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.
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!
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.”
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”.