Camden Janiszeski (left) and Andy Halverson wheel a young flowering crab apple tree to the front of St. Catherine Church sanctuary to be blessed.The Wednesday after-school students at St. Catherine gathered for a group photo after the blessing of the tree.Larenzie Axness (left) and Ava Steinhoff proceed to the altar with their potted flowers.Father Tom Jennings blesses a young flowering crab apple tree that will be planted on a city boulevard.Nature lover and amateur photographer Alex Miller shared nature photos and talked about a wetlands restoration project near his home by Hardwick.

St. Catherine students bless trees for Earth Day

 

Father Tom Jennings and the Wednesday afternoon students at St. Catherine Church, Luverne, celebrated Earth Day April 22 with trees, flowers and other living things.

The city of Luverne is planting 70 new trees on city boulevards for Arbor Day, and Jennings and the children blessed one of them with Easter water.

The tree is a flowering crab apple tree, which grows berries that feed birds and provide beauty on the boulevards.

As part of the Earth Day observation, nature lover and amateur photographer Alex Miller shared nature photos he’s taken and talked about a wetlands restoration project near his home by Hardwick.

Representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service talked about earth-friendly practices, such as reducing tiling, planting cover crops, composting household waste and more.

In addition to the blessing of the new tree, the event included a procession of children with plants and flowers to decorate the altar.

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