Schools and parishes in the Belleville, Illinois diocese have taken the message of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’ to heart and made changes to their daily operations that are more environmentally friendly.
Although “change” was in the air prior to the release of the Pope’s encyclical, the students/teachers at Belleville’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic School expressed their appreciation for the opportunity his call gave them to tie their concerns about the planet into a greater spiritual message. Principal Claire Hatch stated: “It gave us the impetus to take it even further.”
One example of the environmental projects underway on the Blessed Sacrament campus is a drained retention pond that the students have converted into a small wetlands area with a pollinator garden. The space is also being utilized as an outdoor science classroom.
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