Our Lady Help of Christians Church


Our Lady Help of Christians was formed in Watsonville in 1980 by James Cardinal Hickey. Fr. Alain Colliou is the current pastor. Other ministries that they offer are Altar Guild, Community Outreach, Knights of Columbus, Liturgical Ministries, Marian Group and Music Ministry. They also have a preschool called Our Lady’s Little Christians Preschool and provide CCD classes.


About the Green Churches Initiative

Inspired by Pope Francis’ message of environmental stewardship in his encyclical Laudato Si, Greenpower began our Green Churches Initiative in 2016 in collaboration with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monterey of California and Santa Cruz-based energy efficiency and solar experts Mynt Systems. Our goal is to transform Diocese churches and schools into beacons of sustainable energy production by installing renewable energy systems like solar as well as energy efficiency measures like LED lighting retrofits. Not only will this help protect the environment, it will help save the Diocese millions of dollars that can be used for education and charitable ministries.


Proposal Completed

Mynt presented a project proposal to Our Lady Help of Christians that outlined how they could reduce their electric bill by more than 80% while saving them nearly $180,000 over 25 years. These energy savings will prevent 400,000 lbs of carbon from being released into the atmosphere over the next 25 years, equivalent to planting nearly 5,000 trees or driving around the Earth 17 times!


Energy Assessment Completed

On September 1st, Mynt Systems visited Our Lady Help of Christians and assessed their appliances, light fixtures, heating and ventilation, and roof space to begin analyzing their energy use patterns and put together an effective and personalized energy efficiency and solar system project proposal.


Energy Assessment Scheduled

Our Lady Help of Christians has taken the next step in moving forward with implementing solar and energy efficiency at their properties by scheduling Mynt Systems to perform a full audit of their appliances, light fixtures, heating and ventilation, and roof space for energy efficiency retrofits and solar on September 1, 2016.


First Steps

Greenpower representatives went to Our Lady Help of Christians on August 17, 2016, where they presented the Green Churches Initiative from the Catholic Diocese of Monterey, Mynt Systems, and the Romero Institute, and how they could dramatically reduce their electricity bills while answering Pope Francis’ call for environmental stewardship.



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