Thank you to Sheng Shen (Holy Spirit) Chinese Catholic parish
Pastoral Services thanks parishioners of Sheng Shen Catholic parish who were involved in preparing and serving the delicious Chinese food at the Pastoral Day Luncheon on Thursday, May 15, 2014. There was such wonderful hospitality and the food was absolutely delicious! Everyone worked together with such a positive spirit. Every detail from beginning to end was carried out with a spirit of sharing and 100% care for the environment in waste management.
Thank you to all who sort waste
Plastic bags are the worst contaminant in recycling. They cannot be recycled. Also bad is when plastic bags that contain recyclables are put into blue and black boxes. John Dorner of our archdiocese had the privilege of watching workers on the sorting line at Ottawa’s recycling plant. He saw how fast and focused these people have to work to remove contaminants from the line. Out of respect for them, he decided to never again throw contaminants into recycling bins. Thank you to those who recycle carefully at home and at work, and to those working on the sorting line at the recycling plant! To know what is allowed in blue and black boxes, visit the City of Ottawa's Waste Explorer
Environmental stewardship – Sustainable buildings bus-tour
We thank Laura Hughes of Sacré-Coeur parish and each of the host faith communities that participated in the Greening Sacred Spaces Sustainable Buildings Bus-Tour on February 18, 2012. Laura explained how environmental stewardship and youth engagement was developing at the parish through its partnership with the University of Ottawa and the opening of Le Portik, a student lounge at the entry of the church. Appreciation is also extended to organizer Kathryn Guindon, former Ottawa representative of Faith and the Common Good and the hosts at each of the participating faith communities - Emmanuel United Church, Masjib Bilal Mosque, and Tucker House Renewal Centre. Through our visits, we learned firsthand about energy efficient retrofits, community renewable energy, solar panels, LEED certification and the processes involved to achieve results. We also recognize and appreciate the support of the Community Energy Foundation Program in providing funds to make this tour possible.
Appreciation of St. Joseph parish
An increasing number of parishes are becoming actively involved and showing leadership in Environmental Stewardship. St. Joseph parish in Ottawa received a provincial Green Sacred Space Award during the Abraham Festival held in Peterborough during Earth Week. Faith and the Common Good gave the award in recognition of the many ways that St. Joseph parish actively demonstrates care for God's Creation, showing what is possible as they continue to grow as caretakers of our Sacred Earth.