Last weekend, eleven volunteers gathered to plant vegetables and herbs that will be used to benefit the St. Thomas of Canterbury soup kitchen. We also erected a double barrier fence to hopefully keep out unwanted wildlife. A large iron trellis was moved to the courtyard where we will grow climbing roses. Colorful hanging plants were also added to the courtyard to beautify the space in time for the welcome reception for St. Ignatius parishioners. Many thanks to ALL who contributed their efforts on Saturday. Special thanks to Frs. Mike Bradley, Mike Gabriel, and Louis for lending their physical brawn to this endeavor in the intense heat.
I hope that you will stop by after Mass and see what we have done in the rectory garden and courtyard.
This week, our compost bins are being constructed!!! Once they are built, we will have three compost bins that are clearly marked - DEPOSIT- IN PROCESS- FINISHING. Parishioners that wish to participate in this program will add appropriate composting materials (please see Do’s and Don’ts Composting sheet on the sign-up tables and on the website) in the DEPOSIT compost bin. DO NOT use the other two bins EVER. There is a chemical process taking place in the other two bins that accelerates the composting process and we should leave those two bins alone. Our newly created compost material will be used to fertilize our vegetable and herb garden. People participating in this program are NOT free to take home compost to their own gardens. Only those who have registered to be a part of the program should add compost materials to the bins.
How the Program Works
Please add your name to one of the signup sheets in church or email Mary Clare Barker at email@example.com to receive a composting bucket. A one-time $5 lease secures your 5 gallon Resurrection Compost bucket and you’re ready to go.
We are asking people to use our buckets and deposit around Masses so that we can anticipate compost volume and cultivate it appropriately. Simply fill the bucket during the week and bring it with you to Mass. You can deposit your compost and leave the bucket outside to retrieve later or return it to your car (but please DO NOT bring the bucket into church!) The compost bins will be located along the northwest wall of the church and will be clearly marked. PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT accepting yard waste at this time. Once the compost bins are in place and ready to use, an email will be sent to all those who signed up.
~ Mary Clare Barker
Our new composting/gardening project that we are starting at St. Gertrude this spring will get underway on Saturday, May 29. From 9:30-11:30 am that morning, I'm hoping a few parishioners will volunteer to help me prepare a space for our composting bins and vegetable garden, which will be located behind the rectory building, parallel to the alley.
We will need to dig up several Easter lilies and other plants, replanting them in a different space. If all goes well, we expect to plant Saturday, June 5 from 9:30-11:30 am.Interested volunteers can sign up in church or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring a shovel if you have one and gather in front of the rectory.
Next week, I'll share a list of tasks that need to be tackled and share a sign-up link to register to help.
~ Mary Clare Barker
I am excited to inform you of a new composting/gardening project that we are starting at St. Gertrude this spring. Working in partnership with a composting team from St. Gregory, we will build three new composting bins. Parishioners can donate their composting materials to a specific bin before or after coming to church. The composting material then becomes a natural fertilizer, which we will use to grow a vegetable garden. Once the vegetables are ready for harvest, they will be donated to St. Thomas of Canterbury’s soup kitchen to feed the poor and the hungry.
This is a win-win program in every facet and is rooted in the principles of Laudate Sí. Pope Francis tells us, “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family.” The Resurrection Compost Program is a full circle project bringing new life to discarded debris and using that new life to grow food to help feed the needy and marginalized people in our community.
Of course, a program of this size will need many volunteers. I am hoping that some of the many gardeners in our parish will wish to lend their talents to this project. It will also be an ideal format for students looking for service hours.
In the coming weeks, there will be detailed instructions on how this program works and to what aspects parishioners can lend their talents. Please be on the lookout for these updates that will contain information on how to sign up and get involved. Information will be posted in our weekly e-bulletin and also on our parish website.
I look forward to implementing this program at our parish and bringing to life the ideas of Laudate Sí.
Please email me at email@example.com if you'd like to be part of this initiative or if you have any questions.
~ Mary Clare Barker
What is compost?
Composting is the cultivation of organic waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. This is a natural process of decomposition that breaks down food waste into a fertile substance ideal for gardening. “Compost” can refer to the material at any stage of the process, either freshly deposited or ready to put in the garden.
Why is compost good for the environment?
50% of typical municipal garbage is in the form of food waste and decomposing food waste in landfills produces methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. Our Resurrection Compost repurposes and recycles the waste for the benefit of others. Compost, as it processes, actually sequesters CO2. Not only does it lower our carbon footprint, but it also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and encourages contact with the Earth.
By keeping the lid on your compost, depositing weekly, and rinsing your empty bucket, there should be no noticeable smell or interested critters.
Why compost at St. Gertrude?
From the beginning, God made us as stewards of creation. By caring for creation through practices like composting, we honor that responsibility with gratitude for nature’s wonder and abundance. Moreover, Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sí – On Care for Our Common Home urges Catholics to reject consumerism and waste and work together to develop sustainable practices for the sake of our planet and our sisters and brothers. Resurrection Compost Program is St. Gertrude’s effort to answer these biblical and Church-wide appeals.
With summer on the horizon and restrictions fading away, the pastoral staff is seeking ways to welcome back and serve all of you. We’d like your feedback and ask that you to fill out this quick survey. Thank you!