Friends of the Earth Ministry
If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Marie Bloise.
Grinding of the Greens
This year you can drop off your live Christmas trees from December 26, 2019 to January 9, 2020 at the following locations:
Polo Road Park - 800 Polo Road, Columbia. M-F 2-9pm; Sat 9am to 8pm; Sunday 1-6pm
Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development: 900 Clemson Road
Ft. Jackson Recycling Center - Bldg #5671 on Lee Rd, Ft. Jackson, M-F 7am -3pm; Sat 8:30am-3:30pm
Richland County Tennis Center: 7500 Parklane rd, Columbia, M-Th 9am-9pm; F 9am-6pm
There are many other places, please visit www.keepthemidlandsbeautiful.org, for other drop off points in Richland and Lexington Counties.
A Prayer for Our Earth
From Laudato Si'
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and prey on it, that we may sow beauty, no pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love, and peace.
Encyclical Letter Laudato Si'
of the Holy Father Francis
On Care for our Common Home
Community Herb Garden at St. John Neumann School
Stop by St. John Neumann School, by the outdoor classroom and help yourself to herbs from the SJN Community Herb garden.
The Herbs that are currently growing, or that will be planted for this season include:
Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Tri-Color Sage, Tarragon, Lemon Balm, Thyme, Bee Balm, Scallions, Cilantro, and Dill.
-Always use scissors to harvest your herbs, Do Not Use Your Fingers.
-Trim herbs with a diagonal cut, Never straight across
-Harvest leaves from the bottom of the plant first, then work your way up
-Put freshly cut herbs in white paper towel. At home store herbs in the white paper towel in the fridge with the ends taped shut.
This will keep the herbs fresh longest. But once they have been in the fridge long enough, they will dry out
and then you will have dried herbs to use.