Laudato Si’ Environmental Action!

St. Francis Garden Expansion Project!

On May 30th an enthusiastic group of volunteers led by Gary Howell dug and built two new vegetable gardens behind the St. Francis Rectory, just off the Gatewood Rd. parking lot. Since then an Indigenous Teaching Garden has been built on the front lawn of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. We would like to share with you some more information about these garden expansions and invite you to be part of this project to create community, respond to the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor, and create a place for Ecological Education and Spirituality. Check out the video below and contact or call 519-745-7301 to get involved.

The St. Francis Laudato Si’ Environmental Team is excited to announce our big project for this year, Three New Garden Plots in our edible garden off the Gatewood Rd parking lot. With the expansion of the edible garden we plan to provide produce for St. Mary’s Tiny Home Takeout as well as making some produce available to St. Francis families.  One of the new garden plots will be planted entirely with plants indigenous to our area and will be used as a teaching garden and space to connect with First Nations communities in Waterloo Region (more to come on this in the months ahead).

This is an exciting, community oriented, project which we hope you will get involved in!  We will need people to help water, weed, tend and harvest the plots as we progress through the spring, summer and fall.  But for now we invite you to help us build the new plots, next Saturday April 30 beginning at 10am!  Please email or call the parish office to sign up to help dig, build and prepare the beds for planting.  You can also sign up at the back of the church this weekend.  Gary Howell, our Building Manager, is in charge of this project and looks forward to welcoming anyone who would like to help, no experience required.  Thank you in advance to Fr. Toby who will bring his bobcat to do the bulk of the digging!

Thank you to everyone who has embraced our Laudato Si’ Environmental initiatives since we began in Fall 2021.  Check out the display in the church this weekend and click on the picture below to see all the projects, big and small, that together we have already accomplished!