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Catholic Parish of Napier
St Patrick's
4 Munroe St, Napier
St Thomas More
92 Wycliffe Street, Onekawa
St Mary's
58 Osier Road, Greenmeadows

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Care of Creation

Recent work done

Ongoing or regular activities in 2019

                   continuing personal prayer and eco-conversion of ourselves;
regular eco tips in parish newsletter;
monthly contributions to the Prayers of the Faithful;
ongoing upkeep of COC web pages

Time-specific activities in 2019
            -           2 beach cleans
            -           Eco Fair with 7 stalls on aspects of sustainable at St Mary's Centre (April)
            -           several submissions to Napier City Council on their draft Waste Minimisation


One of the main goals of the Care of Creation group is to inform our parishioners about what they can do to honour the call made by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ to look after our planet and the people on it much better than we have done lately. To achieve this the group:
  • Started with ourselves, changing our own consumer habits – for example eating less meat; using less rubbish bags by more recycling; stop accepting plastic bags at the supermarket; turn off appliances at the wall, etc.
  • Regularly publishes an eco-tip or an inspiring statement from Laudato Si’ in the parish newsletter.
  • Organised a formation day on eco spirituality in March 2017, given by Fr. Neil Vaney SM and attended by over 25 parishioners.
  • Held “Save the environment and save money” eco fairs. Over the months of April, May and June 2017, we visited each church community in the parish, with a set of six tables, each with a topic with lots of tips to save both money and the environment.

For more information on this see Care of Creation Eco Fair

The group has also undertaken a number of actions to help the environment. We:

  • Joined the Anglican community for beach clean ups.
  • Talked with parish staff on how we could reduce wasteful consumption in the parish.
  • Completed a comprehensive eco-audit of the Parish buildings with recommendations how we could reduce the impact on the environment in the use of these buildings.
  • Helped organise the first World Day of Prayer Service for the Care of Creation, 1st of September 2016. This has become an annual event in our parish.

Result of the beach clean