

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