Ormskirk parish first in Archdiocese to receive livesimply award

Parishioners from a local church community in Ormskirk have been awarded for their impressive efforts to live more simply.

The parish is the first in the Archdiocese of Liverpool to be recognised for the achievement in the form of CAFOD’s livesimply award.

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Members of the community from St Anne’s, Ormskirk, have spent the last year busy planning and completing initiatives to change their everyday actions to become more environmentally friendly and to live in solidarity with people in poverty.

The parish has previously held successful events to contribute to the community including hosting a lunch with a group of local asylum seekers, the children’s group creating environment-themed artwork and other members of the community making individual pledges to go green. Showing their solidarity and spreading the joy all around!

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A tree of Live Simply pledges made by parishioners

The church also holds an annual collection for Asylum Link Merseyside, a charity supporting asylum seekers, and host an annual Fairtrade breakfast, which is always popular and a great success, a ‘swap shop’ and even organised a botanical survey of the church gardens.

Fr Godric Timney, parish priest at St Anne’s, said: “I am delighted that St Anne’s has been awarded the livesimply award by CAFOD. Receiving an award is but a stimulus to taking Pope Francis’ constant encouragement to care deeply for our environment.”

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A Live Simply Art Display at St Anne’s Parish Centre by Pupils of St Anne’s Primary School

The parish has involved many of its 600 mass-goers in many activities, which has helped with supporting the church community in gaining this brilliant award.

Paul Kelly, a livesimply assessor for CAFOD, said: “Congratulations to St Anne’s parish in Ormskirk at becoming the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s first livesimply parish”.

Find out more about CAFOD’s livesimply award

 

 

 

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.

MURDER BECOMES A HABIT IN ORMSKIRK

The Cast and Backstage Crew

Who did do it ?

A Likely Suspect........

Inspector Sherlock Clueless Investigates

St Anne’s players put on a wonderful production of Murder becomes a Habit on Friday 18th November  with proceeds in aid of CAFOD.  The murder mystery is set in the refectory of St Ethelburga’s Convent on a stormy night.  The arrival of unexpected guests results in startling consequences.  Inspector Sherlock Clueless certainly had his work cut out.  Even though the audience were able to question the players no one guessed who the murderer(s) was (were) ?

Many thanks to The Players and all those who helped in any way to make this such a special night and for raising £350.00 for CAFOD !!