St. Eugene's Care of Creation Ministry
CARE OF CREATION
Chair: Bridget Hepler ([email protected] or 828-231-0020)
Vice-Chair: rotating among ministry members
We work to move our parish and the broader community to have a greater respect for and to take better care of the environment. In keeping with Catholic social teachings, we seek to foster awareness of our impact on the planet, reduce our collective carbon footprint, and use the resources of God’s creation wisely for the good of future generations. We actively support these goals in the parish through educational and action projects such as planning workshops and carrying out plans for energy and resource conservation.
During the Corona Virus we meet using Zoom. For information on times, contact Bridget Hepler (above) Before this our meetings were on the third Sunday of each month between the Masses, 10:15am – 11:15am, in Room 1. All are welcome to attend and participate.
News from our Ministry:
Father Pat has agreed to introduce a Parish-wide resolution to support and make decisions based on Laudato Si* and for everyone to be made aware of the commitment stated in our Parish Information Handbook which is as follows:
Protecting the Environment
As a parish community, we strive to significantly reduce the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) and paper products. All groups that will prepare and serve food and beverages are strongly encouraged to use the plastic cups, ceramic dishes, and coffee cups, glass stemware and stainless-steel utensils available in the kitchen. Recycling bins are available for recycled items outside the kitchen. Dishes can be cleaned using the dishwasher (training is available) or by hand, if a small number. Groups using the kitchen and facilities should wash the dishes, return them to the proper cabinets, and leave the kitchen and social hall/meeting rooms in clean condition.
* Means Praise Be to You and is the title of Pope Francis’s second encyclical focusing on “care for our common home.”
Dear St. Eugene Family,
Please watch this short video from Pope Francis as he renews his urgent plea to care for the environment. Think of actions we can each take, even during these difficult times.
Blessings for the Earth,
Your Care of Creation Team
POWER FROM THE SUN Celebrating Solar Panels 10/28/15
In 2015 Parishioners were looking for a concrete way to Care for the Earth. On March 8 we announced a project to install 147 Solar Panels by year-end. On 5/24/15 Pope Francis announced Laudato Si, and through the generosity of Parishioners and friends, we completed the fund-drive in 6 months. On 9/21/15 the first panel was installed, the day before the Pope landed in the U.S.
Today when the sun shines our panels are paying about 30% of our electric bill. As of 10/06/20 our solar panels have kept over 472,000 lbs. of CO2 of CO2 greenhouse gasses out of the air we breathe. This is equivalent to planting 3,334 trees. The system is “net metered” – the electricity we do not use goes back to the grid for someone else, and Duke Power gives us a credit. (Drone photos by Warner Photography)
Many parish families and other Churches now have Solar Panels. A 26% Investment Tax Credit is available for installing panels in 2021-2022. The tax credit drops to 22% in 2023.
If you own where you live and plan to be there 10 years, maybe Solar and perhaps Geothermal HVAC are right for you. For information contact Bill Maloney [email protected]
ST EUGENE GOING GREEN
Each year our Care of Creation Team sponsors a Parish-wide Going Green Weekend. This includes plants, pollinators, solar, weatherizing, plastics, electric cars, and many more exhibits. People have a chance to speak with Audubon Society representatives and other experts in several fields and learn ways to Care for the Earth and for our Children’s Future. For information contact Vicki Ransom [email protected]
Across from Asheville Catholic School is the Friendship Garden/Jardín de la Amistad. People from the Parish, School, and elsewhere worked together to take a vacant lot and turn it into a beautiful garden. Vegetables are given to Catholic Charites and others in need. A Peace Pole Ceremony was recently held to bless the garden and all who come here. For information contact Cynthia Gibbs [email protected]