Live Simply progress in Ormskirk

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”.

ls0We have several fantastic LiveSimply parishes across the diocese and more who are in the process of applying, one of which is St Anne’s in Ormskirk. Susan O’Halloran, CAFOD Volunteer, has been updating us on their progress. The parish is making great progress and has been holding lots of events to promote LiveSimply and to generate wider parish support.

Susan said “On the whole we’ve had plenty of church involvement and had success with things we weren’t excepting to!” She also said that their most successful event so far was their LiveSimply weekend; “we had a shared meal after the Saturday afternoon mass. We also had the bidding prayers and homily in line with the LiveSimply theme, and encouraged members of the parish to make a pledge. The pledges were then cut into leaves and we have made a display in the church of our LiveSimply pledge tree.”

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Stephen Cooke, CAFOD Liverpool office volunteer and parishioner at St Anne’s added, “The organising group have done a fantastic job, many of the tasks have been so simple yet effective, an example being a bulletin audit, which has already resulted in a 25% reduction in bulletins printed each week, saving paper, ink, electricity, time and money. The actions will have benefits for the parish and the wider community long into the future”

It’s wonderful to see such enthusiasm and support for the LiveSimply award, good luck to St Anne’s in completing their award!

Could you and your community be more sustainable? Can you get involved in the LiveSimply award?

St Anne’s will be hosting a talk by Ged Edwards about his visit to The Philippines on 29th November, everyone is welcome to attend.

St Anne’s Ormskirk celebrates their Live Simply Weekend!

St Anne’s Ormskirk is one of the parishes across the Archdiocese taking part in the Live Simply Award Scheme. To celebrate approaching the half way point they hosted a Live Simply weekend.

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A stall with information about Livesimply.

The weekend started with a shared lunch after mass on Saturday which some asylum seekers from Ormskirk and Skelmersdale came to, to provide a chance to integrate with the community, and to allow the parishioners to “Live in Solidarity”. About 50 people attended this and brought lots of almost entirely vegetarian food, “Living sustainably”.

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Some of the food available.

There were displays about the work so far in the Live Simply campaign, including artwork done by the children in St Anne’s school,  a Fair Trade stall and sales for Sreepur Vilage in Bangladesh, which carried on with coffee after Masses on Sunday morning. The stalls raised £180 .78 for Fairtrade and £53.40 for Sreepur Village. Fair Trade tea and coffee as always after Sunday morning masses and proceeds to Marian Care in Southport as always after Sunday Morning Masses.

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The Fairtrade stall.

At all of the four Sunday Masses, including the Saturday evening vigil mass, the priests preached on the theme of Live Simply, there were appropriate hymns and Live Simply themed bidding prayers and Eucharistic prayer IV for special occasions – Jesus who went about doing good – was used.

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Some of the artwork created by the local primary school St Anne’s.

At each Mass parishioners completed pledges, for how they would Live Simply, Sustainably or in Solidarity, and they were then collected and included in the offertory.  The four masses were attended by 534 people in total, and a lot of pledges were collected.

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Some of the many pledges by parisioners.

At the 10.30 family Mass the children in the liturgy group made their own pledges on big suns which they brought in and took up as part of the Offertory and they stayed on the altar during Mass then went to the Lady Chapel.

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An individual pledge.

The pledges are currently being sorted, and listed, to see which pledges are most popular to allow the parish to focus on particular activities while allowing individual parishioners to focus on their own pledge.

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Some of the Live Simply artwork displayed on the pillars around the church.

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A sign encouraging people to switch off the lights, to save electricity.

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A sign pointing to the recycling bins, to encourage recycling.

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A bin, for used teabags.

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One of the many CAFOD posters.

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A poster explaining many of the different food labels.

Ormskirk chooses Live simply!

St Anne’s and St Elizabeth’s parishes in Ormskirk have signed up for CAFOD’s Livesimply Award!  live-simply-colour

A Core Group has been set up to help parishioners come together to live more simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with people in poverty, with the strong backing of Frs Godric Timney and Boniface Moran OSB.

The Parishes have already been active in responding to Pope Francis’ urgent call to make the world a fairer place and protect it for all of life on the planet for future generations. They’ve been considering how they can support refugees (and taking valuable supplies to Asylum Link Merseyside!), deepening their commitment to Fairtrade and engaging the Scouts with improving the gardens for example.  Susan O’Halloran led the launch meeting and invited Ged Edwards to tell people about Livesimply and invite their ideas for the future.

33 parishioners came to the meeting at St Anne’s and 84 people joined on llaunch-meeting-group-1ine.  They’ve found out already that Livesimply is a great way to bring people in the parish together, find out what’s going on and build from there a stronger community.  Coming together helps to support and encourage one another and people told us what they are already doing and shared their ideas for the future.  They included a Walk to Church Sunday, supporting refugees, buying locally and only as much as we need, using low energy lighting, etc.

launch-meeting-group-2Ged said, ” What a marvellous response!  I was really impressed with the meeting and the progress already made.  Now the parishes will draw in others, finalise their plans.  They will do what they can we know and the Lord will do the rest.”  Next step?  A simple and exciting plan for the next 12-18 months ahead.  At the end of the road is CAFOD’s Livesimply Award to reward the community.

To find out more, visit the Livesimply Award on CAFOD’s website or watch the presentation from St Anne’s.