Parishes and dioceses around California continue the legacy of St. Francis with ministries and activities that protect both people and the planet and encourage us to live faith in relationship with all of God’s creation:
Parishioners at Mary Immaculate Church in Pacoima gather regularly for convivencias, or town hall meetings, at the 95 percent Spanish speaking parish. Learning of environmental consequences from millions of water bottles deposited annually in land fills, they banned plastic water bottles from their grounds. Vending machines dispensing plastic bottles were also eliminated and they installed more drinking fountains. To encourage parishioners’ participation, the parish purchased one thousand refillable stainless steel water bottles, with the church’s logo, and sold them at about cost.