The Green Team

St. Francis has been the model for much of our life. We are intentional about greening our church and grounds. The Environment and Social Justice Team (aka The Green Team) was formed in response to Bishop Michael Bird and the Diocese of Niagara creating the “Greening of Niagara Committee” and is part of the new arm of ministry that will help us more fully express ourselves as Christians. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month in the church library.

You are welcome to become part of this exciting ministry by joining the group, or just by sharing your ideas. Contact John Dennis (Chair) through the St. Matthias & St. James office (519-822-1061.)

Statue of St. Francis at the Church of St. Matthias and St. James
Our St. Francis statue displayed in the Nave

Recycling at The Church of the Apostles (St. James & St. Matthias)

The Environment and Social Justice team recycles and helps to safely dispose of a number of items:

  • Cell phones are recycled through the Great Apes effort carried out by the Toronto Zoo.
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs and single use batteries are collected and disposed of through the City Of Guelph Hazardous Waste Depot.
  • Pop can tabs are recycled and used for the purchase of wheel chairs.

Book and Magazine Program

We continue to collect books and magazines for inmates at four detention centres in and around Toronto. Paperback books and magazines without staples are greatfully accepted. There is a special need for items in languages other than English, materials with pictures and photographs, trades, parenting, and self-help material.The Vanier Centre also welcomes children’s books for a program in which inmates video themselves reading and then send the book and video to their children. Leave materials on the shelf under the food drive bin in the parish hall. Questions to Mary Ann Robinson at