St Joseph’s Gardening and Landscaping Ministry
Who We Are
The St Joseph’s Gardening and Landscaping Ministry is dedicated to creating and maintaining the gardens around our church. The gardens will be featuring plants mentioned in the Bible. Like plants in a garden, Christians need to grow too!
St Joseph’s Gardeners will work the earth to create reflective landscapes and to present the natural beauty of God’s creation. They will design, plant, transplant, water, prune and sweep to transform our parish into a beautiful place of prayer and contemplation. In the process, ministry members can experience God through the beauty of nature and in the friendships that are formed while cultivating a respect for God’s creation and gratitude for His bounty.
This ministry will focus on spiritual and natural growth. We, like plants, need the care of a gardener. Gardeners know the value and fruitfulness of giving the garden the things it needs; water, food, sunlight, good soil. Spiritual growth needs the same care and attention.
Cassandra Mary Png
Head Gardening and Landscaping
Pope Francis, LAUDATO SI, 11-12
Francis helps us to see that an integral ecology calls for openness to categories which transcend the language of mathematics and biology, and take us to the heart of what it is to be human. Just as happens when we fall in love with someone, whenever he would gaze at the sun, the moon or the smallest of animals, he burst into song, drawing all other creatures into his praise. He communed with all creation, even preaching to the flowers, inviting them “to praise the Lord, just as if they were endowed with reason”. His response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection. That is why he felt called to care for all that exists. His disciple Saint Bonaventure tells us that, “from a reflection on the primary source of all things, filled with even more abundant piety, he would call creatures, no matter how small, by the name of ‘brother’ or ‘sister’”. Such a conviction cannot be written off as naive romanticism, for it affects the choices which determine our behaviour. 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. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously…
Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one comes to know by analogy their maker” (Wis 13:5); indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world” (Rom 1:20). Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.
Interested in Joining Us?
If you think you or someone you know will be interested in joining us, do have a look at the requirements for joining us. If you meet the requirements, please fill up and send us the application form.
- Garden ministry is designed for everybody, men and women, young and old, who have an interest in gardening and working with nature.
- This ministry is for both the casual and the committed gardener, for those seeking to connect and serve in a group project, and for families looking for fresh ways to spend time together.
- All are welcome to participate – remember many hands make light work!
You can sign up for the garden ministry online by clicking here and filling out the interest form on the right of the page. You can also contact the church office you have any questions.
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