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.