FALMOUTH — Answering the call of Pope Francis, the Parish of the Holy Eucharist will spend a weekend promoting three initiatives that both aim to acknowledge the urgency of environmental challenges and focus on being good stewards of the environment.
“Go Green!” will be held on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, at all four parish churches:
- Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth;
- St. Jude Church, 134 Main Street, Freeport;
- St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road, Gray; and
- Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street, Yarmouth.
The three ‘Go Green’ initiatives include an e-waste collection during all weekend Masses on June 8-9 at the four churches. Parishioners and community members can bring televisions, computers, printers, microwaves, VCRs and leftover parts from other electronics, including wiring, to keep items out of landfills by recycling the materials into something useful.
Organizers ask that air conditioners, refrigerators and dehumidifiers not be brought to the collection.
Bill Wood of Catholic Charities Maine, which will assist in holding the e-waste collection, said that those concerned about the personal information stored on the hard drives in their old computers need not worry.
“All hard drives are destroyed in the process of recycling the computer parts, so there is no possibility of that information being accessed by someone else,” he said. “All the collected items are recycled for the precious metals they contain, the wiring, the glass and the regular metals.”
The e-waste collection will run 3-5 p.m. Saturday in Falmouth, Yarmouth, and Gray, and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon at all four worship sites.
In addition, “Go Green!” will also promote e-giving to the parish communities during the weekend Masses.
“WeShare provides online giving to our parishioners that is safe and secure,” said Joe Williams, office manager at the Parish of the Holy Eucharist. “It’s easy and, most importantly, it saves resources as no checks or envelopes are used.”
The parish will also be asking those gathered to sign up for a digital e-bulletin.
“Parishioners can begin receiving the weekly bulletin and weekly parish news via email and help reduce paper waste,” said Williams. “They will be given the opportunity to sign up for our parish Flocknote online.”
The three initiatives are designed to act locally in changing the “throwaway culture” that Pope Francis describes.
“In his encyclical on the environment, ‘Laudato Si’,Pope Francis points out that when we fail to address harm done to nature or neglect to acknowledge the worth of all people, it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected,’” said The Rev. Daniel Greenleaf, pastor of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist. “The ‘Go Green’ program will help us cultivate and care for the relationship between humanity and the environment, one which flows from the love of God.”
For more information about “Go Green!”, contact the parish at 207-847-6890.