St Wilfrid’s Parish in Widnes had their LiveSimply launch Thursday 21st September. The launch was attended by 22 members of the parish and promoted their LiveSimply action plan. There were plenty of Fairtrade products on offer, with the usual tea and coffee, as well as wine, cheese and chocolate for attendees. Pauline Rolt, CAFOD volunteer at St Wilfrid’s, commented that “A good time was had by all” and that conversations about the launch continued the next morning, being the main topic of conversation at coffee after mass.
The LiveSimply award is awarded to Catholic communities who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation. It celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. The award is an opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.
St Wilfrid’s were already doing plenty of things that contributed towards the LiveSimply award, such as using Fairtrade tea and coffee, using reusable mass cards and orders of service, and holding Laudato Si’ talks among many others. By putting together an action plan, the parish is now well on its way to achieving the LiveSimply award. Part of this action plan involves establishing an annual ‘Walk to Church’ day, supporting the work of the Medaille Trust through volunteering opportunities and reducing the environmental impact of the parish buildings.
This is an extremely exciting time for the parish, and they are looking forward to trying new things which will bring the parish closer together as a community.
Fr Mike said that he is “really delighted to see such a great turnout from parish members from across Widnes. I’ve been in this parish for a year now. when I arrived, I could see that so much work was already taking place here, we were already fulfilling so much of what the award asks for. Adding some new ideas gives us something new to focus on and it’s so impressive to see the parish working together to achieve this goal. This scheme has positive impacts on both our planet and on our parish community, I would recommend it ”.
In the CAFOD office we are delighted to see how well things are going in Widnes, it’s encouraging to see such enthusiasm for the LiveSimply scheme and it shows how easy it is to do, especially when so many things are already being done in the community. Are you already doing any of these actions? Could you and your community be more sustainable? Can you get involved in the LiveSimply award?
For more information, please contact the office.
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