Creation Care


On December 6th, the Green Teams of Notre Dame, St. Aloysius, and Congregation
Agudath Israel received the Non-Profit environmental Achievement Collaboration Award
for our Planting Native Trees Project from the Association of New Jersey Environmental
Commissions. This project was developed by the Caldwell Environmental Commission
to encourage people to plant native trees to combat climate change and to help stem
the decline of pollinators. We collaborated with the commission and other houses of
worship to raffle off 3 native red bud trees and provided an educational experience on
the value of native trees and how to properly plant a tree. This project was made
possible with financial support from the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell/West Caldwell.



The Letter tells the story about the Pope’s call to care for our planet.

Click here to view "The Letter"


Notre Dame Parish is committed to caring for God’s gift of creation.
As a parish we are:
~programing thermostats to energy efficient settings & turning off lights
~using compostable plates & plastic ware
~encouraging electronic donations & using email where possible
~participating in the West Essex Ministerial Association Green Team
~utilizing new energy efficient air conditioning in the parish center
~installing energy efficient lighting throughout parish center and church
To involve our parishioners, we will be:
~adding a “Creation Care” section in the bulletin to educate & share practical tips we can implement in our daily lives
~sponsoring programs and speakers to educate and engage the parish and the community at large
~increasing awareness for Youth Ministry, all families and children
~creating a “Creation Care Team”
~continuing to look for new ways to help in the climate crisis


Pope Francis called upon all people of the earth to confront the environmental crisis in his Papal Letter: Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home. 
If you would like to read Pope Francis’ Papal Letter: Papal Letter Laudato Si' 


“If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder,if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world,
our attitude will be that of masters,
consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.” Pope Francis