Care for Creation Ministry

“Consider that God, your Benefactor, is present in all creatures and in yourself. If you look at every step of the visible creation, in all you will meet God.”
St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Andrew’s Care for Creation Ministry, along with other parishioners, has created a Laudato Si’ Action Plan for the parish, outlining actions that we can take over the next seven years to respond to the “cry of the earth” and the “cry of the poor.”¬† Please join us!¬† Contact Tom Hinchen at

The¬†Care for Creation Ministry¬†is inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical¬†Laudato Si’¬†(On Care for Our Common Home).¬†¬† Using the See-Judge-Act paradigm, this ministry provides resources for parishioners to reflect on God’s Creation; promotes discussion of Church teachings regarding the call to protect Earth and its living creatures; and works to make sure that St. Andrew the Apostle parish observes ecologically sound practices while bringing the message of¬†Laudato Si’¬†to the larger community.

All are welcome to join!  (contact:  Tom Hinchen,


Birding Excursion to Owls Head Park

On Earth Day, April 22, 2024, the Care for Creation Ministry along with students and parents from the Religious Education Program, took a birding excursion to Owls Head Park along with Patty Aakre from New York Audubon. We spotted at least 10 species of birds and learned a little about their habits and habitats.  



Tom Hinchen


St. Andrew’s has created a pollinator/wildflower garden to be registered as a St. Kateri Habitat with the St. Kateri Conservation Center (¬† Among the flowers already in place are butterfly milkweed, coreopsis, bee balm, mountain mint, black-eyed Susan, aster, anise hyssop, obedient plant, and columbine, along with red and white clover.¬† Many of them have already been labeled, so check them out!

These native plants will beautify our front yard, attract pollinators, and keep our garden free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.