Green Team, SOR & JPII Re-Creation Fair: October 6-7, After Masses in the Church Hall. Stop by after Mass to see the amazing recycled projects and inspiring prayer poems created by our School of Religion & John Paul II School to celebrate World Day of Prayer for Caring for Creation. Choose your favorite projects by purchasing “ballots” for $1. Winners from the SOR and JPII receive cash to donate to charity of their choice. Remainder of proceeds help support the Giving Grove Orchard on the school playground. The orchard will provide fresh fruit to food pantries and kitchens.
NEW RECYCLING OPTIONS IN THE PARISH HALL, CONVENT AND CHURCH OFFICES
New recycling bins are being installed at several locations in the parish hall, convent, and church offices. Signs at each recycling station illustrate what items may and may not be recycled. Note that this service is for users of parish facilities only, not for public drop-off.
We are now able to recycle:
- Aluminum cans; steel (“tin”) cans
- Plastic food and drink containers and bottles
- Paper products such as newspaper, office paper, and mail
- Corrugated cardboard, and paperboard (like cereal boxes)
Things that are not recyclable include:
- Aluminum foil and foil containers,
- Styrofoam and waxed paper coffee cups,
- Cardboard or paperboard containers soiled with food,
- Electronic waste (light bulbs, batteries etc.).
Thanks to Waste Corporation of America for providing this service free of charge to Queen of the Holy Rosary and John Paul II School.
Aluminum Can Recycling Is Now Available!
Aluminum can recycling bins are now available in the Parish Hall! Proceeds benefit John Paul II School. Please observe the following rules to ensure a successful program:
1) Recycling containers are blue with white lids, and are clearly labeled.
2) We accept aluminum cans only – no aluminum foil, steel “tin” cans, plastic containers or other metal. And please, no trash in the recycling bins!
3) Empty all contents before recycling – please help keep the Parish Hall clean.
An outdoor enclosure also is available between the Convent and Fr. Pete’s house for parishioners and JPII school families to bring aluminum cans from home. Aluminum cans only, emptied and placed in plastic bags; simply toss over the top of the enclosure.
Thanks to Boy Scout Jarod Green and Scoutmaster Paul Cast for donating the enclosure!
How Big Is Your Ecological Footprint?
Have you ever wondered how much land area it takes to provide food, clothing, energy, and raw materials that support your lifestyle? You might be surprised! Take a quiz to find out your “Ecological Footprint” and discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth. Go to: www.footprintnetwork.org/calculator.
QUEEN OF THE HOLY ROSARY GREEN TEAM
Vision: That the Queen of the Holy Rosary community will develop a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation; and will be moved to address environmental problems, particularly as they affect poor and vulnerable people.
Mission: To help the Queen community better understand God’s call through Scripture and Tradition to care for Creation; to promote environmental stewardship in our parish through education, service and fellowship; and to motivate the Queen community to practice stewardship in our homes and community.
- Regular (generally monthly) meetings for prayer, education, and action. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Convent unless otherwise noted.
- Study, prayer, and discernment of our place in Creation, and God’s plan for the universe and all created things.
- Reflection on the linkages between Creation Care and other Gospel values.
- Planning and implementing service projects to help the parish community save energy, resources, and money; and to be good stewards of our community and the Earth’s resources and people. Examples include (but are not limited to!):
- Publicizing community environmental resources and recycling programs
- Helping develop parish recycling, energy and water saving programs
- Hosting recycling events
- Providing hands-on workshops
- Developing educational resources
- Supporting healthy, sustainable and affordable food and nutrition
- Educating parishioners about the spiritual and practical reasons for Creation Care, particularly where it promotes peace and justice in our community and worldwide.
- Collaborating with other parish ministries, clubs and staff for education, activities and services.
- Providing opportunities and activities for enrichment and fellowship for all ages and groups within the parish, such as:
- Speakers on various aspects of Creation Care
- Tours and field trips
- Social events
Contact: Scott or Leslie Schulte at 913-831-2095, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREEN GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
PART I – Pray and Learn
John 1:1-3: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Psalm 104: “You make springs gush forth in the valleys…giving drink to every wild animal; …the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work…you cause the grass to grow for the cattle and plants for the people to use…food from the earth and wine to gladden the human heart. –
Romans 8: 19-23: "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. “
Pope Francis, (3/19/13): "I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."
For more information on Church teachings on ecology, click here.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/index.cfm
Top 16 Ways to Go Green – A great introduction to sustainable living, with all sorts of information and tips
Catholic Climate Covenant – Promotes Catholics taking action in our families, parishes, schools and communities to reduce our carbon footprint, care for “the least of these” (Mt 25) and raise our voice on behalf of Creation and the poor. http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/
Part II – Act
Recycle newspapers on the east side of John Paul II School. Proceeds benefit the school.
Visit http://www.recyclespot.org/ for an easy-to-use, comprehensive list of recycling and reuse services in Greater Kansas City. Search by material and by your location for convenient options.
The Mid-America Regional Council provides energy saving resources and detailed information on reducing energy usage: http://marc.org/Environment/Energy/Resources/For-Residents, and http://www.beyondthebulb.org/ Save money in your home or business.
Water Savings: WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. http://www.epa.gov/watersense/
Household hazardous waste materials may be left over from cleaning, remodeling, gardening, maintaining vehicles, or hobbies and crafts. Johnson County accepts HHW by appointment: http://jcdhe.jocogov.org/environment/programs/hazardous-materials/making-an-appointment, or call 913-715-6900. Note - mobile pickup is available to homebound residents.
- Goodwill Industries, 10611 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee http://mokangoodwill.org/
- Johnson County accepts electronic waste drop offs by appointment during special events, and provides information about other electronics recycling, donation and resale locations: http://jcdhe.jocogov.org/environment/programs/recycling/ewaste
Donate and Purchase Used Household Goods and Clothing:
- TurnStyles thrift store: 9750 West 87th, Overland Park, KS 66212
(87th and Farley) - http://www.catholiccharitiesks.org/turnstyles
- Goodwill Industries: 10611 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee
Donate and Purchase Used Building Materials: Heartland Habitat ReStore, 9850 W. 87th Street, Overland Park - http://www.heartlandhabitat.org/restore/johnson-county-restore
Farmers Markets: Farmers markets around the city sell fresh, healthy, local and sustainably grown vegetables, and other food products. Many vendors and markets also accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) debit cards, and Seniors Farmers Markets Nutrition Program vouchers, making healthy nutrition even more affordable. And patronizing local farmers supports families in our region.
- Overland Park Farmers Market: Located between 79th & 80th on Marty Street; open Saturdays 6:30 am to 1:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, from April through November.
- Merriam Farmers’ Market: Located 5740 Merriam Drive, about 3 blocks north of Johnson Drive and Merriam Drive. Open Saturdays, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm from May to mid-October; and on Wednesdays, 4:00 to 7:00 pm from June to August.